Kentucky Press News Service

Vinyl records revival boosts Crosley Brands revenue

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Crosley Brands, a venerable Louisville electronics company that has its origins in the heyday of radio, has been capitalizing on a surprising trend: a resurgence of vinyl. The analog technology, which requires a physical medium (the phonograph record) and a mechanical device that spins the record and decodes it with a needle, is finding ever more fans in an era dominated by streaming music and handheld devices that hold tens of thousands of songs. And if it weren’t for a gutsy decision and impromptu trip to China by a young CEO in the early 1990s — when vinyl, thanks to the dominance of CDs, seemed to go the way of 8-track — Crosley might have folded long before the vinyl renaissance. 2018-11-29T12:17:19-05:00

Tea party leaders tell Matt Bevin to keep Jenean Hampton or lose votes

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
The conservative tea party movement that backed Matt Bevin when he was a struggling long-shot Republican wants Bevin to keep Jenean Hampton as his running mate when he seeks re-election as governor in 2019. A dozen tea party leaders from across the state met with Bevin at the Capitol about a month ago, and the first item on their agenda was a unanimous request that Hampton remain on Bevin’s ticket. “We said we’d really like to see him keep Jenean…” said Scott Hofstra, of Elizabethtown, spokesman for the United Kentucky Tea Party. “Jenean is very conservative. I think she’s been a bright spot for Matt’s administration.” But Hofstra and two others at the meeting said Bevin told them he had not yet made a decision on a 2019 running mate. 2018-11-29T12:13:23-05:00

Dad, son who died after being found in garage identified

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
The father and child who were found unconscious in their Valley Station garage Wednesday and later died have been identified. Juvenal Garcia Mora, 39, and his son, Cruz Garcia, 3, were found around 9:11 a.m. in the enclosed garage of their home in the 9000 block of Plaudit Way, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office said. They were taken to Southwest Hospital and died around 10 a.m., the coroner's office said. 2018-11-29T12:09:55-05:00

FBI wants person behind tweets threatening Trinity High to come forward

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
St. Matthews Police and FBI officials are asking for the person behind a Twitter account accused of threatening Trinity High School to come forward. School officials decided to cancel Thursday classes late Wednesday night after police alerted them to the alleged "threat against the school due to Jeff Brohm deciding to remain at Purdue." Tony Cobaugh, assistant chief of police, said messages from Twitter account named “Proud Clarion” used words that were concerning, such as "gas cans" and "matches." 2018-11-29T12:06:23-05:00

Kentucky American Water wants a 24 percent rate increase for residential customers

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Water bills could be going up again this year for Kentucky American Water customers. The utility company filed an application with the state Public Service Commission to raise its overall rate — including residential, commercial and fire hydrant rates — by 22 percent to generate more than $19.8 million annually. Kentucky American Water serves Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas, Scott, Woodford, Gallatin, Owen, Grant, Rockcastle and Jackson counties. 2018-11-29T11:49:55-05:00

3 Central Kentucky men, including UK honors grad, could get life sentences in fentanyl deaths

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
A University of Kentucky honors grad and two others could get life sentences after pleading guilty to distributing fentanyl that led to the deaths of a UK student and a jail inmate, according to the U.S. attorney’s office and other reports. One of the guilty pleas resulted from the death of 25-year-old Ryan Alan Smallwood at the Montgomery County Regional Jail on Nov. 23, 2017. The death also led to a lawsuit against the jailer and deputy jailers. 2018-11-29T11:45:33-05:00

Detective explains how missing person report became murder investigation

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
About 70 minutes of testimony Wednesday morning from the lead detective in a 2017 death investigation of a Radcliff mother of four provided jury members a snapshot into how police went from receiving a missing person report on Maria Williams to discovering her body wrapped in garbage bags in the corner of her own garage — all in the same day. Radcliff Police De­tec­tive Michael Barry said officers and detectives spent several hours at the Congress Drive home in Radcliff in early April 2017 after a missing person’s report was filed on Williams, 32. 2018-11-29T11:28:26-05:00

Kenton County corrections officer suspended 30 days after slamming inmate to jail floor

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
A Kenton County jail corrections officer was suspended for violating use-of-force policies after slamming an inmate to the floor, resulting in a deep gash in the inmate's head. Corrections Officer Daniel Nussbaum was suspended for 30 days on Nov. 12 and is expected to return to work Dec. 22, according to a disciplinary report in his personnel file. The Enquirer obtained the report after making a Kentucky Open Records Act request. The report says Nussbaum violated two use-of-force policies and the code of conduct on Nov. 2 in an incident that started with inmate Steven Jordan's release from the jail. 2018-11-29T11:22:16-05:00

Missing Kentucky city clerk surrenders in Tennessee

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
A former Kuttawa city clerk is in police custody in Sevier County, Tennessee, months after locals said she stopped showing up for work. Katie Harrison went AWOL in July after financial discrepancies were discovered in the clerk's office. She turned herself in to police on Nov. 21. The City of Kuttawa has not yet released the amount of money missing from the clerk's office, and the office is undergoing audits for both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 fiscal years. 2018-11-29T11:17:23-05:00

35-year-old McCracken County woman charged with raping 17-year-old boy

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
A McCracken County woman charged with third-degree rape under a consent statute signed into law earlier this year is the first such case in the county, according to deputies. Crystal Ashford-Payne, 35, admitted to being "intimately involved" with a 17-year-old male, and also had nude images of him on her cell phone, according to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department. The statute, dubbed "Jenna's Law," prohibits anyone at least 28 years old from having sexual intercourse with a person 16 or 17 years old. 2018-11-29T11:08:32-05:00

