12:43 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Kentucky Judge to Decide Same-Sex Privilege Issue

A Kentucky judge is weighing whether a same-sex couple qualifies for the privilege of not testifying against a spouse in a slaying case in Louisville.

The question arose in the case of Bobbie Joe Clary. Clary is charged in the Oct. 29, 2011, murder and robbery of 64-year-old George Murphy, accused of fatally wounding Murphy with a blunt object in his Portland home.

Clary is claiming self-defense, saying that Murphy was raping her and she fought back by hitting him in the head with a hammer.

The Courier-Journal reports Clary and partner Geneva Case were legally married in Vermont in 2004. Kentucky doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

11:23 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Owensboro Named One of 20 All-American Cities

Smothers Park is part of the recent downtown renovation effort completed in Owensboro.

Owensboro has been tapped as an All-American City for the first time since 1952.

The National Civil League bestowed the honor on Owensboro on Sunday night in Denver. Twenty other cities were in the competition. Owensboro was one of nine to make the grade.

Mayor Ron Payne told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer the win should be a boost to economic development.

The other nine winners were Birmingham, Ala.; Peoria, Ill., Dunn, N.C.; Montrose, Colo.; Garner, N.C.; Norfolk, Va., Downey, Calif.; Thomasville, N.C.; and Dubuque.

Owensboro's application stressed three areas: downtown revitalization, the Mechanicsville Neighborhood Redevelopment project and storm water improvements.

9:33 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Services Set for Deceased Elizabethtown Mayor

Visitation for Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker begins Monday.  The mayor died of a massive heart attack last Friday morning at the age of 54.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Elizabethtown and again Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church with the funeral to follow.

Walker will be buried at Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.

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9:24 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Elizabethtown Mayor Dies Unexpectedly

City officials in Elizabethtown say Mayor Tim Walker died unexpectedly early this morning. 

Hardin Memorial Hospital issued the following statement: "It is with deep sadness that we inform the community of the passing of Mayor Timothy Walker this morning at 5:33 a.m. at Hardin Memorial Hospital. At this time, please keep the Walker family in your prayers. At the request of the family, please respect their privacy.”

Walker’s body is being transferred to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Walker was 54 years old.  Before being elected mayor in 2010, Walker was a former city firefighter, a city councilman, and businessman.

Check back later for updates to this story.

2:07 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

South Central Kentucky Residents Charged with Stealing Painkillers from Pharmacy

A former pharmacy worker and two other Allen County residents were indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green.  The trio is charged with conspiracy to distribute pain medicine that was stolen from a pharmacy by a former employee. 

According to the seven count federal indictment, 46-year-old Lynn Harper Denton, who worked at Stovall’s Pharmacy in Scottsville, conspired to sell more than $5,000 worth of stolen Hydrocodone. 

Also charged in the indictment are two other Allen County residents, 34-year-old Katherine Virginia Rookstool and 47-year-old Jeffrey Clay Stinson. 

If convicted at trial, each defendant faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.