News Around the State

Published 11:32 am Monday, March 4, 2019

Meetings aim to recruit more Ky. foster parents

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An initiative aimed at recruiting more foster and adoptive parents in Kentucky plans two meetings in March for interested parties to get information.

A statement from the office of Kentucky first lady Glenna Bevin says the program Uniting Kentucky will offer a session at Corinth Baptist Church in London on March 7. Another session will be offered at Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff on March 12.

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The statement says the mission of Uniting Kentucky is to bring together churches and community partners to support more than 9,500 children in Kentucky who are in out-of-home care.

Officials at the sessions will share information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent and can help those interested begin the licensing process. The meetings are the first of nine planned across the state.

State police shot, killed woman who was possibly armed

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police says troopers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance in Grayson shot and killed a woman who may have been armed.

News outlets report state police haven’t released the identities of those involved in the Saturday shooting. Police say troopers responded late Friday to the reported domestic disturbance between the woman and a family member. Police say the woman fled from the scene before they arrived, but returned hours later and “was possibly carrying a firearm.”

A state police news release says troopers approached the home again and were confronted by the woman, leading troopers to shoot at her. It says the woman was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the shooting. The agency’s own Critical Incident Response Team is investigating.

Prosecutor drops 1 charge against high school principal

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky prosecutor says he has dropped one of two charges against a high school principal accused of not reporting a student’s allegations of sex abuse to police.

News outlets report McCracken County Attorney Sam Clymer said he dismissed an official misconduct charge against suspended McCracken County High School Principal Michael Ceglinski because the state law does not apply in this case.

Ceglinski still faces a charge failure to report child abuse in connection with a student’s allegation that a volunteer fishing coach touched him inappropriately.

Ceglinski’s attorney has called the charges “nonsensical and illogical.”

McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter has said that deputies investigated only after the student complained directly to his office. He said the coach has been charged with sex abuse and using electronic communications to solicit a minor.