Greg Fischer’s Horrific LMAS Scandal Rages On

Had Kenneth Simmons worked a normal 40-hour week, he would have earned about $45,000 a year, on average, during the last six years of his career as a jail officer for Louisville Metro Corrections. Instead, Simmons worked what he described as an “ungodly” amount of overtime, pushing his average pay from 2008 to 2013 above $89,000. [WDRB]

About 1,500 elementary school students will spend less time en route to school this year because Jefferson County Public Schools is closing six bus depots. [C-J/AKN]

As parents receive classroom assignments and school supply lists, local organizations took time out to help ease the stress of supply shopping with a backpack giveaway. [WHAS11]

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday announced appointments to state university governing boards, including campaign donors who cumulatively have given more than $500,000 to him, the Kentucky Democratic Party and others. [John Cheves]

WARNING: RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Remember, Kentucky Humane Society may do a few good things but its leadership are partially responsible for much of what’s gone wrong with Metro Animal Services. [WLKY]

Wait, wait, the last paragraph of this Fineman story will cause you to wet yourself! [HuffPo]

Does anybody really believe this incident in Schnitzelburg is anything more than a stunt gone wrong? [WAVE3]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews resigned Thursday after two legal opinions said it was a conflict of interest for him to also work as a Louisville Metro Council aide. [WFPL]

Like it or not, Louisville’s transportation system doesn’t stack up against that of any other city. [FiveThirtyEight]

Ford Motor Co. reported U.S. sales in July of 212,236 vehicles — up 10 percent from last year. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council has no ordinances or resolutions on its agenda for Monday’s meeting. [News & Tribune]

No Kill Louisville Continues Its Grifting, Misleading

Remember that series we did on No Kill Louisville’s new leaders and… well… how jacked the whole shebang is? Misappropriation of funds, refusing to provide IRS-mandated documentation upon request, misleading the public and potential thievery. It’s a hot mess.

  • No-Kill Louisville Now A Meaningless Money Pit [March 10]
  • The No Kill Louisville Scandal(s) Begin To Unravel [March 11]
  • Patterns Of Recklessness Begin To Emerge At NKL [March 12]
  • NKL Hides IRS Docs, Makes False Claims [March 13]
  • No Kill Louisville: Victim Of Terrible Leadership [March 14]
  • Rehashing Why NKL Red Flags Have Been Raised [March 15]
  • Day 189893825098: No Kill Louisville Still Stalling [March 17]
  • NKL Still Obfuscating, Spreading Misinformation [March 31]
  • More Of Same Nonsense From No Kill Louisville [April 15]
  • Serious NKL Financial Mismanagement Discovered [April 22]

Well… they’ve gone through TWO treasurers since then. One of them was even a CPA (this means she can count and won’t fall for nonsense) and then hauled ass away from the organization. Another girl took over and she, too, jumped ship.

But remember this guy?

Turns out he, too, has finally seen through them:



Even their original defenders are jumping ship. Because the Ficklins are unable to back up any of their claims — claims that we’ve disproved with bank records and evidence provided by former board members and attorneys.

Nice to see people from the inside admitting that what went down was serious.

So much for the Ficklins’ claims that there was nothing to see, move along, puppies and rainbows.

Meanwhile, the Ficklins are back to swindling money from the public:


And pretending to be responsible for helping the homeless feed their dogs (they’re not):


Sadly, they just show up. It’s My Dog Eats First that actually does all the work, raises funds and helps the homeless. Neither No Kill Louisville nor the Ficklins are responsible.

There’s just a bunch of sitting around:


For a look at just how disconnected from animals these people are, have a look how Ficklin approaches a nervous dog — in a manner that would cause even the most friendly pet to react aggressively:


It’s a shame the public gets taken for a ride by shysters but it’s nice to see people like Ritchie Gypsy stand up for what’s right.

Slowly but surely, rescuers and rescue organizations are distancing themselves from NKL and that’s a trend that should continue.


