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Posted October 17, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Defendant in murder case pleads guilty, sentenced to prison
     Edwin "Ricky" Hawes, charged with killing his aunt with a hammer, pleaded guilty Monday in McCracken Circuit Court to murder and other charges. Hawes, who waived a pre-sentence investigation, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. He was sentenced to six years and five years, respectively.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Bill would allow legislators to opt out of General Assembly's pension plan
     A bill filed for consideration in next year's state legislative session would give lawmakers the ability to decline a state pension. The bill was filed by Rep. Robby Mills, a Henderson Republican whose district covers part of Daviess County. Although Mills filed the bill for the 2018 session, there has been some discussion of including the opt-out provision in a larger pension reform bill that is expected to be released later this week.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Fired Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino: 'I will fight tirelessly to defend my reputation'
     On Sunday, former University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino signed a sworn affidavit that detailed his response to the university's termination letter and the scandals that led to his removal. "The assertions contained in (the University of Louisville Athletic Association) termination letter impugn my integrity, honesty and commitment to ethics in sports," Pitino wrote in the affidavit. "I reject those assertions. I will fight tirelessly to defend my reputation."

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
U of L recruit Brian Bowen's family has been living at the Galt House, report says
     Former University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino questioned assistant coaches recently as to why Brian Bowen’s family was living at the Galt House Hotel, according to documents released Monday by Pitino’s lawyer Steve Pence. In an interview with Carl Christiansen, a private investigator working on Pitino's behalf, interim Louisville men's basketball coach David Padgett reportedly said that he and associate head coach Kenny Johnson were questioned by Pitino about why he wasn't informed that Bowen's family was living at the downtown Louisville hotel.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
What is Tom Jurich's fate at U of L? Board to decide Wednesday
     The next step in this important week for the University of Louisville is a board of trustees meeting on Wednesday to determine the employment status of suspended athletic director Tom Jurich. The school's athletic board already voted on Monday to terminate the contract of men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. Now Jurich, who was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 27, is up for discussion. Since he is considered a university employee, his employment is a topic for the university's trustees.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Blood found on ceiling, walls, door; wife says her husband fell
     A murder suspect struck her husband in the head and left him on the floor for three days with newspapers to soak up the blood, according to court testimony reported by WKYT. Carol Hignite, 68, was arrested Sept. 28 and charged with murder and abuse of her husband, 76-year-old Leon Hignite. Lexington Police Department detective Robert Wilson said in court Monday that Hignite told investigators she heard her husband fall on that date and that she laid down newspapers to catch blood from his head and possibly urine and feces, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Employee allegedly helped fugitive lawyer Eric Conn plot his escape for a year
     Disgraced former disability lawyer Eric C. Conn plotted his escape for a year before absconding from home detention weeks before he was to be sentenced in a massive fraud case, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. The indictment levels new charges against Conn and Curtis Lee Wyatt, who worked for Conn at his law office in Stanville and allegedly tested security at the U.S. border with Mexico on Conn’s behalf. The indictment charges the two with conspiring on Conn’s escape from June 2016 — just two months after Conn was first indicted — to June 2017. Conn was scheduled to be sentenced on July 14 in his federal criminal case, but absconded on June 2.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Report says Kentucky’s proposed pension ‘reforms’ could make everything worse
     Sweeping changes recommended for Kentucky’s public pension systems would cost taxpayers and public employees more money while making public employment far less attractive to future generations, according to a report released Monday. In the report, Colorado-based consultant Pension Trustee Advisors said ideas put forward by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s advisers at the PFM Group in August would only worsen Kentucky’s pension mess. Specifically, PTA said, Kentucky should not switch from a defined-benefits pension for state employees and school teachers to a defined-contribution 401(k) account that might run dry while many of them are still alive.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ The Journal Enterprise ]
Providence assistant police chief arrested on official misconduct charge
     The saga surrounding the arrest of a Webster County Middle School teacher two weeks ago on child pornography charges has ensnared a top local official. According to a release from Kentucky State Police, Providence Asst. Police Chief Larry “Alan” King was arrested Monday morning on a count of first-degree official misconduct.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Explosion near church leads to charges
     A 28-year-old Georgetown man was charged with making two small explosive devices in plastic bottles, one of which did not explode, near a church, a police report stated. Shane McKinley Manns is charged with second-degree wanton endangerment, Scott County Detention Center records show.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Police: Couple smoked meth to celebrate wedding anniversary
     A couple celebrating their 12th year of marriage was arrested early Monday morning in Radcliff and charged with possession of methamphetamine with a child in the home, according to court documents. Harrison Thomas, 37, and Crys­tol Thomas, 36, both are charged with first offense, first-degree possession of methamphetamine and other charges stemming from an incident at their residence. Radcliff police were called to the home on a domestic violence report, according to an arrest citation.

