News Around the State

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, January 15, 2019

UPS driver accused of stealing 68 packages

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say nearly 70 packages that never reached their intended recipients were found in the home of a UPS driver.

Citing an arrest citation, news outlets report Louisville Metro police believe 38-year-old Jon Keen stole the 68 packages and resold some.

One victim told police he ordered seven custom luxury watches that never arrived, but were later found on eBay. Keen acknowledged owning the eBay account and selling one watch for $2,000.

Keen was arrested Jan. 9 after a search of his home. Police also discovered marijuana, Xanax bars and a drug that appeared to MDMA. Another arrest report says detectives later found an undelivered package of luxury perfumes and colognes worth nearly $1,700.

UPS confirmed Keen’s employment but wouldn’t comment further. Reports didn’t include comment from Keen.

High court: Ky. death row inmate’s case should get new look

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling Kentucky’s highest court to take another look at the case of a serial murder on death row.

The court Monday told the Supreme Court of Kentucky to revisit Larry Lamont White’s death sentence in light of a 2017 Supreme Court ruling. That ruling involved a man who claimed, as White does, that he shouldn’t be executed because he’s intellectually disabled.

White was sentenced to death in 2014 for the 1983 murder of Pamela Armstrong, a 22-year-old mother of five.

White had previously been convicted the 1985 killings of 22-year-old Deborah Miles and 21-year-old Yolanda Sweeney. He was sentenced to death for their murders, but that sentence was later overturned and White accepted a 28-year prison sentence.

Historical figures being portrayed at Fort Boonesborough

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Famous Kentucky historical figures are being portrayed at Fort Boonesborough State Park during the month of February.

The central Kentucky park is hosting Fireside Chats with one character each Saturday evening. The first on Feb. 2 is explorer and pioneer Daniel Boone as portrayed by Kevin Hardesty. On Feb. 9, Boone’s daughter, Jemima Boone, will be portrayed by Betsy B. Smith. The following Saturday, Revolutionary War hero and Louisville founder George Rogers Clark will be portrayed by Mel Hankla. On Feb. 23, indentured servant Maggie Delaney will be portrayed by Carol Jarboe.

Each session will start at 6:45 p.m. in the museum blockhouse. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

All proceeds benefit the Fort Boonesborough Foundation, which is helping the park sponsor the events.

Event marks Louisville Fairness Ordinance’s 20th anniversary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A gay-rights group in Kentucky says it’s planning an event to mark the 20th anniversary of Louisville’s Fairness Ordinance.

The Fairness Campaign says its celebration is set for Jan. 26 at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. It says the 6-8 p.m. EST event will include an exhibit opening, reception and panel discussion to include former Louisville Board of Aldermen members from 20 years ago.

The group says that on Jan. 26, 1999, the city’s aldermen approved the LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance. Many of the original supporters of the Fairness Ordinance will share their memories with the crowd on Jan. 26.

The commemoration will continue through March 17 with an exhibit celebrating the Fairness Ordinance’s 20th anniversary. The exhibit will be at the city library’s main branch.

Employee death at Ky. distillery under investigation

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A distillery employee has been killed and the Kentucky facility has suspended operations while the incident is investigated.

News outlets report an employee of Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro was killed Monday afternoon. The worker’s name hasn’t been released pending notification of family.

Daviess County Coroner Jeff Jones said there will be an autopsy since the death was work-related. Jones called the incident “a tragic accident.”

Spokeswoman Amy Preske of Glenmore owner Sazerac said in a statement that operations at Glenmore have been suspended until further notice pending an investigation.