State News in Brief

Coal exec shooting death cases heading to grand jury

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A suspect has waived his preliminary hearing in the fatal shooting of an ex-coal CEO at a southern West Virginia cemetery.

News outlets report 20-year-old Anthony Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, was in Mingo County Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

Eighteen-year-old Brandon Fitzpatrick of Louisa, Kentucky, waived his hearing Tuesday. Both cases head to a September grand jury.

Fitzpatrick pleaded not guilty June 13 to first-degree murder and conspiracy charges. Arriaga’s lawyers pleaded not guilty May 26 on his behalf to a first-degree murder charge.

The body of 59-year-old Bennett Hatfield was found May 25 at a cemetery where he was visiting his wife’s grave. His SUV was found nearby. Authorities believe Arriaga and Fitzpatrick plotted to steal Hatfield’s SUV and sell its parts.

Hatfield resigned in 2015 as Patriot Coal’s president and CEO.


Bluegrass ADD to appeal after state yanks aging designation

LEXINGTON (AP) — The Bluegrass Area Development District plans to appeal the state’s decision to revoke its designation as an area agency on aging.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the agency’s board voted Wednesday to pursue the appeal after the state said in a letter that it was revoking the designation because Bluegrass refused the state access to computers and other information regarding its aging services.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department of Aging and Independent Living Services has also said it will no longer use Bluegrass to administer $6.4 million in aging funding after June 30.

The Lexington-headquartered group oversees planning, aging and workforce training programs for a 17-county region that includes Fayette County.

Bluegrass also voted to pay 40 employees of the agency’s aging programs through July.


UofL project to improve father relationships receives $4.9M

LOUISVILLE (AP) — An associate professor at the University of Louisville is leading a project to help noncustodial fathers develop meaningful family relationships and become more engaged parents.

The university announced Wednesday that the project is receiving a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

Associate Professor Armon Perry heads a team from the university’s Kent School of Social Work that is leading the five-year project, called 4 Your Child.

UofL says the group will work with the state Office of Child Support Enforcement to recruit participants from six Kentucky counties — Daviess, Elliott, Hardin, Jefferson, McCracken and Owen — beginning this summer.

The program is expected to help 1,560 fathers and benefit practitioners, researchers and policymakers who are interested in responsible fatherhood.


Suspect arrested in double fatal shooting at apartment

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting that left two people dead in Louisville.

Media outlets report Louisville Metro Police say 23-year-old Eric Lee Anthony was taken into custody Wednesday on charges of murder, assault, wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

The shooting happened Tuesday night inside an apartment.

Police say Anthony entered the home armed with a gun and fired several shots. Four people were shot, including two fatally.

Deputy coroner Jim Wesley says 24-year-old Monte Compton and 29-year-old Donte Jefferson were pronounced dead at the scene.

The two other victims, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

It’s unclear if Anthony has an attorney.

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