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KSP Death Investigation / Pulaski Co.

On Saturday, May 19, 2018 at approximately 4:30 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by the Pulaski County 911 Center of a residential structure fire with a fatality at a residence located on Boat Dock Road Pulaski County.

KSP Arson Investigator Brian Lewis arrived on the scene and learned the Parkers Mill Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:51 AM, and discovered the deceased inside the residence after extinguishing the flames. Continue reading KSP Death Investigation / Pulaski Co.

Changes Coming to Kentucky’s Call-Before-You-Dig Law

Beginning July 14, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will investigate excavation damage to natural gas or hazardous liquid lines to determine whether it was caused by violations of Kentucky’s call-before-you-dig law.

Under a change to the law that takes effect July 14, the PSC will be able to impose financial penalties if violations are uncovered. Continue reading Changes Coming to Kentucky’s Call-Before-You-Dig Law

KSP Death Investigation / Clay Co.

On Friday, May 18, 2018 at approximately 1:00 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a shooting that had taken place at a residence on Sacker Road in the Burning Springs community of Clay County.

Upon arrival, KSP Detectives discovered Darren T. Gay, 37, of Manchester deceased of an apparent gunshot wound. Preliminary investigation indicates that Gay showed up at the residence on Sacker road, got into a physical altercation with several individuals when the shots were fired. Continue reading KSP Death Investigation / Clay Co.

Beshear: London Man Charged with Promoting Human Trafficking after Offering to Exchange Cash for Sex with Minor

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A 31-year-old London man has been arrested and charged as part of an ongoing anti-human trafficking operation by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office in southeastern Kentucky.

Rahul Priyakart Patel was arrested May 16 at a hotel in London for allegedly agreeing to exchange cash for sex with a minor. Continue reading Beshear: London Man Charged with Promoting Human Trafficking after Offering to Exchange Cash for Sex with Minor

KSP Criminal Arrest / Laurel Co.

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On Friday, May 18, 2018 at approximately 4:30 PM, Kentucky State Police Detectives arrested Kyle D. Childress, 28, of Barbourville after a two week long investigation.

Detective Jessie Armstrong began the investigation after two photographs surfaced on Facebook that seemed to suggest violence towards police. It was determined through an investigation that Childress was the source of the two photographs that surfaced on a fake Facebook account. Continue reading KSP Criminal Arrest / Laurel Co.

Nearly 2,200 Small Businesses that Purchased Scam Services to Receive Refund Eligibility Letters from Beshear

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that his office is sending refund eligibility letters to nearly 2,200 Kentucky small businesses who were alleged to have been sold scam services from a Michigan-based company.

Beshear’s more than $398,000 settlement resolves alleged violations of the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act by Michigan-based The Mandatory Poster Company Inc., which also does business as Corporate Records Service.

Continue reading Nearly 2,200 Small Businesses that Purchased Scam Services to Receive Refund Eligibility Letters from Beshear

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases April 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2018 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2018 was unchanged from the 4 percent reported for March 2018.

The preliminary April 2018 jobless rate was down 1.2 percentage points from the 5.2 percent recorded for the state in April 2017. Continue reading Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases April 2018 unemployment report

Gov. Bevin Departs on Recruiting Mission to Asia

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today will lead an economic development and trade mission to Japan and the Republic of Korea to meet with executives, strengthen ties and encourage international investment and job creation in Kentucky.

Gov. Bevin, along with Sec. Terry Gill and Executive Officer Vivek Sarin of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, will promote Kentucky in meetings with leaders of Japanese and Korean manufacturing, service and technology corporations. Companies include those with facilities already in the state, as well as new prospects. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Departs on Recruiting Mission to Asia

Kentucky Launches First-of-Its-Kind Apprenticeship Program for Social Services

Matt Bevin

Gov. Bevin today announced an innovative new registered apprenticeship pilot program aimed at strengthening social services careers throughout the Commonwealth.

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Health and Family Services Acting Secretary Scott Brinkman, Personnel Secretary Tom Stephens, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) Commissioner Adria Johnson, and Associate Commissioner for the Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE) Laura Arnold joined Gov. Bevin to launch the program, which will provide increased opportunities for individuals pursuing a social services career in state government.

Continue reading Kentucky Launches First-of-Its-Kind Apprenticeship Program for Social Services

KSP Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash / Rockcastle Co.

