News in Brief


Sheriff: Woman arrested after giving 5-day-old newborn drug

MOUNT STERLING (AP) — A Montgomery County woman has been arrested after authorities say she gave her newborn baby a drug which is often used to treat opiate addiction.

Montgomery County Sheriff Fred Shortridge tells local media that 29-year-old Chastity Lewis of Mount Sterling crushed a Suboxone pill and rolled the 5-day-old infant’s pacifier in it.

Lewis was arrested Friday. Shortridge says deputies were first notified about the case Nov. 21.

He says the baby is still in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Shortridge says Lewis had been taking Suboxone during pregnancy.

Lewis was being held Tuesday in the Montgomery County jail on charges of first-degree criminal abuse and failure to appear.

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

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Group approves plans for park’s historical racing machines

LEXINGTON (AP) — The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission granted approval for Turfway Park to install at least 250 historical racing wagering machines.

Media outlets report the commission approved the plan Tuesday, making the Florence racetrack the fourth track in Kentucky approved and paving the way for expanded gambling options there.

The machines allow gamblers to bet on unidentified recorded horse races that may be years old.

The commission had planned to vote on whether to issue the state’s ninth and final racetrack license to Keeneland, but Floyd Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday to Floyd County and Appalachian Racing, which owns the harness track in Prestonsburg.

Keeneland had sought to buy the Prestonsburg license and move it to Corbin, but last month Keeneland requested the unassigned license instead.

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N.Ky. distiller joins industry trade group

FRANKFORT (AP) — A northern Kentucky distillery has joined the ranks of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association as the group’s 28th member.

The KDA says Boone County Distilling Co. near Florence started production in October. It says co-owner Jack Wells began developing the distillery three years ago to draw upon Boone County’s rich distilling history.

Wells is a longtime northern Kentucky resident who owns a coal export company.

The distillery’s tag line, “Made by Ghosts,” harkens to the early pioneers who crafted spirits in Boone County more than 100 years ago.

The new distillery is 5,000 square feet set on 2.5 acres. It includes a 500-gallon pot still, four fermenters and a small bottling line with a capacity of 250 barrels a year. Barrels will be stored in a steeling building behind the distillery.

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Christmas trees being delivered for soldiers this week

FORT CAMPBELL (AP) — Soldiers at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox and their families will be given hundreds of Christmas trees this week.

At Fort Campbell, FedEx Freight will deliver 400 trees that can be picked up from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Saturday at Building 3961 55th Street, the temporary location of the Dale Wayrynen Community Recreation Center.

At Fort Knox, about 400 trees will be available after the post’s tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. EST Thursday. The trees will be distributed at the Waybur Theater parking lot adjacent to the post gazebo until 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

FedEx, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and tree farmers participate. FedEx expects to deliver more than 18,000 trees to more than 65 military installations this year.

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Christmas trees being delivered for soldiers this week

FORT CAMPBELL (AP) — Soldiers at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox and their families will be given hundreds of Christmas trees this week.

At Fort Campbell, FedEx Freight will deliver 400 trees that can be picked up from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Saturday at Building 3961 55th Street, the temporary location of the Dale Wayrynen Community Recreation Center.

At Fort Knox, about 400 trees will be available after the post’s tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. EST Thursday. The trees will be distributed at the Waybur Theater parking lot adjacent to the post gazebo until 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

FedEx, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and tree farmers participate. FedEx expects to deliver more than 18,000 trees to more than 65 military installations this year.

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1 charged with murder in slaying near Bloomfield post office

BLOOMFIELD (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in connection with the killing of a Bloomfield teen.

Media outlets report 18-year-old Rasheed Wickliffe was found dead early Tuesday in Bloomfield. Two young men have been arrested in connection with Wickliffe’s death. One of them, 18-year-old Alexander Roberts, has been charged with murder.

The incident occurred along Taylorsville Road near the Bloomfield post office. Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly says investigators initially thought they were working a shooting, but discovered Wickliffe actually had a lethal puncture wound to the neck. Wickliffe was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mattingly says Wickliffe’s neck was punctured during a fight, but won’t say what kind of weapon was used. He says the incident was the result of a drug deal that went bad.

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Coroner: Harrodsburg man found dead in truck

LEXINGTON (AP) — Lexington Police are trying to figure out who killed a man who was found dead inside a truck in East Lexington.

Media outlets report the body of 33-year-old Barry Slaven of Harrodsburg was found Tuesday afternoon inside a Penske box truck. Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says Slaven had been shot, but he’s not sure yet if that is the cause of death. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Ginn says the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Slaven’s family tells media that he had been missing since Sunday, and that they had filed a missing persons’ report with police.

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Sidewalks project in downtown Louisville receives funding

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Louisville is getting $1.5 million in federal funding to improve sidewalks and other conditions in the downtown area.

A news release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office said sidewalks will be rebuilt or repaired to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and to encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Mayor Greg Fischer said the funding will help attract people to downtown Louisville.

Beshear presented a ceremonial check representing the funds on Monday.

Also planned are enlarged tree wells, restriping of pavement and parking on both sides of the street.

The funding is through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program, administered by the Office of Local Programs in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

The project area is near several agencies that work with the disabled, veterans, elderly, poor and minorities.

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