Kentucky Press News Service

No injuries after gun fired at Paintsville attorney’s office

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
No injuries were reported and no arrests have yet been made after an incident Monday in which shots were allegedly fired into the office of Robert Miller, a Paintsville attorney. Paintsville Police Chief Mike Roe said officers are reviewing nearby security footage for cars in the area around the time of the incident, and said the round appears to have been from a .22 caliber firearm. Roe said no one was in the waiting room area at the time the shooting occurred. Roe said a person of interest has been identified in the investigation, but evidence is still being gathered. 2018-06-06T10:53:45-04:00

Murray State Police issues warning for man banned from campus

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
The Murray State Police Department is warning the campus community to report any sighting of a man they believe to be a threat. Murray State PD sent out a “timely warning” in keeping with federal regulations Tuesday that said on Monday, the organization received a copy of a court order from the Logan County Kentucky Circuit Court regarding 50-year-old Lyle Scott Newsom. Murray State Police say they had an altercation with Newsom on May 29 that resulted in him being banned from all MSU property. 2018-06-06T10:48:38-04:00

Second man pleads guilty in Letcher murder case

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
The second man charged with murdering Michael Hogg on New Year 2014 pleaded guilty to reduced charges Tuesday in Letcher Circuit Court. Patrick Smith, 31, of Greasy Creek in Pike County, shuffled into the Letcher Circuit Courtroom in shackles, his hands cuffed to a belt around his waist. 2018-06-06T09:52:47-04:00

Black lung benefits are in danger unless Congress acts

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Unless Congress takes action before the end of 2018, major financial problems face the public fund that provides black lung benefits to coal miners and their surviving dependents in cases where the miner’s employer has gone bankrupt, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. In short, the safety net meant to help alleviate the harm from black lung when coal companies go bankrupt is itself in danger of insolvency. 2018-06-06T09:50:30-04:00

More than 50 new jobs come to Eastern Kentucky town in a month

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Fifty-one new jobs came to Jenkins during the last month, Mayor Todd Depriest told the city council. 2018-06-06T09:46:16-04:00

Spade’s Kentucky Derby influence lives on

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
For nearly two decades, the fashion of iconic designer Kate Spade has been a staple at Churchill Downs the week of the Kentucky Derby. The two were a perfect match. “There is a levity to her designs,” said Manhattan milliner Christine Moore, who has designed countless headpieces to be worn to the track with Kate Spade dresses. “Her pieces have structure, but there is also a feeling of a time past, she was able to bring a vintage feel into modern fashion.” The 55-year-old fashion designer died by suicide at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday morning. 2018-06-06T09:27:02-04:00

Thayer’s trip tied to Ohio scandal

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
A Kentucky lawmaker says he complied with “the letter and the spirit” of the state’s ethics code in taking a four-day trip to England that’s now at the heart of an FBI investigation that has led to the resignation of Ohio’s House speaker. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the trip, which was paid for by a Republican group called GOPAC Education Fund and included lawmakers from other states, was a valuable educational experience. He emphasized that no taxpayer dollars were spent on the trip. 2018-06-06T09:19:14-04:00

Commissioners repeal food truck proximity ban

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
In a 4-1 decision Tuesday night, the Owensboro City Commission repealed its 4-year-old ban on food trucks doing business within 100 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants. Fueled by fire on both sides of the debate and the threat of litigation playing out in bigger cities around the country, commissioners opted to do away with proximity restrictions that pertained to restaurants and parks but instituted the same parking restrictions by which other motor vehicles must abide. 2018-06-06T09:13:49-04:00

Murder trial date set for February

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
The Madisonville man accused of killing a Caldwell County teen early last year will face trial in February, a judge ruled Tuesday. Deshaun Palmer, 21, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the Feb. 13, 2017, death of 15-year-old D'Aryn Hamilton. Palmer appeared Tuesday in Caldwell Circuit Court. Commonwealth and defense attorneys estimated the trial would take about four days. 2018-06-06T09:10:09-04:00

