State News in Brief

Ky.’s General Fund tax collections rose in past year

FRANKFORT (AP) — State budget officials say tax collections for Kentucky’s General Fund grew by nearly 4 percent in the past fiscal year, fueled by strong sales and individual income tax receipts.

The state’s budget director, John Chilton, led a team that reported on the state’s finances in a presentation Monday to Kentucky lawmakers. They say General Fund collections rose 3.7 percent to $10.3 billion in the 12-month period ending June 30.

The budget officials say sales and use tax revenues were up 6 percent from the prior year, while individual income tax collections rose 5.2 percent.

The biggest drop was in the coal severance tax, with receipts down 33 percent.

The officials say overall wage growth in Kentucky is expected to exceed 5 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year.


Suspect in disappearance of 16-year-old taken into custody

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) — A suspect sought in connection with the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl who was found dead in Kentucky has been taken into custody.

Media outlets report online records show that 21-year-old Skyler Barnett was arrested Friday on charges of unlawful transaction with a minor and drug charges.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley says deputies were serving a warrant at Barnett’s home that night when they found Kayly Lockaby’s body in nearby woods.

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies say Lockaby was last seen early Tuesday and that her foster parent reported her missing.

Before she was found dead, authorities said she was thought to have been in the company of Barnett.

Croley says an autopsy was conducted Saturday to determine the cause of death.

It isn’t immediately clear if Barnett has an attorney.


Man guilty in insulin death of elderly nursing home patient

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A former medical technician accused of giving a nursing home patient an overdose of insulin has pleaded guilty to murder.

David Satterfield pleaded guilty on Friday in the death of 86-year-old Marcelline Vale, who died in 2007. Vale had no medical reason to receive the injection.

Satterfield was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

A joint statement from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine says Satterfield was working as a certified medical technician through an employment agency at Parkway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center when he injected Vale with insulin.

Satterfield told police after his arrest in 2014 that he wanted to go to jail because he had no money, had a terminal illness and was living in a boarding house.


Richmond man charged in alleged Calif. gambling ring

RICHMOND (AP) — A Richmond man is facing federal gambling charges in San Diego.

The Richmond Register reports Jason D. Taylor was one of 14 men indicted last week. The indictment alleges Taylor was a bookie for an illegal gambling ring operating out of a San Diego casino.

Taylor was released Thursday on his own recognizance by a U.S. magistrate in Lexington and ordered to appear Wednesday in San Diego federal court. Spokeswoman Kelly Thornton of the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of California said Taylor is charged with transmitting wagering information and participating in an illegal gambling business.

An attorney listed in court documents as representing Taylor didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday.


Lexington man accused in suit of submitting false claims

LEXINGTON (AP) — A Lexington man and his company are being accused by the federal government of submitting false grant application claims.

The FBI says in a news release that a civil lawsuit was filed last week against Jerome Hahn and Telehealth Holdings LLC. The company received three grants worth more than $600,000 to support the development of a sleep apnea monitoring system as well as electronic pill organizers.

The release says instead of spending the grant funds properly, Hahn and Telehealth allegedly used it for personal expenses, while false entries and invoices were made in the company’s ledgers.

In a related criminal case, Hahn pleaded guilty to making false grant claims and was sentenced in June to four months in federal prison. He was ordered to pay more than $222,000 in restitution.


Ex-worker accused of putting glass in drinking cup sleeves

MUNFORDVILLE (AP) — A former Kentucky employee of a container company is accused of putting over 100 shards of glass into the sleeves of drinking cups that were to be distributed to multiple states.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports court records show 41-year-old Waylon J. Horton of Munfordville was arrested last Wednesday on 139 counts each of first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a destructive device or booby trap.

Dart Container Corp. contacted authorities about possible product tampering involving Horton when he worked for the company.

Dart Container President Jim Lammers said in a statement that a customer received a shipment of Styrofoam cups contaminated with glass. Lammers called the incident a “deliberate attack” on Dart and not the result of a failure in safety protocols.

It’s unclear if Horton has an attorney.


UofL dental school contracts for new HIV/AIDS funding

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is using $2 million in federal funding to provide dental care for people with HIV or AIDS.

The university says the funding was awarded to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and contracted to the dental school.

The two-year grant will allow for oral health care services for underserved people with HIV and provide education and training for providers.

The university said in a news release that dental care is among the most common unmet needs for people with HIV/AIDS in Kentucky.

The funding is through the Department for Public Health HIV/AIDS Services Branch, Ryan White Part B program. The dental school first received funding through the program for a six-month pilot in January 2014 and last year performed more than 6,000 procedures for nearly 600 HIV/AIDS patients.


Police: Man evaded police, caused train wreck

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — An Elizabethtown man has been indicted after officials say he evaded police and caused a train wreck.

Citing court documents, The News-Enterprise reports that 34-year-old Russell Edward Peak III was indicted last week on charges of evading police and persistent felony offender.

Documents state that Peak was involved in a police chase with Elizabethtown Police Department offices in June. After the chase, Peak crashed his car on train tracks and abandoned the vehicle. A train later struck the car, causing the tracks to be out of commission for hours.

Peak is being held in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 bond. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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