Posted October 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Northern Kentucky veterans blanketed with thank you hugs
     Susan Pederson wrapped a quilt she made around Korean War veteran Sam Ruschell's shoulders and hugged him tightly. Then, the Independence resident planted a kiss on her uncle's cheek. "This is from me to you," Pederson whispered to the U.S Navy veteran. The Cold Spring veteran was one of five veterans thanked by Northern Kentucky's new Quilts of Valor chapter with a personalized quilt Aug. 31 in Alexandria.

Posted October 16, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Text messages show Rick Pitino's involvement in recruiting Brian Bowen
     Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino connected an assistant coach with a former AAU program director and sports agent to help secure a commitment from five-star recruit Brian Bowen, according to copies of text message conversations. Attorney Steve Pence, who is representing Pitino, said the coach did not know and could not have known about the alleged "pay to play" scheme.

Posted October 16, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin Monday made numerous appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.

Posted October 16, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Pitino fired by U of L
     Rick Pitino's career at the University of Louisville is over. The school's athletics board voted unanimously Monday to fire him as head coach of the Louisville men's basketball team. University of Louisville interim President Greg Postel made the announcement, saying Pitino's "actions and inactions" warranted his termination for cause.

Posted October 16, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Lawyer: Rick Pitino took a lie detector test and voluntarily met with FBI
     Rick Pitino's attorney turned over the results of a lie detector test to the University of Louisville Athletic Association on Monday as part of an effort to seek reinstatement for the suspended coach. The questions, administered Oct. 6 by Advanced Investigative Solutions Inc., included: Did you participate in paying (Louisville freshman Brian Bowen's) family? Before Sept. 26, did you know Bowen's family had been paid? Pitino answered no to both questions.

Posted October 16, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowing Green revamping panhandling laws
     The city of Bowling Green is looking to tweak and merge its two ordinances regarding panhandling in light of recent court rulings that found many aspects of panhandling are protected under the First Amendment. The city currently has two panhandling laws – one that addresses so-called aggressive panhandling and one that prohibits panhandling from people in vehicles.

Posted October 16, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Barren man drowns, found in truck off boat ramp
     A Glasgow man was found drowned early Sunday after a truck was found near a boat ramp in Austin on Barren River Lake. Barren County Coroner Tim Gibson said that the body of Richard David Cross, 49, of Glasgow, was recovered early Sunday morning.

Posted October 16, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Two Campbellsville residents indicted for fraudulently distributing prescription drugs
     Two Campbellsville residents have been arrested on charges of fraudulently obtaining and distributing prescription drugs commonly used to treat opioid addiction. The investigation involved the illegal distribution of over 1,000 buprenorphine tablets (buprenorphine is a prescription medication typically used for the treatment of opioid addiction) fraudulently obtained in four counties using other people’s identities.

Posted October 16, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State graduates 22 telecommunicators from Public Safety Dispatch Academy
     Twenty-two law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. This class included 11 trainees of distinction. The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 114th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999.


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