The state’s leading authority on juvenile justice says he would like to see status offenders kept out of incarceration facilities. A status offense is something a youth gets in legal trouble for, but an adult wouldn’t. Common status offenses are running away from home or skipping school.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold six public meetings to discuss the options and process for creating a new area code in all or part of western Kentucky. Area code 270 is projected to run out of available numbers by the first quarter of 2014.
A former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals will avoid jail time in pleading guilty to charges in the student-sex case against her. Sarah Jones admitted in court Monday to having sex with a 17-year-old student at the northern Kentucky school where she was a teacher. She pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and custodial interference.
A Florida physician will be scheduled to be arraigned this week in federal court in Kentucky for charges that she engaged in a conspiracy with two men to illegally distribute prescription narcotics in northeastern Kentucky.
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Kentucky Soldiers Preparing U.S. Exit from Afghanistan
A Kentucky man who spent about nine years in prison before being cleared in a deadly shooting and robbery has settled a civil rights lawsuit with the city of Louisville for $8.5 million. Edwin Arnell Chandler of Louisville had been convicted in the September 28, 1993 shooting death of 25-year-old Brenda Whitfield during a robbery at a Chevron Food Mart.
In his storied career as a federal judge and former director of the FBI and CIA, William Webster was guided partly by the great-grandfather he never knew who died on a Civil War battlefield. His ancestor, Union Col. George Penny Webster, was mortally wounded in savage fighting at the Battle of Perryville on Oct. 8, 1862, the biggest Civil War confrontation in Kentucky.
A newspaper in Barren County is continuing its fight for records of a jail investigation. The Glasgow Daily Times reports that its latest legal filing argues local officials willfully withheld the records and the county should pay the newspaper's legal fees.
Military prosecutors have dismissed charges of larceny and selling military property for the sale of body armor against a Fort Knox soldier. The charges against Staff Sgt. Hunter Perry were dismissed on Wednesday, according to a memorandum signed by the Army installation's commanding general Maj. Gen. Jefforey Smith, the same day that his court-martial was scheduled to begin.
Some Tennessee legislators are irate following revelations that state parole officials claimed they were supervising felons who later turned out to be dead. Two of those parole officers were not arrested after they were caught falsifying some of those dead felons’ files.