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Posted February 19, 2018 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
North Carolina man arrested for allegedly attempting to sexually exploit children
      A North Carolina man has been arrested on child sex exploitation charges in North Carolina and Kentucky following an investigation by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office, a news release said. Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit announced the arrest of Kenneth Bradley Nelson, 33, of Burlington, North Carolina.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ News Democrat & Leader ]
Three officers receive subpoenas for trial
     The trial for indicted Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling is still set to begin March 1 in Bowling Green. And while special judge Steve Wilson has not yet given the prosecution any additional time to prepare for the trial, Guiling’s attorney, Alan Simpson, has issued several subpeonas to witnesses.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Fundraiser set for family of boy injured in sledding accident
     A month after a sledding accident that fractured his skull and hip and broke multiple ribs, 10-year-old Coleton Parsley is continuing to heal. Coleton’s parents have been with him the entire time and a multitude of people from in and around Edmonson County, where the Parsleys live, have supported him every step of the way, including organizing an upcoming fundraiser to help the family pay medical bills.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Laurel Co. sheriff: Woman allegedly sexually abused while getting a tattoo
     A Laurel County man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a woman to whom he was applying a tattoo. Laurel County sheriff John Root said in a release that Jonathon T. Poynter, 30, of London, was arrested on Friday morning.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Bill would expand number of felonies that could be expunged from a person's record
     A bill filed for consideration last week in Frankfort would expand the number of felonies that could be removed from a person's criminal record by the state's expungement law. House Bill 377 was filed by Rep. Darryl Owens, a Louisville Democrat and Rep. George Brown Jr., a Lexington Democrat.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Flooding could cause some issues over next week
     Less than two years removed from heavy rains causing a myriad of problems with roads throughout Murray and Calloway County, the same scenario appears to be coming together this week. Already local streets and roads are showing the wear and tear from a January that caused ice to build up beneath the pavement, resulting in potholes forming in numerous spots. Now, a system that was expected to spread light rains into the area Sunday night into this morning is expected to dump as much as 4 inches of rain on the area by Saturday.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky could expand hunting season for sandhill cranes, known as 'ribeyes in the sky'
     Hunters and birdwatchers alike would benefit from a plan that could allow hundreds more sandhill cranes to be shot each year, Kentucky wildlife officials are saying. The loosening of crane hunting regulations also calls for a new western Kentucky protected area for the birds.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ky. congressman calls Trump's FBI tweet 'cold hearted' and slams Republicans on gun policy
     U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said Sunday he was tired of a "lack of leadership" on gun policy from President Donald Trump, Republican leaders and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. The Louisville Democrat took to Twitter Sunday to call Trump a "disgrace" after the President called out the FBI's failure in investigating the Parkland, Florida high school shooter while also making a statement about the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Mountain Advocate ]
Three arrested in connection to school threat
     Two minors and one adult have been arrested after allegedly making threats against Knox County Public Schools on Feb. 18. According to Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs, the KSP Electronic Crimes Branch was able to obtain an address where the threat was made and police responded to the location. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 13-year-old female who attends Knox County Middle School and a 16-year-old female who attends Knox County Learning Academy came up with the idea to send out a social media threat in hopes of school being cancelled.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Pregnant woman, grandmother were killed at home. A man they knew was charged.
     A Corbin man was arrested Sunday for Saturday’s shooting deaths of a grandmother and her pregnant granddaughter, according to media reports. Paul Brock, 37, is facing three murder charges after Corbin police found Mary Jackson, 74, and her granddaughter, Tiffany Myers, 33, dead at a home in Corbin, according to WKYT. Myers was pregnant, police told WKYT. He knew the victims, the Corbin Times-Tribune reported.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
A wave of threats hits Jessamine, Clay and Knox schools. A wave of arrests followed.
     Six people in Central and Eastern Kentucky were in custody Sunday after allegedly making threats to schools in Jessamine, Knox and Clay counties. Two teens face terroristic threatening charges after allegedly using the image of an uninvolved third person to make a threat on social media against Jessamine County schools, according to police and jail records. Elsewhere in Kentucky, a middle schooler in Clay County was taken into custody after posting a threat on Facebook, and in Knox County three people were arrested in connection with social media threats against the school district there. Yet more districts have reassured parents through prominent social and website posts that rumors online or elsewhere were not credible threats.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Suspended sheriff’s deputy to return to work amid cloud of allegations
     Despite recent allegations of tax fraud, Alvin Cummins is returning to work at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Earlier this month, the Waddy resident and his wife, Jennifer, were indicted for allegedly providing false information on tax returns from 2013 to 2016, Shelby County Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt told The State Journal on Friday. Upon learning of the indictment, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton initially suspended his chief deputy without pay. On Thursday, he had a change of heart.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
State addresses Capital Plaza Tower implosion safety questions
     With less than a month to go before the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower is to be demolished in downtown Frankfort, the state has started to answer questions about special safety measures locals must take on implosion day. On Friday, the Finance and Administration Cabinet issued the first of what it says will be a series of compiled questions and answers leading up to the tower’s implosion on Sunday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ News Enterprise ]
Bill Swope, car dealer, WWII vet dies at 95
     Bill Swope, the patriarch of one of Kentucky’s largest network of auto dealerships, a World War II veteran and community leader, died Sunday. He was 95. In 1961, Bill and his brother, Sam, opened a Dodge-Plymouth dealership, complete with a one-car showroom and fuel pumps out front, at the corner of College and Mulberry streets in Elizabethtown. The business, which had opened nine years earlier in Winchester, blossomed into the Swope Family of Dealerships in Elizabethtown and the Swope Auto Group in Louisville.

