Lexington/Richmond

11:52am

Thu July 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

KY Approves Special License Tags

Two new specialty license plates have been approved by the Transportation Cabinet.  One tag supports the Alzheimer’s Association, while the second carries the slogan “In God We Trust” with a backdrop of the American flag.  Kentucky already has a regular plate with the “In God We Trust” slogan”.  But MaryAnn Gramig, who’s president of the ROCK Cares Foundation which sponsors the new plate, says it bolsters a spiritual message.

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10:13am

Thu July 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Firework Complaints Could Spark Restrictions

After receiving numerous complaints that Lexington sounded like a war zone during the Fourth of July weekend, at least one Urban County Council member wants stricter local restrictions on fireworks. There were 553 general noise complaints to Lexington's 911 call center Friday through Tuesday, said David Lucas, director of the Division of Enhanced 911. That's up from 308 complaints during the holiday weekend last year — before bottle rockets, mortars and firecrackers could be purchased legally in the state.

6:28pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Budget Vetoes on Tap Thursday

Tonight’s (Thursday) the night Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council members may attempt to override budget vetoes issued by Mayor Jim Gray.  The mayor line item vetoed three areas of the council approved budget, including funds for disc golf facilities and a half-dozen jobs in the city's communications office.  The mayor also imposed a ten percent funding cut on some 26 outside agencies that provide city services.  David Barberie (BAR-ber-ee) with the city’s law department, Tuesday explained to council members their options.

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4:01pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Marker at Goddard Bridge

A new marker commemorating the Goddard Covered Bridge installed July 1, denotes a rich history and Fleming County tradition.
Maysville Ledger Independent

A sign marking a Fleming County historic landmark has been replaced after a long absence. A historic marker sign at the Goddard Covered Bridge was installed Friday, July 1, in replacement of one stolen several years ago. The sign is located on Kentucky 32 where the covered bridge crosses Sand Lick Creek. The Goddard Bridge is one of three standing covered bridges in Fleming County and one of only 13 in Kentucky, which at one time was host to more than 400 covered bridges.

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3:56pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Tobacco Warehouse to be Demolished

If the walls of the soon-to-be toppled Farmers Tobacco Warehouse No. 1 in Danville could talk, their stories would fill volumes. Owner Jerry Rankin has heard most of them over the years. “This has just been a special place,” Rankin said. Rankin confirmed Tuesday that a deal with Centre College is being finalized that will sell the landmark that has stood on the corner of Russell and Hope streets since 1927. He declined to discuss the specifics of the sale until it is finalized, only saying Centre paid a fair price for the property. Demolition is set to begin early next week.

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3:54pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Police See Increase in Fireworks Complaints

Law enforcement officers attended more Fourth of July gatherings this weekend than in the past, but they weren’t there to celebrate. Fireworks complaints more than doubled this year, say Frankfort Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. “We were swamped,” said Frankfort Police Maj. Fred Deaton.

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1:38pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Motion Filed for New Doneghy Murder Trial

An attorney for Glenn Doneghy, who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan J. Durman on June 30, has filed a motion for a new trial. Attorney Sally Wasielewski, in the motion filed this week, says that jurors in the trial were allowed to walk freely around downtown Lexington during a June 30 lunch break — after deliberations had begun — when they should have been kept in a group and accompanied by a court bailiff. Wasielewski says this was a violation of Kentucky law.

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1:06pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Men's Health Reaction

A poor review by Men's Health magazine has prompted a response by a member of Lexington's urban county council.  The publication recently rated Lexington the nation’s most sedentary city.  Council member Jay McChord suggests he, along with Lexington's mayor , the president of the University of Kentucky, and the Fayette County Schools Superintendent  travel to Pennsylvania to meet with magazine representatives.

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12:43pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Two Injured in July 4th Explosions

Two people suffered significant injuries from explosive devices during the Independence Day weekend, according to Nelson County EMS Director Joe Prewitt. Zack Bagwell, 25, Boston, was transported to University Hospital Sunday afternoon after losing at least one finger in an explosion near the Beech Fork River in the Boston area. The Boston Fire Department and EMS met Bagwell at Rust Funeral Home.

