A2 FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
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n Ricky Sowers, 52, of Lancaster, died Wednesday.
Arrangements are pending
at Spurlin Funeral Home in
Carlos Charles Draven
Ray, of Junction City, died
April 2, 2012.
Born March 30, 2012, he
was a son of Jonathan Ray
and Carla Martin.
Survivors include two
Animal Control Officer John Hambel watches the monitor to the new security system at the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society. Hambel designed the new
system, which became necessary because of recent thefts of dogs at the facility,.
Security in place at humane society
By JOANNA KING
It was not the ﬁrst time
dogs had been stolen from
the humane society but efforts since an early January
theft may have guaranteed it
will be the last.
Dan Turcea said after the
last theft he could not recall
exactly how many times
dogs had been stolen in the
14 years he has been director of Boyle County Animal
Control, but that it had been
at least twice recently.
He also said at that time
that the oﬃces he shares
with Danville/Boyle County
Humane Society had been
broken into at least three
times with money and “vet
items” stolen before an investment in a security system solved that problem.
By the end of the weekend, animal control oﬃcer
John Hambel will have ﬁnished his work to install a
state-of-the-art security system he designed to protect
the shelters — and the furry
guests who call the shelter
Turcea said Hambel is the
resident technophile and so
took it upon himself to come
up with a plan to address the
issue that last time resulted
in one puppy being left for
dead in a dumpster.
“John took on the job to
increase security,” Turcea
“He went before the
board — the county and the
Humane Society board —
and they gave him the green
Hambel’s “Recommendation to Make Our Shelter
More Secure” included:
n Create a standard operating procedure for opening
and closing the shelter,
which includes entering and
exiting the building after
n Repair gates and fencing to ensure they are impenetrable when closed and
locked. Keep side and back
doors closed and locked.
n Remove the high
growth of shrubs and weeds
and trim foliage that blocks
visibility around the building/property exterior.
n Review the controls
and operations of our exterior lights. Document the
speciﬁcations, and create a
routine maintenance program. Add motion activated
n Maintain a master list
of key assignments and
make sure staﬀ acknowledge receipt of keys.
n Contact the local police
department and request
that a patrol unit regularly
pass by the shelter, keeping
a close eye out for suspicious activity or trespassers.
n Post prominent signs
indicating that the shelter
has video surveillance and is
monitored and secured
While all the other protocols now in place according
to Hambel’s plan might be
things the military calls
good “op-sec” (for “operational security”), the last
item on the list is certain to
Signs around the property
now advise visitors to smile
for the cameras, and cameras are everywhere.
A few of the newly installed cameras are wireless
and already operating.
Some that will be in place by
the end of the weekend also
are motion-sensitive and
designed to follow movements. e cameras send
live feeds not only to a monitor in Hambel’s oﬃce but
also can be accessed by
Hambel and the staﬀ from
any computer anywhere, in
Images are recorded, as
“It’s going to be something, all right,” Hambel
said. “One of our volunteers
is an electrician, so the installation was donated.”
Hambel was given the
green light to develop a plan
and then implement it
within a fairly small budget
and was able to pull it oﬀ because of his technical expertise and falling prices for
just the items he needed.
“And eBay,” he said.
Price charged to the
DBCHS and Boyle Animal
Control for expert design
and installation of the new
security measures: $0
Budget approved for
Hambel to secure the animal areas of the shelter:
Keeping the animals secure from thieves: Priceless.
brothers, Steven Martin and
Jerae Ray; a sister, Nevaeh
Ray; a grandmother, Mary
Martin; two aunts, three uncles and several cousins. He
was preceded in death by
his twin brother, Jonathan
Ray Jr.; a grandmother, Barbara Ann Ray; and a grandfather, Robert Martin.
A graveside service will be
1 p.m. Saturday at Junction
Visitation will be 12-1
p.m. Saturday at Stith Funeral Home in Junction City.
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Rally on child abuse
held at Capitol
FRANKFORT (AP) —
More than 5,000 silver pinwheels glittering Thursday
on the front lawn of the state
Capitol represented child
victims of sexual abuse
served by the children’s advocacy centers across Kentucky in 2011.
The pinwheels were part
of a celebration of hope and
healing that was part of the
National Children’s Alliance’s ONE With Courage
campaign and coincided
with April’s designation as
Child Abuse Awareness
Month. Meghan Wright,
state coordinator of the Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers;
Laura Kretzer, the association’s board president; and
Chief Deputy Attorney General Patrick Hughes spoke at
a rally on the front steps of
the state Capitol on Thursday
afternoon to call attention to
the problem of child abuse
and efforts being made to
deal with it.
Wright said that the 5,035
pinwheels signified the children who had been helped
by the state’s 15 advocacy
centers in fiscal year 2011,
but were “only a sampling” of
the thousands of children
whose lives have been forever changed by abuse.
“Today we mourn for innocence lost, and it’s important that we begin there,”
Wright said, adding the pin-
wheels signify the children
had the courage to tell someone. “And because they told,
we are able to celebrate the
triumph of healing we have
seen in their hearts.”
