McCreary County Record

January 20, 2015

McCreary County Record

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By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Attorney General's Office last week issued an opinion that McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens violated the commonwealth's Open Records Act by failing to provide a local newspaper with a copy of the settlement agreement which led to the dismissal of a federal civil lawsuit against the county. Former McCreary Emergency Medical Service employees David and Rhonda Ivey filed suit some two and a half years ago in the United States District Court at London against McCreary County Fiscal Court, EMS, and director Jimmy Barnett — alleging that the Somerset couple was wrongfully terminated in July 2011. Mrs. Ivey alleged the defendants subjected her to a discriminatory workplace while Mr. Ivey claimed he was terminated in retaliation against his complaints about the alleged harassment. While the county moved for summary judgment to dismiss the suit — citing a lack of evidence — a court-ordered settlement conference was scheduled for July 9 of last year. When the parties then failed to reach an agreement, U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove granted a 30-day extension of all pending deadlines ahead of a scheduled August trial, which was to be continued until November 17. On August 20, 2014, the federal judge approved the parties' agreed order of dismissal with "each party to bear their own cost, attorney's fees and expenses." However, more than a month later, news broke that the plaintiffs' claims were actually dismissed through a settlement claim through the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo), which insures McCreary County. On October 14, the McCreary County Record filed open records requests with both Judge Stephens and KACo in order to determine the settlement. Both parties responded that the agreement was not in their possession with Judge Stephens further advising, due to a confidentiality agreement, both By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor REVELO — Authorities found themselves in the midst of a second death investigation within a week. On Friday just before 1 p.m., McCreary County EMS notified Kentucky State Police that an unresponsive female had been found inside a residence on Les Gilreath Road off Pigskin Road in Revelo. The Friday before, a death investigation was opened for a mother and her adult daughter who were discovered in their apartment, also off Pigskin Road. That investigation remains open pending autopsy results. In this latest case, Della D. Maxwell Young, 53, had been discovered in her home by a family member, who then called 911. Young's body was transported to Frankfort for an autopsy which was performed on Saturday. KSP Detective Billy Correll, who is leading the investigation, told the Record that Young's death doesn't appear to be suspicious as preliminary autopsy results found no trauma but did reveal evidence of heart disease. Toxicology results are pending. Det. Correll was assisted at the scene by KSP Sergeant Greg Hill, Sgt. William Elliot, Det. Justin Oliver, Det. John Barnett, Det. Tracy Haynes, Trooper Craig Reed, McCreary County EMS and the McCreary County Coroner's Office. The McCreary County Funeral Home is handling arrangements for Young, who funeral has been scheduled for noon today (January 21) with burial to follow in Denny Cemetery in Wayne County. Visitation will begin after 11 a.m. Complete obituary information will be published in next week's edition of the McCreary County Record. The McCreary County Record Your Hometown Newspaper since in 1919 Print subscriptions include access to the e-Edition. Go to www.mccrearyrecord.com, open the e-Edition portal and register. Subscribe to just the e-Edition for $15/Year. Call 606-376-5356 for more information. Hill siblings offer reward in arson case By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor STEARNS — The siblings of fallen firefighter Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill III are offering a cash reward in hopes of finding the person who set the fire which fatally injured their brother. Lt. Hill was 37, with more than 10 years experience volunteering with the Whitley City Fire Department, when he was severely injured attempting to search a burning home on Water Plant Road in his Revelo neighborhood on August 30, 2013. The house turned out to be vacant, as the residents at the time were in the process of moving. The fire also injured Lt. Hill's brother-in-law and fellow firefighter, Lt. Adam Stephens, who didn't require hospitalization. Lt. Hill, however, was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's burn unit, where he succumbed to his injuries on October 27, 2013. In March 2014, the Kentucky State Police Post 11 announced that the fire was ruled an arson but a suspect has yet to be identified. Lt. Hill's brother, Brian Hill, announced via a Facebook post on Monday that he and his sister, Amy Wilson, are offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist. ▼ ▼ See OPEN RECORD, Page 2A AG: County judge-exec violated Open Records Act ■ ■ House fire resulted in death of Arlie 'Pooh' Hill III ■ ■ 2nd death investigation in a week Revelo woman found dead in home ■ ■ New supermarket location to open January 29 Photo by Janie Slaven Crews are working very nearly around the clock to ensure that Kroger opens in its new location on January 29. The fuel center is now in its second week of operation. By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — McCreary County's Kroger is getting supersized. Crews have been working nearly round the clock to prepare for the 24-hour supermarket's move from its current US 27 location across from the Whitley City (Big M) Plaza to its new location a little further north between Huddle House and McDonalds. Kroger has purchased the site, which first housed Pamida then later an IGA before it closed last May. The larger space not only signals a change in how people shop for their groceries but also prescriptions and gas. It's been a long but rewarding road for General Manager Sandra Cundiff, who opened the independent Bestway grocery in January 1982. Five years later, that store moved to the current location — where it was bought by the Kroger Company on October 14, 1995. "We've simply outgrown this place," Cundiff said. "Our goal has always been to provide service that is second to none. We're very excited to be moving and have had a lot of support from the community. We hope to Kroger preparing for big move ▼ ▼ See KROGER, Page 2A ▼ ▼ See REWARD, Page 2A VOL. 96, NO. 21 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 20 PAGES 50 ¢ 50 ¢ Established 1919 Pledged to no party's arbitrary sway, we hew to the lines of truth and edification of our people and let the chips fall where they may. ©2015 All Rights Reserved WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015 www.mccrearyrecord.com Somerset holds off Lady Raiders See Page 1B Della M. Young

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