NEWS

March 24, 2017

WALMART ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
The suspect from Monday’s Murray Walmart parking lot robbery of an elderly women has been located in West Des Moines, Iowa. On Wednesday, the suspect, identified as 29-year old Allison Hunter of Hopkinsville, was arrested after a similar incident there. Also arrested and believed to be involved with the incident in Murray is 32-year old Justin Marshall of Panama City Beach, Florida. Both Hunter and Marshall are charged with 2nd degree robbery and 1st degree theft after being arrested by the Urbandale Police Department in Iowa. Marshall was also charged with fleeing after running from the Urbandale Police Department first in a vehicle, then on foot. The vehicle the suspects were in was allegedly stolen out of Kirksville, Missouri. Charges stemming from the incident in Murray are still pending at this time.

THREE FACE DRUG CHARGES IN GRAVES COUNTY
Three Graves County residents were arrested late Wednesday night after a search of their home on South 10th Street in Mayfield. Following an eight month investigation of 45-year old Cedrich Jackson and 46-year old Catherine Weatherbee, several covert buys were conducted which ultimately led to the search of the residence which netted over 151 grams of cocaine with a street value of over $15,000. Several prescription meds were found not in proper containers and a large sum of money, in excess of $11,000, was found and seized during the search. Jackson and Weatherbee were charged with multiple counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Prescription not in a Proper Container, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Also arrested was Jamel Alubahi who was charged with Trafficking Cocaine. All suspects were lodged in the Graves County Detention Center

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE IN DRUG DEATH
The Calvert City Police Department was dispatched to a residence a week ago Tuesday to South Main Street in reference to two unresponsive males. Upon arrival, an officer located Karson and Taylor May inside. Karson May was transported to an area hospital for treatment and Taylor May died at the residence. While there, Calvert City PD collected what they believed to be items of illegal drugs, paraphernalia, and other evidence. During a preliminary investigation, it was alleged the men had been using the synthetic drug commonly known as U4 or Pink the night prior. As part of the ensuing investigation detectives interviewed numerous individuals and executed several search warrants. On Tuesday. detectives located 23-year old Thomas “Jared” Hardin in McCracken County. He was charged with one count of Trafficking in a Synthetic Drug and Manslaughter. Hardin was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail. Hardin’s charges stem from him providing Taylor May with U4 that is believed to have led to his death. A search warrant was also executed at 25-year old Jevan Sheppard’s residence near Draffenville. Detectives seized what is believed to be quantities of U4 that was packaged for sale, other drugs, a digital scale, a drug ledger, and numerous loaded firearms that were in close proximity to the drugs. Sheppard was charged with Trafficking in a Synthetic Drug and one count of Firearm Enhanced Trafficking in a Synthetic Drug. Detectives also seized $20,000 from Sheppard that is believed to be proceeds of illegal drug sales. The investigation is continuing and more charges and defendants are possible.

COMER IN PADUCAH TODAY
U.S. Representative James Comer is scheduled to hold a town hall-style meeting in Paducah this morning. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Room of the Commerce Center, located at 330 South 3rd Street. The event is open to the public. Comer said he will be discussing several topics at the meeting. The Paducah stop is the first of eleven meetings across the state in the next few weeks.

JOBLESS RATE DOWN SLIGHTLY
Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February was down 0.1 percent from the January rate of 5.0 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training. The jobless rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the state in February 2016. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February was 4.7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. It is designed to measure trends rather than to count the actual number of people working. It includes jobs in agriculture and those classified as self-employed. In February, Kentucky’s civilian labor force increased 18,982 individuals compared to the previous month. Employment was up by 19,092 and the number of unemployed decreased by 110.

IN AND AROUND KENTUCKY
FRANKFORT—Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking to intervene in another open records dispute between a university and student publications. Beshear said in a statement on Thursday that he filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Western Kentucky University against its student newspaper, the College Heights Herald, and the Kentucky Kernel, the student newspaper at the University of Kentucky. At issue is the university’s refusal to turn over records related to investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct. In January, Beshear found Western violated open records law by denying the records to the publications. Western then challenged Beshear’s decision by suing the student newspapers since a university cannot sue the attorney general. Beshear is also seeking to intervene in a similar lawsuit filed by Kentucky State University.

LOUISVILLE—A federal judge isn’t saying when to expect a ruling on one of Kentucky’s new abortion laws. A judge sat through six hours of arguments yesterday over the Commonwealth’s ultrasound abortion law. The ACLU says the law goes too far. Kentucky lawmakers approved the law in January and it took effect as soon as Governor Bevin signed it.

