A crime that rarely occurred in Casey County a decade ago is now being committed several times a week. Scrap metal thefts are up significantly and law enforcement officials attribute the increase to the drug trade, high unemployment rate and skyrocketing scrap metal prices, said Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman.
Robbery reports and drug arrests were up and driving under the influence arrests were down in Scott County in 2010, according to a new Kentucky State Police report of statewide crime statistics, but officials at the Georgetown Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Office said prescription drug sales and abuse is the biggest crime problem facing the county.
Several Kentucky cities and utility companies have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modernize and rehabilitate hydropower plants along the Cumberland River. Project manager Jay Sadler says the agreement implemented Tuesday allows the municipalities to maintain service by helping pay for the much-needed improvements.
Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon abruptly resigned his position Monday after more than 12 years on the job. His resignation comes on the heels of an investigative report, published in July by The News Journal, that Cannon owed thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes. Shortly after the story was published, Cannon paid his taxes.
Police cited Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298 on Sunday for violating Bowling Green's ordinance against smoking, but the post intends to appeal the citation and $25 fine. The citation was issued Sunday to Malcolm Cherry, quartermaster for the VFW post, during a charitable gaming event hosted by the veterans organization. The citation states that the “owner (of the property) was letting customers smoke.” The ordinance bans smoking in most businesses within city limits and has been in effect since April 28. An attorney for the post said it would appeal the citation and fine.
Garrard County Fiscal Court demonstrated willingness to explore partial or complete merger with Lancaster at its Monday meeting. Court members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a commission to study the options for unification, ranging from consolidation of some units to merger of both governments.
A crew of 11 firefighters from the Kentucky Division of Forestry returned home from North Carolina over the weekend after a two-week assignment. The crew was assigned to the Juniper Road Fire complex as well as to surrounding fires in the southeastern part of the state. Although thunderstorms late last week helped suppression efforts, the fires continue to smolder and a significant rainfall is still needed.
Congressional debt negotiations are difficult. Stopping to help a stray dog along the highway is an easy choice for U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield. The veteran lawmaker rescued a dog along U.S. 41 between Hanson and Madisonville on Sunday afternoon. And it wasn’t the first time that the congressman has rescued a stray dog on the highway.
Nearly 25,000 signatures of people who want to repeal the tax that funds the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission were submitted to the Kenton County Clerk's office Monday. Twelve bankers' boxes containing 24,698 signatures were handed over to deputy clerks, as about 20 people looked on.
Two of the seven people killed by a gunman Sunday morning just west of Akron, Ohio, were residents of Northern Kentucky. Craig Dieter, 51, and his son, Scott Dieter, 11, both of Walton, were shot to death in Copley Township, Ohio. Craig’s wife and Scott’s mother, Beth Dieter, was unharmed, but witnessed the shooting, according to the Rev. Chris Torrey.
For many Kentuckians, next Saturday will literally be a day to remember. Hundreds of motorcyclists and others from around the state are expected to converge on Lawrenceburg to honor Kentucky National Guard members killed in the line of duty. Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund Board member Jason Lemay recalls a man who died in the great flood of 1937.
The concerns that the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives has put the future of certain services in question. Doctors in the merged University Hospital will have to follow Catholic directives, meaning many reproductive health services (contraception counseling, vasectomies, tubal ligations, emergency and elective abortions) will not be allowed and end-of-life care will also change.
Voters in three Hardin County cities will go to the polls in less than two months to decide whether or not to expand alcohol sales. Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry signed an executive order Thursday directing local option elections Oct. 4 in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove for expanded alcohol sales.
By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader and Cheryl Truman, Lexington Herald-Leader
Police arrested the wife of Union College's president this week after she allegedly came to the home of an accused drug dealer to buy a pain pill while officers were there for a raid. Lou Ann de Rosset, 40, was charged with operating her 2006 Toyota under the influence of alcohol or drugs and with endangering the welfare of a minor. Police filed the endangerment charge because de Rosset had her 5-year-old daughter with her, according to the citation.
After a year plagued with personnel problems, Police Chief Rodney Harlow is working to rebuild the Harrodsburg Police Department and restore the public’s trust. In the last six months, one officer was indicted on third-degree rape charges involving a minor. Another resigned after allegedly shoplifting an item from a local convenience store while on duty. And a police dispatcher was fired by Chief Harlow.
A connector road that would link Jessamine County directly to Interstate 75 is one of many road projects vying for state and federal dollars in a tight economic climate. So, with governmental funding in question, a Jessamine County transportation committee is taking a cue from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock and considering private investors.
Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear came to the Family Resource Center at Fort Campbell on Tuesday to speak to the spouses of the soldiers on the base about how the Commonwealth of Kentucky can better support soldiers’ families.
With no regard for her own personal safety, Lynch City Clerk Erica Eldridge rushed into a home in Lynch where a war grenade detonated injuring several children and sending 20 people to the hospital. Eldridge led children from the home and began spraying them with a water hose to remove chemicals from their bodies and clothes. Lynch Police Chief Mike Nunley praised Eldridge for her “bravery” and called her a local hero.
Some Hardin County residents will have a chance to vote on expanding alcohol sales this fall. Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb confirmed Wednesday that Yes for Economic Success had reached the number of needed signatures in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove to force three local option elections.
Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard told a roomful of elected officials Wednesday that Hardin County is in an age of prosperity and growth, which is the perfect time to consider looking at a unified local government. Without a crisis hanging over their heads or their backs against the wall, a more reasoned and careful examination of unification can be taken, he said. Howard, chairman of the Hardin County United Governance Subcommittee, partnered with consultant Luke Schmidt to walk elected officials through a comprehensive study Schmidt’s firm conducted that analyzed five unified governments in Georgia and Kentucky.
A week ago, Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon owed over $4,500 in unpaid property taxes to Knox County, but officials confirmed Tuesday that all of that debt, some of it a decade old, has now been paid in full. The move came after the publication of an investigative report in the News Journal July 27 that revealed Cannon owed roughly $4,561 in back taxes on three separate properties in Knox County.
In a rare 11th-hour move, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on the first reading of an ordinance to temporarily ban fireworks for the next three months, through Oct. 31. The move follows numerous citizen complaints about July 4 fireworks.
The quick wit of Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan has turned what would normally be a run-of-the-mill order concerning a forgettable civil suit into an Internet sensation. After the plaintiff and defendant told Sheehan they had reached a settlement and that there was no need for ruling on numerous remaining motions and a trial, the judge wrote he was “happier than a tick on a fat dog.” But that's not all. The judge also managed to mention one-legged cats, porcupines, topless bars and mosquitoes in his order.
A federal judge has thrown out two lawsuits that alleged class-action lawyer Stan Chesley, his Cincinnati law firm and one of its lawyers mishandled a multimillion-dollar sex-abuse settlement with the Covington Diocese. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves cited a well-established legal doctrine in Monday's order that states federal judges generally don't have the authority to review state court decisions.
Despite public vigilance which has even seen the sheriff's vehicle reported as suspicious, theft of air conditioning units continues to be reported in Bracken County and surrounding counties. Law enforcement agencies are sharing information in an attempt to solve the crimes.
Assistant County Attorney Jill Justice speaks with Bowling Green Police Department Officer Ben Carroll during a pretrial hearing Wednesday for a driving under the influence case at the Warren County Justice Center.
Credit Alex Slitz / Bowling Green Daily News
When Bowling Green Police Department Officer Ronnie Ward walks into Warren District Court to testify against someone he has arrested for driving under the influence, he is confident that Assistant County Attorney Jill Justice is well-prepared for the prosecution. Justice oversees the DUI division in the Warren County Attorney’s Office, prosecuting the majority of people charged here with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year in Warren County, 1,075 people were convicted of DUI, according to a recently released Kentucky State Police study. The high number of convictions places Warren County among the highest per capita in DUI convictions in the state.
Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000. But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County. His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both. Headlined by cases such as Telles’, immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.
With the Army’s current emphasis on saving money and cutting costs, running operations at Blue Grass Army Depot has become a tougher job. But the depot’s new deputy commander, Steve Sharp, believes he is ready for the challenge. Sharp became the new deputy commander/civilian executive assistant for the depot on April 24. As the new CEA, Sharp is the commander’s right-hand man and the highest-ranking civilian on the depot.
Drug dealers and methamphetamine cooks in Logan County are taking advantage of funding cuts and manpower shortages at the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force and the Russellville Police Department. The task force that investigates drug crime in Logan and Simpson counties is down from six investigators to four, and funding has been cut for the second straight year, hindering efforts to track and prosecute drug dealers.
Ordinarily, customers of the Georgetown CVS pharmacy walk in on two legs, but on Tuesday evening, the store got one of the four-legged, stinky variety. A skunk that had been lingering outside the pharmacy entered the store’s vestibule — the area between the outer and inner automatic doors — around 7:30 p.m., according to CVS surveillance footage. The animal never got further into the store but did spray in the vestibule before leaving.