Lexington employee charged with intent to distribute fentanyl

A Lexington city employee man is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday after he was indicted on drug-related charges. William Dixon, 55, an employee of the city’s Division of Water Quality, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute acylfentanyl, fentanyl and heroin. Dixon is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing Thursday afternoon to determine whether he will remain in custody pending trial.


EKU issues campus alert after shots fired in early-morning fight

A fight resulting in shots fired early Thursday forced Eastern Kentucky University to issue an alert to students and the public to seek shelter. Then, at 2:04 a.m., EKU Police tweeted that a “fight reported on 2nd St resulted in shots fired involving four black males in dark Altima sedan.” Richmond and EKU Police were investigating. It was not clear whether anyone was injured or arrested.


Man fined for stripping bark from elm trees in Daniel Boone forest

A Beattyville man will pay a $500 fine after pleading guiltythis week in Lexington to stripping the bark off elm trees in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Eastern Kentucky. Elm bark has a variety of medicinal uses, including as a remedy for diarrhea, and can be used as an astringent applied to wounds. Strippers sell the bark to commercial buyers of plants and roots. There have other reports of bark stripping in Lewis, Knott, Lee and Breathitt counties.


Two men indicted in Central Kentucky heroin and fentanyl overdoses

A federal grand jury has indicted Robert Lee Shields and Wesley Scott Hamm on charges of conspiring to distribute heroin and the painkiller fentanyl in Montgomery County, which led to a series of overdoses there in late August. Shields, nicknamed “Sosa,” was arrested in August in Cincinnati. Hamm led federal investigators to Shields, according to an affidavit filed by an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.


‘KYAnonymous’ defendant remains free after violating bond terms

Deric Lostutter, the online activist known as KYAnonymous, will remain free even though he violated the conditions of his bond, a federal magistrate judge said Wednesday in Lexington. Lostutter, 29, could face revocation of his bond if there are other violations in the future. Lostutter lived in Clark County in December 2012 when he allegedly took part in hacking into the computer of a man who ran a fan website for high school athletics in Steubenville, Ohio.


Police release information to help find killer of young mother, unborn son

A slain young pregnant mother and her unborn son died after she was shot in the back and left face down by the front entrance to the apartment complex where she lived, police said. Maryiah Coleman was an innocent bystander out walking her dog, as the family insisted since the Sept. 7 killing, police said. The police department released more information about the crime to get the public’s help in solving it.


District judge’s ruling on DUI law has prosecutors crying foul

A Fayette district judge’s ruling on a 2016 amendment to the drunken-driving law has prosecutors and defense attorneys battling in court. At issue is District Judge Julie Muth Goodman’s Sept. 1 order that a 10-year enhancement may not be retroactively applied to convictions for driving under the influence that occurred before the amendment was signed into law on April 9. The amendment extends the five-year “look-back period” for prior DUI convictions to 10 years.


Inspectors find credit-card skimmer at BP fuel pump in Richmond

Kentucky Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered a credit card “skimmer” during a routine inspection of a motor fuel pump at a Richmond retail establishment earlier this month. The skimmer – an electronic device used to capture data from consumers’ credit cards – was removed and turned over to Richmond police.

Politics & Government

Central Kentucky families of overdose victims give top U.S. prosecutor plenty to think about

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch took part Tuesday in events in Richmond and Lexington to raise awareness of the dangers of abusing heroin and prescription painkillers, speaking with people who have lost loved ones to overdoses and to students. Authorities said abuse of the drugs has reached crisis levels in some places, including Kentucky, which has one of the highest overdose death rates in the United States. The Obama Administration is pushing several efforts to attack the problem, including $1.1 billion in new spending for treatment.


Grand jury declines to indict Lexington firefighter in shooting of Harlan man

A grand jury in Harlan County declined Monday to charge any officers in the Aug. 11 shooting death of a man under federal indictment for making and possessing illegal explosive devices. Authorities said Mark Sawaf, 39, had told them he planted several booby-trapped trail cameras in the wooded hills around Harlan. Sawaf was helping state and federal authorities find the cameras when he tried to escape, police said. Capt. Brad Dobrzynski of the Lexington Fire Department shot and killed Sawaf.


Chief Justice Minton: pay judges more

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton urged lawmakers Friday to raise salaries of judges in the 2018 state legislative session.
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Chief Justice Minton: pay judges more 2:13

Chief Justice Minton: pay judges more

Families of drug addicts sharing 'horrific experience' to raise awareness 2:39

Families of drug addicts sharing 'horrific experience' to raise awareness

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Walgreens hockey mask robber

Police: Detectives need public's help solving shooting that killed pregnant mom 4:57

Police: Detectives need public's help solving shooting that killed pregnant mom