04-22-14 Kentucky State Police say they have charged a man with murder after a deadly shooting near Monticello in Wayne County. Police arrested 21-year-old Ian Miller Monday. He is accused of killing 38-year-old Gavin Thompson. According to investigators, foul play was involved in the shooting. Thompson died at Wayne County Hospital around 4:30 a.m. Monday. Police say Miller and Thompson had been arguing before they were called to Thompson's home at around 3 a.m. Monday. Ian Miller, from Elmira, New York, was reportedly identified as the shooter. The Coroner said Thompson had a number of what appeared to be gunshot wounds but the exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy in Frankfort.
04-18-14 A former high school basketball star is dead and another man is in the hospital after a hunting accident in Clay County. The accident reportedly happened near the Fogertown community around 7:30 Thursday morning. Former Clay County basketball standout Brian Griffin, 28, died in the shooting. Investigators do not suspect foul play and believe the shooting was accidental. Clay County Sheriff, Kevin Johnson said: "There were three men hunting in a group. Two of the three men did receive wounds from a shotgun." Investigators are looking for a fourth person who may have fired the weapon and then ran away. Griffin leaves behind a wife and two children.
04-17-14 A man who admitted to driving drunk and causing the death of a young Pulaski County man was sentenced to prison Thursday. William Wesley was back in court for his sentencing after admitting to manslaughter in the death of Jacob Ebenstein. Wesley was sentenced to 12 and a half years after pleading guilty to manslaughter and criminal mischief charges. 19-year-old Ebenstein had just left work and was on his way home. He was killed after his motorcycle collided with Wesley's vehicle. Evidence would have come out in the trial that Wesley's blood alcohol level was way over the legal limit. Per Kentucky law, Wesley will only have to serve 20 per cent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
04-16-14 Three individuals are in jail in Laurel County after drug paraphernalia and uncapped syringes were found laying within arm's reach of a sleeping 7-year-old child. Laurel County deputies say they were dispatched to a motel early Wednesday morning. Raymond Eggers, 29. Savannah Hill, 28, and Sally Hill, 51, are all charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor. Savannah Hill is also charged on a Pulaski County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court on numerous traffic violations. All three are in the Laurel County Detention Facility. Social Services was called to the scene and the child was released to his father.
04-09-14 A former judge and three other officials in eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to charges alleging widespread vote fraud. A federal judge sentenced former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, former school superintendant Doug Adams, and former election officer William Stivers, to one hundred days of home incarceration. According to the Lexington Herald Leader, they were also placed on supervised release for two years along with a fourth defendant, former County Clerk Freddy W. Thompson. Prosecutors said the men used the Clay County Board of Elections to buy or steal votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
04-08-14 A man accused of provoking a fight between mentally disabled patients at the Oakwood facility in Somerset has entered a guilty plea. According to the Commonwealth Journal, 22-year-old Coty King, of Pine Knot in McCreary County, entered the plea on Monday to two counts of abusing or neglecting an adult, which is a Class D felony. Prosecuters said King, who worked at Oakwood in 2013, provoked one patient to hit another patient and recorded the incident on his cell phone.
04-07-14 Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a Casey County man who they say was involved in a 3-county crime spree. Randall W. Lawless, 40, is a suspect in vehicle thefts in Casey, Russell and Pulaski Counties. Lawless was arrested in Pulaski County early Saturday morning after he tried to flee in a pick-up truck reported stolen in Casey County. Lawless drove the truck into a field and became stuck. He surrendered to deputies without further incident. Lawless faces several charges including possesion of marijuana, receiving stolen property, and fleeing/evading police.
04-04-14 Fruit Of The Loom announced Thursday it will close its plant in Jamestown, Kentucky. They plan to move operations to Honduras. The closure will result in 600 jobs lost in Russell County. The phase out is scheduled to begin in June. Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson said, "It hurts, it's going to be tough." The Judge-Executive says the effect will go much deeper when you consider the economic impact to the area. Robertson says he has already reached out to Govenor Steve Beshear, looking for a solution and hoping for a replacement. Fruit Of The Loom says they have given all of the affected employees a 60-day notice.
04-03-14 Christopher Allman entered a guilty plea in a Russell County courtroom Thursday morning for the murder of Sarah Hart. Hart, who was pregnant at the time, disappeared while out jogging with her sister. Police say that early on June 14, 2012, Allman attacked, raped and kidnapped Hart, then strangled her to death. He left her body under a tree which was discovered hours later after an extensive search. Allman was apprehended a short time later. The prosecutor said Allman was seen by as many as 50 people that morning and he was the only one in the area. With the guilty plea, the Commonwealth is recommending a life sentence with no possibility of parole.