Kentucky Press News Service

Treat all smoking in the same manner

June 14, 2018 - 2:29pm
Elizabethtown City Council is applauded for taking action to clear the air on questions some users of alternative smoking devices and others might have had regarding the city’s long-standing ban on smoking in public places. Prompted by the Lin­coln Trail District Health Depart­ment, council members approved an amendment adding electronic cigarettes and vaping devices to its no-smoking ordinance. The amendment will further protect the general public from the dangers of second hand smoke regardless of the delivery method the smoker choses to use. 2018-06-14T13:37:20-04:00

Child abuse becomes U.S. border policy

June 14, 2018 - 2:29pm
Anyone with a shred of empathy must be sickened by what our country is doing at the border. Science tells us that childhood trauma causes lifelong physical and emotional harm, even alters human DNA. When U.S. authorities strip children from their immigrant parents and house them in settings that resemble dog kennels, we are inflicting a harsh punishment on innocents. Families that are refugees from violence are being separated, while in the past they were first given a chance to make their case for asylum. 2018-06-14T13:24:58-04:00

Bowling Green schools to add online safety tip form

June 14, 2018 - 2:29pm
Students and parents in the Bowling Green Independent School District will soon be able to pass on information about bullying, potential school threats and other safety issues through a new online anonymous tip form. “It really provides an avenue for young people (and) parents to reach out when they need some help,” said D.G. Sherrill, the district’s director of pupil personnel who recently underwent training for the service. 2018-06-14T13:17:32-04:00

Bowling Green airport's wildlife problem leading to $1.5 million fence project

June 14, 2018 - 2:29pm
As development along booming Lovers Lane sees cows being replaced by bulldozers and trees being replaced by steel-framed buildings, the area’s wildlife is seeking refuge in the largest remaining patch of green space – otherwise known as the 566-acre Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport. But wildlife and airplanes are not a good mix, which is why the airport is now planning a roughly $1.5 million project to tear down and rebuild roughly 20,000 feet of fencing around the airport’s perimeter. Animals on the airport grounds are so common that a U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife biologist has been contracted to come out three times per week to trap animals and relocate them. 2018-06-14T13:13:04-04:00

Program to restore 1,000 bridges statewide

June 14, 2018 - 2:29pm
With a renewed focus on safety and protecting critical transportation assets, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced in a news release Thursday it's launching Bridging Kentucky – a statewide bridge program that will rehabilitate or replace more than 1,000 bridges. The program will address bridges in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. 2018-06-14T13:07:06-04:00

Wayne Lewis: Without state help, JCPS incapable of making needed changes

June 14, 2018 - 2:29pm
Wayne Lewis, interim commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, urged the Louisville community to focus less on his possible motivation for the proposed state takeover and more on the deficiencies within Jefferson County Public Schools. Kentucky’s education leader said he recommended a state takeover of JCPS because, without the state’s help, district management is incapable of formulating and implementing a desperately needed improvement plan. 2018-06-14T12:41:14-04:00

Governor appoints new Todd County judge-executive

June 14, 2018 - 2:29pm
The new Todd County Judge-Executive is Todd Mansfield. He was officially appointed Wednesday afternoon and should be sworn in sometime in the following days at a ceremony. Magistrate Jimmy Turner was the interim Judge-Executive ever since Daryl Greenfield resigned from the position on March 23. Mansfield will fill out the remainder of Greenfield’s term before officially starting his term in January. 2018-06-14T12:33:07-04:00

Attorney general sues Walgreens for ‘dual role’ in state’s opioid epidemic

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Attorney General Andy Beshear Thursday filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. In a state news release, Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to the state’s drug epidemic. 2018-06-14T11:21:09-04:00

52 grams of cocaine, $95,000 found in home of dismissed Kentucky player during arrest

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
A University of Kentucky football player who was dismissed from the program last month had more than $95,000 in cash and 52 grams of cocaine inside his apartment at the time of his arrest, according to court records. Marcus Walker, a 21-year-old junior safety, was arrested May 24 and was dismissed from the team five days later. He pleaded not guilty to charges of trafficking marijuana and cocaine. His roommate, Tavon Wells, 23, was also charged with the same crimes. 2018-06-14T10:03:05-04:00

Louisville judge reprimanded over Facebook post about murder defendant

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
The state’s Judicial Conduct Commission has publicly reprimanded two Jefferson County judges, stemming from social media comments and actions in a high-profile murder case. Jefferson District Court Judge Sandra McLaughlin was publicly reprimanded Tuesday by the commission for a post on her “Judge Sandra McLaughlin” Facebook page in August 2017 in which she shared a news article about a murder defendant. She was elected to the bench in 2010 and secured re-election in 2014. She is in the final year of her term and did not seek re-election. Just last month, the commission issued another reprimand of a Jefferson County judge. The commission found that Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Charles Cunningham violated parts of the state’s judicial code when he communicated with defendant Joseph Cambron’s attorney multiple times and issued orders without informing prosecutors. 2018-06-14T09:48:20-04:00

Homeowner returns from work, interrupts alleged pot and cake party; two in custody

