News in Brief


2 dead after double shooting in Laurel Co.

LONDON (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot his girlfriend after an argument and then was shot and killed by his own father.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department says in a news release that 26-year-old Ashley Beckner and boyfriend 29-year-old Michael Allen, along with their 3-year-old daughter, were visiting the home of Allen’s father Saturday evening when an argument occurred.

Authorities say Allen fatally shot Beckner multiple times with a pistol. The release says he also fired at his father, Charles Allen, and in the direction of his daughter and his father’s wife.

Charles Allen fired a shotgun at his son, killing him.

The investigation into the shooting is continuing.

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Bullitt County teacher facing meth charge

SHEPHERDSVILLE (AP) — A Bullitt County teacher has been charged with possessing methamphetamine.

According to WHAS-TV, Bullitt Central High teacher Kristan Smith was arrested and charged Saturday morning.

Details of the arrest are unclear, but officials with the Bullitt County Detention Center say Smith was “signed out” later Saturday.

Bullitt County Public Schools attorney Eric Farris said Smith has been employed with the district since 2014. Before that, he said she spent seven years with Eminence Independent Schools.

He said the district conducts background checks and Smith had no prior criminal history as of June 2014.

Farris said the superintendent is investigating Smith’s case and will determine if additional action is needed.

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Former Falmouth police chief gets probation on charges

FALMOUTH (AP) — A former northern Kentucky police chief has been sentenced to three years of probation on charges of theft and abuse of a public trust.

The State Journal reports Mark Lane Posey was sentenced Friday in Franklin Circuit Court after pleading guilty in October to charges brought against him earlier this year by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

Conway’s office said Posey took over $10,000 in funds from a drug task force account.

Posey was police chief in Falmouth, about 40 miles south of Cincinnati, from March 2008 until he resigned in February.

As part of his plea agreement, Posey has agreed to pay back $16,700 in restitution and can no longer work in law enforcement.

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Auditor-elect names members of his management team

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky Auditor-elect Mike Harmon has selected former state lawmaker Sara Beth Gregory as general counsel for the auditor’s office.

Gregory, who currently works as an attorney in Monticello, formerly served in the Kentucky House and Senate.

Her appointment was among several announced by Harmon, who defeated Democratic incumbent Adam Edelen in the November election.

Harmon says Alice Wilson will serve as assistant state auditor. Wilson has more than 20 years of government auditing experience, most recently serving as executive director of the Office of Audits for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Ginger Wills will serve as Harmon’s chief of staff. Her government experience includes a tenure at the state Department of Agriculture.

Harmon says Michael Goins will serve as his communications director.

Harmon takes office on Jan. 4.

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Travelers will find relief in W.Ky. work zones

FRANKFORT (AP) — Travelers on the Audubon and former Pennyrile parkways will find some relief from work zone slowdowns.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says work zone lane restrictions will come down Wednesday and remain off until Jan. 4.

On Interstate 69, or the former Pennyrile Parkway, the area affected is in Hopkins, Webster and Henderson counties, running from mile point 37.7 to 73.4 and includes work at the new interchange with Kentucky 56 at Sebree.

On the Audubon Parkway in Henderson County, the work zone was being removed last week, running from mile point 0.0 to 8.5. The cabinet says work has progressed to a point that all four lanes should be reopened to traffic with only some minor work left to complete by Christmas Eve.

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Bert Combs Lake closed for several months for repairs to dam

MANCHESTER (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says a 36-acre lake in eastern Kentucky is closed for repairs to its dam.

The agency said in a news release the Bert T. Combs Lake in Clay County should reopen in May, barring any weather delays.

Workers must fix a leaky area near the concrete spillway of the earthen dam. Bert Combs Lake Road is the only road to the lake and boat ramp, and it will be closed to the public throughout the project.

The agency said while the project is underway, contractors may lower the lake by several feet. Fish populations aren’t expected to be affected.

Fish and Wildlife Resources owns the lake. The Division of Water is overseeing repairs.

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3 killed in fatal crash in Nelson Co.

BARDSTOWN (AP) — Three people have been killed and one person injured when two vehicles collided in central Kentucky.

Police said in a statement that the crash occurred Sunday morning on Louisville Road in Nelson County. The statement says 24-year-old Jordan Hickman was driving south in a Chevrolet Malibu when the car crossed the center line and struck a Dodge pickup operated by 20-year-old Brian Waldridge.

Police say Hickman and his two passengers, 25-year-old Tyler Foster and 24-year-old Keaton Hall, were pronounced dead at the scene. All were from Bardstown.

Waldridge, also of Bardstown, was taken to University of Louisville Hospital in serious condition, according to the police statement.

The crash remains under investigation.

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