Former youth minister indicted on sex charges
CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say a former central Kentucky youth minister has been indicted on sex-related charges involving two girls in his youth group.
Police say 25-year-old Brent M. Smith was indicted Tuesday in Harrison County on three counts of use of a minor younger than 16 in a sexual performance, two counts of use of a minor younger than 18 in a sexual performance, one count of third-degree rape, one count of third-degree sodomy and seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Trooper David Jones said Wednesday that Smith no longer lives in Cynthiana and hasn't been arrested. Jones declined to say what church Smith was affiliated with but said the acts are alleged to have occurred while he was youth minister.
Land Between The Lakes closing ahead of storm
GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) - The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is canceling all camping and other programs scheduled for this weekend because of winter storm predictions.
The Turkey Bay off-highway vehicle area and trails closed Wednesday, and all facilities will be closed by 5 p.m. CST Thursday. All visitors will be asked to leave, including campers in backcountry areas.
Land Between The Lakes Area Supervisor Tina Tilley said in a news release that predictions of freezing rain, sleet and snow as well as hazardous road conditions made closing the safest decision.
Land Between The Lakes is a 170,000-acre recreation area on the Kentucky-Tennessee border between the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers.
More information is available at http://www.lbl.org.
SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Ky. activist to discuss Syrian weapons
BEREA, Ky. (AP) - A longtime citizen activist who has helped usher a plan for destroying the chemical weapons stored in Kentucky is in Europe this week to help explore solutions to Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
Craig Williams, director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons Project, was invited to join a delegation in The Hague, Netherlands. The group will be advising the international community on what to do about Syria's weapons.
The delegation has been convened by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The group is engaged in a joint mission with the United Nations in coordinating the disposal of Syria's weapons.
The OPCW says Williams' input is valued because he has helped facilitate citizen involvement in the chemical weapons destruction process at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond.
BURIAL SITE LOOTED
Burial site uncovered by pipeline survey looted
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - An archaeological site in Hardin County uncovered during a survey for a pipeline project has been struck by looters.
An official with the Kentucky Heritage Council says looting activity occurred at the site between visits by archaeologists.
The Courier-Journal reports that human remains were found at the Indian burial site over the summer during a survey for the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. The newspaper obtained emails about the looting through a Freedom of Information request.
In them, Heritage Council archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said the surveyors reported the discovered to the Army Corps of Engineers on Aug. 2. Less than a week later, Stackelbeck said looting had occurred.
Bluegrass Pipeline officials say they notified the landowner and authorities and have moved the proposed route of the pipeline to avoid the site.
Ousted Lancaster mayor files appeal
LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) - An ousted central Kentucky mayor has filed an appeal asking a circuit judge to declare the City Council's decision to remove her null and void.
Brenda Powers was removed as the mayor of Lancaster last month by a unanimous vote of the City Council.
The move came after a public hearing during which city workers testified about a heated argument between Powers and City Clerk Shari Lane that had to be broken up by police. Two utility clerks testified that Powers created a hostile work environment.
Media reports the appeal says the council's action was arbitrary and capricious and that there was no evidence of misconduct.
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