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Local News
12:39 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Clark County Sheriff Indicted For Alleged Prostitution Cover-Up

Daniel Rodden
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Update: U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett alleges that Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden, who was indicted on federal charges Tuesday, provided a prostitute with a deputy’s badge and other credentials.

"He did so in order that the prostitute could obtain a government employee rate at a hotel across the river in Louisville," Hogsett said during a news conference on Tuesday. "It is also alleged in the indictment that Mr. Rodden met the prostitute at that hotel several weeks later and engaged in a sex act with her."

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Local News
6:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Husband, Wife Plead Guilty to Defrauding Louisville Charity

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The one-time chairman of a Louisville-based charity and the former director of a dental business have pleaded guilty to federal charges of diverting $1.1 million from the Woodcock Foundation over a four-year period.

Charles Muir and his wife, Diana Muir, both of Louisville, entered the pleas in federal court on Thursday.

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Local News
5:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Former Louisville Teamsters President Indicted

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A federal grand jury in Louisville on Tuesday indicted the former head of a local Teamsters union for allegedly embezzling union funds and making illegal loans.

Thomas Vincent Jr., 53, of Louisville, was president of Teamsters Local 783 from 2006 through 2011, according to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon from U.S. Attorney David Hale's office.

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Local News
7:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Richard Hooten, the Indiana Man With Many Chances, Accepts Life Sentence in Plea

Richard Hooten in 1985
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This story was written by R.G. Dunlop of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

An Indiana man who has spent nearly half of his adult life behind bars pleaded guilty Thursday to the high-profile killing of a Clarksville teenager last year.

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Local News
2:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky Felon Voting Rights Bill's Hopes Rest on Rand Paul's Support

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A bill to restore voting rights for non-violent felons has passed a Kentucky House committee.

The measure is Rep. Jesse Crenshaw's latest attempt to put about 130,000 felons back on the voting rolls.

Similar efforts have repeatedly stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. But Crenshaw says he hopes that his bill will fare better this year because of support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

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Local News
2:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Southern Indiana Authorities Missed Opportunities to Arrest Richard Hooten Before Teen's Murder

Richard Hooten in 1985
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Richard Carley Hooten had two warrants out for his arrest and a wife who ratted him out to police. Yet for six months, he still evaded capture by Clark County authorities.

Hooten apparently didn’t go far, didn’t run, didn’t hide. The 50-year-old roamed free, worked at a Louisville furniture store, consorted with other women and, by his own admission, even sexually assaulted one of them.

Then on March 2, the serial sex offender with six felony convictions allegedly raped and killed 17-year-old Tara Rose Willenborg in her Clarksville apartment.

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Local News
12:26 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky Corrections Department Addresses DNA Collection Problems

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The Kentucky Department of Corrections has outlined a plan to remedy a faulty DNA collection system for convicted felons months after the Office of the Inspector General reported that more than 16,000 DNA samples were missing.

In 2009, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the collection of DNA samples from convicted felons. So the Department of Corrections delegated that responsibility to its probation and parole officers. But this summer, the inspector general's  investigation found that that this wasn’t happening.

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Investigations
2:01 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Indiana's Legal System Gave Richard Hooten Many Chances—Then a Teenager Died

Richard Hooten in 1985
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For nearly three decades, Richard Carley Hooten blazed a trail of lawlessness from his hometown of Louisville to Georgia and back.

He bounced in and out of prison, his rap sheet growing conviction by conviction. Rape. Stabbing. Sexual assault. Prison escape. Drug dealing. He did them all.

Back in southern Indiana in early 2009, Hooten resumed his crime spree. Again and again he was offered more chances, from prosecutors and judges, to break the law. Each time, he accepted.

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Local News
6:55 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Sen. Gerald Neal Files Bill to Replace Kentucky Death Penalty

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State Sen. Gerald Neal plans to file a bill that would replace the death penalty in Kentucky with a sentence of life without parole.

For years, Neal has filed a bill to outlaw the death penalty.

But he says a combination of factors—ranging from reticence by party leaders who support it but don’t want to appear soft on crime, to those who believe in the death penalty as a means of justice—have prevented the bill from getting traction.

Neal says he continues filing the measure to keep the issue front and center.

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Local News
6:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Kentucky Improves Website to Look Up Prison Inmates

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The Kentucky Department of Corrections has enhanced the website where people can look up the status of inmates in the state's prison system. It's providing a lot more details.

The old website gave basic information (which I was familiar with in my former life covering public safety)—the basics like the offense for which an inmate was serving, the length of the sentence and a photo (maybe). 

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