03-10-14 The Barbourville, KY City Council has scheduled a public hearing to discuss removing the mayor from office. The Times-Tribune in Corbin reports Barbourville officials have cited results from a recent state audit in their attempt to oust Mayor David Thompson. The action comes after the council asked Thompson last week to resign. They cited two state statutes involving misconduct and conflict of interest. Thompson refused the request and later denied any wrongdoing. He said the council cited nothing more than the findings from the audit in seeking his removal.
03-06-14 A University of Kentucky professor was arrested after police allegedly found child pornography on his computer at work. Neil Williams, 59, was charged with possessing matter portraying minors in a sexual performance. According to court documents, University of Kentucky Police were called at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to investigate reports of pictures that were found on a desktop computer on UK's Coldstream Research Campus. The police didn't specify if the computer was owned by the University. The computer and an external hard drive were seized and investigators plan to get a search warrant to scan the hard drive for more evidence. In addition to being a professor, Williams also serves as the associate director of UK's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Williams was scheduled to be arraigned today.
03-05-14 The Kentucky Blood Center is struggling to build up a blood supply that's been greatly reduced by severe winter weather. More than 20 blood drives have been cancelled this week, resulting in nearly 400 lost blood donations, according to KBC. The Somerset donor center was unable to open Monday due to ice and snow covered roads resulting in hazardous driving conditions. KBC is urging the public to visit one of their donor centers as soon as possible to bring the blood supply back to normal levels. Blood donors must be 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show photo I.D. and meet some additional requirements. To find a KBC donor center call (800) 775-2522.
03-04-14 District 8 crews are making progress on clearing state highways of snow and ice after the latest winter storm. Most main routes and other Priority A highways have improved to mostly clear and wet with some slush. Plow crews continue to work those routes and are now working Priority B routes - which are partly covered with snow and Priority C routes which remain mostly covered. Motorist should expect continued slick travel conditions and possible snow-covered roads as salt is less effective in lower temperatures. Motorist should take it slow, wear seat belts, eliminate distractions and use extra caution on bridges, exit ramps and shaded areas as these are more prone to icing. The cabinet's SAFE PATROL is available to assist motorist whose vehicles become disabled on interstates and parkways. For SAFE PATROL assistance, call 511.
02-28-14 Police say they have found the car belonging to a state employee wanted on child pornography charges but no sign of Gordon Bowers. His car was found in Russell County. Bowers had an arrest warrant issued for him after he failed to show up for a court appearance in London last Friday. Bowers was charged with allegedly downloading child pornography on state computers in his office at the Department of Naturnal Resources in London, Kentucky.
02-27-14 An arrest warrant has been issued by a Laurel County court for state employee Gordon Bowers after he allegedly didn't show up for a court appearance last Friday. Earlier this month, Bowers was arrested and charged with four counts of child pornography by the Attorney General's Office. Investigators say Bowers, a state environmental scientist, downloaded child porn on state time, on state computers at the Department of Natural Resources office in London, Kentucky. Bowers has yet to be arrested on the lastest warrant.
02-26-14 Local authorities have arrested three individuals on drug charges according to a report in the Commonwealth Journal. Monday night, Pulaski County Constable Mike Wallace said he came across a 1991 Ford Explorer in the Slate Branch area and ran a check on the vehicle license plate which revealed the SUV was "cross-tagged" - meaning it was displaying a license plate that was registered to another car. Wallace pulled the SUV over. Three individuals were in the vehicle. James Bradley Townsend, 44, Tasha Hurless, 26, and Alicia Keeney, 30, all of Somerset, were arrested. After the Explorer was towed and impounded someone at the impound facility called Wallace and told him that something in the vehicle was "smoking." The Constable went back to check and allegedly found an active methamphetamine lab under a pile of clothing, in the back seat of the SUV.
02-25-14 Monday at approximately 5:30 p.m. Richmond, Kentucky police officers were dispatched to Big Hill Avenue to investigate a report of a small child walking unaccompanied near a busy roadway. Upon arrival officers found a three-year-old child wearing only a diaper in 38-degree weather. An investigation revealed that the child was in the care of Robert L. Short, age 54, of Big Hill Avenue. Police determined that Short was not aware that the child had left his residence. They also detemined that he did not notify authorities when he discovered the child was missing. Robert L. Short was charged with wanton endangerment 2nd degree and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.
02-24-14 It appears the City of Somerset's case against the State Alcohol Licensing Board is moving forward according to a report in the Commonwealth Journal. In an opinion handed down on February 18 and signed by Appellate Court Judge Janet L. Stumbo, the petition for writ of prohibition, filed by the Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control in the City's case against the ABC, was denied. The opinion is good news to the City of Somerset, which last year filed legal action against the state to force the ABC to answer how they arrived at the decision that the city would be awarded five quota liquor licenses and which businesses should get them. The city felt that the ABC ignored it projections for what would most economically benefit Somerset and made decisions in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner.