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Lane closures on U.S. 25 in Laurel County scheduled to begin Friday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists that lane closures are scheduled to begin Friday, Oct 19 on eastbound U.S. 25E (Cumberland Gap Parkway) from the Knox-Laurel county line to Exit 29 of Interstate 75 (milepoint 2).

Crews will be performing concrete repair work through Friday, Oct. 26. Signs will be in place to direct traffic around the work zone.

Motorists should expect delays, drive with added caution and avoid the route if possible. Continue reading Lane closures on U.S. 25 in Laurel County scheduled to begin Friday

KSP Arrests Suspect in School Threat Investigation

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The Kentucky State Police has arrested a suspect in a threat against schools in Shelby and Anderson counties.

On Wednesday, KSP received a complaint that an Anderson County man was threatening and harassing a female residing in New Jersey. While investigating, KSP discovered that the suspect, Dylan Jarrell, 20, was previously questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May over social media threats to a school in Tennessee. Continue reading KSP Arrests Suspect in School Threat Investigation

Eight Kentucky Schools Receive Transportation Grants Through Kentucky State Parks Foundation

Students from eight more Kentucky schools are taking field trips to a Kentucky State Park thanks to a transportation grant from the Kentucky State Parks Foundation.

The KSPF’s “Inside Out Education” initiative allows schools to seek the grants that enable students to learn about the environment, history or culture at a Kentucky State Park.

“These trips provide excellent learning opportunities for these students,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “They also bring young people to our state parks so they can experience our history and natural environment.”

Continue reading Eight Kentucky Schools Receive Transportation Grants Through Kentucky State Parks Foundation

KSP Charges Clark Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On October 16, 2018, at approximately 8:34 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Allen C. Martin, 40, on charges related to distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Martin 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 distributed files of child sexual exploitation online. Continue reading KSP Charges Clark Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Kentucky Horse Park Thrills Guests this October with New and Improved Cemetery Crawl

Returning for a third year after a popular initial launch, the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse is hosting a limited cemetery tour that includes dueling, ghost hunting, and fascinating tales about the park’s historic grounds. The Cemetery Crawl: History and Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park tour takes visitors around the grounds from Oct. 17-20 and Oct. 24-27 starting at 5:30 p.m. each day. Continue reading Kentucky Horse Park Thrills Guests this October with New and Improved Cemetery Crawl

Beshear: Election Season Brings Voter Registration, Absentee Ballot Scams

As Election Day approaches, Kentuckians may be receiving calls from candidates, political organizations and now scammers, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Beshear issued a scam alert Wednesday to help Kentuckians avoid providing their personal information over the phone to a scammer who claims he or she can help Kentuckians register to vote or vote by absentee ballot. Continue reading Beshear: Election Season Brings Voter Registration, Absentee Ballot Scams

Missing Juvenile Investigation and Arrest / Laurel County

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On Monday, October 15, 2018, at approximately 6:54 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by Michigan authorities about a female juvenile that was entered as a missing person from the state of Michigan. Michigan authorities advised KSP the missing juvenile was possibly in a semi-truck traveling through the state of Kentucky. KSP Post 11 Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers attempted to locate the semi-truck on I-75. Continue reading Missing Juvenile Investigation and Arrest / Laurel County

Coalition to Explore Impact of Juul, Other E-Cigarettes on Kentucky’s Health

Concerned that the escalation of Juul and other e-cigarette use will undermine progress in reducing tobacco-related disease in Kentucky, the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow will host a half-day conference in Louisville on Monday, December 10, to explore the latest evidence about the health impact of these devices. Continue reading Coalition to Explore Impact of Juul, Other E-Cigarettes on Kentucky’s Health

Beshear: Our Fight against Utility Hikes Results in $1.2 Billion Savings

Andy Beshear

Over the last three years, my office has protected Kentucky families by opposing dozens of utility bill hikes, and we have helped save Kentucky businesses and families nearly $1.2 billion.

Whether it is fighting against unreasonable profits or opposing unnecessary projects, I know your bills seem to grow every month. I have made it my mission to reduce the growing monthly burden on Kentuckians. Continue reading Beshear: Our Fight against Utility Hikes Results in $1.2 Billion Savings

Beshear Encouraging Victims to Participate in AG’s Survivors Council

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear created a council of more than 25 survivors in his office in 2017 to advise and assist him on matters related to victims of crime and advocacy.

Now with the two-year terms of these members of the Attorney General’s Survivors Council expiring, Beshear is encouraging victims across the state to have a seat on the council for a 2019-2021 term.

