News in Brief


Death row inmate fights for hip-replacement surgery

EDDYVILLE (AP) — A Kentucky death row inmate has renewed his request for a federal court order requiring the state to arrange hip-replacement surgery for him.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Robert Foley’s request has been turned down by a federal judge twice since his hip gave out in July. Foley’s hip surgery could cost more than $50,000.

In 2012 the Department of Corrections looked for a hospital willing to do the surgery, but a half-dozen declined.

Foley’s attorneys say a doctor recommended the surgery in August, and say the surgery could be done at Baptist Health Paducah Hospital.

Foley was convicted of shooting two brothers to death in Laurel County in 1991, and of shooting four people in Laurel County in 1989 and covering their bodies in an unused septic tank.

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Mystery surrounds Lockport brothers’ deaths

LOCKPORT (AP) — Kentucky State Police are investigating what killed two Lockport brothers and left a third incapacitated and very ill.

Trooper Josh Lawson tells media outlets that on Nov. 20, police found 61-year-old Richard Parrish and 69-year-old Oscar Parrish deceased at their home.

A third brother, Dean Parrish, was sitting on the porch and was “very emaciated and malnourished.” He couldn’t provide police information about what happened to his brothers. Dean Parrish was taken to the hospital.

Lawson says the two brothers had been dead for several days.

Police don’t suspect foul play, but are “at a loss” as to what caused the deaths. Lawson says carbon monoxide poisoning has been ruled out.

Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard says autopsies were conducted over the weekend, but results are pending toxicology results.

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Puzzling experience: Rubik’s record-holder is from Lexington

LEXINGTON (AP) — A 14-year-old from Lexington has set a world record in a Rubik’s Cube competition.

Henry Clay High School ninth-grader Lucas Etter solved the 3×3 cube in 4.90 seconds at a World Cube Association-sponsored competition in Maryland last weekend. Guinness World Records confirmed on its website that Lucas set a world record and is the first person to break the 5-second barrier.

Lucas told the Lexington Herald-Leader he started playing with the Rubik’s Cube when he was about 8 and practices about an hour a day. He says he memorizes the algorithms, or sequences of moves.

The Guinness Report said Lucas also set a record two months ago for a 2x2x2 Rubik’s Cube.

His mother, Dana Mendenhall-Etter, says her son’s feat is the product of more than four years of practice and determination.

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Leno appearing in Richmond in celebrity series finale

RICHMOND (AP) — Jay Leno is appearing in Richmond next spring in an event being billed as a tribute to Officer Daniel Ellis, the Richmond police officer killed in the line of duty this month.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Leno will perform at 8 p.m. April 23 at Richmond’s St. Mark Catholic Church.

A news release about the event said any current Richmond police officer, Madison County sheriff’s deputy, Eastern Kentucky University police officer or Kentucky State Police officer can buy one ticket for $4.57. Ellis’ badge number was 457. One hundred tickets are available at that price. General admission is $200.

The event is the finale of the Evening Among Friends performances presented by the church and Father Jim Sichko. The event is a fundraiser for the church.

For more information, call 859-623-2989 or visit http://www.saintmarkcatholicchurch.net/an-evening-among-friends-the-last-call .

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Dogs removed during Danville raid going to rescue groups

DANVILLE (AP) — A group of dogs taken during a police raid of a Danville home are being transferred to animal rescue organizations.

In the next two weeks, ten Presa Canarios, some over 100 pounds, will be spayed and neutered and then taken to a dog rescue agency in Topeka, Kansas. A husky rescued during the raid is going to a man in Cincinnati.

The Advocate-Messenger in Danville reports the dog’s owner, Chris Pope, agreed to forfeit the dogs as part of a guilty plea to charges of failing to keep them in humane conditions.

The dogs have been held at the shelter since July 29, when they were confiscated by police during a raid. Pope is serving a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for trafficking in Oxycontin in Fayette County.

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Company will turn old school into distillery in Muhlenberg

GREENVILLE (AP) — A western Kentucky company is planning to invest nearly $1.3 million to turn an old school into a distillery, creating 31 jobs.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s office announced the plan Tuesday for Muhlenberg County’s historic Graham School. The building housed a high school from 1933 to 1990 and was an elementary school until it closed in 2004.

The release says Pond River Enterprises LLC will first provide products for the unaged spirits market, or “moonshine,” then expand into bourbon.

Thomas Bard, one of the company’s owners, attended the school, and so did three generations of his family.

The company expects to begin distillation by next November and to open to visitors by January 2017.

The state has given preliminary approval for tax incentives up to $225,000.

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Online printing company expanding in northern Ky.

HEBRON (AP) — An online printing company is planning to expand in northern Kentucky and hire 15 new workers.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s office said this week that GotPrint will invest more than $6.1 million in the project in Hebron near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The company currently employs about 100 people. It plans to expand the facility by 32,000 square feet and buy a new printing press.

GotPrint provides online printing services for private and commercial customers. It is a subsidiary of Printograph Inc, a California-based firm established in 2001.

The state has given preliminary approval for tax incentives up to $230,000.

Beshear’s office said nearly 60 companies have announced new locations or expansions in northern Kentucky in the past year, adding more than 2,700 jobs.

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