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School district: deputy who handcuffed child acted properly

COVINGTON (AP) — A northern Kentucky school district says a sheriff’s deputy shown on video handcuffing an elementary student above his elbows was complying with its restraint policy.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports the finding came from an independent investigator hired by the district.

Kenton County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Sumner and the sheriff’s department are being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union and the parents of two students over the handcuffing.

In a letter to parents, Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Garrison says Sumner complied with the district’s policies, “which are designed to ensure that students do not injure themselves or others.”

The ACLU released the video that shows a sheriff’s deputy standing over a handcuffed boy who is kicking and crying. The boy is cuffed behind his back and above the elbows.

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Sex offenders having hard time finding places to live

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Advocates for sex offenders who need medical care say a state law that requires them to have a legal residence to go to before they’re released from prison is keeping them behind bars because they can’t find places to live.

The Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky law requires sex offenders to provide in writing their planned residence during a five-year period of conditional release 180 days before they’re released from prison.

But offenders like 40-year-old Michael Blaine Wolfe, who needs nursing care, are having a tough time finding places to stay.

Wolfe, who suffered brain damage in an accident as a teenager and uses a wheelchair, served his eight-year sentence for sexual abuse and should have been released from prison over a year ago. But he’s still behind bars and could be for up to four more years.

The Corrections Department said none of the 310 places it has contacted to house Wolfe has been willing to accept him.

Another sex offender, Frank Boswell, who served out his sentence for rape and sexual abuse on May 25 and is “near death,” according to his public defender, was able to find an approved placement last month at a nursing home in Henry County.

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Social worker sues state over mistreatment, case problems

HEBRON (AP) — A state social worker has filed a lawsuit claiming he was mistreated by supervisors after reporting problems with dozens of cases.

The lawsuit says Tim Williams experienced retaliation and harassment after he reported problems. The Courier-Journal reports his complaints included concerns about 93 cases of alleged child abuse or neglect had been misplaced and not investigated for months.

Williams is a 14-year employee with the Cabinet for Health and Family Service in its Northern Bluegrass service region.

He says he was abruptly transferred from his job after reporting management problems.

Cabinet officials declined to comment on Williams’ lawsuit. Officials with the Department for Community Based Services say they have launched an investigation into the missing cases.

Williams has since returned to his original work site in Gallatin County.

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Education Department asking for feedback on standards

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Education wants the public to provide feedback on proposed social studies standards for the next generation.

The department says the standards address the knowledge, skills and competencies that K-12 students should have to be ready for college, career and civic engagement.

The standards were revised after input and feedback from more than 2,000 people in focus groups and an open online survey conducted last fall. About 30 percent of the proposed standards were modified to better capture the vision and outcomes for each grade level.

Standards refer to what students should know and should be considered a minimum benchmark for all students. Curriculum decisions are made by each school-based decision making council.

Feedback may be given at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/kyss2015 . The deadline is Sept. 30.

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Truck driver wanted in deadly crash arrested in Kentucky

LEXINGTON (AP) — Police in Kentucky have arrested a truck driver accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash that killed six people at a construction zone near Chattanooga.

Benjamin Scott Brewer was arrested Friday night in Lexington after being indicted this week on six counts of vehicular homicide.

Lexington Police told the Herald-Leader the 39-year-old Brewer was found in a parking lot around 8:30 p.m.

Sgt. Joe Anderson says Brewer tried to kick out a window when he was put into a police cruiser. He will be jailed in Lexington until he can be extradited to Tennessee. Another person with Brewer was taken into custody but they haven’t been identified.

His arrest came a day after he made Tennessee’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” list. The U.S. Marshals Service had shared information about Brewer with Lexington police, Anderson said.

Federal investigators say Brewer had been driving for 15 consecutive hours before the June 25 crash on Interstate 75. The semi-truck he was driving slammed into several stopped vehicles, killing six and injuring six others. Four of the victims, including two children ages 10 and 11, were in one car.

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Vermont inmate dies in Kentucky prison, and no one sure why

LOUISVILLE (AP) — James Nicholson lay in a Kentucky intensive care unit, days after he was beaten with a makeshift mace in a private prison in April. His skull cracked and his brain bruised, he told a nurse he believed the year was 1960 and Jimmy Carter was president.

Kentucky State Police investigated the attack on Nicholson, a Vermont inmate, at a prison run by the for-profit Corrections Corporation of America.

But after he died in his sleep a few weeks later, no one told police.

Investigators learned of his death when The Associated Press asked about it weeks after that.

Kentucky State Trooper Robert Purdy said that if prison officials had notified police at the time of Nicholson’s death, authorities would have opened a death investigation.

“I can’t say why they didn’t contact us, there are so many variables,” Purdy said. “It would have been nice to know.”

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Stanford man walks away from plane crash near Junction City

JUNCTION CITY (AP) — A Stanford man has walked away unharmed after his plane crashed near Junction City.

Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder tells The Advocate-Messenger that 76-year-old James Board showed no sign of injury Sunday evening when he was taken to hospital after his Cessna aircraft crashed just north of Junction City, striking power lines on the way down.

Details surrounding the crash are still uncertain.

Wilder said investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to be on the scene Monday to determine the cause of the crash.

This is the second place crash in less than a month involving Danville’s Stuart Powell Airfield Airport. On July 21, a North Carolina man walked away uninjured when his 1978 plane crashed in similar circumstance.

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Man accused of beating son to death due in court

RADCLIFF (AP) — A man accused of beating his 4-month-old son to death while driving is due in court.

The News-Enterprise reports that 35-year-old Daniel Cox is scheduled to face a murder charge Monday in Hardin District Court.

According to court documents obtained by WLKY-TV, Cox was seen hitting Jayceon Chrystie while he drove Thursday in Radcliff, about 40 miles southwest of Louisville. A witness told police that Cox hit the child, who was in a car seat on the front passenger side, several times with his hand.

Witness Dena Stevenson told WLKY she and husband were concerned for the child and called 911.

When Cox dropped Jayceon at his mother’s home, he was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Doctors removed him Saturday from life support.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Robert Fraction told The Associated Press on Sunday that Jayceon died of an “inflicted traumatic injury to the head.”

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Oklahoma landowner seeks families of Civil War soldiers

RINGWOOD, Okla. (AP) — A landowner in Ringwood has the tombstones of two Civil War soldiers and is searching for the men’s families.

Jay Leierer has stones with the names W.M. W. Thornberry and Thos. J. Hutchins. The stones say Thornberry was in the 3rd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry and Hutchins in the 1st Arkansas Cavalry.

They came with the land when Leirer’s father bought it from the family of Rod Bymaster. Bymaster told the Enid News & Eagle they were found after his great-grandmother took part in the Oklahoma land run. Bymaster said his grandfather told him the stones fell from a cart.

Leierer said the stones are in near perfect condition. He said they lay face down for about 50 years while being used as a landing for steps into a home.

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