Kentucky Press News Service

Judge: Bounty claim not enough to dismiss murder charge

May 24, 2019 - 5:21pm
A judge has denied a Greenup woman’s request to drop a murder charge against her on grounds that she was defending herself when she fatally stabbed a man in the throat at a Frankfort apartment complex because she believed a cash bounty was “on her head,” according to court records. 2019-05-24T11:18:23-04:00

Summer feeding programs invaluable for local children

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
Throughout the school year, the National School Lunch Program offers free or reduced breakfasts, lunches and after-school snacks to more than 30.4 million children each day, according to the USDA. In 2016, school cafeterias served more than 5 billion lunches, with nearly 75 percent of those free or at a reduced price. This program ensures access to nutritional meals for many food-insecure children across the U.S., including Kentucky. 2019-05-24T13:40:23-04:00

Congress should raise age for buying nicotine products to 21

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
The history of tobacco’s influence in Kentucky politics for far too long favored producers of a product that has been proven to kill people. Often that protection was veiled under the guise of protecting the small family farmer who worked a full-time job but raised a tobacco patch to supplement the family’s income. That was back before the 2004 Tobacco Buyout abolished the quota system that tied production to specific parcels of land. Over the intervening decade and a half, tobacco consumption has dropped drastically, as has production. 2019-05-24T13:35:55-04:00

Nearly 6 years in prison, a $19.2 million tax bill. Fraud ends badly for Kentucky businessman.

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
A Garrard County business owner has been sentenced to five years and 11 months in prison for his role in a massive tax-fraud conspiracy. Clarence Michel Jr., 48, of Lancaster, also is responsible for $19,227,376 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr. Michel pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the government and to helping prepare false tax returns. He operated several businesses in Garrard and Boyle counties that provided industrial staffing, according to the indictment. 2019-05-24T13:20:30-04:00

33 years later, authorities say body found in Kentucky was a Virginia man

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
In November 1986, a body was discovered in Strunk, a small Kentucky coal town in Daniel Boone National Forest near the Tennessee border. Authorities attempted to identify the body and pursued several leads, but the case eventually went cold without anyone finding out who the victim was. Nearly 33 years later, Kentucky State Police announced Thursday they are able to identify the body as belonging to a man from Norfolk, Virginia. Gerald Swindell was 29 years old when he went missing from Norfolk, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. 2019-05-24T13:11:16-04:00

Owners of biblical replica of Noah's ark sue over ... rain damage

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
The owner of the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky has sued its insurers for refusing to cover, of all things … rain damage. Ark Encounter, which unveiled the 510-foot-long model in 2016, says that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road, and its five insurance carriers refused to cover nearly $1 million in damages. In a 77-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Ark Encounter asks for compensatory and punitive damages. The ark itself was not damaged and the road has been rebuilt, according to the suit. 2019-05-24T13:06:31-04:00

Owenton city clerk terminated

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
An inquiry into the City of Owenton’s finances will be conducted by an outside agency following the termination of Owenton City Clerk Laura Maddox last week. Maddox, who held the position of city clerk for more than 10 years, was initially suspended by Owenton Mayor Adam Gaines early last week. She was then relieved of her duties effective May 17. 2019-05-24T12:46:20-04:00

Two charged with 2015 Logan County murder

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
Two people have been arrested and charged in the 2015 murder of Robert Wetton. On May 22, the Logan County Sheriff's Department arrested 35-year-old Carolyn Jane Kinder of Bowling Green for conspiracy to commit murder and persistent felony offender. Earl K. Johnson of Lewisburg has also been indicted on charges of conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, engaging in organized crime/criminal syndicate, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and persistent felony offender. 2019-05-24T12:42:53-04:00

'Fairness' amendments prompt debate

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
Two proposed amendments to the city of Paducah's "fairness ordinance" have revived the controversy that accompanied the original ordinance when it passed more than a year ago. City officials and community members have expressed differing opinions since the May 14 meeting of the Paducah City Commission, during which both Mayor Brandi Harless and City Commissioner Richard Abraham proposed amendments to a January 2018 ordinance governing the Paducah Human Rights Commission. That ordinance functioned, in part, to add protections for Paducah residents who encounter discrimination based on age, gender identification and sexual orientation. 2019-05-24T12:36:49-04:00

Jury finds Williams not guilty of murder

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
A Daviess County jury deliberated more than four hours Thursday night before finding Preston Tyrell Williams not guilty of murder in the 2016 shooting death of Jerard Fountain. Fountain was fatally shot in the chest on Dec. 4, 2016, in front of his girlfriend's house. 2019-05-24T12:31:01-04:00

