Another day, another murder in Possibility City. Homicide detectives are investigating Louisville’s latest murder. It happened just after 2 a.m. Wednesday off Southern Parkway near Churchill Downs. [WDRB]
The city has given two lawyers exclusive rights to develop a $200 million, mixed-use project on riverfront land abandoned by the Museum Plaza investors nearly two years ago. [C-J/AKN]
Police are investigating after a man was found dead in Beargrass Creek on Grinstead Drive near Lexington Avenue. (Will they ever learn street names?) [WHAS11]
Parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there, says a University of Exeter study. Using data from 5,000 UK households over 17 years, researchers found that living in a greener area had a significant positive effect. [BBC]
Wait, no, even more horrible crap in Louisville. A police investigation is underway after a man was shot in the chest in Louisville. [WLKY]
You know what’s unfortunate? Watching Alison Lundergan Grimes refuse to answer Joe Arnold’s questions about the Progress Kentucky scandal. [Page One]
Jefferson County Public School’s superintendent has no plans to facilitate a meeting between Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education and the Jefferson County Teacher’s Association. The best part of this story is the photo of Brent McKim captioned with “Terry Holliday” – ha. [WAVE3]
A former Kentucky Department of Agriculture employee who took time off to appear on The Amazing Race television show in 2011 has pressed the state for compensatory time payments he claims he is owed. Richie’s Folks are just magical for pee alerts. Magical. [H-L]
The group launched by Gabrielle Giffords will start airing gut-punch radio ads against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, highlighting the Republicans’ votes against the Democrats’ failed gun control legislation. [Politico]
Oh, look, the paper picked up on a story we mentioned weeks (months?) ago. It’s a good one, though, about buying up medical debt. [C-J/AKN]
Restaurant giant Yum! Brands Inc. reported a decline in revenue and profit during the first quarter, primarily as a result of continued challenges in its China division. [Business First]
The New Albany Redevelopment Commission is considering whether to open a piece of property up for commercial development or leave it as a stormwater detention basin. [News & Tribune]
Since people are asking, here’s Greg Fischer’s full re-election campaign announcement:
I wanted you to be among the first to know that today I will announce my re-election campaign for Mayor.
I’ve been honored to serve my hometown for the last two years. My team, with the assistance of all 750,000 citizens, has set Louisville on a new course — creating a more innovative, entrepreneurial and compassionate city. We have accomplished much, but we have more to do.
In 2010, I ran on a platform of “jobs, jobs, jobs” and many of you were closely involved with my campaign. I’m proud to say that Louisville’s economy has started to grow again, with 22,000 new jobs created in the metro area the past two years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Brookings Institution report from 2012 concluded that Louisville had the fourth greatest economic recovery growth in the nation
Government doesn’t create jobs — but we create the right environment for entrepreneurs and the private sector to do so.
Some of my team’s more significant accomplishments these past 28 months include:
Breaking ground on the 40-year-old Ohio River Bridges Project by working with officials in Kentucky and Indiana.
Investing in the city’s libraries, including re-opening libraries on Sunday and renovating Shawnee, Bon Air and the Western branch, opening a new Fairdale branch and funding construction of the Southwest regional library, in Valley Station;
Creating a more efficient government through the the Office of Performance Improvement and LouieStat, short for Louisville Statistics, to ensure taxpayer dollars are wisely spent. LouieStat led to $1.46 million in savings in overtime from March of last year to March this year, a 14 percent savings.
Leading a cultural transformation at the Metropolitan Sewer District and a consolidation with Louisville Water Company, saving up to $25 million to ratepayers;
Developing a safer city, including the creation of the LMPD VIPER squad to pursue violent repeat offenders — and get them off the street. Overall crime in the city is down, according to data;
Developing a more compassionate community, including the Give a Day week of service each April, which led to Louisville being named America’s Most Livable City by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
I want to personally thank you for your help and assistance in the past campaign — and I humbly ask for your assistance in this new campaign.
The primary election is May 20, 2014. Our first big campaign event will be a fundraiser June 11. You’ll be hearing more about that soon and invitations will be mailed.
Sign up to volunteer, to contribute or to simply follow our campaign as we head to the election in 2014. Visit www.gregfischer.com for details.
