State News in Brief

Judge says he will issue ruling in retirement case Tuesday

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Retirement Systems will decide how to invest millions of dollars in public money on the same day a state judge is expected to rule on whether the new board appointed by the governor that controls those investments has the authority to act.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd says he plans to issue a ruling in the case on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the retirement system’s investment committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday to decide how to invest tens of millions of dollars.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin abolished the retirement systems board earlier this year and replaced it with a new board. Thomas Elliott, the chairman of the old board, and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued saying Beivn’s order was illegal.


Police bust ‘Barn Burner’ attended by 300 partygoers

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) — Authorities arrested three men while busting a party attended by hundreds of people that they say included underage drinking.

Whitley County sheriff’s deputies tell news outlets that they received information that underage drinking was occurring at Saturday night’s farm event.

Responding agencies, including the Kentucky State Police, found a crowd of roughly 300 people. Officials say most were underage, intoxicated and were from several counties.

Authorities say 51-year-old Douglas Jones was arrested on unlawful transaction with a minor and public intoxication charges.

Also arrested were 19-year-old Dustin White and 22-year-old Tyler Jones for disorderly conduct, among other charges.

It’s unclear if they have attorneys.

No drugs were located. Those allowed to leave the party passed portable breath tests and field sobriety tests. Officers also contacted the parents of minors.


Agency sets up state fair booth on veterans’ benefits

FRANKFORT (AP) — Veterans and their families can visit a booth at the Kentucky State Fair to obtain information about veterans’ benefits.

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Norman E. Arflack says the state fair booth is an effective way to reach out to veterans to help ensure they receive all the benefits and services they earned.

Experts on veterans’ benefits will be available to answer questions and offer advice.

The agency’s booth is located in the Main Street exhibitor area of South Wing B at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.

This year’s state fair continues until Aug. 28.


Man accused of selling stolen textbooks

LEXINGTON (AP) — University of Kentucky police have arrested a Lexington man after textbooks were discovered missing from campus offices.

University police say in a news release that 30-year-old Anthony Shields was charged Saturday with third-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.

The statement says information from police at Morehead State University led University of Kentucky officers to contact local bookstores to determine where stolen textbooks had been sold. Shields allegedly was caught selling stolen books from Western Kentucky at a Lexington bookstore. He was questioned by police and arrested.

UK police issued alerts this summer after textbooks were stolen from several buildings. Police say other colleges and universities also may have been targeted.

Shields was remanded to the Fayette County Detention Center. It wasn’t immediately known whether he has an attorney.


Deputies: 2-year-old hit by vehicle, killed in Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE (AP) — Deputies say a 2-year-old child has died after being hit by a car at an apartment complex in Shelbyville.

Shelbyville deputies said in a news release that the incident happened Saturday afternoon at the Lynn Acres apartment complex.

The toddler was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

Deputies determined the accident involved a passenger car. They do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the accident.

Officials haven’t released any further details, including the identities of the driver and the child as well as information about how the incident occurred.

The investigation continues.


KSP charge woman in double slaying

SALT LICK (AP) — Kentucky State Police say an Owingsville woman has been charged in a fatal double shooting.

State Police spokesman Michael Little in Morehead says in a news release that 31-year-old Carla S. Hunt was arrested Friday in Bath County. She was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Hunt is being held at the Three Forks Regional Detention Center in Beattyville.

The bodies of 25-year-old Brandy N. Davidson and 33-year-old Devin J. Payton were found in early June. Davidson’s body was found in Wolfe County and Payton’s body was found in Montgomery County.

Two other suspects, 24-year-old Devante Hall of Dayton, Ohio, and 28-year-old Eugene Edward Wade Jr. of Shelbyville, also are charged in the case.


Hearing to determine if murder conviction thrown out

NEWPORT (AP) — A court hearing in Campbell County will determine if a woman’s murder conviction will be thrown out because a juror didn’t report he had been convicted of a felony.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that 25-year-old Shayna Hubers’ trial is set to begin Monday afternoon.

Hubers was sentenced to 40 years in prison last year after a jury convicted her of killing 29-year-old Ryan Poston in his condominium.

The former juror, 53-year-old Dave Craig, indicated that he had never been convicted of a felony. He had previously pleaded guilty to falling behind on child support payments, but said he didn’t know the crime was a felony.

Deanna Dennison, the attorney who represented Craig, is handling Hubers’ appeal. Dennison recognized Craig’s name, ran it through court records and found the felony charge.

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