Chinese Restaurant In Williamsburg Kentucky Shut Down As It Prepared To Cook And Serve Roadkill Deer – “…They Didn’t Know That They Weren’t Allowed…”

October 1, 2012

WILLIAMSBURG, KENTUCKY – A Chinese restaurant in Kentucky has reportedly been forced to shut its doors after allegedly serving up roadkill.

WKYT.com reports that the Red Flower Chinese Restaurant in Williamsburg was shuttered on Thursday after a customer called the health department when she saw a dead deer being wheeled into the kitchen.

“Two of the workers came in wheeling a garbage can and they had a box sitting on top of it,” Kate Hopkins told the website. “And hanging out of the garbage can, they were trying to be real quick with it. So that nobody could see it. But there was like a tail, and a foot and leg. Sticking out of the garbage can and they wheeled it straight back into the kitchen.”

Paul Lawson, Whitley County’s environmental health inspector, said the owner’s son admitted to pick up the dead animal from the side of I-75 North in Williamsburg. The restaurant was immediately shut down.

“They said they didn’t know that they weren’t allowed to,” Lawson said. “So that makes me concerned. But maybe they could have before. They didn’t admit to doing it before.”

Owners can reopen the restaurant, Lawson said, if it passes a secondary health inspection proving that they have properly sanitized it.

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“Emergency” Kentucky Drug Law Targets The Innocent – Requires Urine Tests Costing Patients Hundreds Of Dollars, Which Insurers Won’t Pay As Its Not Medically Necessary – $533 For Each Test

September 28, 2012

KENTUCKY – To curb prescription drug abuse, Kentucky started in July requiring people with long-term prescriptions for controlled substances to submit to urine testing. The tests determine if patients take their drugs, rather than sell them, and if other, unprescribed drugs are in their systems.

In Lexington, retired nurse Cynthia Burton grudgingly followed the rules Aug. 14 by urinating into a plastic cup so she could get a refill of her insomnia medicine. Her husband did the same for his anxiety medicine.

Last week, Burton’s insurance company, Bluegrass Family Health, sent her a letter. The urine tests at LabCorp cost $533 each, and because they were not medically necessary, the insurer said, it won’t pay for her husband’s test. She’s still waiting to hear if it will pay for hers, but she’s not optimistic given that it was the same test for the same reason under the same plan.

“More than $1,000 is pretty damn big to us. We’re both retired, so it’s a lot of money,” said Burton, 61, “What I don’t like is that, under this law, we’re considered guilty until proven innocent. We’re having to prove our innocence at considerable expense.”

Gov. Steve Beshear, who enacted emergency regulations requiring urine tests as part of House Bill 1, the “pill mill bill,” said this week that he understands the Burtons’ financial burden.

Changes may come in January when the expiring emergency regulations are replaced with permanent rules, Beshear said. The Kentucky Medical Licensure Board is hearing complaints about costly urine tests and has extended a grace period for doctors until Nov. 1 so that “an isolated and simple failure to comply” with the regulations will not lead to professional discipline.

“We are aware of the concerns about the insurance coverage for these urine tests, and we recognize the costs of these tests can be prohibitive for patients,” Beshear said in a prepared statement.

“We are working with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to review options, including exploring whether other tests (blood, hair, etc.) could be as effective,” the governor said. “We are also consulting with private insurance groups and managed care organizations about their policies regarding this standard of care, because some are covering the tests while others are not.”

But critics say they warned last spring that HB 1 — intended to crack down on the illicit sale of prescription drugs — would treat everyone like a potential felon, including doctors and patients engaged in legitimate medical care.

“We anticipated this. Now we’re starting to see third-party vendors denying payment for the tests, as we feared,” said Cory Meadows, spokesman for the Kentucky Medical Association. “It’s still early in the game, so concrete numbers are hard to come by at this point. But this certainly will be a significant issue.”

Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, who voted against HB 1 in April, is the Burtons’ House member. He’s been listening to their complaints.

“These were not unforeseen consequences,” Lee said. “Some of us were not in favor of this bill for the primary reason that it punishes law-abiding citizens for the criminal acts of others. These problems were predicted and discussed in the legislature, but they obviously did not carry the day.”

The General Assembly passed HB 1 to address the hundreds of deaths reported annually in Kentucky from prescription drug overdoses, as well as a scourge of crime by pill addicts desperate to feed their craving.

So far, most debate over the law has focused on how it affects doctors — requiring them to complete patients’ medical histories, check photo identifications, conduct physical exams and consult a statewide prescription database before they issue prescriptions for controlled substances.

Relatively little attention has been paid to the impact on patients. But that may change shortly.

Under the emergency regulations, doctors must obtain a “baseline” urine sample from patients who have long-term controlled substance prescriptions, defined as greater than three months. When test results indicate that patients are likely to abuse or illegally sell drugs, doctors cannot issue a new prescription.

Doctors also must impose random urine tests — at least once a year if a patient is considered “low risk” for drug abuse and up to four times a year if the patient is considered “high risk.” Additionally, patients must submit to urine tests if they show “aberrant behavior,” such as multiple lost prescriptions, repeated requests for early refills and unauthorized dose escalation.

Nobody in Frankfort seems to know how many people will be giving urine samples under the rules, but it’s likely to be in the tens of thousands.

In 2011, doctors and dentists in Kentucky requested 679,487 reports from the statewide prescription database before prescribing pills to address pain, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, seizures, muscle spasms and attention deficit disorder.

“I need to go into the drug-screening business,” quipped Lee, the lawmaker.

This month, the first round of patients ordered to get a baseline urine test are receiving their “explanation of benefits” letter from their insurance companies announcing whether the tests are covered. Some insurance companies are paying for them and others aren’t. The Kentucky Department of Insurance this week reported having received one consumer complaint and five consumer inquiries on the subject.

Medicaid is supposed to pay for the urine tests for its low-income clients, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

“However, we are receiving anecdotal reports of some tests that have not been covered, and we are checking into whether there was an error or oversight or if the provider is billing for a full panel drug test when only a smaller drug screen panel is medically necessary,” said cabinet spokeswoman Gwenda Bond.

There clearly is widespread confusion about the urine tests, said Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, who co-sponsored HB 1.

Belcher said she recently heard from a woman whose son had to be urine tested for his prescription to treat attention deficit disorder. One doctor told her the urine test would cost $600. The mother consulted with a second doctor who said a $60 urine test would be adequate, Belcher said.

“I think there’s a lot of misinformation going around, or at least, some people who don’t understand what the requirements and costs are supposed to be,” Belcher said.

Lloyd Vest, general counsel for the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, said some doctors apparently misunderstand the regulations to require a urine test with every visit by a patient who has a controlled substance prescription. As for the high price of urine tests, Vest said, “We don’t really have any control over the costs.”

