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Published 10:24 pm Thursday, October 19, 2017

No Go: Pokemon-costumed man arrested after White House jump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kentucky man dressed as the Pokemon character Pikachu is accused of trying to jump the White House fence — all in the name of making a YouTube video.

Curtis Combs of Somerset, Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with unlawful entry. An arrest affidavit says Combs was dressed as Pikachu and told authorities he wanted to become famous and had planned to post a video of it on YouTube.

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The affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court says Combs jumped a barrier on the outer perimeter of the south grounds of the White House complex and was quickly arrested.

Combs told police he expected to be arrested and had researched D.C. charges and previous jumpers.

Combs pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Combs’ attorney, Edward Gaines, declined comment.

Fort Knox Patton Museum closing 6 months for upgrades

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — Fort Knox’s Gen. George Patton Museum is closing for six months for renovations.

The museum will close on Nov. 1 while crews works on several upgrades, including a new roof and ventilation system for the building, which dates back to 1972.

Radcliff-Fort Knox Tourism director Kelly Barron told the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise the repairs are happening during the tourism off-season.

Other upgrades include new glass and metal in the atrium in the museum’s front, new sidewalks that will be covered, bathrooms with better disabled access and a repaving of the museum’s parking lot.

Once renovations are completed, visitors will be able to enter the museum by driving in from U.S. 31W.


Information from: The News-Enterprise,

Kentucky taking applications for roles in hemp program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky agriculture officials say the application period has opened for people wanting to participate next year in the state’s hemp research pilot program.

State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says his goal is to expand and strengthen the pilot program to put hemp on a path toward commercialization.

This year, Kentucky’s farmers planted 3,200 acres of hemp, up from 2,350 acres in 2016 and 922 acres in 2015. Just 33 acres of hemp were planted in 2014, the program’s first year. Agriculture officials say the program has attracted 194 grower participants and 48 hemp processors.

Applications may be downloaded from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture website at Grower applications must be postmarked or received by Nov. 15. Processor/Handler applications are preferred by Nov. 15, with a final deadline of June 1, 2018.

Kentucky man sentenced to 20 years for beating death of baby

BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the beating death of a 7-week-old boy.

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced Wednesday that 25-year-old Cody Jene Phelps was sentenced to 10 years for the manslaughter charge and five years for each of the criminal abuse charges.

Aiden Wainscott was found unresponsive in his crib in November 2015 while under the care of Phelps, the boyfriend of the baby’s mother at the time. Phelps was not the boy’s biological father.

Phelps was arrested two days after the baby’s death, after investigators learned that the child had suffered head trauma and broken bones.

Phelps pleaded guilty last month. Beshear said he will not be eligible for probation or shock probation.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,

Kentucky chiropractor makes deal to avoid felony charges

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky chiropractor originally charged with sexually abusing his patients has accepted a plea deal that could allow him to resume practicing within a year.

The West Kentucky Star reports that Dr. Stephen Douglas McAdoo of Mayfield on Monday pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of criminal abuse. He had originally faced three felony counts of first degree sexual abuse, which could have carried a sentence of up to 15 years if he had been convicted.

Special prosecutor Mark Blankenship had recommended a one-year sentence, but the deal will only require 90 days behind bars. McAdoo will not be required to register as a sex offender.

The Kentucky Board of Chiropractic Examiners placed McAdoo on a two-year probation in 2006 after several woman alleged he had improperly touched them.


Information from: WKYX-AM,

Ex-employee pleads not guilty to helping Eric Conn escape

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An ex-employee of fugitive Kentucky lawyer Eric Conn has pleaded not guilty to charges of helping the attorney escape before his sentencing in a Social Security fraud case.

A federal indictment alleges Curtis Lee Wyatt opened a bank account Conn used to transfer money out of the country and bought a truck for Conn’s use in fleeing.

Wyatt even allegedly tested security at the U.S.-Mexico border at Conn’s direction.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Wyatt was allowed to remain free before trial on home incarceration with electronic monitoring by a U.S. magistrate judge on Wednesday. His trial is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Conn disappeared in June after pleading guilty to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge in the more than $500 million Social Security fraud case.