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Posted April 17, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Witness: Suspect 'cackled' she shot boyfriend
     The victim's father. A former Miss Ohio. A jailhouse snitch. A friend of the couple. The neighbors who lived downstairs. An investigator. An expert in bloodstains. A litany of witnesses took the stand Thursday to bolster the prosecution's contention that when Shayna Hubers shot Ryan Poston six times on a Friday night in October 2012 with his own handgun, it was murder. Hubers, 24, has said she shot the 29-year-old attorney in self-defense after they argued and he pushed and threw her.


Posted April 17, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Police brass try to ward off trouble
     How can police and the public get along better and prevent any further violent interactions? The recent police shootings around the country have further heightened tensions between police and communities. The police chiefs of Cincinnati and Covington on Thursday came together to say the answer is through more compassion and positive interaction with the public.


Posted April 17, 2015 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Men identified, canoe search continues
     While officials continue to search for a missing canoeist from a March 25 accident on Green River, a representative of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has provided the CKNJ with the names of the men involved. According to Mark Marraccini with the KDFW, Niles H. Lawlor, 67, of Sulphur Springs, and Melvin Corman, 68, of Edmonton, were the men riding in canoes on Green River. Marraccini identified Lawlor as the man for whom authorities have been searching since the accident.


Posted April 17, 2015 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown has third bank robbery since December
     Your Community Bank near Bardstown's Kroger store - on the north side of the city - was robbed Thursday afternoon, the third bank heist since December in Bardstown. Around 1:15 p.m. a man entered the bank and demanded cash. Police were on the scene minutes after the call came into dispatchers.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Man, woman indicted in Floyd for trafficking prescription pills
     Attorney General Jack Conway Thursday announced a drug trafficking investigation in Floyd County conducted by his statewide prescription drug task force that resulted in an indictment. The warrants resulted in the indictments of Karen Clifton, 43, of Harold, on three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, a Class C felony carrying a penalty of 5-10 years in prison. James J. Adams, 33, of Prestonsburg, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree. The defendants were indicted by the Floyd Count grand jury on Tuesday.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Crittenden Press ]
Marion officials searching for keys to reverse city’s housing trend
     Officials are concerned by what they think is a negative trend in the housing situation in Marion.  A variety of factors, says Marion City Administrator Mark Bryant, is causing an apparent depreciation in the “housing stock” inside the city limits. While new construction is steady out in the county, Bryant said only one new home has been built within the city limits over the last two and a half years.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Heavy rainfall results in flood warnings
     Heavy rain in parts of Kentucky has caused the National Weather Service office in Louisville to issue flood warnings for several counties. They include: Adair, Breckinridge, Carroll, Green, Hardin, Hart, Henry and Nelson counties.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Ammunition developer launching operation in Hardin County
     Brent Jarboe and Marlin Jiranek have a passion for making guns and ammunition. They also love living in Elizabethtown. “We have established great ties in Kentucky,” Jarboe said in a news release. “Our families are happy here, and we couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.” Jarboe and Jiranek had the best of both worlds. They both worked as staff engineers for a global company involved in designing, developing and marketing state-of-the-art rifles, cartridges and ammunition. But when that company, Remington Arms, made the business decision to consolidate operations to another state, the men were at a crossroads. They had the option of moving with the company, but their desire to remain in Kentucky was stronger than the job offer.