The Burtons, the Lexington retirees billed $533 for urine tests, this week shared an explanation of benefits letter they received from Bluegrass Family Health. The letter identified three tests conducted on their urine — one to determine that the prescribed drug was in their systems and two to determine that unrelated painkillers were not present. Had the tests been medically necessary, the insurer said, it would have covered about two-thirds of the cost.

Jessica Kearney, director of regulatory compliance for Bluegrass Family Health, said she was aware of the Burtons’ complaint but she could not discuss the company’s policy on urine tests.

“This will be under investigation for us to look at,” Kearney said. “There’s no comment that I can provide at this point.”

Cynthia Burton, who was a nurse at Central Baptist Hospital until she retired, said the law casts too wide a net.

“With the technology that we have, we can track the prescriptions that Cynthia Burton gets from however many physicians over 30 days or 60 days or whatever period of time,” she said. “So let’s take it from there. Let’s track the patients where there are signs of abuse, where you’ve obviously got a problem with multiple prescriptions or multiple doctors, rather than testing everyone.”

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Nutcase Woodford County Kentucky Judge Mary Jane Phelps Jails Woman At Taxpayer Expense For Not Deleting Her Facebook Account After Posting “LOL” – Not Convicted Of A Criminal Offense, Yet She Is Not Allowed To Have A Facebook Page

September 18, 2012

WOODFORD COUNTY, KENTUCKY – A common acronym for “laugh out loud” on the internet is “lol.” But a Woodford County judge wasn’t laughing over comments a woman posted on her Facebook page regarding a serious DUI crash. A crash, police say, she caused. Now, the judge has held the woman in contempt of court.

Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps warned Paula Asher over her Facebook postings about a serious DUI crash that happened on July 20. Asher didn’t listen, and ended up in jail.

Police say Asher drove drunk and t-boned another car with four people in it, then left the scene of the accident. The crash landed her in hot water, but so did her Facebook comments. “I didn’t think ‘lol’ would put me in jail,” said Asher.

After the crash, Asher posted the following on her Facebook page: “my dumb (expletive) got a dui and I hit a car…lol.”

Some parents of the teenagers in the other car read the comments and told the court. That’s when Phelps ordered Asher to close her Facebook account, but she didn’t. “I really wasn’t trying to make fun of (the crash),” claims Asher.

The judge found asher in contempt of court and put her in jail for two days when she ignored the order and kept her Facebook account. “I had to go pull my time in,” said Asher. “I did and they said I’m not allowed to have Facebook.”

Asher says she’s learned her lesson. “I apologize to everybody,” she said. “i apologize to the judge. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody.”

Asher will face the judge again September 27 on all the charges, including possession of a controlled substance.

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Fayette County Kentucky Officials Hide Facts From Family Concerning Man’s Death While Serving 10 Day Jail Sentence – Epileptic Seizures Treated With Shackles And Pepper-Spray Instead Of Medicine

September 6, 2012

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – It’s been more than three months since Julie Curtsinger’s brother died after a medical emergency, and her family still has unanswered questions about what happened that day at the Lexington jail.

Jeffrey McKinney’s family says they have pressed jail officials, the police and the coroner for more details about McKinney’s death on May 22, but they have been shut down.

“We want to know what happened to my brother,” said Curtsinger. “Why was he shackled, why was he handcuffed, why was he pepper sprayed?

“If nothing went wrong, why are they so hush hush? Why can’t they tell us what happened?”

McKinney, 37, was serving a 10-day sentence at the Lexington jail for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Curtsinger said her brother had two epileptic seizures the day of his death. He was reportedly placed in restraints by jail staff and was pepper sprayed at some point before he became unresponsive, she said.

Jail officials have said McKinney was taken from the Fayette County Detention Center to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital about 6:50 p.m. that day after he had a medical emergency. He died about 7:35 p.m.

Investigators have released few details about the case, which police have said is still an open investigation.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the investigation remains open because officers are waiting for the state medical examiner’s report. Roberts said police have found “no sign of foul play.”

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said his office has not ruled on the cause and manner of death.

Ginn said autopsy and toxicology reports are being reviewed. He said his staff reviews reports from a number of sources, including medical reports, before making a determination in a case such as this. Ginn said he hoped “we would come up with a conclusion fairly soon.”

“With an investigation, we try to keep the family in the loop as much as we can,” he said. “A lot of times … we are not able to divulge information to the family until we have come up with a conclusion about the case.”

Ginn said his office has “about all the reports that we need, but we have to go through all that again to make sure we haven’t missed something.”

McKinney was arrested in February for driving under the influence of alcohol after weaving on Versailles Road in Lexington, according to Herald-Leader archives. McKinney refused a breath test but failed several field sobriety tests, the archives said. He was released from jail on a $500 bond and was re-booked after pleading guilty May 17.

McKinney had been having seizures since he was 19, when he was diagnosed with epilepsy, his sister said.

Curtsinger said McKinney said the jail was not giving him his anti-seizure medication, and her mother had called the jail and Comprehensive Care officials.

Curtsinger said McKinney was often disoriented and could be rebellious in the first few moments after a seizure. McKinney also had short-term memory and cognitive problems that appeared to come from a head injury suffered during an ATV accident in 2006, Curtsinger said. Before the ATV accident, McKinney was an electrician who ran his own business. He was the father of four children, ages 1½ to 20, his family said.

The week of McKinney’s death, Curtsinger says Fayette Deputy Coroner John McCarty told her that her brother had “aspiration of gastric content,” which she took to mean choking on his vomit. She says McCarty also told her McKinney had a seizure, had been in restraints and had bruises on his wrists and ankles. She said the deputy coroner told her McKinney had been pepper sprayed.

Curtsinger said she had not heard from the coroner’s office until she went there Tuesday and McCarty told her he expected to sign the death certificate, which could provide more details about the death, within the next several days.

Ginn on Tuesday declined to comment about what Curtsinger says she was told by the deputy coroner. Ginn said it was customary for his staff to provide information to families shortly after deaths. Anything his staff tells a family member before ruling on the cause and manner of a death is preliminary, he said.

Ginn said his staff will talk to the family before his office releases information to the public about McKinney’s death.

Still, McKinney’s family doesn’t like being in the dark.

“Why wasn’t their medical staff there to take care of my son?” said McKinney’s father, Robert McKinney. “He went in to serve 10 days. He gave them his life.”

Curtsinger said the family has talked to an attorney about the case, but they have not filed a lawsuit.

There have been at least two other deaths of inmates at the jail since 2010.

Robert McKinney said he wants state laws changed to better address the needs of inmates who enter jails with medical conditions.

“I can’t sleep … I cry every day,” Robert McKinney said. ”We can’t get closure. We can’t start a healing process.”

Jeffrey McKinney’s minister, Hershael W. York, senior pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, said he is among those concerned about the lack of information.

“If this death happened anywhere outside of the Fayette County Detention Center, we could know the names of the people directly involved,” York said in an email. “… I am baffled that more than three months after Jeff’s death, the family still cannot … get answers about the circumstances of his death … and have not had anyone in a position of responsibility simply look them in the eyes and express condolences for their loss.”