Child dies after being found in pond

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office said a toddler died Thursday afternoon at a Nashville, Tennessee hospital after apparently falling into a pond late Wednesday afternoon. In a news release, CCSO said it received a call at its 911 Communications Center at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday from a female who said her 1-year-old child had been located in a pond near her residence. The caller said that the child was not breathing. 2019-05-24T12:27:38-04:00

Study: New mining methods help fuel surge in black lung disease

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
New mining methods that churn up silica-laden rock are likely responsible for the surge of black lung disease that has afflicted hundreds of miners across Central Appalachia in recent years, according to new research presented at the American Thoratic Society’s annual meeting this week. The research provides further evidence that new mining methods used to extract thin seams of coal have led to the surge of black lung in Eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia and other parts of Appalachia. 2019-05-24T12:18:16-04:00

‘It’s surreal’: Ten sets of twins are graduating from Boyle County

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
Six sets of twin seniors from Boyle County High School posed on the school’s gymnasium bleachers Wednesday. They will be part of the total ten sets of twins set to graduate the high school. The commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday evening. Nobody was more surprised that the Boyle County High School graduating class of 2019 had 10 sets of twins than some of the twins themselves. 2019-05-24T12:10:20-04:00

A Louisville mall is banning unsupervised teens on weekend nights for bad behavior

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
On the heels of increasing complaints and disruptions by youths hanging out at Louisville's Jefferson Mall, the shopping center's managers announced they're clamping down with a new "Youth Escort Policy" on Friday and Saturday nights. Mall officials cited inappropriate conduct and a rise in the numbers of unsupervised young people in common areas of the property on Outer Loop in Okolona. The new rules require all visitors under age 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 21 years of age. The situation "has become volatile from time to time," mall spokeswoman Sarah Robinson said, adding that "it's been an issue for awhile." 2019-05-24T12:02:40-04:00

Beam me up, Kentucky? Star Trek actor tweets he's 'tempted' to take on Mitch McConnell

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
Could George Takei boldly go where no man has gone before? No, not into the far reaches of space, but someplace even harder to reach: Defeating long-time U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for his seat in Washington. Oh my! The actor famous among Star Trek fans for his role as USS Enterprise pilot Hikaru Sulu and, more recently, well-known as a left-leaning political advocate, tweeted Thursday that he's "tempted" to move to Kentucky just to run against the Kentucky senator and Senate Majority Leader. 2019-05-24T11:45:52-04:00

Grayson County man sentenced for 2017 murder

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
41-year-old Chad Durbin, of Leitchfield, was sentenced to 25 years in prison this week for the 2017 murder of a Lebanon Junction man. After accepting a deal last month, Durbin pleaded guilty the charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of corpse in relation to the April 1, 2017 shooting death of 66-year-old Robert Hayes. 2019-05-24T11:41:38-04:00

Leitchfield to allow golf carts on roads

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
The city of Leitchfield will now permit the operation of golf carts on roadways within the city limits, with some exceptions. Per an ordinance unanimously adopted during Monday's regular city council meeting, golf carts may be operated on city streets at speeds not to exceed 35 miles per hour, provided they meet certain requirements. 2019-05-24T11:38:38-04:00

Trial underway for Oldham man accused of shooting at individuals, vehicles

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
An Oldham County jury has now heard from 19 witnesses in the trial of a man accused of shooting at vehicles and people around Oldham County and eastern Jefferson County. Norman Dick IV, 37, is facing the charges of nine counts of attempted murder, two counts of terroristic threatening, two counts of violation of a Kentucky EPO and possession of marijuana. The trial is expected to finish sometime next week. 2019-05-24T11:33:57-04:00

Amazon driver held at gunpoint, forced to rake driveway gravel

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
A La Grange man is accused of holding an Amazon delivery driver at gunpoint and then forcing him to rake gravel in his driveway. Kenneth Vance, 63, was arrested and charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment and first-degree wanton endangerment May 23. 2019-05-24T11:30:24-04:00

Oak Grove woman arrested for alleged child abuse

May 24, 2019 - 2:21pm
An Oak Grove woman was arrested around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday while on Fort Campbell Boulevard on the strength of a warrant for two charges of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12, according to a Hopkinsville police report. According to the warrant, Ashli Mancil, 22, allegedly failed to provide immunizations, medical care and nutrition to her six-month-old daughter who was reportedly emaciated, having only gained six ounces since birth. Her other child was allegedly found to be hungry, underweight and unable to walk. 2019-05-24T11:26:59-04:00

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