A body found last month in Wayne County has been identified as a Pulaski County woman who apparently died in 2011. When sheriff's deputies approached her son to ask questions, he took out a gun and took his own life in front of them.
The body of 96-year-old Faye Whiteford of Science Hill was found during an investigation of her whereabouts. Her son, Jon Whiteford, had been cashing her Social Security checks and hadn't reported her death. Social Security itself called for an investigation of Ms. Whiteford's health after she hadn't filed any medical claims in three years, despite being 96.
The benefit checks being sent to her were still being cashed, however.
An autopsy revealed she'd died of natural causes years before the late April discovery of her remains. Her body was hidden and wrapped in a plastic tarp in the front yard of a home where Jon Whiteford was staying.
After years of complaints and calls for investigations from consumers, Kentucky's fluctuating gas prices are now being investigated in Washington. The Federal Trade Commission is looking into the state's single supply of gasoline, a monopoly by Marathon Oil.
Spokeswoman Alison Martin says Attorney General Jack Conway and Governor Beshear had a study done on the impact of artificially high prices on Kentucky consumers and have turned its data over to the FTC. The Commission originally declined to look into the situation but that changed with the appointment of a new chair, Edith Ramirez, earlier this year.
Martin says despite public outcry the last several years, the state's regular sudden price hikes don't qualify as actual "price gouging" that could be acted on during a statewide emergency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.