Kentucky

A Kentucky man picked the wrong Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to rob. Surveillance video shows two off-duty police officers (who are married and were out on a date)eating at the restaurant in Louisville when a man showed a gun and demanded cash from an employee. The officers left their booth, drew their guns and chased the suspect out of the restaurant. He had dropped his gun before he ran away and was taken into custody outside Cane’s.

A Kentucky Mellisa Wolke woman has been charged with murder after allegedly commanding a pitbull to attack a neighbor who died after a dog mauled him.

State police say a woman has been charged with murder after a man with dog bites was found dead in Rockcastle County.

“They’ll be able to tell if it was a gunshot, a dog bite, or heart attack,” said Trooper Scottie Pennington of the Kentucky State Police.

KSP and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call, which came at roughly 3:40 am. When they got to the home on Pug Lane of the U.S. 25, they were met by an overly aggressive dog. According to an arrest citation, 38-year-old Melissa Wolke sicced her pitbull on a man. A neighbor who called 9-1-1 says witnessed Wolke attacking a man and giving her dog commands to attack him. When officers arrived at the home, they found Wolke in the backyard sitting on the man and punching him in the face, while the dog attacked him.

“In the interest of their safety and everyone in the neighborhood, they put the animal down,” Pennington said.

According to Pennington, the victim had dog bites on his face and head, but no one can say for certain if he was killed by those bite wounds.

According to Wolke’s arrest citation, she appeared to have blood on her hands and feet, and a large clump of hair in her hands that were consistent with the victim’s hair. During an interview, Wolke told KSP she was going ‘redneck’ on a man and that she was the owner of the pitbull, which she calls ‘Denali’.

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Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry now faces nine charges from state investigators related to favoritism, sexual advances and consuming alcohol in the courthouse. The judge denies the charges, according to her response filed with Kentucky’s Judicial Conduct Commission.

The response was filed Monday but wasn’t released until late Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier Wednesday The Enquirer reported the judge was at the center of an investigation by the commission, the only entity in the state that can punish a sitting judge. Later in the day, the commission disclosed everything that it investigated – and that the judge now faces charges.

The commission’s formal proceeding began Nov. 18, according to the Notice of Formal Proceedings and Charges released Wednesday.

“What serving as Family Court Judge for Kenton County – in particular, since being elected to that position in November 2018 – you have engaged in a pattern of conduct that constitutes misconduct in offices and violates the Code of Judicial Conduct,” the document read. The specific charges are:

Coercion to participate in judicial campaign.
Retaliation for failure to support judicial campaign.
Facilities and timesheet falsification.
Retaliation against school employees.
Ex Part Communication with GAL panel members.
Harassment and Retaliation Against Katherine Schulz
Inappropriate hiring and relationship with Mr. Penrose.
Hiring and appointing court staff not based on merit.
Failure to be candid and honest with the commission.
Now that charges have been filed, the judge will face a disciplinary hearing, likely to be held somewhere in Northern Kentucky, within the next two or three months. No date has been set for the hearing.

On Monday, Kentucky State Police were called to a home on Open Fork Road for an animal cruelty complaint.

A neighbor told police Jonathan Watkins had killed two dogs, skinned them, and hung them off his front porch railing.

The neighbor told troopers Watkins went over to his house to ask for a cigarette when he noticed Watkins covered in blood.

The neighbor said Watkins told him, “I’ve been skinning dogs.”

The neighbor told KSP they didn’t believe Watkins because of past mental illness, but they did see four animal skins on Watkins’ front porch.

The neighbor said his two dogs were missing, and he believed another neighbor’s two dogs were missing.

When troopers talked to Watkins, they noticed he had a large hunting knife in a holster on his belt.

Troopers asked Watkins why he had blood on him. He told them, “I’m making myself a doggy coat.”

Watkins admitted to troopers that he killed his neighbors’ dogs, saying, “There isn’t anything wrong with me making myself a fur coat.”

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The former finance director at the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau (meetNKY) pleaded guilty Tuesday to all charges related to embezzlement of more than $1 million from the tourism agency.

The actual amount of money stolen from meetNKY is more than $4 million. In fact, it’s $4,049,421.14, Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders told The River City News on Tuesday.

Bridget Johnson, 59, appeared in Kenton Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon and pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking of more than $1 million, abuse of the public trust of more than $100,000, and first degree unlawful access to a computer.

Johnson was fired from her position in October of last year following her arrest on these charges.

It was later revealed that she systematically sent 13 checks totaling $1,125,000 to a man who operates wireless stores in New York City. That man, Keith Tasher, 42, was arrested earlier this year in the Bahamas and is now in the Kenton County Detention Center on charges of theft by unlawful taking of more than $1 million and engaging in organized crime.

He is being held on $1 million bond.

Tasher operates All Star Wireless, All Star Wireless 3, and Simple Wireless in New York City. According to the charges, Tasher received the 13 checks from the convention and visitors bureau, sent by Johnson, but had no legal reason to receive them.

Tasher is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3.

Johnson faces 50 years in prison.

She will be sentenced on Dec. 17.

The River City News has reached out to the spokesperson for meetNKY for comment, but the organization declined, saying that it would wait until sentencing.

Police officer arrested his sister two years ago for drugs (story below)

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What makes these arrests particularly hypocritical is the fact that deputy Baker, himself, was just arrested last week on similar charges. Earlier this year, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin asked Indiana State Police to investigate after receiving a tip that Deputy Joe Baker and Reserve Officer Phil Thomas were involved in dealing illegal steroids.

