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Posted September 25, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Hopkinsville man charged with murder
     The Christian County Sheriff's Department has changed a Hopkinsville man with murder in the death of a man who was found fatally wounded Saturday morning in his home. Sheriff's officials said Bradley Profitt, 53, admitted he killed the man, whose identity is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Judge orders woman not to babysit
     A woman was ordered to never babysit again as part of her sentence Friday in Franklin Circuit Court. Judge Thomas Wingate sentenced Katrina K. Whalen, 45, to three years probated for three years and to pay court costs and $250 to the Department for Public Advocacy, along with submitting to drug testing as part of her probation and parole. Whalen pleaded guilty in July to one count of second-degree criminal abuse after it was discovered that while babysitting a 1-year-old infant, she wrapped the child tightly in heavy blankets and placed it face-down in a downstairs closet at her residence, according to her indictment.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Student lives cyber bullying nightmare
     The messages started in March. One by one, they would come at different times of the day through unfamiliar social media accounts and unknown phone numbers. They almost always were demeaning and often threatening. The messages were hidden behind false names, private messages and mobile screens filled with explicit language, name calling and threats. The send button became a powerful tool of harassment. Emily was the victim of cyber bullying last year as an eighth-grade student at a Hardin County Schools’ middle school. At first, the attacks came in group messages through two different social networks. Emily, 14, later received individual threats and started receiving anonymous text messages on her smartphone.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Vanishing workers - trades see shortages
     In August, Shelby's Wheel and Tire, 1709 Breckenridge St. in Owensboro, closed its doors. "It breaks my heart," Victor Dunn said of the company his father started in 1974. "But there just wasn't any way to keep going." He said, "It wasn't for lack of business. We were having to turn away business. We just couldn't find good mechanics. We ran an ad in the paper, offering up to $50,000 a year for a good mechanic. We weren't able to offer the kinds of benefits that the auto dealers and chains had. That was a big part of the problem." It's not just mechanics that are in short supply here and across America these days.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Drag racers embrace the high-speed rush
     To spectators in Paducah's Beacon Dragway grandstands, a drag race can seem pretty straightforward. It's over almost as soon as it begins. The cars line up, rev up, take off and cross the finish line, all in less than a minute, covering an eighth of a mile in about 4.5 seconds. "A lot of people think, 'Drag racing, how hard can it be?' But there's a whole lot to it," Tommy Cunningham said.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Cybercrime threat seen
     What began as a misdemeanor investigation for Franklin Police Department Detective Mike Jones late last year ultimately resulted in the arrest of two people on more than 10 felony counts after Jones was able to extract information from a cellphone. The case involved an adult man luring two underage girls into a motel. After two days of hard partying, one of the girls left and called her parents, who alerted police. The girl’s father handed over his daughter’s cellphone to Jones for a forensic exam that yielded pictures, texts and videos of illegal activity, he said.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Former deputy clerk pleads guilty to abuse of public trust
     A former Pike County Circuit Court deputy clerk pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin Circuit Court to abuse of public trust under $10,000, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. Bethany Smith, 36, of Pikeville, received a one year sentence probated for three years and was placed on felony pre-trial diversion by Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Former Nelson County woman gets felony expunged
     Barbara “Bobbie” Cook wanted to “freak out” after getting an 11-year-old felony off of her criminal record Thursday morning. “This is life-changing,” she said. Cook was 19 years old in 2005 when she was convicted of complicity to theft by unlawful taking or disposition from a convenience store. The amount she was convicted of helping to take was more than $300, which made the crime a Class D felony in Kentucky at the time. Cook was sentenced to three years in jail, withheld, and five years probation. Now at age 31, Cook’s felony is vacated because of a new Kentucky law.

    Posted September 25, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky school assaults against staff up in 2014-15, report says
     The number of students charged with assaults in the third degree at Kentucky schools rose significantly in one year by 51.3 percent, according to an annual school safety report released Thursday. “This is very troubling since assault in the third degree involves assaults against certified and classified personnel in the school system,” the 2014-15 School Safety Data Report on Law said. Classified staff includes bus drivers, custodians and support staff. Certified staff includes teachers and administrators.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Scary clown arrested, and he’s still in costume in his jail mug shot
     A man dressed in a bloody clown mask and black and white clown suit was arrested Friday in Bell County. According to the the Middlesboro Police Department, Jonathan A. Martin, 20, was walking in a wooded area near an apartment complex when he was arrested. Martin was charged with disorderly conduct and wearing a mask in public, which is against a city ordinance. Martin was booked into the Bell County Detention Center around 2 a.m. Friday morning and released after 24 hours.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Fall weather is finally on the way for Kentuckians
     It has been unusually hot for late September, but the heat wave may be about to come to an end. Saturday, with a high of 91, might have been the last 90-degree day Kentuckians will see until next year. Mike Crow, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville, said Sunday’s high should be around 86, but a cold front will push through Monday, bringing with it a 40 percent chance of a shower or thunderstorm.

