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Posted August 21, 2014 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Two firefighters critically injured
     Two fire-rescue personnel were critically injured earlier today after the ladder from a fire truck came in contact with power lines. The incident took place on the campus of Campbellsville University. “We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the two firefighters who were injured,” Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, said.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Two firefighters seriously injured during ice bucket challenge at Campbellesville University
     UPDATED: At least two firefighters were seriously injured around noon Thursday during a student fundraising event on the Campbellsville University campus. Authorities have released few details about what happened. However, university officials sent a Tweet, saying the firefighters "were helping our band's ALS ice bucket challenge." Taylor County Judge Executive Eddie Rogers said one firefighter was flown to a hospital in Louisville, and another was being treated at Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear celebrates groundbreaking of Diageo Bourbon Distillery in Shelby County
     Company officials and local leaders Thursday broke ground on Diageo’s 1.8 million proof gallon distillery in Shelby County. Diageo also announced the official name of the facility — The Bulleit Distilling Co. Earlier this year, Diageo announced its intention to invest an estimated $115 million to build the 1.8 million proof gallon distillery and six barrel warehouses

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Central City Leader News ]
Park employee charged with assault
     A campground attendant with Lake Malone State Park has been charged with fourth-degree assault of an 82-year-old park visitor following an investigation by the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Office. Carl Jones was served criminal summons Aug. 20 and is scheduled to appear in Muhlenberg District Court Oct. 29

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Woman reports co-worker raped her at business
     A young woman who works at a Bowling Green business told police Tuesday that a co-worker raped and sodomized her Monday night as she was closing the shop, and she feared for her life if she attempted to run from him. The Bowling Green Police Department on Tuesday charged Sajad Abdule Al-Zuhairi, 40, with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, police records show.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington police: Elderly twins had sexual contact with two juveniles as early as '74
     New charges filed against 76-year-old Lexington twins Jack and Jerry Cassidy involve alleged sexual contact with two juveniles that began as early as 1974, according to court documents. One of their accusers was younger than 15 at the time. The other was 11 when the contact began, court documents say. The new allegations charge each Cassidy brother with "indecent or immoral practice with another," language reflecting a provision of the Kentucky state criminal code that was in effect at the time. Lexington police filed the additional charges Tuesday night, after interviewing both brothers and speaking with their accusers, according to documents filed in Fayette District Court.

    Posted August 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Conway announces settlement with Bank of America; state retirement system to get $23M
     Attorney General Jack Conway, along with five other state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice, have announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America Corp. to resolve federal and state claims against Bank of America and its former and current subsidiaries, including Countrywide Financial Corporation and Merrill Lynch. The resolution marks the largest civil settlement with a single entity in American history. As a result of the settlement, $23 million will be returned to the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Anderson News ]
Accidental career bears a lifetime of memories
     It started out with Jim Sayre growing out his beard after completing active duty in the Army in 1959 and grew to be a rewarding career impersonating America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. He chronicles memories, travels and people he encountered during his 31-year career in his book “Memories of the Great Pretender.” While impersonating Lincoln, Sayre has had the opportunity to meet a variety of people including former First Lady Laura Bush in 2008.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Levisa Lazer ]
Banks announce merger
     Citizens National Corporation, the holding company for Citizens National Bank, Paintsville, and Peoples Security Bancorp Inc., the holding company for The Peoples Security Bank of Louisa, have announced their agreement that Peoples Security be acquired by Citizens for approximately $663.15 per share in a merger involving Peoples Security and a Citizens subsidiary.

    Posted August 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
County jobless rates down in 108 counties in July compared to a year ago
     Unemployment rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties between July 2013 and July of this year, while 10 county rates increased,and two remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 5.8 percent. Meanwhile, Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 15.4 percent.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Love triangle turns violent after woman leaves false teeth behind
     A love triangle turned violent Tuesday night in Frankfort, police said, landing one man in the hospital with serious stab wounds. Terry Coates, 54, is charged with second-degree assault. Frankfort Police Capt. Robert Warfel said Coates and another man had both been dating the same woman off and on. Coates had taken the woman and her possessions to the other man’s home, Warfel said, but she returned to Coates’ apartment around 10 p.m. Tuesday to get her false teeth, which she had left there. That's when trouble broke out.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Interior Journal ]
'Inappropriate' Facebook post causes Lincoln school to postpone football game
     Things ran normally at Lincoln County Middle School Wednesday, after an apparently threatening Facebook post from a football player caused Tuesday night’s game to be postponed. The student’s post, which contained an “inappropriate” picture, was made Monday night on the Facebook wall of a player for Franklin County's Bondurant Middle School — the school Lincoln was slated to play Tuesday night, said Debbie Sims, LCMS principal. “There wasn’t a direct threat made to the particular student,” said Sims, who was alerted to a “possible threat” Monday night. “But the picture was definitely not appropriate.”

