News Around the State

Published 10:02 am Monday, October 15, 2018

Army, FBI investigating soldier death at Fort Campbell

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A Fort Campbell soldier has been fatally wounded, and the post said the soldier’s spouse has been taken into custody.

The post said in a news release that the shooting happened Sunday evening. The soldier’s name hasn’t been released pending notification of family.

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Gates on the post were closed for nearly an hour while the shooting was investigated. The release said the shooting occurred in on-post housing.

The post said the case remains under investigation by Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI.

The sprawling Army post is located on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

‘Treated like garbage’: Sanitation workers want pay fix

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sanitation workers in a Kentucky city want to fix a pay issue that’s causing new employees to earn more than those who have been with the department for decades.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports city sanitation workers asked the city council Thursday for the same pay scale program seen in the police department. That “step” program allows employees to earn more based on factors including years of service.

The president of the local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees chapter, Dion Henry, says workers have been “treated like garbage” when they complained about the pay disparity. Mayor Jim Gray and Vice Mayor Steve Kay say they will investigate.

Other council members say legislation has been passed to address the issue and are upset at the lack of impact.

Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin posts gun range video

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has posted a video showing himself throwing smoke bombs and shooting grenade launchers.

Bevin posted the video Sunday on Twitter, a day after President Donald Trump visited the state.

In the video, Bevin says when he was elected, he talked about blowing things up like red tape, corruption, and “pay-to-play and inside deals.” He says in the tweet that “from the beginning, we’ve made it clear … We won’t stand for the way things have ‘always been done.’”

The Courier Journal reports the video was filmed at the Kentucky State Penitentiary’s gun range in Eddyville.

Bevin is running for re-election next year. Kentucky Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear also is a gubernatorial candidate. Beshear spokesman Brad Bowman says Bevin should “refund every tax dollar used to make this video.”

Father, son plead guilty to $27M health care scam

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A father and son from California have pleaded guilty for their roles in a scheme that defrauded more than $27 million from Affordable Care Act programs in at least 12 states.

Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say 60-year-old Jeffrey White and 33-year-old Nicholas White, both of Twin Peaks, California, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. They will be

Authorities say the Whites fraudulently enrolled people in ACA plans in states where those people did not live, often using phony documentation.

The Whites then paid for those people to enroll in substance abuse treatment programs in California. Those programs paid the Whites thousands of dollars per referral.

The scheme defrauded ACA programs in Connecticut, Arizona, California, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

Sentencing is Jan. 4.

Ky. judge blocks certification of ‘Marsy’s Law’ vote

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge has ordered election officials in Kentucky not to certify the results of an upcoming referendum on whether to change the state’s constitution to guarantee the rights of crime victims.

Kentucky is one of six states scheduled to vote on “Marsy’s Law,” a proposed constitutional amendment to guarantee crime victims similar rights as those accused of crimes in the judicial system. The effort’s named after a California college student killed in the 1980s.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Monday the ballot question isn’t worded sufficiently to inform people of what they’re voting on.

The ruling means Kentucky voters will still cast ballots on the question, and election officials can count them. But the judge has ordered officials not to certify the results until after appellate courts have ruled.

New trial date for Ky. teen charged in deadly robbery

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teenager charged with robbery and complicity to murder has a new trial date after lawyers weren’t able to reach a plea deal.

The State Journal reports 19-year-old Victorya Paige Young is one of five defendants in the 2016 killing of Jared Banta.

Court documents say she’s accused of luring Banta to a Frankfort apartment complex, telling him she wanted to purchase marijuana. She’s alleged to have been sitting in Banta’s vehicle before two men got in and robbed him at gunpoint. One of the men is accused of shooting Banta.

Appointed prosecutor Ronnie Goldy says he, Young and Banta’s family couldn’t agree on a sentence.

Defense attorney Ted Shouse says there’s a Dec. 4 hearing for a suppression motion on Young’s statement to police.

The trial is set for March 11.

Items owned by Colonel Sanders to be auctioned next month

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some items given to Colonel Harland Sanders’ driver and friend are being auctioned next month, including one of the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder’s white suits and matching Stetson hat.

Heritage Auctions of Dallas said in a news release that Dick Miller spent the last decade of Sanders’ life working for him. Miller stayed on after Sanders’ death in 1980, helping Sanders’ wife, Claudia, and working for the company. He said he wants to sell his memorabilia so someone who appreciates the items will end up with them.

The collection includes the couple’s driver’s licenses and credit cards, an inscribed belt buckle and a wristwatch.

The live auction will be Nov. 3 at Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction, with internet bidding available.