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Tates Creek Elementary gets big boost from Burlington


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Burlington Stores, a national off-price retailer,

Teachers and staff react to the surprise announcement during a Zoom meeting.

through its partnership with the national non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org, has donated $5,000 toward school supplies for Tates Creek Elementary in celebration of its new store in the South Park Shopping Center at Nicholasville and New Circle roads.

The TCE staff will online shop more than 30 vendors in a virtual marketplace for a range of supplies for distance learning and in-person classes.

Local store manager Scot Sode surprised the teachers with the good news during their weekly Zoom staff meeting.

“The money is huge and we appreciate it very much, but taking the time to join our virtual meeting to tell our teachers they matter will go a long way,” said Principal Carrie Paul. “We appreciate Burlington and AdoptAClassroom.org taking the time to say ‘Thank you.’ Knowing we have community support means a whole lot.”

Burlington supports education through its partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org. Each time a new Burlington store opens, the company funds an elementary school in the local market.

The school district’s Family & Community Engagement Office selected Tates Creek, a Title I school, based on students’ needs.

Lawyer for grand juror says his client had concerns

UPDATE…10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29…Press conference ended at 10:40 a.m.

The lawyer for the grand juror who has prompted the release discusses the case WATCH LIVE.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Monday night his office will comply with a judge’s order by releasing a recording of grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday.

WHAS reports, in a statement Monday night, Cameron maintained his office has an ethical obligation not to release the recordings because the grand jury “is meant to be a secretive body” and the release could compromise the ongoing FBI investigation.

Still, Cameron said he will comply with Judge Ann Bailey Smith’s order, which came after former Louisville police Detective Brett Hankison’s arraignment Monday.

Cameron also said Monday night the release would also take care of a legal complaint a grand juror filed earlier in the day. That anonymous grand juror asked the recording be released.

“We have no concerns with grand jurors sharing their thoughts on our presentation because we are confident in the case we presented. Once the public listens to the recording, they will see that over the course of two-and-a-half days, our team presented a thorough and complete case to the Grand Jury,” Cameron said.


New Fayette COVID cases back below 100, student numbers down

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County’s streak of moderate days of new coronavirus cases continued Monday.
The county recorded 76 new cases, bringing the overall total to 8,464 since March 8, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s morning report Tuesday.
The county has been below 100 new cases for nine of the last 10 days.
No new deaths were reported, leaving the county’s total at 76.
The department now is including all cases involving college students in one number. That includes all students who live in Fayette County and attend a college or university in Fayette County, whether the University of Kentucky, Transylvania or some other college.
Tuesday’s report put that total at 2,242, an increase of 28 from the previous report.
Of the 2,242 cases, all 28 new cases were at UK, bringing the total to 2,029; 76 have been at Commonwealth Baptist College; 76 are at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 60 are at Transylvania; and one is at Sullivan University.
Another 77 people have recovered, lifting that total to 7,368.

Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers, including charts with demographics, hospitalizations and more, are updated Monday-Saturday at lfchd.org.

It’s important people continue to follow the latest recommendations in public to stop the spread of the virus:

• Wear a cloth mask over your mouth and nose

• Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who doesn’t live in your home

• Wash your hands often.

The city’s highest one-day totals to date have been:

• 167 cases, Sept. 11
• 149 cases, Sept. 10
• 131 cases, Aug. 7
• 124 cases, Sept. 18
• 123 cases, Sept. 9
• 122 cases, Sept. 1
• 120 cases, Sept. 2
• 119 cases, Aug. 28
• 116 cases, July 27
• 113 cases, Sept. 5, Sept. 16
• 112 cases, Aug. 27
• 111 cases, Sept. 3
• 110 cases, Sept. 4, Sept. 25
• 108 cases, Sept. 12
• 105 cases, Aug. 4, Aug. 14
• 102 cases, Aug. 26
• 101 cases, Aug. 13
• 100 cases, July 23
• 96 cases, Sept. 14
• 92 cases, Sept. 13
• 91 cases, July 31
• 90 cases, Aug. 5
• 89 cases, July 30, Sept. 20
• 88 cases, Aug. 29, Sept. 15, Sep. 19
• 87 cases, Aug. 19
• 86 cases, Aug. 20
• 84 cases, Aug. 6, Aug. 22
• 83 cases, Sept. 17, Sept. 22
• 82 cases, Aug. 1, Sept. 26
• 81 cases, Aug. 17, Sept. 6
• 80 cases, Aug. 12
• 79 cases, Sept. 23
• 76 cases, Sept. 28
• 74 cases, Aug. 18
• 72 cases, Aug. 23
• 71 cases, Aug. 15
• 69 cases, July 15, July 19, Aug. 8, Aug. 9, Sept. 24
• 67 cases, July 26
• 65 cases, July 10
• 63 cases, Aug. 2
• 62 cases, July 6, Aug. 11, Aug. 21, Aug. 24, Sept. 8
• 61 cases, July 20
• 60 cases, Sept. 21
• 58 cases, July 13, Aug. 16, Aug. 25
• 56 cases, July 11
• 54 cases, July 28
• 53 cases, July 22
• 49 cases, July 29, Aug. 10, Sept. 7
• 48 cases, July 16, July 18
• 47 cases, July 17, July 24, Aug. 3
• 46 cases, July 1
Cases have grown steadily each month during the outbreak:
• 110, March
• 143, April
• 507, May
• 793, June
• 1,702 July
• 2,538, August

