State News in Brief

MSHA announces results of special impact inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that federal inspectors issued 114 citations and four orders during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines and six metal and nonmetal mines in June.

MSHA conducted special impact inspections at mines in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Monthly impact inspections began in force in April 2010 at mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns. Since then, MSHA inspectors have conducted 1,173 impact inspections and issued 16,429 citations, 1,317 orders and 60 safeguards.


Autopsy: Missing man died from methamphetamine intoxication

FRANKLIN (AP) — An autopsy of a Franklin man who went missing shows that he died of acute methamphetamine intoxication.

Warren County Deputy Coroner David Goens tells The Daily News that 37-year-old David Aycock’s death is the first methamphetamine overdose death recorded in Warren County this year.

The Kentucky State Police said in a news release that they found Aycock’s body on June 16 in a wooded area in Warren County about 100 feet from a roadway.

Aycock was reported missing by family the previous day.


Attorneys seek to move preacher’s trial in pawnshop slayings

DANVILLE (AP) — Attorneys are seeking to move the trial of a Pulaski County preacher charged in the slayings of three people at a pawnshop.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler scheduled a hearing on Tuesday for a change of venue motion in the trial of 51-year-old Kenneth Allen Keith. The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

The motion argues that Keith’s trial should be moved out of Boyle County because the case has received so much publicity that it would be impossible to select a jury capable of rendering a verdict based solely on evidence.

Keith has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 shooting deaths of 35-year-old Michael Hockensmith, 38-year-old Angela Hockensmith and 60-year-old Daniel Smith at a Danville pawnshop.


Emergency agency seeks joint damage assessments in Ky.

FRANKFORT (AP) — The state of Kentucky is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for joint preliminary damage assessments for public assistance in 23 counties affected by storms in early July.

The state says the counties are Adair, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Clay, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Hart, Hopkins, Lawrence, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Ohio, Todd, Trigg, Union, and Webster.

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management said in a news release that at its request, FEMA will send personnel to Kentucky to begin joint assessments with the state agencies and others to survey damages and review storm-related expense documentation.


Allen Co. farmers plead guilty to crop insurance fraud

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Two south-central Kentucky farmers have pleaded guilty to crop insurance fraud.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 53-year-old David Manion and 48-year-old Henry Manion of Allen County admitted making false statements and reports on applications for insurance.

The prosecutor’s office said in a news release the defendants made false statements to influence insurance payments of the Federal Crop Insurance Crop. and Producers Agriculture Insurance Co. The release said David Manion also had insurance provided by Rural Community Insurance Services.

The violations occurred between August 2009 and February 2012. The men each admitted intentionally overstating crop damage resulting in losses of more than $1.1 million.

Terms of the plea agreement say prosecutors will recommend sentences at the lowest end of the guideline range and the men will be required to make full restitution.

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