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Jailer charged with 40 counts of sex abuse

Barren County Jailer Leland Cox has been arrested on 40 counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Cox of Glasgow was arrested Friday by state police, who said an investigation is continuing and that further details will not be released at this time. .


Wife to help in murder prosecution of husband

A Florida woman has agreed to ­cooperate with Rowan County authorities for her husband's upcoming trial on a murder charge. Katherine Louise Conn has pleaded guilty to a charge of hindering prosecution in the shooting death of Timothy Scott Riggs, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ronnie Goldy. In addition, Goldy said, Conn has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the trial of her husband, James Conn, who is accused of murdering Riggs. The trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 18. Riggs of Morehead was shot to death last October at a house where he was staying. The Conns were arrested in Florida earlier this year.


Prison employee involved in standoff at Castlewood Park

Police filled Castlewood Park on Saturday morning, trying to calm a man, later identified as a prison guard, who threatened to kill himself after a fight with his girlfriend. After the argument at a home on Avon Avenue, the man headed for the park with a 9mm SIG Sauer handgun, said Sgt. Walker Webb. ”He threatened to shoot himself several times. He was just pacing back and forth ... near the water fountains,“ he said. The man, whom police named as Joseph Maurice Humphrey, asked to speak with an officer he knew. ”He talked to him for a little while ... then he dropped the weapon on the ground, said that was it, and went over and got a drink of water,“ Webb said. Humphrey, 35, who Webb said is a guard at the Blackburn Correctional Complex, was arrested on charges including first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault. The standoff lasted more than two hours.


Motorcyclist dies after being thrown into concrete

A Leslie County man died shortly after midnight Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle in a curve. State police said Harry Williams, 30, of Hyden was riding alone on Bull Creek Road near Thousandsticks when the crash occurred. He was thrown from the motorcycle and struck a concrete foundation, police said. He was not wearing a helmet.

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