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Mike Moore | October 17, 2007
Over the weekend, a tip led to the arrest of a man suspected of murder in South Carolina. Nicholasville Police Sgt. Matt Godsey responded to Pinoak Drive around 6:30 p.m. Saturday where he confronted Joshua L. Phillips moments after the police department received the tip. "We had been circulating pictures of him in the area," Police Chief Barry Waldrop said. "I think some (store) clerks ID'd him, and he just walked out. Godsey happened to be in the area and confronted him. " After a few questions, Phillips fled on foot to a nearby neighborhood where police say he broke into two houses on Christopher Drive in an attempt to hide.
By Mike Moore and | February 28, 2013
A Jessamine County jury lowered the boom on two men who were found guilty of a violent home invasion in Wilmore in October 2011. Willie Fain, 24, and Rodney Jones, 21, were found guilty of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking on Friday, Feb. 22, following a four-day trial in Jessamine Circuit Court. Fain was also found guilty of second-degree persistant felony offender. The jury recommended an 80-year sentence for Fain and a 21-year sentence for Jones.
LIZ MAPLES | September 6, 2006
A favorite shirt stained. Broken lawnmower. Burnt toast. Lost game. Fired. Insulted. Embarrassed. Excluded. Grief. Frustration. Irritation. Murder. Genocide. War. There is a lot of anger in the world, and that got David Anderson, the Paul G. Blazer associate professor of economics at Centre College, writing. His recently-released book, "Sometimes I Get So Angry" outlines 10 simple strategies for dealing with anger. The opening pages read, "Sometimes, I get so angry I could scream.
LIZ MAPLES | August 15, 2005
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories by reporter Liz Maples about the problem of domestic violence in our communities. Today, she defines the problem in the political terms of law enforcement, lack of funding and social services. On Tuesday, she tells the personal stories of victims through one-on-one interviews. Every day people who should love, cherish and respect each other spew words of hate. Heated words. Slaps. Fists. Domestic abuse happens when one person in a relationship attempts to control the other.
Mike Moore | August 13, 2008
Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series looking at crime in Nicholasville. City officials characterize Nicholasville's crime rate as low, and they cite many reasons. "I think the public, in general, has become a lot more involved," Nicholasville Public Safety Commissioner Chris Moore said, citing the July 23 Kentucky Bank robbery as an example of the public becoming more involved. On that date, a resident called police to alert them of a suspicious car in the neighborhood, and when the robbery call came in, the suspicious car turned out to be the one the alleged robber was driving.
May 14, 2007
Dear Editor, Mr. Randall S. Russell is incorrect in his recent assertion that the crime rates of Great Britain and America are essentially the same, despite Great Britain's restricted gun laws. For example, in the most recent data reported by the FBI, there were 5.5 murders for every 100,000 Americans in 2004, or 55 murders per million people. Approximately 70 percent of those murders were committed with firearms. During the same time period in Great Britain, there were 15.5 murders per million people.
June 29, 2005
Dear Editor: I would like to comment on what Frank Durham claims is a neutral argument on the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in a letter printed Friday. He states that under Clinton there was a 25-year low in violent crimes; however, he never addresses the facts from the Bush point of view. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, violent crime rates started their current downward trend in 1993 and have yet to stop. Measured both by the National Crime Victimization Survey and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime rates are substantially lower under Bush.
December 5, 2007
A Danville man was sentenced Monday in federal court to 18 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a sawed-off shotgun. David Earl Brown, 42, must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Brown pleaded guilty Aug. 30 in U.S. District Court in Lexington. He was accused of having a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun on April 4 in Boyle County. The gun had a barrel of less than 18 inches and was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Paul K. McMasters | November 2, 2006
In May 2005 video-game developer Rockstar Games, publisher of the controversial "Grand Theft Auto" series, announced that this October it would release a new game called "Bully. " The one-sentence announcement merely said that the game, rated for players 13 years and older, featured "a troublesome schoolboy" confronting the problems of being dumped at a fictitious reform school. But that was enough to send battalions of activists and others into a panic. School boards around the nation banned the game.
By TODD┬┐KLEFFMAN and | July 28, 2011
STANFORD - Instead of standing trial this week for murder in the deaths of a Berea couple, Brent Whitaker is beginning to serve his 20-year prison sentence. Whitaker, 28, of Pulaski County, pleaded guilty last week to wanton murder in the July 2010 deaths of John and Lavana Rowland, who were killed when Whitaker's vehicle crashed head-on into theirs on U.S. 27. Police said Whitaker was drunk at the time of the crash. Had he not pleaded guilty, Whitaker's trial on two counts of wanton murder was scheduled to begin Monday in Lincoln Circuit Court.
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