Somerset siblings awarded Central Heart Association’s service award


SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Somerset siblings and congenital heart defect survivors, Sadie and Maverick Taylor, have been awarded the Central Kentucky American Heart Association’s Finn Collier Service Award.

Sadie and Maverick Taylor, ages 6 and 3, alongside parents Bridgett and Jeff, share their heart stories to raise awareness of congenital heart defects and much-needed funds for heart disease research.

The Taylors are always looking for opportunities to engage the community in the American Heart Association’s mission–whether it is speaking at events, volunteering on committees or walking in the Lake Cumberland Area Heart Walk.

They also raise money for the Association through fundraisers like a “kindness plates” and “don’t go breaking our hearts” puzzle that fills as donations are made.

“The American Heart Association has been a great resource and source of support for our family. It has helped us connect with other families that are going through the same situations that we are and we know that we are not alone,” said Sadie and Maverick’s mother, Bridgett Taylor.

The Finn Collier Service Award was created in memory of Finn Collier, a fierce advocate for the American Heart Association who lost his battle with heart disease at just seven years old. The award honors children and young adults who go above and beyond to support the life-saving mission of the American Heart Association.

“We are thrilled that the Taylor family is the first recipient of the Finn Collier Youth Service Award, and we are grateful to the Central Kentucky American Heart Association for memorializing Finn in this way,” stated Finn’s parents, John and Tricia Collier. “Finn loved spreading awareness and raising funds for research, and we feel this family continues to do what Finn would have carried on. He would have been amazed that this one family had two children with special hearts! We hope to have many nominations in 2021!”

Of the award, Bridgett said, “Sadie and Maverick are honored to receive the Finn Collier Service Award. They just try to give back a small piece of what our family has received from the American Heart Association. Whether it is financial support or just bringing about awareness for heart disease, our family hopes to be a blessing to those in and around our community.”

Congenital heart defects, or CHDs, are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting nearly 40,000 infants each year. The American Heart Association has invested nearly $60 million in CHD research since 2009 alone, helping to ensure better care for all children born with structural heart defects. But awareness, like that raised by Sadie and Maverick, is key to helping children born with these defects.

Fayette health department’s drive-thru flu shots now open to everyone


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Fayette County Health Department has opened Saturday’s free flu shot clinic to everyone 13 years old and above.

The event is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road.

People must must register in advance for a time slot at lfchd.org/drivethru2020.

Slots are available to provide up to 400 free flu shots at this one-day event.

The clinic was open only to people in high-risk categories.

Again, p to 400 free flu shots are available, and you MUST pre-register: lfchd.org/drivethru2020. You can register here: 2020 Drive-Thru Flu Shot Registration.

The department also has free flu shots throughout the flu season available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY starting Oct. 5 in the Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2444 to make an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted due to requirements to maintain physical distancing.

To learn more, visit www.lfchd.org/freeflushots2020.
“An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesperson Kevin Hall said. “The flu shot is especially important this season as we remain in the COVID-19 pandemic. It can help reduce the overall impact on respiratory illnesses on the population, which will lessen the burden on our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Last flu season, Lexington had three deaths from flu-related causes and 742 lab-confirmed cases.
In addition to helping prevent from getting sick with flu, a flu shot can reduce the severity of the illness and reduce your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.
The seasonal flu shot is recommended for all people ages 6 months and older and is especially important for people at the highest risk of serious complications from the flu: infants and young children, pregnant women, anyone with underlying medical conditions and adults 50 and older.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC is also urging the flu shot for essential workers, including healthcare personnel and long-term care facility staff; and people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including adults 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities and anyone with underlying health conditions. 
People who have tested positive for COVID-19, are under isolation or quarantine orders or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must stay home.

