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Posted May 26, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Federal charges brought against man accused of selling knockoffs
     A Barren County man accused of selling counterfeit merchandise disguised as designer-brand goods faces federal criminal charges. Yan Chen, of Cave City, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green to five counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, according to federal court records. Chen is alleged to have sold or attempted to sell clothing, electronics, accessories, trading cards, perfume and other items carrying the purported labels of companies such as Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, Nike, The North Face, Under Armour, Gucci and Beats by Dre at Flea Land Flea Market in Bowling Green, Retail and Wholesale Market in Cave City and an unspecified Nelson County location.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Hardin County man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Shannon Reeves, 48, Thursday on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Reeves 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 May 26, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Ex-preacher pleads guilty to murder of three in pawn shop, will serve life without parole
     A former Pulaski County preacher pleaded guilty Friday in the 2013 shooting deaths of three people at a Danville pawn shop. In exchange for the plea, Kenneth Allen Keith, 51, former pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, began his sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Crittenden Press ]
Native authors crime novel set in post-war Crittenden
     The murder of a corrupt Crittenden County sheriff sparks a wave of deceit, violence and revenge in a work of fiction by local native John M. L. Brown. Set in post-World War II, "The Kentucky Way" follows Gene, the son of the murdered politician who decides to track down his father's killer.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Woman charged with murder, DUI after fatal head-on crash
     A woman from Eminence was arrested and charged with murder and driving under the influence after a fatal crash in Henry County. Alora Davila, 27, was driving on Lake Jericho Road in Smithfield when she crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head on at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, state police said. The driver of the other vehicle, Eric Payton, 34, of Louisville, was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Oldham Era ]
Police still in search of North Oldham High School vandals
     Administrators at North Oldham High School arrived to a school that had been spray painted with vulgarities on it last Thursday morning. “They cleaned off what they could and they covered up what they could before students got there,” Director of Communications for Oldham County Schools Lori McDowell said.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Hancock County plans to open Jeffrey's Cliffs to public
     As an 11-year-old, Steve Canepari hiked the Jeffrey's Cliffs area just east of Hawesville. Canepari remembers Boy Scout cookouts and camping trips around the cliffs -- huge finger-like sandstone outcroppings that jut up from the Skillman Bottoms near Domtar Paper Co.'s mill. Now, Canepari, 71, is president of the recently formed Hancock County Heritage Commission, which plans to turn Jeffrey's Cliffs into a free public park and protect the unique 140-acre tract for future generations.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Detention center cells left unlocked
     A deputy jailer at the Daviess County Detention Center has been suspended without pay for allegedly leaving his post and leaving doors unlocked in the jail's substance abuse treatment building, including a door to a control booth and a door leading to the building's lobby. In addition, the Daviess County Sheriff's Department is investigating a report of an incident of misdemeanor sexual abuse filed against the deputy jailer by a co-worker while he was absent from his post.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Inmate walks away from Northpoint Training Center
     Thomas L. Meeks, 39, an inmate at the Northpoint Training Center in Boyle County, walked away from the minimum security facility at 7 a.m. Friday. Meeks was serving an 18-year sentence for convictions from Garrard and Madison counties for 12 counts of burglary and theft.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Juvenile detention center where teenager died last year is closing
     The state is closing the juvenile detention center where 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen died last year, although officials indicated that the decision to shut it down is unrelated to her death. State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, said the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice called him Tuesday and told him they plan to close the Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Hardin County. Unlike the state’s overcrowded prisons and jails, Westerfield said, some juvenile facilities are operating below capacity, including Lincoln Village. “It’s underutilized, and there are better ways to spend the money,” he said.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Kentucky judge confirmed to U.S. Court of Appeals
     Judge Amul Thapar was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 52-44 vote to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Thursday. Before his confirmation Thapar sat on the U.S. District Court for Kentucky’s Eastern District. He was the first South Asian American federal judge in U.S. history.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Domtar to invest $59M in Hawesville mill
     The Domtar Paper Co. confirmed on Thursday that it plans to invest $59 million in buildings and equipment at its Hawesville pulp mill in Hancock County, which a company spokesman said should ensure the sprawling plant with 449 employees will continue to produce office paper for years to come.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Paducah and McCracken populations make small gains
     Paducah's population has topped 25,000 for the first time in the past three years, according to the latest estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. McCracken County's 2016 population estimate is 65,162, also an increase from the previous year's total of 64,973.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
DOE awarding 10-year contract for local cleanup
     The U.S. Department of Energy's announcement of a long-term cleanup contract of nearly $1.5 billion at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is drawing praise locally and in Washington. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the contract Thursday to Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC for the continued deactivation and remediation at the Paducah site. The 10-year contract includes a base period of five years and two subsequent option periods of three and two years.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Chief Steve Conrad shakes up Louisville police leadership, dismisses council's criticism
     Police Chief Steve Conrad announced Thursday a major shakeup of the Louisville Metro Police Department command structure, putting different leaders atop eight of the force’s 16 divisions, and brushed off a call for his resignation by more than half of the Metro Council. The council and Conrad have jousted in recent months over his response to a sharp increase in shootings and murders across the city, including the death Sunday of a 7-year-old boy killed by a bullet that struck him while he sat at his family’s kitchen table. The falling out also comes amid allegations of sexual abuse in the department's Youth Explorer program.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
'Escort queen' Katina Powell and Andre McGee won't face charges in U of L sex scandal
     Prosecutor Tom Wine said the conduct admitted by self-claimed "escort queen" Katina Powell in her book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" was "outrageous," "immoral" and "distasteful." But in the end, the commonwealth's attorney said his prosecutors and the county grand jury decided she could not be prosecuted based on the revelations in the book alone.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Unions ask judge to block Kentucky’s new ‘right-to-work’ law
     The AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that prohibits unions from requiring employees to pay dues in a unionized workplace. The lawsuit argues the law is discriminatory and unconstitutional because it treats unions differently than other organizations that collect fees or dues to cover the costs of the benefits it provides. It asks a judge to temporarily block the law while the lawsuit proceeds.

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Ky. plans to put state inmates back in private prisons despite past problems
     Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is preparing to place state inmates in a private prison in Lee County four years after former Gov. Steve Beshear decided to end Kentucky’s use of for-profit lockup. On Tuesday, the state awarded a contract to the Louisville law firm of Wyatt Tarrant and Combs to “assist in drafting and finalizing a complex contract for operation of a private prison in Lee County, to accommodate prisoners in state custody due to serious overcrowding problems at existing state correctional facilities.”

Posted May 26, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Call for volunteers at eclipse meeting
     The city of Hopkinsville will take all the volunteers it can get for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse that will bring an estimated 100,000 people to the city for the event. “All of this coming together is going to be a community effort. So we definitely need everyone’s help to make this a success,” Eclipse Marketing Consultant Brooke Jung said at an informational meeting, Thursday evening. “We really want people to feel so welcomed when they come to our community and really get a sense of that southern hospitality that we’re all so proud of.”

Posted May 26, 2017 [ The Gleaner ]
Price tag for mild winter: More ticks, mosquitoes
     Remember that mild winter we experienced in a few months ago? We're paying a price for it. The cost: You're dealing with more ticks and mosquitoes than usual.


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