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Posted May 30, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Cases against credit card skimmers remain under investigation at both federal and local levels
     Local and federal officials are investigating credit card skimming cases that police believe started with a device that was placed earlier this year on a pay-at-the-pump gas pump at a Marathon station on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Scottsville. The scam involves a small, nearly undetectable device that's installed on a gas pump where a credit or debit card is inserted. Some skimmers are placed inside the machines. The device steals information from the cards' magnetic strip, then that information is loaded onto a phony card and used. The legitimate cardholder still possesses his or her original card and and the cardholder doesn't know the card has been used until the charges appear.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Simpson explosives suspect seeks evidence suppression
     A Simpson County teenager accused of harboring Molotov cocktails and threatening to blow up Franklin-Simpson Middle School is seeking to prevent his statements to police and the items recovered from his residence from being admitted as evidence. An evidentiary hearing is likely to take place in the case of Trey Gwathney-Law, 18, in U.S. District Court.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
15-year-old killed in moped-vehicle collision
     A 15-year-old youth riding a moped died late Saturday night after colliding with a Kia Soul near McNeely Lake Park. The victim, Jonathan Wilson of the 5000 block of Hasbrook Drive, was pronounced dead. An autopsy Sunday confirmed the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Laurel deputies charge London man following investigation into double shooting in Keavy Thursday
     Following an investigation into a double shooting Thursday in Keavy, Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a London man with two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder. Twenty-eight-year-old Landon Collins, who had admitted to deputies to firing the shots that injured the two men, was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Interior Journal ]
Crab Orchard Police seize more than 100 marijuana plants from Lincoln apartment
     A Lincoln County man is behind bars after law enforcement found more than 100 marijuana plants growing in his apartment – about 300 feet away from an elementary school. Marvin Eugene Baldwin, 48, of Crab Orchard, was arrested May 24 and charged with cultivating marijuana (five plants or more), trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Interior Journal ]
Attorney pleads guilty to theft, exploitation of Stanford veteran
     A Lincoln County attorney pleaded guilty in Lincoln Circuit Court Friday morning to the theft and exploitation of a Stanford veteran. Cabell D. Francis II, 68, has agreed to resign his license to practice law in Kentucky under terms of permanent disbarment after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts on May 27.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Salyersville Independent ]
Party video leads to arrest of two Magoffin schools employees
     Three were arrested after a video from a party involving juveniles drinking alcohol was posted on Facebook Wednesday, May 18. Kentucky State Police received a complaint regarding the video and determined the party's location was the home of Wendell King, 40, of Patrick Drive, in Salyersville. When law enforcement arrived at the trailer just after midnight, KSP Trooper Zach Haney noted in an arrest citation that he could see juveniles in the kitchen, where he could see empty beer cans in the trash can and liquor bottles on the counter.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
One injured after SUV crashes into Floyd Subway
     One woman has been hospitalized after being hit by an SUV that drove into a sandwich shop in McDowell Friday afternoon, Kentucky State Police said. Rebecca Newman, a manager at the McDowell Subway, was standing outside the store when the incident occurred. She was taken to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment, Trooper Jimmy Anderson said, and the extent of her injuries and current condition is not known. Tpr. Anderson said the driver of the black Kia Sorento SUV was attempting to secure her grandson when she drove into the store.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Tilghman youth services director has memorable trip to the White House
     Having come from a small town in Missouri, Lakilia Bedeau of Paducah never imagined she would be invited into the White House to represent her state at a national convention. But on May 11 she did just that, and at nine months pregnant. The director of the Youth Services Center at Paducah Tilghman High School, Bedeau was recently selected as the 2016 Education Support Professional of Kentucky by the National Education Association.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Takata recalls affecting local car owners
     In what was already the largest safety recall in U.S. history, eight major automakers in the U.S. said Friday they are recalling an additional 12 million vehicles due to potentially faulty airbag inflators made by the Japanese manufacturer Takata. The newest recall of defective Takata airbags follows several others in the past few years. Globally, automakers have recalled nearly 70 million vehicles with Takata inflators.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Owenton News Herald ]
Owenton police officer arrested, charged with rape
     An Owenton police officer was arrested May 26, and charged with first-degree rape and incest. Rufus Shearer, 59, was booked at the Carroll County Detention Center just before 1 p.m. Shearer is a police officer with the City of Owenton.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Institute for Rural Journalism blog ]