Important Notes

  • You must be at least 13 years old to receive a flu shot at the drive-thru event.
  • You must complete this registration for every person who wants to receive a flu shot at the drive-thru event.
  • Up to four people can register under one phone number.
  • There is a maximum of 4 people per car.
  • Everyone MUST wear a mask throughout the event.
  • DO NOT get out of your car unless instructed to do so.
  • Do not arrive any earlier than 15 minutes prior to your registration time.
  • When you arrive, please be prepared to provide the name of each person registered to receive a flu shot.
  • Do not wear long-sleeve or tight-fitting clothing/tops since the vaccine will be given in your upper arm.
  • Please stay home if you have currently tested positive for COVID-19, are under isolation or quarantine orders or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will high-dose vaccine for adults over 65 years of age be available at the drive-thru event?

High-dose vaccine will not be available at the drive-thru event. The vaccine that we will be giving at the event is appropriate for all adults.

The flu vaccine is approved for people 6 months of age and older. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first high-dose flu vaccine in 2009. Prior to that date, everyone 6 months and older had one option in receiving their annual flu vaccine. We know that as we age our immune system naturally declines. Vaccine manufacturers worked to develop a vaccine that would provide people over 65 years of age with a flu vaccine that would be more effective related to their immune response. High-dose is often preferred by primary care providers for their patients over 65 for that reason. CDC does not recommend one flu vaccine over another. The flu vaccine we are providing is approved for people over 65 years of age. It is not their only option. They and their primary care provider may prefer that they are vaccinated with the high-dose vaccine.

How will you use the information I provide?

The personal information we collect is needed to communicate with you for scheduling purposes and to document your receipt of the flu vaccine. We collect demographic information, which is used by our epidemiologists without your personal information attached, to give us information about who attends our events so that we may better serve you in years to come. We do not share any personal information that is protected by HIPAA.

What measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Everyone attending the drive-thru will wear a mask at all times.
  • Medical staff providing the flu shots will be wearing masks, gowns and face shields and will sanitize their hands when changing their non-latex gloves between participants.
  • Staff at the event will observe social distancing of 6 feet with other staff throughout the event.
  • There is a limit of four people per vehicle so that everyone has a window from which to receive their flu shot. No one needs to step out of the vehicle.

Can I bring others with me?

There can be up to four pre-registered people per vehicle for this event.

Why is there a limit of four people per vehicle?

There is a limit of four people per vehicle so that everyone has a window from which to receive their flu shot. That way, no one needs to step out of the vehicle. Please consider which arm you prefer to receive your flu shot in when choosing where you sit in the vehicle. The flu vaccine is given in your upper arm. Please do not wear long or tight-fitting sleeves that cannot be removed without getting out of your vehicle. This includes things like a sweater or jacket.

Is there any cost for the flu shot this year?

There is no cost for the flu shot this year. You may receive a free flu shot at our special one-day drive-thru event on Oct. 3, or by appointment only starting Oct. 5 at the health department’s Public Health Clinic. To make your appointment in the clinic, please call 859-288-2444.

Where can I find my pre-registered appointment for the drive-thru event?

You can view your pre-registered appointment by logging into the account that you created with your cellphone number to register for the event.

Toyota grant helps schools buy computers for students


GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – As virtual learning continues across Central Kentucky, many students still need digital resources and internet access to connect with their classes and complete assignments.

To help meet these needs, the Toyota USA Foundation approved grants totaling $3,357,000 to support students in 13 states where the company has operations.

Locally, $400,000 from the foundation will be divided across Clark, Fayette, Harrison and Scott County schools to purchase devices and expand internet access, enabling thousands of students to connect to distance learning tools.

“In a time when teachers and students are in need of all our support, we are proud to step alongside them and provide assistance,”said Susan Elkington, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. “At Toyota, we care deeply about connecting students with quality educational opportunities that enrich their minds, inspire curiosity and help prepare them for their future careers. We hope these resources will not only connect students to their classrooms, but also give them the confidence to explore all the opportunities that lie ahead of them.”

These grants are part of 31 total grants awarded by Toyota to communities across the country to help bridge the digital divide. They are also a continuation of Toyota’s ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts that included prior grants supporting e-learning and food assistance programs and the recent launch of an immersive education hub.

The education hub provides virtual field trips of the company’s operations across the U.S., including a virtual tour of Toyota Kentucky, STEM-based lessons, curriculum and much more. Education hub resources are free and available to the public by visiting www.tourtoyota.com/educationhub.

