News in Brief


Officials say Rocket Docket saving money

FRANKFORT (AP) — Officials say a new Rocket Docket initiative has saved taxpayers about $2.8 million in jail costs in three months and is projected to save $11 million in its first year.

Attorney General Jack Conway and members of the Prosecutors Advisory Council said in a statement that the savings is more than double what the program will cost this year. The initiative, which went into effect on Aug. 1, was part of comprehensive heroin legislation that the General Assembly passed in the spring.

Conway said the program allows the justice system to move faster and more efficiently by allowing low-level offenders with substance abuse issues to receive rehabilitation and treatment.

The statement says 361 defendants were placed in treatment programs through Oct. 31.

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Former lawmaker appointed deputy labor secretary in Ky.

FRANKFORT (AP) — A former state lawmaker from Bullitt County has been appointed to Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration.

State Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey says Mike Nemes has been appointed as deputy secretary of the Labor Cabinet.

Ramsey says Nemes’ legislative and business experience will be assets in his new role.

Nemes is a former representative from Kentucky’s 38th House District. He served on the House Labor and Industry Committee as well as the Judiciary and the Licensing and Occupations committees.

Nemes worked 17 years for a soft drink bottler in Kentucky, where he served as a Teamster union steward. He then bought a bakery distributorship and grew the business, before selling it 13 years later. From there, he went to the construction industry as a project coordinator for an insulation company.

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Ohio man dies after falling during hike at Red River Gorge

SLADE (AP) — A 25-year-old man has died after falling 200 feet while hiking at Eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.

Wolfe County Search and Rescue said in a Facebook post that the man crossed a safety railing at Chimney Top Rock shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday, and then leapt across an open space to the chimney. His ankle rolled when he landed. The post says that, combined with his momentum, caused him to fall. The rescue team retrieved the body 200 feet below.

The Wolfe County coroner’s office says it would not release the man’s name until police could notify his family in Ohio, where he lived.

The rescue team says this was the third fatality in 2015 at Chimney Top Rock.

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Pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Somerset

SOMERSET (AP) — Authorities have identified a pedestrian who died after being hit by a vehicle in Somerset, Kentucky.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, 48-year-old Adam R. Moody was walking in the road along Ky. 914 in Pulaski County when he was struck by a car around 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Police said 29-year-old Misty Mitchell of Somerset was heading southbound when her vehicle hit Moody, who police say was wearing dark clothing on a road with no lights.

Mitchell was treated for minor injuries at a regional hospital. Police did not say if charges have been filed.

Moody was from Nancy, a community about eight miles west of Somerset.

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Paducah brothers try to sell 30,000 inherited dolls

PADUCAH (AP) — Four Paducah men have about 25,000 dolls left to sell of the 30,000 that they inherited from their mother.

The brothers tell WPSD-TV their mother, Colleen Hobgood, died in April and her last wish was for them to sell the 30,000 dolls she collected during her lifetime and split the profits.

Bob Hobgood says he almost wishes his mother had gotten stocks instead. He says his mother paid between $40 and $100 for many of the dolls, but that the brothers are selling them for “a whole lot less than that.”

The Hobgoods have donated a truckload of dolls to Toys for Tots and plan on donating more to WSPD-TV’s toy drive. They plan to have a doll sale in March, and are selling some on Ebay.

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Woman who tried to help animals arrested for cruelty

HODGENVILLE (AP) — A LaRue County woman who investigators say was trying to help animals is charged with animal cruelty and harboring a vicious animal.

WKYT-TV reports Jane Embry applied for a kennel license Tuesday. When an animal control officer went to inspect her property he found dozens of dogs and cats there.

“She had real good intentions for doing what she was doing, but you just got to keep your mindset where you’re not actually helping them, you’re harming them,” LaRue County Sheriff, Russell McCoy, said.

Officials said most of Embry’s animals appear to be healthy. Five different shelters were called in to take the animals.

In a telephone interview, Embry said the animals were not mistreated or suffering.

“I tried to start a sanctuary for special needs dogs and cats out of my home in Magnolia,” she said. “I gone to every official and asked for help, but I’ve been given the wrong information and no help.”

Embry said she formed a nonprofit called Sassy Ann’s Special Needs Sanctuary. She said shelters have given her animals to take care of that are old, or disabled, or injured and unlikely to be adopted. Nonetheless, Embry says she has adopted out some animals in the year-or-so the sanctuary has been open.

“These animals deserve a loving home,” she said.

Embry said the animals have about two-thirds of an acre to run around on as well as the bottom floor of her house. But she has clashed with a neighbor over the sanctuary.

Embry said the vicious animal charge came after a deputy was either bitten or scratched. Embry said she had warned the deputy not to enter the fenced yard.

Embry is free on a $1,000 bond with a Wednesday court date.

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