Robert Wier confirmed as federal judge for Central and East Kentucky

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
The U.S. Senate has confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier as a federal district judge for Central and Eastern Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. Wier joins four other judges serving full-time in the Eastern District of Kentucky, plus a fifth judge who splits time between the Eastern and Western Districts. The district covers all of Kentucky from Frankfort east. Wier, a native of Harlan County who lives in Versailles, received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky 2018-06-06T09:06:19-04:00

Omlet the peacock returns home, loses some privileges

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
The drama is over: A Nicholasville family’s lost peacock has returned home. Omlet was on the loose for eight days. Leslie Puckett Combs, Omlet’s owner, said in an email Sunday night that Omlet had been found and will be in a cage “for an unknown time.” Puckett Combs also said she and her family purchased two pea hens to keep Omlet company. 2018-06-06T08:58:06-04:00

House explodes in Georgetown, leaving one person dead.

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
One person is dead in Georgetown early Wednesday morning following an explosion that led to a fire and a home being destroyed, according to media reports. The explosion occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Seminole Trail at Pocahontas Trail in Georgetown, according to WKYT and LEX 18. 2018-06-06T08:52:41-04:00

Amazon Lexington hiring for 600 open positions

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Amazon is hiring for 600 full-time, permanent positions for its fulfillment operations in Lexington during a job fair. The Summer Open House Hiring Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at 172 Trade Street in Lexington, and online at www.amazon.com/lexingtonjobs. Shift schedules and responsibilities vary. 2018-06-06T08:50:26-04:00

15 witnesses testify in murder trial, more to come

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
The Commonwealth’s Attorney called up 15 witnesses to testify Monday and Tuesday in the 2016 Younglove Street murder trial. Julius Catlett Jr., 29, Hopkinsville, is charged with murder for the shooting of Shaun Smith on the early morning of Sept. 4, 2016. Trial began Monday morning and will likely continue into Friday, according to Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self. 2018-06-06T08:46:18-04:00

Henderson Police Department: Teens attack, rob woman in daylight

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
A group of area teens is being investigated in the late afternoon attack and robbery of a 51-year-old woman in Henderson. Police said the teens have been identified thanks to an eyewitness who caught the attack on video. At this time a 15-year-old has been charged with first-degree robbery and lodged at a juvenile facility in McCracken County. Authorities are looking for 18-year-old Christopher M. Duncan in connection with the crime. 2018-06-06T08:42:49-04:00

Mission targets Haiti’s young women

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Over 1,500 miles separate Grand Goave, Haiti from Central Kentucky, but on May 28, a special delivery closed the gap between our lives and theirs. The special delivery is thanks to a Georgetown woman and a group of volunteers, but the final product is a far cry from original expectations. 2018-06-06T08:31:13-04:00

Bevin counsel asks high court to boot Judge Shepherd from pension suit

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday stepped up his efforts to keep Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd from hearing a lawsuit over pension reform. Lawyers for Bevin asked Kentucky Supreme Court Justice John Minton to remove Shepherd and appoint a special judge for Attorney General Andy Beshear’s suit, which challenges the pension bill passed by lawmakers earlier this year. In the request, Bevin lawyers asserted that Shepherd has a conflict of interest because he will one day receive a state pension and is personally affected by the new law. 2018-06-06T08:28:42-04:00

E’town toughens smoking ordinance

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Elizabethtown tightened its grip Mon­day on smoking in public places after the city council approved the addition of electronic cigarettes to its no-smoking ordinance. The first reading of the amendment to the ordinance, which passed in 2006, was May 21 — one week after Lincoln Trail District Health Department officials requested the council include e-cigarettes in the ordinance. 2018-06-06T08:26:43-04:00

Decomposed human remains found in south Lincoln County

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
Authorities discovered human remains in southern Lincoln County early Tuesday morning. The body was too decomposed to determine identification or gender of the person, Lincoln County Coroner Farris Marcum said. The body has been taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort and an autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday morning, Marcum said. 2018-06-06T08:24:24-04:00

Fast-moving fire destroys Latonia house undergoing renovations

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
A two-story residence in Latonia is a "complete loss" after a fire caused it to collapse within minutes after it was reported around 1 a.m. Monday. Renovations were underway and the building was currently unoccupied, according to Assistant Fire Chief Chris Kiely of Covington Fire Department. 2018-06-06T08:19:27-04:00

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