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Jefferson County Kentucky Prosecutor Paul Richwalsky Told Child Rape Victim “Get Over It” And That Prison Is For “Real” Rapists After Her Attackers Get Sweet Plea Deal – Records Opened To Public After Victim Named And Shamed Attackers Who Photographed Their Crimes

September 2, 2012

JEFFERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – A teenager who was sexually assaulted at a high school party was told by a prosecutor to ‘get over it’, according to court documents.

Savannah Dietrich made headlines when she risked jail by tweeting the names of her attackers in order to express her outrage at what she considered their overly lenient sentence.

Now it has been revealed that the culprits attacked the 16-year-old because they believed it would be ‘funny’.

New details of the case have emerged from the unsealing of hundreds of documents relating to Savannah’s case, which were unsealed following a ruling that the proceedings should no longer be kept secret.

The assault in Louisville, Kentucky dates back to last August, and in June this year the two boys who admitted attacking Savannah accepted a plea deal which will see them avoid prison time.

The victim then took to Twitter to unmask the perpetrators – and was threatened with a prosecution for contempt of court by their lawyers.

The motion was withdrawn, and last week Savannah scored another victory when a judge agreed to make the records of the case public.

One of the revelations which emerged from the newly released documents relates to an encounter between the teenager and county prosecutor Paul Richawlsky, according to the Courier-Journal.

When Savannah complained about her attackers’ plea deal, Mr Richawlsky told her to ‘get over it and see a therapist’, adding that ‘the jail was for “real” rapists, murderers and robbers’, according to an affidavit.

The victim’s lawyer accused the prosecutor of giving the defendants unduly lenient treatment because they were star athletes at the high school he had attended.

The court documents have also revealed the content of the interviews the defendants gave to the police in February.

One of the boys said they had sexually assaulted Savannah when she was drunk because ‘we thought it would be funny, but it wasn’t.’

They photographed her in a state of undress, and later shared the pictures with classmates.

The elder boy told police that Savannah ‘was fine with it’, adding: ‘She could have definitely been like, “Stop, don’t do this” and we would have stopped, but she didn’t.’

Following the attack, the boys exchanged text messages with their victim begging her not to take the case to court.

One wrote: ‘Savannah I know u probably think I’m the worst person in the world.

‘There is another way to deal with this other than jeopardizing our lives forever. I’m not a bad person just a dumb one.’

The girl replied to one of her attackers: ‘How would you feel knowing you basically got raped. Knowing people are seeing your pictures, tell me who all saw these pictures? It’s humiliating I feel exposed.’

The boys are due to be sentenced later this month.

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Payback: Man Takes Out Former Tompkinsville Kentucky Chief Of Police Decades After Being Arrested

August 30, 2012

TOMPKINSVILLE, KENTUCKY – We are told the murder of Herbert Proffitt yesterday afternoon was a case of revenge.

According to City Attorney and the appointed family spokesperson, Reed Moore, Jr., evidence was found on the scene yesterday relating to an arrest many years ago.

He was a man of many titles: sheriff, chief of police and a military officer, but most people in Tompkinsville called Herbert Proffitt, or “Sprocket”, a friend.

Several current public officials looked up to him as children.

“He would be directing traffic that would just make my day for him to see me on that bus, you know, and wave at me. I guess that’s kind of what got me to wanting to be a police officer,” says Tompkinsville Chief of Police Dale Ford.

“He was always a pleasure. Everybody smiled when sprocket walked into the room. He had a knack for being positive. You can’t be in public service that long without being nice to everybody,” says City Attorney Reed Moore, Jr.

Proffitt’s son, Jeff, is the current Mayor of Tompkinsville, and Moore says they’re best friends.

“They lost a good man, the community did yesterday,” Monroe County Sheriff Roger Barlow says.

A 50-year veteran of Tompkinsville and Monroe County Law Enforcement, “Sprocket” would often run into the same people throughout town, including those he had to put in jail.

“It is my understanding that during that tenure as sheriff that he arrested the defendant that is charged with “sprocket’s” murder for a domestic situation, and he wound up in the penitentiary as a result,” Moore says.

The early 70’s were the first time “Sprocket” arrested Charles Hammer.

Fast-forward 30 years, in 2001, “Sprocket” arrested Hammer again for wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun.

According to Moore, evidence was found on the scene yesterday explaining the murder was revenge.

“When they went to arrest the defendant yesterday after “Sprocket’s” murder that he had evidence if not one, but both of the citations, I believe of his personal belongings that they found when they went down there,” he says

Hammer was released from those charges and was later arrested in 2002 for harassment and disorderly conduct.

Moore says it wasn’t because Hammer wasn’t guilty.

“It’s a shame though right now with the judicial system and the budget the way it is people will be convicted in trial and the court will have to turn them out because there’s no room to keep them incarcerated,” Moore says.

Hammer has been charged with murder, and is currently in the Monroe County Jail.

Funeral arrangements for Herbert Proffitt have not been confirmed yet, but we’ll keep you updated as the information comes available.

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Tax Dollars Pissed Away As Kentucky Supreme Court Tells Atheists To Pound Dirt – State Can Continue To Thank God For Its Homeland Security

August 21, 2012

KENTUCKY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a state law mandating that the commonwealth give credit to Almighty God for its homeland security.

The top court issued a brief order dated last week denying a petition to review the case. Several citizens represented by the group American Atheists had challenged the law.

By declining to take the case, the Supreme Court lets stand a 2011 split decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals upholding the mandate.

At issue were two related laws passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The first was a 2002 “legislative finding” saying the “safety and security of the commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”

The second was a 2006 act creating the state’s Office of Homeland Security and requiring its executive director to publicize “dependence on Almighty God” in agency training and educational materials and through a plaque at the entrance to its emergency operations center. The office has done so in years since.

The plaintiffs sued in 2008, saying the laws violated constitutional bans on state-sponsored religion. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate agreed, ruling that the state had “created an official government position on God.”

But in a 2-1 decision, the Court of Appeals reversed that decision and upheld the law, saying it “merely pays lip service to a commonly held belief in the puissance (power) of God” and does not advance religion.

Edwin Kagin, national legal director for American Atheists, said he was disappointed with the Supreme Court decision not to review the case. He said he would discuss options with his clients, which include letting the matter drop or bringing a challenge in the federal court system.

“What’s really frightening about this is it’s increasingly clear that these people (proponents of such legislation) want to establish the Christian religion, and they’re getting more and more blatant about it all the time,” he said.

When the case came before the Court of Appeals, virtually every state legislator, the attorney general and the governor had weighed in with briefs in favor of the law.

In last year’s Court of Appeals ruling, Senior Judge Ann O’Malley Shake was the sole dissenter. She said Wingate was correct in saying the legislation has an ‘impermissible effect of endorsing religion because it was enacted for a predominantly religious purpose and conveyed a message of mandatory religious belief.”

