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The search for a missing Monroe County 2 year old girl and her alleged abductor ended Monday afternoon close to where it began more than a week ago.

Anthony Barbour was arrested at 1:16 pm at the Temple Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Monroe County. An hour later Kentucky State Police located the body of 2 year old Laynee Wallace in an area close to where she was originally reported missing May 17th.

An autopsy will be performed this week in Louisville.

State Police worked with local, federal and other agencies in the investigation. Detective Adam Morgan with the State Police Bowling Green post will be the lead investigator.

Barbour's vehicle, a red 2000 Pontiac Sunfire, was located last Tuesday evening abandoned in a field. Barbour was considered armed and dangerous during the search.

Laynee Wallace was reported missing from her home on East Temple Hill Road in Monroe County Sunday May 17. State Police were notified two days later. The 25 year old Barbour was identified as the boyfriend of the little girl's biological mother.

A ceremony will be held on this Memorial Day in Frankfort to dedicate a new site honoring members of the Kentucky National Guard and Air National Guard who have died in the line of duty.

National guard Spokesman David Altom says the centerpiece of the memorial is a bronze statue of Daniel Boone.

“He’s standing guard in front of this giant slab of granite in the shape of the state of Kentucky with the names of our fallen soldiers from the past 100 years," explains Altom.  "It’s unique to anything I’ve seen in Kentucky, and I’d say it’s almost as beautiful as anything you’d see in Washington, D.C.”

Altom says more than 230 members of the Guard have died in the line of duty since 1912.

The memorial was funded by private donors, corporate grants and an appropriation from the legislature.

The dedication ceremony is at 2:00 pm Monday at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. It’s open to the public.

Nearly two years have passed since the ambush-style murder of a Bardstown police officer and still no one has been arrested. 

Police are hoping a new video plea from Jason Ellis’ wife will provide fresh leads in the case.  In an online video, Amy Ellis says her family needs closure.

"His family, our two sons, his wonderful friends and I, cannot heal without knowing who and why he was taken from us by this senseless murder," Amy says.  "Someone somewhere can come forward.  This is my plea.  Do not hide in the dark shadows any longer.  Have the courage to help end this horror and show that justice can prevail."

Ellis, a 33-year-old police officer was gunned down May 25, 2013 as he was heading home after his shift.  He had stopped to remove tree limbs that had been placed on a Nelson County highway exit ramp. 

The reward in the case now exceeds $185,000.

Kentucky Raising Pay for Corrections Officers

May 22, 2015

Kentucky is increasing pay for corrections officers and hazardous duty staff in an attempt to curb high turnover rates. 

Governor Steve Beshear has approved the plan to give raises and move hazardous duty, non-security staff to 40-hour work weeks. 

A state Personnel Cabinet review showed that the state's corrections officers and hazardous duty workers were paid at below-market rates compared with nearby states.  A release from the state Department of Corrections says that has led to high turnover. 

Starting salaries for corrections officers will be increased by 13 percent, from $23,346 to $26,400 annually.  It includes higher increases for sergeants, lieutenants and captains. 

Hazardous duty, non-security staff will be converted to a 40-hour work week from a 37.5-hour schedule, meaning they will receive a nearly 7 percent raise.

Six candidates are under consideration to be the next Glasgow Police Chief.

The candidates were selected by a search committee from a pool of 20 applications. Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty said in a news release that background checks will be conducted, and the committee will contact the candidates’ references.

If no problems arise, the six candidates will be brought in for interviews.

The candidate pool contains both in-state and out-of-state candidates. Doty is asking Glasgow residents to submit written input on the qualities they would like to see in the next police chief by the close of business on Friday, May 29.

Police: Man Shot after Firing at Officers in Owensboro

May 21, 2015

Kentucky State Police say a suspect in a drug investigation has been shot after he fired at officers at a motel in western Kentucky.

Police said in a statement that the encounter began Wednesday night at a Motel 6 in Owensboro as officers tried to arrest the suspect. The statement says the man was staying in a room of the motel with a female and declined to come out when police arrived. Officers then backed off and called in hostage negotiators.

Police say the man came out of the room early Thursday and fired at officers, who shot back and hit the suspect.

He was taken to a hospital in Owensboro. His name wasn't released. Police said they did not know his current condition.

No further details were immediately available.

Two Warren County natives have seen first-hand the devastation a series of earthquakes has had on Nepal.

The two will be flying home Friday after spending a week in a remote Nepal village. They've been helping villagers rebuild after last week's devastating second earthquake and teaching the villagers how to help themselves.

Tony Rheaume and Lucas Hughes are members of the Woodburn Baptist Church. Church members, family and friends helped fund their relief mission Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International.

The group had to drive five hours out of Kathmandu and then walk another three through the mountains just to reach the village of about 100 people.

"When we came through the mountains, we were real high up so when you looked down it was beautiful, lush land with terraced fields and even aqueducts cut through the mountains," Rheaume said, "It was beautiful until you got close and then, from the front, the houses look perfectly fine, you go to the back of the house and the walls are all gone."

KSP

The Kentucky State Police agency is looking for a missing two-year-old  believed to have been taken by her mother's boyfriend.

The girl has been missing since Sunday from Monroe County.  Police think she is with 25-year-old Anthony Dale Barbour of Summer Shade.  Tuesday night, a car believed to be Barbour's was found in the area, abandoned in a field.

Barbour may be in possession of a .22 caliber rifle and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Barbour is white, 5'11," 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, and has some facial hair.

The child is 24" tall, weighs 25 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call KSP at (270) 384-4796.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law creating a mandatory waiting period before getting an abortion in Tennessee.

Under the new law signed Monday, women would need to wait at least 48 hours before undergoing the procedure. The House approved the measure on a 79-18 vote, while the Senate passed its version 24-2.

The governor previously signed into law another bill that requires facilities or physician offices to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers if they perform more than 50 abortions in a year.

The legislation came after voters in November approved a constitutional amendment giving state lawmakers more power to regulate abortions. The ballot measure overturned a 2000 Supreme Court ruling that had thrown out laws imposing similar restrictions.

Lisa Autry

The chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court says electronic case filing is paving the way for a more efficient court system in the state.  John Minton Jr. spoke Monday in Warren County, one of 11 Kentucky counties adopting the program this week. 

By transitioning from a paper-based system, electronic case filing gives the public 24-7 access to court documents.

Minton said e-filing is ushering in an important new era for the Kentucky justice system.

"It makes our system a modern system that reflects what society around us is doing," Minton told WKU Public Radio.  "We're now less tethered to paper and are more accessible electronically, and we also believe this will be a huge cost-savings in the future."

Since the start of e-filing in December 2013, nearly 600 attorneys and other users have filed more than 20,000 documents electronically.

E-filing will expand this week to Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hancock, Logan, Metcalfe, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, and Warren counties. 

The program, now used by 72 counties, should be available statewide by the end of the year.

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