Kentucky Press News Service

Lexington police sergeant accused of stalking, spying

August 14, 2018 - 9:24am
A woman has filed an emergency order of protection against high-profile Lexington police Sgt. Jervis Middleton after recent incidents caused her to “fear for the temporary safety of myself and my son,” according to court records. The protection order was filed in Fayette County District Court Aug. 7, a day before police Public Information Officer Brenna Angel said Middleton was transitioning to a new assignment. Middleton was previously a department spokesman. Susan Straub, spokeswoman for Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, said she could not comment on the allegations against Middleton. Middleton could not immediately be reached for comment. He has been a police officer since June 2007. 2018-08-14T08:30:43-04:00

Shayna Hubers retrial: Jury sworn in, opening statements begin Tuesday morning

August 14, 2018 - 9:24am
A jury has been sworn in for the retrial of Shayna Hubers and opening statements will begin on Tuesday morning after four full days of jury selection. Hubers, who in 2015 was found guilty of murdering 29-year-old Ryan Poston, was granted a retrial after her attorney discovered a juror in the first trial had a prior felony conviction. On Monday, Hubers' lead defense attorney, David Eldridge, questioned prospective jurors throughout the morning, touching on topics such as mental illness, domestic violence and trauma. 2018-08-14T08:10:48-04:00

Judge assigns 2019 trial date in case of slain bar owner

August 14, 2018 - 9:24am
A judge has set a trial date for a man accused of shooting and killing his wife. Ernest Lasley Jr., 72, is scheduled to face a jury trial on May 7 in Warren Circuit Court on a charge of murder. He was arrested Jan. 3 on suspicion of shooting Betty Lasley, 65, multiple times at the Warren County home they shared. 2018-08-14T08:06:44-04:00

Sentencing set for E’town man charged with biting another in face

August 13, 2018 - 3:23pm
An Elizabethtown man charged with assault in De­cem­ber after police say he bit a neighbor in the face is expected to be sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to five years in prison. Stefan Batts, 32, accepted a plea deal for the Dec. 12 altercation on Westport Road. He was charged with second-degree assault — a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted. 2018-08-13T13:23:46-04:00

Estill girls soccer coach suspended after he allegedly sent sexually explicit pictures

August 13, 2018 - 3:23pm
The girls soccer coach at Estill County High School has been put on leave while police investigate allegations he sent sexually explicit photos to a member of his team. WLEX reports that Estill Schools Superintendent Jeff Saylor confirmed that coach Andrew Hatton was put on leave Monday morning while school officials and KSP investigate. 2018-08-13T13:12:21-04:00

Somerset mayor hit juvenile bicyclist on downtown street, fled, police say

August 13, 2018 - 3:23pm
Somerset Mayor Edward Girdler is accused of leaving the scene after hitting a juvenile bicyclist, who was flown to a Lexington hospital, according to Kentucky State Police. At 7:26 p.m. Sunday, state police was notified of the collision that occurred at 103 South Maple Street in Somerset, in front of the county attorney’s office and across from the judicial center, where a fountain draws kids on warm days. 2018-08-13T13:08:01-04:00

Issues prompt handicap placards changes

August 13, 2018 - 3:23pm
In an effort to improve parking access for disabled people, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing is creating new handicap placards aimed at reducing instances of fraud. “We’re hoping to ensure that (disabled populations) have accessibility to parking spaces that really should be reserved for them,” KYTC Public Affairs Executive Director Naitore Djigbenou said. House Bill 8, which the General Assembly approved, implements several new rules regarding the placard design, software system and functionality. 2018-08-13T13:00:12-04:00

Not so Fancy

August 13, 2018 - 12:23pm
Kentucky is known for its many traditions and unless you have lived in Kentucky for a few years, you may not experience some of the best ones. I have been in Kentucky for 18 years and in another 18, I may start to fit in. But, I have experienced many Kentucky traditions and find them fascinating. While politics is not really a tradition, I experienced enough of Kentucky political corruption that will make you traditionally sick. And if the taxpayers had all the money that the politicians wasted, this state would be much better off. One political tradition that puzzles me is the annual picnic where politicians gather in a field and toss insults at each other. This is done at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Western Kentucky, and is known as Fancy Farm. 2018-08-13T11:48:06-04:00

New agency leadership ends Obama-era abuse

August 13, 2018 - 12:23pm
The Securities and Exchange Commission quietly put an end to one of the more troubling abuses of the Obama era a few days ago. The agency sent a letter to Texas oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. saying it is ending its investigation of claims the company misled investors about risks climate change and greenhouse gas regulations posed to its business. The decision came after a review by the agency of more than 4.2 million pages of records, according to The Wall Street Journal. The probe was launched in January 2016 under former SEC Chairman Mary Jo White, an Obama selection. The agency is now chaired by Jay Clayton, a Trump appointee. 2018-08-13T11:45:58-04:00

'Massacre' victim's words ring true

August 13, 2018 - 12:23pm
William Ruckelshaus made a decision in 1973 that cost him his job but earned him enduring respect as one of President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" victims. In a thoughtful article published this week in The Washington Post, he showed the ethical values that guided him 45 years ago remain in place. 2018-08-13T11:41:48-04:00

New Kentucky licenses will allow residents to travel, but what’s the cost?

