News in Brief

Perry County drug court receives $1.3M in federal grants

FRANKFORT (AP) — An eastern Kentucky drug court has received $1.3 million in federal grants that will allow it to expand treatment services to those who need it most.

A statement from the Administration Office of the Courts says the funding will allow the Perry County Adult Drug Court program to provide more services for participants who struggle with employment, mental health problems or lack of basic education. Some of the expanded services will include counseling and job coaching and assistance with housing, transportation and child care.

Perry County Circuit Judge Alison C. Wells says assisting participants with basic needs will allow them to focus on recovery.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance jointly awarded the funds, which are to be used over three years.


Louisville mayor asks FBI to look into police youth program

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has asked the FBI to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of children in a police youth outreach program.

Fischer also hired former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey to review the investigation conducted by Louisville Metro Police and determine whether “errors were made.”

“If there has been an injustice, it will be remedied,” Fischer said.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of a participant in the Youth Explorer program charges that his alleged rape by Officers Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood was “concealed” by department officials. Betts and Wood are accused of sexually assaulting the participant from 2011 through 2013 and recording the incidents to make pornography.

The Courier-Journal reported that Police Chief Steve Conrad ended an investigation of alleged improper contact between Betts and a teenage girl in the program because Betts resigned in 2014. Wood is on administrative assignment.

Conrad said he is prohibited from talking about the case because the court documents are sealed. Fischer said he expects the case will be unsealed next week. The newspaper has filed a motion to unseal the case. The city has also asked that it be unsealed.

Councilman David James said Friday that Harvey’s investigation should include the mayor’s office because former police commanders who were in the department at the time of the allegations are now in the Fischer administration.

“It’s important we not just limit it to the police department, but knowing who knew what when, and wherever that goes is important,” James said.

James and council member James Peden said they met with Conrad about the Explorer program before the suit was filed. Both said they’ve received information from police officers that there could be more allegations.

“If anything, (Mayor Fischer) finally realizes this has now extended beyond the boundaries of just a bad police officer,” Peden said.


Trial for wife accused of shooting man after casserole fight

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman accused of fatally shooting her husband after an argument about a burned casserole, and then taking a photo of the body and texting it to a friend has been ordered to stand trial on a homicide charge.

A district judge in Allegheny County also Friday allowed prosecutors to add an evidence-tampering charge against 38-yeaer-old Teresa Drum in the Feb. 27 death of 42-year-old Dennis Drum Sr.

A friend testified Friday at her preliminary hearing that the defendant told her on the phone that she had just killed her husband and then sent her a cellphone picture of the body.

Christina Caudill of Lexington, Kentucky, said she earlier heard the man speaking in the background, berating his wife and threatening to kill her. She said Teresa Drum then told her that she was going to kill her husband and use “purple gloves” to cover up the murder. Caudill testified that the two women have talked and texted daily for years and the couple routinely quarreled, especially while drinking.

Frazer police found the victim lying dead on a bed with a gun in his hand and a gunshot wound to the forehead. But authorities say there was no gun in his hand in the photo, which was taken 11 minutes before a 911 call was made.

Authorities said in a court documents that in an interview later with investigators, Teresa Drum said she drank seven beers and her husband was insulting her and cursing her cooking. She said they wound up in the bedroom, where her husband pulled the gun from a holster and she put her finger on the trigger and it went off, authorities said.

She told police she took a shower “to rinse off” and then put her bloody clothes in a laundry basket before calling police, authorities said. The couple’s two children were in the house at the time but were unhurt, police said.


Sports history on display in Smithsonian exhibit in Wayland

WAYLAND (AP) — Football, basketball, swimming and other sports are being showcased in a new Smithsonian exhibit in eastern Kentucky.

Local news outlets report that the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibit will be open until April 22 at the Wayland Historical Society in Wayland.

The interactive exhibit leads visitors on a journey through local sports history. Artifacts from the 1920s to present day are displayed.

Wayland Mayor Jerry Fultz says the exhibit allows the community to explore a fascinating aspect of the region’s sports history. Fultz hopes that it will inspire more people to become involved in the community’s cultural life.

Area news outlets report that Wayland is the first city in Kentucky to host the traveling exhibit.

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Toyota donating northern Ky. facility for school

ERLANGER (AP) — Toyota says it is donating a facility on its northern Kentucky campus for an education center.

The company said in a news release that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced a $6.8 million Work Ready Skills initiative grant to Boone County Schools to adapt Toyota’s office and engineering lab into a school.

The school is scheduled to be ready for students in the 2019-2020 school year.

The release says the goal of Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center is to open student possibilities through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics; help prepare workers; and help make the area a magnet for high-value industry.

The school will be open initially for grades 9 to 12.

Toyota still occupies the Erlanger campus but has been transitioning from it as the company consolidates its North American headquarters in Texas.


Garbage truck driver charges in Ky. interstate wrecks

PADUCAH (AP) — Police in western Kentucky say at least six people were injured and a garbage truck driver was arrested after the truck traveled the wrong way on Interstate 24 and struck several vehicles.

Media outlets report police pursued the truck, which traveled east in the westbound lanes before crossing the median into eastbound traffic and crashed Friday. State Police Trooper Jody Cash says in a news release some of the injuries were believed to be life threatening.

The statement says 23-year-old truck driver Dalton M. Lampley of Calvert City was arrested on multiple counts including driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment of a police officer and resisting arrest.

Paducah Police Chief Brandon Barnhill says seven passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer were hit by the truck.


1 dead in shooting at Louisville art gallery during concert

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a University of Louisville student was fatally shot and five other people were wounded during a rap music concert at an art gallery in Louisville.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville Metropolitan Police Lt. Emily McKinley said at a news conference that off-duty police officers working security at the concert attended by hundreds reported shots fired at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Tim Faulkner Gallery.

McKinley says police are looking for suspects and witnesses.

McKinley identified the woman fatally shot as a University of Louisville student. A coroner issued a report Sunday identifying the student at 20-year-old Savannah Walker of Louisville. The report said she was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot wound.

McKinley says the five injured people are expected to recover.

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