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Posted May 29, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
National Guard members to be honored
     Four Kentuckians, including one Lexingtonian, who died while serving in the National Guard are being honored by having their names added to the Kentucky National Guard Memorial. They will be among those remembered at a public Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. Monday at the memorial, 100 Minuteman Parkway in Frankfort.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Kentucky domestic violence shelters report increasing numbers
     The National Census of Domestic Violence Services that the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence released this month shows that on Sept. 14, 2016, in Kentucky, nearly 50 survivors or their children had unmet needs during the 24-hour census reporting period. All 15 of the state’s domestic violence programs, including BRASS, participated in the census that shows 47 requests for help were not met because domestic violence agencies in the state lacked the necessary funding to provide the services.

Posted May 29, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Roberts trial likely to see delay again as special prosecutor takes over
     Closure for Rasheed Wickliffe’s family will likely be delayed again along with the trial of his accused killer. The Kentucky Attorney General’s office is taking over prosecution of the case after Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry Geoghegan recused his office because of a potential conflict that arose recently. “In our hearts, we just feel like it is starting over again,” said the Rev. Monica Mitchell, Wickliffe’s aunt and spokesperson for the family.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington enforcement operation results in recovery of $9,000 in shoplifted property
     Lexington police say a recent enforcement operation identified 20 people who have been stealing from stores in the Hamburg and Richmond Road areas, leading to the recovery of about $9,000 worth of stolen property. Police worked with stores’ loss-prevention personnel and members of the Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association over three days last week. They observed people taking clothing, jewelry, electronics and meat, according to police spokeswoman Brenna Angel.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bevin, facing ethics complaint, blasts journalist over reporting about his mansion
     Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, facing an ethics complaint about the unusually low purchase price of the Anchorage mansion he's living in, took to Twitter on Saturday to personally attack a journalist who has been reporting about the controversy. Bevin called Courier-Journal reporter Tom Loftus a "sick man" for allegedly being "caught sneaking" around Bevin's home and property. The Courier-Journal rejected the claim that Loftus was "caught sneaking" around or that he was removed from the property. "The claims are untruthful and absurd," Courier-Journal Executive Editor Joel Christopher said.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Lethal fentanyl now reaches recreational cocaine users in opioid scourge
     The scourge of opioid deaths has made its way to recreational cocaine users. That's because the highly toxic fentanyl, the synthetic opiate, and its analogs, are seeping into cocaine in the Cincinnati area and beyond. Just grains of fentanyl can kill.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Annual WWII re-enactment continues to attract interest
     Landen Fisher could name many of the guns and tanks that rolled past him Saturday at Elizabethtown Nature Park for the annual World War II re-enactment. The boy has studied the war and wants to be in a re-enactment one day. Saturday was his first re-enactment, and he wasn’t disappointed. This is the third year Larry Vance and the World War II His­torical Re-enactment Society have staged battles from the war. On Sat­urday, they re-enacted two battles that took place after American and Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, forcing German forces to retreat.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Man indicted for standoff, alleged assault on his mother
     A Madisonville man accused of physically assaulting his mother before holding police at a three-hour standoff in March has been indicted by a Hopkins County grand jury. The grand jury delivered a true bill Thursday against 24-year-old Curtis Scott May on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, resisting arrest and second-degree disorderly conduct, according to court documents.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Public-private partnerships touted as way to fix infrastructure
     A new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce shows the state's infrastructure needs an upgrade and touts public-private partnerships as a viable solution. A Democratic-sponsored public-private partnerships law, House Bill 309, subsequently dubbed P3, was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin in 2016. It allows state and local governments to use public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Feuding neighbors
     Law enforcement tends to receive more calls about neighbor disputes during summer. The high-pitched whine of leaf blowers, string trimmers and power washers annoys some folks. Also, summer weather lends itself to building fences, barns and sheds, increasing property-line disputes. Neighbor complaints run the gamut, regional officials said. For example, people call to gripe about folks who mow beyond their property lines, operate noisy equipment during nap time or cast grass clippings on nearby driveways and sidewalks.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Justice Cunningham lends voice to monuments debate
     The 16-foot bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a fixture for 133 years, was removed May 19 from its prominent location in New Orleans -- present clashing with past. A day later and closer to home, one of western Kentucky's most respected residents stood at a monument dedicated to the same figure, defending Southern Civil War heritage and criticizing what he called revisionist history and "monument marauders." "How long will he stand?" Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham said to about 100 people gathered May 20 for the 100th anniversary of the Lee monument outside the Calloway County Courthouse in downtown Murray.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Pike USPS employees, including former postmaster, charged with misappropriation of funds
     The former postmaster of the Pikeville Post Office and an employee were indicted last week in separate cases, charging they misappropriated U.S. Postal Service funds. According to court documents, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against Misty Dawn Collins, the former postmaster of the Pikeville Post Office, as well as against Wendy Smallwood, who allegedly committed the crime while employed as a sales, service/distribution associate with the Postal Service.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
‘We want justice for Jason’
     As night fell, they gathered around the black obelisk, which was surrounded by a blue luminary display made with white paper bags holding electric candles. They were arranged to form the numbers “139” and “K-9” separated by two hearts. It was a reminder of the love Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis and his police canine, Figo, had for each other and of the love a community had for both. It was four years to the day since Ellis was murdered and days after the death of the German shepherd that was his partner in police work and almost constant companion.

Posted May 28, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
State assistance ends for Fleming County School District
     The Fleming County School District received news of its exit from state assistance on Thursday. Members of the board of education were clearly pleased as the recommendation was announced during a special meeting Thursday evening. The announcement was made by Kentucky Department of Education Education Recovery Director Julia Rawlings after she reviewed the results of a recent diagnostic review with the board members and superintendent.

    Posted May 27, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Jim Bunning, former senator, hall of famer, dies
     Northern Kentucky’s pugnacious major league pitcher and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning died on Friday at the age of 85. The wave of condolences from the political and sports realm showed that in spite of his gruff demeanor - or perhaps because of it - the Southgate resident commanded respect.

Posted May 27, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin has made several appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State breaks record for business investments, governor says
     Gov. Matt Bevin announced in Frankfort Friday that Kentucky has passed its record for business investments in less than the first six months of the year. The amount has been fueled of late by three separate billion-dollar deals. Bevin said business investments in Kentucky already surpass $5.8 billion for the year. The previous record was $5.1 billion which was the last year of former Gov. Steve Beshear's term.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Ethics complaint filed over Gov. Matt Bevin's Anchorage home
     A government ethics advocate on Friday said he has filed a sworn complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission asking it to investigate circumstances surrounding the move by Gov. Matt Bevin and his family to a mansion in Anchorage. In his complaint, Richard Beliles alleges Bevin violated state government's ethics code by using his office for personal gain in matters related to the sale of the Anchorage mansion.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State graduates 25 telecommunicators from Public Safety Dispatch Academy
     Twenty-five law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The class included three trainees of distinction.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Drug court worker indicted on official misconduct charge
     A Warren County Drug Court employee is accused of attempting to hide a syringe with methamphetamine residue in it after one of his clients asked him to remove an item from her pocket while they were in a drug court waiting room in February. A Warren County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Tony Arval Ware, 61, on charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree official misconduct.


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