Embankment Repair in Pike County Beginning August 21, 2017

Embankment repair work is set to start Monday, August 21 on KY 194, Upper Johns Creek, in Pike County between milepoints 19.5 and 20.5 near the Kellogg’s factory. The work is estimated to take about three weeks, during which time work zone signs and traffic control will be in place. Traffic will be reduced to one lane during the duration.

Duffle Bag Drive at Kentucky State Fair

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is holding a duffle bag drive at the Kentucky State Fair from August 17 to 27. The CHFS will be collecting bags at its display in the Health Horizons area of South Wing B at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Children coming into foster care will receive the bags to carry their belongings. Visitors are asked to drop off new or gently used bags will be given to foster children in need. For more information, you can visit duffleshuffle.org.

Attorneys General Send Letter to Congress Urging Amendment to Communications Decency Act

Attorneys General across the country sent a letter to Congress Wednesday, August 16, declaring the current Communications Decency Act needs to be amended in order to hold accountable those who promote and facilitate child sex trafficking online. According to the letter, “the CDA, which was intended to protect children from indecent material on the internet, is now being used as a shield by those who profit from the prostitution and crimes against children.” The Attorneys General urge Congress to amend the CDA to clarify that, along with federal authorities, states and territories retain the right to investigate and prosecute online facilitators of child sex trafficking.

Laurel County Man Arrested After Kidnapping Girlfriend’s Child

After responding to the scene of a domestic violence complaint with assault on August 15, Laurel County Deputies learned a male subject had allegedly fled the scene with his girlfriend’s seven-month-old son. The subject, Charles Shores, 21, allegedly threatened to kill the child. Neighbors reported multiple sightings of Shores as deputies searched the area. The child was found to have apparently been placed into a ditch and was recovered. Shores was found by deputies around 9:30pm and arrested following a brief struggle. He was charged with kidnapping, domestic violence, resisting arrest, and several outstanding warrants from Whitley County.

Perry County Sheriff’s Department Warn Businesses of Fake Money Being Passed

The Perry County Sheriff’s Department is notifying local businesses of counterfeit money being used after a $100 counterfeit bill was passed in Vicco. The bill says “For Motion Picture Use Only” at the top. The sheriff’s office believes the money is coming from Ebay sellers listing auctions for fake prop money.

Johnson Central Graduate Receives Full Scholarship from KY Transportation Cabinet

Jacub Colvin, a 2017 graduate of Johnson Central High School, has been selected to receive a full scholarship from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to pursue a degree in civil engineering at the University of Kentucky.

Established in 1948, the KYTC scholarship has been awarded to more than 1800 exceptional Kentucky students. Currently, the scholarship is worth $51,200.00 for a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Scholarship students are offered the opportunity to work for KYTC during the summer months as well as full-time employment upon graduation. Recipients are chosen based on performance in high school, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science, and interest in engineering as a career.

Rogers Condemns Violent, Hate-filled Protests

U.S. Representative Hal Rogers has released a statement regarding the news of a white nationalist group planning a rally in Lexington in opposition to removal of Confederate statues. Rogers statement is as follows:

“America is a nation that defends peace worldwide and we should strive to live in harmony on our own soil. I condemn the hateful, divisive language and brutal actions we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia and I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. Democracy and diversity are part of the cornerstones of our great Nation, and bigotry and racism reverse the progress we’ve made. I pray that the violent displays in Virginia will not be repeated in Kentucky.”

Laurel County Man Arrested After Pointing Gun at Police Following Domestic Violence Complaint

Laurel County Deputies made an arrest off Glenview Road following a domestic violence complaint Wednesday, August 16. The complaint was at a residence on Helvetia Road. Upon arrival, deputies learned the suspect, James Johnson, 45, had fled the scene and was armed with a gun. Johnson was found hiding in an outbuilding on Glenview Road. When deputies arrived, the suspect exited the building, pointing a loaded handgun at deputies. After several commands to do so, Johnson disarmed himself but struggled with deputies making the arrest. He was charged with assault, wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and fleeing or evading police. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Louisa Police Seeking Information on Shooting

The Louisa Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Tuesday, August 15. The shooting reportedly happened at the Water Street Apartment complex. No injuries have been reported at this time. If you have any information on those involved or witnessed any suspicious persons in the area prior to the incident, call the Louisa Police Department at 606-638-4058 or email hjames@louisapd.org.