The Court of Appeals majority compared the case to that of an Ohio law, upheld by a federal appeals court in 2001, establishing a state motto, “With God, All Things Are Possible.” That ruling, the Kentucky appeals court said, harmonized with a long history of “all three government branches recognizing the role of religion in American life.”

But Shake said the Ohio motto is a “passive aphorism that places a duty upon no one,” while the Kentucky legislation requires the Homeland Security director to be “stressing to the public that dependence upon Almighty God is vital.”

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BROKE: 16 States Now Rationing Prescription Drugs For Medicaid Patients

July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Sixteen states have set a limit on the number of prescription drugs they will cover for Medicaid patients, according to Kaiser Health News.

Seven of those states, according to Kaiser Health News, have enacted or tightened those limits in just the last two years.

Medicaid is a federal program that is carried out in partnership with state governments. It forms an important element of President Barack Obama’s health-care plan because under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–AKA Obamcare–a larger number of people will be covered by Medicaid, as the income cap is raised for the program.

With both the expanded Medicaid program and the federal subsidy for health-care premiums that will be available to people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level, a larger percentage of the population will be wholly or partially dependent on the government for their health care under Obamacare than are now.

In Alabama, Medicaid patients are now limited to one brand-name drug, and HIV and psychiatric drugs are excluded.

Illinois has limited Medicaid patients to just four prescription drugs as a cost-cutting move, and patients who need more than four must get permission from the state.

Speaking on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Monday, Phil Galewitz, staff writer for Kaiser Health News, said the move “only hurts a limited number of patients.”

“Drugs make up a fair amount of costs for Medicaid. A lot of states have said a lot of drugs are available in generics where they cost less, so they see this sort of another move to push patients to take generics instead of brand,” Galewitz said.

“It only hurts a limited number of patients, ‘cause obviously it hurts patients who are taking multiple brand name drugs in the case of Alabama, Illinois. Some of the states are putting the limits on all drugs. It’s another place to cut. It doesn’t hurt everybody, but it could hurt some,” he added.

Galewitz said the move also puts doctors and patients in a “difficult position.”

“Some doctors I talked to would work with patients with asthma and diabetes, and sometimes it’s tricky to get the right drugs and the right dosage to figure out how to control some of this disease, and just when they get it right, now the state is telling them that, ‘Hey, you’re not going to get all this coverage. You may have to switch to a generic or find another way,’” he said.

Arkansas, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia have all placed caps on the number of prescription drugs Medicaid patients can get.

“Some people say it’s a matter of you know states are throwing things up against the wall to see what might work, so states have tried, they’ve also tried formularies where they’ll pick certain brand name drugs over other drugs. So states try a whole lot of different things. They’re trying different ways of paying providers to try to maybe slow the costs down,” Galewitz said.

“So it seems like Medicaid’s sort of been one big experiment over the last number of years for states to try to control costs, and it’s an ongoing battle, and I think drugs is just now one of the … latest issues. And it’s a relatively recent thing, only in the last 10 years have we really seen states put these limits on monthly drugs,” he added.

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Former New Albany Indiana Police Officer Charles Bowman Arrested And Charged With Child Abuse And Neglect – Girlfriend’s 2 Year Old Had Skull Fracture, Bruises Everywhere, And A Black Eye

July 25, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – A former New Albany, Ind. police officer has been arrested and charged with child abuse in Bullitt County, Ky.

Earlier this month, police arrested Charles Bowman. Police say he physically abused his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

“He was charged with child neglect and abuse. The mother was also charged with the same thing,” said Lt. Scotty McGaha, with the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. McGaha described some of the child’s injuries. McGaha said, “The child had a skull fracture, had bruising, had a black eye, had bruising throughout the body.”

And police got involved after an employee at the child’s daycare noticed bruises and contacted child protective services.

“We have a check system in place for every child that enters our center,” said Lettisha Coleman, Director of Today’s Kids in Shephardsville. Coleman made the call to child protective services. She can’t comment on the case, but said they keep a daily journal for every child and that helps spot signs of abuse.

“We are trained to spot the abuse and know where things and places that aren’t suppose to be bruised,” said Coleman.

Meanwhile, police say medical experts have confirmed this was no accident.

The 2-year-old child is expected to make a full recovery. He has also been removed from the home and placed with relatives.

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Louisville Kentucky Police Officer Joseph Pence Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Drunk Driving And Striking Another Driver

July 24, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – A Louisville Metro Police officer was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving drunk and striking another driver with his personal vehicle after a confrontation.

Officer Joseph Pence was charged with assault, wanton endangerment and drunken driving. He had glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, according to the arrest report. Pence’s girlfriend told police he had been drinking, the report said.

He was released from Metro Corrections on Sunday on his own recognizance and will be arraigned Wednesday. Pence said in a telephone conversation that he was “not allowed” to comment on the case.

Pence, who has been with the department for about three years, has been placed on administrative leave and reassigned to desk duties, according to Dwight Mitchell, a police spokesman. His police powers have been limited pending the outcome of the investigation and court proceedings.

Pence was off duty when he got into a confrontation with some people at Bardstown Road and Peabody Lane, according to Mitchell.

The man who was struck, Jason Taylor, complained of hip and rib pain but his status is not known.

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Bowling Green Kentucky Ordinance Would Criminalize Eating, Changing Radio Station, Or Looking Out Side Windows While Driving

July 23, 2012

BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – Banning texting while driving is one issue, but what about outlawing “distracted driving” as a whole? That’s the burning question the Bowling Green City Council faces as they introduced new distracted driving legislation to the community on Tuesday night.

According to The BG News, the ordinance would ban any type of distraction that takes the driver’s attention away from the road. While some residents expressed concern that this vague definition would violate their rights, personal injury attorney Mike D. Bell says the heart of the ordinance is in everyone’s best interest.

“I understand the intent behind the law and it’s great that the legislature is taking advantage of this opportunity to come out to stop distracted driving,” Bell said. “As I understand this proposed law, if there’s a failure to maintain full time and attention by the driver, they can be cited with a $25 ticket plus court costs–no points on the license–and it’s for any driver.”

Bell says the proposed law is different from the state texting legislation coming into effect at the end of August, which will ban minor drivers from using any handheld device in a vehicle and adult drivers from texting. Bowling Green’s law, if passed, would penalize distracted driving of all forms, which could include eating, changing the radio station and gazing out a side window.

“Texting and driving and handheld devices and Bluetooth are all convenient, but when they’re used in the car, they could be incredibly dangerous and we all know that,” Bell said. “Bowling Green City Council believes that this legislation is necessary for them.”

The council will hold two more meetings to discuss the ordinance with the public before they cast their votes.

