Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader http://weku.fm en UK Unveils New Plan to Control Tailgating http://weku.fm/post/uk-unveils-new-plan-control-tailgating <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/16/2373705/university-of-kentucky-announces.html">The University of Kentucky Tuesday unveiled a new tailgating plan that will take effect for Saturday's homecoming game against Georgia. The plan enlarges the area in which students are allowed to tailgate but sets several restrictions, including what times tailgating can take place and who is permitted to set up tents and live music. The school began crafting a long-term tailgating plan to address safety concerns after fights broke out and tailgaters were arrested before and after the UK-Western Kentucky game Sept. 15.</a> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:28:30 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 34464 at http://weku.fm Gas Prices Approach $4 a Gallon http://weku.fm/post/gas-prices-approach-4-gallon <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/28/2314717/lexington-gas-prices-approach.html">National and international supply problems, an approaching hurricane and an upcoming holiday weekend affected gas prices throughout the country Tuesday and helped pushed Lexington near the $4 threshold for a gallon of regular unleaded. The majority of gas stations in the city were selling regular unleaded for $3.95 a gallon Tuesday, a price not likely to fall by much until after Labor Day, when gas prices typically spike due to increased demand, said Christopher Oakford, spokesman for AAA of the Bluegrass.</a> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:41:13 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 32100 at http://weku.fm Gas Prices Approach $4 a Gallon Former EKU President Hanly Funderburk Jr. Dies http://weku.fm/post/former-eku-president-hanly-funderburk-jr-dies <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/04/2285264/former-eku-president-hanley-funderburk.html">Former Eastern Kentucky University</a> President H. Hanly Funderburk Jr. died Friday night in his home state of Alabama. He was 81. Funderburk was the eighth president of EKU, serving from 1985 until 1998. Following his retirement, he moved to Montgomery, Ala., where he stayed until his death following a long illness, his family said. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 13:30:42 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 30738 at http://weku.fm Drought Increases Concern About Fireworks http://weku.fm/post/drought-increases-concern-about-fireworks <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/30/2244308/drought-increases-concern-about.html">Lexington sounded like a war zone</a> last year well past midnight for days on end, but this year there could be more at stake from fireworks than sleepless nights and scared pets. Police, fire and city officials will meet Monday morning to decide whether fireworks will become prohibited under a citywide burn ban that was put in place last week, Lexington fire department Battalion Chief Ed Davis said. A drought in the area, and across much of the nation, has left lawns brown and dry, leading to a spike of nuisance fires caused by cigarette butts and concern from officials that fireworks could make the situation worse. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 16:03:29 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 28942 at http://weku.fm Credit Card 'Cloning' on the Rise http://weku.fm/post/credit-card-cloning-rise <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/24/2236535/financial-crimes-credit-card-cloning.html">Lexington financial crimes detective </a>Gene Haynes swiped a credit card through an innocuous black card reader known as a &quot;skimmer.&quot; Less than a second later, two lines of illuminating text showed up in a Microsoft Word document on his computer screen. The mishmash of numbers and symbols was the visual representation of all the information stored on the card&#39;s magnetic strip. &quot;That&#39;s all it takes&quot; for a credit card to be compromised, he said. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:18:32 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 28575 at http://weku.fm UK Golf Carts Stolen, Damaged http://weku.fm/post/uk-golf-carts-stolen-damaged <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/05/2213337/youths-steal-11-golf-carts-from.html">University of Kentucky police</a> are investigating after a group of juveniles apparently stole 11 golf carts and took them on a joyride that culminated in a demolition derby. University spokesman Carl Nathe said all of the golf carts had been recovered Tuesday morning, but most were damaged from being wrecked. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:18:48 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 27611 at http://weku.fm UK Golf Carts Stolen, Damaged Deputies Face Gun-Theft Charges http://weku.fm/post/deputies-face-gun-theft-charges <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/10/2183398/3-fayette-sheriff-employees-charged.html">Two Fayette County sheriff&#39;s deputies</a> were arrested Thursday and a former deputy was cited following an investigation into missing guns. Sgt. Merle McDaniel, 55, Maj. Chris Tudor, 37, and former Sgt. Bill Beers, 47, were charged after an internal investigation at the Fayette County sheriff&#39;s office. The investigation revealed that guns confiscated by McDaniel and Beers had not been booked into the office&#39;s property vault. It was later discovered that two of the weapons had been sold at pawn shops, Sheriff Kathy Witt said at a news conference Thursday. Fri, 11 May 2012 14:29:39 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 26306 at http://weku.fm Deputies Face Gun-Theft Charges 'Brownouts' Delay Emergency Response http://weku.fm/post/brownouts-delay-emergency-response <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/19/2156994/man-with-severe-chest-pains-stopped.html">A fire Thursday burned unchecked</a> for several minutes, destroying a family&#39;s kitchen, because the nearest fire engine had temporarily been taken out of service. The delayed response was the second incident in two days that drew attention to the practice of brownouts, periods when Lexington takes fire engines out of service for hours or days to save money. On Wednesday night, a 65-year-old man having severe chest pains stopped at a fire station in South Lexington for help, only to find that no one was there, fire officials have said. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:41:56 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 25218 at http://weku.fm 'Brownouts' Delay Emergency Response Police to Outline Post-Game Plan http://weku.fm/post/police-outline-post-game-plan <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/01/2135483/police-to-announce-plans-for-post.html">Lexington police on Monday will outline plans</a> to prevent post-game fan revelry from getting out of hand following the NCAA championship game. No-parking zones and tow-away zones will be increased in some areas around campus, and more streets might be closed to traffic. Similar efforts, police say, kept things from becoming more than a &quot;civil disturbance&quot; after Saturday&#39;s University of Kentucky victory in the national semifinals. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 13:32:17 +0000 Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader & Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 24240 at http://weku.fm Police to Outline Post-Game Plan Celebrations Cause Destruction in Lexington http://weku.fm/post/celebrations-cause-destruction-lexington <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/31/2134111/south-limestone-sidewalks-filled.html#storylink=omni_popular%23wgt=pop">Jubilation over the University of Kentucky&#39;s</a> win over the University of Louisville quickly turned into scenes of couch-burning mayhem in key celebratory areas around campus. Lexington&#39;s State Street, which had become the epicenter of couch burning in recent weeks, was quickly filled with thousands of people, smoke and flying beer bottles. Police in riot gear with fire extinguishers and batons dodged bottles from the growing crowd and tried to stop a raft of couch fires. Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:47:06 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader, Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader & Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 24211 at http://weku.fm Celebrations Cause Destruction in Lexington Police to Close Streets After Final Four Game http://weku.fm/post/police-close-streets-after-final-four-game <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/29/2129762/police-will-close-some-streets.html">Historically, celebrations following big University of Kentucky</a> tournament games have straddled the line between celebrations and civil unrest, and Saturday&#39;s historic game against rival University of Louisville has the potential to draw the biggest &mdash; and rowdiest &mdash; crowd ever. In anticipation of thousands of people spilling into the streets and drunken celebrations that often include the burning of couches, officials from Lexington and UK held a news conference Wednesday to discuss plans to prevent injuries and property damage following Saturday&#39;s Final Four matchup. The game will mark the first time in NCAA history that two Kentucky universities have faced off in the Final Four. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:23:57 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 24090 at http://weku.fm UK Fans Celebrate Win http://weku.fm/post/uk-fans-celebrate-win <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/25/2125820/police-crowds-close-some-roads.html">The blackened remains of several sofas</a> littered sidewalks in the area of University and State streets, and Lexington police cruisers sat near every intersection for several blocks as fans celebrated UK&#39;s Sunday win. But aside from a few furniture fatalities, downtown streets were mostly filled with blue-clad fans honking, whooping and hollering, apparently saving their full fanaticism for the after-party Saturday, when &mdash; they are convinced &mdash; Kentucky will beat Louisville. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:41:56 +0000 Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader & Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 23837 at http://weku.fm Survival Stories From Tornado Victims http://weku.fm/post/survival-stories-tornado-victims <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/03/2093263/salyersville-is-without-power.html">When the weatherman told Magoffin County</a> residents to get to a safe place because a tornado was nearly upon them, Elezene Holbrook started down the steps into her basement. Sometime between the first step and the last, the apparent tornado passed directly over her house. &quot;It was over so quick,&quot; said Holbrook, 90. &quot;I didn&#39;t even have time to really get scared. Everything went to crashing, and then it was over.&quot; Sun, 04 Mar 2012 20:41:06 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 22581 at http://weku.fm Survival Stories From Tornado Victims Doctor Suspended After Raid http://weku.fm/post/doctor-suspended-after-raid <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/16/2071374/board-suspends-medical-license.html">The doctor at a Lexington pain clinic</a> that was raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration had little formal training in pain management or primary care, yet he was paid $7,500 a week to write prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers, according to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. Documents detailing the medical board&#39;s allegations were provided to the Herald-Leader on Thursday, after the medical board voted in Louisville to suspend the license of Dr. Najam Azmat, who was prescribing drugs at Lexington Algiatry, a pain clinic on Alexandria Drive. The DEA raided the clinic Wednesday. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:53:16 +0000 Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader & Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 21658 at http://weku.fm Doctor Suspended After Raid Investigators Raid Pain Clinic http://weku.fm/post/investigators-raid-pain-clinic <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/15/2069697/investigators-raid-lexington-pain.html">A Lexington pain clinic that previously</a> generated multiple complaints from physicians and nearby residents and businesses was raided Wednesday morning by police and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. At 10:30 a.m., about 20 plainclothes officers from the DEA, state police and Lexington police went inside Lexington Algiatry on Alexandria Drive. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:14:32 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader & Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader 21576 at http://weku.fm Investigators Raid Pain Clinic Sheriff Puts Detention Center Offer on Hold http://weku.fm/post/sheriff-puts-detention-center-offer-hold <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/09/2062478/sheriff-witt-tables-effort-to.html">Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt</a> has put her offer to run the Fayette County Detention Center on hold because of apparent resistance from the city and insurance roadblocks. In a letter to Chris Frost, chairman of a mayor-appointed public safety task force, of which Witt is a member, Witt said she would take her offer off the table for now. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:31:35 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 21205 at http://weku.fm Women's School Destroyed in Berea Fire http://weku.fm/post/womens-school-destroyed-berea-fire <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/12/1992140/womens-school-destroyed-in-berea.html">Firefighters were trying to determine the cause</a> for an overnight fire that destroyed the New Opportunity School for Women. Berea Fire Battalion Chief Shawn Sandlin said the school was nearly a total loss. Sandlin said firefighters have not determined a cause, but surveillance video from a nearby church shows something that has caught the attention of fire officials. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:55:47 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 17858 at http://weku.fm Playhouse Dispute Goes Viral http://weku.fm/post/playhouse-dispute-goes-viral <p>Years ago, it would have been hard to imagine something as routine as a Lexington family&#39;s disagreement with a homeowner association grabbing national headlines.<br /> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:44:21 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 17634 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Division of Water Seeks Public Input http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-division-water-seeks-public-input <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/01/1980251/kentucky-division-of-water-seeks.html">The deadline is Jan. 2 for public input</a> on a draft report addressing bacteria impairments in nine stream segments and two springs of the South Elkhorn Creek watershed. The report, titled &quot;Total Maximum Daily Load for Fecal Coliform and E. coli, Nine Stream Segments and Two Springs within the South Elkhorn Creek Watershed, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford Counties, Kentucky,&quot; can be viewed online.</p><p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:55:36 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 17289 at http://weku.fm Man Accused of Killing Dermatologist Back in Fayette Co. http://weku.fm/post/man-accused-killing-dermatologist-back-fayette-co <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/18/1963631/man-accused-of-killing-lexington.html">The man accused of gunning down a Lexington </a>dermatologist at her Huguenard Drive office is back in Fayette County after fighting extradition from an Ohio jail for more than two months. Marty Lee Roe, 62, is charged with murder for the death of Dr. Martha Post. He is also accused of tampering with evidence and harassing communication. Roe was being held in Logan County, Ohio, where he was arrested by a fugitive task force several days after Post was killed on Sept. 1. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:03:54 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 16510 at http://weku.fm KY Pain-Pill Clinics Call for Tougher Regulations http://weku.fm/post/ky-pain-pill-clinics-call-tougher-regulations <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/13/1957865/new-pain-pill-clinics-in-kentucky.html">State Sen. Jimmy Higdon used to think Eastern Kentucky</a> was the only part of the state that had a problem with cash-only clinics where doctors churned out prescriptions for drug abusers. Then a pain clinic opened last year in his hometown of Lebanon. Neighbors began complaining about vans full of people waiting in the parking lot, but as police prepared to investigate, the clinic closed abruptly, local officials said. Many pain clinics are legitimate and meet the treatment needs of people suffering a range of conditions. But there has been a resurgence during the past couple of years of suspected &quot;pill mills&quot; that help feed the state&#39;s epidemic of prescription-drug abuse, and the facilities are not just in Eastern Kentucky, where the problem was once most prominent, police say.</p><p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:31:33 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader, Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader & Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader 16170 at http://weku.fm Police Receive Little Help with Lex Shootings http://weku.fm/post/police-receive-little-help-lex-shootings <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/10/24/1932523/lack-of-cooperation-slows-progress.html">Tensions have died down and the streets have calmed</a>, but Lexington police have not received the cooperation needed to solve a string of shootings that injured or killed almost a dozen people this month &mdash; and inspired police to start a task force to crack down on violence. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:06:15 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 14884 at http://weku.fm UK Tickets Used to Get Patient Referrals http://weku.fm/post/uk-tickets-used-get-patient-referrals <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/07/1871425/lawsuit-nurses-registry-officials.html">A civil complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice</a> alleges that Lexington-based Nurses&#39; Registry used cash, concert tickets and University of Kentucky basketball tickets to induce doctors to refer patients to the agency, in violation of federal Medicare rules. According to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the amended complaint was filed Friday in a case that accuses Nurses&#39; Registry of widespread Medicare abuse. