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Consumer-protection suit filed by Attorney General Beshear seeks $1.2M from auto dealer

08/02/2017 01:57 PM

LEXINGTON – Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing a Nicholasville auto dealer, accusing it of defrauding more than 1,400 customers of about $1.2 million between 2012 and 2016. Beshear announced the lawsuit against Nicholasville-based Auto Plaza USA Wednesday at the Better Business Bureau’s Lexington office, accusing the dealership of violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act. “The company represented to consumers both verbally and through written contracts that the sales price of their vehicle included all taxes owed,” Beshear said during a press... Read more 

Crime in Louisville down overall as homicides increase 20 percent during first six months of 2017, officials say

08/01/2017 02:07 PM

Despite an uptick that puts the city on pace to break last year’s record-setting homicide rate, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad say the city’s overall crime rate is trending downward in the first six months of 2017. Data released by the Louisville Metro Police Department Tuesday show that crime decreased by about 4 percent compared to the first six months of 2016, with violent crime down more than 5 percent and property crime down nearly... Read more 

ACLU sues Gov. Bevin for blocking and banning people on social media

07/31/2017 12:03 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin for permanently banning or blocking individuals from his official Facebook page and Twitter accounts. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Mary Hargis, a retired Eastern Kentucky activist, and Drew Morgan, who lives in Louisville. Both Kentuckians say they were permanently blocked from engaging in political speech on the governor’s official social media accounts, after posting comments that were not obscene, abusive, or defamatory,... Read more 

Why was Sen. Carroll given extra time in the 2005 State Police investigation?

07/27/2017 12:05 PM

During the course of a Pure Politics investigation into sexual assault allegations in 2005 against Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, we learned supervisors within State Police halted investigators for 17 days. They were investigating claims made by then 30 year old Jason Geis, a Frankfort photographer, who captured Carroll’s unwanted advances on audio. Inside 40 pages of documents obtained by Pure Politics via an open records request Sgt. Pat Zalone, who worked the State Police investigation in 2005 along with... Read more 

UPDATED: Head of Democratic super PAC charged with theft by deception, forgery, possession of stolen birth certificate and Social Security card

07/25/2017 06:25 PM

The director of a Democratic super PAC has been jailed on charges of theft by deception, forgery and possessing stolen vital statistic records after Lexington police discovered her depositing fraudulent checks and found another person’s birth certificate and Social Security card at her residence. Grace Wise, 25, of Lexington, is charged with one count of theft by deception over $10,000, four counts of theft by deception under $10,000 and one count of second-degree forgery, according to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division... Read more 

Sen. Carroll skips Gallatin Co. check presentation

07/25/2017 12:55 PM

Embattled Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, skipped a check presentation in Gallatin County on Monday. Carroll, who represents all of Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen and Woodford, sent an email to the Gallatin County Health Department on Monday sending his regrets for not attending a check presentation to complete a local walking trail. The Frankfort Senator has not made any public comments or appearances since Pure Politics revealed an exclusive investigation into hidden recordings made in 2005 of Carroll propositioning photographer Jason... Read more 

Did the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation look into allegations against Sen. Carroll?

07/24/2017 04:51 PM

What did they know, and when did they know it? U.S. Sen. Howard Baker asked a version of that question in regards to President Richard Nixon’s involvement in a cover-up of a break in at the Watergate office building. The Republican Party of Kentucky has now posed a version of that question to those who were in power in 2005 when Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, allegedly groped and propositioned photographer Jason Geis, 30 years old at the time, for sex. Geis had... Read more 

School for sex? A powerful Kentucky lawmaker's proposition caught on tape

07/22/2017 09:18 PM

More than 10 years ago budding photographer Jason Geis wanted to go to art school. He says a high-profile Kentucky lawmaker took an interest in his work and promised to help him. Instead of help, Geis said he was groped and propositioned for sex. And that’s not all. When he turned to police for help, he says the whole thing was swept under the rug. Relying on previously undisclosed police files, a hidden recording and interviews with Geis and the lawmaker,... Read more 

The Chatter: Ark Encounter could lose $18M state tax incentives, judge orders state to pay $224K in same-sex marriage legal battle

07/22/2017 10:30 AM

The Ark Encounter may lose its $18 million tax-incentive package from the state after the for-profit company transferred the Noah’s Ark-inspired attraction to a related nonprofit entity, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday. The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet informed Ark Encounter attorney James Parsons in a letter Tuesday that the Grant County attraction was suspended from receiving tax incentives after it transferred the $48 million property to Crosswater Canyon, a nonprofit connected to Answers in Genesis, which operates both the... Read more 

Former local GOP chairman charged with indecent exposure, resisting arrest after allegedly exposing self at department store

07/19/2017 01:04 PM

The former chairman of the Letcher County Republican Party was arrested at a department store in Kingsport, Tenn., after allegedly exposing himself to an employee in the bathroom on Tuesday. David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg, was charged with indecent exposure and resisting arrest after the incident, according to WJHL-TV. According to the news station, police were called to Belk after a loss prevention employee reported that Narramore exposed himself after rubbing the employee’s foot with his foot from an adjacent bathroom... Read more 

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