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Posted June 22, 2017 [ LaRue County Herald News ]
Former LaRue sheriff pleads guilty to embezzling money
     Former LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner pled guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday before U.S. District Judge David J. Hale, to a felony information charging him with a single count of embezzling money, that was under his care and custody, and belonged to LaRue County, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Gospel singing convention to be held in Cave City
     For the third year in a row, the Cave City Convention Center will swell with songs of praise. The center will host the Kentucky Southern Gospel Music Singing Convention, where a range of gospel acts will perform Friday and Saturday. The convention is from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
19-year-old indicted for murder in fatal accident
     A grand jury has indicted 19-year-old Austin Coleman Moore on murder and other charges as the driver in a fatal wreck in Franklin County resulting in the death of 18-year-old Alyssa Hutcherson. Around 2 a.m. on June 14, Moore was driving a Ford Expedition north with Hutcherson in the front passenger seat and a 16-year-old female passenger in the back seat. Moore allegedly lost control of the vehicle, veered right off the road and hit a tree.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort man led Middlesboro police on high-speed chase
     Just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Edward Cheatham led Middlesboro police on a high-speed chase at speeds of up to 100 mph before his car caught fire. Middlesboro patrolman Barry Cowan said he attempted to stop Cheatham for not wearing a seat belt and Cheatham fled.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Two Lexington brothers took turns in rape of woman, warrant says
     Two brothers were arrested and charged Tuesday in the rape of the same woman, according to Fayette County court documents. Roy McIntosh, 52, and James McIntosh, 50, both of Lexington, face charges of first-degree rape that a complaint warrant says happened on May 21. The warrant says the brothers used naloxone to “sober up” the victim from narcotics. “When she was aware of her surroundings, she found herself lying face down on the carpeted floor and near a bed,” the warrant says.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Number of homeless people declines in Lexington and statewide
     The number of people in Lexington experiencing homelessness continues to decline after the city implemented new programs aimed at curbing homelessness in 2014, city leaders said in a written release. In 2017, 1,051 people were counted as homeless in Fayette County, a slight decrease from 2016, and a 27 percent decrease from 2014. Also on Wednesday, Kentucky Housing Corporation released statewide homeless numbers. In 2017, the total number of homeless people in Kentucky was 4,025, a decrease from 2016 when the number of homeless people was 4,237.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Grant County News ]
Family offers $10,000 reward in hit-and-run death
     The family of a Dry Ridge teenager killed in a hit-and-run accident last month is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the driver or vehicle involved in the crime. Family friend Peggy Adrian said the family combined their resources to offer an incentive for potential witnesses to come forward with information regarding 19-year-old Logan Michael Cooper’s death. The 2016 Grant County High School graduate and football standout was found lying alongside Dixie Highway near Grant County Foods at about 3:30 a.m. on May 21. Kentucky State Police later said the vehicle did not stop to offer Logan assistance. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grant County coroner’s office.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Jury: Corbin didn’t wrongfully terminate officers
     It took a seven-woman, five-man jury a little over an hour Wednesday afternoon to conclude that the city of Corbin did nothing wrong when it laid off two Corbin police officers in 2014. Jonathan Dean and Kyle Gray filed a wrongful termination suit shortly after being laid off on Sept. 5, 2014, as part of a workforce reduction effort that saw the elimination of four police officer positions in the Corbin Police Department. The trial in the case started Tuesday in Whitley Circuit Court. Jurors began their deliberations about 4:21 p.m. Wednesday and returned to the courtroom about 5:38 p.m. with their less than unanimous verdict.

