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KSP Charges Breathitt Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On December 6, 2018, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Dustin J. Coomer, 29, on a charge relating to distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

Coomer 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 was distributing sexually explicit images online. Continue reading KSP Charges Breathitt Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Gov. Bevin Orders Flags to Half-Staff for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

This is in memory and honor of the more than 2,400 Americans who died in the surprise attack on the U.S. Fleet’s Pearl Harbor base in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy” and signed the Declaration of War against Japan the following day, Dec. 8, 77 years ago. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Orders Flags to Half-Staff for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Personalized license plates expire in birth month beginning in January 2019

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced all personalized license plates will transition to a birth month expiration beginning January 2, 2019 to comply with House Bill 530. This legislative change brings personalized license plates in line with standard issue plates that expire on the last day of the vehicle owner’s birth month.

Currently, personalized license plates expire annually on December 31 and all applicants must renew their registration in-person at their local County Clerk’s office between November 15 and December 31. Beginning in January 2019, individuals with January, February or March birth months will renew their personalized plates in person or online anytime between their birth month and April 30, 2019. All other birth months will renew by the last day of their birth month. In 2020, all applicants will renew by the last day of their birth month.

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Gov. Bevin Orders Flags to Half-Staff Wednesday in Honor of Korean War Serviceman Pvt. Robert Sipes

Pvt. Robert J. Sipes JR

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in honor of a Kentucky serviceman who was killed in action during the Korean War but whose remains were only recently identified.

Army Pvt. Robert J. Sipes, Jr., 19, died on Nov. 30, 1950, was accounted for on Oct. 23, 2018, and will be buried in his hometown of Irvington on Wednesday.

Although flags statewide are presently at half-staff to honor former President George H.W. Bush, Wednesday’s flag lowering will also honor Pvt. Sipes.

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KSP Encourages Drivers to Prepare for Winter Driving

With the possibility of wintery weather moving into the Commonwealth this week, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is cautioning motorists to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions.

“Winter driving can present formidable challenges including sleet, snow, slick roads, freezing temperatures and reduced visibility,” says KSP spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson. “It can be a deadly combination if you’re not prepared.”

KSP reported that slippery roads were the contributing factor in 12,772 crashes and 69 highway deaths in 2017. Continue reading KSP Encourages Drivers to Prepare for Winter Driving

Cave Tours, Hiking, Climbing Among 220 Experiences at 10th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend

A hike during Winter Adventure Weekend at Carter Caves

Cave tours, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing, and guided hikes are among over 200 activities and experiences offered at the 10th annual Winter Adventure Weekend, set for Jan. 24-27, 2019, at Carter Caves State Resort Park. Continue reading Cave Tours, Hiking, Climbing Among 220 Experiences at 10th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend

Senate Passes Legislation Benefiting Kentucky Waterways, Jobs

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised Senate passage today of legislation to reauthorize Coast Guard operations to support the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every single day. This important legislation also includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which will benefit Kentucky and its 13,000 maritime jobs.

“America calls on our Coast Guard to protect our ports and coasts, to safeguard the shipping lanes that enable American commerce, and to stem the tide of illegal drugs before they reach our shores,” Senator McConnell said. “By passing this bipartisan legislation, the Senate fulfilled an important promise to some of the brave men and women who have taken an oath to keep us safe. Aspects of this legislation are particularly important to states like my home state of Kentucky – the heart of our nation’s inland waterways system.” Continue reading Senate Passes Legislation Benefiting Kentucky Waterways, Jobs

Beshear: Christmas Shopping Scammers Posing as Your Favorite Retailers

Kentuckians shopping online this Christmas season should be on the lookout for scam emails, Attorney General Andy Beshear warned today.

With Christmas shopping in full swing, and the National Retail Federation predicting spending to increase by more than 4 percent this season, Kentuckians say they are receiving what appear to be legitimate emails from popular retailers that are actually scams. Continue reading Beshear: Christmas Shopping Scammers Posing as Your Favorite Retailers

Beshear Files Lawsuit against Indiana Web-based Health Records Company for Alleged Data Breach Affecting 69,000 Kentuckians

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing a Fort Wayne, Indiana web-based health records company that allegedly sustained a data breach compromising the data of 69,000 Kentuckians, including more than 33,000 Social Security numbers.

The lawsuit alleges that Medical Informatics Engineering Inc. and NoMoreClipboard LLC –collectively “MIE” – violated provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA and state consumer protection laws.

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KSP Charges Letcher Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On November 30, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Charles E. Hall, 45, on charges related child sexual exploitation.

Hall was arrested as the result of an Internet Crimes Against Children Investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect using social media to engage in sexual conduct and communication with a minor. Continue reading KSP Charges Letcher Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Missing Person Investigation / Whitley Co.

Brenda J. Harmon

UPDATE: Monday, December 03, 2018 Subject has been located.

ORIGINAL RELEASE: On Sunday, December 02, 2018 at approximately 8:30 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call of a missing person in the Wofford community of Whitley County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Jeremy Elliote learned that Brenda J. Harmon, 67, of Williamsburg has Alzheimer’s disease and left her residence around 4:00 PM, operating a gray 2004 Kia Sorento and has not been seen since.

Harmon is described as a white female 5’06, 193lbs, with blue eyes and gray hair.

A Golden Alert has been issued, anyone with any information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 11 at 606-878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555.

Join Gov. Matt Bevin and Family for State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Come light up the night and usher in the holiday season on the front steps of the State Capitol with a timeless Kentucky Christmas tradition: the Governor’s Christmas Tree Lighting!

Festivities begin Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies as you watch performances by an Asbury University music ensemble and the Frankfort Middle School choir prior to the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. Continue reading Join Gov. Matt Bevin and Family for State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

ROLLING THUNDER Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony

Captain John Curtis Stringer- US Army

“As a community we can never forget about the ones we left behind on the battlefield. Your primary mission at Rolling Thunder is to remember. We are honored that we have the opportunity to bring awareness to the public so they know we will never forget the sacrifice,” said Todd Matonich, a United State Navy Veteran and Board Member at Rolling Thunder ® , Inc. Kentucky Chapter 5.

On 30 November, 1970, then 1st Lt. Stringer’s company was preparing to cross a river at Mai Loc, which flowed through dense jungle, about 15 miles east northeast of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. A rope had been secured on both sides of the river with the help of a helicopter and John Stringer was the first one to attempt crossing it. As he reached mid-stream, he apparently lost his grip on the rope and was swept downstream in the swift current. His remains have never been recovered. Continue reading ROLLING THUNDER Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony

State Social Services Staff Receive Technology Upgrade

A new technology upgrade will allow hundreds of Cabinet social workers across Kentucky to spend less time on paperwork. Approximately 1,800 social workers and social services staff will receive tablets to replace their laptop and desktop computers.

This new approach will save time and allow staff in the Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP), part of the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), to better serve children and families. DPP staff provide child welfare and adult safety services that require them to be in the field frequently for welfare checks, supervised visitations, court dates and case meetings. They will use tablets to enter case information and stay connected to their offices.

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KSP Charges McCracken Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On November 29, 2018, at approximately 3:40 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Joseph Ashley, 45, on charges related to possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Ashley 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 sharing files of child sexual exploitation online. Continue reading KSP Charges McCracken Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses