Saturday, April 16, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...4-17-'11
- The Kentucky Parole Board has postponed a hearing for a woman convicted of killing five people in Lexington in the 1980s. The full parole board opted to delay the hearing for 52-year-old Tina Marie Hickey Powell from Monday until April 25th because enough board members wouldn't be available to hold the hearing. Powell made her first appearance before the Kentucky Parole Board on Wednesday. A two-member panel bound the case over to the full parole board, which must consider any deferment of parole of longer than 60 months. Powell and 47-year-old LaFonda Fay Foster were convicted in 1987 of five counts of murder after five people were fatally stabbed and shot on April 23, 1986.
- Republican David Williams is vowing not to accept a higher pension if he wins this year's gubernatorial election. Williams, the longtime state Senate President, would be in line for an enhanced pension if he serves even one term in the $124,000-a-year job of governor under a sweetened legislative retirement plan. Campaign manager Scott Jennings said if Williams is forced by statute to accept the higher pension he will donate the entire increase to charity. Republican opponents have been criticizing the retirement sweetener that allows Kentucky's part-time lawmakers to receive enhanced pensions if they get better paying government jobs for at least three years. Williams has been pressing to repeal the pension enhancement in the legislature.
- Forty-four year old Prince Kolubah of Louisville died Friday at University Hospital, a day after suffering severe burns in an apartment complex fire. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Rita Taylor says Kolubah had burns over 90 percent of his body. Kolubah sustained the burns Thursday when the Colonial Oaks Apartments in Louisville caught fire. Fire officials say seven others were treated at the scene and later taken to the hospital. Four apartments were damaged by the fire and eight had smoke and water damage.
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