Kentucky Press News Service

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

Fire at Kentucky Center may have damaged artwork worth $18M

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
A fire at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday potentially harmed artwork worth millions of dollars. Much of the artwork was in the lobby, which suffered severe water damage as firefighters hosed down the top of the building, center spokesman Christian Adelberg said. He said the artwork in the lobby is worth $18 million and had been covered to protect it from dust and debris. 2018-06-14T08:43:09-04:00

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts fire: Here's what we know

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Light gray smoke billowed from the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts for a few hours Wednesday afternoon, as fire crews fought to control the blaze. More than 60 firefighters responded to the scene downtown, where some were sent to the roof and others assisted by controlling the fire from inside the building. No one was injured by the fire and it was under control within hours — by 7 p.m. — according to Louisville Fire. A few firefighters remained at the scene overnight to watch for possible hot spots. 2018-06-14T08:35:57-04:00

Autopsy results have returned in Murray State death, not released

June 14, 2018 - 11:29am
The results of an autopsy examination on an Indiana man who died earlier this spring inside a Murray State University fraternity house have been received by local authorities. However, those results are being kept private, for now. “I asked about releasing them and I was told that this is still under investigation, so that’s why it’s not being released right now,” said Calloway County Coroner Ricky Garland, who said the investigation is continuing by the Murray Police Department. 2018-06-14T08:29:37-04:00

Nonprofits seeking answers about tax law changes

June 14, 2018 - 8:29am
State and local nonprofits are scrambling for answers as impending changes to Kentucky's sales tax laws threaten to include their charitable events and services beginning in July. House Bill 487, dubbed at the time as a "tax clean-up bill," did several things, including expanding the state's 6 percent sales tax onto several previously untaxed services such as pools, bowling alleys and event tickets. The vagueness of the bill's description of what a taxable event should be combined with a recent state Supreme Court case settled in March could mean nonprofits would have to start collecting tax on all "admission fees, initiation fees, monthly fees and membership fees." 2018-06-14T08:22:42-04:00

Laurel County nan ranks 2nd in nation, 4th in world for impressive beard

June 14, 2018 - 8:29am
Who would have guessed that a decision made in June 2014, to grow a beard to complete his persona as a pirate for Halloween of that year, would have turned into such a wild adventure for Lance Wooton of Laurel County's Lily community? That is exactly what happened four years ago this month for the 31-year-old who describes himself as “a low-key, simple guy who walks by faith and believes that every hair counts!” Four years later, Wooton’s whiskers now measure an impressive 25 inches long, and he travels around the world showing his massive beard and competing. He currently holds the title of 2nd in the nation, and 4th in the world. 2018-06-14T08:17:24-04:00

2015 abuse case against Corbin Preschool employee dismissed

June 14, 2018 - 8:29am
More than three years after her legal ordeal began, the criminal abuse charge against a former instructional monitor at the Corbin Preschool Center accused of abusing a student in 2015 has been dismissed. Tammi Eggen of Corbin had been indicted on one count of second-degree criminal abuse in connection with the alleged incident on Jan. 28, 2015 at the school. 2018-06-14T08:11:21-04:00

Transgender teenager is figuring out who she is in the world

June 13, 2018 - 8:28pm
Crystal Stine Hahn, 19, is many things: Smart, honest, kind, bold… brave. She’s all these things and more, and that is what makes her so special. But, like a diamond with multiple edges and grooves, there’s more to Crystal than meets the eye. Crystal is transgender. Born in a male body, Crystal, formerly known as Christian, always knew there was something wrong, but it took years to put those feelings into words. And, it took nothing short of fate to place the right champion into her life to answer her cries for help - her stepmother, Lebanon native Jeri Stine Hahn. 2018-06-13T11:29:13-04:00

Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grip Louisville

June 13, 2018 - 5:28pm
Louisville’s hepatitis A outbreak has now topped 450 cases and claimed three lives, according to local health officials. An employee of the Jimmy John’s restaurant at 332 W. Broadway is among the latest food service workers to be diagnosed with hepatitis A. People who ate at that Jimmy John’s from May 31 to June 6 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and should be on the lookout for symptoms such as fatigue and stomach pain, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. 2018-06-13T16:44:47-04:00

Former Franklin County quarterback, Bengals draftee arrested on DUI charge

June 13, 2018 - 5:28pm
Former Franklin County quarterback and new Cincinnati Bengal Logan Woodside has been charged with speeding and driving under the influence, according to police. Woodside, 23, was arrested at 3:08 a.m. Saturday after an officer caught him driving his sport-utility vehicle through a Bellevue convenience store parking lot "at a high rate of speed," according to his arrest citation. The officer smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Woodside when he walked up to the quarterback's vehicle, the citation said. 2018-06-13T16:39:05-04:00

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