One killed when car crashes into house


BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – One person was killed early Tuesday morning when a car crashed into an abandoned home in Bell County.

According to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department and WRIL radio, the accident happened at about 5:24 a.m. on Highway 190 about 5.5 miles from Highway 25E.

When Deputies Frank Foster, Nathaniel Price, and Sgt. Patrick Brooks along with Bell County EMS, Bell County Rescue Squad, and Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, arrived, they found a vehicle left the road and struck an abandoned home. The driver was killed on impact.

Bell County Deputy Coroner Jason Steele has responded and after contacting next of kin, will release the identity.

Your morning news and weather on Tuesday, Sept. 29


Your morning news and weather on Tuesday, Sept. 29

Unseasonably cool the rest of the week

Cooler today with a cold front to our east. After morning fog clears expect a mix of sunshine and clouds. A warm front brings slightly warmer temperatures Wednesday before another cold front opens the gate to much cooler temperatures by the end of the week. – Meteorologist Chelsea Smith

TUESDAY – Partly cloudy, as highs warm to lower 60s.
TONIGHT Mostly clear, chilly, as lows drop to the mid 40s.

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Fayette County likely to offer in-person tutoring options in October

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Public Schools says it will likely start a supplemental face-to-face learning program called ‘Targeted Services’ starting October 19.

The term, ‘targeted services’ is new to the public and the board. Superintendent Manny Caulk making the recommendation Monday night at its school board meeting.

This, after the school board had been discussing a hybrid model that would allow student to do part in-person learning and part online learning.

The plan calls for teachers to pin-point which students are struggling and then provide them with face-to-face help in school. Bus transportation would be offered.

But it’s only still not completely set in stone, because this is the first time many have heard of this suggestion.

“People on the ground who are going to responsible, A. for implementing this and making sure its successful and serves the need of every child in our community, and B. who are going to be in a large extent risking their lives and their families lives…It’s alarming that they don’t know the details,” Tyler Murphy, school board member, said.

Superintendent Caulk recommended the plan since the district can’t have in-person classes right now under state guidelines, because of the number of coronavirus cases in the county, known as a Red classification.

“8 pm on Thursday we were in the red,” Caulk said, explaining although Monday, Fayette County was in the orange, Thursday has been designated as the date to assess status for the coming week.

Health experts saying Fayette County might teeter between Orange and Red.

“I want every board member to feel comfortable with everything that we’re doing,” Vice Chairman Ray Daniels said.

The tentative plan would begin October 19th and would be a phased in approach beginning with elementary students, but only if the board has the information it needs by the week before.

Again, trying to clarify final details before getting the go-ahead from the board.

“Fayette County Public Schools will implement ‘Targeted Services’ on Oct. 19 if a plan has been presented to the board and accepted by the board by or on Oct. 12,” Chairwoman Stephanie Spires said.

The board hasn’t written off hybrid learning, an option that would allow in-person instruction on some days, online the others.

The board agreeing to revisit Hybrid for a possible start date of Nov. 2.

“A lot of the other things that we’re talking about, we’re just not going to know,” Daniels said.

Sports and other extra-curricular activities are being allowed to continue because of the low number of coronavirus cases among student-athletes.

Superintendent Manny Caulk sent a letter home to parents late Monday night explaining the district’s plans going forward.  That letter in its entirety is below:

September 28, 2020

Dear Fayette County Public Schools Families:

Small groups of elementary school students will be able to receive targeted assistance beginning the week of Oct. 19, following a vote tonight of the Fayette County Board of Education.

The board’s vote requires district and school officials to present a detailed plan no later than Oct. 12. Board members also agreed to allow students to continue with athletic and extra-curricular activities since teams had successfully followed strict safety restrictions.

During this phase, all Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) will be followed, including social distancing, temperature checks, and mask requirements. Schools are limited to bringing in no more than 15 percent of the student population, 15 or fewer people can be in each classroom, and sessions should be no longer than two hours.

Targeted services could include activities such as evaluation, necessary hands on experiences (career and technical education), mental health or academic counseling, occupational, physical or speech therapy, or targeted remediation or tutoring.

Board members also voted to target the week of November 2 for the possible roll-out of a hybrid instructional model, if conditions with COVID-19 warrant and the board accepts district plans no later than Oct. 26.

