http://www.caseynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en MISTRIAL http://www.caseynews.net/content/mistrial <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/_jason_reusser_0.jpg" alt=" Commonwealth’s Attorney Gail L. Williams displays a garter belt to Jason Reusser on Friday, who’s charged with multiple sex crimes against two of his daughters. The Commonwealth contends that Reusser had one of his daughters wear the garment during the alleged commission of a sex crime. A jury was unable to reach a unanimous guilty verdict, resulting in a mistrial. " title=" Commonwealth’s Attorney Gail L. Williams displays a garter belt to Jason Reusser on Friday, who’s charged with multiple sex crimes against two of his daughters. The Commonwealth contends that Reusser had one of his daughters wear the garment during the alleged commission of a sex crime. A jury was unable to reach a unanimous guilty verdict, resulting in a mistrial. " align="left" hspace="6" width="97" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">This is the first of a two-part series relating to a criminal case that&rsquo;s been ongoing since 2012. Part two will be in next week&rsquo;s edition.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> A case that has been four years in the making has ended with the jury unable to render a unanimous decision, causing the judge to declare a mistrial.</p> Council addresses employee clothing allowance http://www.caseynews.net/content/council-addresses-employee-clothing-allowance <p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">The majority of Liberty City Council members remained mum concerning a proposal that would change the way city employees get a clothing allowance in December.</span></p> <p> For years, city employees have received $300 at Christmas under the guise of a clothing allowance.</p> <p> With 23 employees currently on the payroll, that amounts to $6,900 in the city&rsquo;s equipment budget.</p> <p> During Monday&rsquo;s meeting, Councilman Doug Johnson addressed the issue.</p> Wildcat Webcast a hit at Liberty Elementary http://www.caseynews.net/content/wildcat-webcast-hit-liberty-elementary <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/wildcatwebcast1.jpg" alt="Lindsay Blevins sets up the teleprompter as her students prepare to fulfill their roles as this week’s Wildcat Webcast anchors. From left are Julia King, news update anchor; Bryson Wesley, sports anchor; and Chris Mendez, weatherman. " title="Lindsay Blevins sets up the teleprompter as her students prepare to fulfill their roles as this week’s Wildcat Webcast anchors. From left are Julia King, news update anchor; Bryson Wesley, sports anchor; and Chris Mendez, weatherman. " align="left" hspace="6" width="146" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">&ldquo;Hi, I&rsquo;m Julia, and this is Wildcat Webcast.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1"> As Liberty Elementary second grader Julia King began her class&rsquo;s weekly webcast, she and her classmates, Bryson Wesley and Chris Mendez, beamed from ear to ear.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> While they read aloud a news broadcast from a teleprompter, it was obvious they were enjoying themselves.</p> Police News: Feb. 10, 2016 http://www.caseynews.net/content/police-news-feb-10-2016 <p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">Assault</span></p> <p> &mdash; Jimmy C. Couch, 48, of 1681 Poplar Springs Road, Liberty, was arrested Jan. 31 by Deputy Chad G. Weddle and Special Deputy Brian King and charged with second-degree assault. Court records show that Couch is accused of taking a club and causing serious injury to Kenny Clements&rsquo; wrist.</p> Reusser trial begins in circuit court http://www.caseynews.net/content/reusser-trial-begins-circuit-court <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/_deputy_chad_weddle.jpg" alt="Deputy Chad G. Weddle shows jurors an evidence bag Monday in Casey Circuit Court containing a piece of foil that prosecutors presented as part of a package of evidence against Jason Reusser. " title="Deputy Chad G. Weddle shows jurors an evidence bag Monday in Casey Circuit Court containing a piece of foil that prosecutors presented as part of a package of evidence against Jason Reusser. " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">A Casey County man who faces 33 counts of sex crimes against his daughters is facing a jury of his peers this week in Casey County Circuit Court before Judge Judy D. Vance.</span></p> <p> Jason Reusser, (pronounced Riser), is charged with seven counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy with a victim under 12 years of age, 20 counts of second-degree rape, no force, second-degree sodomy, three counts of incest with a minor, and one count of first-degree sexual abuse, victim under 12 years of age.</p> Explosion in Adair claims four lives http://www.caseynews.net/content/explosion-adair-claims-four-lives <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/_house_fire_and_explosion.jpg" alt="First responders were on the scene of a house explosion and fire that claimed the lives of four people on Jan. 26 off Ky. 206 in Adair County. Killed were Mitchell and Lorie Coomer, Kinley Rodgers, and Aaron Keltner. The cause of the incident is still under investigation. " title="First responders were on the scene of a house explosion and fire that claimed the lives of four people on Jan. 26 off Ky. 206 in Adair County. Killed were Mitchell and Lorie Coomer, Kinley Rodgers, and Aaron Keltner. The cause of the incident is still under investigation. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">A house explosion and fire last week in Adair County took the lives of four people, including the 1-year-old granddaughter of a couple who also perished.</span></p> <p> Kentucky State Police confirmed that the bodies of two people were found outside the house while two others were found in the house.</p> <p> The explosion occurred Jan. 26 at about 2:30 p.m. on M. Coomer Road, about six miles west of Columbia off Ky. 206.</p> Tourism Commission spending funds http://www.caseynews.net/content/tourism-commission-spending-funds <p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">The Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission set by-laws in place, which allows them to begin spending funds.</span></p> <p> Meeting Jan. 28, members of the commission adopted by-laws appointing Nicki Johnson, chairperson; Laura Hebrock, treasurer; and Mitch Phillips, secretary.</p> <p> The commission was created last year as a result of a December 2014 Liberty City ordinance that taxed restaurants and other businesses selling ready-to-eat foods at 3 percent of sales.</p> Luttrell lands Top 15 win http://www.caseynews.net/content/luttrell-lands-top-15-win <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/pageant_luttrell.jpg" alt="Holly Luttrell, 20, represented Casey County in the Miss Kentucky USA pageant held over the weekend. She placed in the Top 15. " title="Holly Luttrell, 20, represented Casey County in the Miss Kentucky USA pageant held over the weekend. She placed in the Top 15. " align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">For a few young women across the nation, the dream of walking across the Miss USA pageant stage while representing their home state becomes a reality. When Miss Kentucky USA Director Connie Clark recruited Holly Luttrell, 20, for the state Miss USA, Luttrell immediately began preparations to make that reality her own.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Although saying she had no idea what to do or expect, Luttrell wanted to &ldquo;give it a try.&rdquo;</p>