Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.
Farmer previously pleaded guilty to corruption charges for misappropriating government resources while in office. The sentence also requires Farmer to pay over $120,000 in restitution for abusing his power. Farmer’s attorney Guthrie True says he's disappointed in the ruling. He'd sought to have Farmer serve only 21 months.
“All that Richie’s done and accomplished in life is not wiped out by this, and I think people ought to remember that,” said True. “I mean, he served our state well in many respects as the commissioner of agriculture and, you know, he certainly served a lot of interests that are important to a lot of us, that give pride to our state, our basketball team, our university. And he’s accomplished a lot in life and he will accomplish more in life.”
Farmer is ordered to report to prison on March 18. After his sentence is served, he will be placed on one year’s probation. He expressed contrition as he left the courtroom.
“Obviously disappointed, but, you know, certainly I wanna say to the people of the state how sorry that I am and how much they’ve meant to me and thank them for all the understanding and, you know, you make bad decisions, poor judgments, and, you know, you own up to those mistakes and you move on,” said Farmer. And that’s what I would hope that people of the state would be willing to do.”
Farmer was a member of the UK men’s basketball team’s roster of star players known as “The Unforgettables.”
A jury has found a former central Kentucky teacher guilty on 19 of 29 charges involving a student.
The News-Enterprise reports 47-year-old Anthony Durrant, who used to teacher at J.T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove, did not convey any emotion Monday night as the verdict was read.
He was found guilty of using a minor in a sexual performance, using electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Jurors acquitted him of 10 other counts including sex abuse.
According to the newspaper, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crimes.
Prosecutor Teresa Logsdon said the case shows that prison sentences await those convicted of crimes against children.
Governor Beshear has announced a new contract to remake a major interchange along the Interstate-69 corridor in Hopkins County.
The latest phase of the project involves creating a cloverleaf interchange connecting I-69 with the Breathitt-Pennyrile parkway, south of Madisonville.
The $29 million contract was awarded to the Nashville-based Rogers Group, Inc., and Louisville-based Qk4 Inc., with a completion date set for May of 2015. Kentucky’s stretch of I-69 will eventually run north to south from Henderson to Fulton, in far western Kentucky.
Political and business leaders hope upgrading the existing roadway will boost jobs and economic activity along the I-69 corridor.
Completing the project will mean major upgrades to parts of the Pennyrile, Western Kentucky, and Purchase Parkways, which were not built to handle traffic merging into 70-mile-per hour roadways.
Kentucky investigators are looking into whether a recent murder in Pennsylvania could be connected with the May, 2013, murder of a Bardstown police officer.
The Courier-Journal reports a Kentucky State Police detective working the murder case of officer Jason Ellis has been in contact with Pennsylvania State Police regarding the shooting death of a man along I-81 in southern Pennsylvania.
Twenty-eight-year-old Timothy Davidson called 9-1-1 early Saturday and said someone in a pickup truck was shooting at him. Police say Davidson was forced into a median and disabled his vehicle before being shot to death.
Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis was gunned down May 25 after he got out of his police cruiser to move debris off a Bluegrass Parkway exit in Nelson County. Investigators have described that shooting as an ambush.
A Kentucky State Police spokesman says the two cases are being compared for any similarities. Over $200,000 in reward money has been offered for information into the Ellis murder.
Legislation that requires training for physicians so they can better spot signs of child abuse is pending in Frankfort. The bill was given a preliminary hearing Thursday at the state capital.
A few years ago, the state legislature required nurses, emergency room workers, and social workers to undergo similar training. Since not all physicians treat children, doctors were left out of the law. Now, Child Abuse Pediatrician Melissa Currie says doctors who do take care of kids should participate in the one hour training.
“We have unfortunately identified a number of cases, as many as half of the cases of physical abuse fatalities in children in this state of Kentucky involve those children having been seen by physicians within a short period of time prior to their death and having the early warning signs of abuse missed by those physicians,” said Currie.
A U.S. Army sergeant faces a court-martial hearing this week at Fort Knox in the shooting death of a civilian employee last year.
Sgt. Marquinta Jacobs of Radcliff is charged with premeditated murder and aggravated assault in the April 3 death of 51-year-old Lloyd R. Gibert of Elizabethtown. Investigators say Jacobs approached Gibert in the parking lot near the Human Resources Command building where Gibert worked.
Transportation officials say 635 people died on Kentucky roadways last year, but that number is dramatically down from the year before. Not since 1949 – some 64 years ago – have Kentucky roads been so safe. It’s a drastic turnaround from 2012 when the state saw nearly 750 deaths on the roads.
Kentucky’s Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says he’s encouraged by the reduction in fatalities but still “firmly believes that one fatality is too many”.
Hancock says troopers will continue to focus on encouraging seat belt use and reducing drunk driving, the two leading causes of traffic fatalities. In Tennessee, meantime, roadway fatalities fell by more than two percent last year.
Work to widen Interstate 65 from four lanes to six continues in Hart County.
A news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says that beginning Wednesday evening, crews will be setting up a temporary barrier wall on southbound lanes. There will be temporary lane closures at night, but no lane closures will be allowed during the day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Once the wall is in place there should not be a need of temporary lane closures until the next shift in October.