Under a hybrid model:

  • Students will be divided into two demographically diverse groups.
  • One group of students will go to school on Mondays and Tuesdays and the other group of students will go to school on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Schools would undergo deep cleaning on Wednesdays.
  • Students would continue with virtual learning on days they are not on campus.
  • Families will be assigned to the same cohorts for household continuity.

Be on the lookout for more information from your child’s school, including surveys about whether you would prefer an in-person hybrid instructional model for your child’s learning or would rather continue with NTI: 2DL. Working individually with families will be critical to ensuring the success of any instructional model.

Your Partner,



UPDATE: Wife of indicted state lawmaker releases statement


Update:  September 28, 2020:

EAST BERNSTADT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The wife of indicted state lawmaker Robert Goforth released a statement Monday saying she never wanted her husband criminally charged.

The Republican representative is accused of threatening to kill his wife, hog-tie her and strangle her with a computer chord while the couple’s children were home, according to his arrest citation.

He was indicted on charges of strangulation and assault, according to the Corbin Times-Tribuen.  Robert Goforth has pleaded not guilty.

In her statement, Ashley Goforth, says she and her husband have reconciled.  Her statement in its entirety is below:

“Robert and I both deeply regret the incident that occurred last April. We were reconciled within days after it happened, and Robert and I have lived together at our home with our children since that time.  It was my strong desire that my husband not be charged with any offenses, and I formally communicated that to the Commonwealth’s Attorney and grand jury in Laurel County.  Robert is a loving husband and father who goes above and beyond for his family. We have both sought spiritual and family counseling as we continue to work on our personal issues as a married couple.  It has been a difficult year, but we are thankful for the grace and compassion of a loving God. It has sustained us.”

Robert Goforth is up for re-election in the 89th District, which is made up of Jackson County and parts of Laurel and Madison counties.

Ashley Goforth from Facebook


Story from September 22, 2020 below:

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – An embattled Republican state lawmaker is indicted for assaulting a woman in April, increasing the calls for his resignation.

Ironically, 44-year-old 89th District state Rep. Robert Goforth was indicted by the Laurel County Grand Jury under a law for which he voted which made strangulation a more serious offense and easier to prosecute.

The Grand Jury indicted Goforth, of East Bernstadt, on one count of first-degree strangulation and one count of fourth-degree assault, according to the Corbin Times-Tribune newspaper.

The indictment was handed down Friday.

As previously reported, Goforth was arrested early o the morning of April 21 after a woman went to London’s 911 Dispatch Center and told deputies she’d been assaulted ad choked with a computer cord. The woman told deputies Goforth had threatened to kill her and ‘hog tie” her, and she had marks on her neck, arms and forehead, according to court documents filed at the time.

Three children were at the home during the incident, the Times-Tribune reported.

An Army veteran and pharmacist, Goforth, who was first elected to the General Assembly in 2018, ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in the 2019 primary, getting 39 percent of the vote despite an accusation by a woman that Goforth ad had bee part of a sexual assault against her years earlier.

At the time of his arrest, state Democrats called for him to resign. Those calls came again in August after his preliminary hearing. They only have been amplified since the indictment.

“State Representative Goforth should have resigned back in April and his party should have taken action against him when he refused to do so,” Marisa McNee, a spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party, said in a statement, according to the Herald-Leader. “This is not the first time a victim of Mr. Goforth’s violent assaults has come forward. Republican Leadership has ignored this for far too long, it is time for them to take action. Goforth needs to go.”

Goforth’s Democratic challenger in November’s general election also called on Goforth to step down.

“I am calling on Mr. Goforth to resign from office and withdrawal from this race immediately. This district has suffered enough embarrassment and bad press over this affair. Mr. Goforth needs to remain focused on his legal case, Domestic Violence issues, and marriage. He can no longer effectively represent the citizens of the 89th District,” Democrat Mike VanWinkle said in a post on his campaign Facebook page.
Those comments prompted others to call on the Kentucky Education Association to rescind its endorsement of Goforth.

Two awarded Women’s Club scholarships to MSU


MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Morehead Woman’s Club has awarded two honors to

Riley Thompson
Riley Hall

incoming freshmen at Morehead State University.

The Morehead Woman’s Club Scholarship provides annual awards to full-time incoming freshmen who are graduates of Rowan County Senior High School (RCSHS) or Lakeside Christian Academy.

This year, the organization selected two recipients, Riley Hall and Riley Thompson. Both Hall and Thompson are graduates of RCSHS.

Riley Hall is a nursing major with a career goal to become a certified nurse-midwife.

