Kentucky Press News Service

KSP trooper, former trooper and Scott coroner indicted for forgery and theft of KSP property

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Following a special investigation by Kentucky State Police, a Scott County grand jury has returned indictments on three individuals involved in forgery and theft of KSP property. According to a KSP news release, Master Trooper Mitch Harris was indicted on two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. Scott County Coroner John Goble was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property over $10,000, receiving stolen property (firearm), abuse of public trust less than $10,000, trafficking in controlled substance and two counts of official misconduct first degree. Michael Crawford, a retired KSP lieutenant colonel, was indicted for receiving stolen property over $10,000 and receiving a stolen firearm. 2018-06-07T13:31:21-04:00

Bevin orders state flags to half-staff to honor veteran

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Friday, June 8 from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Cpl. Ernest L.R. Heilman, 19, a Greenup, Kentucky soldier who was captured and killed during the Korean War. The announcement was Mae by the governor's office. 2018-06-07T13:28:21-04:00

Northern Kentucky manufacturer to upgrade, add more than 100 new jobs

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
HDT Global, a provider of products for extreme environments for the military, public and private sectors, announced Thursday in a news release that it will create 113 full-time jobs over two to four years at its manufacturing facility in Florence with a $14.5 million improvement project. 2018-06-07T13:21:31-04:00

Victim of house explosion identified

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
UPDATED: Susan Brady, 61, has been positively identified as the victim of Wednesday’s house explosion at the corner of Seminole and Pocahontas trails in Georgetown, said Scott County Coroner John Goble. An autopsy was conducted Thursday morning in Frankfort, and Brady was identified by two tattoos located on her shoulder, Goble said. A son has been notified. 2018-06-07T11:54:35-04:00

National Hot Rod Power Tour to start in Bowling Green Saturday

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
The Hot Rod Power Tour will begin Saturday at Beech Bend Raceway Park and will feature a car show, drag racing and autocross events. Janet Henderson, group sales manager for the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the event will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free. “This is a car show like no other car show. They go to seven cities in seven days,” she said. 2018-06-07T11:48:55-04:00

House explodes, one dead: Welding tanks in garage; gun located among debris

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
UPDATED: A “sonic boom” shattered a quiet neighborhood in Georgetown's Indian Acres subdivision Wednesday morning as a house exploded scattering debris in all directions hundreds of feet. Inside the house’s charred remains investigators discovered the body of a white female. Investigators located a handgun in the debris, as well. Marijean Long, whose house is behind the explosion and suffered damage, said a review of her security cameras showed there were actually two explosions. “The first one was small, but it set off vehicle alarms,” she said. “The second explosion everything went white.” The explosion and subsequent fire damaged nearby houses, with large portions of the home’s garage door resting across the street. Other pieces of the house and its contents were literally scattered nearly a half block in all directions. 2018-06-07T09:51:08-04:00

Boy dies from accidental gunshot

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
UPDATED: Malachi Fryer had a loving heart and never met a stranger, New Highland Elementary School Principal Chalis Packer said. “He was a little comedian and the classroom was his stage,” she said. “He loved people and he didn’t meet a stranger.” Malachi, 6, died Tuesday morning, just days after completing first grade at New Highland, from an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Hardin County Coroner Dr. William Lee said. 2018-06-07T09:23:45-04:00

Physical restraint use rising in Kentucky schools; spiking at Jefferson

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
The use of physical restraints to control students is increasing across Kentucky, although the state legislature since 2012 has tried to reduce the practice because it is ineffective and harms children, especially those with disabilities. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of occasions during which public school staff physically restrained students because they posed a danger to themselves or others increased by 42 percent across the state — though state officials said they believe the numbers are increasing primarily because school districts are doing a better job reporting them. 2018-06-07T09:19:23-04:00

Barren judge-executive candidate demands recount

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
A Republican candidate for Barren County judge-executive is demanding a recount following the primary election in May. Freddie Joe Wilkerson, a retired Kentucky Army National Guardsman who lost in the primary, filed a petition Friday demanding a recount of paper ballot votes, according to Barren County Attorney Jeff Sharp. He will represent the Barren County Board of Elections at a hearing Friday that will determine the bond Wilkerson must pay for the recount. Wilkerson’s primary opponent, Gary Tilghman, received 1,707 votes, while Wilkerson garnered 1,108. A recanvass that Wilkerson demanded last week didn’t alter the vote totals. 2018-06-07T09:14:00-04:00

Coal company invests in Hopkins County

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Alliance Coal continues to place bets on Hopkins County and the coal mining industry as a whole. The largest coal producer in the Illinois Basin, of which Western Kentucky is part, celebrated the opening of its newest warehouse in Madisonville on Wednesday. The company employs 500 people at mines and other facilities in Hopkins County, 260 of whom live in the county, said David Ross, Alliance Coal's vice president of operations. 2018-06-07T09:09:26-04:00

