Lexington/Richmond

8:21am

Wed September 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Pike, Letcher Get $300K for US 460 Corridor

ELKHORN CITY – Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday joined Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder and local officials to announce funding to comprise a development plan for potential housing, infrastructure and economic enhancement sites surrounding the U.S. 460 corridor in Eastern Kentucky. 

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4:23pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks Rules May Return to Lexington

Lexington’s Urban County Council is exploring the possibility of a local fireworks ordinance. This year state lawmakers passed legislation allowing for the sale of larger consumer fireworks such as bottle rockets and Roman candles. Council member Kevin Stinnett says his proposal would offer a solution to a major complaint he heard over the July 4th holiday.

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10:39am

Tue September 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Leader of Addiction Recovery Group Arrested

The director of Never Alone, Never Again, a Maysville-based recovery resource for drug addicts was arrested Saturday on a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $1,000. Curtis Oliver, 53, allegedly took grant funding awarded to NANA by the Buffalo Trace Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board. Maysville Police Detective Ken Fuller confirmed Oliver's arrest Saturday afternoon. Fuller said the investigation was prompted by board members of NANA who contacted him with reports of theft. An examination of bank statements for NANA showed Oliver had withdrawn money from the bank account via ATM card, Fuller said. "It appeared that he was using it for gambling habits," Fuller said.

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10:29am

Mon September 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Officer Denies Disability Claim

A Lexington police officer whose doctor has restricted her to permanent light duty has been denied an occupational disability retirement.  The Police and Fire Pension Board heard the appeal of Officer Jennifer Crabill last week. She has suffered various injuries in nearly ten years on the police force.

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7:57am

Mon September 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Veterinarian Experience in High School

Veterinarian Lynn McMaine with a handful of dogs at the Fayette Schools' clinic
Stu Johnson Weku

The practice of veterinary medicine is changing all the time.  It’s more than just new technology in the animal operating room.  The Fayette County School System features a ‘one of a kind’ full service vet clinic on its new agri-science campus.   The clinic opened Friday.  Students can get an up close look at various procedures.  On site vet, Dr. Jim Martin says not all students will end up at an animal clinic in the years ahead.

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9:24am

Thu September 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fire Trainees Get Look at Hot Cars

Georgetown News-Graphic

Although there were no explosions, the Scott County Fire Department did set four cars on fire Wednesday afternoon to show 225 fire investigator trainees the different types of vehicle fires and how the cars burn. 
Among the cars burned were a 2006 Audi A6, valued at $85,000, a 2009 and 2011 Dodge Charger, a 2008 Jeep Compass and a 2004 PT Cruiser. All cars were donated by the Chrysler Group, LLC and Volkswagen of America.

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8:42am

Thu September 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fire Chief's Disability Remains in Limbo

A disability retirement request made by Lexington Fire Chief Bob Hendricks will remain pending for at least another month. The police and fire pension board voted Wednesday to have Hendricks' claim reviewed by a third medical expert. "Generally when there's some level of difference in the opinion of two doctors, then the board will elect to send someone out to a third doctor." 

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10:14am

Wed September 14, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Army Depot Hints of an Explosion

A final decision has not been made, but preliminary information presented Tuesday strongly suggests that more than 15,000 mustard rounds at Blue Grass Army Depot will be exploded inside steel detonation chambers and not destroyed through a pilot plant under construction in Madison County.

1:47pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Jackson's "Steel Magnolia" Passes On

Jeanne Dzierzek, the publisher-emeritus of The (Jackson-Breathitt) County Times-Voice since 2009, who worked with this paper's predecessor – The Jackson Times - for over 34 years as advertising director, editor and publisher - and together with Louise Hatmaker and Wanda Armstrong were known as the “Last of the Steel Magnolias” of the Times, died Monday morning after a long illness. She was 85.

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1:11pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

US Atty Prosecutes KY's 1st Bath Salt Case

The U.S. Attorney's office has made its first conviction in Kentucky in a case involving mephedrone. 59-year-old Ralph Justice and his son 32-year-old Adam Justice were sentenced Monday for conspiring to distribute mephedrone in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Two other defendants were sentenced on related charges. 