General Electric is hoping to bring some excitement to the chore of doing laundry with a line of high-efficiency, front-loading washers and dryers. The new line means about 200 new jobs in Louisville. [WLKY]
Why the hell is government constantly creating charities? The Louisville Water Co. has created a charitable affiliate, the Louisville Water Foundation, aimed at improving public health through water-related assistance and education. [C-J/AKN]
Remains have been found near Bloomington, Indiana and the finding leaves the mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer with mixed emotions. [WDRB]
Board members don’t have to ask Adam Edelen to audit Jefferson County Public Schools. According to those we know at the Auditor’s office, that’s already going to happen. Has nothing to do with board requests. This is a push to make it look like it was the board’s idea. The district’s massive number of high-paid executives is the original reason for Edelen’s interest. Allegedly. *cough* [WFPL]
Residents in Waddy, Kentucky are on alert after another report of a livestock attack on Ditto Rd. This comes months after several other attacks initially were reported in December. [WHAS11]
If the U.S. government can prove that Richie Farmer misused property and more than $450,000 in funds during his tenure as Kentucky agriculture commissioner, then one of our state’s all-time basketball icons is worthy of no sympathy. [H-L]
It’s a big and sometimes dangerous problem that’s costing you. The Metropolitan Sewer District said more thieves are stealing storm grates for scrap metal. [WAVE3]
Louisville needs to be pulling in major gets like this. River Ridge Commerce Center is hoping to draw a major manufacturer to a minimum of 1,500 acres in the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant off of Ind. 62. [News & Tribune]
Asked for evidence that Jefferson County’s teachers union is holding up progress at more than a dozen low-performing schools, Kentucky’s education chief has bitingly obliged — unloading an eight-page letter that documents more than a dozen instances he says proves the point. [C-J/AKN]
The Harshaw Trane headquarters building in Blankenbaker Station Business Park was recognized Monday for being green-friendly, a milestone marked on Earth Day by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. [Business First]
Boston bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev told investigators in writing Monday that neither he nor his older brother were in touch with any overseas terror groups, according to NBC’s Pete Williams. [HuffPo]
Who knew the story of the Progress Kentucky-Mitch McConnell scandal would end up involving guns, drugs, murder, gay escorting and full-on mental illness? It’s a story so crazy no one would believe it without documentation to back it up. [Page One]
A southern Indiana man is behind bars in connection to a deadly golf cart crash overnight. [WDRB]
In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats. [NPR]
It’s the official kick-off to the Kentucky Derby Festival and the biggest fireworks show in North America – Thunder Over Louisville. [WHAS11]
The owners of nine Louisville child care centers have filed suit against the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The action comes as the state agency seeks to revoke the licenses of 18 centers in the city citing allegations of fraud after a yearlong investigation. [H-L]
In Louisville, as in locations all over the country and the world, people were following the movements of police after a bombing during the Boston Marathon in practically real time, aided by Twitter and online scanners. It brings up an issue that journalists watch closely in times of breaking news: the public’s right to know information and know it quickly versus the risk it can cause. [WAVE3]
This story will make you bang your head on your desk. Apparently, people really are nearly brain dead or have zero ability to think. [C-J/AKN]
A Louisville woman is telling her story of how she tried to save a young man’s life on Thursday. Quintin Moss was shot near her west Louisville home and died at the hospital a short time later. [WLKY]
Two Illinois workers injured in a fire during the October clean-up of a derailed Paducah & Louisville Railway train in southwestern Louisville have filed suit against the railroad and its contractors. [WFPL]
When the federal sequestration cuts led U.S. military branches to cancel participation in air shows, including Thunder Over Louisville, Kentucky Derby Festival Inc. staff started scrambling. [Business First]
Another round of verbal sparring broke out between Jeffersonville’s mayor and City Council as a revised Redevelopment Commission project list was presented earlier this week. [News & Tribune]
With one suspect dead and the other captured and lying grievously wounded in a hospital, the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings turned on Saturday to questions about the men’s motives, and to the significance of an overseas trip one of them took last year. [NY Times]
Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly, the figure at the center of the Mitch McConnell audio recording controversy, appears to have a criminal past beyond what was previously known, that 1) involves drugs and firearms, and 2) appears to have been covered up. You’ll want to read the latest on this scandal. [Page One]
