Lexington’s chief prosecutor says his father taught him early on about consequences for breaking rules.   Ray Larson announced Thursday he will retire at the end of this month. 

Larson is concerned about changes in sentencing standards that result in more probation, saying his preference is “first time, every time.”  “If people were punished first time they committed a crime every time, that would be a deterrent.  But, we’re in a 2nd, 3rd and 25th chance society right now,” said Larson.

Long time Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson has announced his retirement effective at the end of September.  He’s served as Lexington’s chief prosecutor for more than three decades.

The man known among criminal court professionals as a "no-nonsense" prosecutor says he didn’t want to be known as someone who stayed too long in the job. 

In his notice, Ray Larson states guiding principles for his office were, among others, treating every person fairly.  In almost 32 years as Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney he believes the office has been operated free of politics. 

State Police Used to Prevent Ousted Retirement System Chair from Meeting Participation

May 19, 2016

Kentucky's Republican governor used state police officers to prevent the ousted chairman of the retirement system board from participating in a meeting.

Gov. Matt Bevin removed chairman Thomas Elliott from the board last month. But Elliott had refused to vacate his seat, saying Bevin could not remove him before his term expires.

Elliott attended Thursday's board meeting, but sat in the audience while state police officers stood nearby. Elliot said the governor's office told him he would be arrested and charged with disrupting a public meeting if he participated.

Friday June 28 is the day when numerous employees of Eastern Kentucky University are beginning retirement as part of a cost-saving plan.  Among them are two familiar voices of WEKU: Development Coordinator Carol Siler, whom you have heard many times during station fund drives and other events; and Michael Carter, Music Director and classical music host.