Monday September 16, 2013

A Harlan County woman pleaded guilty in connection with a murder more than two years ago.

34-year-old Rachel Osborne is one of two people accused of killing 58-year-old Steven Gibson in June of 2011.

Friday she took a deal and pleaded guilty to wanton murder and robbery.

Her defense attorney says she agreed to a twenty year sentence and to testify against the other defendant, Timothy Turner.

Turner's trial is scheduled for January.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

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Officials with the Hazard Police Department say they have charged three men under the age of 18 with 3rd-Degree Burglary.

Two of those three are also charged with Criminal Mischief following two incidents this weekend at the baseball field in Perry County Park and the Perry County Senior Center.

Police say the vandals caused thousands of dollars in damages, destroyed property and many items were stolen including two vehicles.

Officials with the Hazard Police also said that most of the stolen items have been recovered.

The three people charged are currently being held at the Breathitt County Detention Center.

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A federal inmate faces a possible death sentence after being charged with killing a fellow prisoner at a federal prison in eastern Kentucky.

The U.S. Justice Department is weighing whether to seek execution for 31-year-old John Travis Millner.

Millner is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 26 in federal court in Ashland on charges of murder by a federal inmate serving life in prison and first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Millner attacked another inmate in January 2009 at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy at Inez, Ky. in Martin County with a homemade ice pick before strangling him to death.

Millner's attorney, Patrick Nash of Lexington, said his client will plead not guilty.

Millner has a long record of violent crimes in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

He is currently housed at a maximum security facility in Lewisburg, Pa.

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A judge dismissed criminal charges against Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop on Friday during a preliminary hearing.

He faced several charges including burglary and theft related to moving the Chaplain Corps property.

The judge ruled there was no criminal intent.

After testimony from several witnesses in the preliminary hearing, the special-appointed judge dismissed all charges.

Sheriff Marvin Lipfird filed the charges regarding property the Chaplain Corps had in a county building two years ago.

The Sheriff testified when a company wanted to rent the building, Grieshop moved the chaplain property out of the building to the jail or other places.

The judge dismissed the charges without prejudice which means it could be presented to a grand jury at a later time.

The judge also told the Sheriff and Chaplain Corps they could file a civil suit in the matter.

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The city of Benham in Harlan County is without a mayor.

The decision ends a legal battle spanning several months.

It all started last November when Benham City Council held a special meeting to discuss personnel issues.

By the end of the meeting, then-mayor John Dodd resigned and his wife Shirley, was appointed to replace him.

Benham resident Roy Silvers was concerned with the council's meeting saying Kentucky's Open Meeting's Law had been violated.

He first filed a complaint with the city before moving on to the Attorney General.

Judge Henry Johnson ruled in Silver's favor and signed an order removing Shirley Dodd from office.

The city council now has 30 days to appoint a replacement mayor.