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Posted December 13, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to state boards and commissions
     Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Central City Leader News ]
Constable charged with bribery following escape
     A Muhlenberg County Grand Jury indicted a Muhlenberg County constable Friday on bribery and second-degree escape by complicity charges. Kentucky State Police arrested Constable Willie Parker following an investigation into the escape of Muhlenberg County Detention Center inmate Anthony White. White escaped from custody in June while being transported by Parker from the Muhlenberg County Justice Center to the jail. Investigators said the investigation revealed Parker had agreed to accept a bribe from the White’s girlfriend, Kelly Dooley, to assist in the escape.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ News Democrat & Leader ]
Trial set for next year for former Logan educator charged with several sex crimes against a student
     A former Logan County educator will go to trial May 21, 2018, facing numerous sexual crimes against a student. Adam L. Decker, originally from Grayson County, was indicted by a Logan County Grand Jury on June 30, 2017, on one count of prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor referenced sexual offense; 10 counts of third degree rape; 11 counts of third degree sodomy; among other allegations.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
Mayfield ordinance would prohibit bars
     An ordinance prohibiting future Mayfield taverns passed unanimously Monday 6-0 with four council members abstaining but does not affect alcohol sales at restaurants or liquor stores. The ordinance had not been on the council's agenda, but councilman Johnny Jackson brought it up as part of business from the finance and administration committee and asked to move forward with it immediately. The measure requires a second reading, which would come at the council's January meeting, to be adopted.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Boyle man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     At 5:44 p.m. Tuesday, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Leonard Riley, 42, on charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Riley was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect in possession of images depicting child sexual exploitation online, a KSP news release said.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Adkisson: 2018 Legislative Session will be toughest in years
     The upcoming 2018 session of the Kentucky General Assembly will be the most challenging in decades, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson told business leaders in Pikeville Tuesday. Adkisson, keynote speaker for the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Breakfast, said there are numerous opportunities present for the moving of the state chamber’s agenda forward, but issues such as the need to deal with pension reform and the possibility of tax reform could complicate an already difficult 2018 budget session for the legislature.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Casey County News ]
Murder case heading to trial
     A Casey County man’s second-degree murder case will go to trial before Judge Judy Vance after a year and a half. Larry Jason Buis, 38, of Yosemite, is accused of causing injuries that led to the death of Mark Ponder, 65, of Casey County, during an altercation at Breeden and Withers Grocery in Yosemite on June 25, 2016. He allegedly struck Ponder multiple times with an instrument. Buis was originally arrested for assault, but Ponder died days later on July 3 of a heart attack he suffered after the fight. A Casey County grand jury indicted Buis Aug. 22, 2016 for second-degree murder.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Oldham Era ]
Spend a night behind bars in the new jail
     Have you ever wanted to spend a night in jail without actually being arrested? Now is your once in a lifetime chance to spend the night at the new Oldham County Detention Center. For the first time in the county’s history, in return for a donation to a local nonprofit, you can spend a night in the brand new facility in Buckner. Oldham County Jailer Mike Simpson came up with the idea that Oldham County Fiscal Court is helping implement. On Friday, Jan. 5, local residents can be part of a dress rehearsal for the jail staff.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Henry County Local ]
Wife charged with murder in death of husband
     Kentucky State Police charged a 34-year-old Campbellsburg woman with the murder of her husband Dec. 11, as troopers say the scene was staged to look like a burglary, according to court records. Troopers along with deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the coroner responded to 672 Troutman Hill Road, after the deceased, Gary Bentley, 33, had been discovered in the home by a family member.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Anderson News ]
Anderson County schools' bus garage or mechanics’ playground?
     Staff at the Anderson County Public Schools bus garage have used the facility to work on personal vehicles, including pulling tractors, a group of photos provided to The Anderson News shows. The photos, which sources have confirmed show at least two pulling tractors, a pulling sled and other vehicles, have been worked on and housed in the district’s bus garage.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Huge Bluegrass Station expansion plan likely dead. Why local officials oppose it.
     A plan unveiled last week to expand Bluegrass Station with a 2,500-acre industrial park and an 8,000-foot runway is likely dead because of opposition from Bourbon County officials. Bourbon Judge-Executive Mike Williams said Tuesday that he appears to be the only Fiscal Court member who supports the project, and he expects it to be killed at Thursday night’s meeting in Paris. The Fiscal Court would have to approve and fund land acquisition for the project, likely through condemnation.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Authorities jail wanted Texas man
     A Texas man listed on that state's 10 most wanted fugitives list was taken into custody Monday by the Murray Police Department, assisted by the Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service. According to Murray police, the department received information that Herman Henry Fox, 35, was staying at a Murray residence and, after several hours of surveillance, he was taken into custody without incident.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
ACA open enrollment period nears end
     Danny Clark got a pleasant surprise when he re-enrolled this year in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, which supplies his health insurance. Since President Donald Trump took office, he has tried to repeal and replace the ACA, which was one of his campaign promises. And, earlier this year, Trump ended federal subsidies that helped keep premiums low. "I was worried about how much prices would increase," said Clark, 31, of Owensboro. As it turned out, his 2018 premium will be 10 to 15 percent less than last year's.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bevin: Why are House Republicans calling for Dan Johnson to resign but not Jeff Hoover?
     House Republican leaders and the state Republican chairman are inconsistent in calling for the resignation of state Rep. Dan Johnson but not the resignation of former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and other House members, Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday. "Interestingly, the very same people who will not call out people engaging in bad sexual behavior with their young employees in 2017 are now up in a tizzy about talking about things that were alleged to have happened years ago," Bevin said in an interview with Greg Dunker on WKYX radio in Paducah. "They're all disgusting. They're all reprehensible, these allegations and these behaviors." Bevin was referring to reactions to two different controversies made public by the news media: the revelation by Courier Journal last month that Hoover had signed a confidential settlement with a woman on his staff who accused him of sexual harassment; and a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting this week that state Rep. Dan Johnson was accused in 2012 of molesting a 17-year old girl.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Threat locks down Mason County High School
     Mason County High School went on lockdown Monday, after a threat was made against the school on social media. According to Maysville Police Chief Ron Rice, a lockdown at the school was brought to his attention around 2:25 p.m. The school remained closed for about 20 minutes.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
A 124-year-old water pipe breaks, flooding Shelby Park neighborhood and disrupting Louisville
     Millions of gallons of water flooded streets in the Shelby Park neighborhood Tuesday after one of the city's largest and oldest water pipes burst, damaging property and disrupting thousands of homes and businesses across Louisville with low water pressure. Firefighters rescued by boat two people stranded in a van and one school bus driver, said Louisville Division of Fire spokesman Capt. Salvador Melendez. The bus was not carrying any students, he said. Officials said they were not aware of any injuries. "It was like Yellowstone Park," Shelby Park resident John Watts said of the geyser-like fountain that erupted near his home shortly before 8 a.m. at Oak and South Clay Streets. "It was boiling up almost to the street light."

