3 Ways Syringe Exchange Could Impact the Local Heroin Epidemic

Berea Police Department Chief David Gregory (left) touched base with Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeremy Slinker after the two lawmen addressed a Tuesday forum about a proposed syringe exchange program.

Last week at a forum staged in Berea by the Madison County Health Department, Berea Police Chief David Gregory addressed the merits of a proposed syringe exchange program.

Health and medical professionals at the meeting advocated the program to help prevent the spread of deadly communicable Continue reading 3 Ways Syringe Exchange Could Impact the Local Heroin Epidemic

Job Opening

The City of Berea Human Rights Commission is accepting applications for the position of Part-Time Administrative Assistant. (This position is approved for up to 23 hours per week.) Minimum qualifications include high school diploma (or equivalent), supplemented by two years related work experience, strong customer service skills (including discretion), and proficiency with Microsoft Office products.

Applications are available online at http://bereaky.gov, or may be picked up (and returned) at Berea Municipal Utilities (200 Harrison Continue reading Job Opening

Beshear to Transfer $30,000 to State Police to Help End Rape Kit Backlog

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that his office will transfer $30,000 to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab to help end the state’s rape kit backlog.

The money is the amount of interest accumulated to date from the multimillion-dollar Risperdal settlement. The Attorney General’s office alleged Johnson & Johnson dishonestly marketed its drug Risperdal to patients and the medical community in Kentucky. Continue reading Beshear to Transfer $30,000 to State Police to Help End Rape Kit Backlog

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part seven

Jadon Gibson

In late summer of 1755, Mary Ingles felt a duty to nurse her sister-in-law, Eliza Draper, back to health before attempting to escape. They had been kidnapped by Indians after the Ingles cabin was torched. The Indians took them to the Lower Towns of the Shawnees along the Ohio River. Within a day or two after their arrival Eliza was forced to run the gauntlet. She suffered many injuries. Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, part seven

OBITUARIES FEB. 19-26, 2017

Stephen Allen Cooper

Stephen Allen Cooper

Stephen Allen “Coop” Cooper age 68 of Berea, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at his home. Coop was born in Hot Springs, SD to the late Francis Allen and Delores Mae Cooper.

He was a retired machine operator for CSX. After retirement he spent most of his free time outdoors and playing golf.

He is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Christine (Nicholas) Miller and Cathy Jo (Nicholas) Bowling; three siblings Continue reading OBITUARIES FEB. 19-26, 2017

UPDATE: KSP Conducts Missing Person Investigation in Madison Co.

FOUND

Update: The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post has confirmed that Mikayla R. Wolney, 16 years old of Berea, was located unharmed this afternoon in Indiana, and is being transported back to Kentucky.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Trooper John Northern.

Original release below:
RICHMOND, Ky. (February 24, 2017) –The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing Madison County juvenile. Continue reading UPDATE: KSP Conducts Missing Person Investigation in Madison Co.

KSP Conducts Missing Person Investigation in Madison Co.

MISSING

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing Madison County juvenile.

KSP Post 7 was called this evening and informed that Mikayla R. Wolney, 16 years old of Berea, did not return home from school today. The initial investigation indicates that Mikayla was last seen at approximately 8:00 am this morning when she got off the bus at Madison Southern High School. She was last seen wearing a white Madison Southern shirt and skinny blue jeans. Mikayla is described being 5’ 7” tall, 206 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. She also has gauges in both ears, a small piercing in the top of her left ear, as well as a lip and nose Continue reading KSP Conducts Missing Person Investigation in Madison Co.

KSP Charges Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

ARRESTED

On February 23, 2017, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Gary L. Weaver, 66, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

Weaver was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading Continue reading KSP Charges Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Jared Carpenter

Visits from advocacy groups, a ceremonial bill signing, and rallies in the Capitol Rotunda, along with the bipartisan passage of bills, marked a busy Week Four of the 2017 Legislative Session. We were excited to welcome the children of Kentucky National Guard members from across the state for the First Annual Kentucky Military Kids Day. It was an honor to host these families who have sacrificed so much to serve our state and our country. Continue reading SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Bipartisanship Marks Recent Activity in Kentucky State House

Marie Rader

The pace in Frankfort has picked up substantially, as another week of committee meetings, ceremonies, and floor votes have gone by. We have passed a variety of bipartisan legislation that will go far in increasing government transparency and caring for the most vulnerable among us.

At the end of last week, we passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2, which will go back to the Senate for concurrence and then on to the Governor for his signature. This piece of legislation is not Continue reading Bipartisanship Marks Recent Activity in Kentucky State House