Kentucky Press News Service

Sheriff: Missing girl's grandma was using meth

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
UPDATED: Before 2-year-old Charlee Nichole Campbell went missing, her grandmother was using meth while caring for her, according to a citation provided by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office. Beth Campbell, 40, is accused of endangering the welfare of a minor, according to the sheriff and the deputy sheriff. She's due in court for an arraignment on June 28. Charlee was missing for nearly 36 hours before she was found Friday evening, less than a mile from where she lives with her grandparents, under the custody of her grandfather Ronnie Campbell. Several family members were interviewed by law enforcement, including the FBI, as volunteer crews and officials searched for Charlee. 2018-06-14T08:46:48-04:00

Fire at Kentucky Center may have damaged artwork worth $18M

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
A fire at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday potentially harmed artwork worth millions of dollars. Much of the artwork was in the lobby, which suffered severe water damage as firefighters hosed down the top of the building, center spokesman Christian Adelberg said. He said the artwork in the lobby is worth $18 million and had been covered to protect it from dust and debris. 2018-06-14T08:43:09-04:00

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts fire: Here's what we know

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Light gray smoke billowed from the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts for a few hours Wednesday afternoon, as fire crews fought to control the blaze. More than 60 firefighters responded to the scene downtown, where some were sent to the roof and others assisted by controlling the fire from inside the building. No one was injured by the fire and it was under control within hours — by 7 p.m. — according to Louisville Fire. A few firefighters remained at the scene overnight to watch for possible hot spots. 2018-06-14T08:35:57-04:00

Autopsy results have returned in Murray State death, not released

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
The results of an autopsy examination on an Indiana man who died earlier this spring inside a Murray State University fraternity house have been received by local authorities. However, those results are being kept private, for now. “I asked about releasing them and I was told that this is still under investigation, so that’s why it’s not being released right now,” said Calloway County Coroner Ricky Garland, who said the investigation is continuing by the Murray Police Department. 2018-06-14T08:29:37-04:00

Nonprofits seeking answers about tax law changes

June 14, 2018 - 8:29am
State and local nonprofits are scrambling for answers as impending changes to Kentucky's sales tax laws threaten to include their charitable events and services beginning in July. House Bill 487, dubbed at the time as a "tax clean-up bill," did several things, including expanding the state's 6 percent sales tax onto several previously untaxed services such as pools, bowling alleys and event tickets. The vagueness of the bill's description of what a taxable event should be combined with a recent state Supreme Court case settled in March could mean nonprofits would have to start collecting tax on all "admission fees, initiation fees, monthly fees and membership fees." 2018-06-14T08:22:42-04:00

Laurel County nan ranks 2nd in nation, 4th in world for impressive beard

June 14, 2018 - 8:29am
Who would have guessed that a decision made in June 2014, to grow a beard to complete his persona as a pirate for Halloween of that year, would have turned into such a wild adventure for Lance Wooton of Laurel County's Lily community? That is exactly what happened four years ago this month for the 31-year-old who describes himself as “a low-key, simple guy who walks by faith and believes that every hair counts!” Four years later, Wooton’s whiskers now measure an impressive 25 inches long, and he travels around the world showing his massive beard and competing. He currently holds the title of 2nd in the nation, and 4th in the world. 2018-06-14T08:17:24-04:00

2015 abuse case against Corbin Preschool employee dismissed

June 14, 2018 - 8:29am
More than three years after her legal ordeal began, the criminal abuse charge against a former instructional monitor at the Corbin Preschool Center accused of abusing a student in 2015 has been dismissed. Tammi Eggen of Corbin had been indicted on one count of second-degree criminal abuse in connection with the alleged incident on Jan. 28, 2015 at the school. 2018-06-14T08:11:21-04:00

Transgender teenager is figuring out who she is in the world

June 13, 2018 - 8:28pm
Crystal Stine Hahn, 19, is many things: Smart, honest, kind, bold… brave. She’s all these things and more, and that is what makes her so special. But, like a diamond with multiple edges and grooves, there’s more to Crystal than meets the eye. Crystal is transgender. Born in a male body, Crystal, formerly known as Christian, always knew there was something wrong, but it took years to put those feelings into words. And, it took nothing short of fate to place the right champion into her life to answer her cries for help - her stepmother, Lebanon native Jeri Stine Hahn. 2018-06-13T11:29:13-04:00

Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grip Louisville

June 13, 2018 - 5:28pm
Louisville’s hepatitis A outbreak has now topped 450 cases and claimed three lives, according to local health officials. An employee of the Jimmy John’s restaurant at 332 W. Broadway is among the latest food service workers to be diagnosed with hepatitis A. People who ate at that Jimmy John’s from May 31 to June 6 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and should be on the lookout for symptoms such as fatigue and stomach pain, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. 2018-06-13T16:44:47-04:00

Former Franklin County quarterback, Bengals draftee arrested on DUI charge

June 13, 2018 - 5:28pm
Former Franklin County quarterback and new Cincinnati Bengal Logan Woodside has been charged with speeding and driving under the influence, according to police. Woodside, 23, was arrested at 3:08 a.m. Saturday after an officer caught him driving his sport-utility vehicle through a Bellevue convenience store parking lot "at a high rate of speed," according to his arrest citation. The officer smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Woodside when he walked up to the quarterback's vehicle, the citation said. 2018-06-13T16:39:05-04:00

