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Local teen takes Alford plea for role in murder plot
A Pulaski County teenager who took part in a plot to murder his parents entered an Alford plea to the related charges this week.
SPD officer gets license back on technicality
A local police sergeant facing a DUI charge is getting his license thanks to a legal technicality.
Pulaski District Judge Scott Lawless on Friday ordered that Somerset Police Department Sgt. Jason Griffith’s license be reinstated after special prosecutor Kevin Shearer acknowledged that Griffith had not been read an implied consent warning before refusing a Breathalyzer test on the night of his arrest.
Somerset High Super Fan injured in Lincoln crash
A Somerset woman was seriously injured in a car accident this week.
Anne Compton, 68, was listed in serious condition as of 12 p.m. Friday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, according to a spokesperson there.
According to published reports, the single-vehicle accident happened shortly before 12 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 27 in Lincoln County.
Molen resigns as Pulaski Co. sheriff’s deputy
Less than a week after accepting a plea deal in a high profile civil rights case, Steve Molen has resigned his position as Pulaski County sheriff’s deputy.
Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood confirmed that he received Molen’s resignation on Monday.
Couple killed in Eubank blaze
Francis McKinney last saw 60-year-old Linda Garland on Tuesday as Garland dropped off some shoe boxes filled with items at Eubank Baptist Church for charity. Their interaction was quick, as both women, long-time members of the church, were busy with activities and errands.
“She just dropped them off, threw up her hand and said ‘I’ve got to go,’” said McKinney. “She always loved Operation Christmas Child.”
Now, members of the northern Pulaski County church are in shock after learning that Garland and her husband, Everett Garland, 64, perished in a Wednesday night fire at their home.
Even more stunning is the revelation that the Garlands were victims of arson. According to published reports, their teenage granddaughter has been charged with two counts of murder.
GOP spat that began in Somerset draws statewide attention
A public spat between two rising Republican Party of Kentucky stars may be the first indication of fraying alliances and rising tensions within the party as elected officials plot their next political steps.
Two weeks ago, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer went to Somerset, home of Republican state Sen. Chris Girdler and 5th District U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, and told a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, “The days of party bosses hand-picking” candidates “must end,” telling the audience he “cannot be controlled.”
Comer, who has said he’s interested in running for governor in 2015, made his comments at a Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce luncheon held in the Center for Rural Development, built with federal funds secured by Rogers, and Girdler is the current president of the chamber. Though he mentioned no one by name, many wondered if Comer was talking about Rogers or maybe even Sen. Mitch McConnell who faces a tough re-election battle next year.
Northern Middle students get a reality check on life
It’s hard enough for adults to learn the ins and outs of car payments, mortgages, bills, health care costs, and child care expenses.
So imagine how difficult juggling the necessities of everyday life looks to 12- and 13-year-olds.
“I won’t be able to do a whole lot that I wanted to do,” said student Rachel Blevins, 12, during Northern Middle School’s popular “Reality Town” program. “I learned I will have to spend my money wisely.”
Blevins and the rest of Northern Middle School’s 7th grade population on Wednesday underwent a reality check of sorts, thanks to a program that has been offered to the students for 15 years now.
“We’re just giving them a dose of reality,” said Kathy Sampson, youth services center coordinator with Northern Middle.
When the students step foot into the school gym, they leave middle school and enter a very adult-looking world of banks, car payments, child care, health care costs, unexpected expenses, mortgages, groceries and utility bills, and even “Uncle Sam” himself — think taxes, taxes, and more taxes.
Cannada indicted for impersonating FBI agent
A grand jury has indicted a Pulaski County man for allegedly posing as a federal investigator.
Jonathan F. Cannada, 42, of White Oak Circle, Somerset, was charged earlier this month with one count of impersonating a peace officer in connection with the July 13, 2013 incident in which he allegedly told Pulaski County Constable Mike Wallace that he was a Federal Bureau of Investigation officer.
Deputy Steve Molen's plea bargain is final
Court documents confirm that two of the three federal civil rights violations facing Pulaski County Deputy Steven Molen have been dropped in lieu of a plea deal.
According to court documents filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of Kentucky in London by Molen’s defense team, Patrick F. Nash, Brandon W. Marshall, and Joe A. Jarrell, Molen, who is accused of using excessive force during three separate incidents dating back to 2008, has entered into plea deal talks in the cases.
“Mr. Molen has recently entered into a plea agreement with the acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorneys for both the Western District ... and Eastern District of Kentucky,” states the document.
Only 31 local candidates have filed for 2014 elections
“I thought filing would be slow but it’s slower than I thought.”
County Clerk Ralph Troxtell made the comment, saying he is surprised at the unusually slow pace of filing for the 2014 local election cycle. As of midmorning Tuesday, only 31 candidates had filed Petitions of Election for courthouse and city hall offices.
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