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Posted October 26, 2016 [ Trimble Banner ]
Wet/dry election set Dec. 20 for Bedford voters
     Voters within the city limits of Bedford will participate in a Local Option Election on Tuesday, Dec. 20, to determine whether to allow retail sales of alcoholic beverages in the town.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Shuttered for 3 decades, ‘magnificent’ movie palace now a coming attraction
     Movie theaters were once some of Kentucky’s most beloved buildings, and their architecture reflected it. They were grand and glitzy palaces of culture, where fantasies were indulged and memories were made. Many of these theaters have been restored, including Lexington’s Kentucky, Louisville’s Palace, Frankfort’s Grand and Bowling Green’s Capitol. Many others, including Lexington’s Strand and Ben Ali, fell to the wrecking ball. For three decades, Paducah’s 1927 Columbia Theatre has survived in limbo as community leaders tried to figure out a way to save it. Finally, it looks as if they have.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP arrests Anderson man on sexual exploitation charges
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch Tuesday arrested Robert Cataldi, 42, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Cataldi was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. a KSP news release said.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Judge orders man to pay $239,781 in timber case
     A recent ruling in Letcher Circuit Court shows the perils of ignoring the timber anti-piracy laws in Kentucky. Plaintiff Kentucky River Properties brought a case of alleged timber theft and trespass against Gregg Hogg and others. The property in question is in Big Branch, Linefork, and Kentucky River Properties owns the left side. Coy Hogg, Dwight Hogg, and Roland Hogg own the right side. In a finding of fact, Perry Circuit Judge William Engle III, acting as special judge for the Letcher Circuit, ruled that defendant Gregg Hogg was guilty of trespass and timber piracy. Engle also ordered Hogg to pay more than $200,000.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Weather experts see a mild winter for southeast Kentucky
     Weather experts see a mild winter for our region, but winter storms and arctic outbreaks are still possible. While the seasonal outlook does not project snowfall amounts, there is a weak signal for above average snowfall across eastern Kentucky during La Nina winters. “This is the time of year when many folks start wondering about the winter ahead,” said Tony Edwards, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Jackson. “Even though the outlook is for a milder than normal winter, it’s still important to prepare. After all, last winter was a very mild winter overall, but it featured one of the heaviest snowstorms on record for eastern Kentucky.”

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Anderson News ]
Lawrenceburg woman jailed following armed standoff with police
     A Lawrenceburg woman is behind bars following a standoff with police last night in Lexington, according to a report on television station LEX 18’s website. Robin Holbert, 46, took off on foot after police pulled her over near Red Mile Road in what was reportedly a stolen vehicle, the television station is reporting. When police caught up to her, officers said Holbert pulled a gun out of her waistband as they tried to handcuff her, and refused to drop the gun despite police twice using a Taser to subdue her.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Military dad surprises daughter at school with his return home
     A Bloomfield Middle School student got a pleasant surprise Friday afternoon when she was reunited with her father, whom she hadn’t seen in almost a year. McKenzie Thorp sat on the bleachers in the gym with her fellow classmates. Like many, she thought she was there to celebrate a new mentor group program the school had started and to hear from a guest speaker about improving test scores. “They think we are going there to just kick it off and talk about school expectations,” Principal Traci Burke said. And Vice Principal Rodney Morgeson gave a convincing impromptu performance. So when Senior Airman Scott Thorp came walking through the gym doors, McKenzie was shocked.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Son pleads guilty to killing father
     A man accused of murder in the beating death of his father accepted a guilty plea to reduced charges Tuesday afternoon. Joseph Michael Blan, 28, of Bonnieville, was charged with murder in the death of his father, Carlus Blan, 54, in November 2015. Hardin County Coroner Dr. William Lee said the elder Blan was struck in the head and severely beaten.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Jury can’t agree on sentencing in homicide trial
     Attorneys had to settle Monday on how much time Travis Orten will serve after the jury had trouble deciding on a recommended sentence. Orten was found guilty Friday of two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of fourth-degree assault and speeding after the jury took several hours to decide. On Monday, the jury met again to decide on a sentence, but after hours of debating, was unable to decide. The attorneys were forced to work out an agreement.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
10 months after crash that killed couple, woman faces manslaughter, cocaine charges
     A Versailles woman has been indicted on multiple charges more than 10 months after a Versailles Road crash that killed a married couple in December. Krystal Chaffins, 45, was indicted Monday on two charges of second-degree manslaughter, possession of cocaine and driving under the influence, according to court documents. She is accused of driving a pickup truck that crossed the center line on Versailles Road near Keeneland on Dec. 2 and collided with another pickup truck. The other pickup was carrying Joseph Beemer, 76, and Cynthia Beemer, 73, according to the coroner’s report in December. Both Joseph and Cynthia Beemer died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital shortly after the morning crash.

