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Posted June 25, 2016 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelbyville Walmart evacuated after suspicious package found
     Authorities cleared the scene Saturday at the Shelbyville Walmart after investigating reports earlier of a suspicious package found near the tire and lube department. Customer Jess Wright said she was shopping inside the store when an announcement over the intercom around 2:30 p.m. instructed customers to evacuate.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Governor makes appointments to boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin has made several appointments to various Kentucky boards and commissions.

    Posted June 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Ky. Labor Cabinet Dept. of Workers’ Claims warns of workers’ comp scam
     The Kentucky Labor Cabinet Department of Workers’ Claims has learned of a telephone scam in which individuals are told that they have been awarded workers’ compensation benefits and that those benefits will be released once a certain “tax” or “fee” has been paid. Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey advises Kentuckians to be on guard for potentially fraudulent phone calls.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
No indictment returned in Floyd shooting
     A Floyd County grand jury has declined to indict a Hueysville man arrested two months ago on murder charges. Ronnie Lee Hall, 49, was arrested April 15 after Kentucky State Police responded to a call of shots having been fired at an apartment building on Rt. 7. Troopers found Daniel Ronnie Harvill, 30, and Rodney Keith Whitaker, 33, deceased at the scene, while Ricky Goble, 51, had been shot in the shoulder. Goble survived his injuries. At Hall’s preliminary hearing April 27, attorney Ned Pillersdorf, explained his case that Hall acted in self-defense. Kentucky’s “castle doctrine,” KRS 503.44, section 1B, says individuals can be considered to have a “reasonable fear of imminent peril or death” if they “had reason to believe an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful forcible act was occurring or had occurred.”

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Oldham man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by Post 5-Campbellsburg, arrested Daniel C. Swart, 39, Thursday night on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Swart 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 June 24, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Sex offender gets 30 years for multiple charges
     A Logan County man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for crimes stemming from an incident in which he forced his way into a woman's house and sexually abused her. Jeffery Wayne Hall, 44, of Adairville, appeared in Logan Circuit Court to be sentenced on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count each of first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted sodomy, kidnapping, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree assault. Court records show that Hall was arrested July 9 after a woman reported that he forced his way into her Adairville apartment, struck her multiple times on the head and forced her to have sex with him after threatening to kill her and her daughter.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Corvette plant to add jobs
     General Motors will invest $290 million for new equipment and technologies at its Bowling Green Assembly Plant. The plan could bring 270 new, full-time jobs to the only plant in the world that manufactures the iconic Chevrolet Corvette, bring the plant's employment to more than 1,030 full-time workers. The expansion is part of General Motors' plans to improve quality across the company.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Florida shooting triggers need to train Ky. state government workers for active shooter event
     While no one can always prevent an active shooter or active aggressor tragedy, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security gave state workers from various departments Thursday tools and training on how to survive one. Given the active shooter tragedy in Florida earlier this month and Frankfort’s own events in recent years, John Holiday, executive director of KOHS and Scott O’Brien, organized crime analyst from KOHS, presented about 175 state employees with an analytical perspective on such recent events.

    Posted June 24, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Teen pregnancies fall statewide
     Across the state, the number of teens giving birth improved according to the Kids Count Data Book — one of many bits of information about Kentucky that can be found.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Widow talks about husband found dead in the woods
     The final autopsy report for a 44-year-old Paducah man whose badly decomposed body was found in the woods last week is not finished, and the unknown cause of death is a lingering question for his widow. "I hate to even think about it," said Sabrina Cheatham, 43, who married Clint Sampson on Feb. 2. Sampson, originally from Middlesboro, was discovered dead June 15. His body was found in a "severe state of decomposition," Paducah police said, by a man looking for his missing drone.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Owensboro mayor: Center will make city capital of bluegrass
     The big crowd that gathered on Thursday at 311 W. Second St. came to witness the ceremonial groundbreaking for the $15.4 million International Bluegrass Music Center. But what they got was more akin to a victory celebration, filled with joyful speeches, shared congratulations and hopes for a bright future for bluegrass music in Owensboro, which desires to be the genre's capital.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Ledger Independent ]
Bracken teen treated after rabid fox attack
     A grey fox sighting turned into a trip to the emergency room and rabies treatment for a Bracken County teen. James Alford, 18, of Bracken County was finishing some farm work with friends at a property on June 18, when a puppy with the group began to bark at a grey fox which was under his truck. “It came out at first, then backed off,” Alford said on Thursday. When he tried to shoo the animal away it jumped and bit him on the hand, and wouldn’t let go, Alford said.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Judge wants to expedite, not rush, U of L case
     Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said Thursday he wants to rule quickly in challenges to Gov. Matt Bevin’s reorganizations of the University of Louisville and Kentucky Retirement Systems boards of trustees but said it’s more important that his court have a thorough hearing of the is­sues.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Future uncertain for thousands of immigrants in region
     Maria Diaz was glued to the television in her Southern Indiana home Thursday morning, waiting for a U.S. Supreme Court decision that she hoped would end more than a decade of living in fear as an undocu­mented immigrant. But in a home filled with framed family pho­tos, she and her children watched those hopes dashed by a 4-4 ruling that blocked President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action to shield more than 4 million undocumented parents and children — including 60,000 in Kentucky and Indiana —from depor­tation, while also allowing for work permits.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
State approves $3 million in incentives for General Motors plant expansion
     The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Thursday approved $3 million in tax incentives on a $154 million expansion of the General Motors plant in Bowling Green. The expansion is expected to create as many as 270 jobs with an average hourly wage of $21 including benefits. General Motors is planning the expansion of its Bowling Green plant to add new technologies and processes to meet increased customer demand, according to KEDFA documents. The Bowling Green plant makes the Chevrolet Corvette. GM had previously announced a $439 million investment in a paint shop and other plant upgrades.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bevin blasts Beshear in radio interview, defends his Medicaid plan
     Gov. Matt Bevin said Thursday that former Gov. Steve Beshear is “an embarrassment” to the state and his law firm and that his son, Attorney General Andy Beshear, opposes him because “it’s clearly genetic.” The Republican governor also vigorously defended his new Medicaid plan, taking issue with critics of it. Bevin’s comments came during a live interview Thursday morning with host Leland Conway on Louisville’s 840 WHAS radio show.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Judge tosses Kentucky Mist moonshine trademark case against UK
     A U.S. district court judge delivered a victory Thursday to the University of Kentucky in its legal battle with a Whitesburg moonshine company over trademarks. Kentucky Mist Moonshine filed suit in November against UK in a federal trademark-registration case involving Kentucky Mist Moonshine’s registration in a trademark category that includes hats, hooded sweatshirts, jackets, pants, shirts, shoes and socks. The category is one in which UK has long been registered and in which it claims use of the word “Kentucky” to identify its athletic uniforms and articles of clothing sold to fans.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
New 5-book mystery series features Harlan
     Harlan native Dr. Richard G. “Dick” Edwards has released a new book mystery series based in Harlan. The Anchor Cross Series consists of five novels, each weaving fact and fiction, mountain stories and humor. Edwards is retired from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and resides in Lexington.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
E'town woman charged with child abandonment
     After being involved in a wreck, an Elizabethtown woman told police she had to get back home because she had left her 5-year-old son home alone. Investigators say the child was alone and found the home to be unsecured. The home also had a pool off the back porch without a gate, according to officials. Child Protective Services was called to the residence and the child was placed under supervision of a family member.

Posted June 24, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Former NKU prof also had sex complaints as bus driver
     Campbell County students filed three complaints of inappropriate comments – some of a sexual nature - against bus driver and former Northern Kentucky University professor Dennis D. Miller between 2001-2015. The most recent involved the discussion of pornography and obscenities late last year and led to a two-day suspension, The Enquirer has learned. This comes after The Enquirer reported last month that Miller was accused of sexually harassing NKU students at least twice while serving as a part-time philosophy professor there. But he was allowed to keep teaching with no punishment. Miller also acknowledged to The Enquirer that he had an affair with a student at some point, which is not forbidden but strongly discouraged by the school.


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