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
LBL to the rescue; ‘Pilots N Paws’ flies dogs to Ohio
     Five puppies are now in possession of an animal rescue organization in Ohio after taking a most unusual path to safety. They were discovered about two weeks ago wandering aimlessly in Henry County, Tenn. after their mother was apparently struck by a vehicle and died. Eventually, they came to be in possession of the Murray-based Lost But Loved animal rescue group. However, Lost But Loved was short on foster caregivers, meaning another means of helping the young pups along was needed. Enter Pilots N Paws, an organization that allows retired and current pilots to use their talents to transport rescued animals via the skies.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Teen charged with attempted murder
     A 19-year-old Paducah man was arrested Tuesday after being accused of firing a rifle at his girlfriend. Johnathan S. Poole was arrested about 7:45 p.m. on a charge of attempted murder, according to a news release from Paducah police. Police were called to a disturbance at Poole's home, where he was reportedly fighting with his father. When officers arrived, they found that Poole had been in an argument with his girlfriend. Poole's girlfriend stood up to go to the bathroom and Poole walked down the hallway and retrieved a rifle, police were told.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Bad check office victim of own success
     The office of Henderson County Attorney Steve R. Gold is more successful these days at collecting bad checks for merchants, but it’s earning less money doing so. “I’d like to think it’s people being better at managing their finances,” Gold said. “But there’s also something culturally going on where people are using debit cards and credit cards more."

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Travel troubles abound on I-64 thanks to paving job
     Drivers who rely on Interstate 64 have no doubt noticed the impact of a state repaving project in Scott and Woodford counties that has merged both east- and west-bound traffic into single lanes. Don’t expect relief soon. “The anticipated project completion date is Oct. 15,” said Natasha Lacy, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 7 office in Lexington.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Judge grants competency hearing for Kroger crasher
     A woman accused of crashing a car into the front of an Elizabethtown Kroger in February appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court. June Blocker’s attorney, Carol Mienhart, entered a motion requesting a responsibility and competency evaluation for her client. Judge Ken Howard approved the motion without objection from the prosecution. Blocker, 53, was indicted on nine charges including two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count each of first-degree criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
State auditor launches probe into Elsmere fire district
     The Kentucky State Auditor is launching yet another examination of a Northern Kentucky governmental entity, this one the troubled Elsmere Fire Protection District. Auditor Adam Edelen notified the district of the pending investigation in a letter dated Wednesday and obtained by The Enquirer. News of the latest inquiry comes just a day after Edelen unveiled the results of his nine-month investigation into the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and its oversight board. In the letter, Edelen said his office had received notice of several "concerns" regarding operation of the district.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Could Vivitrol help Northern Kentucky heroin epidemic?
     There's no magic pill to cure the heroin epidemic but judges in Ohio think they may have found an injection that can at least put a big dent in the problem. Now Kentucky lawmakers will look at whether Vivitrol could work in Kentucky, where it hasn't been tried in the legal system. Hocking County, Ohio Municipal Court Judge Frederick Moses will talk to Kentucky lawmakers on Thursday in Lexington about the success he's had in his drug court with Vivitrol to help addicts kick the habit.

Posted August 21, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Police program abused children, suit alleges
     Two University of Louisville graduate students who worked in a Metro Police summer residential program for at-risk youths say officers mentally and physically abused some participants. In a lawsuit filed this week in Jefferson Circuit Court, the students, both counselors, claim they were retaliated against for reporting the alleged abuse to supervisors in the Gentleman's Academy and to the state office of Child Protective Services. Erica Buckner, 30, and Alexis Keen, 24, say in the suit that police officers cursed, threatened, punched and tackled some of the participants, one of whom was slammed into a wall and face down into a picnic table, then denied water and food.


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