Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky police and prosecutor tried to frame man for murder, suit says

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
A Kentucky man says a state police polygraph examiner, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and a prosecutor conspired to frame him for murder, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court. The suit says Nickie Miller, 56, of Stanton, spent two years in jail facing a potential death sentence for a crime he didn’t commit — all while fighting cancer. The suit doesn’t offer a motive, but lawyers for Miller say the murder victim, Paul Brewer, 52, of Mount Sterling, was a brother of a former state trooper and that three of the defendants Miller accuses of framing him worked for the agency. 2018-11-23T12:05:31-05:00

Kentucky clout in House erodes as GOP members lose titles, power

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Because five of Kentucky’s six House members are Republicans, the state is about to lose some Washington clout as the GOP lawmakers lose their big titles and power to set the agenda. But the state will still have some important ability to get what it wants. 2018-11-23T11:57:59-05:00

40 years after accident keeps him from KISS concert, school custodian is given tickets

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Custodian David Farris dressing in full KISS attire and performing the band’s music on his guitar is the students’ favorite part of the annual Lafayette High School’s Beta Club battle of the bands, Principal Bryne Jacobs said. When the Lexington school staff recently collected money to buy Farris and his family tickets to the KISS farewell tour in Louisville in March, Farris shared with the faculty why he is more than just an average fan. “His story is awesome,” Jacobs said. It began one day in 1979 when Farris was 9 years old and he heard that his favorite band KISS was coming to Lexington. 2018-11-23T11:54:18-05:00

Kentucky county uses new tactic to get millions owed by company tied to W.Va. Gov. Justice

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
A county prosecutor in Eastern Kentucky is trying to collect delinquent property taxes linked to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice by intercepting royalty payments from local coal operators to a Justice-family company. That’s a new tack in Knott County, where Kentucky Fuel, a coal company once owned by Justice and now controlled by his children, owes more than $2 million in back taxes.The debt has been a sore spot because it has meant less money for county government and the school system as both have struggled with tight finances. Knott County Attorney Tim Bates’ office has sued Kentucky Fuel several times to collect delinquent taxes, but began trying to collect through garnishment in recent months. 2018-11-23T11:45:14-05:00

Two people shot in confrontation with suspected burglars

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Two people were shot early Wednesday in what police said was an armed confrontation with suspected burglars. Kentucky State Police spokesman Scotty Sharp said troopers were called by Grayson County dispatchers at 1:18 a.m. Wednesday, to help investigate a shooting that happened near 2519 Richland Road. According to police, around 1 a.m., Johnnie Hayes, 59, of Caneyville and Wanda Ferguson, 39, of Rosine, saw people trying to steal items from a barn on Hayes' property. They called Grayson County dispatchers, but as deputies were en route the suspects left the property in two vehicles. 2018-11-23T11:34:47-05:00

100-year-old veteran receives highest French honor

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Bill Pollard sits in a maroon colored, leather chair in an expansive living room ordained with paintings in a Prospect suburb right on the Jefferson County line. Pollard, who was born in Shelby County, and lived most of his live in Henry County, celebrated his 100th birthday on Sept. 1 surrounded by friends and family. Yet, turning 100 was far from the most interesting, or admirable, thing about Pollard Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, he’s one of the war’s remaining, living veterans. 2018-11-23T11:21:58-05:00

Murder trial of Charlottesville driver, NKY native, set to begin

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
Virginia's murder trial of white nationalist rally participant James Alex Fields Jr. is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 26, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The 21-year-old Boone County, Kentucky, native is also charged with federal hate crime charges in U.S. District Court that could end up as a death penalty case. Prosecutors say Fields, 21, killed one and injured dozens when he drove his car into a crowd of people protesting an Aug. 12, 2017, white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer, 33, of Charlottesville was killed. 2018-11-23T11:12:28-05:00

Lawsuit against Horse Cave officers moved to federal court

November 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
A lawsuit accusing three Horse Cave Police Department officers of civil rights violations was moved Wednesday to federal court. Anthony Owens and his mother, Sheila Bryant, originally filed the suit against former officers Larry Dale Martin and Chris Trulock and suspended Chief Sean Henry last month in Hart Circuit Court. In the lawsuit, Owens and Bryant alleged that their constitutional rights were violated and that the officers used excessive force, committed assault and battery, negligence, unlawful search and seizure, false arrest/imprisonment and malicious prosecution. 2018-11-23T11:06:06-05:00

Kentucky will begin REAL ID implementation in January

November 22, 2018 - 10:42am
When the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet begins rolling out new standard and voluntary travel driver's licenses early next year, all first-time cardholder applicants or those requesting the upgraded IDs will need to present documentation at circuit court clerk's offices and DMVs around the state. KYTC has launched an online interactive tool on drive.ky.gov to help residents determine what documents they will need before the rollout begins. The form guides users through a short series of questions and creates a personalized list of documents to bring with them when they apply for the card. 2018-11-22T09:13:34-05:00

Cecilia family thankful to see son’s 1st birthday

November 22, 2018 - 10:42am
On a day when families gather to give thanks, the Alexander family of Cecilia has a special reason to be thankful. Their son, Eli, a heart transplant recipient, recently turned a year old. It’s been a year filled with many stresses but also moments of thanksgiving. In his young life, he spent more than six months in the hospital, had multiple surgeries and a heart transplant. Eli had hypoplastic right heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect and received his new heart March 9. Parents Caitlyn and Nick Alexander said Eli, who was born Nov. 6, 2017, has made great progress since coming home in May. The couple also has an older daughter, Abby. 2018-11-22T09:03:55-05:00

Danville distillery project will have HQ on Louisville’s ‘Whiskey Row’

November 22, 2018 - 10:42am
A whiskey company currently building rickhouses for bourbon barrels in Danville has acquired a building on Louisville’s “Whiskey Row” that it plans to use as its headquarters, according to reporting in Louisville Business First. IJW Whiskey has plans for as many as 17 rickhouses — large, multi-story warehouses used to age bourbon, a distillery and a “presentation center and office” on land off of Lebanon Road on the west side of Danville, according to a concept plan filed with the local planning and zoning office. 2018-11-22T08:59:57-05:00

Kentucky farmer pleads guilty in crop-insurance case. The fraud totaled $2.6 million.