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Rep. Dan Johnson won't resign, says sexual abuse allegations are politically motivated
     A Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually abusing a teenager said Tuesday that he would not resign from office and that the allegations are false and politically motivated. "This allegation concerning this lady, this young girl, absolutely has no merit, these are unfounded accusations, totally," state Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mount Washington, said at a press conference at his church attended by family, campaign volunteers and members of his congregation. Johnson, a self-anointed "pope" of his congregation, is accused of sexually abusing a member of Heart of Fire Church in the Fern Creek area when she was 17.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
They’ve been a UK landmark for 50 years. Now they’re going to be demolished.
     For 50 years, the Kirwan Blanding complex — its towering twin towers looming over the south side of campus — were among the University of Kentucky’s most iconic images. But those icons can no longer provide the housing spaces that students desire, so they are being demolished.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
‘Lucky’ drivers receive cash after being pulled over
     Blue lights flashing and getting pulled over just two weeks before Christmas isn’t usually something that brings joy, but 10 people “lucky” enough to be pulled over this week in Hopkinsville hopefully drove away with a smile. Through the generosity of anonymous donors, Hopkinsville Police Department gave $100 to 10 drivers who were pulled Monday for minor traffic infractions. Each driver received a written warning for an infraction, such as failing to signal or wear a seat belt, and at the end of the traffic stop, received $100 if they agreed to accept it.

Posted December 13, 2017 [ Eagle Post ]
32 years later, Gander still unifies us
     Fort Campbell and Hopkinsville joined hands Tuesday in memory of a tragedy neither community has forgotten. On Dec. 12, 1985, on the final leg of a flight home, 248 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) soldiers were killed when Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashed shortly after takeoff from Gander International Airport, Gander, Newfoundland. All were members of 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, and they had just completed a six-month deployment to the Sinai Peninsula as part of the Multinational Force and Observers. Theirs was a peacekeeping mission. For more than 3 decades, the people of Gander, Fort Campbell and Hopkinsville have remembered. Each have erected a memorial dedicated to those who died and hold annual ceremonies marking the date.


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