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Ky. begins crackdown on radioactive waste

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky health officials have ordered the company accused of hauling low-level nuclear waste into the state to stop or face heavy fines and potential criminal charges.

The Courier-Journal reports that the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet on Tuesday also sent violation notices to two landfill operators in Greenup and Estill counties, accusing them of inaccurately characterizing the waste.

Health Cabinet attorney Jennifer Wolsing said in a letter released Tuesday that BES LLC, doing business as Advanced TENORM Services, transported the waste. The company couldn’t be reached for comment.

The enforcement comes about two weeks after officials publicly confirmed that waste from fracking operations in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania was sent to an Estill County landfill last year. Officials say less radioactive waste was transported to Greenup County.

Representatives of the landfills couldn’t be reached for comment.


Reward offered in shooting of bald eagle western Ky.

GRAND RIVERS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information about the shooting of a bald eagle in western Kentucky.

Officials say the federally protected bird was shot sometime around Christmas in Grand Rivers, an area in the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. The area is known for bald eagle sightings and has the state’s highest concentration of the large bird.

A state conservation officer found the bird’s carcass alongside Paradise Road on Jan. 8.

Killing or harming a bird carries maximum penalties of up to $100,000 in fines and one year in prison.

To provide information on this shooting, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent at (270) 252-7336, or Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at (270) 890-3300.


Jury clears Carrollton police chief, officer of charges

CARROLLTON (AP) — Two police officers suspended from the force in the midst of misconduct allegations have been cleared of all wrongdoing.

Media outlets report that on Tuesday, a Carroll County jury acquitted Carrollton Chief of Police Mike Willhoite and officer Ron Dickow of all charges.

Willhoite and Dickow had been accused of intentionally defying a judge’s order to take an inmate to Eastern State Hospital last April, instead putting him on a bus to Florida.

The day before the alleged events, a judge rejected a plea deal that would have sent the inmate to Florida. The inmate was instead ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

The two admitted to putting the inmate on the bus, but said it was because of a misunderstanding — Willhoite said he didn’t realize the plea deal had failed, and Dickow said he was just following orders from Willhoite.


Former office manager sentenced on embezzlement charge

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Attorney in Louisville says a former officer manager has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling $800,000 from the company where she worked.

A release from U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. says 55-year-old Paige L. Talley pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in November.

Prosecutors say Talley admitted to submitting fraudulent travel reimbursement requests and payroll adjustments while employed as human resources and office manager at Luvata Electrofin in Louisville.

According to the release, testimony during Talley’s sentencing hearing on Monday supported statements made by Talley that she suffered from being a battered and from a gambling addiction.

Talley was ordered by U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers to pay the full restitution order of $800,000.

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