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6:11 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Danville Pawnshop Shootings

A man accused of killing three people inside a central Kentucky pawnshop last year now faces a lawsuit filed by the mother of one of the victims. Barbara Lewis filed the lawsuit against 49 year old Burnside pastor Kenneth Allen Keith on behalf of herself and her two grandchildren who are 10 years and 20 months old.

Lewis' son, 35 year old Michael Hockensmith, and his wife, 38 year old Angela Hockensmith, of Stanford and 60 year old gold broker Daniel Smith of Richmond were killed in the shootings.

The lawsuit filed in Boyle County Circuit Court seeks $665,000 for Michael Hockensmith's lost wages and $7,341 for funeral expenses as well as unspecified damages and damages for the two children.

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5:16 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Wednesday Evening Severe Weather Update

Update: 9:05 p.m.
Tornado Warning for Eastern Christian, Southwest Muhlenberg and Northern Todd counties until 9:30 p.m.

Update: 8:45 p.m.
The NWS is reporting that spotters identified a "large and extremely dangerous" tornado on the ground between Mortons Gap and Nortonville near I-69 and the Pennyrile Parkway at 8:25 p.m.

Update: 7:52 p.m. (CDT)
NWS has issued a Tornado Warning for Southern Hopkins County until 8:30 p.m.

Update: 7:30 p.m. (CDT)
A Tornado Warning for Eastern Warren County is in effect until 8:00 p.m.

Update: 7:22 p.m. (CDT)
A Tornado Warning has been issued for parts of Butler and Warren Counties until 7:45 p.m. this evening.

Update: 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
The NWS has issued a Tornado Warning for West Central Hopkins and Southwestern Webster counties until 7:30 p.m.

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4:04 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Warren County Father Accused of Kidnapping Toddler in Custody

Robert Pomeroy
Credit Warren County Regional Jail

A non-custodial father in Warren County accused of kidnapping his daughter turned himself in to authorities Wednesday. 

Twenty-five-year-old Robert Pomeroy allegedly broke into a home Monday night and took his 20-month-old child. 

He fled the area with his girlfriend Sabrina Vanmeter, who was arrested Tuesday. 

The toddler was unharmed in the kidnapping.

Both Pomeroy and Vanmeter were taken to the Warren County Regional Jail.

Regional
3:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Kentucky Same-Sex Couples Head to Illinois for Legal Marriages

Seth Stewart, left and Hunter Fawks, Marshall County native, and partners of 2 years.
Credit Lance Dennee

Same-sex Kentucky couples are heading to the commonwealth's only contiguous state that allows same sex marriage to make their unions legal.  

Illinois began issuing marriage licenses for the first time officially on June 1.

Massac County Clerk John Taylor says the office has been busy, issuing at least 20 licenses in May, ahead of the state deadline, most of which he says came from out of state.

“It’s busy because we’re getting a lot of questions, a lot of phone calls," said Taylor. "We have issued a bunch about 14 or 15 marriages and we already issued six yesterday, from Tennessee, Kentucky, we’ve had some from Florida.”

Taylor said the office issued six this morning, including Kentuckians Hunter Fawks and Seth Stewart who drove over six hours from Ashland to pick up their licenses.

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5:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Doctors, Practice Settle Elizabethtown Billings Case

Federal authorities say an Elizabethtown medical practice and two owners have agreed to a $3.7 million settlement in a case alleging false billings for chemotherapy patients.

A settlement agreement  announced by the U. S. Attorney's office in Louisville said federal and state officials contend that Dr. Rafiq Ur Rahman and Dr. Yusuf K. Deshmukh billed for unnecessary evaluations and along with their practice, Elizabethtown Hematology Oncology, extended chemotherapy times so they could improperly bill Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs.

The U. S. Attorney's office said some of the allegations were included in a "whistleblower" lawsuit brought by another physician who will receive more than $280,000 in the settlement.

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5:48 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Appeals Court to Hear Case of Former Barren County Sheriff

A federal appeals court is set to take up the case of former Barren County sheriff Chris Eaton's conviction on two counts of witness tampering.

The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Eaton's case on June 19 in Cincinnati.

A federal jury in Bowling Green convicted Eaton in 2013 of directing two deputies to write false incident reports for the FBI.

Federal investigators were probing accusations of civil rights violations during a 2010 arrest. Eaton was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

U. S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley concluded that Eaton raised two reasonable issues that could result in his winning a new trial and allowed him to remain free on bond while the appeal is heard.

Regional
7:07 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kentucky City Sues State Pension System Over Risky Investments

A Kentucky city is suing the state's public pension system over its investment of county employees' retirement money into "risky" hedge funds.

