- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Army sergeant accused of taking bribes in Afghanistan

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - An Army sergeant from Fort Campbell has been accused of taking $100,000 and a Rolex watch in bribes from vendors seeking contracts in Afghanistan.

A document filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Paducah charges 43-year-old Ramiro Pena Jr. with conspiring to commit bribery in 2008 and 2009.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Pena’s supervisor in Afghanistan was Army Master Sgt. Jimmy W. Dennis of Clarksville, Tennessee, who pleaded guilty last year with another man for laundering about $250,000 in bribes. Dennis was sentenced to 41 months.

The prosecutor’s office said in a news release that Dennis worked with Pena to procure supplies for the Humanitarian Aid Yard at Bagram airfield by issuing contracts to local Afghan vendors. The release said Dennis and Pena processed approximately 217 contracts worth about $30.7 million.

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South-central Kentucky man pleads not guilty to kidnapping

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) - A south-central Kentucky man whose girlfriend’s daughter was found dead in a well has pleaded not guilty to a kidnapping charge in another case.

Media report 25-year-old Anthony Dale Barbour of Summer Shade appeared Monday in Barren County Circuit Court, where his bond was set at $1 million.

Barbour is not charged in connection with the disappearance or death of 2-year-old Laynee Wallace, whose body was found inside a well in Barren County on May 25, a week after she disappeared.

He was indicted Friday on charges of kidnapping an adult, first-degree burglary and resisting arrest. The arrest citation said he is accused of breaking into a home on May 25 and waiting for the resident to return, then forcing her to drive him to an unknown location.

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Louisville inmate dies after apparently hanging himself

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials say a 35-year-old inmate in Louisville has died after apparently hanging himself.

The Metro Department of Corrections said in a news release that Mark Webb was found Friday afternoon at the Community Corrections Center. The release says CPR was administered until emergency medical workers arrived and took Webb to University of Louisville Hospital.

Webb died late Saturday at the hospital.

He had been in jail since April 25 on charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant.

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Grimes travels to China for economic development trip

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is in China this week to tout Kentucky’s business climate and economic development opportunities.

Grimes is one of five secretaries of state selected for the trip that is paid for by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The trip began on Saturday and is scheduled to last until the end of the week.

A news release from Grimes’ office says she will travel to several Chinese cities to meet with government and business officials.

China is Kentucky’s fifth largest export partner, responsible for more than $1.6 billion of Kentucky’s exports last year. Many of Kentucky’s largest companies have offices in China, including Lexmark, Yum Brands, Brown-Forman and Ashland.

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