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Priest at center of sex-abuse scandal dies in prison

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A prison official says a former priest who was at the center of a church sex-abuse scandal in Kentucky has died while in custody.

WDRB-TV quotes Kentucky Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb as saying that Louis Miller died Saturday morning after a lengthy illness.

Miller was sentenced in 2003 to 30 years in prison on criminal convictions in Jefferson and Oldham counties for sexually abusing 29 children between the 1950s and 1980s. The following year, Pope John Paul II removed Miller from the priesthood.

More than 100 people publicly accused Miller of molesting them. He was a key figure in a series of lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Louisville that resulted in a $25.7 million settlement.

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Man accused of murder-for-hire scheme

WINCHESTER (AP) — Police in Winchester say a man allegedly tried to hire someone to kill a man he thought was having a relationship with his girlfriend.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 38-year-old James Richard Long was charged Friday with solicitation of murder.

Winchester police Capt. James Hall says Long met with an undercover detective on Wednesday and allegedly offered him money, then said he needed to think about it before going through with the deal.

Long was being held in the Clark County Jail. It wasn’t immediately known whether Long has an attorney who could comment on the charge.

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Amish salve maker convicted of violating federal laws

LEXINGTON (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Kentucky Amish man of misbranding his homemade cosmetics with cancer-curing claims and impeding a federal investigation.

Bath County farmer Samuel Girod was convicted in Lexington last week on 13 federal counts.

Prosecutors say Girod continued to sell his cosmetics after he was ordered to stop in 2013 by a federal judge in Missouri. Girod had advertised the products as cures for skin cancer, tumors and headaches. A release from the U.S. attorney’s office says Girod continued to sell the products to customers in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois.

Court records say Girod also blocked FDA agents from inspecting his facility in 2013.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 16. The U.S. attorney’s release did not say how much prison time Girod could face at sentencing.

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Korean War soldier laid to rest after remains found

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Korean War soldier whose remains were found 66 years after he went missing has been laid to rest with full military honors in Tennessee.

The Leaf Chronicle reports the remains of 20-year-old Sgt. Robert Roy Cummings were found in November. A funeral was held Saturday in Clarksville.

Cummings was part of the 187th Infantry Regiment based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After his unit was ambushed during a reconnaissance, the Army declared him missing in action in November 1950.

Cummings had written one final letter to his wife. Cummings’ son, Rex Cummings, was born two months after his father was declared missing. Rex Cummings attended the funeral and says that letter remains his most prized possession.

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Ky. fugitive arrested without incident in North Dakota

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A fugitive from Kentucky has been arrested in North Dakota.

Authorities say 52-year-old Barry Maiden was apprehended Friday in Jamestown. KQDJ reports that Maiden is wanted for terroristic threats toward law enforcement. He also faces a weapons and explosives charge.

Jamestown Police Lt. Justin Blinsky says officers were called to assist U.S. marshals in the arrest at a Jamestown residence. Maiden was taken into custody without incident.

Maiden is currently being held in a Jamestown jail until he can be extradited to Kentucky to face charges.

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Thornberry, Blackburn, Black to visit Fort Campbell

FORT CAMPBELL (AP) — Fort Campbell says it’s expecting three members of Congress to visit the post this week to learn about military readiness and budget effects.

A news release from the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border said Republican U.S. Reps. Mac Thornberry of Texas and Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black of Tennessee will visit on Tuesday. Thornberry is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Black heads the House Budget Committee.

Fort Campbell said the lawmakers will focus on military readiness and impacts that cuts to Defense Department budgets have had on facilities, as well as effects on personnel, training and maintenance across the 101st Airborne Division.

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Ballard named Ky.’s public health epidemiologist

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says Dr. Jonathan Ballard has been appointed as the state public health epidemiologist.

His responsibilities in that role will include overseeing the office responsible for infectious diseases, research and prevention of injuries and vital statistics.

Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson says Ballard has experience medicine and public health in addition to his academic accomplishments.

Ballard is an assistant professor Colleges of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kentucky and has served as the Ambulatory Services Medical Director for the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

He received a doctorate of medicine from the University of Louisville, a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Cambridge and a master’s of public health from Dartmouth College.

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Pedestrian killed in apparent hit-and-run along highway

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A pedestrian has been killed in an apparent hit-and-run crash in central Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police said in a news release that 32-year-old Latoya C. Norris, of Lebanon, was walking along Kentucky Route 55 in Washington County early Sunday morning when she was struck by a vehicle.

Anyone who might have been traveling on the highway, near the Marion and Washington County line, between 3 a.m. and sunrise is urged to contact state police at 1-800-222-5555.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday in Frankfort.

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2 killed in head-on crash in northern Ky.

WARSAW (AP) — State Police say two people have died in a head-on collision in northern Kentucky.

Trooper Josh Lawson says in a news release says the accident occurred Saturday afternoon on U.S. Route 42 east of Warsaw in Gallatin County.

The statement says 20-year-old Kyle Allbecker of Cincinnati lost control of his eastbound vehicle, which went into the westbound lane and collided with an oncoming vehicle. Allbecker and a 16-year-old female passenger in his vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither were wearing seat belts. The passenger’s name wasn’t released.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital in Cincinnati, and a female passenger was treated at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

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