“I’ve never known if I would be able to attend college due to the financial hardships that my family has fought through,” Hall said. “Because of this, I have always strived to succeed in my education so that I could take care of my own family one day. This scholarship serves as many things for me, some of those being reassurance and comfort but perhaps, most importantly, as a sense of hope for my future.”

Riley Thompson is a biomedical sciences major with a career goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.

“I’m so grateful to have been awarded this scholarship,” Thompson said. “Being selected by the women leaders of this community is such an honor. This scholarship will help me achieve my goals, as well as give me faith and encouragement in myself. “

The Morehead Woman’s Club was founded in 1909 by members of the Shakespearean Study Group. The first president of the club and one of the founders was Cora Wilson Stewart.

She was also a pioneer in adult literacy and founder of the “Moonlight Schools.” The Morehead Woman’s Club is the oldest service organization in the Morehead/Rowan County community, and its members are dedicated to community service.

Man gets 20 years on federal drug-trafficking charges


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)A 28-year-old Lexington man was sentenced Monday in federal court to 240 months in prison, by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of more of methamphetamine, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, and marijuana.

According to Guadalupe Ramos’ his plea agreement, in November 2019, law enforcement agents identified Ramos as a drug trafficker distributing significant quantities of methamphetamine out of two residences in Lexington.

On January 9, 2020, agents with DEA and ATF executed a search warrant on one of the residences, seizing 3.62 kilograms of methamphetamine, 12,500 fentanyl pills, approximately 50 pounds of marijuana, 156 grams of heroin, and a packing press.

A search of the second residence revealed an additional 138 grams of methamphetamine, a .40-caliber revolver, a .38-caliber revolver, a rifle, scales, and marijuana.

Ramos pleaded guilty in May 2020.

“Fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine, are responsible for the majority of overdose deaths that occur across the Commonwealth, and the defendant possessed large quantities of drugs with the intent to distribute them” said Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “He also possessed a sizeable quantity of marijuana and multiple firearms. The cooperation of federal and state law enforcement stopped the defendant from further harming this community through distribution of these dangerous drugs. He will now face the deserved consequences of his actions.”

Under federal law, Ramos must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Field Division; and Jeffrey T. Scott, Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Louisville Field Division, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was directed by ATF and DEA. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Rieker.

This case was prosecuted as part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), a focused enforcement effort that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas.

Man gets 10 years for felon in possession of weapon


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 41-year-old Lexington man who was arrested following a stand off with police last year is sentenced in federal court Monday to 120 months in prison, by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to David Lynn Carlin’s plea agreement, on August 7, 2019, law enforcement and EMTs responded to a report of an unconscious person, later identified as Carlin.

Officers and emergency personnel were able to revive Carlin, and during that response observed multiple firearms.

Later that day, a search warrant was obtained and officers returned to the residence where Carlin was uncooperative and barricaded himself in the residence.

Upon Carlin’s arrest, officers found six firearms in the residence and two additional firearms in a vehicle. Carlin admitted he was a convicted felon and was not permitted to own a firearm.

Carlin was previously convicted of first-degree drug trafficking  in Fayette Circuit Court in March 2013. He was also previously convicted of second degree assault by Fayette Circuit Court in February 1999.

Carlin pleaded guilty in January 2020.

Under federal law, Carlin must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Field Division; and Chief Lawrence Weathers, Lexington Police Department, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was directed by ATF and the Lexington Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Rieker.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Eastern District of Kentucky, U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan Jr., coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Several schools cancel games, seasons due to rising coronavirus cases

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- It’s a frustrating dance starting to become familiar to parents, coaches, and high school players.

The week begins and starts a frantic rearranging of athletics calendars across the state as coronavirus cases rise in several Kentucky counties.

During Governor Andy Beshear’s Monday coronavirus briefing, he said at least 44 teams across the state are quarantined.

Corbin, Whitley County and Williamsburg have canceled athletic competitions for this week (Sept. 28-Oct. 4), due to rising COVID-19 cases in Whitley County, according to social media posts from the respective school systems.

Bath County High School says the remainder of its boys’ soccer season has been cancelled after a game against Morgan County last week.

The Gateway Health Department has advised the team quarantine until October 8th because a Morgan County player tested positive.

According to the Anderson News, a middle school student has tested positive, pushing the seventh grade girls’ basketball team into quarantine.

The paper reports the freshman football team also has to quarantine after a game last Saturday against a Mercer County team that has a student who tested positive.

UPDATE: Missing Nicholas County woman’s remains may have been found



CARLISLE Ky. (WTVQ) –  A renewed search for the remains of a Nicholas County woman missing since 2016 may have turned up results.

