Posted February 23, 2018 [ Courier-Journal]
Report: UK basketball players among those linked to potential NCAA violations
     Kentucky basketball players were included in documents published Friday pertaining to NBA agent Andy Miller and his ASM Sports agency that tie top programs and players to activity that appears to violate NCAA rules. Yahoo Sports released details from hundreds of pages of documents that specified potential impermissible benefits for current and former players at Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State and other schools. Current Wildcats' leading scorer Kevin Knox and former forwards Bam Adebayo and Nerlens Noel were among those linked to ASM Sports.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader]
Report: Current, former UK players mentioned in documents in federal investigation
     Court documents and bank records obtained during the federal investigation into college basketball name current University of Kentucky player Kevin Knox and former players Edrice “Bam” Adebayo and Nerlens Noel, Yahoo Sports reported Friday. This is the first time that Kentucky has been linked to the federal investigation. A spokesman for men’s basketball was not immediately available for comment Friday morning.


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Posted February 23, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Oldham man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Michael G. Reynolds, 61, Thursday afternoon on charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Reynolds 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 purchasing items related to child sexual exploitation online, a KSP news release said.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
NCAA: If allegations against Kentucky players and others are true, then we failed
     NCAA President Mark Emmert said Friday that, if true, a bombshell Yahoo report that details potential extra benefits for more than 20 college basketball players at more than 20 schools — including the University of Kentucky — is proof of "systematic failures that must be fixed." Yahoo published on Friday a series of documents that detail cash advances, as well as entertainment and travel expenses, for high-profile high school and college prospects and their families at a number of powerhouse college basketball programs. The documents are part of the investigation into college basketball recruiting that has ensnared the University of Louisville and resulted in the indictment of eight people, including assistant coaches and a former agent.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
UK will conduct internal review of basketball allegations, hasn’t been contacted by FBI
     University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said that the school will conduct an internal review and cooperate with authorities after a Yahoo Sports report that linked past and current UK basketball players to an FBI investigation into college basketball. Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart made an equally succinct statement on Friday morning, saying the school had not been contacted by the FBI, but athletics officials had already contacted both the NCAA and SEC.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Old scam takes on new twist
     The “4-1-9” Advance Fee Fraud (also known as the Nigerian Letter Scam is now targeting a new segment of potential victims. It appears that the scammers are sending the letters to people based on their former or current occupations to try and lure them into the scam. A Lexington woman contacted the Better Business Bureau to report receiving a letter from a firm called “Bill Millman & Associates” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The letter stated they had tried to contact her in the past for their “late client” who died while traveling in the U.S. who has left her $2 million, a BBB news release said.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelby County to require constables to have $1 million bond
     In a dramatic move by the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates lent unanimous approval to require constables to take out a bond of $1 million each before taking office. Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison said he suggested the increase, from a $10,000 to a $1 million bond because he believes that anytime a person without police training is allow to carry a gun, there is a great potential for trouble.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Ledger Independent ]
Businesses flooded in Maysville
     It was simply too much water and it came too fast. And with an already flooded Ohio River, there was no place for it to go. That was the assessment after 2.5 inches of rain fell on the Maysville area overnight Wednesday into Thursday and sent flood water over the Newtown Bridge on Second Street and into the nearby Rotary Club Park and Clubhouse, along with some businesses.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Second college student charged in threats case
     A second Kentucky Wesleyan College student has been charged in connection to threats made against other students on campus. The Owensboro Police Department late Wednesday night charged Ethan James Bauer, 19, of Louisville with second-degree terroristic threatening and tampering with physical evidence. An investigation revealed Bauer had allegedly agreed to let Joshua S. Blount, 21, of the 1700 block of McCreary Avenue, into a secured dorm on campus and was complicit in Blount's plan to "kill or maim at least two students" at the college, according to a news release.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Paducah Sun ]
Secret hearing: Marshall judge weighs sending shooting case back to juvenile court
     Marshall Circuit Judge James "Jamie" Jameson conducted a secret hearing Monday and ordered attorneys to file briefs on a motion to send proceedings against accused Marshall County High School shooter Gabe Parker back to juvenile court. The shocking disclosure is contained in a new filing by Paxton Media Group attorneys made with the Kentucky Court of Appeals Thursday. It is the second "petition for writ of mandamus or prohibition" filed with the court by Paxton Media attorneys this week. The filing also says that last Friday Jameson on his own initiative issued a gag order -- an order the petition says is unconstitutional -- forbidding the commonwealth attorney, defense attorney, county attorney and assistant county attorney from disseminating any information about the case to the public. Jameson then sealed the gag order from public view.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘The most beautiful thing.’ Plan to help foster children advances in Ky. legislature.
     Kentucky lawmakers took their first step Thursday toward overhauling the state’s overburdened foster care and adoption system. “I think this is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a very, very long time,” Kentucky first lady Glenna Bevin said after House Bill 1 was approved by the House Health and Family Services Committee. “There are a lot of people coming together for our children.”

