Commonwealth Journal

August 15, 2013

Coming in Friday's CJ


Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Here are the stories the Commonwealth Journal is following for Friday:

• Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Molen is facing a third federal indictment — this time from the Western District of Kentucky.

According to court documents filed electronically out of Bowling Green, a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Molen, 48, on one count of depriving a victim of civil rights while carrying out his duties as a deputy.

• A Pulaski County man pleaded guilty to amended charges in connection with a March wreck that left one man dead.

Justin I. Litton, 36, appeared Thursday before Pulaski Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette and pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter, one count of first-degree wanton endangerment, and first-degree criminal mischief in connection with the March 16 fatal accident on West Ky. 80.

Litton was arrested on March 18 and initially charged with murder after police say he intentionally drove into the path of another vehicle, causing the death of Levi Stephens, 33, of Somerset.

• Burnside was the first town in Pulaski County since the end of Prohibition to legally serve alcohol.

Now, they’ve been left in the unenviable position of having to play catch-up.

The first significant step was taken in that process this week, when a petition was turned into Pulaski County Clerk Ralph Troxtell requesting an option election in Burnside to allow expanded alcohol sales.

• The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate a shooting incident this past weekend on Ky. 70 that left one man injured.