Hopefully Thunder Will Lift Everybody’s Mood

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]

Did Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Have His Drugs & Gun Criminal History Expunged?

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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.

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“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.”

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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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Could Progress Kentucky Leader’s Past Arrests Shed Light On McConnell Audio Scandal?

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

Normally, underage drinking in Kentucky is commonplace and in our opinion no big deal. It’s typically part of youthful behavior on par with most modern European countries.

But Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly and his admitted involvement in the McConnell audio recording scandal is anything but normal or commonplace.

Which is why we were surprised to discover not one but two charges of underage drinking during our in-depth investigation into the background of McConnellGate’s key players.

On September 8, 2001 at 1:20 A.M. Reilly was cited by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for drinking beer in a public place in Lexington.


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Tom Owen’s Family Makes A Mountain Of Cash

Recent rainfall in Louisville Metro may cause sewers to overflow into drainage ditches and nearby streams, according to city officials. [WDRB]

The family of Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen has sold a large plot of land on Fourth Street near the University of Louisville Belknap Campus for $5.65 million to a North Carolina firm that plans to build student apartments on the site. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another senseless shooting in Louisville. This time in the West End. [WHAS11]

Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them. [NY Times/Gabrielle Giffords]

What the hell is wrong with people these days? A strange phone call led to two arrests in connection with a south Louisville home invasion. [WLKY]

An attorney for former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said Wednesday that a federal grand jury in Lexington has subpoenaed former employees of the department to appear before it on Friday. [H-L]

Really, what the hell is wrong with people? Two people who were allegedly selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide were arrested by Louisville Metro police. [WAVE3]

It’s been three months since Jefferson County’s newly elected school board members took their seats to serve the district. [WFPL]

The manager of LG&E’s Cane Run power plant accused the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District on Wednesday of selectively enforcing its dust-control rules and holding it to an unachievable standard. [C-J/AKN]

In what could be more good news for the housing market, Louisville developer R.J. Thieneman and other investors recently purchased an undeveloped subdivision in Oldham County, the Woods of Glen Oaks, and already have agreed to sell a majority of the lots. [Business First]

Several approvals were granted at the Jeffersonville Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday related to ongoing bridge work. A contract was approved with Walsh Design Build Team — the contractor completing the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project — to allow them access to Jeffersonville’s waterfront and the Ohio River Greenway in order to begin construction. [News & Tribune]

Interesting Kentucky Retirement System ties to for-profit college mess. Jack Conway won’t like this one. [Page One]