News in Brief

Ky. woman added to Tenn. most wanted list

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added a Kentucky woman facing charges of kidnapping and sex trafficking to its Top Ten Most Wanted list.

The TBI says the charges against 41-year-old Crystal Lynn Bradshaw, of Lexington, stem from the kidnapping of a 15-year-old female from Kentucky who was found in Montgomery County, Tennessee.

Bradshaw was last seen in a white 2008 Ford Fusion. She is described as a white female with brown hair and blue eyes. She stands about 5-foot-9 and weighs about 140 pounds.

Anyone with information on Bradshaw is asked to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her arrest.


Police: 2nd suspect charged in connection with man’s murder

MANCHESTER (AP) — Authorities say a second suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Clay County father.

Multiple media outlets report 32-year-old Roscoe Henson was charged Wednesday with the murder of 24-year-old Trevor Dykes, who was shot on July 27.

Police say 35-year-old Thomas Miracle was arrested Tuesday and was charged with solicitation to commit murder.

Sheriff Kevin Johnson says Miracle is accused of paying Henson to kill Dykes, who was involved in a child custody dispute with his former girlfriend.

Johnson says police believe that Miracle, who was the woman’s new boyfriend, saw an opportunity to please the woman by killing Dykes and ending the custody dispute.

Both men are being held in the county jail. It is unclear if either man has an attorney.

The investigation continues.


Conway, Bevin agree to televised debate in September

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin have agreed to participate in a televised debate next month in Louisville.

The Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader, WHAS-TV and WKYT-TV will sponsor the debate, along with Bellarmine University, where the hourlong event will be held at 7 p.m. EDT Sept. 25.

The two television stations will televise the debate live, and all four media partners will livestream it on their websites. Other stations outside the Louisville and Lexington television markets may be included in the live broadcast.

A WHAS representative will moderate, with one questioner each from the other three media partners.

The debate will take place in the university’s Cralle Theater, and about 300 guests will be invited to attend.


Obama signs disaster declaration after flooding

FRANKFORT (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Kentucky to assist with cleanup from massive flooding last month that killed four people.

Heavy rains in mid-July caused flash flooding in eastern Kentucky and other parts of the state that damaged property and killed four people, including a 34-year-old man who was trying to rescue his grandmother.

The action makes federal money available for Carter, Johnson, Rowan and Trimble counties. The money includes grants for home repairs and temporary housing along with loans to businesses and individuals to help pay for uninsured expenses.

To apply for assistance, register at or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for the hearing- and speech-impaired. The telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.


Judge asked to make evidence public in bourbon thefts

FRANKFORT (AP) — A Kentucky judge is expected to issue a ruling on whether to make more evidence public in the case against what prosecutors say is a bourbon theft ring.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate on Wednesday said he would make a ruling on the matter on Thursday.

The evidence filed in the Franklin Circuit Court clerk’s office is not under seal but has not been made available to the media at the request of defense attorneys, who say the release of the evidence would impair their clients’ ability to get a fair trial.

Ten defendants were indicted earlier this year on charges of stealing more than $100,000 worth of bourbon from two distilleries. Four of the defendants have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.


Ky., Tenn. receiving advanced placement grants

LOUISVILLE (AP) — More Kentucky and Tennessee students from low-income families will be able to take advantage of advanced placement classes and exams with new grants to help defray the tests’ cost.

The grants are part of $28.4 million awarded to 38 states; Washington, D.C.; and the Virgin Islands by the U.S. Department of Education.

Kentucky is receiving $505,000, while Tennessee was awarded $256,000.

Education Department official John King says the grants help eliminate barriers for low-income students and give access to college-level critical thinking and reasoning skills.

The agency says by subsidizing test fees for low-income students, it hopes to encourage the students to take advanced placement tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required for a college degree.


Vermont official: Ky. prison monitored inmates before fight

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s top advocate for prison inmates said Wednesday the staff at a private Kentucky prison did all it could to monitor two inmates before they got into a fight that landed one in the hospital in the weeks before his death.

Vermont Defender General Matt Valerio said that if there was any blame to be attributed to the staff of the Beattyville prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America it is that they should have known about ongoing tensions between the two inmates, one of whom, James Nicholson, died six weeks after the April 2 altercation.

Valerio, whose office investigates all deaths of Vermont inmates, told the lawmakers of the Justice Oversight Committee that it appeared that Nicholson started the fight that lasted one minute out of sight of security cameras.

“It sounded like a fist fight where an individual ended up hitting his head on a sink,” said Valerio who also noted there was no evidence Nicholson was assaulted with a lock in a sock as had been reported previously.

Nicholson spent a week in intensive care recovering from the head and other injuries he suffered in the fight. He died in his sleep on May 18.

An autopsy determined Nicholson died of heart problems, but the autopsy was unable to determine if Nicholson’s death was related to the injuries he suffered in the fight.


Steve Martin to be honored at Bluegrass Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Movie star, comedian and Grammy-winning musician Steve Martin will be honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a distinguished achievement award.

The association on Wednesday announced special awards recipients and nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be presented on Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 69-year-old banjo player has become a bluegrass ambassador by introducing fans of his film and television work to the genre through his performances and albums with Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

The supergroup Earls of Leicester leads with five nominations, including entertainer of the year, for their tribute to legendary artists Lester Flatts and Earl Scruggs. Other nominees for entertainer of the year are Balsam Range, Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers and The Del McCoury Band.

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