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Posted February 19, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Pulaski County sheriff investigates homicide
     The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Friday night shooting that left a 37-year-old man dead and another man charged with murder. Joshua Oakes, 37, of Somerset, was pronounced dead at a home on Pumphouse Road, said Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk. Erik S. Hardwick, 31, who lived at the home, has been arrested on a murder charge.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Man charged with attempted murder in Lake Barkley shooting
     A Madisonville man is charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting that happened on Jan. 15 at Lake Barkley. A man whose name has not been released, was reportedly shot during an altercation with Malik Gant. Both men are believed to have been shooting and both have been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment along with criminal mischief, said Trigg County deputies. Two cottages were also allegedly damaged in the shooting.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Legally blind woman hopes procedure restores vision
     The ocean, the sight of waves crashing ashore and the way the sun glistens on the endless body of water is stored in Debby Green’s mind. As is the green grass, bright flowers and the colors of the seasons of life, from the sparking leaves in the fall to the drab colors that greet the eye in winter. Green always has loved those sights, ones that have been in her mind for about 48 years. Now, Green hopes a new procedure using stem cells will restore her eyesight.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Lawmakers address human trafficking
     With more truckers than police on Kentucky’s roads, two lawmakers have introduced bills to leverage those numbers to combat human trafficking. In the state House, Rep. Sannie Overly, a Paris Democrat, introduced House Bill 266, and in the Senate, Senator Julie Adams, a Louisville Republican, introduced Senate Bill 141. Both bills would require anyone applying for a commercial driver’s license to complete training from the online Truckers Against Trafficking training program on how to identify and report human trafficking.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Family, friends prepare for long-awaited murder trial
     The murder trial for Alexander Cole Roberts is set to start Wednesday in Nelson County Circuit Court. It’s a day for which the victim’s family has waited more than a year. “We are asking everyone to be there and to rally together that day,” said Monica Mitchell, aunt of Rasheed Javon Wickliffe, who died from a puncture wound to the neck Dec. 1, 2015. Roberts is charged with Wickliffe’s murder, but the teen’s trial has been pushed back repeatedly, and the delays have had the family questioning the local justice system.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Harrison County High School student shoots passenger, then kills himself
     An 18-year-old Harrison County High School student driving a car shot his female passenger, then shot and killed himself Friday, Bourbon County Sheriff Mark Matthews said. The sheriff identified the 18-year-old as Emery Collins of Cynthiana. The 17-year-old girl, whose name Matthews did not release, was rushed to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for surgery. The shooting apparently happened as Collins was driving on Ruddles Mill Road north of Paris, Matthews said.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
With new results from old rape kits in Kentucky, outreach to victims is a priority
     Victim advocate Nicole Carroll picked up the phone, punched in the numbers and hoped for an answer. Like all calls she makes to vic­tims who are part of the Louisville police’s backlog of about 2,000 rape kits, she knows her words are likely to reopen a wound. After years, sometimes decades, of inactivity, there is now a development in their case. Their kit was finally tested.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Study: Repeal a threat to treatment
     Repealing the Affordable Care Act would result in more than 61,400 Ken­tuckians with mental illness or sub­stance use disorder losing coverage. That’s according to an analysis by two researchers from Harvard Medical School and New York University that also estimates that more than 133,500 Hoosiers would lose coverage for such behavioral health issues. President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January, stating that it would be the policy of his administra­tion to seek prompt repeal of the Afford­able Care Act — also known as Obama­care — and Republican leaders have pledged to support that goal. But it’s un­clear what would replace it.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Murder case heads to grand jury
     The case against a Nortonville man accused of murdering a Madisonville resident has been referred to a Hopkins County grand jury. Meanwhile, defendant Jaleen T. Spivey remains in Hopkins County Jail on an increased cash bail bond. According to court documents, District Court Judge David Massamore found enough probable cause during a Feb. 10 preliminary hearing to prosecute Spivey for the Feb. 2 stabbing death of 25-year-old Alex D. Phebus. The case is now referred to the grand jury for further proceedings.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Pensions, salaries, job stress a concern for departments looking to hire, retain officers
     There's a limited pool of applicants for public safety jobs. That wasn't always the case. Not so long ago, the Kentucky State Police were drawing job applicants from surrounding states. Likewise, when the Daviess County Fire Department held testing for new firefighters in the basement of the county courthouse, it was "standing room only" in the testing room, county Fire Chief Dwane Smeathers said. "Now, we're lucky to get 10 to 15 applicants," Smeathers said last week. "The last time we hired, we had less than 10."

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Augusta mayor resigning
     UPDATED: Augusta Mayor Mary Zeigler is resigning. According to Zeigler, the decision did not come lightly, but had been something on her mind for a while. “My husband is retiring soon, after 40 years at his job, and I have my responsibilities at the school,” Zeigler said on Friday. “It seems like we have always been working at taking care of everyone else’s needs and it was time for a change."

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Woman guilty in husband’s death
     A Phelps woman who was charged with manslaughter in the slaying of her estranged husband, was found guilty of reckless homicide following a three-day trial in Pike Circuit Court. Pamela Smith, 36, of Staggerweed Fork, Phelps, was found guilty of reckless homicide in connection with the April 2015 killing of Terry Briggs.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Murray State aims to cut food insecurity
     Obtaining a college degree can be difficult enough without having to worry about where your next meal will come from. Paula Amols, director of dining services at Murray State University, hopes her new program, the Meal Bank, will help mitigate those concerns for students with food insecurity. The Meal Bank is a once-a-semester grant of 14 meals at Winslow Dining Hall for students not currently on a meal plan who have found themselves in a tough financial situation.

Posted February 19, 2017 [ Times Leader ]
Police ID suspect in fatal shooting
     The ongoing investigation into the shooting death of a Princeton teen Monday has led to the identification of a suspect in the case. Princeton police reported Friday that an arrest warrant has been obtained for 20-year-old Deshaun La’Keith Palmer, aka “Shaun P,” of Madisonville. Palmer is wanted for murder in connection with the death of 15-year-old De’Aryn Hamilton Monday night.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin made several appointments Friday to Kentucky Boards and Commissions.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Concussion bill introduced in Kentucky House
     State Rep. John Sims Jr. recently filed a bill that would require student athletes suspected of having a concussion to be cleared by a doctor before returning to the playing field.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Augusta mayor announces intent to resign
     Augusta Mayor Mary Ziegler is resigning. According to Zeigler, the decision did not come lightly, but had been something on her mind for a while. Her successor may be named during a special meeting of Augusta City Council on Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State graduates 21 dispatchers from Public Safety Dispatch Academy
     Twenty-one law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 110th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Ky. Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 28 officers from Basic Training Academy
     Twenty-eight law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated today from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 479 completed 23 weeks of training.

Posted February 17, 2017 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin woman serving 14 days in jail for falsely claiming boyfriend hit, choked her
     A Corbin woman was arrested Wednesday morning on charges that she was intoxicated when she falsely claimed her boyfriend had hit and choked her. Twenty-nine-year-old Kacey Honeycutt is facing one count of falsely reporting an incident. Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an apartment on Robert E. Cox Road about 12:30 a.m. in response to a complaint that Honeycutt and her boyfriend had been in an altercation.


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