Fatal Crash

On Saturday, May 12, 2018 at approximately 12:30 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a three-vehicle traffic crash with fatalities on US HWY 150 in the Mount Vernon community of Rockcastle County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Seath Whiles determined that a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Marty G. Evans, 40, of Mount Vernon was traveling westbound pulling an empty utility trailer. Preliminary investigation indicates the utility trailer became detached from the tow hitch of the pickup truck and traveled into the eastbound lane of US HWY 150. A 2008 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Nathaniel Gilkerson, 24, of Carlisle, KY and Continue reading KSP Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash / Rockcastle Co.

KSP Arrests Jackson Co. Man in Connection to a Double Murder

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Original news releases: MCKEE, Ky. (April 28, 2018) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post has charged one person with murder, and is asking for the public’s help locating another Jackson County man as the result of an ongoing death investigation.

The initial investigation indicates that Joey R. Marcum, 35 years old, and Whitney R. Venable, 28 years old, both of McKee were killed during an incident in Jackson County this past December. At approximately 3:15 pm on December 28, 2017, Jackson County Continue reading KSP Arrests Jackson Co. Man in Connection to a Double Murder

KSP Charges Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On May 10, 2018, at approximately 5:45 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Darren R. Ringenberg, 23, on a charges relating to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

Ringenberg 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 uploading sexually explicit images online. Continue reading KSP Charges Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Gov. Bevin: Startup Week Just the Beginning for KY Innovation

Matt Bevin

Capping Startup Week in Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin today unveiled KYInnovation.com, the state’s reimagined initiative for supporting and connecting companies, collaborators and investors.

Through a suite of services, expert advisors and programs, the KY Innovation platform will provide crucial resources for founders to launch, grow and scale their businesses while strengthening Kentucky’s overall ecosystem for innovation.

Continue reading Gov. Bevin: Startup Week Just the Beginning for KY Innovation

Senator McConnell Congratulates Kentucky Mother of the Year

KY MOTHER OF THE YEAR

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed to his U.S. Capitol office, Tonya Moreland, the 2018 Kentucky Mother of the Year. She received the acclamation from American Mothers, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and children in the United States and around the world.

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Beshear: Facebook Responds to Initial Questions; Privacy Review ‘Ongoing’

Andy Beshear

Agreeing that there is a need to protect user privacy, Facebook sent a 13-page letter with exhibits to state attorneys general answering a series of initial questions and concerns regarding recently revealed data-mining by a third party application on the social media network, Attorney General Andy Beshear said today.

The May 7 letter by a Facebook vice president is a response to Beshear and a bipartisan group of AGs who sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg March 26 asking for more information, including the number of users impacted by the breach.

Continue reading Beshear: Facebook Responds to Initial Questions; Privacy Review ‘Ongoing’

KY Unemployment Insurance expanding online support services

The Kentucky Career Center, Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) is expanding online customer services beginning May 9 with a new, secure feature called myKentuckyCareerCenter.

The myKentuckyCareerCenter feature can be used to check UI claim balances and payment history, access UI documents, and communicate directly with a trained UI claims advisors with a secure chat tool. Continue reading KY Unemployment Insurance expanding online support services

Helping Recovering Addicts Get Back to Work

Mitch McConnell

Substance abuse is the public health crisis of this generation. It’s claiming lives in Kentucky and across the nation at an unprecedented rate. Like nearly half of all Americans, you or your family probably know someone whose life has been torn apart because of drug addiction.

But as a leader in Kentucky’s business community recently noted, this problem isn’t only devastating families and communities. It’s also a workforce emergency. That’s why, after close consultation with constituents, officials with local substance abuse treatment centers, and Kentucky business groups, I Continue reading Helping Recovering Addicts Get Back to Work

Labor Cabinet Returns $101,424.73 in Unpaid Wages to Kentucky Employees

Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $101,424.73 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers.

Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations.

Continue reading Labor Cabinet Returns $101,424.73 in Unpaid Wages to Kentucky Employees

Bevin Administration Fights Motion Seeking to Block New Live Dismemberment Abortion Law

Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team has submitted a brief in opposition to a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the ACLU and a Louisville abortion clinic that would delay the enforcement of House Bill 454 (H.B. 454), which bans the brutal and grotesque practice of live dismemberment abortions.

The brief argues that without H.B. 454, unborn children will continue to be torn limb from limb while still alive, a practice that “would be punishable as a crime were the subject an animal rather Continue reading Bevin Administration Fights Motion Seeking to Block New Live Dismemberment Abortion Law