Franklin County

Franklin County

Body of missing Buffalo Trace security guard found in Kentucky River

The body of a man missing since last week was found and recovered Wednesday from the Kentucky River near Frankfort, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said. The body of Will Rawlings, 26, was found shortly before noon about two miles downstream from the point where the search began on Friday. The investigation into the death is still active.

Fayette County

$4,200 debt led to baseball bat beating. Accused female mastermind is at large.

A Lexington woman allegedly arranged for four men to forcibly collect a debt owed by a Franklin County resident. A grand jury indicted Stacey Smith, 35, on a charge of first-degree robbery after she allegedly told Troy D. Thornton, Danny D. Drury, Cameron P. Hensley and David D. Drury, all of Lexington, to get money owed to her by a Franklin County resident in exchange for some of the money.

Franklin County

Man acquitted of murder in Franklin County all-terrain vehicle accident

Relatives of 23-year-old victim Cody Scott Bryant and defendant Justin Day wiped tears from their eyes as the jury returned a not-guilty verdict Tuesday night in a 2014 accident that ended in tragedy. On July 20, 2014, Bryant and Day got into an all-terrain Gator vehicle on a Sunday night after drinking and the vehicle dropped off an embankment, hit a tree and a stump and flipped, penning Bryant on the passenger side of the Gator. Bryant was pronounced dead shortly after the crash. Day has maintained his innocence, saying he was the passenger and not the driver. In 2015, Day was indicted on a charge of capital murder after Kentucky State Police reconstructed the fatal crash and identified Day, then 27, as the driver.

Crime

Man hospitalized after shooting in Frankfort

A man was shot in the abdomen at a home on Felmer Court in Frankfort Saturday morning. The man, who was not identified, is believed to have been involved in a “domestic situation” when the shooting occurred at about 6:15 a.m., said Frankfort Police Major Rob Warfel.

State

Judge rebukes Frankfort police for sexual misconduct, lack of supervision in murder probe

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd delivered a scathing rebuke of the Frankfort Police Department for what he called a pattern of unethical behavior, sexual misconduct and lack of supervision in a 2015 homicide investigation. Shepherd’s comments came in an order Thursday unsealing documents containing allegations made by Meisha Nichols, who was indicted in the 2015 stabbing death of 66-year-old Thomas Ellison.

Videos

Truck with 12 tigers makes unexpected stop in Frankfort

Police said the driver of the truck, owned by Hawthorn Corp., of Sarasota, Fla, had a flat tire late Tuesday night and decided to park the vehicle in a shopping center parking lot.
Jack Brammer jbrammer@herald-leader.com
Truck with 12 tigers makes unexpected stop in Frankfort 0:37

Truck with 12 tigers makes unexpected stop in Frankfort

More details about Franklin County double homicide investigation released 2:06

More details about Franklin County double homicide investigation released

Frankfort Kroger fire captured on witness's video 0:17

Frankfort Kroger fire captured on witness's video

Commemorate your Kentucky Derby Festival marathon with a personalized bottle of Jim Beam 3:23

Commemorate your Kentucky Derby Festival marathon with a personalized bottle of Jim Beam