The superintendent of the Adair Youth Development Center faces ethics charges for allegedly directing a state employee to research and place illegal bets on sporting events for him while the employee was working.
According to the Lexington Herald Leader, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission accused Dewayne Mills on Monday of instructing a subordinate at the treatment center for juveniles to place bets — anywhere from $25 to $100 — on "hundreds of sporting events" in 2010 and 2011. Mills allegedly would text or call the employee to place the bet with a bookie while the employee was on state time.
Mills also is accused of using state computers to research point spreads, and of instructing an employee to do the same while the employee was working.
On one occasion, Mills allegedly told the employee to lie to his on-site supervisor about why he had to leave a meeting and then use another employee's office to do online betting research.
The ethics panel began its investigation of Mills in September 2012, according to documents released by the commission. If the charges are found to be true, the commission may issue a cease-and-desist order, issue a public reprimand, recommend removal from office and set a fine of up to $5,000 per violation.
Stacy Floden, a spokeswoman for the Juvenile Justice Department, declined to release the outcome of that investigation or to say if Mills has been disciplined.
According to state records, Mills makes $70,864 a year as a superintendent. He has been employed by the department since March 1999.
There are over 3 lawsuits against Westlake Regional Hospital and the hospital board met for over 3 hours Monday morning in Executive Session to discuss pending litigation.
No action was taken upon returning to general session.
Another "moist" election may be on the ballot in Jamestown to determine whether alcoholic beverages will be sold in restaurants.
According to lakercountry.com, on Monday, Greg Shaw, Chairman of a group named “Progress Jamestown” delivered to Russell County Clerk Lisha Popplewell more than 200 signed petitions in favor of the move. Shaw said the petitions gathered so far represent more than 25% of the registered voters that voted in the last general election held in Jamestown and therefore, after being certified by the clerk’s office, should qualify the petition to be put on a ballot for the voters’ decision.
According to state law, this would set the date for an election no less than 60 days and no more than 90 days from yesterday.
Shaw said the initiative is not meant to advocate the consumption of alcohol but rather to provide a much needed economic boost to the city and its citizens, claiming the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink in restaurants would attract new restaurants and additional visitors, gain new jobs and bring in more income to the city and county.
A missing Campbellsville teenager has been located.
The Campbellsville Police Department say they have located 16-year-old Donald Powers and he is safe.
Powers was last seen near his West Campbellsville residence at approximately noon on Monday and was reported missing Mon. afternoon. The teen suffers from developmental disabilities.
A Taylor County man who used cell phones to take photos of himself molesting girls younger than 5 was sentenced Monday to 110 years in prison, according to a news release from David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for Western Kentucky.
Tony Edwin Davis, 50, of Campbellsville pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography.
Federal authorities started investigating Davis after someone who had loaned him a cell phone told police she'd found images of child pornography on the device after getting it back.
Authorities found 227 images of child pornography on three phones Davis had used.
Davis was a dangerous predator who "raped children, some still in diapers, and recorded it for his perverse sexual gratification," Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Spencer McKiness said in one document.
Davis pleaded guilty on charges involving two girls, but after he was arrested, other people told authorities he had molested them when they were children, according to a court document.
Davis, who has a prior conviction in state court for sexually abusing a 14-year-old, will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.