Funding the state pension programs has been a major and extremely difficult task for the Kentucky General Assembly over the last several years and a group of 10 legislators has been formed to find a long-term solution.
One member of the Task Force on Pensions is State Representative Brent Yonts, who represents Muhlenberg and portions of Hopkins and Christian Counties. Representative Yonts says a number of factors have led to the current system structure failure.
The Task Force isn’t working on the problem alone, as agencies with expertise in the national problem have been called in for advice.
Representative Yonts says the group is supposed to have a recommendation by the end of the year and before next year’s short session of the General Assembly when re-districting will also have to be dealt with again.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office says it stands by Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp and city Police Department regarding a proposed ordinance that would require local pawn shops to subscribe to electronic information sharing.
A news release says 110 Kentucky cities and counties, including the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, already contract with LeadsonLine—which is part of the National Electronic Data Reporting Service.
Sheriff’s officials say the program is respected by law enforcement because it provides immediate data relative to pawned merchandise, a significant portion of which is stolen property.
An ethics complaint was recently filed against city officials and the sheriff’s department says it cannot condone unfounded allegations, gross misrepresentations of the facts and distorted versions of statements by local officials.
A burglary at the Indian Hills Bowling Alley is under investigation by Hopkinsville Police.
The incident happened sometime between Tuesday night at 9:30 and yesterday morning at 11:30, according to the report, which says the perpetrator may have used a crow bar to get in a door.
Once inside, the burglar took 19-hundred dollars worth of property including electronic equipment. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.
A former Fort Campbell soldier has pled guilty to child porn charges in federal court.
A news release from U.S. Attorney David Hale says 25-year old Timothy Lee Hansen entered a guilty plea to a four-count indictment.
According to court records, between February 2010, and February 15, 2011, Hansen used a “peer-to-peer” internet file sharing software to download, store and trade digital images of child pornography. A subpoena issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, tracked the IP address of the computer used to distribute child pornography to a computer belonging to Hansen and located in a soldier’s barracks at Fort Campbell. The information was turned over to the United States Army, Criminal Investigation Division at Fort Campbell on February 14, 2011.
Hansen was identified as an active-duty soldier assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group. According to the Complaint, Hansen allegedly told investigators that he possessed approximately 100 megabytes of child pornography on his personal computers at Fort Campbell.
Hansen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison. The maximum potential penalties are 70 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 and a period of supervised release of at least 5 years and could be for the remainder of his life. Sentencing is scheduled for October 17, 2012 in Louisville.