Tom Springer argues that coal miners seeking compensation for black lung disease should be treated no differently than other workers who have the disease. The Madisonville attorney has presented oral arguments before the Kentucky Supreme Court, which should decide within the next few months whether the Court of Appeals was correct in finding the current black lung statute unconstitutional.
The former administrator of a Letcher County personal care home that was recently shut down by the state pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge that he took thousands of dollars from residents. James F. "Chum" Tackett, who also was a former mayor of Jenkins, agreed to a sentence of two years and two days in prison. He also agreed to repay $113,547 that he admitted taking from residents, according to court documents.
Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker announced Thursday she was diagnosed with breast cancer and is telling the public to help raise awareness that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Walker was diagnosed during a routine mammogram last week, where she learned after follow-up tests that the tumor was cancerous. Walker is among 3,000 women and men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Kentucky this year.
The Fort Campbell soldier, unsuccessfully tried four times in civilian court on murder charges, will appear in military court Friday for an investigation into the same charges. Sgt. Brent Burke is scheduled to appear for an Article 32 hearing Friday morning on murder charges filed by the Army. The hearing is similar to a grand jury proceeding.
The three candidates for Kentucky governor have different reasons for seeking the state’s highest office. Steve Besheaer, David Williams and Gatewood Galbraith stated their views in a statewide debate last night at Eastern Kentucky University. It was the first time this fall all three candidates were together for a debate.
For the first time in the general election, the three candidates for governor of Kentucky will debate tonight. Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith last appeared together in early August at the Fancy Farm picnic. Beshear has drawn criticism for refusing to attend debates and forums with his opponents. And the three will have only two full-fledged debates before election day. The first is tonight in Richmond, Kentucky. The second will be on the 31st on KET. The Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters are sponsoring the event.
Kentucky's September General Fund tax receipts rose by 10 percent compared to year ago figures. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, General Fund receipts are up nearly 5 percent. August figures were down sharply but enjoyed a healthy rebound in September, according to state Budget Director Mary Lassiter.
State lawmakers heard a variety of opinions on how to limit methamphetamine production today. The number of meth labs in Kentucky has been increasing for years. The drug manufacturer group Consumer Healthcare Products told the Joint Committee on the Judiciary the state should create a database of people who have been convicted of meth-related crimes. Those listed would be blocked from purchasing cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, which is used to make meth.
A Frankfort man no longer faces a charge of organized crime after the prosecution and defense agreed there is not enough criminal evidence for the case. Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks and public defender Kristin Gonzalez agreed during a pretrial conference the case lacked evidence to charge Henry Earl Penn Jr. with organized crime. Instead, Penn, 42, faces two counts of trafficking in Percocet and cocaine.
People in Guthrie will not have to leave the city, Todd County or state to buy alcohol in the near future, following the results of a special election Tuesday. Residents voted overwhelmingly to expand alcohol sales in the city, with 196 votes cast in favor of the change and 62 against.
Voters said "yes" to alcohol sales in Junction City by the slimmest of margins Tuesday. The final tally for the three precincts, all located at First Baptist Church of Junction City, was 198-195. The outcome of the election opens the door for retail beer sales and package liquor stores.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order Monday expanding membership of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council to add representatives from three of the state’s largest law enforcement training academies. The order adds officials from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police and the Louisville Metro Police Department to the council.
Gov. Steve Beshear Monday signed an executive order expanding membership of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council to include representatives of the state’s three law enforcement training academies. The executive order adds representatives of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police and the Louisville Metro Police Department to the council.
Interstate 65 is a major U.S. artery cluttered with billboards advertising everything from fast food to health care services. In the case of a set owned by a Scottsville real estate developer, a billboard is an opportunity to evangelize to the traveling public. Jimmy Harston owns three billboards in the counties of LaRue (“Hell Is Real”), Hart (“If you died today where would you spend eternity”) and Warren (“Jesus Saves”). In 2008, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet filed a civil suit to force Harston to remove the billboards because Harston did not have a permit to erect the signs.
When a 3-month-old infant was thrown to the floor by her father, scarring her for life, Will Constable’s organization stepped in. Constable, executive director of the local Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, sees his share of disturbing child abuse cases. He works with several others - from social workers to physicians - to protect children and get help for families. As child abuse continues to plague families throughout the area, those organizations are making a unified effort to combat the problem.
