Chuck Borell will not go to jail after plea deal in horse abuse case

Charles “Chuck” Borell, father of horse trainer Maria Borell, will not serve jail time after accepting a plea deal Thursday on charges related to the abandonment of 43 horses in Mercer County. Borell entered an Alford plea to nine of 43 misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty, meaning that he did not admit wrongdoing but accepted that there is sufficient evidence against him for a conviction.


Fraud charges thrown out over attorney general investigator’s ‘false’ testimony

In a quick action on Monday, the three counts of alleged Medicaid fraud against the former owner of Bluegrass Autism in Danville were dismissed amid allegations of misconduct against an attorney general’s office investigator. The motion to dismiss alleges that Attorney General Investigator Reed Wilbers, who was the only prosecution witness to appear before the grand jury, made “patently false and misleading statements.”

Most Wanted

Lexington’s Most Wanted, Sept. 27, 2016

Lexington’s Most Wanted is a service of the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff and the Lexington Herald-Leader. (Like the sheriff’s office on Facebook.) Each week, a new photo gallery features mug shots of fugitives and information about them and warrants issued for their arrests.


Boy’s accused killer is competent for murder trial, doctor testifies

A doctor testified at a hearing Tuesday that Ronald Exantus of Indianapolis, accused of killing a 6-year-old Kentucky boy, is competent to stand trial. Dr. Amy Trivette, medical director of Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange, said Exantus understands the consequences he faces, and is able to rationally assist in his defense. The judge did not make a decision on competency but will issue a written ruling.


Help catch a car thief who also used a stolen credit card

If you have information about either the Crime of the Week or the Suspect of the Week, do not try to take action on your own. Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or


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.


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.


Thief uses credit card at mall

Police say this man made a purchase at Fayette Mall using a stolen credit card.
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Thief uses credit card at mall

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

Walgreens hockey mask robber 0:44

Walgreens hockey mask robber