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Ex-Girlfriend Indicted in Clay County Murder Case

09-04-15  A Clay County grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against 22-year-old, Ashley Lawson. Lawson is charged with complicity to commit murder in the July shooting death of her ex-boyfriend, Trevor Dykes. Clay County Sheriff's deputies arrested Ashley Lawson following her indictment. Sheriff Kevin Johnson says Lawson and Trevor Dykes had been involved in a custody dispute over their child. The Sheriff says Lawson was in on a plot to kill Dykes, who was gunned down outside his home on July 27. Authorities say Thomas Miracle allegedly paid Roscoe Henson $5,000 to pull the trigger. The Sheriff would not rule out the possibility of more indictments to come out of the ongoing investigation.

 

Pulaski Co. Man Killed in Lawn Mowing Accident

09-03-15  A Pulaski County man was was killed when his lawnmower went over a cliff. It happened Wednesday afternoon on Waitsboro Drive, near Lake Cumberland. Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk says the victim, Jacob Neikirk, 30, worked for a local lawn service. Strunk says Neikirk was mowing near the edge of the bluff in the backyard of a home when he went over the edge of a cliff and was killed. Officials said Neikirk fell at least 150 feet down the embankment.

 

Mayor Will Decide if Stanford Police Officer Can Keep Job

09-02-15  An administrative hearing that will determine the employment fate of a Stanford, Kentucky police officer was held Tuesday. In January, officer Travis Richardson was allegedly doing 90 miles per hour when he hit and killed 69-year-old, Howard Robbins while he was walking along Highway 150 in Crab Orchard. Robbins later died at the hospital. Officials say the officer was not on duty, but was on his way to work at the time. The dash-cam on the police cruiser captured the collision. Officer Richarson was suspended without pay after the accident. It is now up to the mayor to decide whether or not Richardson should keep his job at the police department.

 

Pedestrian Hit And Killed in Corbin Parking Lot

09-01-15  Kentucky State Police say a woman was walking out of a McDonald's restaurant in Corbin Monday when she was hit and killed by a pickup truck. Troopers say around 4:30 p.m. a Ford F-150 truck, driven by 19-year-old Aaron Potter of Corbin, entered the McDonald's parking lot traveling very fast. The truck hit and killed 66-year-old Norma Hicks of Parker's Lake in McCreary County. Potter was taken into custody and then taken to a local hospital for a blood test. Police say Potter has been cooperative and they don't suspect drugs or alcohol as factors. State Trooper Shane Jacobs said they're still investigating to figure out why the driver was traveling so fast. At this point, no charges have been filed.

 

Rowan County Clerk's Temporary Stay Expires Monday

08-31-15  Earlier this month a U.S. District Judge ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to start issuing marriage licenses but she requested a stay and filed an appeal. The judge agreed to give Davis more time to appeal his decision. Then the judge decided to add a deadline to his decision. That deadline is today. Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Davis claimed it would violate her religious beliefs to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. Davis' legal counsel has filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court to delay the order of the Federal Judge even further. That process could possibly take several months.

 

14-Year-Old Charged With Killing His Grandfather

08-27-15  Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting death of a Harlan County man. Troopers responded to the Blair community in Harlan County on Wednesday evening and found Teddy Jackson, 56, dead from a gunshot wound. Investigators say Jackson was shot by his grandson, a 14-year-old juvenile. The grandson has been placed into custody and charged with reckless homicide, tampering with physical evidence, and wanton endangerment 1st degree. He was transported to the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Facility. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Man Accused of Charitable Fraud in Lincoln, Garrard Counties

08-25-15  A Garrard County man is accused of using a sob-story to collect money from generous people in at least two counties. Over the last two weeks, Lancaster Police say they have received about 15 complaints involving a man begging for money to travel to a Georgetown hospital to see his father or to attend his father's funeral. The man's name has not been released but according to police, he will be charged with charitable fraud. Lancaster Police ask anyone who has encountered this individual to call and report it.

 

Man Who Shot and Killed Somerset Attorney Sentenced

08-24-15  The man who gunned down a prominent Pulaski County attorney just over a year ago was sentenced on Monday. Before Clinton Inabnitt was sentenced for the murder of well known attorney Mark Stanziano, he had to listen to heartwrenching testimony from Stanziano's loved ones. Stanziano's daughter and widow say they agreed to a plea deal because they were afraid a jury might have found Inabnitt insane and not sent him to prison. Inabnitt pleaded guilty but mentally ill. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He could be eligible for parole in 17 years.

 

Wayne Co. Sheriff Says Shooting on Lake Cumberland Was Accidental

08-21-15  The Wayne County Sheriff says it appears a shooting on Lake Cumberland last weekend was accidental. Last Saturday around 2 p.m. in the Conley Bottom area, a bullet came out of nowhere and hit a woman in the shoulder. She was airlifted to UK Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The sheriff says the investigation remains open, but at this point, it appears the shooting was accidental.