Beshear said council members include victims and survivors of homicide, rape, child abuse, domestic violence, mass violence and other serious offenses, and that their advocacy and voice have been not only a powerful tool for him but for the entire Commonwealth.

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Beshear: Facebook Cyber-tip Leads to Arrest of Dry Ridge Man

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Attorney General Andy Beshear said a cyber-tip from Facebook led his office to arrest a 25-year-old Dry Ridge man for allegedly exchanging sexual images with a Kentucky minor over the Facebook Messenger app.

On Oct. 8, Tyler Lee Day was arrested by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit. Day was charged with 12 counts of use of a minor under 16 in a sexual performance, Class B felonies; two counts of the prohibited use of a communications system to procure a minor for a sex offense, Class D felonies; and two counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, Class A misdemeanors. Continue reading Beshear: Facebook Cyber-tip Leads to Arrest of Dry Ridge Man

Beshear, TARC Team up to Confront Human Trafficking in Greater Louisville

Andy Beshear

Helping transit employees identify and report human trafficking when they encounter it on the streets of the Greater Louisville area is the goal of a new training effort announced Thursday by Attorney General Andy Beshear.

At Union Station, Beshear and J. Barry Barker, the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) executive director, rolled out human trafficking awareness training and reporting protocols that focus on the specific needs of nearly 400 TARC managers, dispatchers and bus drivers.

Beshear said trafficking occurs in countless locations in every community in this state, including at bus terminals where traffickers try to recruit victims and on busses where victims are transported.

Continue reading Beshear, TARC Team up to Confront Human Trafficking in Greater Louisville

Off Ramp Closure

For the next 4 weeks, the South Bound I-75 Exit 62 off-ramp in Rockcastle County will close on Sundays at 7pm and reopen Friday mornings at 6am.

Motorists will detour at Exit 59 onto US 25 to KY 461 and reconnect with US 25.

The South Bound on-ramp will remain open to traffic.

KSP Charges Allen Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On October 9, 2018, at approximately 7:20 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Mark E. Scoby, 51, on charges related to possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Scoby 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 discussing the sexual abuse of children online.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Scottsville on October 9, 2018. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing. Continue reading KSP Charges Allen Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Fatal Traffic Crash / Whitley County

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On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at approximately 9:10 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash with a fatality on KY HWY 3041 in the Corbin community of Whitley County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Craig Sutton determined that a 2016 Kenworth commercial vehicle operated by Larry W. Lyle, 57, of Lexington, KY was traveling eastbound when he was struck by a 2002 Chevrolet 7500 commercial vehicle traveling westbound, operated by Mitchell T. Shelton, 40, of Williamsburg. Continue reading Fatal Traffic Crash / Whitley County

GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that General Fund receipts rose 4.4 percent in September with revenues of $1,077.3 million.  This compares to $1,032.4 million collected in September 2017.  Through the first quarter of the fiscal year (FY19), the General Fund has grown 4.5 percent.

The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared to FY18 actual receipts.  Based on September’s results, General Fund revenues must increase 3.0 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year to meet the official estimate.

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Department of Corrections Expanding Public Alert System to Include Halfway Houses

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The Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) is expanding its automatic notification system to provide public alerts in the event of an inmate escape from a halfway house, Commissioner Jim Erwin announced today.

The department has already used the notification system, AlertXpress, for more than a decade, providing alerts in instances where an inmate escapes from a prison. By the end of this year, the system will also include all halfway houses in Kentucky. One halfway house is active now – Keeton Corrections in Paducah. Continue reading Department of Corrections Expanding Public Alert System to Include Halfway Houses

KYTC issues emergency declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Michael damage

In anticipation of Hurricane Michael and its potential to cause damage to the southeastern United States, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has waived certain commercial motor carrier regulations for operators involved in relief efforts.

Secretary Thomas issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected areas to deliver goods, restore utilities and remove debris.

“Kentucky seeks to offer mutual aid to assist in the federal and state disaster response for the forecasted hurricane,” said Secretary Thomas. “Lifting these restrictions allows crews to assist with the relief effort as quickly as possible.”

Continue reading KYTC issues emergency declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Michael damage

Beshear: AG Medicaid Fraud Director Elected to National Association Executive Committee

Michelle Rudovich

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Director has been elected to a national associations’ executive committee that represents regions and states in recovering stolen money, punishing corrupt practitioners and prosecuting those who abuse or neglect nursing home residents.

Michelle Rudovich, of Louisville, was recently elected the Midwestern representative for the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units or NAMFCU. As a regional representative, Rudovich sits on the executive committee that manages the association. Continue reading Beshear: AG Medicaid Fraud Director Elected to National Association Executive Committee