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Kentucky Girl Who Was Raped While Unconscious Faces Jail After Publicly Naming Her Attackers – After Douchebag Judge Dee McDonald Gave Attackers A Slap On The Wrist Plea Deal And Ordered Her To Shut-Up About Incident/Deal – “I’m Not Protecting Anyone That Made My Life A Living Hell.”

July 22, 2012

KENTUCKY – A Kentucky girl who was sexually assaulted now faces jail time for talking about it publicly.

Savannah Dietrich, 17, could be locked up on contempt-of-court charges for tweeting the names of her attackers after they allegedly got a sweetheart plea bargain, according to a published report.

Dietrich, who was molested while passed out at a party by the sick creeps, told the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper that she was outraged because the boys were given a deal that she thinks is “very, very light.”

The judge in the case had further protected the sex fiends by placing a gag order that barred Dietrich from talking about what happened to her.

“I was crying as she [the judge] was reading that,” Dietrich said. “They got off very easy . . . and they tell me to be quiet, just silencing me at the end.”

But she tweeted her attackers’ names anyway, and now faces time behind bars for violating the order.

“There you go, lock me up,” tweeted Dietrich, who agreed that her name be made public although she is a sex-crime victim. “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell.”

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Sexual Assault Victim Faces Criminal Record And Jail After Publicly Naming Her Attackers – Scumbag Louisville Kentucky Judge Dee McDonald Gave Her Attackers A Tiny Slap On The Wrist And Ordered Her To STFU After Being Raped And Photographed While Unconscious

July 21, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — A 17-year-old Kentucky girl who was upset by the plea deal reached by a pair of teenagers who sexually assaulted her is now facing a contempt charge for tweeting their names in violation of a court order.

The Associated Press does not normally report the names of sexual assault victims, but Dietrich and her parents say they do not want to shield her identity and want her case to be public.

The boys’ attorneys have asked a judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing and the judge’s order not to speak about it.

Dietrich told the paper she was assaulted in August 2011 by two boys she knew when she passed out after drinking at a gathering. She learned months later that pictures of the assault were taken and shared with others.

“For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn’t go out in public places,” she told the newspaper, as her father and attorneys sat nearby. “You just sit there and wonder, who saw (the pictures), who knows?”

Dietrich’s attorneys want her contempt hearing open to the media, arguing she has a First Amendment right to speak about her case and to a public hearing.

The boys’ attorneys, however, have asked to keep the hearing closed.

The contempt charge carries a possible sentence of 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The boys pleaded guilty on June 26 to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism. Dietrich says she was unaware of a plea agreement until just before it was announced in court.

She could not say what the proposed punishment was because of the court order, but said she feels like it was a slap on the wrist.

The teens are to be sentenced next month, and the judge could reject or modify the terms of the proposed agreement.

When Judge Dee McDonald admonished everyone at the hearing not to speak about what happened in court or about the crime, Dietrich said she cried.

“They got off very easy … and they tell me to be quiet, just silencing me at the end,” she said.

Afterwards Dietrich tweeted, “They said I can’t talk about it or I’ll be locked up. ….Protect rapist is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville.”

David Marburger, an Ohio media law specialist, said Dietrich should have tried to get the courts to vacate the gag order rather than simply violating it.

But Gregg Leslie, interim executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said Dietrich should “not be legally barred from talking about what happened to her. That’s a wide-ranging restraint on speech.”

Leslie said this sort of issue is becoming more common.

“In the past, people would complain to anyone who would listen, but they didn’t have a way to publish their comments where there would be a permanent record, like on Facebook and Twitter, for people to see worldwide,” he said.

Dietrich said she just needed to stand up for herself. “I’m at the point that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it.”

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Louisville Kentucky TSA Agents Make Fun Of Deaf Travelers – Steal And Eat Candy Purchased At Airport

July 14, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – A group of students leaving the annual conference of the National Association of the Deaf in Louisville had a rather awful experience courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration in that city’s airport. One of the travelers wrote about it on his blog:

It was a very public week-long event downtown, make no bones about it. As such, the shirt very clearly identified me as deaf.

While I was going through the TSA, some of them started laughing in my direction. I thought it might’ve been someone behind me, but I found out otherwise.

They went through my bag (for no reason), and found a couple bags of candy I brought. I was told I wasn’t allowed to fly with that (wtf? I’ve flown with food before — these were even sealed still because I brought them right in the airport). I was then asked if I would like to donate the candy “To the USO”. Since I know the airport there has an Air National Guard base, and I figured it would go to the soldiers, I (annoyed) said sure, why not?

The guards, as I was getting scanned, started eating the candy they just told me was for the soldiers. In front of me, still laughing at me (very clearly now). One of them asked why they were laughing, and one of them came up to me, pointed at my shirt, laughed at me and said, “Fucking deafie”. The Louisville TSA called me a “fucking deafie” and laughed at me because I was deaf, and they expected wouldn’t say anything back (or wouldn’t hear them). Make no bones about it — she was facing me and I read her lips. There was no mistake. I would later find out that they had called at least 4 other individuals the same thing.

H/T BoingBoing

UPDATE: Teaandtheatre (the Tumblr account of the above complainant) is down. A commenter at Boing Boing says that the author “is concerned for negative consequences for himself and other people with disabilities. He was venting primarily to other people with disabilities. This post has gone way past what he wants.”

So if you click through, and the Tumblr page is down, that’s why. We’ll update as soon as TSA responds.

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Knott County Kentucky Police Officer Nelson Reynolds “Family Emergency” Required Unauthorized Trip In Patrol Vehicle To Tennessee Hobby Lobby – Bonus: Photographed Parked In A Handicapped Space

July 11, 2012

KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY – Knott County Police Department vehicle is spotted in another state parked in a handicapped spot.

Someone snapped a picture of the county-owned Tahoe that is now posted on Facebook.

It’s causing some controversy, but Knott County officials are not making any excuses.

“We’re not condoning what he done. He was wrong, he did not have authorization to drive the vehicle, and he knows he done wrong. And it was just a poor decision,” said Greg Mullins, Director of Knott County Homeland Security.

He says it was a family emergency that caused Officer Nelson Reynolds to make the decision to drive a county vehicle to Kingsport, Tennessee.

He also says Officer Reynolds had a handicapped person in the car with him.

Mullins says county vehicles can not be taken across county lines without supervisor authorization, but Officer Reynolds did not do that.

“I think it’s a waste. A lot of the other things they have complained about, they complained about the cost of a wet dry election, and yet they are still wasting money on other stuff,” said Knott County resident Ezalee Pigman.

Mullins says Officer Reynolds did turn in a personal gas receipt from the trip, but he will still be required to pay the county back for the mileage and he will also be suspended three days without pay.

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Suspended Princeton Kentucky Police Officer Abigal Tucker Indicted For Tampering With Public Records And Abuse Of Public Trust

June 23, 2012

CALDWELL, KENTUCKY – A grand jury has indicted a local woman well known for wearing several hats in her community. She’s a Princeton Police Officer, County Animal Control Director and founder of a local shelter.
On Friday morning the Caldwell County Grand Jury indicted Abigail Tucker on one count of Abuse of Public Trust and one count of Tampering with Public Records.

Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey said the indictments are in direct connection to Tucker’s time running the Caldwell County Animal Shelter from 2007 to 2010.

“Included in that count there are several acts by Ms. Tucker which involve improper accounting of monies given to her as donations, failure to make proper dispositions and accounting of property that she had possession of as the animal control officer here in Caldwell County. Improperly inducing donations to the animal shelter,” Ovey said.

As for the indictment of Tampering with Public Records, Ovey added, “She, being in charge of the employees’ time records – county employees that worked at the shelter, submitted false pay vouchers.”

People who support Tucker are shocked by the investigation and the indictments.

“Everyone knows that she’s such an honest person, hardworking person, I don’t understand it at all,” Kathi Thompson said. “It’s like a witch hunt to have taken and destroyed her life like this just, it just makes me sick.”

Commonwealth Attorney Ovey wouldn’t elaborate on details of the investigation or the indictments, but says Tucker committed the acts while serving as a Princeton Police Officer and as an Animal Control Officer.

Meanwhile, Thompson is not only a Tucker supporter, she’s also a former treasurer for the animal shelter.

“I think it’s bogus,” Thompson said. “There’s no way that she can be charged with the improper handling of money. She didn’t even handle the money!”

Both the County Judge Executive and the Princeton Police Chief said Tucker is currently suspended. Tucker will appear for an arraignment in the case in August.

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Former Fayette County Kentucky Deputy Constable Dannie Ray Pendygraft Spent Weekend In Jail After Slap On The Wrist For Swapping Sex From Prostitutes In Exchange For Rent

June 11, 2012

FAYETTE COUNTY, KENTUCKY – A former Fayette County deputy constable was released from the Fayette County Detention Center on Sunday night after serving a weekend jail sentence in a case in which he pleaded guilty to official misconduct and promoting prostitution.

Dannie Ray Pendygraft, 58, who had been a constable for about two years, accepted sexual favors from prostitutes in exchange for rent, police charged.

He was indicted by a Fayette County grand jury on March 21.

Pendygraft pleaded guilty in April to one count of promoting prostitution of two or more prostitutes, a felony, and one count of official misconduct, a misdemeanor. A charge of permitting prostitution was dismissed.

Pendygraft, who had served as a deputy under Joyce Clater, constable for the 1st District, was suspended by Clater several days after his arrest. He was terminated after pleading guilty, Clater said Monday night.

Last month, Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell sentenced Pendygraft to three years’ probation in lieu of one year in prison on each charge, which would have run concurrently.

Among the terms of his probation was that Pendygraft serve three days in jail in addition to the one he had served. He also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service each year and submit to random drug tests at his own expense.

He is prohibited from having firearms or weapons other than a pocket knife.

Clater said that since Pendygraft no longer will be able to carry a gun because of his felony conviction, “he can never work in this business again.”

Fayette County’s three elected constables serve papers notifying people to appear in court. They may appoint deputies to help with the job.

Pendygraft recently took a position with Scott Archery in Clay City, according to letters of support from his employers that were filed in his criminal case.

Police said in court documents that Pendygraft traded rent for sexual favors from two prostitutes who lived at his property on Maple Avenue and a woman who lived in an apartment on North Upper Street.

The prostitutes told police that when they got behind in their rent, Pendygraft gave them extra time to pay if they would perform oral sex on him, according to criminal complaints filed in court.

He also encouraged them to “turn tricks” to earn rent money, the documents stated. He evicted one of the women in August, court records show.

The woman who lived in the Upper Street apartment told police Dec. 22 that Pendygraft gave her “the choice of having sex with him or be evicted.” Over a two-year period, that woman “had a multitude of sexual encounters with Mr. Pendygraft in order to not be evicted from her apartment,” the criminal complaint stated.

All three women said Pendygraft always had his constable badge and holstered gun visible.

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Former LaRue County Kentucky Deputy Sheriff Joshua Matthew Darst Arrested For Stealing Motorcycle While Employed By Department

April 19, 2012

ELIZABETHTOWN, KENTUCKY – A former LaRue County deputy sheriff was arrested Wednesday and accused of stealing a motorcycle.

Joshua Matthew Darst, 31, of Clarkson, KY recovered a stolen motorcycle and kept it for himself, according to Kentucky State Police, who began their investigation in March. Detectives said Darst altered the motorcycle’s appearance in an attempt to keep the owner from identifying it. The alleged offenses happened while Darst was employed as a LaRue County deputy sheriff.

Darst is charged with theft by unlawful taking, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct. He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.

Darst was a six-year veteran of the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul Detained By TSA Agents In Nashville, Tennessee – Candidate Ron Paul’s Son

January 23, 2012

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s press secretary Moira Bagley tweeted on Monday that Transportation Security Administration officials were detaining her boss in Nashville, Tenn.

“Just got a call from @senrandpaul,” Bagley tweeted at about 10 a.m. on Monday. “He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”

Texas Congressman and current Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul – Sen. Rand Paul’s father – placed a post on Facebook about the news as well. “My son Rand is currently being detained by the TSA at the Nashville Airport,” Ron Paul posted. “I’ll share more details as the situation unfolds.”

Ron Paul adds, via Twitter, that the TSA detained his son “for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner.”

Sen. Rand Paul’s Facebook page has a post about the incident too. “Senator Paul is being detained at the Nashville Airport by the TSA,” Sen. Rand Paul’s Facebook post reads. “We will update you as the situation develops.”

Sen. Rand Paul’s chief of staff Doug Stafford told The Daily Caller the Senator “was detained by the TSA after their scanner had an ‘anomaly’ on the first scan.”

“He offered to go through again,” Stafford said in an email. “The TSA said he could only have a full body pat down. He would not consent to it. He offered to go through the scanner again. The situation is ongoing.”

Sen. Rand Paul has previously referred to the TSA’s use of full body pat downs as the “universality of insult,” and he called on the agency to end the tactic.

“I think you ought to get rid of the random pat-downs,” Sen. Rand Paul said in June 2011. “The American public is unhappy with them, they’re unhappy with the invasiveness of them.”

Spokespeople for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, have not returned requests for comment.

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Louisville Kentucky Police File Charges Against Dead Man

January 6, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Louisville Metro Police are filing charges against a dead man. Last month, police say two officers were hurt when Norman Smith opened fire on them near the intersection of 10th Street and Jefferson Street.

Police say Smith later committed suicide and he was found in his car. WDRB News has learned that police have posthumously charged Smith with four counts of attempted murder and four counts of criminal mischief.

Officers responded to calls on December 20th of shots fired around 12:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of west Jefferson. When officers arrived, they got behind a white SUV suspected in the incident.

