Kentucky Press News Service

Louisville mayor spent $111,000 on secret Derby guests

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
The administration of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer once again spent a large sum of taxpayer dollars entertaining guests during Kentucky Derby weekend and is refusing to disclose the identity of those guests. Records from the administration indicate that they spent nearly $111,000 on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks-related expenses for prospective business guests, the bulk of which — $72,441 — went toward 32 “Millionaire’s Row” tickets for each of the two race days at Churchill Downs. Just a single ticket to the Derby in this section cost $1,293, according to the itemized list of expenses. 2018-06-13T11:47:49-04:00

Oldam couple charged with sexually abusing minor

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
A Crestwood couple has been charged with sexually abusing a minor at their home in Crestwood. Declan Mcauley, 54, and Ariadne Mcauley, 35, were arrested by Oldham County Police Tuesday night. Oldham County Police began investigating the couple after they received a complaint of sexual assault. The juvenile was a student and an employee of the Fleur-De-Lis Ballet Academy in Louisville, which is owned and operated by the Mcauleys, police said. 2018-06-13T11:18:39-04:00

Union County drug dealer uses Snapchat, mixes up his own number with cop's

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
A Union County law enforcement official found himself getting phone messages from someone wanting to purchase drugs after a dealer mixed up his own number with that of the officer in a Snapchat message. It's a mixed up tale, and it started this way, according to a press release from the Morganfield Police Department: "Throughout the day on June 10th Sgt. McCallister of The Morganfield Police Department began getting phone calls and text messages regarding someone wanting to purchase marijuana from a person mentioned as “Dunk." 2018-06-13T11:00:12-04:00

5-year-old discussed in murder case

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
A Henry County woman who is accused of being involved in the fatal shooting of her husband was in Oldham County Circuit Court last week to discuss the status of her 5-year-old son. Tasha Bentley is being held in jail in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband Gary Bentley, 33, Dec. 10, and prosecutors note in court papers she could face the death penalty. 2018-06-13T10:47:06-04:00

Father, daughter meet after DNA test is a match

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
It was Greek playwright Euripides who said, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” For Mike Lillard, a return to Carrollton and a DNA test found something brought something extremely dear to him, as he enters the latter half of his life. Susan Page is 38 years old and never knew her biological parents. “It was a closed, private adoption. Very little information was provided to my family,” Page said in an e-mail. As Page got older, she wanted to explore her family heritage by comparing ethnicity results with her maternal half-sister, who she knew very well. She used Inc.’s DNA testing to see if she would find any family through that site. Expecting to find a distant cousin, she instead found a paternal match with Lillard, her father. 2018-06-13T10:26:48-04:00

Marshall schools announce new security plan

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
In the wake of the tragic shooting Jan. 23 at Marshall County High School, students, parents, staff and the community as a whole have anticipated changes to the district’s safety procedures and protocols. Last week the district announced those changes that will affect all of the schools from new equipment to a larger police presence on its campuses and Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars detailed that presence. 2018-06-13T10:16:31-04:00

Dad arrested for biting infant son

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
A Heidrick man was arrested Monday after he told police he bit his three-month-old son on the cheek. Early Monday morning, Kentucky State Police troopers responded to Barbourville ARH Hospital’s emergency room where a three-month-old boy was being treated for a bite injury. According to the arrest citation, Eric Bays, 22, told troopers he was watching his son on Sunday between 7:30 and 8 p.m., and got frustrated with not knowing how to soothe the infant. 2018-06-13T10:07:13-04:00

Owensboro business could add more jobs as part of expansion

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
Unifirst Corp. is putting the final touches on an expansion at its MidAmerica Airpark distribution center, enough to earn it the 1 percent Owensboro occupational tax rebate it was guaranteed as part of the Kentucky Business Investment Program deal it brokered in 2016. And, according to General Manager Dave Roberts, the initial 25 additional employees that site expansion was expected to create may nearly double within a year's time. The company provides workwear apparel and safety clothing. 2018-06-13T09:20:13-04:00

15-year-old shot at party dies

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
Kentucky State Police said Monday the assault charge from a Saturday shooting in Ledbetter will be amended to murder after the victim died Sunday evening from her injuries. Peyton Nicole Hurt, 15, of Boaz died at Baptist Health Paducah after being shot at a party in Ledbetter Saturday, according to Trooper Jay Thomas. She was reportedly kept on life support until her organs could be donated. Tyler P. Jones, 19, of Ledbetter was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree assault. KSP announced Monday that it would seek to change that charge to murder. 2018-06-13T09:13:43-04:00

Home delivery: What Mitch McConnell’s powerful GOP perch has meant to Kentucky

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
Mitch McConnell has an easy-to-read list of triumphs. Tuesday, McConnell surpasses Kansas’ Bob Dole as the longest serving Republican leader in Senate history, and the Kentucky Republican remains among a handful of Washington’s most powerful figures. McConnell told the Lexington Herald-Leader in a recent interview that there’s zero doubt the state is better off with him at the helm. 2018-06-13T09:09:24-04:00

