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February 01, 2014

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By HEATHER TOMLINSON CJ Staff Writer A report of a stolen camera led to four people arrested on drug and theft charges. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department received a report of a camera taken from a home on Sara Lane, located off Ky. 1248 west of Somerset, and began looking into the report on Friday. The investigation led deputies to one of the suspects, who was staying at America's Best Value Inn, located on U.S. 27 in Somerset. Investigators searched the room the suspect was staying in and allegedly found metham- phetamine and syringes while looking for the stolen camera. REACHING MORE THAN 51,000 READERS IN PRINT AND ON-LINE Somerset, Kentucky 606-678-8191 Vol. 49 No. 29 50¢ Commonwealth Journal Warmer with vari- able cloudiness TODAY 61° Index Weather . . . . . . . . . . . A2 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . A3 Opinion Page . . . . . . . A4 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . A6-10 Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B Section Auto & Classifieds . . . C Section Beshear backs fairer tax code ■ ■ Deep cuts needed SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 By RONNIE ELLIS CNHI News Service FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear will discuss his ideas for tax reform with some key lawmakers Monday in hopes of seeing it pass the 2014 session that is nearly one-third complete. Beshear appointed a Blue Ribbon Tax Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, which last year offered a lengthy list of recommendations that Abramson said would provide a fairer, simpler tax code that could raise more money for the state budget. During his budget address two weeks By HEATHER TOMLINSON CJ Staff Writer The former Pulaski County Animal Shelter director has been swept up in an alleged May 2013 plot to steal current interim director Charlotte Bray's recording device. Darren Wesley, 40, has been charged with one count of complicity to tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony, according to documents filed last week by a prosecutor with Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's office. " ... On or between May 30, 2013, and May 31, 2013, in Pulaski County ... Darren R. Wesley, acting along or in complicity with one or more others, committed the offense of tampering with physical evidence, when believing that an official proceeding was pending or may be instituted, he took a digital recorder belonging to Charlotte Bray, with the intent to impair its verity or availability in the official proceeding," states the document filed by Special Prosecutor Jeffrey R. Prather. The charge, filed Jan. 24, is an information charge, which means it was entered as a criminal charge By HEATHER TOMLINSON CJ Staff Writer The prosecutor in a central Kentucky triple murder case involving a Burnside pastor is seeking the death penalty. According to media reports, Boyle County Commonwealth's Attor- ney Richie Bottoms on Thursday filed a notice that he will seek the death sentence against Kenneth Allen Keith, 48, of Burnside, who is accused of killing three people in a Sept. 20 incident at a Danville pawn shop. Keith has pleaded not guilty to three Page Designed and Edited by Ken Shmidheiser; kshmidheiser@somerset-kentucky.com www.somerset-kentucky.com Jumpers Let One Slip Away The Somerset High School boys basketball team was eliminated in the first round of the Touchstone Energy All "A" State Tournament on Thursday in Frankfort, after losing a second-half 13-point lead. See SPORTS, Page A10 ▼ ▼ See KEITH, Page A3 ▼ ▼ See TAX CODE, Page A3 Kenneth Keith at The Center For Rural Economic Development Saturday, February 22nd, 9 am - 7 pm Sunday, February 23rd, 1 pm - 5 pm ADMISSION IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC For more information contact Lynn Colyer at RU)D[WR LAKE CUMBERLAND HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION 2014 Annual Product AKE CUMBE L AND HOME BUILDERS ASSO ERL TION OCIAT Annual An Ann nnu nua ual al Pr Pro rod odu du The Center For Ru at , Februa Saturday rua , Feb ay Sund IS For more informatio ADMISSION RU)D[WR uc uct ct ural Economic Development am - 7 pm , 9 y 22nd ar , 1 pm - 5 pm y 23rd ar PUBLIC ynn Colyer at E TO THE FRE on contact Ly Photo by Chris Hollis Snow Falls Majestic Princess Falls located at Lick Creek in neighboring McCreary County is a picture of serenity as snow and ice from recent arctic weather cascades from its horseshoe overhang into the crystal pool below. Burnside pastor may face death penalty in triple homicide ■ ■ Keith's lawyer says his client is innocent Former Shelter director charged in plot Deputies arrest 4 in meth bust at local motel Kelsea Dills Stanley McCoy Raye Daulton Jesse Daughetee ▼ ▼ See METH BUST, Page A2 ▼ ▼ See SHELTER PLOT, Page A3

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