Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky's online voter registration left system vulnerable to attack

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
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Kentucky circuit court judge charged with forgery and tampering with records

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
A Kentucky circuit court judge faces criminal charges of forgery and tampering with records, according to her attorney. The criminal charges against Judge Beth Lewis Maze arise from alleged conduct that resulted in ethics charges against her that are pending before the state Judicial Conduct Commission. Maze’s attorney, Thomas E. Clay, confirmed Thursday that she had been indicted in Bath County on a total of three charges. 2018-11-03T23:16:56-04:00

Own a Kentucky college campus. Minimum bid is $1.3 million.

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
Ever dreamed of owning your own college campus? If so, your ship has come in — to Springfield, Ky. The campus of the former St. Catharine College is up for auction. The minimum bid accepted will be $1.3 million for the 50-plus acre college property itself, $1.4 million for the campus and three bypass property tracts totaling more than 40 acres. The campus includes four residence halls, a library, Arts & Science classroom building, student center and gymnasium with administrative office space. It also features a running track, baseball and softball field, soccer field and six tennis courts. 2018-11-03T23:08:55-04:00

E’town man accused of assaulting month-old son

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
An Elizabethtown man was arrested Saturday morning and charged with injuring his month-old son in hopes the child then would cry himself to sleep, Elizabethtown police say. Nigel Aguirre, 28, is charged with first-degree assault — domestic violence, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted. Police were called to Hardin Memorial Hospital after the child was taken there. The injuries to the child caused brain swelling and “bleeds on both sides of the brain on multiple layers, according to an arrest citation. The child was taken to Norton Children’s Hos­pital in Louisville for his multiple injuries. A condition on the child was unavailable Saturday night. 2018-11-03T22:59:53-04:00

Police: Vine Grove man tried to swim away from police in Ohio River

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
A Vine Grove man was arrested Saturday and charged with fleeing West Point police by driving his vehicle into the Ohio River. Paul Watkins, 45, now faces multiple felony charges including three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted. Watkins, police say, drove north on Dixie Highway into Jefferson County toward Mike Linnings Restaurant on Lower River Road, where the Lincoln collided with another vehicle and continued on Lower River Road, the release said. The vehicle then went toward the Riverview Park/Greenwood boat ramp and then plunged into the Ohio River. 2018-11-03T22:55:02-04:00

150 Years in print: Former editor pens book celebrating milestone for Kentucky Press Association

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
John Nelson says many will be surprised by the role Danville has played in the history of the Kentucky Press Association when they read “Still, We Speak.” The book he spent the last year and a half writing will be published soon in celebration of KPA’s 150th anniversary. Nelson came up with the title from James Marrs’ tombstone in Danville’s Bellevue Cemetery, which reads “Who being dead yet speaketh.” Marrs was an editor of The Kentucky Advocate, now The Advocate-Messenger — of which Nelson is a former executive editor. 2018-11-03T22:46:54-04:00

Former coach, teacher's aide convicted of sexual abuse

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
A former assistant basketball coach and instructional assistant at Bowling Green High School was convicted Friday of sexually abusing a student. Houston W. Bunton, 26, was found guilty by a jury of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree criminal attempted unlawful transaction with a minor. The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for more than four hours before returning its verdict late Friday night. 2018-11-03T22:41:47-04:00

Tornado season isn't over

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
Traditional wisdom would have you believe that tornadoes occur in the springtime and early summer. But the powerful twisters can rip through a town during any season. "We can get tornadoes pretty much any time of the year in our part of the country," said Derrick Snyder, meteorologist at the Paducah office of the National Weather Service. And it’s becoming more frequent for tornadoes to occur from late fall to early winter in “Dixie Alley,” the new Tornado Alley path extending east of the Great Plains, according to a study published last month in “Climate and Atmospheric Science.” 2018-11-03T22:37:54-04:00

Grandparents lose visitation to grandson after Appeals Court ruling

November 3, 2018 - 11:28pm
The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a local court erred when it ordered that Sherry and Tommy Ballard be granted grandparents’ visitation rights over the objections of their grandson’s father. In a 14-page ruling, the three-judge panel said proof that a grandparent has a loving relationship with their grandchild is not enough to force a parent to allow visitation. “Essentially, in a grandparent visitation dispute, a parent and a grandparent are not on equal footing, and a parent’s decision to deny visitation is given special weight,” Judge Donna Dixon wrote for the majority. 2018-11-03T22:31:14-04:00

Nude trucker jailed on drug charges

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
The Graves County Sheriff's Office arrested a Washington, D.C., man on DUI and drug charges after receiving a call from a regional trucking firm that one of its trucks and the driver was missing. Chief Sheriff's Deputy Davant Ramage said deputies received a call from D2 Express Inc. on Wednesday in an attempt to locate a semi-truck that had been traveling Interstate 69 near Mayfield. Company officials said they could not make contact with him. Deputies located the truck and the driver, Lawrence McCrimmon, 55, at the 18-mile marker. The deputies reported that McCrimmon was nude inside the truck and under the influence of an intoxicating substance. 2018-11-02T14:04:04-04:00