Posted February 19, 2018 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Flood warning: Some roads close as Ohio River floods
     A flood warning is in effect for the Ohio River at Cincinnati, Portsmouth, Maysville and Meldahl Dam. The flood warning for the river at Cincinnati lasts until Friday morning. The river rose to flood stage of 52 feet Sunday night and now has surpassed it, standing at 52.8 feet Monday morning. In Newport, Hooters and the Beer Seller had to shut down as high water flooded their entrances.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Lewis County Herald ]
Greenup man arrested in Lewis County after drug seizure
     Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies have charged a Greenup County man with multiple offenses and made the largest seizure of methamphetamine on record. Sheriff Johnny Bivens says the arrest of Ollin Driggers, 40, of Greenup came Saturday evening after an auto was stopped while deputies were investigating suspected illegal drug activity.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Former Pike Central basketball coach alleges recruiting violations, reprisals in deposition
     A civil lawsuit filed in Pike Circuit Court by the former assistant principal and boys basketball coach of Pike Central High School has revealed details of alleged recruiting being orchestrated by a local business owner. The filing has helped to shed light on allegations of recruiting and placement of high school basketball players by Kentucky BCI Basketball owner David Clevenger, of Brushy Road, Varney.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Harlan flood update
     Harlan County is still recovering from severe flooding that occurred approximately one week ago when heavy rains hit much of eastern Kentucky. Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley held a press conference on Friday to update the public about the ongoing recovery efforts. “The estimated totals to all local government maintained infrastructure in Harlan County…exceed $500,000 in damage,” Mosley said. “The threshold to qualify for state and federal assistance is a little over $100,000 so we have far exceeded our threshold.”

Posted February 18, 2018 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Recent shootings force schools to seek ways to protect themselves
     Just as the shooter was entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida Wednesday, teachers and administrators were completing training on the Fast Path safety program at Elkhorn Crossing School, here in Georgetown. The Fast Path program is the latest addition to a series of measures developed by Scott County Schools in cooperation with multiple law enforcement and emergency responder organizations to make its schools safer.

Posted February 18, 2018 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lincoln County schools may lose teachers due to state cuts
     Deep education cuts proposed at the state level are threatening to force a nearly 7.5-percent reduction in the number of general-fund teachers in the Lincoln County School District, potentially resulting in the elimination of popular programs such as high-school agriculture classes. Lincoln Superintendent Michael Rowe told Board of Education members Thursday night that cuts Gov. Matt Bevin wants to make and the state House’s budget bill would result in a loss of about $1.9 million in education funding for Lincoln County.


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