State News in Brief

Annual jobless rates fall in 115 Ky. counties

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky officials say annual unemployment rates fell in 115 of the state’s counties in 2015 compared to 2014.

The Kentucky Office of Employment Training says the jobless rate stayed the same in Owsley County and rose in Magoffin, Martin, Russell and Union counties.

Woodford County had the state’s lowest annual jobless rate in 2015 at 3.6 percent.

It was followed by Fayette County at 3.9 percent; Oldham County at 4 percent; and Owen, Scott and Shelby counties at 4.1 percent each.

Magoffin County had the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2015 at 14.7 percent.

It was followed by Russell County at 11.9 percent; Harlan County at 11.7 percent; Letcher County at 11.2 percent; Leslie County at 10.8 percent; Owsley County at 10.4 percent; and Wolfe County at 10.1 percent.


Ky. man fatally shot by officers in southern Ill.

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a Kentucky man who led officers on a high-speed chase was fatally shot by police in southern Illinois after he fired several shots.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a residential burglary Tuesday afternoon. Officers immediately located and started pursuing the suspect.

Illinois State Police Lt. Michael Alvey says the suspect hit a deputy’s vehicle after refusing to stop and fired multiple shots at officers. He says the suspect’s vehicle became disabled on Interstate 57, and then he carjacked another motorist and continued to flee.

Alvey says the suspect eventually left the vehicle near Benton and continued to shoot at officers. He says the suspect was shot by officers and pronounced dead.

The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Joshua Moreno of Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Man who asked deputy to fix computer faces child porn counts

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A Kentucky man is facing child porn charges after asking a sheriff’s deputy to fix his computer.

The Daily News reports 63-year-old William Breece Dudley was indicted on four counts of possession of child pornography.

According to records from the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Robert Boyden said he was trying to repair Dudley’s laptop computer when he saw a list of files from a server known for child porn that were infected by a virus. After seeing images, Boyden contacted a supervisor and officials executed a search warrant, which led to charges.

Warren County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Stephen Harmon said the two men were acquaintances and that Boyden has some IT knowledge.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Dudley has an attorney. He told police he thought someone else infected his laptop with child porn.


Ohio Co. voters reject legalizing countywide alcohol sales

HARTFORD (AP) — Ohio County voters have struck down a measure that would have legalized alcohol sales there countywide.

Media outlets report the vote Tuesday wrapped up a year of sometimes heated exchanges between groups for and against legal sales in Ohio County. Voters chose to maintain a dry status by about a 7 percent margin, or 339 votes.

Ohio County Clerk Bess Tichenor Ralph says voter turnout slightly more than 27 percent, almost half what she had predicted.

Beaver Dam, the county’s largest city, voted to allow alcohol sales on Feb. 2. The results of the two elections legally act independently of each other, and Beaver Dam will begin alcohol sales later this year.

State law stipulates that the issue of sales in the county cannot go on a ballot for another three years.


Official: Hardin Co. Schools bus driver may have had seizure

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) A Hardin County Schools official says the driver of a bus that crashed into a home with 50 children on board appeared to have a seizure.

HCS Community Relations Specialist John Wright tells the News-Enterprise that recorded video from inside the bus revealed 38-year-old Jennifer Leon appeared to have a seizure just before the crash on Monday.

Wright previously told media outlets that some students had cuts and bruises, but none were seriously injured.

He says the district is waiting for official medical confirmation from physicians regarding whether Leon had a seizure. After that, district officials will decide whether Leon will drive a bus again for the district.

Holders of commercial driver’s licenses must be medically certified as physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.


Former La Grange pastor pleads guilty in child sex case

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A former pastor has pleaded guilty to sex crimes after admitting to having paid sex with a child on multiple occasions.

Media outlets report 64-year-old Howard Key Chambers pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to engaging in sex trafficking with a girl who was 10 and 11 years old in 2013 and 2014.

According to court documents, Chambers admitted to posting a Craigslist ad seeking role playing fantasies. His co-defendant in the case, 33-year-old Christopher Kosicki, responded. The documents say Chambers would drive to Kosicki’s Louisville home and engage in sex acts with a 10-year-old.

Kosicki was sentenced Feb. 1 to 50 years in prison.

Chambers is scheduled to be sentenced July 5. He faces between 15 and 30 years in prison.

Chambers’ attorneys declined to comment.

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