Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky State Police confirm one killed in officer-involved shooting near Richmond hotel

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
Kentucky State Police confirm that there has been a fatal officer-involved shooting outside a hotel near a busy shopping area in Richmond. The shooting, which involved state police, occurred outside TownePlace Suites off of Barnes Mill Road near Interstate 75, Trooper Robert Purdy said Monday. He said no officers were injured in the shooting. Troopers had gone to the the hotel to arrest a man who had multiple warrants, including charges of escape, bail jumping and absconding parole, according to state police. 2018-08-28T08:49:24-04:00

Family ‘didn’t have a chance.’ But killer eventually can go free with 20-year sentence.

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
A Kenton County man who killed a family of five in a crash last October was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday, far less than relatives of the victims wanted, according to media reports. Daniel Greis, 58, showed “extreme indifference to human life” when he was driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol in the crash, the jurors said, according to WKRC Local 12. The crash killed 26-year-old Rodney Pollitt Jr., 27-year-old Samantha Malohn and their three children 9-year-old Hailieann, 8-year-old Brenden and 6-year-old Cailie. Greis was traveling 96 mph when he struck the Pollitt family head-on. 2018-08-28T08:45:48-04:00

Another Kentucky elections staffer accuses Grimes of misusing voter data

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
The executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Elections sent a letter to the board Monday accusing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes of chipping away at the checks and balances of Kentucky’s election system, and calling for an Executive Branch Ethics Commission investigation into the relationship between Grimes’ office and the State Board of Elections. In a nine page letter that was sent to members of the State Board of Elections and the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Jared Dearing accused Grimes of ordering staff to ignore requirements of a settlement the elections board made with the U.S. Department of Justice to clean up the state’s election rolls, gaining improper access to the state’s voter registration database, gaining improper access to information about poll workers, and creating a hostile work environment when Dearing raised his objections. 2018-08-28T08:41:13-04:00

Two Henderson officers among those injured in Monday crash

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two Henderson officers injured in a three-vehicle crash Monday evening. Officers James Garrison and David Weatherholt, who were traveling in the same police cruiser, were transported to Methodist Hospital for treatment of "minor injuries," the sheriff's office said. Two other drivers, Ernest Stevens of Nortonville and Daniel Marlene of Robards were involved in the accident, according to HCSO. However, information on whether they were injured was unavailable. 2018-08-28T08:29:50-04:00

Museum coming to Harlan, to showcase native son Cawood Ledford

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
A new attraction is on the way for the city of Harlan with a museum dedicated to the history and culture of Harlan County slated to open in 2019. According to a press release, the museum will celebrate the culture, history and people of Harlan County. The venture is the result of a collaboration between the Cawood & Frances Ledford Estate, City of Harlan Tourism and the Harlan Public Library. Cawood Ledford is best remembered for his role in sports broadcasting. His storied career garnered many awards, accolades and honors. “After Mrs. Ledford’s passing, we were asked to create an exhibit that would honor Cawood Ledford’s memory,” said Harlan Tourism Executive Director Brandon Pennington. 2018-08-28T08:24:09-04:00

Witness says shooter ‘laughed’ as he fired at trailer

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
Michael Davidson laughed as he fired a weapon outside a mobile home where a 15-year-old girl was killed two years ago, a woman testified Monday. Although she did not directly mention shooting victim Morgan Marie Penn, prosecution witness Samantha Gast said Davidson “laughed and said, “‘Y’all thought I was joking about my AK.’” Then, she testified, she heard “multiple shots” ring out before Davidson sped away in a black SUV. Gast was the first witness in the trial of Davidson, 29, of Georgetown, on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 2018-08-28T08:19:43-04:00

KRS: Pension system earnings up, cash flow down in 2018

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
Kentucky lawmakers Monday continued their search for a more transparent public pension system amid the state’s fiscal woes driven by retirement costs. The state’s Pension Oversight Board heard from Kentucky Retirement System officials, spelling out the good, including hiring earnings; the bad, namely cash outflows exceeding inflows by more than $300 million in fiscal 2018; and the hurdles to keeping the public more informed about contracts with investment managers. This year, the pension system earned $1.4 billion, with total assets reaching $17.4 billion, KRS reported. 2018-08-28T08:14:42-04:00

Court appearance today for homicide suspect

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
A homeless man charged with beating his hitchhiking partner to death inside an Elizabethtown home in July is scheduled to appear today to face a murder charge. Joseph Capstraw, 20, who also goes by the names Shaggy and Stevage Sage, is charged with killing Amber Robinson, 18, of Florida, on July 7 when they were guests in a residence. 2018-08-28T08:09:07-04:00

Owenton McDonald's temporarily closed after employee diagnosed with Hepatitis A

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
A McDonald’s location in Owenton was closed temporarily this week after an employee was infected with Hepatitis A. According to the Three Rivers District Health Department, the McDonald’s acted quickly in an effort to protect the public. "It is relatively uncommon for restaurant patrons to become infected with the Hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler," the department said. The restaurant, on South Main Street in Owenton, was closed temporarily. The department released a statement saying the worker was at the restaurant and handling food between Aug. 16 and Aug. 27. 2018-08-28T08:05:01-04:00

Boucher ordered to keep away from Paul, family

August 28, 2018 - 9:39am
A judge has imposed a temporary injunction on Rene Boucher that orders him to have no contact with Sen. Rand Paul and his family while the senator's lawsuit against his neighbor is pending. Paul was tackled Nov. 3 outside his house by Boucher while doing yard work. Boucher pleaded guilty in federal court to a count of assaulting a member of Congress and has served a 30-day sentence. After the federal case was resolved, Paul sued Boucher in Warren Circuit Court for an unspecified amount of damages related to the assault. 2018-08-28T08:00:41-04:00

Pages