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:11:56 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 11962 at http://weku.fm Auto Company Provides Jobs in Berea http://weku.fm/post/auto-company-provides-jobs-berea-0 <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/26/1857730/hitachi-to-add-100-jobs-in-berea.html">Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas in Berea</a>, which recently secured a contract to manufacture components for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle, will soon begin hiring for about 100 new manufacturing jobs. Depending on the success of the contract, that number could eventually increase to 500, Berea Mayor Steve Connelly said. Berea City Administrator Randy Stone said Hitachi is expanding into a former Panasonic plant in an industrial park off Exit 77 near Interstate 75. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:37:06 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 11294 at http://weku.fm Auto Company Provides Jobs in Berea http://weku.fm/post/auto-company-provides-jobs-berea <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/26/1857730/hitachi-to-add-100-jobs-in-berea.html">Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas in Berea</a>, which recently secured a contract to manufacture components for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle, will soon begin hiring for about 100 new manufacturing jobs. Depending on the success of the contract, that number could eventually increase to 500, Berea Mayor Steve Connelly said. Berea City Administrator Randy Stone said Hitachi is expanding into a former Panasonic plant in an industrial park off Exit 77 near Interstate 75. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:37:05 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader & Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 11293 at http://weku.fm Disability Pension Could Cost Lexington http://weku.fm/post/disability-pension-could-cost-lexington <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/21/1852349/lax-disability-rules-for-police.html">Embattled Lexington fire Chief Robert Hendricks</a> already draws a service pension from his first career as a Lexington firefighter, from which he retired in 1997. He wants more. Hendricks&#39; request is common in a city where disability pensions are more generous and easier to win than elsewhere. During the past five years, 38 percent of the 119 Lexington police officers and firefighters who retired were awarded disability pensions. That compared to 3 percent for Kentucky State Police and 7 percent for Louisville hazardous-duty workers, including police officers and firefighters. Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:37:05 +0000 John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader & Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 10947 at http://weku.fm Lex to Host Female Police Conference http://weku.fm/post/lex-host-female-police-conference <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/05/1834758/female-police-officers-from-around.html">The fourth and final conference hosted </a>by the Lexington police department this summer will bring hundreds of female officers from around the world to Lexington for training and education. Many of the attendees come from countries where women may be police officers but are not allowed to drive cars, a press release said. Many of those officers will drive for the first time while in Lexington, during a seminar that will train them in police driving techniques. Fri, 05 Aug 2011 14:41:25 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 9988 at http://weku.fm Documents Tell of Nunn's Desperation http://weku.fm/post/documents-tell-nunns-desperation <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/04/1833623/city-releases-portions-of-steve.html">UPDATED: As police in Hart County closed in on Steve Nunn </a>after he murdered his ex-fiancée in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009, the former state lawmaker apologized to his daughters by phone. Seven days after the killing, Mary Elizabeth Nunn and Katharine Courtney Nunn told police officers of the disturbing play-by-play they received from their father, who called them from a cellphone the day Amanda Ross was murdered. A summary of the police interview with the two women was among hundreds of pages of documents released Wednesday by the Urban County Government in response to the Lexington Herald-Leader&#39;s request under the Kentucky Open Records Act. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:07:33 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader & Jennifer Hewlett, Lexington Herald-Leader 9902 at http://weku.fm Documents Tell of Nunn's Desperation Portions of Nunn file Released http://weku.fm/post/portions-nunn-file-released <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/03/1833623/city-releases-portions-of-steve.html">The Urban County Government has</a> released a portion of its case file regarding the murder of Amanda Ross by former state lawmaker Steve Nunn. The files appear to contain hundreds of pages of documents, including search warrants, email messages and summaries of interviews with Nunn&#39;s friends, acquaintances and political colleagues regarding his relationship with Ross. She was found gunned down outside her townhouse in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009.</p><p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 18:54:01 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 9862 at http://weku.fm Portions of Nunn file Released Feds Intervene in Nurses' Registry Lawsuit http://weku.fm/post/feds-intervene-nurses-registry-lawsuit <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/27/1824958/feds-intervenes-in-lawsuit-against.html">The federal government has decided to stake a claim</a> in a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by two former employees against Lexington-based Nurses&#39; Registry and Home Health Corporation, a health care company run by businessman Lennie House. The lawsuit, which alleges Medicare fraud spanning nearly a decade &mdash; and retaliation against employees who refused to take part in the fraud &mdash; was filed in 2008 by Alisia Robinson-Hill, former vice president of operations, and David Price, a former case manager and office administrator for the company. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:20:29 +0000 Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader 9415 at http://weku.fm