August 13, 2018 - 12:23pm
Kentucky’s new driver’s licenses and travel identification cards — available in January — will be among the most secure in the nation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said Monday. The state is one of the last to comply with federal requirements for new license security features. The optional travel license offers all of the benefits of a standard driver’s credential with the added bonus of being accepted at airport security checkpoints and military bases. Starting in October 2020, Kentucky residents will no longer be able to get on a domestic flight with just their standard identification cards. 2018-08-13T11:22:05-04:00

Convention center a shining example of Louisville and Kentucky teamwork

August 13, 2018 - 12:23pm
Our city celebrated last Monday and rightfully so. We weren’t so sure what would happen in the summer of 2016 when tourism officials closed the Kentucky International Convention Center — for two years. We were concerned about losing downtown visitors, about the impact on area restaurants, hotels and attractions, about the closed roads and traffic congestion. We held our breath. Tourism is Kentucky’s third-largest industry, employing 27,000 people in Louisville. Closing the convention center for two years was risky. But our city and state leaders — working closely together — had a vision about what downtown Louisville could become and determined it was worth the risk. 2018-08-13T10:52:53-04:00

At Fancy Farm, Rocky Adkins looked like a Kentucky governor candidate

August 13, 2018 - 12:23pm
Rocky Adkins didn’t make a speech at the Fancy Farm Picnic, because he’s not a statewide official or candidate. But he leads the Democrats in the state House, and he’s running a campaign for governor that hit second gear on picnic weekend. At a breakfast, a lunch, two dinners and in between, Adkins said he was campaigning to win back the House majority his party lost in a big way in 2016. But it’s a hand-in-glove campaign: As he travels the state talking with Democrats about state issues and giving speeches to show his mettle, Adkins is doing pretty much the same things he will be doing as a candidate for governor. 2018-08-13T10:47:07-04:00

Interim president of Henderson Community College named

August 13, 2018 - 12:23pm
Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Jay K. Box has announced the appointment of Dr. Tiffany Evans as interim president of Henderson Community College. According to a news release, Evans currently is provost and chief academic officer at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. 2018-08-13T10:03:45-04:00

Testing continues in case of officer’s death

August 13, 2018 - 9:23am
Various tests, including ballistics, DNA analysis and fingerprinting, are still ongoing in a case in which a Pikeville man is accused of capital murder in connection to the March death of Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton. Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said that testing of a firearm and other objects potentially connected to the March arrest of John R. Hall, 56, of Hurricane Creek, Pikeville, is still continuing during a court hearing in the case in Pike Circuit Court Thursday. Hall was indicted on one count of capital murder, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of receiving stolen property and for being a persistent felony offender in the first degree in connection to the shooting of Officer Hamilton on the night of March 13. 2018-08-13T09:18:46-04:00

Greek social ban remains at Murray State

August 13, 2018 - 9:23am
Fall classes begin Tuesday at Murray State University, and the ban on Greek life social events -- though not the organizations themselves -- remains in place. Murray State instituted the indefinite ban on Greek life social events in May following the death of Zach Wardrip the month prior. Wardrip, 19, of Evansville, Indiana, was a visitor who was found dead in a Lambda Chi Alpha House after attending a Pi Kappa Alpha party. Murray police have said they are withholding the cause of death. Sgt. Brant Shutt of the Murray Police Department said no further information is available because the case remains open. 2018-08-13T09:15:20-04:00

Woman killed, man injured in Carlisle County shooting

August 13, 2018 - 9:23am
A Barlow woman is dead, a Grand Rivers man hospitalized and a Bardwell man in jail after a Saturday night shooting, Kentucky State Police said. Troopers responded to a home near Bardwell at about 9 p.m. Saturday, after Carlisle County dispatchers alerted them to the report of a shooting at the home. There they found Kelly D. Clanahan, 52, dead of an apparent shotgun wound, and Harold Doug Compton, 42, injured, state police spokesman Jay Thomas said. An investigation found that the homeowner, Matthew K. Turnbow, 30, had shot both of them with a shotgun. 2018-08-13T09:10:24-04:00

Work advancing on prison-industry partnership, head of Justice Cabinet says

August 13, 2018 - 9:23am
The head of the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet said last week the state is progressing on its effort to create partnership with industries in state prisons, where inmates would receive near private sector wages and job training. That initiative was part of Senate Bill 120, which was approved by legislators during the 2017 General Assembly. The bill has several components, including allowing jails to create "re-entry centers" of their own and allowing inmates to receive professional licenses. 2018-08-13T09:08:11-04:00

Flemings schools work with KDE on investigation

August 13, 2018 - 9:23am
In the face of an ongoing investigation into the Fleming County School District, the district and the Kentucky Department of Education have been working together in order to prevent similar situations from occurring. Superintendent Brian Creasman said he recently got in contact with KDE to discuss the alleged discrepancies found in the public funds of the district. 2018-08-13T09:05:11-04:00

3-year-old dies after being found inside vehicle in Oldham County

August 13, 2018 - 9:23am
The Oldham County Police Department is investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in a vehicle Sunday. The child was found at 4:20 p.m. at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple on South Highway 1793 in Goshen, according to a news release from Oldham County police. Emergency services took the child to Norton Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 2018-08-13T08:59:20-04:00

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