City sues newspaper over advertising rates
Lexington: The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government alleges in a Fayette Circuit Court lawsuit that the Lexington Herald-Leader treats it unfairly on advertising rates. The LFUCG filed suit Oct. 30, arguing the Herald-Leader publishes the government's legal advertising in 7-point type, while allowing other advertisers to use smaller, cheaper type. That results in an "unnecessary and illegal" additional cost for the government and taxpayers, the suit contends.
The suit also claims the newspaper raised its legal advertising rates Jan. 1 without giving advance notice required by state law. The government says in its suit that state law requires it to publish its ordinances and resolutions in the Herald-Leader, since it is the daily paper with the largest circulation in the area.
The suit seeks monetary damages, including a refund of any overcharges for the past five years. Herald-Leader President and Publisher Timothy M. Kelly said in a prepared statement: "We regret the Urban County Government has chosen to file this action against the Herald-Leader. We believe strongly that we have operated within the bounds of the Kentucky statutory requirements and intend to defend ourselves vigorously."
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Jockey's condition upgraded
Lexington: Jockey Julia Brimo's condition has improved after a spill during a race at Keeneland last week. A statement from Keeneland on Friday said Brimo has been upgraded to serious condition at University of Kentucky Medical Center. She was previously in critical condition. Brimo was injured Oct. 30 when mount Golden Stride clipped heels and fell during the first race, her third at the Keeneland fall meet. The 33-year-old from Ontario rode 75 winners in 2003 and received the Sovereign Award as the top apprentice jockey in Canada.
Bike ride downtown
Lexington: Bicyclists will meet at 11 a.m. Sunday in front of the old Fayette County Courthouse on Main Street for a Second Sunday bike ride. The bicyclists, escorted by police, will ride from the courthouse to Veterans Park and back. Riders should be at least 12 years old, unless riding on a tandem bike with a parent.
Pharmacy robbery investigated
Lexington: Lexington police were investigating an attempted robbery that occurred at a pharmacy early Friday morning. According to police, the incident occurred about 5:30 a.m. at a Rite Aid on Malabu Drive. Employees were unloading items from a delivery truck at the rear of the building when a man apparently slipped through the back door and tried to take a container of items that had been delivered. The man, who might have been armed with a knife, fled without taking anything, police said. The man, described as wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans, covered his face with a paper bag, according to police.
Bus wreck leads to arrest
Casey County: A school bus wreck in Casey County Thursday led to the arrest of a man wanted in Ohio, authorities said. Police said Matthew Hall was arrested outside Liberty shortly after a car collided with a school bus and then was driven away.
A small child and two Head Start employees riding in the bus were taken to the hospital for examination, but they weren't seriously injured, police said. Officers said Hall and a passenger, Patrick O'Bryant, were arrested about five minutes after the crash when they stopped at a convenience store.
Hall was being held Friday in the Casey County jail because he was wanted on a fugitive warrant from Ohio, and faces several charges stemming from the bus crash, jail officials said. O'Bryant has been released on bail, officials said.
Nurse gets probation
Jefferson County: A nurse who formerly worked at Hurstborne Care Center in Jefferson County was granted supervised probation on Friday in connection with the abuse and death last year of a patient at the center, according to the state attorney general's office.
Stacy Harrison of Henderson was sentenced in Jefferson Circuit Court for knowing abuse of a vulnerable adult, a felony. He had entered a guilty plea in the case in September. A judge sentenced Harrison to five years in prison, but granted his request for supervised probation. Harrison agreed to forfeit his nursing license and to never again apply to be a nurse anywhere in the country.
Between March 8 and March 9, 2008, Harrison stayed at a nursing station, sending text messages and eating snacks, instead of responding to a patient in distress; and after the patient, who was vomiting and showing other signs of distress, stopped breathing, Harrison did not try to resuscitate him, even though the man had written resuscitation wishes, according to the attorney general's office.
Buggy driver cited for crash
Mayfield: The Amish operator of a horse-drawn buggy has been cited after being involved in a collision with a motor vehicle on a highway in western Kentucky. State police say buggy operator Ananias Byler was cited for failing to display a slow-moving vehicle emblem. Police say 73-year-old Billy Britt, who was driving a Dodge Caravan east on Kentucky 339 in Graves County, struck the rear of the buggy, then crossed the road and struck a sign and a utility pole. Police say Britt was injured and taken to Jackson Purchase Medical Center. Police say Byler and his passenger were not injured.
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