No charges in anti-abortion activist assault case
LOUISVILLE -- A Kentucky grand jury has declined to indict a Louisville woman accused of attacking an 82-year-old anti-abortion protester while leaving a women's clinic.
Court records show a grand jury decided against an assault charge on Thursday for 32-year-old Janaya Alyce Gregory, who is accused of knocking Donna Durning down outside Kentucky's only abortion clinic in April. The longtime anti-abortion activist was hospitalized with a broken femur and cut to her head.
The Courier Journal reports that Durning said she was offering Gregory a card for a crisis pregnancy center when Gregory "charged" at her, bumping her to the ground. Crisis pregnancy centers generally try to persuade women against having abortions.
Sheriff: 15-year-old boy charged with killing 7-year-old
ELIZABETHTOWN -- A Kentucky sheriff says a 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the death of a 7-year-old family member.
Hardin County Sheriff John Ward told The News-Enterprise that officers responded to a call Thursday and took the injured boy to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Ward didn't provide details about what happened or how the younger child died. Neither juvenile was identified.
Kentucky lawyer may be suspended for giving inmate $11
BELLEVUE -- A north Kentucky lawyer may be suspended for giving her incarcerated boyfriend $11 to use a vending machine.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Virginia Riggs was convicted of promoting contraband in the 2017 meeting and given a suspended jail sentence. She reported herself to the Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kentucky bar associations.
The Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio Supreme Court's board overseeing attorney conduct and Riggs agreed to a six-month suspension, to be served if Riggs engages in further misconduct. But Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor rejected the agreement and told the board to consider more severe sanctions.
Kentucky State Police: Trooper shot in leg killed gunman
HAZARD -- Kentucky State Police have identified a man who was killed and a trooper who was wounded in an exchange of gunfire.
News outlets report that police say Trooper Brad Martin fatally shot 58-year-old Zendall Noble when he came out of his home armed in Perry County on June 11.
Police say they ordered Noble to drop the gun, but he refused and gunfire was exchanged. The trooper was shot in his leg.
Police said they had come to serve a search warrant in the area when they saw "suspected drug activity" by people who went into a neighboring home. They say officers then negotiated for them to come out and Noble emerged with a gun.
Kentucky's jobless rate stays unchanged in May
FRANKFORT -- Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate was unchanged in May.
The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4% last month. The preliminary figure matched April's rate but was down from the 4.4% rate in May 2018.
State officials say Kentucky's leisure and hospitality sector added 1,800 positions from April to May of this year. They say construction employment increased by 800 jobs in May, while employment in the educational and health services sector rose by 200 jobs last month.
They say employment in the state's professional and business services sector fell by 1,100 jobs in May. The financial activities sector reported 600 fewer jobs in May.
Memorial service to recognize fallen Kentucky officers
FRANKFORT -- Kentucky State Police are holding a memorial service for fallen officers.
A statement from the agency says the annual memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony is Friday afternoon at the Kentucky State Police Training Academy in Frankfort. The service will recognize the 29 troopers, two officers, and six highway patrolmen who have died in the line of duty.
Those attending will include Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders as well as family and friends of the fallen officers.
Cincinnati City Hall to fly LGBTQ pride flag for first time
CINCINNATI -- The City of Cincinnati is raising a rainbow pride flag at City Hall for the first time to kick off Cincinnati Pride.
The rainbow pride flag was to be raised at City Hall at 11 a.m. Friday.
City Councilman Chris Seelbach, the council's first openly gay member, says he's been thinking about a rainbow pride flag at City Hall for a while and was inspired by the one raised at the city hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
Councilman Greg Landsman said he also had been thinking that a pride flag would be a good idea. Landsman said he was inspired by a pride flag raised at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley described Friday as an historic day for the city.