It could be a family member, a friend, or even yourself who may be in a violent relationship. Police are just hoping you take action and simply get help. [WDRB]
While other viewings have focused on numbers and specifics, residents got to see how the east-end bridge and its approaches will actually look on Wednesday. [News & Tribune]
It’s nice to see everyday people win the lottery. This story is a good read if you need to kill some time this morning. [WHAS11]
Another day, another school bus accident for Jefferson County Public Schools. These accidents are so frequent that the media just rolls its collective eyes at this point. [C-J/AKN]
A young man is dead following a shooting in west Louisville. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. Thursday near 30th and West Main streets. [WLKY]
A violent crime spree across Greater Boston that took the lives of a campus police officer and one of the suspects in the Marathon bombings morphed into a desperate door-to-door search for a man believed to be the second bomber in Monday’s dual blasts. [HuffPo]
A Louisville man was taken into custody after an alleged attack involving a golf club. [WAVE3]
The Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases at public colleges and universities at 3 percent. [WFPL]
On Saturday morning between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., Debbie Harbsmeier, executive producer for WHAS-TV’s coverage of Thunder Over Louisville, will arrive at the station to tie up any loose ends ahead of the station’s nine-and-a-half hour broadcast of the annual air show and fireworks extravaganza. [Business First]
Maybe gambling isn’t going so well in Indiana. While a gaming bill is still in play in the General Assembly, state budget forecasters are predicting the payoff to the state from legalized gambling will be even lower they thought. [News & Tribune]
Click Here for Part One: Speaking Of Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly And Other Problems…
Click Here for Part Two: Shawn Reilly, Of Kentucky Progress, Involved In False Voter Purge Allegations & More
Click Here for Part Three: Backgrounder On Guy Fingering Progress Kentucky
Click Here for Part Four: Clearing Up Some Reilly-Progress Kentucky Facts
Click Here for Part Five: Progress Kentucky Founder Shawn Reilly’s Stories Often Change, Casting Doubt; Had His Own Troubled Past
Click Here for Part Six: Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Has Strong Ties To The Democratic Party, Pattern Of Behavior Emerges
Click Here for Part Seven: Update: Shawn Reilly’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Report Information
Click here for Part Eight: Could Progress Kentucky Leader’s Past Arrests Shed Light On McConnell Audio Scandal?
By James Higdon and Jacob Payne
Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly, the figure at the center of the Mitch McConnell audio recording controversy, appears to have a criminal past beyond what was previously known, that 1) involves drugs and firearms, and 2) appears to have been covered up.
We first noticed a mention in an October 2003 story from WAVE3, when Zachary Scarpellini, Reilly’s roommate and best friend since eighth grade, was shot and killed in the Highlands neighborhood in Louisville.
Murder Victim Had Troubled Past
Even Scarpenelli’s closest friends tell WAVE 3 news that he good Samaritan description seems out of character. “No matter what was told, Zach’s not stupid enough to act like a dumb person and try and save the world,” said one of his closest friends, Marianne Sharp.
Court records indicate the victim and his roommate had a history of confrontations and drug trafficking. “Back in February he was arrested along with a co-defendant for possession of Valium, and they also had a firearm,” said AssistanValiumty Attorney Ingrid Geiser.
Scarpellini’s co-defendent in that case is his roomate, Shawn Reilly.
Metro narcotics officers say the 3,000 Valium tablets were imported from Romania.
Geiser says that, “back in June of this year, he (Scarpellini) pled guilty to posession of a controlled substance in the third degree.”
Scarpenelli was also supposed to face a judge Tuesday morning in connection with an alleged assault last summer.
“He just came up and he grabbed me and threw me and grabbed my arm and threw me up against my car and made a dent on my shoulder,” said Jenks. “He kind of threw me on the ground and the whole time he was just like screaming, and threatening to kill me.”
In August of 2001, Shawn Reilly took out two criminal complaints on two men, who allegedly tried to assault Scarpellini. Police say that investigation is wide open.
This seemed like a simple enough fact to re-report. If Reilly and Scarpellini had been arrested with drugs and a firearm, obviously there would be a record of it. However, when we checked the clerks’ offices at district and circuit courts in the Jefferson County Courthouse, we found nothing; federal court clerk, also nothing; Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville Metro Corrections, the archives in the old jail, the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort? Zip, zero, zilch, nada; which we found to be curious.
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