OWSLEY COUNTY—Investigators say it looks like an Owsley County deputy had a reason to shoot and kill a man in Booneville. The Kentucky State Police say the deputy responded to a domestic disturbance earlier this week and was met by a man with a knife. Troopers say the deputy only fired after the man refused to drop the knife.

DAVIESS COUNTY—The library director in Owensboro is blaming President Trump for a delay in building the county’s new library. Library Board President Polly Reynolds told the board this week that President Trump’s proposed budget cuts may lead to a delay. Reynolds suggested splitting the plan into two phases and starting phase one this fall.

WARREN COUNTY—A man is facing charges including murder after causing a deadly crash while driving under the influence in Bowling Green. WBKO-TV is reporting that police have arrested Brad Weeks for the crash that happened on Louisville Road on Wednesday. Carolyn King was killed in the accident after Weeks ran a red light.

MONTGTOMERY COUNTY—Authorities are investigating a crash that killed a teenager in Montgomery County. The accident happened on Levee Road yesterday morning. A driver going the wrong way caused two vehicles to swerve and lumber from one of them went into the windshield of a vehicle. A 16-year-old was killed and an adult was airlifted for treatment. The victim was a student a Montgomery County High School. Their name has not been released at this time.

BULLITT COUNTY—State police are asking for the public’s help in finding a homicide suspect in Bullitt County. The body of 54-year-old Thai Lee was found at his home Creekview Court in Shepherdsville last Friday. State police are asking for any home owners who have surveillance cameras in the area to contact them. They are looking for video of areas including Burkland Boulevard and East Hebron Lane.

SCOTT COUNTY—The cause of a fire that damaged a restaurant in Georgetown is being investigated. WKYT-TV is reporting that the fire happened at Red State Taps on Opera Alley early yesterday morning. Siding on a home next door to the restaurant was melted. The cause is believed to have started in a smoker behind the building.

TENNESSEE—Police have arrested one kidnapping suspect and are searching for another in Sumner County. Police arrested Cleopatra Lewis for the incident that happened at an apartment on Center Pointe Road in Hendersonville on Tuesday. The victim was allegedly assaulted and robbed by Lewis and a male suspect who has been identified as Shamain Johnson.

TENNESSEE—A 24-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in a cold case homicide in Hardeman County. The TBI says that the reward is being offered regarding the 1998 shooting death of Michael Bell. Bell was a clerk at a convenience store on Highway 1255 near Middleton when he was shot. Police believe he was the intended target and the shooting was not connected to a robbery.

TENNESSEE—A Knoxville man is facing several charges after allegedly being found in possession of crystal meth and counterfeit money during a traffic stop in Washington County. WBIR-TV is reporting that police arrested Timothy Buchanan after pulling him over recently on Boones Creek Road. He apparently had about two-thousand dollars in counterfeit bills.

TENNESSEE—The Red Cross is assisting a resident who was displaced by a fire in Chattanooga. WTVC-TV is reporting that the fire happened at a trailer on Bledsoe Terrace on Wednesday. The resident lost a dog in the fire. No word on a possible cause.

TENNESSEE—Police have arrested one kidnapping suspect and are searching for another in Hendersonville. Police arrested Cleopatra Lewis for the incident that happened at an apartment on Center Pointe Road on Tuesday. The victim was allegedly assaulted and robbed by Lewis and a male suspect who has been identified as Shamain Johnson.

TENNESSEE—Several residents in Mount Juliet attended a community meeting last night. WKRN-TV is reporting that residents gathered to discuss a recent rash of robberies and incidents in the area of the Hickory Hills subdivision. A pizza delivery driver was robbed on Monday and shots were fired on Saturday. There have been several reported robberies in the area.

TENNESSEE—A Hendersonville doctor is facing charges after allegedly trading prescriptions for sexual favors. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that they began investigating Dr. Lawrence Valdez in February. He was arrested yesterday and is charged with five counts of issuing prescriptions for narcotics outside the scope of medical practice.

TENNESSEE—Two families are displaced after an apartment building fire in Murfreesboro. WSMV-TV is reporting that the fire happened at the Chariot Pointe Apartments on Northfield Boulevard yesterday afternoon. Two units were affected. No injuries were reported.

TENNESSEE—Police are searching for a woman who robbed a man after posing as an escort on Craigslist. WKRN-TV is reporting that a man who met the woman yesterday in Brentwood was forced to withdraw money from an ATM. The suspect was in a black four-door Charger.