    Posted June 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Unemployment rates down in 74 Kentucky counties in May
     Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between May 2016 and May 2017, rose in 28 and stayed the same in 18 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3 percent. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.6 percent.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
PSC revises settlement in KU, LG&E rate cases
     The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted base rate increases sought by Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co., but reduced them below the levels agreed to earlier by the utilities and other parties to the cases. In orders issued Thursday, the PSC made several findings that differ from a settlement agreement in the cases. Notably, the PSC barred certain utility employee retirement benefits from being reflected in rates and also slightly reduced the level of authorized earnings for each utility’s investors.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Crime Stoppers program is working in Christian County
     In late April, Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip about a man who had been featured as part of their Fugitive of the Week program. He was wanted out of Oak Grove and, according to the tipster, was working at a Wendy’s in Wilmington, North Carolina. On April 24, just days later and 700 miles away, Thomas Odren, 23, was arrested by local law enforcement on a fugitive warrant for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking of an auto. Odren is now lodged in New Hanover County jail, awaiting extradition to Kentucky. The tipster remained anonymous and received a cash reward for the information that led to the arrest.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Ethics panel appeals ruling that allows lobbyists to give gifts, money to lawmakers
     The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to appeal a recent federal court ruling that allows lobbyists to give gifts and campaign donations to state lawmakers. “We thought it too important not to appeal,” said commissioner chairman George Troutman after the panel met in closed session for 23 minutes to discuss the litigation. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman in Covington struck down part of Kentucky’s legislative ethics code, ruling that state lawmakers can accept gifts from lobbyists and that lobbyists can make campaign contributions to candidates for the state legislature.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Suspended worker files lawsuit alleging wrongdoing in Kentucky’s courts system
     A suspended manager within the administrative arm of Kentucky’s courts system filed a whistleblower lawsuit Wednesday that includes detailed allegations of mismanagement and wrongdoing within the Administrative Office of the Courts. Scott Brown, an AOC employee since 1999, is seeking unspecified damages for alleged retaliation after he reported possible law violations to the FBI and others, according to his 19-page complaint filed in Franklin Circuit Court.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Allow terminally ill to get medical marijuana, state lawmaker tells legislative panel
     Saying its time has come, state Sen. Morgan McGarvey on Wednesday called on the legislature to consider legalizing medical marijuana to relieve pain and suffering of terminally ill people. "It's 2017," McGarvey, a Louisville Democrat, told members of the joint House-Senate Health and Welfare Committee. "I think it's time we had a conversation about medical marijuana without snickering." Members of the committee took no action on legislation McGarvey is proposing for the 2018 legislative session but no one spoke against the proposal and some committee members spoke in favor of the measure that went nowhere in the past two legislative sessions.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
One University of Louisville official asked if she was being paid too much
     Nobody came off looking great in the scathing audit of the University of Louisville’s free-spending foundation released this month, but one high-ranking official seemed to have tried to do the right thing: Provost and Executive Vice President Shirley Willihnganz. In a Feb. 1, 2012, memo to President James Ramsey’s chief of staff, Kathleen Smith, Willihnganz complained she might be being paid too much.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
GE Appliances CEO to step down
     GE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship will leave the company at the end of the year and will be succeeded immediately by a company veteran who will lead a new three-person leadership team. The management shuffle comes about a year after the former General Electric division was acquired by China-based Qingdao Haier in a $5.6 billion deal.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Fitness of the heart
     This week, the Madisonville Police Department participated in a research study that analyses if there are factors in police officers' lives that can determine early heart problems. "The heart is the most important organ," University of Kentucky doctoral candidate Jason Keeler said while conducting a physical exam of an MPD officer. The purpose of the study is to determine the association between cardiovascular health and physical activity, sleep, stress, body fitness, shift work and diet.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Ohio County sheriff's deputy charged with domestic violence
     An Ohio County sheriff's deputy was charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing last week in connection with a incident that occurred at his home last month. Doug Esther, 55, of Olaton, was charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and menacing after the May 24 incident, which was investigated by the Kentucky State Police. Esther was briefly incarcerated on May 13 after a hearing on the case in Ohio District Court.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Man pleads not guilty to murder
     A Princeton man accused of shooting an Eddyville woman to death pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Lyon District Court. The Kentucky State Police said Ernest E. Atwood Jr., 19, was charged with murder in the early morning hours of May 31, after the body of Lisa A. Pace, 51, was found the night before at her Oak Drive residence.

Posted June 22, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Authorities continue search for missing Graves woman
     The Graves County Sheriff's Office was still searching for information regarding the whereabouts of a Sedalia woman who has been missing since June 15. Investigators said Lynette McCollum, 53, was last seen between 9:30 and 10 a.m. June 15 at her home on Lone Lane. She was reported missing later that day.


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