Kentucky Press News Service

Police search for man after chase

June 10, 2018 - 2:26am
The Letcher County Sheriff's Department said residents should consider a Pert Creek man armed and dangerous after he led officers on a car chase Friday, and then fled on foot. The sheriff's department said Deputy Sidney Fields saw Sherrell Sandlin driving a black Jeep without a seat belt near Pine Mountain Junction, and saw the Jeep had no license plate. The sheriff's office said Sandlin turned the Jeep onto Pert Creek Road at high speed and attempted to elude Fields, nearly hitting an oncoming vehicle on the one-lane road. Whitesburg Police and an off-duty Neon Police officer also joined the pursuit. Police said Sandlin drove about a half-mile before getting out of the vehicle and running away. 2018-06-09T23:25:44-04:00

'It's a miracle.' 2-year-old missing Bullitt County girl found alive

June 8, 2018 - 11:24pm
A 2-year-old girl who had been missing for nearly 36 hours was found safe Friday night by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office. Charlee Nichole Campbell was found in the area that volunteer crews and officials had been searching since she went missing from her home in Lebanon Junction on Thursday morning, said Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Erik Butler. 2018-06-08T21:10:01-04:00

Police working on fatal Russell County shooting; man charged with murder

June 8, 2018 - 5:24pm
An apparent domestic dispute at a home in Russell County has resulted in one person being killed and another wounded in a shooting at a residence along KY 92 in Russell Springs. WLEX-TV reports state police confirm that Coty Lawhorn died in the shooting. His wife, Jessica, was wounded and taken to UK Hospital in Lexington 2018-06-08T15:30:03-04:00

Kentucky awarded $67.5 million to transform Northern Kentucky interchanges

June 8, 2018 - 5:24pm
One of the state's most heavily traveled freight corridors will be revitalized thanks to a $67.5 million INFRA grant awarded to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for I-71/I-75 interchange improvements in Boone County. 2018-06-08T11:19:49-04:00

Search continues for 2-year-old Bullitt girl; relative taken into custody

June 8, 2018 - 2:24pm
A relative who's a convicted felon has been taken into custody as the search continues for a missing Bullitt County toddler. Police told WDRB-TV that Robert Bailey is a person of interest in the case but not a suspect. Authorities said there is an outstanding warrant for Bailey but wouldn't say what it was for. Charlee Campbell, 2, was last seen at her Lebanon Junction home early on Thursday. Searchers have been looking for her since then. 2018-06-08T13:23:56-04:00

Thanks to area dedication, the show will go on

June 8, 2018 - 2:24pm
Well, that was close. For a time there, it looked like the “The Stephen Foster Story” and other events at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre would not survive into its 60th year. The deteriorating condition of the amphitheater, with its myriad structural and electrical issues, threatened to end the historic drama ahead of that 60th milestone, with the state pushing to shut down the facility it had long neglected, citing safety concerns. Fortunately, local folks know and respect the inherent cultural value of the drama and its deep roots within our community far better than the state, and those local folks stepped up to “Save The Drama” through a furious round of fundraising and volunteer work, as well as some political wrangling by local officials to steer control of the facility’s destiny away from the state. 2018-06-08T12:53:49-04:00

Somerset man charged with murder by Kentucky State Police

June 8, 2018 - 2:24pm
A Somerset man who has previously been identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Lincoln County woman April Lynn Neikirk was arrested on charges of murder and abuse of a corpse Thursday. Officials would not provide more details on the charges against Otha Wesley, 45, or whether they related to Neikirk’s missing person case Thursday night. Wesley was booked into the Lincoln County Regional Jail at 4:51 p.m. He faces charges of murder, domestic violence; abuse of a corpse; and tampering with physical evidence. He was being held without bond Thursday night, according to jail records. Kentucky State Police is listed as the arresting agency. 2018-06-08T12:48:35-04:00

California trends not looking golden

June 8, 2018 - 2:24pm
We have previously mentioned our belief that a strength of our nation is that different states with different political and economic philosophies go their own ways, serving as laboratories for the rest of us. To that end we continue to be fascinated by scenarios playing out in some of the nation's most liberal states on the West Coast. 2018-06-08T12:32:47-04:00

County attorney: Floyd inmate killed by ‘nightmare punch’

June 8, 2018 - 2:24pm
Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley said “one nightmare punch” killed an inmate at the Floyd County Detention Center on Tuesday. Scotty L. Gibson Jr., 23, of Prestonsburg, is facing a first-degree murder charge for the Tuesday death of Adam Potter, 29, of Prestonsburg. First responders were called to the jail at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, following reports of an inmate who was unresponsive. Potter, who had been incarcerated for 32 days, was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. 2018-06-08T11:47:00-04:00

