Update (Grand Jury Findings) – KSP Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Madison County

Grand Jury Findings
Grand Jury Findings

Update: This morning, the Kentucky State Police investigation into the Officer Involved shooting that occurred on September 13, 2014, involving Jesse Aaron Gibbons, was presented to the Madison County Grand Jury.

A copy of the investigation will be available when the case is closed and submitted to the KSP Records Branch. All requests for the investigation will be Continue reading Update (Grand Jury Findings) – KSP Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Madison County

KY’s Undocumented Immigrants’ Tax Contributions Would Increase Under Reform

KCEP
KCEP

Undocumented immigrants living and paying taxes in Kentucky would increase their contributions under the Obama administration’s executive actions, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). Such payments would increase even more under comprehensive immigration reform.

ITEP’s study, “Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions,” estimates that 48,000 undocumented immigrants in Kentucky currently pay Continue reading KY’s Undocumented Immigrants’ Tax Contributions Would Increase Under Reform

Rep. Rita Smart named co-chair of new Subcommittee on Tourism Development

Rita Smart
Rita Smart

Recognizing her involvement in the tourism industry, House Speaker Greg Stumbo has appointed state Rep. Rita Smart as the co-chair of the General Assembly’s newly created Subcommittee on Tourism Development.

“I think Rita is an ideal chair of this committee, because as an owner of a bed and breakfast, she understands perfectly what businesses are needing from the state to help them attract tourism dollars,” Speaker Stumbo said. “I’m confident the solutions this committee recommends will be the foundation for legislation that makes a true difference in making one of Kentucky’s largest Continue reading Rep. Rita Smart named co-chair of new Subcommittee on Tourism Development

Berea College Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition”

Berea College
Berea College

Berea College, which continues as a leader in turning the Bluegrass State “green,” has been named one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Berea College in the 2015 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this sixth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ Continue reading Berea College Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition”

Representative Shell Reappointed to Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee

Jonathan Shell
Jonathan Shell

Representative Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, has been reappointed to the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee in Frankfort. House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover reappointed Rep. Shell to serve on the statutory committee earlier this week.

“Rep. Shell has shown outstanding leadership during his time in Frankfort, including his work on this committee,” Leader Hoover said. “Given his background and experience as a tobacco farmer, he has become an important asset in management of MSA funds in Kentucky which is why I Continue reading Representative Shell Reappointed to Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee

What the Research Says About “Right to Work” laws

KCEP
KCEP

The effort to promote “right to work” laws with local governments in Kentucky is founded on claims about job and economic growth that are unsupported by the research, according to a new report by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.
The report looks at the most careful previous studies on RTW that show the law is not associated with an increase in jobs, but with lower wages and Continue reading What the Research Says About “Right to Work” laws

Kentucky Manufacturers Express Support for Senator McConnell’s Efforts to Combat President’s War on Coal

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to thank him for the letter he sent to our Nation’s Governors calling on them to reject the EPA’s proposed regulation that requires states to dramatically restructure their electricity systems based on how the agency thinks electricity should be produced and used in each state. The proposal would further stifle the use of coal-fired electricity. The EPA’s demands, McConnell noted in his letter, are “far beyond its legal authority.”

In the letter to Senator McConnell, KAM President & CEO Charles Gregory Higdon wrote: “We agree that Kentucky has every right to question, whether Continue reading Kentucky Manufacturers Express Support for Senator McConnell’s Efforts to Combat President’s War on Coal

Two from Berea College get top Honors in KY

Kelly Grenier & Larky Crawford
Kelly Grenier & Larky Crawford

A Berea College student and a supervising employee have been recognized by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA). Kelly Grenier, a graduating senior (May 2015), has been selected as the recipient of the “MASEA Student Employee of the Year for the State of Kentucky.” Larky Crawford, of the Berea College art department, is the Continue reading Two from Berea College get top Honors in KY

Berea Welcome Center Carvers Demonstrate at KY Artisan Center

Wood Carving
Wood Carving

On Saturday, April 18, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools, monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations and special events.

Members specialize in a wide variety of techniques and styles of carving. Carvers in the group often mentor each other, and all enjoy sharing their love of woodcarving, making their demonstrations at the Kentucky Artisan Center a Continue reading Berea Welcome Center Carvers Demonstrate at KY Artisan Center

A Cleaner Community with the 5th Annual Brushy Fork Clean-Up

Berea College
Berea College

It is time for the annual Brushy Fork Clean-Up! The event is organized by HEAL, an environmentally focused, student-led volunteer program, supported by the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) at Berea College. This Clean-Up is HEAL’s biggest event of the year, and we would like to invite everyone from the Berea community to join us in cleaning up Brushy Fork Park. Volunteers will be removing trash from Brushy Fork Creek and the hiking trails surrounding it. If you would like to volunteer, please arrive at Brushy Fork Park on Saturday, April 18th between 9:30 and 10:00 am to register. This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in improving Continue reading A Cleaner Community with the 5th Annual Brushy Fork Clean-Up

Rosanne Cash EKU Center for the Arts

Rosanne Cash
Rosanne Cash

Hailing from the first family of American music, Rosanne Cash is a sublime singer and gifted songwriter whose unique talents garnered her 11 number-one singles and piles of critical acclaim. She’ll perform an evening of all of her favorite songs, including her chart-topping hits of the ‘80s and selections from The River & The Thread, which critics are calling “among her finest work in a 35-year career, assured and at ease, and one of 2014’s first great albums” (Boston Globe). Cash will prove to you she is a legend in her own right.

For ticket info click on the following link:
http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1829350

Richmond Police Report Apr. 15, 2015

ARRESTED
ARRESTED

Drug Trafficking Charges: On 04/13/2015, police charged Kevin A. Johnson, age 44, Detroit, for drug trafficking offenses following a covert investigation.

In August and September 2014, the RPD Narcotics Unit purchased quantities of heroin from Johnson on two separate occasions during a covert investigation. On 4/13/2014, detectives charged Johnson for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2 counts. The charges were placed against Johnson at the MCDC where he was incarcerated on related charges stemming from an earlier incident.

On 04/08/2015, police stopped a vehicle being driven by Larry A. Smith, age 35, Race Street, for a traffic violation. Johnson was a passenger in the vehicle. During the course of the contact, officers recovered seven packets of heroin from the vehicle.

Smith and Johnson were both charged for Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st Degree and lodged in the MCDC.
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On 4/13/2015, police charged Billy Chadwell, aka Billy Carpenter, age 35, Hallie Irvine Street, for drug trafficking following an investigation.

In July 2014, the RPD Narcotics Unit purchased quantities of heroin from Continue reading Richmond Police Report Apr. 15, 2015

Death Investigation

DEATH INVESTIGATIONS
DEATH INVESTIGATIONS

According to Sheriff Mike Coyle, on April 14, 2015, at approximately 2:49 p.m. Sergeant Chris Sizemore and Deputy Phillip Sizemore were dispatched to a possible injury accident on Paint Lick Road. Upon arrival, Deputies observed a vehicle submerged in high water near 7078 Paint Lick Road.

Emergency crews from the Madison County Rescue Squad, Madison County Fire Department, Berea Fire Department and the Richmond Fire and Rescue were eventually able to get to the submerged vehicle to determine if the vehicle was still occupied or not.
After emergency crews made contact with the vehicle, they determine the Continue reading Death Investigation