State News in Brief


Former Danville officer indicted on charges involving wreck

DANVILLE (AP) — A Boyle County grand jury has indicted a former Danville police officer who was in a wreck while off-duty.

Media outlets report 30-year-old Ryan Hundley was indicted Tuesday on one count of second-degree assault, one count of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of driving under the influence.

The charges stem from a Feb. 26 wreck in which Hundley admitted to Boyle County sheriff’s deputies that he had been drinking with a friend before getting behind the wheel of his car.

An accident report says Hundley and his friend were heading east on Kentucky Route 2168 when they collided with a pickup truck.

Hundley had been a police officer with the Danville Police Department since August 2013. The department said in a release Wednesday that Hundley had resigned.

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Lexmark laying off 143 people in Lexington starting in May

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Layoff plans have been announced at Lexmark in Lexington starting May 25.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the company has filed a notice with the city that it plans to lay off 143 workers permanently. The company employs about 2,300 people at its Lexington campus.

The company announced in February that it would eliminate 550 positions worldwide in a restructuring with some of the jobs to be shifted to lower-cost countries. Another 500 job cuts were announced in July.

The restructuring is expected to save Lexmark $67 in 2016 and $100 million beginning in 2017.

In February earnings reports, the company said quarterly revenue was down more than 5 percent, but the gross profit margin rose from 35.2 percent to 39.8 percent. Earnings per share were up slightly in 2015.

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Woman charged in father’s death returned to Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota woman has been extradited from Kentucky to face charges she fatally bludgeoned her father with an axe-like tool.

Thirty-eight-year-old Lisa May Kearney was booked into the Stearns County Jail on Wednesday. The county attorney’s office says Kearney is scheduled to make her first court appearance Thursday.

Kearney is charged with second-degree murder. She was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, Jan. 6, two days after police found the body of Jeffrey Schilling in the St. Cloud home he shared with Kearney.

A criminal complaint says the 66-year-old father died of head injuries, apparently inflicted with a short-handled maul found nearby. The complaint says a neighbor and law enforcement confirmed a strained relationship existed between Kearney and her father.

Online court records do not list a defense attorney for Kearney.

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Man pleads guilty in Richmond couple’s 2010 deaths

LEXINGTON (AP) — A former Eastern Kentucky University student has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering a Richmond couple in 2010.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 30-year-old Daniel Keene pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, burglary and tampering with evidence. Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith recommended 40 years in prison.

The charges stemmed from the deaths of 30-year-old Sonsarary Warford and her boyfriend, 30-year-old Charles DeMarcus Walker. Their bodies were found buried in a field in Richmond four years ago.

Keene told police he dug the grave while co-defendant Matt Denholm tortured and executed Warford and Walker. Denholm pleaded guilty in 2014 to the deaths and to an unrelated murder and was sentenced to life without parole for 25 years.

An affidavit in the case said Walker was targeted in a contract killing.

Sentencing is May 3 in Madison County Circuit Court.

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‘Bogus Beggar’ pleads guilty to fraud charges

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A Kentucky man who claims to have made as much as $100,000 annually by panhandling while pretending to be disabled has pleaded guilty to similar duping charges.

Local news outlets report that 33-year-old Gary Hank Thompson pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to defrauding the Supplemental Security Administration by failing to report income and falsely misrepresenting his mental condition in order to receive benefits.

Thompson, who has been dubbed the “bogus beggar,” admitted that between 2009 and 2013, he made the misrepresentations in order to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits amounting to $24,884. He also admitted that he obtained $81,831 in Medicaid benefits.

Thompson had been accused of falsely represented his mental condition by slowing his speech and stuttering when he sought benefits.

Thompson will be sentenced in June.

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Western signs admission agreement with community college

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Western Kentucky University and Jefferson Community and Technical College have signed a joint admissions agreement.

A statement issued jointly by the schools on Wednesday says the agreement will allow students to be admitted to both institutions at the same time, which makes it easier for them to obtain a bachelor’s degree at Western after attending JCTC.

Officials say they hope the agreement helps to expand options for students seeking a degree, bolster the number of degrees earned and reduce the time it takes to obtain a degree.

Students admitted jointly will have access to services at Western and be assigned an adviser from the university.

WKU President Gary Ransdell says it is the ninth agreement the school has signed with a Kentucky Community and Technical College System campus.

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