JULY 19, 2018

An August court date has been set for hearings on a pair of defense motions in the case of a Mayfield man accused of killing four members of a Calloway County family inside a home just south of Murray. Circuit Judge James Jameson ruled Tuesday that the hearings for Pascasio Pacheco will be held on August 6 in Calloway Circuit Court. The Calloway Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is seeking the death penalty in the case. Pacheco is facing four counts of murder in the deaths of two adults and their two children on the night of November 17, 2015. The four victims were discovered inside a house by firefighters who had responded to the call of a structure fire whcih Pacheco is accused of setting. He is also accused of burglary, tampering with physical evidence, and assault. The trial is set for January 7 in Calloway Circuit Court with a final pretrial conference in the case for December 6.

An auto parts supplier will invest $50 million and create 120 full-time jobs through its first U.S. facility in Murray. A groundbreaking for the new facility will be held at the Murray West Industrial Park on 641 North at 2 p.m. Monday. Governor Matt Bevin made the announcement about the 300,000 square foot facility last December. The Murray location, which will operate under the name DAE-IL USA, will produce gears for the automotive industry. Construction is expected to begin in December and finish by the end of 2018.

The Back To School Murray High School dates for schedule pickup and fee payment days have been released. All Schedule pickups will be held at 1800 Sycamore Street inside the front office of the new Murray High School Entrance. Pickup for Seniors will be from noon until 5 pm on July 27, and the Senior Bash will be held on August 6 with a complimentary dinner provided from 5-8 pm. Pickup for Juniors will be from noon until 5 pm on July 31. Sophomores will have pickup from noon until 5 pm on August 2. Freshman Orientation will be help August 6 from 9 am until 3 pm, with a complimentary lunch provided. A Back to School Night will be held from 6 to 7:45 pm on August 7 for all high school students and their parents. During that time, class schedules will be available and students and parents will follow their class schedule. The first day of classes will be August 8.

Benton Police are searching for a man wanted on multiple charges, including attempted rape. According to police, 49-year-old Mitchell Carl McDonald has an active felony warrant stemming from an investigation that started in 2006. Earlier this month, a Marshall County grand jury returned an indictment on McDonald on charges of burglary, assault, attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and being a persistent felony offender. Anyone with information on McDonald’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Benton Police or local law enforcement.

First District Congressman James Comer has been selected to serve on the conference committee tasked with negotiating a final version of the Farm Bill. While the House of Representatives and the Senate both passed a Farm Bill in late June, there are several key differences between the two versions that must be resolved before a final Farm Bill can be signed into law. Congressman Comer will be the first Kentucky Representative to sit on a Farm Bill conference committee in nearly three decades, when Representatives Carroll Hubbard and Larry Hopkins served as negotiators for the 1990 Farm Bill.

Murray State University is launching the new Center for Adult and Regional Education, or CARE, to provide greater access and support for the unique needs of non-traditional learners. CARE allows a renewed focus on the returning adult student who wishes to advance their career and improve their skills. In order to accommodate adult students with busy schedules, new programming will offer more convenience and flexibility at the University’s main campus in Murray, the regional campuses and beyond. CARE’s initiatives include new program offerings and services at the regional campuses and educational presences in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Henderson and Fort Campbell. Several new degree programs will be offered at some of the regional campuses beginning this fall. The Center has started offering summer camp programs at the regional campuses as well.

The Business, Accounting and Entrepreneurship class in the Governor’s Scholars Program at Murray State University will showcase digital research posters in the Waterfield Library gallery from 9:45 to 11:30 Monday morning in an event open to the public. The class is offered through the state Governor’s Scholars Program and is taught by Dr. Melony Shemberger, associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State. As the students prepared their posters for the class, they were challenged to think of themselves as innovators and consider solutions to social problems through the concept of social entrepreneurship. For the culminating project, each group of scholars developed a business plan that could apply innovative approaches to tackle an issue, need, problem or concern. During summer 2018, Murray State was one of three campuses in Kentucky to host the Governor’s Scholars Program, a five-week summer program open to rising high school seniors that strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders.

FRANKFORT—Governor Matt Bevin’s administration has extended a contract with an Indiana law firm to investigate corruption in his Democratic predecessor’s administration. Bevin’s administration approved a two-year, $500,000 extension in June of its contract with the Indianapolis office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister to search for corruption in Beshear’s administration. It had awarded the contract to the firm in 2016 through the state Finance and Administration Cabinet. Beshear says Bevin “has now decided to waste another half a million dollars and another two years to continue his fruitless search.”