The Affordable Care Act has Louisville’s health department exchanging patients for policy, cutting back on child immunizations and preventative care for women. [WDRB]

They didn’t require passports, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency threatened for access by Kentucky residents to its climate change hearings this month and next. But for the first time, the Metropolitan Sewer District on Monday required that anyone attending its board meeting produce a government-issued identification card, such as a driver’s license. [C-J/AKN]

As federal courts in rapid succession strike down gay marriage bans, opposition to same-sex marriage continues to decline in Kentucky. [WHAS11]

Really, Frankfort, giving the Ark Park loonies millions more? [H-L]

WARNING: ANOTHER RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden is on administrative leave of absence effective immediately in the wake of Tuesday’s announcement that he faces federal charges involving a prostitute. [WLKY]

Valuing diversity is apparently frowned upon in Corporate America — unless you’re a white man. [HuffPo]

Here’s more on John Boel’s OMG THERE’S POOP IN THE WATER investigation. [WAVE3]

Lexington is trying to turn into Louisville with daily shootings. [WLEX18]

The Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville will soon offer visitors a chance to explore a rarely-seen area of the park’s fossil beds. [WFPL]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Second-quarter net income for Humana Inc. fell 18.1 percent from a year earlier, to $344 million, or $2.19 per share, diluted. That’s in line with analysts’ expectations. [Business First]

Jeffersonville city is getting ready to start its marina project despite missing one key component. [News & Tribune]

MSD Probably Just Wants Your Entire Paycheck

A Louisville construction firm has accused the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet of issuing a “fraudulent letter” that kept the company from landing a contract on the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week. [WDRB]

Yesterday, Middletown announced that it has formed a chamber of commerce. Which… apparently matters in addition to the billion other chambers in Louisville. [Press Release]

The JCPS Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to authorize the $1.5 million purchase of the now-closed Presbyterian Community Center in the Smoketown neighborhood. [C-J/AKN]

This guy filed to run as an independent against John Yarmuth yesterday. [SoS]

The Clark County Sheriff, Danny Rodden, has been arrested and is facing several criminal charges. [WHAS11]

Nearly a third of registered voters — 31 percent — still have a neutral opinion of Grimes or don’t know enough about her to form an opinion. [H-L]

The University of Louisville community is mourning the death of a school cheerleader. [WLKY]

Pit bulls have long been subject to myths and stereotypes portraying them as inherently vicious animals that are dangerous to people, other pets or both. Most of those stereotypes are just plain untrue. [HuffPo]

John Boel’s newest “investigation” involves poop in waterways. He’s apparently never been outside Louisville, where this is common. [WAVE3]

Six big takeaways from the latest polling data: McConnell is gaining ground. Grimes doesn’t have the gender gap she needs. Grimes is winning independents — and still losing. McConnell is winning young voters. President Obama is really, really unpopular (black man, Kentucky, you do the math). This is a real race. [National Journal]

Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District board on Monday approved a 5.5 percent rate increase, which will raise the average customer’s bill by $29 a year. [WFPL]

Why on earth is New York garbage being shipped to a Kentucky landfill? Hello? Legislature? This should be illegal. [CBS]

Is your pet your property? Or is it a member of the family? Most people will say the latter. And that shift in ideology has been a boon for companies in the pet industry. [Business First]

A former Seymour resident living in Scott County is accused of attempting to sell his two children in exchange for cash, Jennings County authorities said. [News & Tribune]

Do You Smell The JCPS-Teacher Mess Brewing?

Simmons College is expanding its campus with a building on 4th Street in downtown Louisville, but leaders say it is more than an expansion. [WDRB]

A $25 million project at Bellarmine University will add a three-story, curving building in front of the main administration building overlooking Newburg Road — and connect the two buildings at both ends. [C-J/AKN]

Teachers plan to flood the JCPS School Board Meeting on Monday night to rally for larger raises. [WHAS11]

The group seeking to build a proposed Noah’s Ark theme park in Grant County is once again seeking approval of tax incentives. [H-L]

Jefferson County Public Schools students hit the books again in just 16 days. [WLKY]

More from the Department of Things Ken Ham Doesn’t Understand. Some 70 million years ago, three tyrannosaurs stalked together across a mud flat in Canada, possibly searching for prey. [HuffPo]

Another day, another crazy gun crime in Possibility City. [WAVE3]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Two years ago, Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss purchased the boyhood home of Louisville boxing legend Muhammad Ali for $70,000. Weiss, an avid fan of Ali, bought the home with plans to transform it into a museum. [WFPL]

Kentucky is pushing to digitize court records and eventually make them more accessible to the public. [WLEX18]

Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, parent company of KentuckyOne Health Inc., soon could be getting into the insurance business in Kentucky. [Business First]

The Clarksville Town Council voted 5-1 last week to approve a change order to its contract with HDR Engineering, the firm contracted to design its new wastewater treatment plant. [News & Tribune]