Schools should let police do their jobs

June 13, 2018 - 5:28pm
What I say here isn’t going to change the minds of those who need their minds changed, but I’m going to say it anyway. School officials should focus their abilities on education and leave police work to the cops. Period. No, I’m not talking about little Jimmy shooting a spit-wad at little Sally or foolishness like that. I’m talking about actual punishable crimes. 2018-06-13T16:16:53-04:00

Several factors driving state retirement spike

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
Kentucky Retirement Systems is the name of the pension fund that covers most state workers other than teachers. It also covers a substantial number of people working for local governments that participate in the fund. KRS, as it is known in shorthand, is the most troubled fund in the state's vastly underaccrued pension system. It has about $16 billion of assets, but its unfunded liability is $27 billion. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported last week that 1,300 more state employees than anticipated chose to retire this fiscal year. That is an 18 percent increase over recent years in a workforce that presently numbers about 36,000 people. David Eager, executive director of KRS, said absorbing these additional retirees is "not a major problem" for the fund despite its perilous condition. 2018-06-13T14:11:18-04:00

Allow the Poor People’s Campaign inside

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
Each time she was stopped, Tanya Fogle had two simple questions she asked the police officers who stood in her way. Why am I being stopped from entering the state Capitol and the governor’s office, and on who’s orders are you stopping me? For the second time in two weeks, Fogle and other protesters were blocked from the Kentucky Capitol and never given a reason why. 2018-06-13T14:04:52-04:00

Mitch McConnell's record-breaking tenure worth a spot in history books

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
Phil Niekro confounded the best hitters in baseball for 24 Major League seasons using a knuckleball that Yankee outfielder Bobby Murcer said was “like trying to eat Jell-O with chopsticks.” Only three hurlers pitched more innings than the durable Niekro, and just nine players appeared in more seasons. After a long day on the Senate floor, Kentucky’s political version of Niekro — Mitch McConnell — unwinds by catching the last few innings of his beloved Washington Nationals. McConnell, who on June 12 became the longest-serving Republican Senate leader in American history, knows that experience, patience and strategy make a difference in both baseball and politics, two great American past times he has loved since childhood. 2018-06-13T13:57:08-04:00

'Love Generally' great advice

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
An article on the front page of Sunday's Herald-Leader told of two young people who, despite personal challenges, persevered and graduated from high school in Lexington this spring with the help of supportive or at least non-judgmental educators. In some ways, their story is nothing out of the ordinary. But it also stands as a testament to the power of tolerance and compassion — and a reminder that our differences need not divide, but can make a school, a city, a nation stronger. 2018-06-13T13:52:21-04:00

Brown off to good start as KSU president

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
If the honeymoon period has ended for Kentucky State University President Christopher Brown, it’s not clear from results of a performance review made public last week. The facilitator of the review concluded Brown’s accomplishments in the relatively short period of time he’s been president were “rock solid.” The KSU Board of Regents hired Brown in March 2017 after a contentious debate. He was formally installed as president late last year. 2018-06-13T13:49:58-04:00

State erases useless laws

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
When the General Assembly passed House Bill 400, leaders of Kentucky’s bourbon industry were smiling. The bourbon boon acknowledged long has been hampered by an archaic regulation preventing distilleries from shipping bottles to a visitors’ home. The legislation revised several laws allowing distilleries and wineries to ship packages — assuming alcohol sales are legal in the purchaser’s hometown. Whiskey tourism is growing dramatically each year and this form of postal prohibition seemed foolish to visitors and was frustrating for the industry. 2018-06-13T13:46:41-04:00

International Center sows success with refugee farmer garden

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
The International Center of Kentucky in Bowling Green is sowing the seeds of success with its Refugee Farmer Commercial Garden, a project that helps refugees grow their incomes through farming and selling their own produce. When refugees come to America, they do so with little more than the clothes on their backs and after fleeing war and persecution back home. They must have little to remind them of their home in an unfamiliar country. That’s why we believe the project made possible by Kentucky State University is such a positive step. 2018-06-13T13:42:37-04:00

Senior Scam Jam aimed at protecting elderly from fraud

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
Grandparent scam, charity scam, funeral scam, sweepstakes scam. The list goes on. Fraudulent ploys to get money from senior citizens are so common these days that many have their own name. Hoping to make a dent in those staggering numbers, the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions, Kentucky AARP and other groups are sponsoring a free Senior Scam Jam from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at the Logan County Extension Office in Russellville. 2018-06-13T13:32:48-04:00

Deputy jailer faces multiple criminal charges

June 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
A Grant County Detention Center deputy jailer was arrested after an internal investigation revealed she allegedly “poked, slapped and touched” two inmates’ breasts and buttocks several times, among other charges. Amber Wyatt, 24, of Sparta, was charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, 10 counts of second-degree promoting contraband and complicity in receiving stolen property (more than $500 but less than $10,000) on June 2 at the Grant County Detention Center. 2018-06-13T13:24:41-04:00

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