    Posted April 16, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State's jobless rate dips to 5.1 percent in March; lowest in 13 years
     Once again, Kentucky’s unemployment rate is dropping. Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2015 unemployment rate dipped to 5.1 percent, the lowest rate since June 2001 when it was 5 percent. Kentucky’s figure is below the national rate for the eighth month in a row, according to the Office of Employment and Training.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Amber Alert issued for missing 5-year-old
     An Amber Alert has been issued for a 5-year-old girl from Bowling Green, according to a report from WHAS11.com. Police say that Aubrey Madison Johnson was taken by Rique'R Griffin, who drove off with Johnson in a silver Ford Explorer after an altercation with her mother.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Mural or not: Art on hold pending train car decision
     A new mural for Paducah's floodwall is on hold until the city makes a decision on what to do with the train cars that currently block the view of the designated space just west of the Carson Center. In February, the city accepted bids for a contractor to paint the locomotive and tender car that sit in front of the floodwall, and removal of the green combine car, also known as the baggage car, and the red caboose. The removal of the back two cars would allow for space along the floodwall to be opened up for new murals. City leaders will face the decision of whether the floodwall along the Carson Center should be home to a Rotary Club mural, or whether the rear two train cars should remain.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Suicide prevention coalition hosts speakers April 23
     Retired Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and his wife Carol will speak on "The Invisible Front," from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 23 at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital auditorium. The forum is part of he Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition's annual conference, which continues with a professional workshop on April 24, coalition President Mike Flaherty said. The Grahams lost two sons within nine months of each other — Kevin to suicide and Jeff to a roadside bomb in Iraq.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Thunder event grows louder and longer over the past 25 years
     The nearly day-long Thunder Over Louisville celebration with a "Boom with a View" theme on Saturday hasn't always been the all-out extravaganza that hundreds of thousands of fans have come to expect. It started off with a vastly smaller "bang" that's become a whole lot louder and longer over more than 25 years.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Auditor to count number of untested rape kits
     The state auditor's office is sending surveys this week to more than 400 local law enforcement agencies to determine exactly how many sexual assault kits have never been forwarded to Kentucky State Police labs for DNA testing. State police estimate the number "in the hundreds, if not thousands," Auditor Adam Edelen said at a news conference Wednesday.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Police: 'Mr. Chess' stabbed 140 times
     Stephen Dillard in March, told police he stabbed Dillard more than 140 times "because he was molesting me," according to newly filed court evidence. Jeffersontown Detective Ted Spegal spoke with Jenefor on March 13, the day of the arrest, and detailed his findings in an investigative report entered late Tuesday into evidence in Jefferson Circuit Court. Jenefor, 21, lived with Dillard, 55, in his home in Jeffersontown.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Florida man admits to playing key role in flooding Eastern Kentucky with pain pills
     A Florida man has admitted playing a key role in flooding Eastern Kentucky with hundreds of thousands of pain pills. Joel A. Shumrak, 67, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiring to illegally distribute pain pills and conspiracy to launder money. He also pleaded guilty to a count under which he will forfeit millions of dollars to the government. The plea deal calls for a sentence of 14 years. Shumrak is to be sentenced in August.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Judge delays decision on unsealing depositions in harassment lawsuit against former lawmaker
     A judge allowed two media outlets Wednesday to intervene in a sexual harassment case against a former state lawmaker but delayed deciding whether depositions in the case should be unsealed. An initial order signed by Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said he had turned down requests to permanently seal the depositions of state Rep. Sannie Overly, who is running for lieutenant governor, and former Legislative Research Commission director Bobby Sherman in a sexual harassment case against former state Rep. John Arnold. It also said The Courier-Journal and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting could intervene in the lawsuit, arguing that the public has a right to inspect court records in the case. But a few hours later, an order signed by the judge said the court "inadvertently signed" a proposed order presented by The Courier-Journal without modification.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Massage parlor murder trial pushed into 2016
     The special prosecutor indicated Wednesday it could take at least three weeks, if not four, to try three men recently charged in the 20-year-old shooting and stabbing deaths of two women at an Oak Grove massage parlor. Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self said he “understands it’s an exhaustive process” and “there’s quite a bit of evidence” but that didn’t stop him from setting a Feb. 1 trial date.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ The Gleaner ]
Self-proclaimed witch, boyfriend plead to child sex abuse
     A self-proclaimed witch and her boyfriend have pleaded guilty to committing sexual offenses against children in Henderson during a party in 2013. Jessica Smith, 29, of Evansville, Indiana, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Henderson Circuit Court to first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. Smith and her boyfriend are accused of hosting a party for kids at a residence. At the party, the kids were allegedly involved in the making of and viewing of pornography, as well as live sexual performances.


Posted April 16, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Memorial wall could find home at Fort Knox
     The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall scheduled to visit Radcliff next month could return to Hardin County and stay forever. Purchasing a replica wall outright is “just an idea at this point,” said Randy Acton, who co-founded Hooray for Heroes, an annual event bringing the wall to Radcliff in May and potentially looking to buy it. “And the mayor has suggested a location for it, but beyond that, we don’t know much.” Radcliff Mayor Mike Weaver said at Monday’s city council work session he plans to wear his citizen hat, not his mayoral one, to help raise money to permanently install the wall near the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership at Fort Knox.


 

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