November 22, 2018 - 10:42am
A Central Kentucky farmer has pleaded guilty after he was accused of grossing $2.6 million through fraudulent crop-insurance claims. Ronnie Jolly pleaded guilty to four felony charges in federal court in Lexington on Nov. 19. He agreed as part of his plea deal to forfeit two Bourbon County farms — one covering 244 acres on College Road and the other 131 acres on Jackstown Road — to the federal government. He also agreed to forfeit a bank account, but his plea deal did not say how much money it contains. 2018-11-22T08:54:18-05:00

Three cows, five pigs, lots of lettuce. How UK’s weekly purchases could change KY farms.

November 22, 2018 - 10:42am
By the end of the 2018-2019 school year, the University of Kentucky will have bought 37,000 pounds of beef, 20,000 pounds of pork and 24,000 pounds of produce from farms all located within 80 miles of Lexington. When UK turned its food services over to the Aramark corporation, it pledged to spend more money on local products. But two new initiatives have kicked that pledge into high gear and could potentially be a game changer for Kentucky farms. 2018-11-22T08:49:43-05:00

'That could have been me': Black church members scarred but thankful

November 22, 2018 - 10:42am
Nonna Bailey has slept with the lights on since the shooting at the Kroger near her home in Jeffersontown. She keeps remembering, replaying in her mind how she saw the man accused of the shooting standing outside her church, rattling its simple white doors. She didn't know then that she was looking at the man who would later be charged with killing two people at the Kroger. But now she imagines what could have happened and she shivers. But she nevertheless feels thankful. 2018-11-22T08:40:35-05:00

Thankful for the things that make life more OK

November 21, 2018 - 4:42pm
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. People tend to look at you strangely when you’re eating cranberry sauce out of the can at other times of the year. Thanksgiving, not so much. I also identify with the turkey, as both of us can be seen as pale, bland and full of stuffing (in the bird’s case) and nonsense (guilty as charged). But above this, I like the holiday because it reminds me I have a lot to be thankful for. Sure, life could be better. We can all say that. But it could also be a lot worse. 2018-11-21T13:49:41-05:00

Count on voting process

November 21, 2018 - 1:42pm
When an ice storm disrupts the routine of life, Kentuckians sometimes dream of warmer climates and consider life in places such as Florida. The best thing about the disruption of power caused by the storm was it interrupted television’s continual reporting of Florida’s inability to resolve some closely contested political races. Some people want to tweak Kentucky’s voting regulations and certainly anything can be improved on. But the security and integrity of the process should not be relaxed. 2018-11-21T13:35:48-05:00

Enjoy a safe, happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018 - 1:42pm
It’s hard to believe that Thursday we will celebrate another Thanksgiving. It seems like just yesterday that Americans last observed this historic holiday. Thanksgiving has been an official annual tradition since 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday during the Civil War. For many generations since Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday, Thanksgiving has endured. We believe we are better for it as a nation because it not only brings people together, it makes us appreciate the blessings of life. 2018-11-21T13:32:37-05:00

Bank vault theft case rolls into next year

November 21, 2018 - 1:42pm
The case of a Marshall County woman indicted in May by a grand jury for allegedly stealing $20,000 from the vault at a local bank has been continued into next year following an unproductive status hearing last week. Powell pleaded not guilty during her first appearance in Marshall Circuit Court in June 2018. She was indicted by a Marshall County grand jury May 22 and was charged with theft by unlawful taking, all others, $10,000 or more but under $1 million, for allegedly taking $20,000 from the vault at U.S. Bank in Benton where she was employed at the time of the alleged theft. 2018-11-21T12:33:23-05:00

Motorists can be 'thankful' for cheaper gas

November 21, 2018 - 1:42pm
Motorists in Kentucky -- and nationwide -- can add cheaper gas to their list of "things for which to be thankful" this Thanksgiving holiday, according to industry analysts. In Kentucky, the average price of gas Tuesday evening was $2.342 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. Prices were down 1.6 cents from Monday's average statewide, and 30.9 cents from last month's average. Prices are down 3.9 cents from last year's average of $2.386. 2018-11-21T12:14:45-05:00

Former student charged as adult in gun case

November 21, 2018 - 1:42pm
A former Betsy Layne High School student accused of bringing a gun on school property has been charged as an adult. “Any allegation that involves someone bringing a gun to school grounds is a serious allegation,” Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner said. Andrew Jacob Prater was 17 years old when he was arrested in March for allegedly bringing a gun onto the school’s property. Now 18, Prater was indicted by a Floyd County grand jury on Oct. 31 and his arrest warrant was filed in Floyd Circuit Court on Nov. 13. 2018-11-21T12:12:09-05:00

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