“He shot at our officers, and he got back in his vehicle and took off and we went after him. When he shot at our officers is when we had all the glass explosion. I think it was a shot gun if I am not mistaken that did most of the damage,” Ishmon Burks, the interim LMPD Police Chief, said at the time.

Police say Smith led them on a chase to an alley in the 1800 block of Nelligan Alley, located in the Portland area. Authorities say more shots were fired.

“We heard a bunch of cops come down. I heard brakes lock up behind that building over there. Seen him get out of the truck shooting,” said witness Charles Sanislow.

Two officers were injured. A bullet grazed one officer’s face. Another officer suffered injuries from shattered glass.

Smith had just been released from prison in November.

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FBI Agent Fred Kingston And Federal Prosecutor Get Away With Crashing Rare $750,000 Ferrari F50 During Joyride

October 12, 2011

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the wreck of a $750,000 Ferrari driven by an FBI agent, saying federal law grants immunity if property is being held by law enforcement.

The wreck of the rare 1995 F50 sports car was “certainly unfortunate,” but the government cannot be sued in such a case, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said.

Motors Insurance, based in Southfield, Mich., believes an FBI agent and a prosecutor were out for a joyride when the agent lost control of the Ferrari in a Lexington, Ky., industrial park in 2009. The government has refused to pay for the car.

The car was stolen in Rosemont, Pa., in 2003, eventually recovered and then kept by the FBI in Kentucky as part of an investigation. The government has declined to reveal much about the incident. But in an email that was released to the insurance company, Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson said he was invited for a “short ride” before the Ferrari was to be moved from an impound garage.

The driver, FBI agent Fred Kingston, lost control and the car hit bushes and a small tree, Thompson said.

The insurance company claimed the Ferrari was not actually in custody because the insurer had granted permission for the government to hold the car. The judge disagreed.

“The government’s purpose in holding the vehicle was not to create a status of either consent or punitive coercion. … Rather, the object was to control and preserve relevant evidence,” Cohn said in an 11-page decision on Sept. 27.

The insurance company’s attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.

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8 Amish Men Jailed For Not Displaying SMV Signs On Horse Drawn Buggies

September 13, 2011

GRAVES COUNTY, KENTUCKY – Eight members of a traditional Amish sect were behind bars on Tuesday after refusing to pay fines for failure to display orange-red safety triangles on their horse-drawn buggies.

The eight were being held in the Graves County Jail, serving sentences ranging between three and 10 days for failing to pay the fines on religious grounds.

Graves District Judge Deborah Hawkins ordered the men jailed Monday in Mayfield, about 200 miles from Louisville in western Kentucky. The defendants contend that paying the fines would amount to complying with a law that violates their religious restrictions against wearing or displaying bright colors or relying upon man-made symbols for their safety.

Graves County Jailer Randy Haley said Tuesday that the men brought Bibles with them when they reported to jail late Monday night and were given dark-colored jumpsuits and sandals to wear instead of the standard orange coveralls. All were placed together in a large holding cell, Haley said.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals denied an appeal of the men’s misdemeanor convictions in June. The case has been appealed to the state Supreme Court, which has not ruled on whether it will hear the case.

Dozens of Amish people and supporters were on hand as Hawkins handed down the sentences, which varied depending on the amount of unpaid fines and court costs. A ninth defendant was ordered to jail initially but the sentence was lifted when a friend paid so the man could care for an ailing son who has cerebral palsy.

All of the defendants are members of a traditional Amish group known as the Old Order of Swartzentruber. Other Amish groups in Kentucky do comply with the requirements to display the safety signs on the rear of their buggies.

“We’re certainly disappointed that the judge chose to go forward,” the men’s lawyer, William Sharp, said in an interview Tuesday. “… We thought it was unnecessary to do so until the cases had been conclusively resolved one way or another by the Kentucky Supreme Court.”

Sharp, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union in Louisville, said he filed the appeal with the Supreme Court on June 30. Explaining her decision to go forward with the sentencing, Hawkins said she had 44 cases involving the same charge on her docket Monday.

“It’s time we move forward,” she said.

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A Terrorist On Every Corner: Kentucky Office Of Homeland Security Releases Terror Reporting iPhone Application

April 14, 2011

KENTUCKY – Kentucky isn’t the first place you’d expect to see suspicious behavior, but instances of domestic terrorism such as the Oklahoma City bombing are a reminder that criminal activities aren’t confined to high-profile cities.

With vigilance in mind, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) recently released an iPhone app that mirrors the “Eyes and Ears on Kentucky” website for reporting “suspicious activity.”

The free app is designed to allow citizens to send tips to the KOHS — anonymously if they wish — on any activity that may be linked to a terrorist act.

“Instead of having to wait until they got home to the desktop computer or laptop computer in accessing our website and then linking to the reporting portal, they could bring up that app on their iPhone and basically enter the same information while they’re standing there watching the activity or looking at whatever it is they might see,” said Shelby Lawson, the KOHS’ deputy executive director of operations and prevention.

Examples of activity that could be reported to either the portal or the app include seeing someone showing an unusual interest in a building’s security system — asking several questions about how security’s accomplished and how many people are involved in the facility’s security. Suspicious activity may also include someone sketching the location, using GPS to get a facility’s coordinates, or having “just more than the casual curiosity that tourists or sightseers would take in,” Lawson said.

Citizens can also report the presence of suspicious items or objects.

When a report is submitted through the app or portal, a KOHS analyst reviews the submitted information and other relevant data to determine if there’s a pattern, repeated reports in the same location, or similar reports in similar locations. If the activity is thought to be related to terrorism, the information is then forwarded to the Joint Terrorism Task Force at the FBI. Reports have already been submitted to the KOHS since the app’s launch, but Lawson said because the app is free, the KOHS has received some innocuous information from users who are attempting to pull pranks.

The KOHS worked with a team from Kentucky.gov — Kentucky’s official website — to launch the Eyes and Ears on Kentucky Web portal and app. Funding for the portal was supplied by a $10,000 state homeland security grant; the app was built for free.

Kentucky isn’t the first government to launch an app for reporting suspicious activity. In 2010, Dallas launched a smartphone app called “iWatch Dallas” for citizens to report crimes as well as suspicious behavior that could possibly be linked to terrorism.

Not everyone feels suspicious activity reporting is effective. A 2010 report from the American Civil Liberties Union claims that suspicious activity reporting (SAR) programs can lead to submissions of many common activities, such as a person who looks through binoculars, takes pictures or draws diagrams. “SAR programs increase the probability that innocent people will be stopped by police and have their personal information collected for inclusion in law enforcement and intelligence databases,” the ACLU report said.

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Suspended Louisville Kentucky Police Officer Sgt. Jeffrey Wheeler Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving

April 9, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – A Louisville Metro Police officer who was suspended after being arrested for drunk driving Sunday has lost his license for a month after pleading guilty Friday.

