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.

Kentucky has hundreds or possibly thousands of untested rape kits sitting in local law enforcement offices, according to State Auditor Adam Edelen.

Edelen on Wednesday announced he is auditing police and prosecutorial agencies to find out precisely how many kits haven’t been tested. His office also aims to find the cause for the backlog.

The backlog means DNA samples aren’t getting added to a national DNA database, potentially delaying or denying justice in some instances.

“We’re going to come up with a stone-cold count of the number of unprocessed rape kits in Kentucky and we’re going to reach out to other policy makers to make sure that what we have here is a system that works for victims and punishes the perpetrator,” Edelen said in a press conference on Wednesday.

A rape kit includes samples from hair, clothing, and cheek and vaginal swabs.

"The exhibition of profound grief was such as I have never seen equalled. Several overcome by their emotion, sat down upon the very ground and wept."

That was how Thomas Nelson, a U.S. minister to Chile, described the reaction of ordinary citizens in Spain to the news of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Kentucky has opened a special enrollment period through April 30th for the state-based health insurance exchange kynect, so Kentuckians can avoid possible tax penalties.  

 If you don't have coverage in 2015 you’ll pay the higher of these two amounts: two percent of your household income or 325 dollars per adult.

Governor Beshear says the percentage of uninsured Kentuckians dropped from 20.4 percent in 2013 to 9.8 percent last year. He says that moved Kentucky from 40th to 11th best in the country.  

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With one of the highest rates of homeless veterans in Kentucky, Christian County is working to make it easier for those vets to find housing. The Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Housing Authority of Hopkinsville have joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

The program gives veterans preference over others when applying for housing. Hopkinsville Housing Authority director Vickie Smiley says Christian County’s high concentration of homeless veterans is due to Fort Campbell. “They can get their medical benefits and have the use of the army base, you now, trying to stay so close. So, with the army base being in our county, that makes it a lot easier for them to get treatment,” Smiley said.

Kentucky HUD Field Director Christopher Taylor says the program makes it easier for veterans across the state who don’t already qualify for Veterans Affairs Supported Housing vouchers. “The problem is with those vouchers is you need have a honorable discharge to qualify for it, you need to be eligible for VA benefits, and you have to live in either urban area or somewhere by a military base. So those veterans that want to stay out in rural Kentucky that’s really outside of Christian county, that VASH voucher would not work for them,” Taylor said.

Taylor says about 80 percent of the state has signed onto the Challenge so homeless veterans who don’t qualify for VASH will still have support finding housing.

Smiley says the Housing Authority Board signed onto the challenge last week and veteran preference will go into effect July 1st.

A drug roundup in Pulaski County is targeting lower-level dealers ahead of future efforts against higher-level offenders.

Forty-seven drug-related indictments with nearly 70 felony charges have been handed down this week by a local grand jury. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Karl Clinard says this week’s efforts by federal, state, county, and city law enforcement groups have been aimed at those selling prescription pills and methamphetamine, with a growing number of heroin dealers also targeted.

“The commonwealth of Kentucky is suffering a considerable amount of impact from heroin, and we’re trying to work on that. That’s a higher-level drug that we’re trying to incorporate into our round ups.”

Clinard says that information gained from this week’s arrests will be used to target higher-level drug traffickers in the Pulaski County region.

This week's roundup was a combined effort of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, the Lake Cumberland Area Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations East, Kentucky Office of the Attorney General,  Somerset Police Department,  Burnside Police Department,  Science Hill Police Department, Ferguson Police Department and Eubank Police Department.