Jail employee and wife charged with trafficking
Lexington police arrested a Fayette County jail corrections officer and his wife at their home on Royal Wood Drive in south Lexington late Friday and charged them with trafficking in prescription painkillers. Jamie Lee McLemore, 28, and his wife, Charlene F. McLemore, also 28, remained in the jail Saturday night. Jamie Lee McLemore apparently was in his early probationary phase as a jail employee, police said. Jail records show that Charlene McLemore has a previous arrest from January on misdemeanor theft charges, but the disposition of that case was not available Saturday.
Sewer testing starts Monday
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Contractors for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Division of Water Quality will be testing selected manholes and sections of sanitary sewers during the week of July 13. Signs will be placed in the areas of the inspections. Technicians will be identified with name tags. Residents are asked to note that smoke testing of sanitary sewer system segments has started and that this might result in a non-toxic white vapor or "smoke" to appear from pipes or "vent stacks" protruding from some homes or businesses. This venting is a normal occurrence during the testing. For more information, call LexCall 3-1-1 or (859) 258-2255.
Church opens after arson
A southern Kentucky church destroyed by arson has been rebuilt, and its first service will be July 12. Members of Mount Pleasant Church of Christ have been meeting in an elementary school for nearly a year. The new building, a larger one built on six acres of donated land, is about a mile from the old building that burned down Aug. 13. The church traces its history to 1838. The church's congregation has tried to reciprocate the generosity of Richardsville Elementary School since the fire. The church offered to feed the families of students over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. "We helped stock supplies in the rooms and had a teacher appreciation week, where we took a day and fed all the teachers lunch," Hall said. An open house and public dedication of the church is planned on July 19. "We have gotten nothing but tremendous support from the whole community, and we're thankful for it," said W. Tom Hall, the church's minister.
Charges might be upgraded in teen's 'morphine tea' case
State charges against an 18-year-old Mayfield man might be upgraded to federal charges in a case involving a mixed drink known as "morphine tea." Graves Commonwealth Attorney David Hargrove says the U.S. Attorney's office has become interested in the case against Ethan Edwards, who is charged in the death of 17-year-old Adam Hogarty last August. Hargrove told the Paducah Sun the case allegedly involves poppies sent through the U.S. mail from Florida. Police allege Edwards gave Hogarty "morphine tea," a drink containing codeine and morphine from poppies. Edwards is scheduled to appear Monday in Graves Circuit Court for a pretrial conference. If the charges become federal, Edwards would face stiffer penalties.
Staff, wire reports