Hepatitis A case confirmed in food service worker

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
A Frankfort fast food employee diagnosed with hepatitis A worked at the restaurant for four days while ill, the Franklin County Health Department said Friday. An employee who handled food at KFC, 1229 U.S. 127, was diagnosed with the infection and worked while ill from Oct. 22 through Oct. 25, the Health Department said in a statement. While rare for restaurant customers to become infected, patrons who ate at the restaurant during that four-day span have until Thursday to receive vaccination to further protect themselves from illness, the health department said. 2018-11-02T13:21:36-04:00

Vandalism, violence have no place in elections

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
When Kentuckians go to the polls Tuesday, their collective voice will speak louder than scare tactics such as vandalism at the Kentucky Republican Party headquarters in South Frankfort. After reoccurring recent attempts to dismantle a 4-foot-by-8 foot Andy Barr sign on headquarters’ property, the situation escalated when party officials found the sign had been partially burned Tuesday morning. That’s when the Frankfort Police Department was called in. Though there are no suspects, FPD has increased police patrols near the GOP property. There is simply no need or room in our democratic process for vandalism or violence. 2018-11-02T13:17:28-04:00

Kentucky man wanted to be 'next school shooter,' officer says in court

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
The man arrested in connection with school shooting threats last month had written a manifesto to send out to news outlets that detailed his plan to be "the next school shooter of 2018,” according to court testimony Thursday. Dylan Jarrell, 21, was arrested Oct. 18 after FBI agents and Kentucky State Police stopped him as he was backing out his driveway with the the “tools necessary” in his car to carry out a school shooting. New details were revealed Thursday in a preliminary hearing in Anderson County District Court, where Judge Donna Dutton raised his bond to $500,000 from $50,000, finding probable cause for the charges. Last month, Jarrell pleaded not guilty to terroristic threatening and harassing communications. 2018-11-02T13:05:20-04:00

National report: Kentucky No. 3 for youth obesity

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
Kentucky is keeping up with its southern cousins when it comes to youth obesity. The Bluegrass state has the country’s third highest obesity rate for youths ages 10 to 17. That’s according to a recently released analysis that also shows that most of the top 10 states for youth obesity are in the South. Kentucky’s rate, just over 19 percent, is worse than the national rate of 15.8 percent, according to the report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2018-11-02T13:01:11-04:00

Logan County man to serve 12 years in sex abuse case

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
A Logan County man who pleaded guilty to sex offenses involving a juvenile was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison. Ethan Dakota Goodnight, 25, was sentenced in Logan Circuit Court on 144 counts of first-degree sexual abuse (victim younger than 12), 96 counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Police determined Goodnight abused one juvenile over a five-year. 2018-11-02T12:56:48-04:00

GM buyout offer unlikely to affect Corvette plant

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
Already much leaner than it was before its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization a decade ago, General Motors is looking to slim down some more. But this week’s announcement of voluntary buyouts to trim the automotive giant’s workforce isn’t expected to have much of an impact at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. 2018-11-02T12:50:31-04:00

Longtime Pikeville broadcaster, community leader dies

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
Walter May, a veteran Eastern Kentucky broadcaster and community leader in Pikeville, has died. May first went on the air at WPKE in 1955, WKYT reports. Later, he founded East Kentucky Broadcasting with radio and cable TV properties. 2018-11-02T12:43:50-04:00

Natural gas will cost less than a year ago so your home’s bill could be lower

November 2, 2018 - 2:27pm
Kentuckians who heat their homes with natural gas will see “somewhat lower” prices at the start of the 2018-2019 heating season than they did a year ago, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. In a news release, the commission stated that natural gas prices have, on average, fallen about 13 percent from this time last year, and are now about 64 percent below their level 10 years ago. 2018-11-02T12:37:20-04:00

Casey’s Law a tool to help fight effects of drug addiction

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
One of the most talked about issues in this election season at the local and state level is the rampant drug problem that is destroying people and families. The far-reaching effects of the drug problem go beyond the personal side, affecting employers, schools and law enforcement, just to name a few. And while everyone seems to recognize the issue, what to do about it in order to reduce the number of drug and alcohol-related problems seems to be the big question. One thing that most people agree on is the effectiveness of treatment for the person that is addicted. Casey’s Law, which is designed to allow families and/or friends to intervene in the life of a drug or alcohol addict and get them treatment by filing a petition with the court, provides a sound option for a situation that may seem hopeless. 2018-11-02T10:27:43-04:00

Former school official arrested for alleged fraud

November 2, 2018 - 11:27am
Kentucky State Police arrested Greg Conway, former director of district-wide operations and finance for the Fleming County school district on Thursday afternoon. Conway faces the charge of abuse of public trust more than $100,000. According to Fleming County Superintendent Brian Creasman, he and board attorney Monica Hill were made aware of discrepancies with the school’s public funding back in June. 2018-11-02T09:23:46-04:00

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