FRANKFORT—The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is seeking input about the topics and questions to be included in the next Kentucky Health Issues Poll. KHIP is a telephone poll of Kentucky adults, asking their views on key health policy issues likely to come before the legislature or local policy-making bodies, and their opinions on health-related topics and health status measures. The poll is funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health. KHIP has asked questions on a variety of timely topics, including tobacco use, health care coverage, and substance abuse, in recent years. You can submit input at their website, The deadline for suggestions is August 1.

WASHINGTON DC—The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has entered into a cooperative agreement with the FDA to help Kentucky food producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Under the cooperative agreement, the FDA will release a total of $2.84 million to Kentucky over the next three years. The funds will be divided among the KDA, the University of Kentucky, and the Food Safety Branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million Americans get sick from a foodborne illness each year, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that foodborne illnesses cost more than $15.6 billion each year.

LOUISVILLE—DNA testing has closed another cold case. Louisville Metro Police yesterday said DNA tests on an old rape kit linked 53-year-old Henry Crawford to the 1983 rape of a woman in the city. Crawford is already serving a 200 year sentence for another rape case. Investigators took the original DNA sample after the crime, but it sat on a shelf until 2016, when the Kentucky State Police started testing old kits.

LOUISVILLE—A number of doctors and advocates are trying to convince Kentucky lawmakers that shootings are more than just tragedies. Dr. Brit Anderson told a joint panel of lawmakers yesterday in Louisville that gun violence in Kentucky is a public health crisis. State Senator Julie Raque Adams, who led the hearing, says she’s not sure that lawmakers need to pass a new law. But she does say she’d like to see lawmakers with a better understanding of the problem.

LEXINGTON—Taxes are going up in and around Lexington to pay for new school safety upgrades. Fayette County school leaders last night approved a new five cent property tax increase that Superintendent Manny Caulk hopes will raise 13-and-a-half-million-dollars for school security. Caulk says the plan is to add alarms for all exterior doors, cameras, and security systems at all Fayette County schools.

GLASSGOW—Kentucky conservation police say they got a report of a possible drowning from the same spot of Barren River Lake State Park where they later found a woman dead. Other than that, there are few details about the death of 50-year-old Angela Dunagan on Monday. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials say Dunagan was on the lake with another person when the incident occurred.

LEXINGTON—More people at Lexmark could soon be out of a job. The company in Lexington yesterday announced it plans to lay off about a thousand people over the next year. There’s no word when the pink slips will go out, or which workers will lose their jobs. The layoffs come after Lexmark announced 700 layoffs last year.

OWENSBORO—The man accused of killing an Owensboro nurse remains in jail. A judge ordered Matthew Adams held without bond yesterday. Adams is accused of killing Erica Owen in an Owensboro home earlier this month. Owen had a domestic violence order against Adams when she was killed.

RICHMOND—The Eastern Kentucky University campus is under a boil water advisory. The alert was sent out last night. The alert only impacts eight EKU buildings. The cause of the boil advisory is not yet known.

CAVE CITY—A church in Cave City is revoking the memberships of some long-time members. Letters were sent out earlier this week to some members of Cave City Baptist church letting them know they’re being removed from the member roll. Senior Pastor Ryan Broers said the letters sent to people who have not attended church for at least a year were necessary. Broers says the letters let them know they were no longer in fellowship with God or the church and they need to restart their relationship with God.

TENNESSEE—Protests are planned for the Vice President’s visit to Cleveland on Saturday. VP Mike Pence will appear at a panel discussion at Lee University on Saturday morning. The panel is being put on by the organization America First Policies. Demonstrators say they plan to protest the Trump administration’s immigration and tax policies.

TENNESSEE—The popularity of a certain Tennessee specialty license plate is on the rise. The Tennessee Department of Revenue reports nearly 33-hundred Sons of Confederate Veterans plates were in use as of last month. That’s up by 72 percent over June of 2015. The plate featuring a Confederate flag has been available since 2004 with money going to the organization’s Tennessee division.

NASHVILLE—It’s going to be pricey to get a hotel room in Nashville the weekend of the 2019 NFL Draft, if you can find one. The Omni, Hilton and Cambria downtown don’t have any rooms left for April 26th and 27th. Opryland is charging close to a grand for that weekend and the Thompson Hotel is getting 15-hundred dollars to stay there. The Rock n’ Roll Marathon is also scheduled for that weekend and the Predators will likely be in the playoffs.