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Search Warrants Executed on Three Richmond Area Businesses for Illegal Gambling

Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations East executed search warrants on three Richmond area businesses that were operating as fronts for illegal gambling. 

The initial investigation with the three businesses began  after a complaint regarding the Fraudulent use of an EBT Card.  The businesses, T&T Entertainment, Richmond Internet Café, and All-In Internet Café have been under investigation since March of 2018.

The investigation is ongoing with possible charges pending at this time. 

GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR MAY 2019

 State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that General Fund receipts jumped 20.9 percent in May with revenues of  $850.0 million. May’s receipts compare favorably to the $703.1 million collected in May 2018.  Through the first eleven months of FY19, the General Fund has grown 6.0 percent.  The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared to FY18 actual receipts.  After May’s collections are included, General Fund revenues could fall 20.6 percent in June and still meet the official estimate.  

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KSP Investigates Escaped Inmate in Lee Co.

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The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is looking for an inmate that escaped from a corrections transport van in Lee County earlier today.

The initial investigation alleges that Jamie D Vires, 39 years old of Jackson, KY, escaped from a corrections transport van at approximately 12:55 pm today on KY HWY-11 South. 

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Governor Bevin ceremonially signs HB 158, creating Foster Child Bill of Rights

Matt Bevin

Governor Matt Bevin ceremonially signed House Bill 158 into law this week at the Kentucky State Capitol. The new law, in part, codifies a foster child bill of rights.

“We felt it was time to elevate these rights and codify them in state statute through an act of the General Assembly so that these youth will have one statute to go to, so they know what their rights are each and every day,” said Eric Clark, Commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services.

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KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Estill County

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating a fatal collision that occurred in Estill County on Spout Springs Rd. (KY-82) near Trammell Lane, north of Irvine just before 11:50 am today.

The initial investigation indicates that Hager K. Rice, 56 years old of Richmond, was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla west on Spout Springs Road.  Rice lost control of his vehicle and crossed the centerline, colliding head-on with a 2016 Ford Fusion operated by Haley Puckett, 20 years old of Irvine. 

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“Writers in the Park” Set for June 15 at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site

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 More than a dozen authors are scheduled to speak about and sign their books at the Writers in the Park at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site on June 15.

Writers in the Park will be held 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the park in Tompkinsville. The event includes authors from throughout Kentucky and other parts of the country, representing a variety of genres.

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McConnell Helps Secure $11 Million Grant for Blue Grass Airport

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today announced the Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, Kentucky was awarded an $11 million federal competitive grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Senator McConnell contacted the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of their application and in support of this economic development project. Continue reading McConnell Helps Secure $11 Million Grant for Blue Grass Airport

Kentucky’s Crossbow Deer Season Extended

Kentucky deer hunters will have a longer period in the field with their crossbows, after a proposal to expand the season went into effect May 31.

The new crossbow season will open the third Saturday in September and close the third Monday in January. This year that timeframe begins Sept. 21, 2019, and continues through Jan. 20, 2020.

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Cattle Production is a Major Contributor to Kentucky Agriculture

Cattle dot the hillsides all across the Commonwealth, in fact more than two million of them, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  Cattle are raised on 38,657 farms in the state, which is just more than half of all farms. Cattle and calf sales totaled $1.0 billion in the state, or 17 percent of all agricultural sales, making it the commodity with the second largest value of sales. Continue reading Cattle Production is a Major Contributor to Kentucky Agriculture

Bluegrass BBQ Fest Kicks Off

For its third year, the Bluegrass BBQ Fest will return to the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza in downtown Lexington on June 7-8 to launch the summer season with a two-day community celebration of the region’s tastiest barbecue.

The growing festival attracts the area’s top pitmasters to showcase their culinary talents, along with a full accompaniment of musical entertainment, family activities and craft beer and bourbon selections. This year’s star barbecue performers will include Staxx BBQ, J. Render’s, City Barbecue, Red State, Thai barbecue by Jasmine Rice, Edley’s, Kentucky Strong and more. To cool down the palate, ice cream and Italian ice will be scooped on site by dessert sellers including Crank & Boom, Sav’s Chill and Repicci’s. Continue reading Bluegrass BBQ Fest Kicks Off

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear, FBI: Training Available to Help Law Enforcement Pinpoint Violent Criminals

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today his office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have partnered to provide training for law enforcement officers across the state that will help them pinpoint and link violent criminals.

In July, Beshear’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Cold Case Unit and the FBI will host two intensive trainings for detectives, homicide and sex crime investigators and cold case and missing persons units on the national Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP).

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Gov. Bevin Moving Kentucky Toward Becoming the Most Military-Friendly State in the Nation by Signing Eight Military- and Veteran-Focused Bills

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin ceremonially signed eight military-focused bills today in a ceremony at the Boone National Guard Center. The bills, passed by the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly, demonstrate Kentucky’s commitment to veterans, those currently serving and their family members.

“It is an honor for me today to ceremonially sign eight important pieces of recently enacted military-focused legislation,” said Gov. Bevin. “Our military personnel and their families make tremendous sacrifices in service to our nation, and we celebrate these new laws that will positively impact their lives. We are grateful to our legislative partners who are working alongside our administration to make Kentucky the most military-friendly state in America.” Continue reading Gov. Bevin Moving Kentucky Toward Becoming the Most Military-Friendly State in the Nation by Signing Eight Military- and Veteran-Focused Bills

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Beshear: Scammers Posing as ‘State Attorney’s Office’

Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert following a Kentucky energy cooperative receiving a scam phishing email appearing to be from the “State Attorney’s Office.”

Kentucky businesses and nonprofits should not be deceived by an email from an unofficial address, like [email protected], with the subject line “State Attorney’s Office Complaint” that demands the business has “10 days to file a rebuttal.” Beshear said the email is a scam and not affiliated with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Gov. Bevin

Kentucky to Expand School-Based Healthcare Services for Children

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

KSP Post 7 Traffic Safety Checkpoint Announcement

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.

A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/post-7/post-7-checkpoints/ .

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Announces Changes to Public Affairs and Addition of Key Staff

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced the following changes regarding key leadership positions in various departments today.

Christina (Mora) Dettman will join CHFS as the Executive Director of Public Affairs, and will be the point-of-contact for all media inquiries. Ms. Dettman holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication from the University of Florida, and Continue reading Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Announces Changes to Public Affairs and Addition of Key Staff