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Posted November 22, 2017 [ Springfield Sun ]
Venue change sought in double-murder case
     There’s a lot that stands in the way between now and a trial date for the man charged with murdering two people in Washington County. Craig A. Pennington, 53, the man accused of murdering Robert Jones and Crystal Warner in July 2016, appeared in court for a pretrial conference Nov.15. As a cold November rain was falling outside, attorneys deliberated with circuit judge Allan Bertram on what has to be done to prepare for the potential 3- or 4-week trial.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ McCreary County Voice ]
Drug trafficker facing deportation
     The man arrested earlier this month on drug trafficking charges agreed to a plea deal that will possibly see him deported, as well as forfeiting cash and vehicles seized during the investigation. Pablo Eduardo Hipolito Gonzaga, 38, was arrested on Nov. 6 after an investigation by the McCreary County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies led to a search warrant at his residence on Rutherford Road in Strunk.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Grant County News ]
Linder ‘welcomes’ harassment investigation
     Rep. Brian Linder, R- Dry Ridge said Nov. 20 that he “whole heartedly welcomes any and all investigations” into his involvement with a confidential harassment settlement with a female legislative staffer last month. “It is my deepest hope that my role in the situation be made unwaveringly clear,” Linder said in a statement to the Grant County News. “The press has made completely false assumptions about my motivation for signing the settlement and for issuing a public apology without regard for my family, friends, community or the truth. Despite this reality, there is work to be done and it is my intent to stay the course. I remain focused on my family and getting on with the business of Kentucky.”

