Dawson Springs

A former United States Postal Service Employee has been sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months of house arrest for destroying, hiding and delaying the delivery of at least 44,900 pieces of mail.

U.S. Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley also ordered 34-year-old William "Brent" Morse of Dawson Springs, Kentucky to pay $14,808.01 for losses suffered by residents and a local bank and for losses to two businesses which attempted to mail commercial circulars.

Morse admitted from March 2011 until March 30, 2013 he destroyed at least 1,000 pieces of mail and stored at least 44,900 pieces of mail at his deceased mother's home and at rented storage facilities in Dawson Springs.

The majority of the mail was meant for Dawson Springs. The recovered mail has since been delivered.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is working with law enforcement agencies across Kentucky to kick off a new campaign aimed at getting impaired drivers off the road.  That campaign, which involves police at the statewide and local levels, will officially start August 17th and run through the end of the Labor Day weekend. Officials say drunk drivers will be targeted, as well as drivers who are impaired by drug abuse.