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House expected to act on redistricting this week;

Representatives and their staffs listened to motions during the first day of the 2012 General Assembly at State Capitol, in Frankfort, Ky., on Jan. 3, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | StaffRepresentatives and their staffs listened to motions during the first day of the 2012 General Assembly at State Capitol, in Frankfort, Ky., on Jan. 3, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

FRANKFORT — The state House is expected to act this week on the controversial issue of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts.

House State Government Committee chairman Mike Cherry, D-Princeton, said Monday that his panel was scheduled to take up legislation to redraw boundaries for the 100 state House districts on Wednesday.

He also said the full House might vote Tuesday on a congressional redistricting plan in House Bill 2 that emerged from his committee last week.

Cherry would not offer any details of the leadership's plan to redraw the boundaries of the state House districts. Some House members already have expressed concern that their district boundaries will be changed dramatically.

The state legislature is redrawing districts this year to adjust for population changes reflected in the 2010 U.S. Census.

The biggest fight between the state Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate on redistricting is expected to be over the boundaries for Kentucky's six congressional districts.

The two chambers traditionally accept each other's plans to redraw their own state legislative districts.

State Ouse of representative Democrat Floor leader Rocky Adkins and House Speaker Greg Stumbo. State Ouse of representative Democrat Floor leader Rocky Adkins and House Speaker Greg Stumbo. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said last week that the redrawing of state legislative district boundaries could wait until 2013 if House members couldn't reach a consensus on redrawing their own boundaries.

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, said Monday that the Senate might wait on presenting its redistricting plans until it receives legislation from the House.

"It would be a practice in futility for us if they don't want to do redistricting this year," Williams said.

Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, said he hoped the legislature could deal with congressional and legislative redistricting this year.

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FRANKFORT — The state House is expected to act this week on the controversial issue of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts.

House State Government Committee chairman Mike Cherry, D-Princeton, said Monday that his panel was scheduled to take up legislation to redraw boundaries for the 100 state House districts on Wednesday.

He also said the full House might vote Tuesday on a congressional redistricting plan in House Bill 2 that emerged from his committee last week.

Cherry would not offer any details of the leadership's plan to redraw the boundaries of the state House districts. Some House members already have expressed concern that their district boundaries will be changed dramatically.

The state legislature is redrawing districts this year to adjust for population changes reflected in the 2010 U.S. Census.

The biggest fight between the state Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate on redistricting is expected to be over the boundaries for Kentucky's six congressional districts.

The two chambers traditionally accept each other's plans to redraw their own state legislative districts.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said last week that the redrawing of state legislative district boundaries could wait until 2013 if House members couldn't reach a consensus on redrawing their own boundaries.

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, said Monday that the Senate might wait on presenting its redistricting plans until it receives legislation from the House.

"It would be a practice in futility for us if they don't want to do redistricting this year," Williams said.

Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, said he hoped the legislature could deal with redistricting this year.

By Jack Brammer
Lexington Herald-Leader


Mount Olivet, Vanceburg women plead guilty to Social Security fraud;

 Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Social Security Administration said Monday that eight people have entered guilty pleas to defrauding Social Security of more than a half million dollars.

The eight individuals defrauded the Social Security Administration out of a combined $517,647.16, according to officials.

Teresa Anderson, 49, of Mount Olivet, is one of those who pleaded guilty to Supplemental Security Income fraud. Anderson admitted she made false statements on SSI eligibility forms and other documents to receive an increase in SSI payments, Kerry B. Harvey, US attorney with the Eastern District of Kentucky said.

From August 2004 through April 2011, Anderson falsely represented to the SSA that she and her husband were separated and living apart so she could receive an increase in SSI benefits, Harvey said. In reality, she and her husband were living together, he said.

According to court documents, as a result of her false statements, Anderson defrauded SSA out of $48,967.

Also entering guilty pleas were Nancy F. Osborne, 59, Carmel Mae Bond, 69, and Terri Lee Lewis, 70, all from Vanceburg. They admitted to making false statements on SSI eligibility applications and other documents to obtain more money than they were entitled to.

For many years, the women falsely reported they had separated from their husbands so it would appear as if they needed greater financial assistance from SSI, according to Harvey. As a result, the women defrauded the SSA out of a combined $224,559.75, officials said.

From December 1997 through March 2011, Bond fraudulently obtained $92,585.00; Lewis fraudulently obtained $63,042.25 from November 2001 through September 2011; and Osborne fraudulently obtained $68,932.50 from March 2002 through July 2011.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, right,  has appointed Lexington native Lynn Sowards Zellen to serve as Director of Communications. As Director of Communications, Zellen will coordinate all internal and external communications, respond to media inquiries, and serve as a spokesperson and media contact for the Secretary. Zellen will also devote attention to legislative initiatives related to the Secretary of State's office.

Prior to joining Secretary Grimes' administration, Zellen worked as a business litigation attorney, advocating for clients before courts across the Commonwealth, including the Kentucky Supreme Court. Zellen also has served as a law clerk for two federal judges in Kentucky. Zellen obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English, graduating cum laude, from Centre College in Danville. She earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was selected to the Order of the Coif.

Grimes also has appointed Terrell E. Renfro to be the Secretary's Legislative Liaison and Special Assistant to the Director of Communications. In his capacity as Legislative Liaison, Renfro will develop and maintain relationships with members of the General Assembly and County Clerks to facilitate and monitor measures related to the Secretary's office. In addition, Renfro will provide field and office support to the Director of Communications.

Previously, Renfro served as Chief Assistant to former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo; he was also an Executive Assistant to the candidates during the Beshear-Mongiardo gubernatorial campaign. Renfro has a Bachelor of Arts in homeland security corporate management and assessment from Midway College in Kentucky. He lives in Frankfort.

