Kentucky judge accused of improperly spending public funds

JACKSON -- A Kentucky Judge-Executive is being accused of abusing public trust by using county money to purchase lumber for personal use.

News outlets report a Breathitt County judge signed an indictment Monday. Jeff Noble faces two felony counts of abuse of public trust and theft by unlawful taking, and one misdemeanor count of official misconduct.

Officials say Noble used $700 in public funds to buy lumber for personal use, but Noble's lawyer Derek Campbell says the lumber was for a publicly-owned bridge on county property.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Noble has been at odds with other county judges before. Campbell posted in a statement the "political machine" was using the justice system to "beat down their political opponents."

Police: Man with gun, bourbon arrested outside Pentagon

ARLINGTON -- Pentagon police say a Kentucky man with a shotgun arrived at the government facility last week and told officers he had driven through the night to attend to "liberty business" there.

WTOP-FM reports Charles Lawson of Pineville, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm after previously having been committed to a mental institution.

Court records say Lawson arrived the afternoon of Aug. 6, approached two Pentagon police officers and made incoherent statements. It says police then questioned Lawson, who disclosed he had weapons in his car. Police searched his car and found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, an 18-inch machete, shotgun shells and a bottle of Jim Beam bourbon.

Lawson was hospitalized, and a doctor told police that Lawson mentioned he was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Kentucky nursing home to pay $2.2M in negligence lawsuit

PADUCAH -- A jury has ordered a Kentucky nursing home to pay more than $2.2 million in damages for acting negligently and failing to properly care for a 92-year-old patient with dementia.

News outlets report jurors ruled Friday that Superior Care Home must compensate the patient's relatives for medical costs, pain and suffering. The nursing home was sued in 2017 over the death of Mary Opal Moore, who lived at the center from December 2014 to March 2015.

The lawsuit says Moore wasn't properly treated during her time at the facility and was kicked out over switching to Medicaid. She died weeks after leaving the facility.

Attorney Eddie Jones represented the nursing home and its owners. He says the jury's ruling isn't supported by evidence including witness testimony.

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Louisville

LOUISVILLE -- Health officials say the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Kentucky's largest city.

The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness said in a statement on Monday that it found infected mosquitoes in surveillance traps in one section of the city.

Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Sarah Moyer advised residents all over the city to take precautions that include wearing insect repellent outdoors and removing any standing water near homes.

No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Louisville this year. Last year, there were four human cases and no deaths.

In most cases, people infected with West Nile virus have mild symptoms including fever and headache, but the virus can lead to serious neurologic illnesses or death.

20 year veteran of Kentucky State Police dies in crash

NEW CASTLE -- A Kentucky State Police employee who had worked with the agency for 20 years has died in a single-car crash.

News outlets report 62-year-old Mary "Renee" McCoy lost control of her car Tuesday morning near New Castle and crashed into a tree.

McCoy was driving her personal car and was wearing a seat belt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kentucky State Police say McCoy was hired as a telecommunicator in Nov. 1999. She was later certified as a driver's test administrator for Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties.

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