Kretzer described the
work the children’s advocacy
centers do in providing services for the investigation,
treatment and prosecution of
child sexual abuse cases. In
2001, they provided 3,183
forensic interviews and 1,021
Hughes thanked the children’s advocates for their
contributions and discussed
his office’s efforts to fight
child pornography and
cyber-crimes against children. Wright thanked the advocates’ supporters and
partners, including legislators for their work on several
child abuse bills during this
year’s session of the General
Two bills in particular
stood out, she said: HB 519,
which would broaden the
definition of incest and raise
the age of consent from 16 to
18 in some cases, and HB
350, a bill regarding human
trafficking. Both bills are “still
on the table,” and she and
other advocates hope they
will pass on the last day of the
session, April 12, she said.
Rep. Mike Nemes, RLouisville, the sponsor of HB
519, was among those attending the rally.
Thomas chides colleagues
for too many questions
The letter is among 191 pages of documents released
Thursday by Lexington police chronicling their investigation into the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting death of 29-year-old
Amanda Ross. Steve Nunn had been engaged to Ross. He
pleaded guilty in June and was sentenced to life in prison
The Lexington Herald-Leader used the Kentucky Open
Records Act to request the file last year after Nunn pleaded
guilty. Police at first refused, saying the file would be closed
until Nunn finished his sentence.
City officials reconsidered and released the first volume
of the file in August to the Herald-Leader and other news
organizations that followed it in filing records requests, including The Associated Press.
The newly released documents include interviews with
family and friends describing the couple’s volatile relationship. Many of Louie Nunn’s accusations mirror those that
would later be made by Ross and others against Steve
LEXINGTON (AP) — Maybe it’s Southern courtesy or his
introverted nature that keeps him from interrupting attorneys during oral arguments, Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas said Thursday evening.
Whatever the reason, the Georgia native had a blunt assessment about the rapid-fire questioning from some of his
colleagues during recent hearings on the nation’s health
care law. The queries weren’t helpful to him in deciding the
case, he said.
And Thomas suggested his loquacious colleagues should
do more listening and less talking.
“I don’t see where that advances anything,” he said of the
“Maybe it’s the Southerner in me. Maybe it’s the introvert
in me, I don’t know. I think that when somebody’s talking,
somebody ought to listen.”
His remarks drew applause from the audience that heard
Thomas’ insights on the court during a 90-minute appearJudge sentences Bengals’
ance at the University of Kentucky. A relaxed Thomas anSimpson to 15 days
swered questions from UK’s law school dean, a law
professor and a leading UK law school alum.
COVINGTON (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
Thomas has gained a reputation for staying silent during Jerome Simpson was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in jail
oral arguments before the high court.
and three years’ probation on a drug-related charge.
A judge in Covington reduced the jail time from the 60
days recommended by prosecutors in their plea agreement
Gov. Nunn wrote to son:
with Simpson, now an unrestricted free agent after four sea‘God will humble you’
sons with the Bengals.
Simpson pleaded guilty March 1 to the felony charge reFormer Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn told his son in a
1997 letter that “within my mind and memory, you do not sulting from about 2 pounds of marijuana shipped to his
exist” and that “Someday God will humble you,” while de- northern Kentucky home in September. He was indicted on
tailing multiple allegations of abuse by former lawmaker a felony charge of marijuana trafficking, but the plea agreement changed the charge to a prohibited act relating to
Steve Nunn against family members over the years.
Louie Nunn, who served as governor from 1967 to 1971, controlled substances, also a felony.
Simpson, clad in a dark suit, took the stand briefly and
castigated his son in writing for what he saw as mistreatment of his ex-wife and children and said the family wanted apologized to his family, the community and his team.
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. He also
nothing to do with him.
“It appears to me that nothing I can do will ever humble told the judge that he thinks that “because of this I am a betyou in any way,” Louie Nunn wrote on Aug. 4, 1997. “Some- ter person.”
Simpson told the judge that he would try through comday God will humble you.”
munity service to help others not to make the same mistake.
Western Ky. man to face
retrial in murder case
BENTON (AP) — A western Kentucky man will face a retrial on a charge of murder starting Wednesday and a judge
says he may move the proceedings to a new county if a jury
can’t be seated.
Marshall County Circuit Judge Dennis Foust on Thursday ordered jury selection for George Luna to start in Marshall County, but opened the possibility that it could be
moved to Calloway County if finding an impartial panel
The state Supreme Court ordered in 2010 that Luna was
entitled to a new trial.
The Paducah Sun reported (http://bit.ly/HiTVCQ ) that
Foust will allow prosecutors to seek an enhanced penalty
of life without parole for Luna if he’s convicted. Prosecutors
plan to argue that Debra Hendrickson’s 2007 death coincided with robbery and arson.
Prosecutors want competency
test in murder case
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Prosecutors in Louisville have
asked a judge to order a competency evaluation for a man
charged with killing a Sullivan University student.
Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Tom Van De Rostyne told Circuit Judge Mitch Perry that the
request was prompted by a review of Gregory O’Bryan’s
medical records and an interview with police in which
O’Bryan indicated he had received psychiatric treatment.
The Courier-Journal reported (http://cjky.it/HBN9XJ ) it
wasn’t clear Thursday if Perry granted the motion. Perry
told attorneys not to discuss the issue publicly.
Police say 18-year-old Andrew Compton has not been
seen since Oct. 28, 2010. O’Bryan has pleaded not guilty to
murder, sodomy, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and three counts of abuse of a corpse. His trial is set
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