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12:32pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Accusations of Bungled Death Investigation

A drug overdose investigation took the unlikely forefront of the Lancaster City Council meeting Monday. Two Lancaster residents were charged with felonies after Paint Lick resident Brandon Hubbard, 18, died in April, but the county attorney’s office has since discharged both cases, Lancaster Deputy Police Chief Allen Weston said. Hubbard’s aunt, Angie Hubbard, told the council she now feels the investigation was handled inappropriately by officials.

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12:01pm

Mon September 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rain's Impact on Fall Fire Season

‘Dreary’ might sum up last week’s weather in most Kentucky communities.  However, the ongoing drizzle didn’t necessarily put a damper on the upcoming fall fire season.  Kentucky’s forest land can dry up rapidly, particularly when fallen leaves are added into the mix.  The two to, in some cases, four inches of rain which fell on parts of the Daniel Boone National Forest eased fire threats for now.  But,   Assistant Fire Management Officer E-J Bunzendahl  says a couple of weeks of dry weather can renew the risk of fire.  Although poorly extinguished campfires account for about ten percent of wildfires, Bunzendahl says the rate’s higher in the Red River Gorge.

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1:33pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Suspect in Doctor's Murder in Custody

US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested a man in Ohio on a warrant for harassing communication against the Lexington dermatologist who was slain outside her office last week. Marty Lee Roe, 65, was arrested Wednesday about 9:45 p.m. at a bar that was down the road from a motel where he had been staying, said Sgt. Ryan Furlong of the Logan County Sheriff's office.

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10:49am

Thu September 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

State Police Investigate Scott County Jailer

Kentucky State Police say they are investigating allegations that Scott County Jailer Larry Covington told employees to record overtime that they didn't actually work as a way of compensating them for not getting raises. At the request of Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby, County Attorney Glenn Williams filed a complaint in April with state police about excessive overtime among jail employees, Lusby confirmed. A jail employee came to Lusby in April as a whistleblower, the judge-executive said.

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10:26am

Thu September 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky's 9-11 Memories

It was a sunny and warm morning in Jackson on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. On the day the world stopped turning, Paula Miller was at work in her office. Her husband Mike was on a business trip in Somerset. And their son Michael was doing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. “I was at the insurance agency, and I had the TV on, listening to the sound as I went over some paperwork,” Miller recalled on Tuesday. “As I was working, I heard the news come on that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. That got my attention pretty quick."

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1:14pm

Wed September 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Army Depot is More Than Storage

Arthur Begley, a Blue Grass Army Depot explosive material operator, de-primes 105M cartridges to be placed back into military operations. The depot is located on 15 acres south of Richmond
U.S. Army Photo

For most people, the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond is known mainly for its chemical weapons storage facility. But the 15,000-acre military installation is much more than that, and depot commander Col. Brian Rogers is trying to get the word out to communities surrounding the facility about what else goes on behind its guarded fences. While the depot does store chemical weapons, only 5 percent of the 902 storage igloos on the facility contain chemical weapons. And though it is an important part of the depot’s responsibilities, Rogers said, the weapons storage represents a small portion of what occurs at the facility.

10:55am

Wed September 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Arrested for Phony Prescriptions

Ryan E. Lannen

An employee at a printing company was arrested Tuesday on charges he was printing phony prescription pads and writing his own prescriptions for Hydrocodone. Ryan E. Lannen, 23, of Corbin was arrested on 42 counts of fraudulently obtaining prescriptions and forgery of prescriptions following an investigation by Laurel County Sheriff's deputies.

10:31am

Wed September 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Sewer Clerk Indicted for Missing Funds

The city of Corydon's sewer clerk, who has been on administrative leave since January, was indicted Tuesday for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. That's a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison. Melissa Clark, 47, was placed on leave a month before the state auditor's office released a damning report in February that showed more than $81,000 unaccounted for in the city's finances.

10:11am

Wed September 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

UK Tickets Used to Get Patient Referrals

A civil complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Lexington-based Nurses' 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' Registry of widespread Medicare abuse.

11:35am

Tue September 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

30-Degree Drop Ends Near-Record Heat

Sometimes a 70-degree day feels downright balmy, but that wasn't the case Monday. Bet you grabbed a sweater or a jacket before leaving the house, right? That's because over the weekend, Central Kentucky sizzled when it hit 98 degrees Friday and Saturday. That was close to the record of 100 for both days. "When you get a 30-degree switch, you're obviously going to feel a shock," said Ryan Sharp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville.

