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June 22, 2018

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Posted June 22, 2018 Ledger Independent ]  

KSP says it's investigating former Fleming school district official

Conway Conway The Kentucky State Police Morehead Post is conducting an investigation regarding the finances of the Fleming County School district. Detective Brian Cooper with KSP said an investigation is underway regarding Fleming County Schools finances and declined to comment further on the matter. According to Fleming County Schools Superintendent Brian Creasman, former Director of Districtwide Operations and Finance Greg Conway no longer works with Fleming County schools. Creasman made no further comments regarding Conway’s resignation.


Posted June 22, 2018 Bowling Green Daily News ]  

Former Bowling Green officer charged in Tennessee with threatening Trump

     A former Bowling Green Police Department officer made threats against President Donald Trump on social media around the time the president visited Nashville in May, federal prosecutors said. Andrew Long Ryan, 37, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of making threats against the president, the U.S. attorney's office in Nashville said in a statement. Ryan is in federal custody and he plans to plead not guilty in a future hearing, his public defender, Andrew Brandon, said Thursday.

Posted June 22, 2018 Courier-Journal ]

Kentucky Democrats see drop in voter registration

     Democratic voter registration is decreasing in Kentucky, which could possibly signal a difficult time for a “blue wave” of liberal candidates in the midterm elections. Democrats are now 49.9 percent of the 3.3 million registered voters in Kentucky, according to state data released this month. Republicans now make up 41 percent.

Posted June 22, 2018 Courier-Journal ]

Nun says she caught killer’s eye in court

     Sister Susan Gatz and other members of Kentucky’s Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have had a long journey to forgiveness since the summer of 2016, when they learned about the killing of two Roman Catholic nuns, including one of their own. Forgiveness around something so painful is not easy, Gatz said. But at the same time, she said, “if we’re going to be true to who we want to be and who we say we’re following, we felt that we had to do it.” At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Gatz faced for the first time the man who admitted to killing Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held, a member of the School Sisters of St. Frances in Milwaukee.

    Posted June 22, 2018 Courier-Journal ]

GOP chief: Ruling may kill pension reform

     If a court ruling that struck down Kentucky’s controversial pension law is upheld, Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said Thursday he has no interest in passing new reforms – and he doubts other state lawmakers do, either. “I don’t see much inclination out there to open this thing up and deal with it again, so that just means our pension systems are going to continue to spiral downward and our bond rating will continue to decrease,” said Thayer, R-Georgetown. “If this decision holds ... the defenders of the status quo c

Posted June 22, 2018 Lexington Herald Leader ]  

Coach accused of asking students for nude photos

     A Bell County teacher and assistant basketball coach has been indicted on multiple federal child pornography charges after being accused of asking two high school students to send him explicit pictures. Jordan Ryan Turner, 30, is accused of using Facebook messenger to ask two Bell County High School students, both males, for nude pictures, according to a federal affidavit.


Posted June 22, 2018 Kentucky Enquirer ]

Sports betting in Ky. could begin next summer, legislator says

     Following the May 14 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow states to decide their own fate of sports betting, a bipartisan, nine-member panel has formed to draft and file legislation to implement legal sports betting in Kentucky. These legislative efforts in Kentucky will be aimed toward professional sports, and possibly some limited instances of college sports, while banning wagering on high school or below level sports, according to a Legislative Research Commission press release.

Posted June 21, 2018 The Farmer's Pride ]

SAYING GOODBYE: Lutz family holds on as neighbors sell cattle, close dairies

     Robert Lutz thumbs through a book filled with signatures and recalls the travelers who have visited from across the globe to learn about dairy farming. The walls in his office are covered in photos of dams that represent eight generations of quality, registered Holstein genetics. “We haven’t bought a cow since 1978,” he says, then tells how experts at the University of Kentucky and Alltech would send visitors to his farm. Nelson County has always been in the top five when it came to milk production in Kentucky. Thirty years ago, Nelson County dairy farmers produced more than 94 million pounds of milk annually. Now, if Robert Lutz closes his doors, there will be two dairy farms remaining in Nelson County.

June 21, 2018

East Kentucky


Appalachian News-Express

PIKEVILLE, Ky -- After a Belcher woman was arrested Tuesday in Pikeville for allegedly leaving a three-year-old child in a hot vehicle while getting prescriptions filled, the Pikeville Police Department warned of the dangers of the heat and the measures the department will go through to keep children, and pets, safe during the summer.