Judge: Boucher must testify

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Rene Boucher has been ordered to sit for a deposition set for Monday ahead of a trial to determine what he may owe in damages to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul after tackling him last year. Special Judge Tyler Gill, who is presiding over the civil case between the neighbors in Bowling Green's Rivergreen subdivision, ruled in a hearing Wednesday that Boucher could not make a blanket assertion of his right not to testify in order to avoid self-incrimination when the time comes for him to be deposed. Boucher pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of assaulting a member of Congress and has served a 30-day prison sentence, but federal prosecutors have appealed the punishment, arguing that it was too lenient. 2018-11-29T11:03:20-05:00

Volunteers needed in 41 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

November 29, 2018 - 1:46pm
Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 41 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care, according to a state news release. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. 2018-11-29T10:59:23-05:00

Ford transferring 500 jobs between Jefferson County assembly plants

November 28, 2018 - 7:45pm
Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will move 500 full-time hourly jobs at its Louisville Assembly Plant and shift all workers to similar assembly jobs at the automaker's truck plant in eastern Jefferson County. The news comes after months of speculation about Ford's plans to restructure, and after the automaker's chief competitor, General Motors, announced this week it would close five factories in North America and trim 14,000 jobs, including management and professional staff. "Ford is adding more than 500 jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant and moving approximately that same number of jobs from Louisville Assembly Plant to nearby KTP to increase Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator production by 20 percent," Ford said in a statement. 2018-11-28T17:13:11-05:00

Asylum seekers are not breaking the law. Trump is.

November 28, 2018 - 4:45pm
Parents and children who have walked 1,000 miles to ask for asylum are not breaking United States laws by crossing the border, no matter what President Donald Trump says. Trump’s administration, on the other hand, has repeatedly ignored or flouted the laws that Congress has enacted on immigration, which explains why Trump keeps losing in court. Rather than tear gassing children, the administration should do its job by providing the personnel and space required to process asylum claims as set out by law. Instead the administration is intentionally creating backups of asylum seekers at the border. 2018-11-28T13:54:11-05:00

Trump blew chance to justify U.S. position on Saudis, Khashoggi killing

November 28, 2018 - 4:45pm
President Donald Trump’s statement siding with Saudi Arabia on the issue of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi sent shockwaves through American media and Washington, D.C., raising questions about America’s commitment to holding accountable regimes that commit human-rights atrocities. The president’s statement — which he personally dictated, according to news accounts — was perhaps the best window yet into Mr. Trump’s transactional worldview. A businessman, who promised to operate government like a business, used business deals to justify his position. On this, there should be no shock. To be sure, many Americans voted for precisely this kind of thinking in which economic realism trumps abstract idealism. 2018-11-28T13:50:01-05:00

Ford cutting 500 jobs at Louisville Assembly, but workers could move

November 28, 2018 - 4:45pm
Ford Motor Co. said it will cut 500 full-time hourly jobs at its Louisville Assembly Plant, but all workers will receive priority to apply for other jobs at the automaker's truck plant in eastern Jefferson County. The news on Wednesday comes after months of speculation about Ford's plans to restructure — and after the automaker's chief competitor, General Motors, announced this week that it would shutter five factories in North America and trim 14,000 jobs, including management and professional staff. 2018-11-28T13:47:14-05:00

Father and child found dead inside Louisville-area garage

November 28, 2018 - 4:45pm
A father and his 3-year-old child died Wednesday morning inside a garage in Pleasure Ridge Park, according to Louisville police. Officers found the father and two of his children unconscious inside an enclosed garage in the 9900 block of Plaudit Way around 9 a.m., LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. The three were taken to Southwest Hospital, and the 39-year-old father and 3-year-old boy died a short time later, Mitchell said. 2018-11-28T13:44:28-05:00

Attorneys dispute attack in attempted murder trial

November 28, 2018 - 1:45pm
Tracy Hargrove said she has no doubt her estranged husband hit her with a hammer, but his defense attorney questioned that and much of her testimony Tuesday. "He was coming through the living room with a hammer in his hand, and he said you're going to go with me, and I said no I'm not, and he hit me in the face with the hammer," Hargrove testified Tuesday, the first day of Brady Ray's trial for attempted murder. The trial is expected to continue through Thursday in Graves Circuit Court. Graves Commonwealth Attorney David Hargrove, no relation to Tracy Hargrove, is prosecuting the case. The defense attorney is Dennis Null. 2018-11-28T13:26:23-05:00

Higdon steps aside as Senate president pro tem

November 28, 2018 - 1:45pm
Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, will no longer be president pro tem when the Kentucky Senate reconvenes in January. In a written statement Friday, Higdon, who was just re-elected to a third full term, said he decided not to seek the position out of deference to Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg. 2018-11-28T13:19:05-05:00

New Castle commissioner-elect charged with assaulting his mother with a box

November 28, 2018 - 1:45pm
A New Castle city commissioner, elected earlier this month, was charged with assault last week at the La Grange Walmart. Charles Sevier, 49, was charged on Nov. 17 with assault, fourth degree with no visible injury after an incident involving his mother happened at the retail store in Oldham County. Michael Thomas told police that he saw Sevier strike his mother with a box in his hand and tell her to “get her 75-year-old ass out of the aisle.” Michael Thomas told the Local that he heard Sevier’s mother say, “Don’t hit me,” and that’s when he and his wife confronted Sevier. 2018-11-28T13:00:18-05:00

Pages