By Beth Musgrave and Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader
Larry Joe Lee was worried about his mother. Carolyn Lee was recovering from heart surgery at her Lebanon farm. When her son called her on Wednesday, Aug. 3, "he told me to take care of myself and that he loved me." Phone calls from her second-oldest child weren't always pleasant. Larry Joe Lee, 32, had a brain injury, was schizophrenic, bipolar and diabetic. Sometimes, he would get agitated and say hurtful things to his parents on the phone. But on that Wednesday, Larry Joe, as his family called him, was having a good day. It was the last time she talked to him.
Winchester is asking the Franklin County Circuit Court to issue a declaratory judgment that the state telecommunications tax is unconstitutional. Through the Kentucky League of Cities, to which Winchester belongs, the city, along with Greensburg, Mayfield and Florence, filed a lawsuit Sept. 23 because of millions in tax revenue lost since the Jan. 1, 2006, enactment of the legislatio
U.S. 68 in Jessamine County in the mid-1990s was a narrow, winding two-lane that 15,000 vehicles traversed daily, with more than its share of accidents. In response to area residents’ complaints, state transportation officials and legislators recommended and authorized replacing the worst section with 6.6 miles of modern, safer four-lane.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Russell ruled Tuesday that an Iraqi refugee accused of terrorism activities can be tried in a civilian court. Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, who had been living as a refugee in Bowling Green, is accused of terrorism activities in a 23-count indictment. Alwan’s attorneys argued in a July 19 motion that the rules of the Geneva Convention apply to him and had attempted to get the first two counts of the criminal indictment against him dismissed. Russell denied that motion Tuesday.
Spencer County Clerk Judy Puckett must pay back $64,717 for undeposited receipts, disallowed expenditures and personal non-sufficient fund checks, according to the 2010 audit report released by Crit Luallen, Kentucky’s auditor of public accounts, last week. “This is a serious issue,” Luallen told The Spencer Magnet. Luallen’s office has referred the report to Kentucky’s attorney general.
Hundreds of volunteer searchers played an instrumental role in locating a missing 7-year-old autistic child from Willisburg this week. The ordeal brought together an already closely knit community but not before so many endeared 45 hours of despair after little Randall Chesser disappeared from his home.
Since 2006, the state of Kentucky has used shock probation, the program that last year allowed for the release of admitted killer Tonya Nicole Brown from state prison, to send 10,006 convicted criminals back into public life. She was freed by Senior Judge Steven Mershon after serving 15 months and 14 days, benefiting from this unusual, decades-old program that grants judges wide latitude in dealing with first-time offenders. A study of state records acquired by The Sentinel-News shows that Brown’s release is far from a rare occurrence and that many who have been released on the same terms as she frequently find themselves back before a judge for new or related offenses.
An undocumented citizen living in Shelbyville has been sentenced to 38 months in federal prison for entering the United States illegally for the seventh time. U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves handed down the sentence to Raul Estrada-Chavez, 32, for illegal re-entry after deportation. On March 2, Estrada-Chavez was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Trevor Harris for various traffic violations, including no operator’s license.
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the indictment of four people in connection with a check-kiting scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $840,000 by 172 Kentucky cattle producers and others in late 2010. The indictments follow a nine-month investigation by General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations that began when Eastern Livestock failed to pay nearly 800 producers nationwide an estimated $130 million.
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) has awarded over $4.7 million to law enforcement agencies and highway safety organizations across the commonwealth to help bolster safety enforcement and education in local communities. The federally funded grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are administered by the KOHS, which is part of the Transportation Cabinet.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2011) – Governor Steve Beshear today joined Justice Cabinet leaders and KSP officials to offer the first public glimpse of how a former prison is now functioning as a modern training facility for the Kentucky State Police.
The Family Foundation of Kentucky is asking the Attorney General to step in and stop the operation of instant racing video machines at a southwest Kentucky racetrack Kentucky Downs in Franklin began operating instant racing video machines earlier this month. They allow gamblers to bet on previously run, anonymous horse races. The question of their legality is still before the state court of appeals. But, Family Foundation Executive Director Kent Ostrander says it’s time for the attorney general to 'roll up his sleeves and enforce Kentucky law'.
The investigation into a traffic fatality last week in Park City involving a Kentucky State Police trooper could take a few months to complete, state police spokesman Lt. David Jude said Tuesday. Trooper Jonathan Biven, public affairs officer for the state police post in Bowling Green, was driving south Thursday afternoon on U.S. 31-W north of Park City in a caravan with other troopers when his cruiser crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Nurcan Ceylan, 33, of Riverside, N.J. She died from her injuries.