Paducah, KY – McCracken County Commonwealth Attorney Tim Kaltenbach has been appointed 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge for Division 1, which covers McCracken County. Governor Steve Beshear announced the appointment yesterday. Kaltenbach replaces Judge R. Jeffrey Hines, who resigned earlier this year.
Paducah, KY – A former McCracken County Sheriff's deputy released on shock probation after serving part of his sentence for shooting himself and falsely reporting that he was shot by an assailant has been sent back to jail. Benny Harding, was arrested Wednesday on a probation violation for failing to make restitution payments. He had been free after being granted shock probation last year.
Paris, TN – Police arrested two Henry County residents Wednesday for manufacturing meth, and their three young children were taken into state custody. 30-year-old Monika Hall and 43-year-old Thomas Hall were arrested after a tip led local law enforcement to search the Norwood Road residence. Thomas Hall was also charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. The Paris Post Intelligencer reports the children in the home ranged in age from 6 months to 6 years old.
Lexington, KY – The fifth annual "Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day" takes place Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. State first lady Jane Beshear says the horse industry's 8-billion-dollar economic impact on the Commonwealth goes well beyond racing and breeding, and affects the entire state.
Vienna, IL – Employees at the Vienna, Illinois, prison are among four hundred correctional officers losing their jobs. The state decided to lay off the workers as part of massive budget cuts. Governor Pat Quinn plans to lay off as many as a thousand state employees during a second phase of cuts. The Metropolis Planet reports the cuts will save 125-million dollars a year. Job cuts take effect September 30.
Gilbertsville, Ky. – Some call it the best kept secret in Western Kentucky. For more than three decades, a joint effort by the Kentucky Sheriffs' Association brings kids from all over the state to a summer camp in Gilbertsville. Our correspondent Jacque Day gives a glimpse of a day at the Kentucky Sheriffs' Association Boys and Girls Ranch.