Two suspects in custody following pursuits, standoff

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Two White Plains men are in custody following a series of vehicle chases and a 45-minute standoff with law enforcement on Tuesday. The Madisonville-Hopkins County VICE/Narcotics Unit reported conducting surveillance on Old Nortonville-White Plains Road Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m. Detectives observed Tyler W. Ward, 27, driving a motorcycle at a high speed and verified that Tyler Ward was operating on a suspended license. When detectives attempted to make a traffic stop, Tyler Ward fled for several miles at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The suspect eventually pulled over and was placed under arrest. 2018-06-07T09:05:52-04:00

Transportation secretary speaks on funding challenges, future of I-69

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Kentucky Secretary of Transportation Greg Thomas shared some words of warning about state funding surrounding two major bridge projects – one of which is the I-69 Ohio River Crossing connecting Henderson with Indiana – but project managers and local representatives are still positive. During the Tuesday meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation in Frankfort, Thomas told members of the General Assembly that the state would need to find ways to gather more funding for transportation projects like the I-69 project and the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Covington and Cincinnati. 2018-06-07T09:03:29-04:00

Cape Air drops fares to $19

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Cape Air is dropping its air fares between Owensboro and St. Louis to $19 each way this summer. That's the lowest they've ever been, Bob Whitmer, airport manager, said Wednesday. 2018-06-07T09:00:04-04:00

Marshall school district adopts some additional safety measures after shooting

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
The Marshall County School District approved several changes to make its schools safer. A district safety committee voted Monday to adopt the changes in the wake of the Jan. 23 shooting at Marshall County High School in which two students died and 20 were injured, 12 from gunshot wounds. In a policy change, students at Marshall County High School and both middle schools will not be allowed to carry bookbags. 2018-06-07T08:53:55-04:00

Kentucky woman said she found human bones. Sheriff says she was hiding stolen artifacts.

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
A Carroll County woman was arrested Tuesday after the county sheriff's office said she made a false report about bones she said she discovered under an abandoned trailer. Tammy Sculley, 40, told authorities last month that a dog dug up the human bones and brought them to her, Carroll County Sheriff Phillip Marshall said in a press conference Wednesday morning. Following an investigation, it was determined that those bones were archaeological antiquities that two separate people stole from an unspecified building, Marshall said. 2018-06-07T08:50:46-04:00

Chief Justice denies request to remove judge Bevin called a 'hack' from pension case

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
The Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court denied a request Wednesday by lawyers for Governor Matt Bevin to remove a judge the governor called an "incompetent hack" from presiding over a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's new pension law. Bevin's attorneys "failed to demonstrate any disqualifying circumstance that would require the appointment of a special judge under Kentucky Revised Statutes..." Chief Justice John Minton wrote in a letter Wednesday afternoon. His decision came a day after Bevin's attorney's asked him to remove Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shepherd from Attorney General Andy Beshear's legal challenge to the pension law, citing the fact that Shepherd is eligible to receive a judicial pension. 2018-06-07T08:44:38-04:00

Cryptocurrency group raising funds for chemical plant

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Pike County received its first repayment last week on a controversial $400,000 loan it made in 2014 to RCL Chemical — a company promising hundreds of jobs in Eastern Kentucky at a proposed plant that would convert natural gas into various liquid products. Money for that $50,000 payment, though, was raised from a very unconventional source: cryptocurrency. It's an industry that has sparked warnings and scrutiny from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Last month, New York-based cryptocurrency investment company Y2X Infrastructure agreed to secure $325 million to fund RCL's proposed natural gas-to-liquids plant in Eastern Kentucky. Y2X was founded less than a month ago and defines itself as a "blockchain-centric company," which means it uses cryptocurrencies, such as Bit-coin, to fund its projects. 2018-06-07T08:35:41-04:00

FBI director calls agency criticism distracting

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
FBI Director Christopher Wray told officials and agency partners Wednesday in Louisville that recent criticisms from from Washington, D.C., were distracting and irrelevant to their mission. “The things that make a difference are the lives of the people we are trying to protect,” Wray said. “Not whether or not somebody is scoring points on television or the internet.” While Wray did not specifically mention President Donald Trump, a vocal critic of the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election, the timing of his remarks falls as conservatives and the White House critique the agency. 2018-06-07T08:31:24-04:00

Ed board changes rule for choosing leaders

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
In a move that threatens to further politicize the Kentucky Department of Education, the state’s education board voted to change its rules so that any member can be appointed its chairman, regardless of time served. The move could pave the way for Hal Heiner, a close ally of Gov. Matt Bevin and frequent critic of Jefferson County Public Schools, to become chairman despite being appointed to the board by the governor less than two months ago. 2018-06-07T08:27:52-04:00

Reps seek answers on Capitol protests

June 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
Two Democrats in the Kentucky House have asked Attorney General Andy Beshear for an opinion on whether the Constitutional rights of anti-poverty activists were violated Monday when they were blocked from entering the Capitol. Reps. Attica Scott, of Louisville, and George A. Brown Jr., of Lexington, also asked Beshear in a two-page letter Tuesday if any state official with authority over public admittance to the Capitol can change the policy “without public notice and at-will.” 2018-06-07T08:14:32-04:00

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