Paper backing school tax prints names of petitioners against it, defends its decision
     The Lebanon Enterprise, a weekly newspaper serving the geographic center of Kentucky, supports an extra school tax of 5 cents per $100 worth of property that the Marion County Board of Education voted to levy for construction and renovation of schools. Last published the names and addresses of more than 1,500 county residents who signed a petition to subject tax to a referendum, and this week Publisher Stevie Lowery defended that.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Oldham Era ]
Recently hired Oldham County employee arrested for sex crimes with minor
     A recently hired Oldham County employee was arrested Wednesday for inappropriate relations with a minor. According to a citation, Scott Compton, 35, of La Grange, went to Louisville on April 5, where he picked up a 17-year-old and took her to his Stamper Avenue home. While there, Compton touched the juvenile’s genitalia under her clothes multiple times, even after she asked him to stop.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Lyon County Herald Ledger ]
Eddyville woman charged with rape of inmate
     An Eddyville woman has been charged with 10 counts of third degree rape Wednesday after Kentucky State Police conducted an investigation at the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex. Western Kentucky Correctional Complex staff contacted troopers following a complaint that an employee was having a sexual relationship with an inmate. Investigators believe Robbie E. Markham, 41, a woman working as the prison's medical director through Correct Care Solutions, had sexual relations with an inmate since March. During the course of the investigation, Markham’s vehicle was also searched. As a result of that search a firearm and a box of ammunition were located.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Refugee resettlement town hall triggers community debate
     The community's fears and altruism toward a plan to resettle 40 Syrian refugees collided during a meeting hosted by the Bowling Green International Center on Friday. Around 100 people filled a room in the Bowling Green Independent School District's Professional Development and Learning Center to learn more about the resettlement process and ask questions. International Center Executive Director Albert Mbanfu told those attending that the meeting was a direct response to a recent decision to resettle 440 refugees, 40 of them from Syria.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Respect in the workplace: Factors that create a good work environment
     In April, Kelly Ripa gave a speech on the ABC show "Live! with Kelly" that stressed the importance of respect, effective communication and consideration in the workplace. Her remarks were in reaction to how she was told her co-host Michael Strahan would be leaving the show, a scenario that sparked a conversation about what company leaders can do to promote respect and communication in the work environment. According to the "What Is Your Quality of Life at Work?" survey conducted in 2014 by the Harvard Business Review, a study of nearly 20,000 employees, respect had the biggest impact on employees across the outcomes measured. The study showed that employees who get respect from their leaders reported 56 percent better health and well-being, 89 percent greater enjoyment and satisfaction with their jobs and 92 percent greater focus and prioritization.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
A pup with purpose
     Equipped with her blue vest and identification card, Bayleigh is ready for whatever comes her way. The year-and-a-half old Labrador will soon be called away for her first disaster relief mission, something her owner, Greta Wilson, has been preparing her for since she was just a few weeks old. Bayleigh is a registered therapy dog as well as a registered emotional support animal, a certification that allows her to travel with Wilson on planes and enter different public facilities.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Two bikers injured in crash fleeing from police radar
     Two motorcyclists – likely leaving the BBQ, Blues & Bikes festival in Elizabethtown – were injured late Saturday afternoon when they wrecked their motorcycles while reaching speeds of 125 mph as police were patrolling U.S. 31W. Radcliff Police Department Chief Jeff Cross said an officer was parked on U.S. 31W near Radcliff Elementary School and using a speed radar to monitor traffic flow when a pack of motorcyclists heading north approached the police vehicle.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Remembering Shafter Watts: Son uncovers veteran’s service history
     David Watts is proud of his father, the late Shafter Watts, who died in 2007. David believed his father was destined for a life of secret greatness from an early age. Many of his father’s circumstances David would not learn about until years after his father’s death. Most of the events during Shafter’s military career were hidden deep in his fox hole of memories but rarely were spoken of.

Posted May 30, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Owensboro population closing in on 60,000
     Owensboro grew by an estimated 581 people in the year ending on July 1, 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It doesn't sound like a lot, but that's the largest single-year population increase Owensboro has seen since at least the 1970s. And with the latest population estimate at 59,042, Owensboro is on track to reach the 60,000 mark in time for the 2020 census.


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