An attorney for Ft. Wright, a northern Kentucky city of 5,700, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday alleging that Kentucky Retirement Systems improperly used money from one of its subsidiary funds to make investments that were illegal under state law.

The civil suit, filed in Kenton Circuit Court, alleges that KRS put an "unreasonably large percentage" of money from a subsidiary fund -- County Employment Retirement System (CERS) --  in "high risk investments which are not appropriate investments for fiduciaries under the common law of Kentucky."

KRS has come under increasing scrutiny over the last couple of years due to poor performance, investments in risky hedge funds and, more recently, the handsome fees those hedge funds reaped from its contracts with the state's beleaguered $15 billion pension system. KRS was recently named among the worst-funded pension system in the nation, at under 24 percent funding.

The lawsuit seeks a court order of damages in total of at least $50 million, which Ft. Wright argues was spent on "management fees" charged by hedge funds and private equity groups per KRS' investment strategy. The lawsuit also seeks to establish a separate investment portfolio for the subsidiary fund, CERS. This would effectively divorce it from the current system whereby CERS' assets are "co-mingled" with KRS.

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5:47 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kentucky Chamber Voices Opposition To New EPA Air Standards

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has come out strongly against new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.  In a written statement released Tuesday the Chamber says Kentucky residents may be affected more than any other state in the nation by the new standards which seek to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030. 

The Chamber says the new regulations will cost jobs, drive up utility rates for homeowners and eliminate Kentucky’s competitive advantage when it comes to attracting industries with the promise of low energy prices.  

“Kentucky's long-standing advantage of offering low electric rates has allowed our state to recruit tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs that now support Kentucky families. Under this energy proposal, that advantage would be wiped off the board and Kentucky would suffer the consequences for generations to come,” the release stated.

 The EPA along with the White House and many environmental groups defend the standards, citing carbon’s effect on climate change and respiratory health.

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3:19 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Law Enforcement Looking for Warren County Father Accused of Abducting Daughter

Robert Pomeroy is wanted by the Warren County Sheriff's Office for burglary and kidnapping.
Credit Warren County Sheriff's Office

Update at 3:00 p.m.:  One of two people suspected of kidnapping a toddler Monday night in Bowling Green has been arrested.  Sabrina Vanmeter was found Tuesday at a home on Jack  Simmons Road.  She was taken to the Warren County Regional Jail.

Original post:

The Warren County Sheriff’s office is looking for a non-custodial father who’s accused of kidnapping his child from a home in Bowling Green. 

Twenty-five-year-old Robert Pomeroy allegedly broke into the home of the child's mother on Scottsville Road Monday night and snatched the 18-month-old girl from a bathtub. 

Pomeroy then fled with the child and his girlfriend Sabrina Vanmeter in an off-white, late-model, four-door Lexus.  An Amber Alert was not issued.

"It has a lot to do with who the suspect is, whether it's a non-custodial parent or if there's insufficient evidence that the child is in harm's way, it doesn't meet criteria," said Public Information Officer Stephen Harmon in the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.  "Certainly for the integrity of the Amber Alert system, you want to make sure when it's activated that it meets criteria and this case did not."

Robert Pomeroy is described as 5'10" tall, 180 pounds with a shaved head and thin beard.  He was last seen wearing a black shirt and camouflage pants. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at (270) 842-1633.

Regional
1:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Planned Bluegrass Music Center Adds To Funding Totals As Groundbreaking Draws Closer

An artist's rendering of the planned International Bluegrass Music Center
Credit International Bluegrass Music Center

Ground is expected to be broken later this month on the International Bluegrass Music Center in downtown Owensboro.  The city has already pledged $3 million to the project and now Daviess County says it’s contributing $500,000 dollars to the project over the next five years. 

County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says the music center will be the next step in the development of downtown that already includes the new convention center and two new hotels.

“This area, this block – an entire block – sits right at the end of that corridor,” said Mattingly.  “It certainly will be an attraction to people who come into the community for conventions and in and of itself will be an attractor for visitors.”

Mattingly says the county’s money for the project comes from excess from a hotel-motel tax. He says in the past, similar money has been used to pay a million dollars on a bonded indebtedness of the Riverpark Center.

“We thought that since this [money] comes from visitors who come into this community, it’s specifically tasked to be spent on arts organizations in the downtown area and tourism,” said Mattingly.

The Bluegrass Music Center could open as soon as next year. The $12 million project has also received $5 million dollars in private donations. It's scheduled to include a 1,000-seat indoor theater and a 2,000-seat outdoor stage.

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