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12:37pm

Fri September 2, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Boating During Disasters

National Association for State Boating Law Administrator Deputy Director, Ron Sarver on left with Mike Fields, Kentucky's boating law administrator.
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A national boating safety organization based in Lexington can play a key role during disasters.  The National Association for State Boating Law Administrators has been headquartered in central Kentucky since the 1980’s.  Deputy Director Ron Sarver says the association often works with emergency managers.

“Here in Kentucky in fact, the boating law administrator works with the emergency operations center very closely because..and this seems to be the case around the nation…our folks tend to have the equipment for water related events,” said Sarver.

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10:04am

Fri September 2, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Staff Grapples with Doctor's Homicide

Office staff were dealing Friday with the homicide of a Lexington dermatologist found in her car.The Fayette County coroner's office said the death of Dr. Martha Post, 55, was being investigated as a homicide. "We don't know a lot at this point," said Kim Stoll, a nurse at the office. "Everybody is in a state of shock.

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4:23pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Police Seek men who Impersonate Officers

A Winchester Police Department of one of the two suspects being sought.

Winchester Police are looking for two men who impersonated police officers and robbed a motorist last week. Tuesday afternoon, police released a composite sketch of one of the suspects in hopes that someone will recognize him. Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said the incident happened on Aug. 25 when a man told police he had been robbed by two men in a white Ford Crown Victoria with red and blue flashing lights.

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10:14am

Thu September 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Ownership of Millions in Fireworks Questioned

 Lawyers seeking compensation for legal fireworks seized from a Northern Kentucky entrepreneur say the federal government has spent millions of dollars in storing the pyrotechnics during four years of legal wrangling.

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9:57am

Thu September 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Judicial Misconduct Trial Concludes

The hearing into alleged judicial misconduct by Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred concluded Wednesday. Alred is charged with 13 counts of violating the ethics code for judges, and the case has been brought before the Judicial Conduct Commission, a state panel that hears this type of complaints. In his closing statement, Jeff Mando, attorney for the commission, stressed the severity of the case.

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6:35am

Thu September 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Growing up Gay in Rural Kentucky

Novelists and psychologists describe the teen years as a tumultuous time of self-discovery. The stress can be even greater for young people who are gay or uncertain about their sexual identity. 

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10:39am

Wed August 31, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Richmond Passes on Countywide Commission

Elected officials from Richmond and Madison County did not embrace a proposal Tuesday from Berea Mayor Steve Connelly to create a countywide human-rights commission. That leaves the Berea City Council to create a commission on its own. The Berea council gave first reading to an ordinance July 19 that would create a human rights commission. A second reading and final vote will come in September, said Connelly and council member Truman Fields.

1:18pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Danville Could Owe $177,000 in Overtime

Danville is still deciding whether to dole out about $177,000 in back pay the Kentucky Labor Cabinet says it owes firefighters following a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling last week. The case heard by the Supreme Court was based on a lawsuit filed in Franklin Circuit Court on behalf of Danville and 11 other cities, counties and fire departments claiming entities were protected by sovereign immunity from honoring claims of unpaid overtime. The Supreme Court also upheld earlier opinions that the Labor Cabinet does have jurisdiction to take administrative action against the agencies.

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11:11am

Fri August 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Harlan Celebrates with Beshear

Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear greeted visitors during the coal and rail event.

Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear attended the Harlan County Coal & Rail Centennial celebration of the first commercial railroad shipment of coal out of Harlan County. During his visit, Beshear gave a speech in front of the courthouse where he stressed the importance of coal to the state and the nation.

5:26am

Fri August 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Sexual Predators Employ New Tactic

The U.S. Attorney's Office is warning parents about a new tactic employed by a sexual predator online in Kentucky. Sexual predators who take advantage of the anonymity of the internet sometimes do so by posing as young boys in order to lure underage females. But Ernest Baker, a Nicholasville man now serving a sentence of 288 months in federal prison, posed as a young girl first, then a young boy, effectively creating an extra layer of disguise. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Kerry Harvey.

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