Sgt. Jeffrey Wheeler, 42, entered a guilty plea to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, first offense. His attorney, Brian Butler, entered the plea on Wheeler’s behalf Friday. A charge of reckless driving was dropped.

Wheeler was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 26 of which were conditionally discharged. Wheeler will serve three days on home incarceration and was given credit for one day he spent in jail.

Wheeler also agreed to pay court costs and fines and will lose his license for 30 days, court records show. He will also be required to attend an alcohol education program.

Butler said his client wanted to respond quickly to the charges against him and opted to plead guilty.

“He is one of the best police officers I’ve ever worked with,” said Butler, who used to be a prosecutor on homicide cases. “I think this will be a blip on the radar.”

Wheeler remains on paid administrative leave with his police powers suspended.

The police department’s professional standards unit is now investigating his arrest to determine if he violated any department policies.

Wheeler, who has been on the department since 1996, was arrested about 2:45 a.m. Sunday after an officer in the 6th Division witnessed the car Wheeler was driving weaving and nearly striking parked cars on Peabody Lane.

Wheeler was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. His blood alcohol level registered at 0.205, more than twice the legal limit.

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Veteran Louisville Kentucky Police Officer Sgt. Jeffrey Wheeler Arrested, Charged With Drunk Driving – Twice State Limit And Couldn’t Remember Alphabet

April 6, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – A Louisville Metro Police traffic officer was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence.

Sgt. Jeffrey Wheeler, 42, was charged after failing a field sobriety test and registering a blood alcohol level of .205, more than twice the legal limit, police said. He also was charged with reckless driving.

About 2:45 a.m., a 6th Division officer saw a vehicle nearly strike some other vehicles as it was weaving on Peabody Lane. The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle at Goldsmith Lane and Bardstown Road, but Wheeler drove through the red light and pulled into the Thorntons gas station parking lot, according to his arrest citation.

Wheeler was given a field sobriety test, where he could not recite past E in the alphabet, could not stand steady on one leg and failed a finger count test, the report said.

Wheeler was off-duty at the time of his arrest and driving a personal vehicle, said Deputy Police Chief Vince Robison.

“We’re very disappointed by this arrest,” Robison said. “It’s not acceptable behavior.”

Robison said Wheeler has been placed on paid administrative leave and restricted to desk duty while his police powers have been suspended.

The department’s Public Integrity Unit, which investigates criminal behavior by officers, will monitor the case as it goes through court. Then the investigation will be turned over to the Professional Standards Unit for review of policy violations.

Wheeler has been a police officer since November 1996. His personnel file showed no disciplinary actions and 18 letters of commendation.

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University Of Kentucky Police Throw Resources At Investigating Racist Obama Signs

March 25, 2011

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – Campus police at the University of Kentucky are investigating two incidents in which a sign was hung that used a racial slur to refer to President Barack Obama.

Police spokesman Jay Blanton says a professor found the first one on March 15 hanging on a door to the UK School of Law and turned it in.

A law student found another sign Thursday on a bus shelter.

Blanton says campus police could charge whoever posted the signs with third-degree criminal mischief. He says it’s not clear whether anyone from the school is involved, but campus police are investigating because the first sign was on university property.

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Laurel County Kentucky Deputy Jailer Jack Moore Arrested, Charged With Giving An Inmate Tobacco In Exchange For Sex With His Girlfriend

March 23, 2011

LAUREL COUNTY, KENTUCKY – A deputy jailer found himself on the wrong side of the law Tuesday. Police arrested Laurel County Deputy Jailer Jack Moore, after investigators say he gave tobacco to an inmate, in exchange for sex with the inmate’s girlfriend.

Authorities say Moore has been working at the Laurel County Detention Center for almost three years.

Police arrested him on a single charge of giving contraband to an inmate, but investigators believe he could be behind more cases as well.

“This is a tobacco free facility,” Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley said, “through our investigation and our intelligence, we also believe that this has been a prolonged activity for several months, maybe even years.”

Mosley says investigators used an inside informant to pin Moore to the crime, along with some recorded calls.

Investigators say there is one more charge pending against Moore.

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Out Of Control Richmond Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Outlawing Electronic Cigarettes

March 5, 2011

RICHMOND, KENTUCKY – A central Kentucky city is mulling a proposal to take its smoking ban a step further by prohibiting electronic cigarettes.

The proposal by the Madison County Board of Health has drawn varied reactions, with some supporting the measure and some saying it goes too far.

Resident Bethany Gibb said the board should wait for conclusive evidence of harm before making a decision.

But board member Jack Taylor said during a public hearing last month that it is better to fall on the side of caution.

The health department’s Tobacco Program Coordinator told The Richmond Register that she could not find any research saying e-cigarettes were safe.

The Board of Health is scheduled to take a final vote on the proposal in April.

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SIX Fire Departments And DOZENS Of Police Officers And Boone County Kentucky Sheriff’s Deputies Show Up To Rescue A Dog

March 3, 2011

HEBRON, KENTUCKY – Dozens of police officers, firefighters and even a technical rescue team showed up to rescue a dog that had taken a 60-foot drop off a cliff Tuesday night.

“One minute he’s here, the next second he’s gone and I hear a yelp,” said Abby Hanger, who owns the 14-year-old dog named Jack.

The dog had gone over a cliff at her Hebron home.

“He rolled a lot. I could shine the light down and I could see the glow of his eyes and he was barking at me and I was so helpless,” Hanger said.

She just moved to the Tri-State and didn’t know whom she should call.

Her neighbor loaned her a flashlight and called 911.

“And then I wondered, will they come? I mean, if you call 911, will someone come rescue your dog? Do they do that?” Hanger said.

Apparently they do.

“And then all of a sudden the cavalry arrived, department after department. I was blown away,” Hanger said.

Six fire departments, Boone County Sheriff’s deputies and animal control were all at the scene. One firefighter even rappelled down the cliff to get Jack.

“A lot of people might think, is that a waste of resources? But there were no other emergencies going on in Hebron at the time, and we had the time to spare to facilitate the rescue,” said Mike Fronimos, with the Hebron Fire Department.

“Anybody who gripes about their taxes or the taxes going up, look at what they do for a dog, imagine what they do for your family,” Hanger said.

On Wednesday night, Jack was on an intravenous drip, but Hanger was hopeful he’d make a full recovery.

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Louisville Kentucky Police Piss Away Tax Dollars Deploying Nearly 300 Officers To Watch Single Street For Cruisers

May 3, 2009

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Police will continue to keep their eye on Broadway Saturday night for cruisers; nearly 300 officers will be patrolling that area.

Last night, there were arrests, but police say compared to years past problems were minimal.

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Louisville Kentucky Police Piss Away Tax Dollars Deploying Nearly 300 Officers To Watch Single Street For Cruisers

May 3, 2009

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Police will continue to keep their eye on Broadway Saturday night for cruisers; nearly 300 officers will be patrolling that area.

Last night, there were arrests, but police say compared to years past problems were minimal.

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