Big-name Dems may vie for governor

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
For two years, when asked if he’ll seek re-election, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has demurred, pushing off his decision. Surrounded by a gaggle of reporters in Louisville last month, the Republican said he’ll make up his mind about pursuing another four-year term “sometime before January of next year,” according to Insider Louisville. The deadline for candidates to file for office is Jan. 29. “A traditional candidate would have declared by now,” said Les Fugate, a Republican political observer and senior vice president of RunSwitch Public Relations. “But we learned a long time ago that Matt Bevin is not a traditional candidate.” 2018-06-13T09:01:37-04:00

Louisville Cybersecurity Summit to help businesses, governments thwart attacks

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
From hacked elections to stolen personal finance or health data, businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies face an increasing array of cybersecurity threats while they’re dealing with a shortage of workers that can help thwart such attacks. The Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky will discuss those and other matters at its Cybersecurity Summit starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Sullivan University’s College of Technology & Design, 3901 Atkinson Square Drive. The association’s CEO Dawn Marie Yankeelov told Insider Louisville that the summit will bring together people from private, nonprofit and public sectors to share their concerns and their solutions for how to deal with actual and potential cyber threats by assessing vulnerabilities and figuring out how to protect themselves. 2018-06-13T08:57:41-04:00

Top Kentucky child protection leader steps down amid foster care surge

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
The top official overseeing child protection in Kentucky plans to leave her job as commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services, an agency spokesman said. Adria Johnson, appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin in January 2016 to run the state Department for Community Based Services, has informed officials she plans to resign, said Doug Hogan, spokesman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Johnson's departure comes amid continuing turnover at the human services cabinet under the Bevin administration. 2018-06-13T08:53:23-04:00

FBI agents search Louisville pain clinic

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
Federal agents raided at least one Bluegrass Pain Consultants location in Louisville on Tuesday as the FBI investigates "multiple locations around Louisville." Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were sorting through boxes inside the Champion Farms Drive building. "We are conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity at multiple locations around Louisville as part of an ongoing investigation," FBI spokesman David Habich wrote in an email. 2018-06-13T08:48:55-04:00

Chicken on Lawrenceburg City Council’s meeting menu

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
The Lawrenceburg City Council is scheduled to discuss allowing residents to keep chickens inside the city limits during a work session scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at city hall. Although an untold number of residents raise chickens in the city, doing so legally is difficult because of an ordinance that doesn’t allow them to be within 100 feet of a dwelling. Two residents complained about that restriction during a meeting last month, including one woman who said she’s been raising chickens in her yard for 20 years and had no idea it wasn’t allowed. 2018-06-13T08:39:26-04:00

Frankfort artist wants to make Frankfort’s ‘Singing Bridge’ actually sing

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
One local artist wants to make downtown Frankfort’s Singing Bridge actually sing. Documentarian and musician Joanna Hay is proposing the addition of outdoor speakers at three sites in the city, including that portion of U.S. 60 over the Kentucky River commonly referred to as the “Singing Bridge” due to the hum generated by passing cars. 2018-06-13T08:31:16-04:00

Coin flip determines Democratic candidate for Logan magistrate seat

June 13, 2018 - 11:28am
After the traditional voting process failed to produce a winner, the Democrat who will go up against Republican Robert Chyle for the District 5 magistrate seat in Logan County in November was chosen with the flip of a coin. Tuesday morning, Boyce Coles and Barry Perkins met in the Logan County Courthouse with County Clerk Scottie Harper to determine who would face Crawford in November's general election. Each magistrate candidate received 127 votes in the May 22 primary. 2018-06-13T08:25:58-04:00

Alltech ends brewing agreement with WKU

June 13, 2018 - 8:28am
Two Western Kentucky University-themed beers will no longer be produced by Alltech, the Daily News has learned, after the company decided to end its brewing partnership with WKU. Susanna Elliott, head of communications at Alltech, told the Daily News that Alltech will cease producing College Heights Ale and College Heights IPA. Both beers, produced exclusively by Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, were the result of a partnership between the company and WKU. 2018-06-13T08:21:59-04:00

School districts get creative as teacher candidate pool dwindles

June 13, 2018 - 8:28am
Local school districts are finding smaller candidate pools for open teaching positions as they work to fill vacancies for the upcoming school year. Officials have seen in recent years the number of candidates continue to decrease as fewer people are choosing education as a career as seen by the enrollment in teacher preparation programs. Similar to previous years, middle school and high school teachers are more difficult to find, especially for subject areas such as high school chemistry. “It’s easier to find a dinosaur walking down Dixie,” said Chris Bauer, human resources director for Hardin County Schools. 2018-06-13T08:17:22-04:00

Fire proves team work necessary

June 12, 2018 - 2:27pm
This weekend’s fire drives home the importance of a strong capable fire department and just how much we owe the men and women who do this work. For more than 48 hours, firefighters from our local departments — Clark County Fire and Winchester Fire-EMS — along with dozens of other area departments have been battling a massive fire at Stuff Recycling. Without the quick, efficient response from our local emergency responders, the situation at Stuff Recycling could have been worse. 2018-06-12T14:20:58-04:00