Grimes also announced Wilda Caudle, who lives in Midway, will serve as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State, providing administrative support to the office. Caudle most recently was a paralegal consultant in the Office of General Counsel at the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and Department of Revenue. Caudle obtained an Associate of Arts in paralegal studies from Midway College in Kentucky.

"Effective communication is crucial to fulfilling the duties of the Secretary of State’s office and keeping Kentucky’s citizens informed and engaged," said Secretary Grimes. "Lynn, Terrell, and Wilda share my commitment to accomplishing that function, and I am thankful to have them on board." READ MORE

 

Fugitive sex abuse suspect captured in Olive Hill;



Keffrey RoweKeffrey Rowe(Ashland, KY) – The Kentucky State Police have arrested a Carter County fugitive this evening around 1630 hours in Olive Hill, KY.

Trooper Matt Ridener of the Kentucky State Police Post 14 located Jeffrey W. Roe, age 52, at his residence on Watkins Lane in Olive Hill, KY. Roe had been previously entered into NCIC as a wanted fugitive on charges of Sodomy 1st and Sexual Abuse 1st degree.

The victim was under the age of 12 but no other details about the identity of the juvenile will be disclosed. Roe has been lodged in the Carter County Detention Center.

Trooper Jack Hedges is the investigating officer. He is assisted by Trooper Matt Ridener.

 

Accused child killer caught in N.Y., brought back to Ashland by KSP;

Brian 'Trinity' BrewsterBrian 'Trinity' Brewster

 

Bulletin:   Ashland, Ky -  Brian Brewster (AKA "Trinity") waived extradition from New York and was transported back to Kentucky on December 29, 2011. He was transported by the Boyd County Sheriff's Department and lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. He will face charges of Manslaughter 1st degree and Persistent Felony Offender stemming from the KSP investigation into the death of 16 month old Cally Jobe.

 

 

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(Ashland, KY) --   On Sunday May the 1st 2011 The Kentucky State Police Post 14 Ashland initiated an investigation into the possible assault of Cally Jobe, a 16 month old female.  Cally was initially taken to Kings Daughters Medical Center and was later transported to Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV due to the nature of her injuries.

On May the 3rd 2011 she died as a result of her injuries.

Detective Ben Cramer continues the investigation into the death of the 16 month old.

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Ashland, KY-  The Kentucky State Police have arrested an Ashland resident on felony charges of Criminal Abuse 1st Degree after an extensive investigation into the May 3rd 2011 death of 16 month-old Cally Jobe of Ashland, KY.

Laykn JobeLaykn JobeLakyn Jobe, age 19, of Ashland was arrested at a residence on Carter Avenue today after the Boyd County Grand Jury returned the indictment. Lakyn was the mother to Cally Jobe.

The investigation revealed Lakyn allegedly left Cally at her residence with an acquaintance- Brian Brewster, age 45, formerly of Ashland, KY. Upon Lakyn’s return, Cally was unresponsive and was subsequently transported (by Jobe) to Kings Daughters Medical Center and then flown to Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Women and Children’s Hospital where she died of her injuries. According to the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s office, Cally died as a result of “Abusive Closed Head Injuries”.

The Boyd County Grand Jury also returned indictments for Brian Brewster on charges of Manslaughter 1st Degree and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. Brian also goes by the name of “Trinity” and his current whereabouts are unknown. Brewster was an acquaintance of Jobe’s and had been staying at Jobe’s residence.

Jobe was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. Brewster is currently wanted. Residents are asked to contact the Kentucky State Police with any information concerning the location of Brian Brewster at 606-928-6421 or 1-800-222-5555.

Detective Ben Cramer is the lead investigator in the case.

From around Kentucky...

Mount Olivet, Vanceburg women plead guilty to Social Security fraud

 Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Social Security Administration said Monday that eight people have entered guilty pleas to defrauding Social Security of more than a half million dollars.

The eight individuals defrauded the Social Security Administration out of a combined $517,647.16, according to officials.

Teresa Anderson, 49, of Mount Olivet, is one of those who pleaded guilty to Supplemental Security Income fraud. Anderson admitted she made false statements on SSI eligibility forms and other documents to receive an increase in SSI payments, Kerry B. Harvey, US attorney with the Eastern District of Kentucky said.

From August 2004 through April 2011, Anderson falsely represented to the SSA that she and her husband were separated and living apart so she could receive an increase in SSI benefits, Harvey said. In reality, she and her husband were living together, he said.

According to court documents, as a result of her false statements, Anderson defrauded SSA out of $48,967.

Also entering guilty pleas were Nancy F. Osborne, 59, Carmel Mae Bond, 69, and Terri Lee Lewis, 70, all from Vanceburg. They admitted to making false statements on SSI eligibility applications and other documents to obtain more money than they were entitled to.

For many years, the women falsely reported they had separated from their husbands so it would appear as if they needed greater financial assistance from SSI, according to Harvey. As a result, the women defrauded the SSA out of a combined $224,559.75, officials said.

From December 1997 through March 2011, Bond fraudulently obtained $92,585.00; Lewis fraudulently obtained $63,042.25 from November 2001 through September 2011; and Osborne fraudulently obtained $68,932.50 from March 2002 through July 2011.

Donna Kay Lewis, 5,2 and her husband, Glennis Belmount Lewis, 62, both of Hillsboro in Fleming County, were among those pleading guilty to the charges.

Both collected more than $117,000 combined in SSI benefits that they were not entitled to receive. According to court documents, they made false statements on SSI applications and in various statements over the course of 17 years. In order to receive a greater amount of SSI, both stated they had separated from each other, when in fact they lived together, Harvey said.  READ MORE

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