Kentucky Press News Service

Two plead, one declines offer in case connected to officer’s death

October 4, 2018 - 2:10pm
Two men accused of helping to hide a man accused of killing a Pikeville Police Dept. officer in March pleaded guilty to their roles in keeping the man from apprehension and a woman charged in the case declined her plea offer Wednesday in Pike Circuit Court. Michael T. Slone, 40, of Chloe Road, Pikeville, and Greg Dean Slone, 55, of Stoney Brook Drive, Betsy Layne, each pleaded guilty to their respective charges. in connection to hindering the apprehension of John R. Hall, 56, of Hurricane Creek, Pikeville, on March 14 and 15. Hall is charged with capital murder for the alleged shooting death of PPD Officer Scotty Hamilton on the night of March 13. 2018-10-04T14:03:57-04:00

Henry County men arrested after Smithfield murder

October 4, 2018 - 2:10pm
One Smithfield man was arrested on Tuesday for murder and another Bethlehem man was arrested for tampering with physical evidence. Gregory Heightchew, 20, was booked at the Oldham County Jail at around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday on one count of murder, with a supplementary code of attempt and one count of wanton endangerment. 2018-10-04T13:47:33-04:00

History museum acquires notable antiques

October 4, 2018 - 2:10pm
Various members of Hardin County's Helm family played important roles in Elizabethtown and its history over the years. Now, the Hardin County History Museum has acquired a number of items from the Helm family. One family member, Emily Todd Helm, was the half sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. 2018-10-04T13:06:49-04:00

Campbellsville University to host Fake News Forum Nov. 1

October 4, 2018 - 2:10pm
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That's what Stan McKinney believes all journalists should seek and report to the best of their abilities. "The idea of 'fake news' actually sickens me," said McKinney, associate professor of journalism at Campbellsville University who was a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and is in his 19th year as a full-time journalism professor at Campbellsville University. McKinney and other journalists agreed to participate in a "Fake News Forum" set for Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Hall at Campbellsville University. It will be open to the public and convocation credit will be available for students. 2018-10-04T13:01:38-04:00

Judge follows jury recommendation in manslaughter case

October 4, 2018 - 2:10pm
Joseph “Joey” Anderson was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years incarceration for the 2017 stabbing death of William Grant Beckner. Anderson was convicted last month in Caldwell County Circuit Court of first degree manslaughter. The jury recommended a 15-year sentence, which was upheld by Circuit Court Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall. During formal sentencing, Woodall said “nothing we do today changes” the tragic events that transpired April 15 outside the Elks Club in Princeton. 2018-10-04T11:22:03-04:00

Lexington hepatitis A cases double in one month. Vaccinations advised for all residents.

October 4, 2018 - 2:10pm
The amount of hepatitis A cases in Lexington more than doubled in one month, according to new data supplied from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. Lexington had 13 confirmed hepatitis A cases in September and is now up to 24 in the statewide outbreak, the health department said. Sept. 11, the health department advised all Lexington residents to get hepatitis A vaccinations because the number of the cases in the county, region and state continued to climb. 2018-10-04T11:18:14-04:00

It's officially wildfire season in Kentucky

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Kentucky wildfires destroy trees, homes and habitats, and endanger the lives of people and animals. The majority of them are preventable. “About 98 or 99 percent of wildfires are human-caused,” said Mike Harp, a forester and fire management coordinator at the Kentucky Division of Forestry. With Monday’s official start of the fall forest fire hazard season, which extends through mid-December, state officials are preaching caution about outdoor burning. 2018-10-04T10:54:07-04:00

Chandler: Higher cigarette tax can help state's health ranking

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler joked at Wednesday’s Bowling Green Rotary Club meeting that he’s happy to be out of the political arena in his new role as president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “This is the best job I’ve ever had,” Chandler told the Rotarians at Bowling Green Country Club. “I don’t have to go out and try to get people to vote for me, and I don’t have to try to raise money.” Chandler said the foundation’s one mission is to “improve the health of people in Kentucky.” Fulfilling that pure-sounding mission, though, requires confronting some tough issues that require action by those who do have to ask for votes. 2018-10-04T10:48:54-04:00

Registration deadline to vote in general election is Tuesday

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Kentucky residents planning to vote in the Nov. 6 general election have until Tuesday to register. 2018-10-04T10:04:26-04:00

E’town woman accused of assaulting girlfriend with automobile

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
An Elizabethtown woman, who police say assaulted her girlfriend by driving a vehicle with her on it and then attempting to run her over, was arrested last week. Savannah Tucker, 21, is charged with first-degree assault — domestic violence, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted. She was arrested Saturday in Hart County and booked Wednesday afternoon into the Hardin County Detention Center. 2018-10-04T09:59:47-04:00

Hey, Louisville, you're paying a councilman to run for office in Nigeria

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
If you’re not outraged by this, you should be. Vitalis Lanshima, the guy picked to replace the serial pants-dropper Dan Johnson on the Louisville Metro Council, has gone missing. Lanshima is not returning phone calls; he’s not answering texts. Seems he’s too freakin’ busy to do his job because he’s running for another office. In Nigeria. That’s 6,065 miles away. In Africa. 2018-10-04T09:40:25-04:00

