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Nine people have been indicted on charges of stealing what Kentucky authorities say was more bourbon whiskey than one person could drink in a lifetime.

The indictments were handed up Tuesday. Prosecutors allege the scheme led by rogue distillery workers lasted for years and involved tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of whiskey.

Authorities say two distilleries were targeted — the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries.

They allege the criminal syndicate operated since 2008 or 2009, and that the recovered whiskey alone is worth at least $100,000.

The indictments tie together two highly publicized heists in the world’s bourbon-producing hub — the theft of barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon earlier this year and the disappearance of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

Fort Campbell

Dozens of Fort Campbell soldiers are returning to the post along the Kentucky-Tennessee border this week from deployment to Afghanistan.

The military says about 160 soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division are expected to arrive Friday morning.

The soldiers have been in Afghanistan advising and assisting the Afghan National Army.

The 1st Brigade is known as "Bastogne", a name commemorating the brigade's defense of the town of Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton on two counts of witness tampering. 

Eaton was convicted in 2013 sentenced to 18 months in prison following his trial on civil rights violations. 

A federal jury acquitted two co-defendants on all charges.  The law enforcement officers were tried for allegedly beating suspect Billy Stinnnett in February 2010 and engaging in a cover-up.  Jurors found Eaton guilty of directing two deputies to write false incident reports for the FBI. 

The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals heard Eaton’s appeal in June 2014 and issued a ruling Monday upholding the conviction. 

An Iraqi man convicted of terrorism charges in Kentucky is asking a federal judge to change his conviction and prison sentence because he says he was misrepresented by his court-appointed attorney.

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi pleaded guilty in 2012 to being involved in a plot to send material support to al-Qaida in Iraq.

Hammadi says in a motion filed last month that he was pressured into pleading guilty to a dozen charges and was told by his attorney, James Earhart, he would not get a life sentence. He is asking a judge to throw out or correct the sentence.  A phone message left for Earhart was not immediately returned. 

A co-defendant in the case, Waad Ramadan Alwan, is serving 40 years. The pair was working with an FBI informant. 

Hammadi and Alwan pleaded guilty to conspiring to ship machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq. Both were arrested in 2011 in Bowling Green.

Arrest Made in Murder of University of Kentucky Student

Apr 17, 2015

Police say they have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a University of Kentucky student.

A statement from the city says police charged 18-year-old Justin D. Smith on Friday with murder, robbery, tampering with evidence and evading police. The statement says police also are looking for more suspects in the killing of 22-year-old Jonathan W. Krueger of Ohio.

Krueger was gunned down as he walked with a friend along a street near the UK campus in Lexington. The coroner says he died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Lexington police say they responded to a report of shots fired around 2 a.m. Friday and found Krueger in the street.

Krueger was photo editor at the school's newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Central Kentucky Judge Rejects State's Gay Marriage Ban

Apr 17, 2015

A Franklin County judge has ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses but put his ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court considers a similar challenge.

Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate on Thursday ruled that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage violates the right to equal protection.

Oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court case are set for April 28; in the meantime, Wingate's ruling is on hold. The Supreme Court case challenges marriage bans in Kentucky and three other states.

A federal district judge in Louisville struck down the state's marriage ban last year but was overturned by a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, setting up the Supreme Court appeal.

The case before Wingate involved two Lexington couples who were denied marriage licenses by the Fayette County clerk in 2013.

Police say a University of Kentucky student has been fatally shot in an altercation near campus.

The Fayette County Coroner's Office told media the victim, 22-year-old Jonathan W. Krueger of Toledo, Ohio, died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Lexington police say they responded to a report of shots fired around 2 a.m. Friday and found Krueger in the street. They say they think the shooting resulted from an attempted robbery.

Another man who was with Krueger told officers a minivan pulled up and confronted them. He said he was able to escape and found two men outside a nearby home who called police.

Officers say no arrest has been made, but they have a person of interest in the case.

Krueger was the photo editor at the school's newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

The Amber Alert for a missing 5-year old girl from Bowling Green has been cancelled.

The child was found safe hours after being taken by a man who allegedly assaulted her mother earlier this morning.

There is no further information on how she was found.

An AMBER Alert is issued for a missing 5-year-old girl and the man suspected of abducting her.

Police say Aubrey Madison Johnson and her mother were with the suspect, Rique' R. Griffin, early this morning when the mother and Griffin got into an altercation. Griffin allegedly assaulted the mother, who was able to get away and call 911, but police say Griffin drove off with the child in the vehicle.

Aubrey is described as an African-American girl, weighing 35 lbs. She is 2'5" tall, has a chipped front tooth, a scar on her left thigh and both of her ears are pierced. She was last seen wearing a button down jean shirt, jeans with a white floral pattern and a lime green bow in her ponytail.

Griffin is described as a 21-year-old African-American man who weighs 165 lbs. He is 5'9" tall, has a mohawk-style haircut with dredlocks, a scar over his right eye, a tattoo of a vein over his right eye, a tattoo on the back of his neck and "ATL" tattoos on both arms. He was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt and jeans.

Griffin is believed to be traveling in a silver Ford Explorer.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Bowling Green Police Department at 270-393-4000 or 911.

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