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Posted February 5, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Man arrested in rape was foster parent, youth leader
     A church youth leader arrested Tuesday in connection with the rape of a minor girl was also a licensed foster parent, officials confirmed Friday. Joseph Niemeyer, 54, worked with youth at the New Banklick Baptist Church in Walton. He was also a resource for Benchmark Family Services, a foster care service, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Twentysomething and running for something
     A group of young activists in Northern Kentucky weren't content voicing their opinions online and just voting. Last week they filed for office. On Jan. 26, the state's election filing day, at least seven candidates in Northern Kentucky 30 or younger submitted paperwork for offices from the congressional level down to city councils.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Manhattan Harbour plans shrink
     More houses and fewer businesses than planned will go in front of Dayton's floodwall in the massive Manhattan Harbour project. The size of the investment for the project has been scaled back from $932 million to $473 million, according to a memo for an amendment to a tax incentive approved in the past week by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Logan County man pleads not guilty in death of sister-in-law
     A Logan County man accused of killing his sister-in-law was arraigned Thursday. George M. Walker, 20, of Adairville, appeared in Logan Circuit Court on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. Walker’s attorney, public defender Nathan Beard, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Authorities accuse George Walker of killing Allison Walker, 23, at the Conn Road residence they shared with Chris Walker, who is George Walker’s brother and was married to Allison Walker.

    Posted February 5, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Budget 'a long process'
     Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget is continuing to draw scrutiny and debate in Frankfort as lawmakers build House and Senate versions of budgets that will ultimately be merged and presented to the governor. While Democratic House Budget Chairman Rick Rand this week questioned all of Bevin’s proposed cuts in light of an expected $200 million state surplus, cuts to education are drawing much of the attention.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Mountain Eagle ]
County is asked to abandon lake as water source
     The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District were asked to participate in a different way to provide water for Letcher County residents at the board’s regular monthly meeting. Board member Fred Webb introduced David Owen, co-founder and board member of EverBlue Water Technologies, who said his company is confident that its technology can treat water from abandoned coal mines in a manner that removes toxins that leach into ground water and streams, making the water safe for human consumption.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Spencer Magnet ]
Officer rescues local teen from creek
     A Spencer County teenager is recovering from her injuries and a former Taylorsville City Police Chief is being hailed a hero following a one-vehicle accident late Friday night in Elk Creek. Tayler Wilson, 17, was driving home when her car ran off the road and landed on its side in a creek that runs along Ky. Route 55, near Washburn Lane. Wilson suffered several serious injuries and she was trapped inside the vehicle, which was nearly invisible from the road.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Salyersville Independent ]
Magoffin man wanted in hit and run case
     Local law enforcement looking for a Magoffin County man after he allegedly hit another man with his vehicle, then fled the scene. Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department was called to the Connelley Farm area in Magoffin at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, January 29.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Salyersville Independent ]
More defendants possible in vote-buying case
     Last week the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a response in the ongoing federal vote-buying case that alludes to the possibility of adding more defendants to the case. On November 19, 2015, a federal grand jury released an indictment of four Magoffin County residents on vote-buying charges regarding the 2014 primary and general elections. Magoffin County Magistrate (District 1) Gary “Rooster” Risner, along with Tami Jo Risner, Mason Daniels and Scottie Lyn McCarty, were charged with paying and offering to pay for votes in an election, broken down into 17 counts of felony offenses. A jury trial for the four was tentatively scheduled for February 9, 2016.

