Kentucky Press News Service

Corbin City Manager begins suspension

36 min 10 sec ago
With the end of the NIBROC community festival, Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams has begun serving his 30-day suspension without pay, handed down by the city commission on July 16. The commission voted to suspend Sams for what was described as, “inaccuracies in the budget process relating to payroll.” While declining to go into details, officials have emphasized that Sams never financially benefited. 2018-08-17T11:34:25-04:00

Former Prestonsburg mayor gets probation

36 min 10 sec ago
Prestonsburg’s former mayor, Jerry Fannin, was sentenced to probation and a fine in connection with a case in which he was found guilty of using city funds to support his semi-professional football team. Fannin appeared in U.S. District Court in Pikeville Thursday where U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced him to serve six months of probation, with home incarceration required, as well as a $2,000 fine and nearly $8,000 in restitution linked to the case. 2018-08-17T11:27:48-04:00

Pendleton County teachers receive $100 each from anonymous donor

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Pendleton County Schools held opening day for staff and Pendleton County Board of Education member Karen Delaney, representing Pendleton County Education Foundation, had a surprise for classroom teachers. A crisp $100 bill with Benjamin Franklin’s face on it for classroom supplies with a total distribution of $14,300 given out. 2018-08-17T11:14:59-04:00

KSP arrests 2 Shelby men on child sexual exploitation charges

36 min 10 sec ago
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch Thursday arrested Sedwin Osmel-Vasquez Carillo, 28, and Elder Rene Carrillo-Cruz, 26, on charges related to child sexual exploitation. Both men were arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspects using social media to distribute files containing child sexual exploitation. 2018-08-17T11:11:08-04:00

Skeptical that coordinated effort will produce change

36 min 10 sec ago
Hundreds of newspapers across the country have banded together to denounce President Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media. Keeping track of and promoting the effort, The Boston Globe splashed the front page of its website with the large headline “Journalists are not the enemy.” The front page of its print edition included a graphic at the top of the page saying the same. In its lead sentence, the editorial states, “A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather ‘the enemy of the people.’” 2018-08-17T11:06:45-04:00

This illustrates value of Knox Regional Development Alliance

36 min 10 sec ago
Gov. Matt Bevin recently appointed Jim Iacocca, president of the Knox Regional Development Alliance, as the new board chairman of the Ken­tucky Commission on Military Affairs. His new leadership position with the commission will complement and bolster Iacocca’s influence and KRDA’s value proposition for Fort Knox with the nation’s defense branches and military industry contractors. A retired U.S. Army brigadier general, his four-year term on the state commission provides ideal access, insight and influence. The commission is an independent advocacy agency tied to the governor’s office. 2018-08-17T11:02:55-04:00

Rand Paul celebrates after Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance

3 hours 36 min ago
Sen. Rand Paul made President Donald Trump an offer he couldn't refuse. Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance Wednesday evening, three weeks after Paul publicly and privately asked Trump to do so. And Paul is basking in the success of his mission. Last month, Brennan fiercely critiqued the president for meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said it "exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanors.'" 2018-08-17T09:22:47-04:00

Drug, gun charges dropped against ex-Louisville player Chane Behanan

3 hours 36 min ago
Charges were dropped Thursday against former University of Louisville basketball star Chane Behanan relating to possessing a stolen gun and drugs, according to court records. Behanan pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, but that charge was dropped after he completed a marijuana education program, according to court records. Behanan had been accused of being a backseat passenger in a car that had “marijuana residue” and was sitting next to a stolen “AK-47-style rifle,” according to an arrest citation. The rifle was found to be stolen from Troy, Indiana, according to a background check. 2018-08-17T09:16:03-04:00

Baby death case moving forward

3 hours 36 min ago
The attorney for a man charged in the death of his infant stepson allowed his case to proceed to the grand jury without a preliminary hearing this week, but a prosecutor said he could face a more serious charge. Mayfield police charged David Kayse, 20, of Mayfield with reckless homicide in the death of 8-month-old Jacob Ryan Craig Boling on July 15. Kayse's attorney, Wesley Boyarski, waived his hearing Wednesday, allowing the case to proceed to the grand jury. The grand jury was expected to consider cases Thursday in confidential proceedings before the results become public today or early next week. 2018-08-17T09:07:16-04:00

Owensboro's Catholic leader speaks on reports of abuse: 'Our mission isn't finished'

3 hours 36 min ago
The leader of the Diocese of Owensboro has released a statement voicing his frustration and concern for victims in the wake of a report from a Pennsylvania Grand Jury detailing decades of sexual abuse and resulting cover-ups by priests and bishops. The Most Rev. William Medley wrote Thursday that he was appalled to find himself “addressing again the embarrassing and shameful reality that the sin of sexual abuse is still being discovered among bishops and priests.” The Vatican released a statement Thursday, 48 hours after the Pennsylvania report became public, condemning sexual abuse of minors and acknowledging the work in the report. 2018-08-17T09:02:44-04:00

Ballard paper mill to reopen, add 500 jobs

3 hours 36 min ago
Barely two years after the Verso paper mill closed, taking hundreds of jobs with it, officials announced Thursday that a new buyer is taking possession of the mill and plans to reopen by early next year with 500 full-time jobs. Gov. Matt Bevin, along with officials from Verso Corp. and the new buyer, Global Win Wickliffe LLC, held a contract signing ceremony at the Ballard County mill. The Chinese-owned company announced it plans to invest $150 million in the facility. 2018-08-17T08:52:54-04:00