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Four Union County residents have been accused of breaking into a woman's house, smoking marijuana, baking a cake and stealing a pair of shoes. On Monday around 3 p.m., a resident came home from work to find Jeremiah Garib, 19, Xavion R. Elkins, 20, and two juveniles running out of her house. Police said after looking around the house, the owner discovered that she'd interrupted a party of sorts with cake, ice cream and marijuana. In a later interview with The Gleaner, a police official said the group apparently couldn't find icing so they opened a jar of homemade jam and were using it to ice the cake, which made the homeowner even more angry. 2018-06-14T09:25:04-04:00

Coroner, eye bank dispute donor charges

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Scott County Coroner John Goble disputes a grand jury allegation he stole donor eyes and delivered them for personal profit. “I did not sell donor eyes for profit,” Goble said. The Kentucky Lions Eye Bank seemed to support Goble’s claims releasing a statement that time was critical for surgery and other means of delivering the organs were not available. The eye bank used Goble for the organ delivery from Lexington to West Virginia and the transplant was successful, the release stated. 2018-06-14T09:19:46-04:00

National activist: Poor People’s Campaign will keep coming

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Singing march songs of old, supporters of the Poor People’s Campaign gathered on the Capitol steps and demanded to be let in Wednesday — just to be turned away by Kentucky State Police troopers once more. What started as an awareness campaign quickly turned into a controversy over the right to peaceful assembly after participants in the Poor People’s Campaign were denied access into the Capitol as a group two weeks ago and told they could only enter two at a time. KSP spokesman Sgt. Joshua Lawson said the group did not have the proper permit for access to the Rotunda. Despite repeatedly being denied entrance into the Capitol as a group, the campaign plans on returning to the Capitol at 2 p.m. Monday for its final week before traveling to a June 23 march in Washington, D.C. 2018-06-14T09:13:46-04:00

World Changers at work in Radcliff area

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Church buses originating from Georgia to Arkansas to Ohio pulled into neighborhoods Wednesday morning in Radcliff and Vine Grove to lend a helping hand. The volunteers are part of World Changers, a national organization focused on mission work. World Changers groups volunteered at Gold­en Rainbow Mobile Home Park in Rad­cliff and Elmhurst Avenue in Vine Grove painting, installing new decks, building wheelchair-accessible ramps and more. 2018-06-14T09:10:02-04:00

Pair charged in homicide to face grand jury

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
As the family of Andrew Folena plan a memorial service, the two people charged with killing him and burying his body in a shallow grave will have their cases presented today before a Hardin County grand jury. Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young said the case would go forward just five days after Folena was found behind a house on Ralph Franklin Road in Elizabethtown. Lisa Renee Harvey, 50, of Eliza­beth­town, and Rick Aaron Fisher, 43, of Louisville, have been charged with murder and are being held in lieu of $500,000 cash bonds in the Hardin County Detention Center. 2018-06-14T09:06:46-04:00

Police: Chase suspect jumps in Ohio River

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Police are searching for a suspect that jumped into the Ohio River Wednesday afternoon. Kenton County Dispatch said police had been searching for the suspect for most of the day and that the suspect jumped into the river near Villa Hills Marina on River Road. Cincinnati police said Ludlow police were assisting in searching for the suspect, a feloney-level fugitive from Ohio. 2018-06-14T09:03:44-04:00

Poor People’s Campaign exploring court challenge to gain access to Kentucky Capitol

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
A national leader of the Poor People’s Campaign told a group of anti-poverty protesters Wednesday that Kentucky’s policy of limiting the group’s access to the state Capitol must be challenged in court. The Rev. William J. Barber, national co-chairman of the campaign, spoke outside the Capitol during his second trip to Frankfort this month to meet with protesters. He said a Kentucky State Police policy of allowing only two members of the group into the statehouse at a time is “an old tactic from civil rights days” and courts in his home state of North Carolina have ruled its Capitol Rotunda is a public place for protesters. “We believe the same thing will happen here when it is tested under the law,” said Barber. “If you let this stand, what is next?” 2018-06-14T09:00:44-04:00

Jurors hear slain Marine’s wife in 911 call in trial

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
“Jonathan, I love you! Jonathan, I love you!” Megan Price shouted to her husband in a 911 recording on the night the two were shot outside Austin City Saloon in Lexington. Marine Cpl. Jonathan Price, 26, died. The attackers wanted Megan Price’s purse. The 911 call was played Wednesday for jurors as opening arguments and witness testimony got underway in the trial of Quincinio Canada, 26, and Dawan Mulazim, 34. Both could face the death penalty. They are charged with murder, robbery and assault and are suspected of a string of more crimes surrounding Jonathan Price’s killing on June 21, 2014. Megan Price was shot in the leg. 2018-06-14T08:57:07-04:00

McConnell to Bevin: Stay home and run for re-election

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is making it clear: He wants Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a potential reelection rival, to stay home. Bevin, a Republican, has yet to say whether he will seek a second term in 2019, prompting speculation he’s interested in unseating McConnell in 2020 — or that he’s hoping for a Trump administration gig. McConnell made it plain in an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader that he’d prefer Bevin run for another four-year term as governor. 2018-06-14T08:52:12-04:00

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

Pages