09-19-14 Lexington Police said a report of a man with a gun led them to evacuate Fayette Mall Thursday night, which made customers camping out waiting for the new i-Phone to leave their places in line. Police said they were called by a security guard at the mall reporting a man with a gun inside the mall. Police evacuated the mall and all of the 40-or-so customers waiting in line outside. Police searched the mall but found no sign of the gunman.
09-18-14 A former eastern Kentucky judge who pleaded guilty to charges of wide spread vote fraud has been permanently disbarred. The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday granted a request by one-time Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle to surrender his law license. Maricle pleaded guilty to his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to control local politics by means of vote fraud. Seven other people also entered guilty pleas in the case that involved using the County Board of Elections in an effort to buy or steal votes in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections. Maricle had initially been sentenced to 26 years in federal prison, but the conviction and sentence were overturned. He was later resentenced to time served.
09-17-14 A Laurel County mother faces charges after investigators say she took her baby and a toddler with her to shoplift at Walmart. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office arrested the mother, 18-year-old Kortney Caldwell, and 24-year-old Dustin Napier, who deputies refer to as an acquaintance. Investigators say the two used a baby carrier to hide stolen items. According to Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, "They proceeded to the self-checkout and paid for some laundry detergent, however the items they concealed in the baby carrier, they failed to pay for." Acciardo said that Caldwell having her kids with her while she committed a crime is a serious matter. "That's why we placed the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor" said Acciardo.
09-16-14 Authorities in Whitley County say that photos posted on Facebook led them to a marijuana patch last Friday, where a father and son were arrested for cultivating the plants. Sheriff's deputies said an anonymous tip led them to photos on Facebook showing a Whitley County resident posing in front of large pot plants on Clifford Canada Road. Deputies went to a home on the road and made contact with 20-year-old Tony Canada. When questioned, Canada admitted to growing pot on the property along with some family members and then showed authorities where the plants were located. Deputies estimated there were 14 marijuana plants that were 12 to 13 feet tall. Tony Canada and his father, Ronald Canada, 45, were arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana, more than five plants.
09-15-14 A Clay County man was killed in a tractor accident Saturday morning. According to police, two men were using a John Deere tractor to pull an SUV from a muddy road early Saturday morning. The tractor reportedly rolled over a 50 foot embankment along Tanyard Road. Jesse Napier, age 48, of Clay County was killed in the accident.
09-11-14 The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has arrested two different suspects for driving DUI on lawn mowers. The first incident happened on August 31, when deputies responded to a complaint of a drunk man driving a lawn mower on Boat Dock road, south of Somerset. Randy Lee Whitaker, 49, of Falcon View Trail, Somerset was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol 1st offense. The second incident occurred on September 6th. The Sheriff's Office received a call about an intoxicated man on a lawn mower using the drive-thru at Hardee's in Science Hill. Gary G. Ard, 50, of Highway 1247 Science Hill was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol 1st offense. Both suspects were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
09-10-14 A Pulaski County man has been arrested after being indicted on child pornography charges. On July 28, the mother of a 14-year-old female reported to the the sheriff's office that the girl had inappropriate contact with a 19-year-old male friend and the two had exchanged sexually charged text messages. An investigation by the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division identified the suspect as Jacob S. Bolen. Bolen told investigators he had a brief relationship with the young girl and admitted to sexual contact and the sending of sexually charged text messages including sending nude photos of himself and receiving nude photos of the under age girl. The results of the investigation were presented to the Pulaski County Grand Jury which returned an indictment against Bolen. Jacob Bolen was arrested on September 8, and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center under a $20,000 cash bond.
09-08-14 Danville, Kentucky police arrested a man they say used a baseball bat as a weapon to beat and rob two victims Sunday night. Police say James Nicholas Hays, 53, went into an apartment on Hustonville Road around 9 p.m. Sunday. He allegedly grabbed a bat and hit two individuals in the apartment multiple times trying to get money he said they owed him. According to police, Hays took cash, cell phones and the baseball bat and left the apartment. Officers arrested Hays outside the apartment building and charged him with robbery, assault and tampering with physical evidence.