Saturday, June 25, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...6-26-'11
- A former Pikeville doctor faces up to four years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to fraudulently obtaining thousands of prescription pills for personal use. The plea comes after authorities found more than 19,000 prescription pills and $10,000 in a case in Nicholas Raschella's home during a 2007 search. Raschella admitted he ordered Valium and Xanax from a distributor in Florida to be sent to his clinic, then took those pills to his house for personal use. He also over-prescribed Oxycodone for a patient and told the patient to bring him the extra pills. Raschella will be sentenced in Lexington on October 29th.
- John P. Slone, 53, former director of planning and development at the Blue Grass Airport was ordered Friday by Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine to serve 12 months in jail for violating the terms of his conditional discharge. He was arrested for driving under the influence in Bartholomew County, Indiana in November and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor on May 27th. In June 2010, Goodwine sentenced Slone to 12 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft by deception, a misdemeanor, for his role in the airport spending scandal. Goodwine conditionally discharged that sentence for two years. Under a conditional discharge, a person is not subject to supervision that comes with regular probation, and the person avoids jail time if he stays out of trouble with the law.
- The Tennessee-based heritage organization Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to make a Confederate flag license plate available in Kentucky. Groups applying for special plates have to receive approval for the design and collect 900 prepaid orders within two years. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights board passed a resolution Friday against a proposed license plate bearing an image of the Confederate flag. Commissioners will ask the state Transportation Cabinet to deny such a design.
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