- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ky. House candidate indicted, urged to drop bid

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The chairman of Kentucky’s Republican Party has called on a Democratic state House candidate to withdraw from the race after the candidate was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of failing to promptly report suspected sexual abuse of a child.

John Wayne Smith was one of six current or former officials at the Bluegrass Challenge Academy in Fort Knox who were indicted on the charge, according to an indictment. It said the charges stem from the indictment of 44-year-old Stephen Miller, who is charged with sexually abusing three students at the academy last year.

Smith is challenging Republican Rep. Michael Meredith in the 19th district, which includes portions of Edmonson and Warren counties. His campaign website lists him as the former director of the Bluegrass Challenge Academy from 2003 to 2013. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Smith by phone were unsuccessful.

If convicted, he could face up to a year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000 or a year of supervised release, according to the indictment.

State House races are watched closely this election cycle as Democrats cling to an eight-seat majority. Republicans are trying to take control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 1920. Meredith has been in the House for two terms, but he is running in a newly drawn district. He said 75 percent of the voters are new to him, giving Democrats an opening to defeat him.

“I do think that it’s a serious allegation obviously and it raises a lot of questions but I think it would be premature of me to make any further comment at this time,” Meredith said.


Police: Juvenile arrested in shooting of student

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A juvenile was arrested Tuesday in the shooting of a high school student that prompted a school-wide lockdown and evacuation, police in Louisville, Kentucky, said.

Sgt. Phil Russell said the alleged shooter was picked up about three hours after a Fern Creek Traditional High School student was wounded Tuesday afternoon.

The wounded student had non-life threatening injuries and was reunited with parents at University Hospital, Russell said. He didn’t say if the injured student and shooter knew each other or if the shooter was a student at Fern Creek.

Russell said the suspect left the 1,400-student school immediately after firing the shot.

“It appears it is an isolated incident that happened just inside the school,” Russell said. “Obviously a large crime scene, but it was isolated to just inside the building.”

Video from television stations showed police escorting students with their hands over their heads out of the school in the southern part of the city to a nearby softball field.


Child found in Louisville park pronounced dead

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville police are investigating the death of a child found in a park east of downtown.

The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1tf2Exihttps://cjky.it/1tf2Exi ) reports police said the child was found in Cherokee Park and was pronounced dead at Kosair Children’s Hospital from unknown wounds.

The case was being treated as a death investigation.

Police said a bystander found the child around 4:30 p.m. EDT on a foot path in woods off the park’s Scenic Loop.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.comhttps://www.courier-journal.com


Federal disaster declared following August storms

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - President Barack Obama has issued a major disaster declaration to help with recovery from August storms, washed-out roads and flooding in eastern Kentucky.

Gov. Steve Beshear asked for the declaration, saying the severe storms and flooding Aug. 18 to 23 caused damage to the state and community infrastructure in Floyd, Knott, Johnson and Pike counties and to private homes. Beshear said more than $6 million in damages was found in a preliminary assessment.

U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers wrote to Obama supporting the request.

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