Tina HamiltonTina HamiltonOn Tuesday, Pikeville Police officers responded to reports of a young child left in a vehicle, in which the vehicle did have the front windows down but the rear windows, where the child was sitting, all the way closed.

“That car, in just a matter of minutes, was 114 degrees inside. This child was buckled in a car seat, he can’t move, he can’t escape,” said Pikeville Police Chief Chris Edmonds. “It doesn’t take long to get distressed at 114 degrees. There’s not enough oxygen in the air to breath. Even though these windows were down ... there’s no breeze getting in there like we get in the outside elements.”

Responding officers Tommy Fouts and Chad Branham made contact with the driver, identified as the child’s mother, Tina M. Hamilton, 30, of Abner Fork Road, as Hamilton exited Economy Drug, the citation in the case said. She told officers she had been inside “getting her Gabapentin filled,” the citation said.

Hamilton was arrested on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment, court records show. After she entered a plea of not guilty to her charge at arraignment, Pike District Court Judge Darrel Mullins ordered her held in custody at the Pike County Detention Center on a 10 percent payment of a $5,000 bond, court records show. Hamilton, according to jail records, remained in custody of the PCDC as of presstime Wednesday.

The outside temperature was 90 degrees at the time officers made contact with Hamilton, but Chief Edmonds said even when the temperatures are not as high, the dangers are still present.

Edmonds said he had demonstrated that with his officers Wednesday, when the outside temperatures were closer to 80 degrees, with cloud coverage.

“We took a car out there and it took just five minutes for the inside of that car to reach 108 degrees in the back seat. Five minutes and that car was 108 degrees. It took five minutes to jump 30 degrees,” Edmonds said. “Please, if you cannot take your children in with you where you go, please find someone that can watch them for you for just a few minutes. The 10 minutes you might leave that child in the car, the risk and one tragedy, it is not worth it.”

Edmonds said his office will respond to every report of children, or pets, in dangerous situations. And if officers arrive and the safety of the child is in question, property is no longer a concern, Edmonds said.

“We are going to go straight to it. Heaven forbid, if we get there and we can’t get that car door open, it is not going be our responsibility. We are going to break the window and go in there and get that child out,” Edmonds said. “Same way with a pet, if we see an animal in distress. If we see them in distress, we are going to break that window, we are going to get fresh air to them.”

By Chase Ellis
Appalachian News-Express



Floyd County Chronicle and Times

A farm tractor incident on Friday claimed the life of a David resident.

Emergency responders were called to Triple S Road in David on June 15, following reports of a tractor incident that caused the death of Denver Shepherd, 77.

Kentucky State Police Spokesperson Trooper William Petry reported that the agency received a call just after 6 p.m., saying a farm tractor had overturned in the creek and the operator was trapped under it.

Officials reported that call was made by a Fed Ex delivery driver, who spotted the tractor in the creek while delivering packages.



JUNE 21, 2018


Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has declared a new Kentucky law overhauling the state’s government pension system unconstitutional.

Teachers protest the pension overhaul at the Capitol in April. A Franklin Circuit judge has ruled the law unconstitutional. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear speaks to the crowd as hundreds of teachers from school districts around Kentucky rallied in Frankfort on Friday morning after pension reform legislation was pushed through on Thursday night. March 30, 2018 (Photo: Michael Clevenger/Louisville Courier JournalAttorney General Andy Beshear speaks to the crowd as hundreds of teachers from school districts around Kentucky rallied in Frankfort on Friday morning after pension reform legislation was pushed through on Thursday night. March 30, 2018 (Photo: Michael Clevenger/Louisville Courier JournalIn a ruling Wednesday, Shepherd took issue with the process lawmakers used to enact the law.

Shepherd’s ruling is certain to be appealed. Ultimately, the law’s fate will be determined by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Overhauling the pension system for government employees in this year’s legislative session sparked protests from teachers, who held a series of protests at the Capitol.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said Shepherd’s decision is a “win for open, honest government.” Beshear filed the lawsuit that led to Wednesday’s decision.

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Republican-controlled Legislature took steps intended to shore up the financially troubled retirement systems, fearing that, without changes, they could go bankrupt and retirees could lose their benefits.

“I appreciate today’s ruling, which is a victory in every sense of the word for the people of Kentucky, especially our teachers, public employees and retirees,” said House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins. “It confirms the arguments that House Democrats and I made as we soon saw the bill. I said it was a bad bill then; it’s still a bad bill today; and Judge Shepherd reaffirmed that with his opinion.”

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today