“He immediately stepped into action and contacted us,” ISP Sgt. Carey Huls said. “We worked side by side to make sure everything was above board and done properly. And that was one reason Sheriff Goodin contacted our department. He didn’t want anybody thinking they were hiding any information or covering anything up in their department.”

The investigation would find out that Baker and Thomas were, in fact, not only using illegal steroids, but running an operation and conspiracy to sell them.

“Officer Baker was a school resource officer,” Goodin said. “He had been assigned to one of the schools here in the community, and I wanted it done before school opened back up on Monday.”

According to WDRB, Baker, 39, is now charged with three felonies, including conspiracy to deal steroids, official misconduct and possession of a hypodermic needle. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.

In a Facebook post this week, Baker apologized to the community “with humility and shame running down my face” for the crimes he committed. While everyone deserves to be forgiven for their mistakes, the hypocrisy of taking people’s freedom for similar acts, while committing those same acts, speaks volumes. Nevertheless, the community has rallied around this cop — who betrayed his oath to the constitution and the community he served. People all over Facebook and the media appear to be bending over backward to show their support for this officer.

It is important to point out that TFTP doesn’t think any drug should be illegal, including steroids. If people want to take performance enhancing steroids, who are we to stop them. But deputy Baker hypocritically kidnapped and caged so many other people for these substances while selling and using them at the same time, which means he should most assuredly face accountability. What’s more, although we feel anyone should be able to do any drug they wish, it is not at all a good idea to allow people in law enforcement, with authority to use violence against citizens, to use these drugs as they are associated with rage.

In fact, the problem of police steroid use became so bad, in 2004, the DEA intervened to warn of the “possible psychological disturbances” of steroid raging cops.

The DEA said symptoms included:

Mood swings (including manic-like symptoms leading to violence)
Impaired judgment (stemming from feelings of invincibility)
Depression
Nervousness
Extreme irritability
Delusions
Hostility and aggression
Eventually, a few years later, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, made up of 16,000 members worldwide set a standard that “calls upon state and local law enforcement entities to establish a model policy prohibiting the use of illegally obtained steroids” by officers.

However, this policy never happened.

Not only do cops vehemently resist being drug tested by their departments, claiming it is a violation of their civil rights, as this case illustrates, they are also frequently caught selling steroids.

Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Pablo Cano was sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of rape.

Multiple women accused Cano of forcing them to have sex, some times while he was in uniform, armed and on duty.

Cano and his victims agreed on a plea deal that allowed him to plead guilty to lesser charges and avoid a trial.

His victims, in turn, avoided having to testify.

“I would have testified, gotten up there if that’s what it took,” Heather Richards said. “But I’m thrilled that I don’t have to.”

Richards was known as “Jane Doe No. 1” when she became the first of Cano’s victims to come forward in 2017.

In all, five women were listed in the criminal complaint.

Cano pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor. He also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing material portraying the sexual performance of a minor.

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A former high school teacher accused of having sex with a student is now challenging the constitutionality of a state law used to charge her.

Former Oldham County High School teacher Haley Reed, 37, faces rape, sodomy and unlawful transaction with a minor charges.

Police say, she admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old while she was choir teacher at the high school. The encounters allegedly happened between April and June 2018 during after school hours inside the school.

According to the indictment, Reed was charged because she was “in a position of authority” of someone under the age of 18.

In a court filing, the defense claims the student was old enough to consent to a sexual relationship under state law, which means Reed’s rights under Kentucky’s constitution were violated when she was arrested.

Reed’s four-day trial begins in November.

A Kentucky teacher has been charged with raping her 15-year-old student.

Twenty-three-year-old Kendall Burk was a biology teacher at Grant County High School. The sheriff says she began a relationship with one of her 15-year-old male students at the end of last school year and it turned sexual over the summer.

Burk graduated from the University of Kentucky just a couple of years ago. On Wednesday, she was booked into the Grant County Jail on four counts of rape and four counts of sodomy, which, by Kentucky statute, can mean oral sex. The school district said this all happened very quickly. A student Wednesday told a teacher; the teacher told the administration. Following a quick investigation, the administration told the sheriff’s office.

“Our deputies, at that point, once they were alerted, interviewed some other students who had made the allegations and worked backwards, interviewing the victim as well as the teacher,” said Grant County Sheriff Brian Mains.

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A Louisville man was arrested after he fractured an 8-year-old’s skull with a shovel Friday and sexually assaulted her, according to police. Cane L. Madden, 29, has been charged with first-degree rape, assault and robbery in connection with the attack that reportedly took place in the California neighborhood. According to an arrest citation, Louisville Metro Police officers responded about 4:30 p.m. Friday to a report of a 8-year-old girl who had been hit in the head with a shovel and robbed of her iPad. The girl was taken to the emergency room at Norton Children’s Hospital, where a doctor told detectives she suffered a right skull fracture, multiple cuts and bruises to the head and “significant bruising and tearing of the vaginal wall, which is indicative of sexual assault,” according to the arrest report.

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A northern Kentucky man is going to prison for 15 years after pointing a gun at officers in Erlanger, and body camera video from the arrest has been released.

Officers opened fire on Dexter Helton after serving a drug warrant. This happened outside the Peecox Bar off Donaldson Highway in April 2018.

Police say Helton ran out the back of the bar when they went in. They say Helton then pulled out a gun and pointed it at them, which is why they say they fired several shots, hitting him.

Helton survived and pleaded guilty on Monday to wanton endangerment and fleeing police.