Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky woman may be investigated for false rape claim against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh

November 4, 2018 - 10:28am
A Kentucky woman may be investigated after she allegedly admitted to making a false rape claim against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, several media outlets are reporting. Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote to the Justice Department and FBI about Judy Munro-Leighton, who claimed she was from California but is from Kentucky, according to several media reports. Grassley heads the Senate Judiciary Committee that held hearings on allegations against Kavanaugh. Grassley wrote “that Munro-Leighton admitted to the committee on Nov. 1 that she previously lied about an allegation that Kavanaugh and a friend raped her in the backseat of a car,” according to The Hill. 2018-11-04T08:48:21-05:00

Don Meredith's daughter suffered as her family fought over her care

November 4, 2018 - 10:28am
With his larger than life personality, Dallas Cowboys quarterback and television football host Don Meredith lived in the public spotlight. Privately, he sought to ensure a lifetime of care for his youngest child, Heather, who was born with physical and intellectual disabilities. As a result, Heather, now 49 and described as “pleasant and bubbly,” enjoyed a quiet, comfortable life in Kentucky at Stewart Home & School, a well-appointed, private residential center in Frankfort for many years. But after he died in 2010, events took a different turn when control of Heather's affairs passed to the football star's widow, Susan Meredith, his third wife and Heather's stepmother. 2018-11-04T08:38:46-05:00

Former parks employee pleads guilty to theft

November 4, 2018 - 10:28am
A former parks and recreation employee pleaded guilty to theft charges after the stole more $15, 000 from the department during the last fiscal year. Dosha Plummer, 36, was indicted for theft by unlawful taking this summer, months after she resigned from the department and made full restitution. The thefts were discovered during an audit of Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation for the 2016-17 fiscal year. That audit uncovered a number of issues including overdue bills, credit card debt and a deficit of nearly $159,000. 2018-11-04T08:32:49-05:00

For American children, innocence is the first casualty in mass shootings

November 4, 2018 - 1:28am
Stephanie Boyd's school-aged sons knew just what to do last Wednesday when the family emerged from watching the latest Goosebumps flick to discover the cinema they were in was on lockdown. Boyd and her children had no way of knowing that only about 1,500 feet from the AMC Stonybrook 20 theaters in Jeffersontown, a woman lay shot dead in the Kroger parking lot and police were chasing the suspected shooter. But her sons, who had practiced lockdown and active shooter drills in school, were prepared. Public mass shootings, while statistically rare in the United States, have indelibly changed Americans' psyches. And they have meant a newer ritual for younger Americans: drills to prepare in the event of an active shooter. 2018-11-03T23:31:30-04:00

Kentucky's online voter registration left system vulnerable to attack

November 4, 2018 - 1:28am
Heralded as the state voting system’s “most transformational reform to date,” the ability for Kentuckians to register to vote online also made them vulnerable to attack. A ProPublica investigation found that as recently as this week, a computer server powering Kentucky’s voter registration website was inadvertently exposing sensitive back-end files to hackers. Kentucky introduced online voter registration in 2016. At the time, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said the move would pave the way for increased participation in elections. At the heart of the vulnerability ProPublica uncovered is a decades-old protocol for transferring files between computers. Some corporations and other institutions have dropped File Transfer Protocol, or FTP, in favor of more secure alternatives. 2018-11-03T23:25:29-04:00

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

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