    Posted February 5, 2016 [ WEKU News ]
Ky. Senate passes 'religious freedom' bill
     The Kentucky Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the so called ‘religious freedom’ bill. Among other things, the measure would allow students in Kentucky elementary and secondary schools, as well as universities, to voluntarily express religious viewpoints in class assignments. Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas cast an Aye vote Thursday. “We ought to have freely as a society here in Kentucky the ability to express our religious opinions in schools, on the sports fields, in plays and whatever,” said Thomas.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Overdoses killed nearly 500 in East Ky. since 2011
     Preliminary reports indicate that Eastern Kentucky’s battle with addiction has killed nearly 500 people since 2011, and most of those deaths in the surrounding eight-county area occurred in Floyd and Pike counties. Preliminary statistics provided by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center show that overdose caused the deaths of 463 people in eight surrounding Eastern Kentucky counties between 2011 and June 2015, the latest numbers available in the agency’s statewide database.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
KSP: Pharmacy robber caught in Floyd
     While police were searching for the suspect believed to have robbed a pharmacy in Coal Run on Tuesday, a Pike County grand jury was indicting him on charges linked to other cases, including one in which he allegedly attempted to bring drugs into the Pike County Detention Center. According to court documents, Christopher R. Daniels, 33, of Billy Compton Branch, Pikeville, was arrested Tuesday evening following the robbery of Commonwealth Pharmacy in Coal Run.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Financial advisers emphasize long-term strategy to weather volatile global market
     While recent volatility in global financial markets may be causing concern for U.S. investors, local financial advisers say a long-term strategy is the best way to weather the storm. "In a general sense, this volatility is the result of uncertainty across a variety of areas, including China, oil prices, the election, interest rates, all of those things," said Hal Sullivan, branch manager with Hilliard Lyons in Paducah.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Animal composting facility in full operation
     Since opening for business Jan. 25, the animal compost facility operated by Franklin County road department employees has received about 40 dead livestock animals, according to Road Superintendent Jon Mitchell. The composting site is made of a concrete platform and mulch. County crews transport dead livestock to the facility and cover them with the mulch to speed up the decomposition process.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Few leads in murder investigation
     More than a week has passed since Windell Maurice Jones was shot and killed inside his Westport Road townhouse in Eliza­bethtown and few leads have emerged in the case as police seek a suspect. Police were called to the 600 block of Westport Road at 12:24 a.m. Jan. 27 after a report of a man being shot. When police arrived, they found Jones in distress from a gunshot to his chest.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Group aims to defend ‘unheard voices’
     When M.L. Butler learned about the death of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen, he wanted to fight for answers. Even thought he did not have any relationship with the Shelby County teen’s family, Butler felt moved and wanted to help them fight for answers. McMillen was found dead in a cell Jan. 11 at Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown. The cause of her death remains uncertain as the state medical examiner awaits toxicology, electrolyte analysis and histology report results to determine a possible cause.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Cynthiana Democrat ]
Earthquake hits Harrison County Tuesday morning
     According to local Emergency Management Agency director Mike Palmer, Harrison County was hit with an earthquake about 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Palmer said he received an email from the EMA in Frankfort on Tuesday morning when he got to work, telling him of the earthquake.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ News Democrat ]
Motion for dismissal on the table in Kinman case
     A response to a pre-trial motion seeking dismissal of the indictment against Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman raises questions about the grand jury process based on a comment by its foreman and the credibility of a witness. In papers filed Jan. 29, the Commonwealth argues there has been no prosecutorial misconduct, much less a flagrant abuse of the grand jury process, which would be grounds for dismissing the indictment against Kinman. Special Circuit Court Judge Fred Stine will decide on the motion.

Posted February 5, 2016 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Weapon at center of bank robbery case
     An attorney representing a Lexington man accused of robbing a bank last year wants witnesses to refer to the alleged weapon as a BB gun. A motion filed by Lauren Hunter, who is representing Thomas Riley, is intended to exclude descriptions of the BB gun that referred to it as a handgun, semi-automatic weapon, Glock or pistol. Hunter, a public defender with the Department of Public Advocacy in Columbia, thinks describing it as anything but a BB gun would prejudice the jury.

    Posted February 5, 2016 [ Trimble Banner ]
Legislators: Retirement programs ‘serious issue’
     Saturday’s Legislative Town Hall meeting at the Trimble County Judge-Executive’s office was full of discussion about Governor Matt Bevin’s state budget, which lawmakers received from the Executive Office last week. Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, and Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, co-hosted the meeting to address issues under consideration by the General Assembly in the current legislative session. Both Hornback and Rand assured those in attendance that, despite their opposite political party affiliations, the two men have a great working relationship.


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