Kentucky Press News Service

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In a 4-1 decision Tuesday night, the Owensboro City Commission repealed its 4-year-old ban on food trucks doing business within 100 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants.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

Ohio River regional commission to vote on plan to reduce its role

June 6, 2018 - 11:22am
More than two dozen coal-fired power plants that line the Ohio River stand to get a break from a regional commission that has helped to dramatically improve water quality in the river, the drinking water source for five million people. Electric utilities and other industries are pressing a regional commission to end its role in restricting the dumping of toxic wastewater into the river, arguing there’s too much bureaucracy already. Instead, they want the commission to stick to research, and leave anything related to regulation to individual states. At the same time, the Trump administration has put on hold the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first Clean Water Act rules in a generation to curb toxic wastewater discharges from power plants while the agency reconsiders them. 2018-06-05T14:21:57-04:00

Police: Mud-covered, bleeding man walks into stranger's home, helps self to milk

June 6, 2018 - 8:22am
A shirtless, bleeding man who reportedly walked into an apartment of people he did not know was arrested Friday by city police. According to a Bowling Green Police Department arrest report, officers responding to a call of unknown trouble around 7:30 a.m. Friday at an apartment learned from the residents that the man who had entered the apartment was still inside and was not wearing a shirt or shoes. One of the residents reported the man walked into the apartment through an unlocked front door and walked around inside the residence before retrieving a half-gallon bottle of milk from the kitchen and walking into a nearby closet with the bottle. 2018-06-06T08:14:51-04:00

Man sentenced to 12 years in death of late wife's caregiver

June 6, 2018 - 8:22am
Like most previous Thursdays, Omer Ahmetovic arrived at Fountain Square Church on March 2, 2017, for the weekly fellowship service. Court records indicate that Ahmetovic drove to the service almost directly from the office of naturopathic caregiver Juan Gonzalez, having just shot Gonzalez dead. Ahmetovic, 36, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. 2018-06-06T08:10:38-04:00

Report highlights major local economic impact of immigrants

June 6, 2018 - 8:22am
A new study shows the broad economic impact immigrants have in the region, including paying more than $64 million in taxes and contributing $564.3 million to Warren County’s gross domestic product in 2016. Local officials said the report, unveiled Tuesday, will be the driver of strategies to better utilize the economic strength of the county's foreign-born populatio 2018-06-06T08:07:37-04:00

Echoes of the past

June 6, 2018 - 8:22am
In 2018, modern-day American society has its struggles, from the prolonged fight against terrorism to violence in our schools to providing affordable health care and many more issues. It might be understandable for this generation to think its members face issues more serious than any before it. But today marks the half-century mark of the assassination of U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy. That generation had lived through the civil rights movement, the assassination of Kennedy’s brother, President Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. and was mired in a war in Southeast Asia with no end in sight. The Kentucky Standard published an editorial on June 16, 1968, in the wake of Bobby Kennedy’s death. Much of its message still holds true today, 50 years later, and is republished here for a new generation to read and, hopefully, heed. 2018-06-06T08:02:32-04:00

Skimmer found on Elizabethtown bank’s ATM

June 5, 2018 - 5:22pm
Magnolia Bank on West Dixie Avenue is working with Elizabethtown police after a skimmer was located Sunday morning at the bank’s ATM. According to a Magnolia Bank Facebook post, customers whose card number may have been captured last weekend by the device would be contacted beginning Monday. Bank officials said they believed the number of customers impacted was small. 2018-06-05T15:40:14-04:00

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