The break-through comes a week after two men who were persons-of-interest in her disappearance were arrested in Colorado.

The Kentucky State Police, Post 6 in Dry Ridge, received information regarding the whereabouts of the missing person, Lori Feltz. A location was pinpointed to a farm on Hovermale Lane in Nicholas County, Ky.

A search warrant was previously executed at Hovermale Lane on September 18, yielding no results.

A second search warrant was executed Monday at the same location; KSP located several articles of clothing and human remains in a wooded area. The Nicholas County coroner responded to the scene, and the remains were removed, pending identification.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted by additional KSP personnel, Nicholas County Sheriff, Nicholas County coroner, Kentucky Search Dog Association, Jefferson County coroner, and Woodford County forensic anthropologist.

Additional information may be available for release as the investigation continues. The on-going investigation is being conducted by Detective Chris Lairson.

Two men who are possible person’s of interest in her disappearance were picked up last week in Colorado at about the same time the KSP received information about the location.


NICHOLAS COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A search continues in Colorado for two men connected to a woman who went missing in Nicholas County in 2016.

According to a Facebook post by the El Paso Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, the two suspects are wanted for a sex offender registration violation.

The post also says, “Both parties are persons of interest in the 2016 disappearance of a woman in Nicholas County, Kentucky.”

The sheriff’s office says they’re trying to locate 27-year-old Brendan Camous and 29-year-old Clinton Peterson.

They were living in a shack in Nicholas County near where 58-year-old Lori Feltz was last

Lori Feltz

seen when she left her home to go for a walk on Dec. 26, 2016. When deputies were searching the area, they ran across the two men and didn’t make any connection to the missing person until later or know they were wanted.

Feltz’ had mental issues caused by a serious accident.

When deputies returned later with a search warrant, the two men were gone but now are wanted for questioning. The two men were living in a shack on property owned by Peterson’s mother, Penny Gillis.

Source: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado

According to the sheriff’s office, Camous is 5’6” tall, weighs 160 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. He has two felony and one misdemeanor arrest warrants for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Failure to Comply with a SAC (Sex Assault on a Child) Sentence and Failure to Appear on a Driving Under the Influence charge.

Peterson is 5’8” tall, weighs 175 lbs with red hair and blue eyes. He has three felony and one misdemeanor arrest warrants for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Failure to Comply with Probation, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office reports neither men have known addresses or associated vehicles and are both believed to be homeless and possibly living in shacks in the El Paso, Teller, and Northeastern Colorado areas.

Camous and Peterson are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who knows their whereabouts should not approach the men. You’re asked to contact the Investigations Tip Line at the El Paso Sheriff’s Office by calling 719-520-6666 or emailing: Tips@elpasoco.com.

Source: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado

Remainder of Bath Co. Boys’ soccer season cancelled after possible exposure

BATH COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Bath County High School says the remainder of its boys soccer season has been cancelled after a possible exposure to COVID-19.
The school’s athletic department says the Morgan County Athletic Department notified it a boys’ soccer player tested positive Sunday.
Bath County boys’ soccer played at Morgan County Thursday, September 24th.
Bath County High School says the Gateway Health Department advised the athletic department to quarantine the boys’ team until October 8th. That means the rest of the season is cancelled.

Woman charged with manslaughter in overdose death


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – An Alabama woman has been charged with second-degree manslaughter for her role in the overdose death of a Laurel County woman earlier this month.

According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, 42-year-old Bridgette Renea Merritt, of Trussville, Alabama, was charged by Detective Bryon Lawson Monday morning i, connection with an apparent overdose death Sept. 11, 2020.

In that case, deputies responded to a home on Nu Way Trail approximately four miles east of London. When deputies and detectives arrived along with EMS, narcan and CPR were used by emergency service personnel in an attempt to resuscitate the female victim, Root said.

Their efforts were unsuccessful and Doug Bowling, the Laurel County Coroner was notified and pronounced the 41-year-old woman at the scene.

Through investigation deputies learned Merritt allegedly had given heroin/fentanyl to the victim prior to her overdosing. Merritt was charged on Sept. 11 with heroin and fentanyl trafficking

Assisting on the investigation and arrest for the sheriff’s office were: Major Chuck Johnson, Detective James Sizemore, Deputy Allen Turner, Deputy Daniel Reed, Detective Robert Reed, Sgt. Brett Reeves, Deputy Dylan Messer, Detective Richard Dalrymple, and Detective Brad Mitchell.

Detective Bryon Lawson is the case officer.

