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Carter County woman tasered by police in church parking lot;


(Ashland, KY) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland have arrested a Carter County resident after she was involved in an altercation with officers from the Kentucky State Police and the Olive Hill Police Department.

On 5-27-11 around 7 pm, Trooper Matt Ridener and Officer Sam Lowe of Olive Hill Police Department responded to a call involving a disorderly female at the church parking lot located on State Route 2078 in Olive Hill. Upon officer’s arrival, the female became physically aggressive towards both officers and refused all command to put down the small child she was holding.

The female began to assault both officers by kicking at them which led to Trooper Ridener deploying his TASER which caused the female to release the child. Officers began to gain control over the female in which she became more physically aggressive towards both officers by kicking Officer Lowe. Ridener deployed his TASER again causing the female to become compliant.

Billie Binion, age 26, of 450 Clark Hill Olive Hill, KY was arrested at the scene and charged with Assault 3rd (Police Officer), Disorderly Conduct 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest. She was transported and lodged in the Carter County Detention Center.


Price gouging in gas, building supplies, hotels and other goods and services to be investigated;


FRANKFORT, Ky. - At the request of Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear today signed a consumer protection executive order to extend Kentucky’s statewide price-gouging protection laws an additional thirty days. The initial statewide price-gouging protections, implemented by Gov. Beshear on April 25 due to severe storms and flooding across the Commonwealth, will expire on May 26.

The order’s extension will allow for investigation into any complaints of price gouging that may occur relative to gas, building supplies, hotels and other goods and services.

Many Kentuckians are in the process of repairing property damage from the storm’s aftermath and are still awaiting individual financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To date, FEMA has determined 11 counties, from both Eastern and Western Kentucky, are eligible for individual assistance to repair private property, and additional counties are being considered for approval.  71 counties have declared states of emergency.

“My administration has worked hard to provide assistance to and protect citizens and communities around the state after these storms,” said Gov. Beshear. “This extension will protect potential victims from price-gouging by contractors and suppliers of building services as citizens begin rebuilding their homes and businesses.”

Gov. Beshear activated the same price gouging statutes after earlier disasters, including Hurricane Ike in September 2008, the January 2009 ice storm, and severe winter storms in December 2009.  After Hurricane Ike, the Attorney General fined several gas retailers $100,000 for violating the price gouging statute.

Lawrence County included in grant funding for cleanup of dumpsites;

FRANKFORT, Ky.– Governor Steve Beshear today announced that approximately $780,000 is being awarded in emergency grants to help 26 flood-damaged counties clean up solid waste generated by flooding.

“As flood waters recede and clean up begins, sanitary disposal of damaged property can become a tremendous burden on counties and their citizens,” Gov. Beshear said. “These emergency funds will assist those affected by the floods in properly disposing of flood-damaged items.”

Participating counties may elect a grant of up to $30,000, depending on their assessment of the cost to deal with the solid waste generated by flooding in their counties. All grantees must provide a 25-percent match to their grant amount. Counties may collect the municipal solid waste from residents, or may establish one or more collection points to which residents can deliver such solid waste for disposal by the county.

State funding for the illegal open dump grant program comes from a $1.75 environmental remediation fee for each ton of garbage disposed of at Kentucky municipal solid waste disposal facilities.  The “tipping fee,” authorized by the 2002 General Assembly under House Bill 174, is collected quarterly and placed in the Kentucky Pride Fund to help combat illegal dumping and finance the closure of old landfills.

The Kentucky Pride Fund is the first legislated and ongoing source of state funding for dump cleanup. Illegal open dump cleanup has been conducted in Kentucky for several years, primarily using county and federal money. This is the third round of emergency grants awarded outside of the normal annual grant cycle to assist counties in eliminating solid waste dumps created by a natural disaster.

Senate Bill 50, which became effective in 2006, changed the illegal open dump reimbursement program to a grant program. The legislation also expanded the scope of the fund to address household hazardous waste collection and recycling infrastructure, in addition to illegal dump and old landfill projects.

Grant amounts are not available until all applications are received. The counties eligible to apply for the emergency dump grant include: Ballard, Boyd, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Graves, Greenup, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Jefferson, Lawrence, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Ohio, Oldham, Pike, Trigg, Trimble, Union and Webster.