Lexington choir teacher facing additional sexual abuse charge after being put on leave

3 hours 36 min ago
A choir teacher at Winburn Middle School in Lexington who was put on administrative leave earlier this week following three charges of sexual abuse of minors was arraigned Thursday on a fourth charge, according to court records and a school official. Thomas C. Steuart, 36, is now facing four counts of sexual abuse, with three of the charges involving a victim under 12 years old, according to court records. Steuart was initially charged with three counts of sexual abuse, but the fourth count was filed on Thursday. The incidents that the charges stemmed from occurred at his home, according to court documents. 2018-08-17T08:45:35-04:00

Former Lexington bishop’s diocese disputes report that he protected abusive priests

3 hours 36 min ago
A former Lexington bishop acted “appropriately and definitively” to remove from church two abusive priests, according to new diocesan remarks disputing a Pennsylvania grand jury account of his role in covering up clergy sexual misconduct. Ronald Gainer, now the leader of the Harrisburg, Penn. diocese, is among the church leaders accused by a grand jury of protecting more than 300 “predator priests” in six dioceses who sexually abused more than 1,000 identifiable victims, many children, over seven decades. The grand jury report said Gainer asked the Vatican in 2014 — the year he took over — not to expel two priests who had been suspended for sexual abuse. 2018-08-17T08:39:54-04:00

Barr compares time in Congress to military service. Veterans’ group asks for apology.

3 hours 36 min ago
Rep. Andy Barr’s comparison of his job in Congress — “where ideas matter” — to his opponent’s military service — “where execution matters” — kicked off a storm of controversy Thursday, and a request for an apology from a veterans’ political group that endorses both Republicans and Democrats. With Honor, which has endorsed Barr’s Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, called on Barr to apologize to McGrath and members of the military, accusing the Kentucky Republican of “devaluing their service.” “She put her life on the line flying 89 combat missions,” the group said of McGrath. Barr, it added, “has served as an elected official in Washington, DC. To equate the two is misleading.” 2018-08-17T08:34:27-04:00

Keeneland to Host 2020 Breeders' Cup

3 hours 36 min ago
The Breeders' Cup will return to Lexington's Keeneland Racecourse, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. Official confirmation is expected Friday in a series of announcements at each of the three tracks slated to host the prestigious race in the coming years: Santa Anita in 2019, Keeneland in 2020 and Del Mar in 2021. The 2018 Breeders' Cup is set for Nov. 2–3 at Louisville's Churchill Downs. The last time Lexington hosted the event was in 2015, when American Pharoah became the first ever Grand Slam champion by winning the Breeders' Cup Classic in a 6 1/2-length victory. 2018-08-17T08:28:37-04:00

Rusty Boyle County caboose donated to economic development project in eastern Kentucky

3 hours 36 min ago
An old red caboose owned by the Danville-Boyle County Industrial Foundation is going to be part of an economic development project for Ravenna in Estill County. Wednesday afternoon, the foundation voted unanimously to donate the 1941 Southern Railroad caboose, located on property it owns on Lebanon Road, to the non-profit Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation. KSHC director of restorations Andrew Wartman emailed that night accepting the offer. 2018-08-17T08:16:44-04:00

Murder indictment for man accused of stealing cancer patient's medicine, dumping body

3 hours 36 min ago
A man accused of stealing his cousin's cancer medication before dumping her body in a wooded area has been indicted on several charges. Kenneth Jones, 38, targeted his own cousin, Denita “Marci” Satchwell, in a plot to take her painkillers, according to court documents filed in Kenton County. Satchwell, 58, was a Stage 4 lung cancer patient and in “frail and in poor health,” documents show. Police called Satchwell an “easy target” for the robbery because she had a large number of painkillers in her Covington residence. 2018-08-17T08:11:30-04:00

Acknowledging the past vital for the future

August 16, 2018 - 3:25pm
There are aspects of our history that are worth publicly celebrating; others are unpleasant but nonetheless need to be likewise remembered. Such is the case with the nation’s legacy of racial violence manifested locally in dozens of lynchings in southcentral Kentucky in the 19th and 20th centuries. According to historian George C. Wright, there were at least 353 lynchings between 1865 and 1940 in Kentucky, with at least 31 lynching victims in southcentral Kentucky during the period. One of the most notorious cases occurred in Russellville in 1908. 2018-08-16T13:48:11-04:00

Western Kentucky paper mill to reopen; hire hundreds of workers

August 16, 2018 - 3:25pm
Global Win Wickliffe LLC, a Chinese-owned paper products manufacturer, will reopen the former Verso Corp. mill in west Kentucky’s Ballard County with a $150 million investment expected to create 500 full-time jobs. 2018-08-16T13:32:08-04:00

Man accused of shooting cop will face a jury next month

August 16, 2018 - 3:25pm
A Floyd County man who allegedly shot a former Prestonsburg Police officer could face life behind bars. Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner said Robert L. Powers, 31, of Auxier, is facing a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, if he is convicted of crimes alleged in one of three felony cases he currently faces. Powers is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 19 in a case in which he is charged with shooting former Prestonsburg Police Sgt. Adam Dixon. 2018-08-16T13:20:37-04:00

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