- Associated Press - Sunday, July 6, 2014
Judge alerts warden about frivolous filings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has alerted a Pennsylvania warden that an inmate at his facility known for filing frequent, frivolous lawsuits may be at it again.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in Louisville, Kentucky, alerted the warden at SCI Benner Township in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, that 37-year-old Jonathan Lee Riches may have used two false names to file an appeal on behalf of 54-year-old Karen Sypher without her consent.

Sypher is a federal inmate from Kentucky serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Riches has filed thousands of lawsuits and motions in cases around the country targeting famous, the infamous and even the long-dead.

Heyburn wrote the warden at the state prison may want to investigate Riches’ recent activities.

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Teen charged as adult with killing grandparents

STANFORD, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky teenager has been charged as an adult with setting fire to a home and killing her grandparents while they slept.

The Advocate-Messenger (https://bit.ly/1j8rhgwhttps://bit.ly/1j8rhgw ) reported that a Lincoln County grand jury indicted 17-year-old Allison Deshae Wilson of Eubank on two counts of murder and one count of arson.

Wilson’s bond has been set at $1 million. The indictment came down after Wilson’s case was transferred from the juvenile system to the Lincoln County Circuit Court.

Judge Janet Booth transferred Wilson from juvenile court to Lincoln Circuit Court on April 1.

Everett and Linda Garland died in a house fire that started the night of Nov. 20. And gutted the home.

Autopsies determined that smoke inhalation killed the couple.

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Courthouse fountain closed for foreseeable future

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A geyser-like fountain in front of the courthouse complex in Lexington has been shut off for the last 18 months and likely will be offline for another year because repairs are needed to bring it up to code.

Fayette County Director of Facilities and Fleet Management Jamshid Baradaran says the entire fountain, including the lighting, pumps and the electrical system, need to be inspected and brought up to code before the fountain becomes operational again.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported (https://bit.ly/1qyRi9shttps://bit.ly/1qyRi9s ) the 12-year-old electrical system has worn down because of frequent use.

Baradaran says he wants to make sure there is clear separation between the running water and the electrical system. Baradaran says a total revamp of the fountain will ensure that it is safe and it will last..

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.comhttps://www.kentucky.com

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Candidates ramping up calls for people’s pledge

BOSTON (AP) - During Massachusetts’ 2012 U.S. Senate race, Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren hammered out what would become known as the “people’s pledge” - a deal designed to discourage attack ads funded by outside groups.

It’s since been proposed by candidates - Republican and Democrat - in Senate races this year in Alaska, Kentucky and New Hampshire. Candidates running in Rhode Island’s Democratic primary for governor have already signed a pledge, and it’s been proposed in gubernatorial and attorney general races in Massachusetts.

As often as not, however, the demand for a pledge seems to be as much about tweaking an opponent and wielding a political attack as it is about trying to tamp down outside money.

In Kentucky, Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has urged her opponent, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, to agree to a pledge.

“I further call on you to sign a people’s pledge to ask all outside groups to cease spending in the commonwealth and allow the campaigns to deliver their messages to Kentuckians unvarnished,” Grimes said.

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said Grimes is trying to score political points and believes “it’s OK to barter our First Amendment rights away if it improves their electoral prospects” by limiting ads from outside groups.

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