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Regional
7:27 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Meth Bust Nabs Dozens In Seven Area Counties

A meth lab bust in Barren County, Kentucky
Credit Barren-Edmonston Drug Task Force

Kentucky State Police say they've busted a large scale methamphetamine drug syndicate in south-central Kentucky. Twenty eight people are charged with engaging in organized crime.

They were arrested after a three year investigation into drug trafficking in counties that include Allen, Warren, Barren, Metcalfe, Cumberland, Powell and Monroe.

The Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement unit led the investigation.

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Regional
5:23 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Richie Farmer Is Now Behind Bars

Credit Kentucky News Network

Family members confirm that former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer reported to federal prison Tuesday afternoon. Farmer is staying at a minimum security satellite camp next to a high security facility in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.

Farmer was allowed an extra week of freedom in order to watch his son play basketball in the boy's Sweet 16 Tournament. He is a former star player at the University of Kentucky.

Farmer pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges stemming from his time in office. He'll serve a 27 month sentence.

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Regional
5:27 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Woman Crashes Car Into Elizabethtown Kroger...Again

June Ann Blocker

An Elizabethtown woman is facing charges after police say she deliberately smashed her car into a Kroger store, and it's not the first time she's done it.

June Ann Blocker allegedly drove through the front door of the Dolphin Drive store Wednesday, injuring two people when she slammed into the checkout lane. She's charged with drunk driving, assault, criminal mischief and wanton endangerment. Police say Blocker was charged more than a decade ago with doing the exact same thing at another Elizabethtown Kroger. Friends say the incidents are related to a running vendetta she has with the company as a former employee.

Kroger isn't the only chain where Blocker has been blocked from entry. A court order demanded she stay away from all Hardin County Walmart stores and take her medication.

Regional
10:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown has Impact on Kentucky National Guard

Thirteen hundred Kentucky National Guard troops have been furloughed as a result of the federal government shutdown.  Major General Ed Tonini says the shutdown has "adversely impacted" the guard.  He believes the furloughed troops should be working and should be paid.

"It affects them personally and their families, and their ability to put food on the table," comments Tonini.  "Beyond that, they are continually training to do the work of the nation and the work of the commonwealth."

Weekend drills have been postponed, and the adjutant general had to cancel a planned trip to Guantanamo Bay to visit Kentucky guardsmen serving there.

Business
10:32 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Con Artists See Opportunity in Federal Health Care Law

Enrollment has just begun and there are already some scams related to the Affordable Care Act. 

Reanna Smith-Hamblin with the Better Business Bureau of Kentucky and Indiana says scammers love to prey on confusion over such complex things as the health care law, so her advice is to never give personal information to unsolicited callers.

“This people are after your personal, your identity, so be very careful about anyone that contacts you on the Affordable Care Act," advises Smith-Hamblin.

She adds that you can't even trust caller ID because of spoofing devices that make it look like scammers are calling from a particular place, when in fact, they are not.

Regional
11:17 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Hardin County Man Shot by KSP

A Hardin County man is in the hospital after being shot by a Kentucky State Police trooper around midnight Sunday. 

Trooper Jeff Gregory of the Elizabethtown post says troopers were called to Hodgenville Road for a  welfare check on Gerald Scheppa.

"Mr. Scheppa had apparently been making suicidal references to family members, so they were worried about him," explained Gregory.  "He had a large knife on him and ran into a wooded area when he saw the police pull in."

According to KSP, when officers approached Scheppa, he threw a knife at the officers, and that’s when Trooper Charlie Miller fired his gun.  Trooper Miller was not injured in the incident. 

Regional
10:17 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Two Kentucky State Police Troopers Fired, Could Face Criminal Charges

Two Kentucky State Police troopers have been fired following an investigation involving a teenage girl.  

A KSP spokesman confirmed Troopers Jerry Clanton and Stratford Young were terminated last Friday. The investigation was launched following accusations of inappropriate behavior involving a 15-year-old girl.

Both Clanton and Young were assigned to the Elizabethtown Post. Clanton was named Trooper of the year for the post in a ceremony held in May. 

Meade County officials say a grand jury will determine if any charges will be brought in the case.

Politics
1:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Laughs at Himself in National TV Debut

Credit Kentucky News Network

A Kentucky lawmaker says it wasn't so bad being mocked on national television.  Republican Senator Damon Thayer of Georgetown recently appeared in a segment on Comedy Central that poked fun of legislation he introduced in the General Assembly this year. 

The segment was called "Can't Touch This" about states trying to pass laws to counter-act federal laws, a procedure called nullification that's been ruled unconstitutional several times by the Supreme Court. 

Thayer told comedian Jason Jones about a bill the state Senate passed this year to say Kentucky won't go along with any new guns laws from Washington.

Thayer:  "There will be federal gun laws that actually take away what we believe is our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms."

Jones:  "Other than that premise being completely false (audience laughter), what kind of message did you send to those gun grabbers in Washington D.C.?"

Also appearing on "The Daily Show" segment was Larue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner discussing counties like his moving to nullify state laws. 

For Thayer's part, he says he doesn't take himself nearly as seriously as he did 15 or 20 years ago, so when asked to do the show, he said "why not."

The complete segment can be viewed here.

Regional
7:40 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Kentucky Firefighters Heading West to Battle Wildfires

A group of Kentucky firefighters is being sent to Utah to assist with wildfires burning in big timber and juniper grass.  Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say 21 firefighters will gather Wednesday in London for a briefing before heading west. 

The U.S. Forest Service notified the division Tuesday that assistance was needed.  The division has a cooperative agreement with the Forest Service to provide assistance during forest fire emergencies.

"We are glad to be able to help. I am sorry for the situation they find themselves in but happy that we are able to respond.” said Leah MacSwords, Director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

The last time the division sent crews out of state was 2011 when firefighters were sent to Georgia and Florida where catastrophic wildfires were burning. 

Politics
9:11 am
Tue July 16, 2013

With Fancy Farm On Tap in Just Over Two Weeks, Conway is First To Accept Invite

Credit Kentucky News Network

Updated at 9:55 a.m.: 

The Republican Party of Kentucky has confirmed that Senator Mitch McConnell will attend Fancy Farm. In a news release, McConnell challenged his most high-profile Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, to attend the event in western Kentucky as well.

Original post:

So far, the count of prominent speakers for the 133rd annual Fancy Farm Picnicon the 3rd of next month is...  one.  Organizers say the first statewide elected official to accept an invitation to speak is Attorney General Jack Conway.

The AG's expected by many to run for Governor in 2015, but has been a regular at the picnic in recent years anyway.  The event has historically been, since 1880, the place where Kentucky candidates kick off campaigns.

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