10-08-15 An investigation is underway after police say a 6-year-old girl was left alone on a school bus after a field trip. Somerset City Schools are on fall break but some students went on a field trip Tuesday. According to the Somerset Police Department, after dropping the students off at Sk8ter's Paradise the driver parked the school bus in the Wal-Mart parking lot. He didn't realize that the first grader was left alone on the bus. Someone noticed the girl on the bus and called 911. Captain Shannon Smith of the Somerset Police Department said no charges are expected to be filed. He said the incident appears to be a "miscommunication between the adults on the bus and the driver." On Wednesday, Somerset Independent School Superintendent Kyle Lively issued a statement that said, "student safety is our first priority and anytime something like this occurs we immediatly take action to remedy the issue in accordance with our policies and procedures."
10-07-15 Four people were taken to jail and three small children were sent to live with other relatives after police found the kids living among animals and filth in a home in Whitley County. Police were sent to the home after an animal control officer called them and said he had found a young child outside when he showed up to check on a horse. He said he found twin boys, under 4-years-of-age, and one of them was naked. Police officers found three pigs, three dogs and a rabbit inside the home. Joshua and Aurora Jenkins were both charged with endangering the welfare of a minor but they were released from jail shortly after they were arrested.
10-06-15 A Perry County Central teacher was suspended after being charged in a drug trafficking case. Kevin Duff is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. He turned himself in to police on Friday. A county official says Duff was indicted last month. Perry County Superintendent Jonathan Jett said that Duff, a social studies teacher, was suspended with pay pending the results of their own investigation.
09-24-15 The trial date has been set for a man charged in connection with the death of a 2-year-old Barren County girl. The judge has set the date for Anthony Barbour's trial to begin on April 19, 2016. Barbour is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Laynee Wallace. The toddler went missing back in May. Her body was found six days later at the bottom of a well. Barbour's attorney says he may seek a change of venue because of the media coverage the case has received.
09-18-15 Police shot and killed a man in Rockcastle County after he fired on officers Thursday night. Officers from several law enforcement agencies responded to a domestic violence call at a home on Dug Hill Road, near Brodhead, around 8:30 p.m. Investigators say Lawrence Price came out of the house and began shooting just as officers were getting out of their cruisers. The police officers returned fire, hitting and killing Price. The Rockcastle County coroner declared Price dead at the scene.
09-17-15 A Pulaski County man may possibly be charged with 19 counts of kidnapping and 23 counts of wanton endangerment because of a road rage incident involving a school bus. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says James Long claimed a school bus was tailgating him. Long allegedly slammed on his brakes which caused the bus to swerve in order to avoid hitting him. The bus drove on and a little later, Long allegedly cut the bus off and stopped in front of it. For approximately six minutes Long would not let the bus move. Long was arrested and booked into the Pulaski County Detention Center. The charges against him are still pending.
09-16-15 Several individuals have been arrested in a federal investigation that stretched from Las Vegas, Nevada to Kentucky. Information gained from a five month investigation uncovered a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine from Las Vegas to Pulaski County. Sheriff's officials announced that several individuals had already been arrested on federal indictments as a result of a joint operation of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration in London, Kentucky. The latest arrests occurred last Friday when Bryant J. Johnson, 43, and Charles E. (Buddy) Jones, 47, were taken into custody and charged with conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine. Johnson and Jones are both being held in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
09-15-15 The man accused of murdering a Kentucky State Trooper may have recorded a video message minutes before he was apprehended. According to WSMV-TV in Nashville, Joseph Johnson-Shanks recorded a short Snapchat video after he shot and killed Trooper Joseph Ponder after a traffic stop and high-speed chase along I-24 in Lyon County Sunday night. The video reportedly lasts for less than 10 seconds. The Nashville TV station says a Kentucky State Police spokesman verified the man in the video as Johnson-Shanks. The video reportedly recorded Johnson-Shanks saying: "If I don't see anybody anymore, I love all y'all. I did something I didn't mean to. I'm gonna regret it." According to Kentucky State Police, Johnson-Shanks was found Monday after a massive manhunt in a wooded area less than a mile from where the state trooper had been gunned down. Johnson-Shanks allegedly drew a weapon on police, ignored commands to drop his weapon and was shot. He died later at a hospital.
09-11-15 New information has been released about the death of a 19-year-old Greenup County woman. Deputies found Mattie Conley's body in the middle of a road early Tuesday morning. Investigators now think that Conley was riding on the back of an ATV with James Ratliff. They say Ratliff's 17-year-old girlfriend saw them riding together and started chasing the ATV. Investigators believe Conley jumped off the ATV because she was afraid of Ratliff's girlfriend, but what happened after that is still under investigation. Police have charged Ratliff with manslaughter and evidence tampering. His 17-year-old girlfriend has also been charged.