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12:34pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Three Family Members Drown in KY River

Three men from the same family died after they were swept away by the rain-swollen current during a Fourth of July outing on the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River. Rescuers on Tuesday recovered the body of Tim Blevins about half a mile below a dam on the river, near Hyden. On Monday, Blevins' brother, Larry Blevins, 36, and Kendall Estep, 30, their brother-in-law, had been pronounced dead.

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12:24pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Few Quick Fixes For Brent Spence Bridge

Reinstate emergency pull-over lanes. Reduce the speed limit. Ban trucks. Reroute traffic away from the bridge altogether. Less than two weeks after a stranded motorist was knocked to his death off the Brent Spence Bridge, the accident has revived a years-long debate about ways to make driving the span safer - now.

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7:40am

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks Under Review

The fourth of July weekend is barely history and there’s already interest among some Lexington council members to change the city’s fireworks policy. Several Lexington area residents complained to city hall about fireworks activity in their neighborhoods.  The new state law opened the nighttime skies to flying fireworks. Plus, the newly legal fireworks on the ground were quite a bit louder than usual.  Council member Kevin Stinnett says he heard the blasts and got an earful from constituents.

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7:18am

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Vets Nursing Homes Get Energy Upgrades

Governor Steve Beshear praised the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs today at one of its three nursing homes in the state. The department has used a $2.2 million loan from the Green Bank of Kentucky to improve energy efficiency at its facilities.

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5:17am

Tue July 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Pipeline Pill Dealer Sentenced

A Bellepoint man who told sheriff’s deputies he made $2,000 a week selling out-of-state prescription painkillers has been sentenced to eight years in prison. John Shramm, 38, sold 30mg Percocet pills to a confidential witness Feb. 24 and March 6, court records show. He was immediately taken into custody.

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10:44am

Mon July 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Man Allegedly Bites Officer

Lexington police say an officer was bitten Saturday after chasing down a man who had been pulled over for reckless driving. Glenn Curtis Whittenburg, 40, of Lexington was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, fleeing and evading police, resisting arrest, reckless driving and no operators license, according to police records. Lexington police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said the incident began with a traffic stop for reckless driving, and then Whittenburg "jumped out of the car and fled on foot." When the officer caught up with Whittenburg, Whittenburg bit him.

4:55pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Mayor Gray's Vetoes Announced

Lexington’s mayor has asked members of the urban county council to change their recently approved budget.  The request came today (Friday) in a series of line-item vetoes.

Mayor Jim Gray vetoed three items in the new budget.  Gray said no to the 400 thousand dollars the council wants to borrow for two new disc golf courses, lacrosse fields, improvements at the Charles Young community center, and a remodel of the Berry Hill pool.   Another veto eliminates the jobs of seven people who work in government communications.  And Gray's final veto  reduced funding for outside agencies that provide services to the city by ten percent.

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12:09pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Vetoes Save Lexington $889 Thousand

Lexington's Mayor has vetoed three items in the budget approved by the Urban County Council. Mayor Jim Gray's veto cut $400,000 in spending on disc golf, lacrosse, and other capital projects.  Gray also vetoed the funding restored by the council for outside agencies that provide services to the city.  The third veto, assuming it's not over-ridden by the council, means seven employees in government communications would lose their jobs.

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7:41am

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Doneghy Convicted, Faces 30 Year Sentence

 After some 18 hours of deliberation, a jury has found 34 year old Glen Doneghy guilty of second degree manslaughter in the death of Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman. The twelve member panel also convicted Doneghy on counts of leaving the scene of an accident, second degree assault, fourth degree assault, possession of marijuana, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

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5:35am

Fri July 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Indictments in Lottery Fraud Probe

A grand jury today indicted four individuals in Louisville and Lexington on charges of lottery fraud.The indictments are part of an undercover investigation by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. KLC personnel visited various lottery retailers and presented tickets that, when scanned at a lottery terminal, would instruct the store clerk to award a prize.