Superintendents react to grad requirement changes

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Wayne D. Lewis was named the full commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education on Tuesday by the Kentucky Board of Education, which also passed new graduation requirements on Wednesday. The new requirements call for students to have completed a minimum of 22 credits and demonstrate proficiency in reading and math. Other requirements include the passage of a civics test, completing the state science and social studies assessments, instruction in financial literacy and demonstration of essential skills and technology. 2018-10-04T09:22:27-04:00

Hall of Fame opening in 2 weeks

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
After 33 years of planning, raising money and finally moving into construction, the $15.3 million Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at Owensboro's Second and Frederica streets will open with a three-day celebration on Oct. 18-20. The ground floor tells the story of bluegrass and the changes going on in America from the 1930s to the current era. 2018-10-04T09:18:20-04:00

Louisville's jobless rate fell in August, but city trails peers

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Louisvillians are going back to work, though not enough to keep up with the Joneses. The local jobless rate fell in August to 3.8 percent from 4.2 percent a year earlier, according to the latest estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a tick better than the national average of 3.9 percent — a measure that is not adjusted to offset the effect of seasonal events. Still, compared to its traditional peers, Louisville is trailing most of the pack. 2018-10-04T09:13:17-04:00

Andy Beshear raises money with firm that may get payday in opioid suit

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear held a fundraiser with members of a law firm his attorney general's office is fighting to award what could be a lucrative contract. The decision is troubling for some Republicans and Democrats alike, especially Beshear’s potential primary rivals. Critics denounce the fundraiser as a clear conflict of interest ahead of a state Supreme Court hearing. The Republican Party of Kentucky pounced on the Beshear fundraising, calling it a shameful display “pay-to-play” politics. 2018-10-04T09:09:30-04:00

'Stop being obsessed with me' — Louisville councilman says he won't resign

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
The Louisville councilman who has missed every meeting since mid-August as he pursues political office in Nigeria refused to resign his seat in a fiery press conference Wednesday. Louisville Metro Councilman Vitalis Lanshima, who nearly became the subject of a committee investigation into whether he broke state law, took aim at fellow Metro Council members and claimed to be targeted by "sore losers or sore winners." "There are many things for us to worry about in Louisville. ... We do not have to be obsessed with me," Lanshima told a gathering of reporters, calling the attention surrounding him a "manufactured crisis." "... Please stop being obsessed with me." 2018-10-04T09:02:35-04:00

‘It’s time to serve Wendall.’ Lexington man wants to help 85-year-old McDonald’s employee

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Wendall Gill is 85 years old, and to say that he has a lot on his plate would be putting it mildly. To make ends meet, Gill still works four days a week at a Lexington McDonald’s, a job he’s had for about 40 years. He’s caring for two adult grandsons who he and his wife adopted and raised. Both have special needs. And in August, his wife of 68 years, Della Gill, died, leaving him to do it all alone. 2018-10-04T08:55:36-04:00

Neighbors file lawsuit over ‘bizarre’ zone change for secret project at golf course

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Members of the Wyndamere neighborhood filed a lawsuit in Bourbon Circuit Court this month alleging the city of Paris improperly approved a zone change for a Paris golf course for a project it won’t disclose. The lawsuit is asking a judge to overturn the vote by the Paris City Commission on Aug. 30 to approve the zone change for the 48-acre golf course from conservation to light industrial. The city commission’s unanimous vote overturned a decision by the Paris-Bourbon Joint Planning Commission on Aug. 16 to deny the city of Paris’ request to rezone the property. 2018-10-04T08:50:24-04:00

Teacher used gifts, scholarships to make advances on Central Kentucky student, lawsuit says

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
A Woodford County High School choir teacher expressed a desire to see a student naked, promised her scholarships and lead roles in plays and brought her gifts in exchange for unlawful touching and communications, a federal lawsuit alleges. The allegations were made by the parents of Woodford High sisters who filed the suit Tuesday against the teacher and the Woodford Board of Education. The parents, identified as “John and Jane Doe” to disguise their actual names, allege the male choir teacher inappropriately contacted their two daughters in 2017 and 2018. 2018-10-04T08:45:59-04:00

Ex-fireman convicted of arson denied bond reduction

October 4, 2018 - 11:09am
One of the two former Crofton volunteer firefighters recently convicted of arson was denied a bond reduction Wednesday morning at the Christian County Justice Center. Glen R. McGee, 24, went in front of Judge John Atkins with his defense attorney, Michael Thompson, who made a motion for a bond reduction. McGee was one of four former Crofton firefighters accused of setting the 2017 fire that destroyed the building at 122 E. Main St. in Crofton. McGee was found guilty by jury trial of second-degree arson and third-degree burglary of the building Aug. 28. The jury recommended McGee be given the minimum sentence of 10 years for his charges. 2018-10-04T08:37:46-04:00

Pages