Saturday, May 28, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-29-'11
- Pikeville Police made a quick arrest following a break-in at Pikeville Discount Drug at 2:20 A.M. Saturday morning. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a broken window and what appeared to be blood on the floor inside. Police arrested Jonathan Adams from the Riverside Inn just after 9:30 A.M. Adams has been charged with burglary, theft of a drug requiring a prescription, tampering with physical evidence and criminal mischief.
- Kentucky State Police say Trenton Tackett of Staffordsville was driving westbound on U.S. 460 Thursday when his SUV crossed the center-line, striking 38 year old Anita Back's pickup truck. Back, from Seitz, Kentucky, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Magoffin County Coroner Mark Jenkins while Tackett was taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center for his injuries.
- Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Marvin Reed, Jason Reed, Thomas Little, Kristi Rae Davis and Donald W. Terry who are accused of taking part in a conspiracy to funnel thousands of pain pills into Owsley County from Florida. Georgia police stopped Little and Davis as they returned from Florida on May 15th and found 3,278 Oxycodone pills in Little's truck. Little told authorities he was taking the pills to the Reeds in Booneville, who together had provided $45,000 to buy the pills in Florida. Cooperating with police, Little arranged for Marvin and Jason Reed to pick up the pills. DEA agents arrested the two May 17th when they came to pick up the pills. Little said he had made three previous trips for pills in the month before he was arrested, bringing back more than 2,000 each time. If convicted, each face up to 20 years in prison or 30 years if they have a prior felony.
- Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday that lawmakers should not fear voter backlash for trying to squeeze savings from Medicare to reduce federal debt, because it will take a bipartisan deal to tackle the program. McConnell says he believes Washington will agree to "something significant" to curb the giant health care program for the elderly well before the 2012 election. He says trimming benefit programs like Medicare is the only way to find the savings needed to make a serious dent in the government's debt, a point on which budget experts on both sides concur, and the American people can decide whether they will want to punish both sides for having done that because it will take both sides to do it. The House-approved budget, written by Representative Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would turn the health care program into a system that provides vouchers to buy private insurance, leaving many exposed to higher out-of-pocket costs. People now 55 or older could stay with the traditional Medicare system. The Senate rejected that budget this past week, though most GOP senators voted for it, and top Republicans have conceded it has little chance of enactment.
- Lexington Police Officer Earl Rayford who was found guilty of misconduct has sued the police chief and county government after he was demoted from sergeant to officer over his actions during the August 2010 arrest of former Kentucky State University basketball player Delvagio Lax. Rayford seeks compensatory and punitive damages and asks that the government restore him to his former rank. Lax pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. $450 in cash that was found on Lax was turned over to Lax's girlfriend, who was also Rayford's stepdaughter.
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