    Posted October 26, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Health insurance premiums growing slower, but your paycheck isn’t keeping up
     The cost of workplace health insurance premiums rose more slowly in Kentucky and the nation in recent years, but ate up a greater share of people’s income because pay raises didn’t keep pace, according to a report released Wednesday. Premiums for a family plan in Kentucky went up an average of 7.9 percent a year from 2006 through 2010 but only 4.5 percent a year from 2010 to 2015, researchers for The Commonwealth Fund found. However, the amount Kentucky families spent on premiums and deductibles amounted to an average of 10.4 percent of their income in 2015, up from 6.4 percent in 2006, the report said. That 2015 figure was slightly above the U.S. average of 10.1 percent, up from 6.5 percent in 2006, the report said.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Child abuse panel mulls measures
     A bipartisan task force dedicated to preventing child abuse and exploitation met for the first time Tuesday in Frank­fort, where Attorney General Andy Be­shear encouraged lawmakers to develop a comprehensive proposal to better pro­tect children throughout Kentucky. The House Task Force on Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention includes state representatives from both parties, all of whom will vet a slew of ideas for legislation in the coming weeks. During the task force’s inaugural meeting, Be­shear emphasized the need to rise above politics and put Kentucky’s children first when the state legislature convenes in January.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Experts: Real chance of U of L losing title
     If the University of Louisville men's basketball team used players who were ineligible during the 2012-13 season because they received improper benefits in the form of sex or strippers, the school’s national championship and other victories almost certainly will be vacated, NCAA enforcement experts say. Two former members of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions say it is almost automatic for the panel to vacate victories from teams that used players later determined to be ineligible. One of them, Rodney Uphoff, a University of Missouri law professor who served on the committee from 2008-14, said the only defense would be if the player or players mostly rode the bench and did not make a big contribution to the wins.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Murray man charged with sexual offenses has his case sent to federal court
     The case of a Murray man charged with a multitude of sexually criminal offenses is now in the hands of a federal court. Monday morning, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, John E. Kuhn Jr., announced that Jeffrey Desmond Carter, 37, of Murray was charged by a federal grand jury with 25 counts of production of child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography and one count of sex trafficking of children. This means the case is no longer in the hands of the Calloway County Commonwealth Attorney Office, something that Calloway Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship sees as a positive.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Mayfield PD in rebuilding process
     Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell says a recent investigation into the Mayfield Police Department's personnel issues was worth the approximately $20,000 cost, because its findings are helping the city rebuild the department. After seven police officers left in an 18-month time period, the city hired Stacey Blankenship of the Paducah civil law firm Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins & Blankenship, LLP, to conduct an investigation into why the city was having trouble keeping personnel.

Posted October 26, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Judge recuses himself in William Virgil trial
     A judge has recused himself from the retrial of a man who has spent almost 30 years in prison. As a result, William Virgil still doesn't know when he'll be retried for the 1987 murder of psychiatric nurse Retha Welch. Virgil won a new trial after the Kentucky Innocence Project presented new DNA evidence that showed other people other people's blood and semen on Welch's clothes. Virgil remains out on bond and is living in Florence awaiting trial. He has an ankle monitor but is allowed to roam wherever he wants between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

    Posted October 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Traffic deaths continue to rise in Kentucky
     The rate of fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways is increasing in 2015, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. As of Oct. 24, there were 640 fatalities – 29 more than at the same time last year. The experts say more than 90 percent of highway crashes are due to driver error.

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Owensboro industrial operation expands
     Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday congratulated Castlen, a fabricator and designer of material-handling equipment and infrastructure, on opening its $4.4 million industrial site in Owensboro, an expansion that created 30 jobs and will likely spur more in the future.

    Posted October 25, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
'From the farm up:' Commissioner discusses Kentucky Hunger Initiative
     Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles wants to stamp out hunger. "One in six Kentuckians and one in five school children suffer from food insecurity. A lot of folks ... didn't think that hunger in Kentucky was an issue," he said Monday during the Kentucky Women in Agriculture's "The Race to Solve Hunger in Kentucky" conference. "I've had legislators tell me, 'This isn't an issue in this district.' Hunger exists in every county, every city and every hamlet in Kentucky."

Posted October 25, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Murder case against Candies readying for trial
     Much of the evidence in the investigation of a fatal shooting in August has been provided to the suspect and his attorney. Maurice Lonnell Candies, 34, of Bowling Green, appeared Monday in Warren Circuit Court for a pretrial conference in his criminal case, in which he is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. A separate indictment charges him with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Candies is accused of shooting Derek Lewis on Aug. 1.


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