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2:36pm

Thu June 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Teacher Guides Missionaries to Kenya

After one trip to Africa, Clark County's Jennifer Watson knew she had to find a way to go back. A three-week trip to Kenya last summer has turned into a three-year teaching stint for the Hannah McClure Elementary School teacher. “Once I got back, I just loved the country, and I tried to figure out how to go back and support myself,” Watson said. Watson said that, since teaching is her career in America, it made sense that teaching also would be a way to live permanently in Africa. In January, she was accepted to teach for three years at Rosslin Academy, an international Christian school in Nairobi. However, Watson said she “wouldn’t be surprised” if her stint in Africa extended beyond the three years.

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12:39pm

Thu June 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Tight Budgets Reduce DUI Arrests

Fewer dollars for law enforcement means fewer drunk driving arrests in Madison County. In 2006, when Richmond police were working with a $70,000 federal grant, officers made 409 DUI arrests.  The tally so far this fiscal year, with only $29,000 available, is 169 arrests. Major Bob Mott says it’s a simple matter of economics.  “When you have a 70 officer base and you lose 15 officers, that’s a significant amount, and obviously when you lose a significant of folks trying to enforce and look for DUI’s, it’s going to have a toll on your numbers, and that’s what we’re seeing”, said Mott.

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10:09am

Thu June 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Awaiting Verdict of Doneghy Trial

A 12-member jury deliberated late into Wednesday night whether Glenn Doneghy should be convicted of murder in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman last year. Jurors had heard 60 witnesses — many with wildly conflicting recollections and interpretations of events — testify during the past 2½ weeks. After closing arguments from defense attorney Kate Dunn and Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson on Wednesday, the case was handed to the jury about 1 p.m.

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5:42pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks Stands in Sight

The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is expected to be a little louder and flashier than usual across Kentucky.  The number of fireworks stands across the commonwealth is way up over last year.

State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says 420 people received permits to sell fireworks last year.  This summer, that figure has ballooned to 776 permits.  Swope says the vast majority of those permits are for seasonal sales through July seventh.

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12:32pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Vetoes in Lexington Looming

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says he will line item veto certain parts of the budget passed recently by the Urban County Council.  The mayor met around the table with council members Wednesday morning.

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10:58am

Wed June 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Attorneys Wrap Up Case in Doneghy Trial

Two days after the murder trial against Glenn Doneghy was scheduled to end, attorneys rested their cases. Most of Tuesday's testimony came from former state police trooper Sonny Cease, who was hired by the defense to investigate the crash that killed Lexington police officer Bryan Durman last year. Doneghy, 34, is accused of murder in Durman's death. He is on trial in Fayette Circuit Court. Cease is a former state police trooper best known for being the lead investigator of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash in which 27 people died.

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5:20pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Animal and Food Safety Expansion

A Lexington animal and food safety firm hopes to increase its workforce by more than a third over the next several years.

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5:17pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Governor Reacts to Nunn Guilty Plea

Governor Beshear says it’s difficult to reach any general observations or conclusions about a murder carried out by a former state lawmaker.  Steve Nunn plead guilty Tuesday to the shooting death of his former fiancée Amanda Ross in September of 2009.

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12:01pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Wood to Energy Grant

Not all of the timber in eastern Kentucky is good enough quality to be marketed commercially.  But the lower quality wood is not going to waste. A Lexington based company is one of only 17 groups nationally selected for ‘wood to energy’ project funding.

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10:13am

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Inpartiality of Witness in Doneghy Case Questioned

After hours of testimony Monday indicating that the driver who hit Lexington police officer Bryan Durman did so intentionally, defense attorneys called into question the impartiality of an expert witness because of an undisclosed business partnership with two officers.

6:13am

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Churchill Makes Up Most Races

Eight of the nine Churchill Downs races that were cancelled last Thursday after a tornado struck the track’s barn area will be made up before the end of the spring meet next week.Two races were added to last Friday’s night racing card. The rest of the makeup races will be run this Friday through Sunday.

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