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Data shows Madison County jail crowding driven by defendants awaiting trial for low-level offenses

As the Madison County fiscal court prepares to vote on whether to raise property taxes in order to fund a new $45 million jail, newly available data shows a significant portion of the jail’s population is people being held pretrial for low-level, non-violent offenses and who have been deemed low or moderate risk of either failing to appear in court or committing new criminal activity. This data reinforces...

BBB warning Kentuckians after online kitten scam costs Rockcastle County man, daughter $350

A Rockcastle County man and his animal-loving daughter who hoped to adopt a Bengal kitten drove to Georgia to pick it up, and instead were scammed out of $350 by a phony website offering the pets. The Mt. Vernon man reported the issue to Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky via the BBB Scam Tracker that he and his 14-year-old daughter had been looking for a Bengal kitten to...