Paintsville police warn about fake money

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
Johnson County has faced an unusually high number of counterfeit money cases in recent years, and Paintsville Police Chief Mike Roe said clerks in Eastern Kentucky need to be vigilant. Roe said in cases PPD has investigated, the money is being purchased online from websites that sell it for use in movies and TV shows. The cash is typically fairly realistic, but will typically say it is only for “motion picture purposes.” Anyone caught trying to pass off the fake money, however, will face very real punishment. 2018-06-08T11:15:38-04:00

Bullitt County Sheriff's Office is looking a missing 3-year-old girl

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
A 3-year-old girl is missing in Bullitt County, according to sheriff officials. Charlee Nichole Campbell is about 3-feet tall and about 40 pounds. She has shoulder-length blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing winter pajamas with designs from the movie "Frozen." Searchers have been combing the area around where she was last seen. 2018-06-08T11:07:40-04:00

Oldham teacher arrested on rape and sodomy charges

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
Oldham County High School choir teacher Haley Reed has been arrested on charges of rape and sodomy. Reed admitted to having sex with a minor around eight times between April and June on school property, according to Oldham County Police. They say the encounters happened after school hours. Oldham County Police began investigating Reed after they received information of a sexual relationship between her and a student. 2018-06-08T10:52:49-04:00

VanMeter competent to stand trial on attempted murder charges

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
Thomas Field VanMeter III, 40, was declared competent to stand trial in Harrison Circuit Court Friday. VanMeter is accused of shooting at law enforcement, a helicopter pilot and passenger, for a total of 20 charges. Subsequent to the competency hearing, a pretrial conference was set for Tuesday, July 3, at which time future trial information for the case to proceed will be set. 2018-06-08T10:44:48-04:00

Hemp Days designed to celebrate and educate

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
Congressmen Andy Barr and Thomas Massie will be featured speakers at the inaugural Cynthiana-Harrison County Hemp Days on Saturday. .Hemp Days will begin at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m. The day boasts a full day of educational speakers, live music, hemp and artisan vendors, food and craft beer and hemp farm tours, complete with transportation from the downtown area to the farms themselves. Harrison County was the location for the first legal 500 acre hemp farm in Kentucky. 2018-06-08T10:34:34-04:00

Higdon ready to embrace Taylor superintendent role

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
Charles Higdon Jr., applied when the Taylor County superintendent position last opened in 2009. He was principal of Taylor County High School at the time, a position he had only been in for two years. At the time, he knew he wasn’t ready to be a superintendent, but he wanted the experience. He knew that being superintendent of Taylor County Schools was his ultimate dream. “Throughout my career, I feel like that is something I was always ultimately working towards,” Higdon said. That dream came to fruition when he was selected to be the district’s next superintendent at a recent Taylor County Board of Education meeting. 2018-06-08T10:28:05-04:00

Multiple black bears seen on west side of Corbin

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
Black bears are regularly seen in Whitley County, but within the last week several residents have reportedly encountered them just blocks away from downtown Corbin. Lisa Walker, who lives on West Fifth Street near the intersection with Arnold Street, was able to snap a picture of what appeared to be a cub that had been running around the area for several days. “Something had been getting in my garbage. I thought it was a raccoon,” Walker said. “I looked out the window Tuesday afternoon and saw a bear.” 2018-06-08T10:21:52-04:00

Medicaid work rules are costly, intrusive

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
Aside from the obvious moral implications of adopting an approach certain to significantly reduce the number of insured Kentuckians, Gov. Matt Bevin’s work requirements for Medicaid recipients will produce a new bureaucracy that is costly, intrusive and doomed to fail. They will also guarantee a reversal of the recent improvement in Kentucky’s notoriously bad health metrics. 2018-06-08T10:14:34-04:00

Man arrested for alleged sexual abuse

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
A Hanson resident was arrested June 1 on several charges of sexually abusing a child under 12 years old. James L. Wilson, 63, was charged on June 1 with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, three counts of first degree sodomy and first-degree rape. Wilson is being held in Hopkins County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond and has a preliminary hearing set for 8 a.m. today where he will be represented by a public defender. 2018-06-08T09:25:40-04:00

UPS workers say low starting pay, retirements causing lots of turnover as contract end nears

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
UPS package handlers said retirements and low starting pay are causing lots of turnover at the logistics giant’s Worldport in Louisville. A local Teamsters leader told Insider that the $10-per-hour starting wage for part-time UPS package handlers and the resulting turnover at the facility also are causing lots of stress for full-time workers. The union wants the logistics giant to raise the starting pay to $15 per hour. 2018-06-08T09:22:27-04:00

Laying down an ‘icon’

June 8, 2018 - 11:24am
The historic sanctuary that was once home to Hopkinsville's Virginia Street Baptist Church is coming down. Crews have been working since the end of May to flatten the 126-year-old building, and the Rev. Dr. M.O. Fort believes it should take around 90 days to complete. The longtime pastor was careful not to call it “a demolition,” as he wanted to be sensitive to the connection his members and the community have to the church. Since Sept. 13, 2015, the congregation has worshipped right across the street in its new sanctuary. 2018-06-08T09:15:57-04:00