    Posted September 25, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Lottery sales running ahead of year ago
     Kentucky Lottery ticket sales for the fiscal year that started July 1 are running ahead of the figures a year ago, but the sales for the first two months are slight­ly below what the lottery of­ficials ambitiously budget­ed last spring for 2016-17 revenues. The year-to-date sales figures were announced last week at a lottery board meeting. Lottery proceeds are set aside in the state treasury primarily for col­lege scholarships.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
L’Oreal to install large solar array in Kentucky
     Cosmetics maker L’O­real USA announced Tuesday that it will in­stall 5,000 solar panels at its hair products plant in Florence. The Northern Ken­tucky plant will house what the company de­scribed as the largest commercial solar array in the state at 1.5 mega­watts. Construction is to start later this year. The company, in a news re­lease, said the project will cut carbon dioxide emissions by approxi­mately 1,195 metric tons per year. That’s about the same as eliminating over 2.8 million miles traveled by passenger cars per year, according to a news re­lease.

Posted September 25, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Advocacy group to host forums on possible Medicaid changes
     A group will host a se­ries of eight public fo­rums statewide to alert people about possible changes to the state Me­dicaid program and seek comments, with the first one scheduled Sept. 26 in Morehead. Kentucky Voices for Health, a coalition of health care advocates, has scheduled the forums to provide information to people about Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposal to re­shape the federal-state health plan for low-in­en come Kentuckians by seeking permission from the federal government through a “waiver.”

Posted September 23, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Indiana man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 12-Frankfort, has arrested Dean B. Nixon, 50, for prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor/police officer regarding sex offenses. The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant of Nixon’s vehicle and hotel room, where electronic equipment was seized and is pending a forensic examination.

    Posted September 23, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Court rules Kentucky pension systems can be sued for bad investments
     Kentucky Retirement Systems cannot cite sovereign immunity to avoid a lawsuit alleging it has squandered hundreds of millions of dollars on “illegal and imprudent investments,” the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday. The suit, filed as a class action in 2014 by the Northern Kentucky city of Fort Wright, alleges that KRS violates the law with risky investments in hedge funds, venture capital funds, private equity funds, leveraged buyout funds and other "alternative investments" that have produced small returns and excessive management fees. KRS is the public agency responsible for providing retirement benefits to more than 355,000 past and present employees of local and state governments.

Posted September 23, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Grimes: Public ‘bets against’ younger generation showing up to vote
     Students from Boyle County High School, Danville High School and Centre College had an opportunity to meet Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday, as she shared with students the importance of registering to vote and even helped a few through the process using an online registration system. About 30 percent of Kentuckians who are eligible to vote have not registered.

Posted September 23, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green woman found guilty of reckless homicide
     At the end of a three-day trial, a jury found Kaylee Whitehall guilty of reckless homicide in the death of Kuston Johnson, recommending a four-year prison sentence for her. A panel of six men and six women deliberated for about three hours Thursday afternoon in Warren Circuit Court before returning the verdict against Whitehall, 26. Johnson, 36, of Bowling Green died Sept. 10, 2015 after being stabbed in the chest with a knife by Whitehall following a prolonged argument at their house at 186 Lost River Lane. The two had been in a relationship for about three years at the time of the incident.

    Posted September 23, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Minton updates lawmakers on court progress, asks for raises for judiciary
     While updating lawmakers Friday on the judiciary's progress on new laws, including felony expungement, Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton slipped in a request for judicial salary increases. Minton, of Bowling Green, said that while the overall court system's budget finally approved earlier this year was a good one, after possible dire outcomes were floated, it still did not include a raise for judges.

Posted September 23, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
First bourbon still a year away, but Boyle distillery opens to public Saturday
     Boyle County's Wilderness Trail Distillery will hold its grand opening this Saturday at its new location on 4095 Lebanon Road. Ever since their move to the new location in May, marketing director Emily Toadvine said owners Shane Baker and Pat Heist “have been busy building rickhouses for aging the bourbon and getting settled in the historic home on the property. The bourbon produced at the distillery is aging until December 2017."


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