UK investigating 9 reports of student parties on ‘Caturday’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — The University of Kentucky is investigating after pictures and videos surfaced showing student parties during the UK v. Auburn football game Saturday where COVID safety precautions weren’t followed.

UK says it received nine complaints of large student gatherings where masks weren’t worn and social distancing wasn’t practiced during Kentucky’s opening season football game Saturday afternoon.

Lexington Police say they received 26 calls for loud parties and noise complaints but that’s for the entire city not just the campus-area.

“We reach out to people, start figuring out who was there, reaching out to those people, and then you decide if you need to move to the next step of a formal hearing and a formal review process where you bring folks in,” says UK spokesperson Jay Blanton.

Blanton says then a variety of things can happen then, first offense could be a verbal warning and could go all the way up to getting kicked out of school.

Viewers sent us video and pictures from Elizabeth Street and Waller Avenue where most the complaints came from.

This comes at a time when the university is getting some flack for increasing the county’s coronavirus numbers with students testing positive pushing it for a time into the “red” and currently the “orange” zone.

Blanton believes the county, as he understands it, would still be in the orange without UK’s numbers.

“The university is not contributing to some community spread which is an issue that people need to rightly be paying attention to and understanding,” says Blanton.

The university says most of its students are following the rules and for those who aren’t, UK plans to keep pressing the issue and keep informing students and disciplining.

Pictures like these are frustrating some Fayette County parents who want their children back in the classroom as the school board looks to county numbers to decide whether to return to in-person instruction.

One of the moderators of the Facebook group, ‘Let them Learn in Fayette County’ says people are wrongfully painting UK as the bad guys.

“I don’t blame students for responding the way they are or maybe not responding the way they are but that doesn’t make it right. Should they be more considerate? Certainly. Was I more considerate at that age? Definitely not,” says Todd Burus.

McGrath, McConnell spar over women moderators at debate


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With absentee ballots starting to arrive in mailboxes and election day five weeks away, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath, sparred Monday over upcoming debates.

McConnell started the exchange, sending a press release from “Team Mitch” accusing McGrath of potentially backing out of a debate in October.

“It has come to our attention that the McGrath campaign is reconsidering its acceptance of the UK/Gray TV debate scheduled for October 12. This would be an unfortunate development for Kentucky voters as it is the final opportunity to see the U.S. Senate candidates debate,” said McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden regarding McGrath’s attendance at the ‘Kentucky Debate,’ hosted by Gray Television and the University of Kentucky. “Senator McConnell was pleased to accept the Farm Bureau forum in August and the UK/Gray debate in October and hoped sincerely Amy McGrath would join him. We urge the McGrath campaign to reconsider backing out of this debate and accept the invitation.”

But McGrath countered that McConnell’s refusal to take part in an event with a female moderator is the key issue.

“Sen. Mitch McConnell has not participated in a debate in Kentucky where the candidates took questions from a female moderator in nearly 25 years, and he continues to resist allowing women to host debates,” her campaign said in response.

“An initial debate proposal to the Amy McGrath for Senate campaign and McConnell’s campaign for the Oct. 12 Gray TV debate included a female moderator. However, after the station negotiated with the McConnell campaign, the female moderator was dropped from the proposal.

“Amy is ready and willing to debate Mitch, but Mitch is afraid to take the stage unless he dictates every detail,” said McGrath communications director Courtney Daniel. “We want to have a debate that includes representation that reflects our electorate, and we won’t let him railroad us on that. Amy is a mom, a trailblazer for women in the military and the future first woman senator from Kentucky. She will always fight to include concerns of women and families in the Senate,” McGrath’s campaign continued.

McGrath challenged McConnell to three debates in August, including the KET Kentucky Tonight Forum on Oct. 26. KET announced it would be extending invitations to the qualifying candidates: McGrath, McConnell and Barron. McConnell has not accepted the invitation to that debate, which is hosted by Renee Shaw.

“Amy looks forward to participating in the Gray TV debate when the gender balance of the moderators is restored,” her campaign said.

McConnell’s camp says that’s all a stretch.

“After spending two months attempting to add another man to the debate stage Amy McGrath absurdly suggests gender discrimination by UK and Gray TV as the primary reason she can’t appear,” McConnell campaign spokesperson Kate Cooksey said. “The reality is that Team Mitch received an invitation, accepted it, and stands ready to debate on October 12. We sincerely hope Amy McGrath finds a reason to accept the debate rather than an evolving grab bag of laughably ridiculous excuses why she cannot.”