Kentucky House Democrats have agreed to comply with Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that they run in their old districts for the time being, but say that won’t keep them from seeking an expedited ruling from the Supreme Court.
15th District State Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville says the Supreme Court will likely be asked to dissolve Judge Shepherd’s injunction against the new lines when it convenes Monday.
Representative Yonts says it’s up to the court’s discretion whether they even hear the case next week and it would go to the Court of Appeals if they choose not to.
State Senator Joey Pendleton says he was not surprised by Judge Shepherd’s decision to make legislators run in their old districts and said the Supreme Court could do anything from making them re-draw their lines to drawing their lines for them.
Perhaps most importantly, Senator Pendleton says the filing deadline will come and go Friday afternoon at 4 and he believes there will be at least temporary closure that lawmakers will run in their own districts.
Representative Yonts expects some type of action from the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals on Judge Shepherd’s ruling, as he believes it was based on outdated precedents that placed an undue emphasis on county lines.
A Clarksville man was arrested and charged with child abuse last night.
Taken into custody around midnight was 19-year old Keith Dewayne Hunter of Winters Court, Clarksville. Police began investigating the incident when a 24-year old woman Hunter was living with took her two year old child to the hospital for a possible allergic reaction.
During the visit, other injuries such as bruising all over the body and burns were found on the child, leading to police and child services being called. An investigation determined the injuries happened while the mother was away and when the child was in the custody of Hunter, who had been living in the home since December.
Police say the injuries to the child were found to be consistent with a slap or other disciplinary measures. Hunter is in the Montgomery county jail on $50,000 bond.
Todd County Fiscal Court has a short agenda ahead of it for Friday morning, but one item has caused significant discussion.
The building code ordinance which formalizes a relationship between the county and inspector Pat Rhodes is on the agenda for the third straight meeting. The ordinance passed on first reading in January, but was tabled two weeks ago.
Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield and others were concerned that the state’s mandated template for such an ordinance regarding new residential construction inspections require the home-owner to pay to have even the smallest addition inspected at a sometimes hefty fee.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin says the court will vote on an amended ordinance to only require commercial properties to be inspected during construction so not to place an undue burden on Todd County residents.
Squire Spurlin says the initial goal was only to protect citizens from out of town builders who have sometimes come to Todd County and built sub-standard homes before making a quick exit.
He says there’s a chance court could re-visit the idea in the form of a subdivision ordinance, but that stand-alone residences under construction would not be included.
The Hopkinsville Police Department is investigating multiple allegations of juveniles allegedly exposing their genitals online to other minors and for distributing materials showing a juvenile engaged in a sex act.
According to police, the incidents occurred sometime between January 27th and January 29th, but wasn’t reported to police until Tuesday.
Police say two male juveniles intentionally exposed their genitals to three victims knowing that their conduct would cause alarm.
Meanwhile, three female juveniles reportedly exposed their buttocks and chest online to two other under aged victims.
Three of the five suspects reportedly possessed matter involving one of the suspects engaged in a sex act, while two other suspects used an online social networking site with live stream to distribute images of matter portraying a sex act by a minor.
No arrests have been made in this case, however the under aged suspects may be charged with indecent exposure, possession and distributing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
The Kentucky State Senate this week recognized and honored the contributions of a long time radio announcer, who recently passed away.
Senator Joey Pendleton sponsored Senate Resolution 128, in honor of Dave Ralston, who passed away at the age of 73 on November 23rd, 2011.
According to Pendleton, Ralston’s voice will be missed in Hopkinsville.
Ralston, who served in the Army, was a beloved radio personality in Kentucky and worked for several radio stations, including most recently WHOP in Hopkinsville.
The Senate adjourned Tuesday in honor of Dave.