State News in Brief


Police investigate heritage center vandalism as hate crime

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky are investigating a case of vandalism at an African-American heritage center as a hate crime.

London City Police Captain Darrel Kilburn tells news outlets that someone spray-painted a sign outside the Laurel County African American Heritage Center in London with the letters KKK and the number 1488, which is a code that references white supremacist slogans.

City police and the FBI are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

Wayne Riley, the center’s CEO, says he first noticed the vandalism when he drove past the building. Police told him he could cover the sign if he wanted to. Salena Riley, the center’s assistant office manager, says she doesn’t want the sign covered.

Wayne Riley opened the center in 2004 at an abandoned church he grew up attending.

Police urge anyone with information to contact authorities.

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Human remains found behind residence in McCreary Co.

WHITLEY CITY (AP) — Kentucky State Police are investigating the discovery of human remains found in eastern Kentucky in a wooded area behind a home.

Police said the remains found Tuesday appear to have been in the location for several months.

The person’s identity and cause of death aren’t known, but police say foul play is suspected.

The discovery was made after the McCreary County sheriff’s office was given information about the location of remains in the Parkers Lake community.

The remains will be examined by a forensic pathologist in the state medical examiner’s office.

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Lawmakers pass bill to help prosecutors fight sex crimes

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have finished work to close a legal loophole blamed for shielding sexual predators whose young victims can’t say exactly when and where they were abused.

The bill won final passage Tuesday in the Senate and goes to Gov. Matt Bevin.

The measure stems from a court ruling that overturned the conviction of a man accused of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter while the child’s mother was deployed with the military.

In her testimony, the child was unable to say specifically when and where it happened.

The measure would close the loophole by creating a “continuous course of conduct” law.

That would allow children or vulnerable adults to testify to a pattern of abuse without being penalized for not remembering exact dates and places where abuse occurred.

The legislation is Senate Bill 60.

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Weather service confirms 3 tornadoes in Christian Co.

HOPKINSVILLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says three tornadoes touched down in western Kentucky’s Christian County over the weekend when a severe storm passed through the area.

The Kentucky New Era cited the National Weather Service in Paducah in reporting that an EF-2 tornado hit in northern Christian County on Sunday evening and two EF-0 tornados hit in other areas.

The weather service findings released Tuesday said most of the damage came from the EF-2 tornado. The twister destroyed 16 barns and damaged 10 others as well as two homes.

No injuries were reported from the storm.

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Fugitive accused of attempted murder arrested in Lexington

LEXINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a fugitive accused of attempted murder of a police officer and trafficking narcotics earlier this month has been arrested in Lexington.

News outlets report that 38-year-old David Suarez was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in which authorities say they found heroin, methamphetamine, cash and a loaded gun in his car.

Garrard County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Addison says he was nearly hit by Suarez’s car two weeks ago when he approached the vehicle after receiving a call about suspected drug activity at a gas station. Addison says he had to dodge Suarez’s car as it sped off.

It is unclear whether Suarez has an attorney.

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Ky. man sentenced in burglary of Ga. pharmacy

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man who burglarized a Georgia pharmacy and sought to sell stolen pills in Kentucky has been sentenced to prison.

Authorities said Tuesday that 33-year-old Bradley Williams of Russell Springs, Kentucky was sentenced to 151 months in prison after being convicted of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Prosecutors say Williams and his co-conspirators traveled from Kentucky to Waycross, Georgia in January 2015 and broke into a local pharmacy.

Authorities say the group stole more than 9,000 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills and planned to sell them in Russell County, Kentucky.

Officials say Williams has also been linked to similar burglaries in other states.

Authorities say two other Kentucky men, 37-year-old Stephen Williams and 34-year-old Shawn Weddle, have also been sentenced in the burglary.

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Officials dig up property in connection with missing woman

JUNCTION CITY (AP) — Authorities executed a search warrant and dug up several spots of a Lincoln County property in connection with the case of a woman who disappeared in 1992.

Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott tells news outlets that authorities had been developing leads in the case of Anna Lee Manning, who disappeared nearly 24 years ago.

One such lead took investigators to a residence near Junction City that belongs to the father of Manning’s estranged husband. Deputies, state police and the FBI spent much of Tuesday digging up the property and discovered new evidence and recovered several guns.

“We have recovered some evidence. The FBI has some of that and as you can see we’ve recovered several guns that we have to work with to find if it is stolen,” Elliott said.

Authorities have not made any arrests. Elliott says officials have not named any suspects in the case.

Boyle County Sheriff Deputy Phillip Dean says he decided to re-open the case after he read the original case file. The last contact anyone had with Manning was on Nov. 19, 1992, when she spoke with an aunt near a jewelry store in Danville.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact authorities.

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Mom guilty of giving fatal dose of heroin to jailed daughter

COVINGTON (AP) — A northern Kentucky mother has pleaded guilty to supplying her daughter with the heroin that she fatally overdosed on while in jail last year.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Kimberly Mullins on Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court in Covington to conspiring with others to get the fatal cocktail that contained heroin and fentanyl to her addicted 25-year-old daughter Jamie Green.

Green, who had been jailed since more than three months on a probation violation, was found unresponsive in the Kenton County jail Sept. 4 after taking the drug.

Co-defendants Lisa Lattimore and Lynette Ball also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge. U.S. District Court Judge Amul Thapar told the women they will each return to court in July to face sentences of 20 years to life in prison.

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Officials plan for volunteers to plant more than 2,000 trees

FRANKFORT (AP) — Officials plan for volunteers to plant more than 2,000 trees in Frankfort this weekend.

A statement says Kentucky State University will host the ReForest Frankfort event on Saturday at Old Young Hall. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to attend. Along with planting trees, those who attend can participate in a 4K run and everyone will receive tree saplings to take home.

Officials say the event will celebrate Arbor Day and educate the community about the benefits of trees and protecting natural resources.

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