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Winchester Sun ]
Fourth alleged shooter claims self-defense
     The case against the fourth alleged shooter in a gunfight that left two teens dead is going to the grand jury. Police said Matthew Carmen, 23, admitted to firing a gun on the night of Nov. 7 at the Washington Street Apartments, but that it was in self-defense. During Carmen’s preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, Winchester Police Sgt. Tom Beall said Carmen was on a raised wooden deck at the apartments around 9 p.m. when Denzel Hill, Darian Skinner and Ronnie Ellis arrived. The three were all armed and reportedly looking for a fight.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Serving large and small retailers, Pan-Oston rings up growth
     Steve Guess, chief financial officer at Bowling Green’s Pan-Oston, shows off a new product called a tunnel scan device at the company’s headquarters on Louisville Road. A conveyor belt is partially covered by a tunnel that looks a bit like a miniature MRI machine. “Products go through the scanner and can be recognized by the barcode or by visual recognition,” he explained. “Anything retailers can do to get people in and out quicker is a good thing. And this also saves labor.” Welcome to the new world of retailing, which may be changing beyond recognition thanks to the explosion in online shopping and the trend toward more self-checkout lanes.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
NBC documentary probing Rogers, other Nelson County homicide cases
     The bulk of filming wrapped up Monday on a planned six-hour documentary to air nationally about recent unsolved crimes in Bardstown and Nelson County. A crew from NBC News/Peacock Productions interviewed Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly for about an hour in his office as part of its coverage of the disappearance of Crystal Rogers and the shooting death of her father, Tommy Ballard.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Auditor: Floyd fiscal court mishandled federal funds, bidding
     A state audit of Floyd County Fiscal Court for the fiscal year ending June 2015 found that the prior administration exhibited numerous weaknesses in financial control and competitive bidding practices — necessitating changes, most of which current administration officials said they have instituted since taking office. State Auditor Mike Harmon released the findings, including that the fiscal court’s schedule of expenditures for federal money was not entirely accurate, with some expenditures coming after the close of the fiscal year and some state and local share of the expenses getting included. Harmon also said in a report that he believes the court failed to implement adequate control over $1.5 million in federal assistance, including FEMA money.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Murder trial evidence still in lab
     The man accused of killing a Calloway County family appeared in court Tuesday as the prosecution asked to delay his case due to evidence that has not returned from the Kentucky State Police crime lab. Pascasio Y. Pacheco is facing the death penalty in the killings of Bulmaro Arellano, 29; his wife, Marisol Hernandez-Arellano, 24; and their children Miguel, 5, and Marisol, 4.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Eagle Post ]
Non-profit that gives free vacations to soldiers to expand
     Kelley Carpenter was always confident that Rockcastle R&R would take off. He believed that not only would the word get out, but that others like him who want to give back to our nation’s soldiers would step up and aid in the endeavor of getting local military and their families a free vacation in Trigg County. He probably didn’t imagine that it would take off so quickly, though.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
UofL researchers hope protein discovery leads to muscle disorder therapies
     UofL researchers have discovered the important role a protein plays for the development and repair of muscles and hope the findings help advance therapies for disorders such as muscular dystrophies and skeletal muscle cancers. A team of researchers in the University of Louisville’s Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology has found that a certain protein, called myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88, or MyD88, is critical to the formation of muscle.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Casey County News ]
Three female inmates caught shortly after escape
     Three female inmates from the Casey County Detention Center didn’t get far after an escape Nov. 18. According to Casey County Jailer Tommy Miller, at around 8 p.m. that night, the three decided to run out of unlocked doors in the detention center. He said it was a spur of the moment decision and that Madyson Spears, Tiffany Swafford, and Shelly Fulton were all apprehended within an hour and a half. “They had no plan. They got this stupid idea, and they ran out the door,” Miller said.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Anderson News ]
Anderson County, state voter rolls called ‘dirty’
     Anderson is one of about four dozen Kentucky counties with more registered voters than residents old enough to vote, according to a lawsuit filed against the state in federal court. The advocacy group Judicial Watch filed the suit, which contends that Anderson County has 6 percent more people registered to vote than of actual voting age. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Central Division, contends the state has failed to take reasonable steps to maintain accurate voter registration lists. The organization’s president, Tom Fitton, said in a news release that Kentucky’s voter rolls are the worst in the nation.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Levisa Lazer ]
Suspect arrested in double murder
     A suspect has been arrested after the murders of two Yellow Creek residents just after midnight Sunday night. Lawrence Co. Coroner Mike Wilson identified the victims as Randy Sherman Blevins, 35, of Yellow Creek and his mother, Mary Evans Smith, 50, also of Yellow Creek, a community about 16 miles from Louisa on the Martin County line.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Ohio County Times-News ]
EF-1 tornado strikes Beaver Dam
     An EF-1 tornado damaged areas of Beaver Dam and caused one injury Nov. 18. According to the National Weather Service, the small tornado was embedded in a fast moving squall line that raced east at 55 mph. The twister first touched down at a home on U.S. Highway 62 just west of Goshen Church Road, tearing off shingles and uprooting a tree. It moved east-southeast uprooting and snapping trees near the intersection of Hwy. 62 and Goshen Church Road, along with damaging some small outbuildings.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Kentucky's modern gun deer season opens
     A burst of fall colors, frosty mornings and an uptick in deer activity recently are encouraging and telling signs for hunters. The season that contributes the greatest percentage of Kentucky’s annual deer harvest and fills many freezers with protein-rich venison is here. Modern gun deer season opened statewide Nov. 11.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Crittenden Press ]
County jail turns a profit
     In this case, crime pays. For what is likely the first time ever, putting lawbreakers behind bars in Crittenden County turned a profit. In October, Crittenden County Detention Center brought in more revenue from housing inmates than was spent to incarcerate them. Last month, the jail operated in the black with a $5,000 margin in revenue over expenses, achieving an objective county leaders had hoped for more than a decade prior when the decision was made to construct a $7.7 million lock-up. In January 2008, a 133-bed facility opened to replace an aging, 24-bed life-safety jail that was costing taxpayers more than $300,000 annually to operate. It was also on the verge of being shut down by state corrections.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Cynthiana Democrat ]
Harrison resident spent time serving aboard presidential helicopter
     There’s not many of us who can say they spent a lot of time with a sitting president of the United States. Harold Brett is one who can say that. Now a 53-year-old Harrison County resident, Brett served as the crew chief for Marine 1 when Ronald Reagan was president of the United States. He was crew chief for 113 “lifts” during his 18-month hitch on Marine 1 and had the highest possible security clearance. For the uninitiated, Marine 1 is the helicopter that a President uses when flying from the White House, usually either to Andrews Air Force Base to board Air Force 1, or to the Camp David retreat in northern Maryland.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Adair County Community Voice ]
Man pleads guilty to murder, DUI
     Samuel C. Edwards pleaded guilty to murder and three other charges Monday in the March 11 death of Alesha Morrison. Edwards, 53, spoke softly as he answered questions by Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy and pleaded guilty to murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain required insurance, and persistent felony offender. Edwards was driving on Greensburg Road with Morrison as a passenger on March 11 when he wrecked while traveling at a high speed.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Central City Leader News ]
EF-1 tornado strikes near Bremen
     The Bremen farm of Robert Rhoades and son David Rhoades was struck by an EF-1 tornado around 3 p.m. Saturday, as confirmed by the National Weather Service Paducah Monday morning. NWS meteorologists said the tornado touched down 2 miles southwest of Bremen and traveled nearly three miles to the east.

Posted November 22, 2017 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Tornado touches down in Taylor County
     Taylor County farmer Rod Phillips and his wife were in an equipment building on their property on Cave Road around 6 p.m. Saturday evening when the winds began to pick up outside. Phillips said they were finishing feeding their dogs when they heard the winds begin to gain strength and they began to feel the building shake. The storm that came through was possibly an EF-1 tornado, according to Taylor County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Ronnie Dooley. Dooley visited the property on Monday to survey the damage, and said that it looked like a tornado had touched down.


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