Posted February 23, 2018 [ The Gleaner ]
Time to prepare: Flooding may be as bad as 1997
     At least one Henderson County emergency agency is warning that flooding this weekend and early next week may be as bad as in 1997. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for both Henderson and Daviess counties on Thursday. "Rainfall that has already occurred, along with anticipated rain through the weekend, will continue to cause rises along the Ohio River basin," said the NWS alert, which said the precipitation here and upriver will spur both major and moderate flooding at different places along the Ohio River.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
New fishing regulations for 2018
      A reduction in the statewide daily creel limit from 30 fish to 20 fish for crappie highlights the new fishing regulations for 2018. The regulations go into effect March 1.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Girls have brawl at Scott County High School; at least four face assault charges
     A brawl among six to seven female students erupted outside the Scott County High School cafeteria Thursday morning, prompting the arrest of at least four of the girls, authorities said. No serious injury was reported, although a Georgetown Police officer and two teachers suffered scratches and abrasions when they tried to break up the fight, Police Chief Mike Bosse said.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Bill adding secrecy to projects like Capital Plaza redevelopment moves forward
     A bill that would shroud future projects like Frankfort’s Capital Plaza redevelopment in an extra layer of secrecy has moved a step toward passage. Following a - at times - spirited debate on the virtues of transparency in government and necessity of secrecy in procurement, members of the House Committee on State Government on Thursday sent House Bill 216 to the full chamber for consideration. The committee vote split 11-6 along party lines, with Democrats opposing the bill and Republicans generally supporting it, though Rep. Scott Wells, R-West Liberty, elected to “pass” and Rep. Phil Moffett, R-Louisville, qualified his “yes” by adding that there was “a lot to not like” about the bill.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ News Enterprise ]
Rain brings potential for flooding
     This week’s frequent downpours and the potential for more significant rainfall through Saturday is expected to leave the area with flooding. Bryce Shumate, director of emergency services for Hardin County, said in the last seven days the county has received roughly 2.43 inches of rain. Three inches is expected today and Saturday, according to weather projections.

Posted February 23, 2018 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Before first flight takes off, Wow expands CVG service
     Roughly a month and a half before its first CVG flight is scheduled to take off, low-cost Icelandic carrier Wow Air is expanding its international service from the airport, citing strong demand during the summer travel season. Wow will start service out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on May 9 with one-way trips to Iceland for $99. In August, the airline announced four flights a week but indicated additional flights were possible.

Posted February 22, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky Wesleyan College and UK College of Pharmacy announce innovative partnership
     Kentucky Wesleyan College has entered into a new partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy -- an accelerated program which will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy with one less year of coursework, allowing them to enter the workplace sooner. The partnership comes on the heels of the Early Assurance Program launched by Wesleyan with the UK College of Medicine in July of last year.

Posted February 22, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State seeks watershed restoration projects
     Funding is available for projects through the Kentucky Division of Water that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater, and for projects that protect water resources. The funds can be used for watershed restoration projects, watershed plan development, and other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution, a state news release said.

Posted February 22, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear opposes federal cuts to low-income utility program, CDBG grants
     Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking the federal government to fully fund programs that help thousands of Kentuckians either survive winter temperatures or their battle with addiction. In a recent letter to federal leaders, Beshear is opposing federal budget cuts to the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Posted February 22, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Citation: Man left autistic grandson in car because he didn't want boy to create scene
     A Bowling Green man is charged with endangering the welfare of his autistic grandson after police say he decided to leave the boy inside an unlocked vehicle in the Kroger parking lot Monday morning because he didn’t want the child to make a scene inside the store. Bowling Green police were called to the 350 U.S. 31-W By-Pass store at 10:10 a.m. Monday where they located a white Honda Pilot idling in the parking lot near the gas pump area, according to police records. Police saw a young child secured in a child safety seat in the middle seat position. Two windows were left completely down. The temperature at the time was 70 degrees and windy.

Posted February 22, 2018 [ Paducah Sun ]
Paducah theater director warns of ticket scams
     The phrase "caveat emptor" -- let the buyer beware -- does not appear on any of the second-party websites selling tickets to shows at Paducah's Carson Center, but in a more honest world, it would. Carson Center Executive Director Mary Katz is warning theatergoers they could be paying much higher prices than the Carson Center charges if they are not careful when they purchase tickets online. Hundreds of second-party ticket sellers, also known as the secondary ticket market, buy tickets from venues -- in this case the Carson Center -- then sell them to consumers at higher prices, pocketing the difference, Katz said.


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