FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing former President Obama and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville. Full Coverage: Sexual misconduct and harassment allegations Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years. He won his election despite Republican leaders urging him to drop out of the race after some of his racist Facebook posts came to light. The pastor of Heart of Fire church in Louisville, Johnson sponsored a number of bills having to do with … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Ky. lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations dead from apparent suicide, officials say
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. -- The widow of a Republican state lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement. Rebecca Johnson denied the allegations against Dan Johnson, claiming he was a victim of "an assault from the left." But the allegations were backed up by an on-the-record interview from the victim, plus pages of police documents that were published by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting after months of reporting. Dan Johnson was known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing former President Obama and Michelle Obama to monkeys. He defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home. He was 57. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Votes on Tuesday in this … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Widow of Ky. lawmaker who killed himself loses bid to replace him
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- From a Kentucky college town, two Iraqi refugees plotted to send sniper rifles, Stinger missiles and money to al Qaeda operatives waging an insurgency back home against U.S. troops. The scheme was foiled and both are in prison, but the case has left jitters about whether extremists might slip in among Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S. The two men had been involved in insurgent attacks in Iraq before arriving in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2009 as part of a U.S. program to help displaced Iraqis. Their plan unraveled when they teamed up with an FBI informant, leading to their 2011 arrest. Neither Waad Ramadan Alwan nor Mohanad Shareef Hammadi was charged with plotting to launch attacks inside the U.S., and authorities said their weapons and money never made it to Iraq. But their plotting in a middle-American city of 61,000 has given ammunition to opponents of allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. following the deadly attacks last week in Paris. Sen. Rand Paul, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Foiled plot by refugees in Ky. highlights angst over Syrians in U.S.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Julian Benbow Globe Staff March 04, 2018 Coming into the season, Boston College coach Jim Christian made it clear that he’d take his two starting guards over any backcourt in the nation. He saw how high the ceiling could be for junior Jerome Robinson and sophomore Ky Bowman, even if the Eagles’ recent struggles had made it hard for others to see it the same way. But the leap that Robinson made this season, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, forced everyone around the league to take notice. And another splashy season from the fiery (and fiery-haired) Bowman kept him on the radar as one of the conference top young talents. Robinson was named first-team All-ACC on Sunday and finished runner-up for Player of the Year behind Duke’s Marvin Bagley III. Bowman was tapped as an all-conference honorable mention. Advertisement “I … [Read more...] about BC’s Jerome Robinson, Ky Bowman win ACC honors
Kentucky lawmakers took their first step Thursday toward overhauling the state’s overburdened foster care and adoption system. “I think this is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a very, very long time,” Kentucky first lady Glenna Bevin said after House Bill 1 was approved by the House Health and Family Services Committee. “There are a lot of people coming together for our children.” The bill, which Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife support, contains dozens of changes aimed at making Kentucky’s adoption and foster care system work better for abused and neglected children who want a permanent home and adults who want to foster or adopt them. “We’re on the cusp of doing something truly great,” said state Rep. Russell Webber, R-Shepherdsville. The bill now goes to the full House for its consideration. One major goal is to reduce the time children spend in foster care, said State Rep. David Meade, a Stanford Republican who sponsored … [Read more...] about ‘The most beautiful thing.’ Plan to help foster children advances in Ky. legislature.