Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:40:35 GMT
Two people are dead this morning after a man shot and killed his wife and another man, and then turned the gun on himself. According to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills, Shaun Hiles of Dry Ridge wasFull Story >
Two people are dead this morning after a man shot and killed his wife and another man, and then turned the gun on himself.Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:55:56 GMT
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
Israel struck symbols of Hamas' control of Gaza and the strip's only power plant on Tuesday, escalating its military campaign against the Islamic militant group with the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:09:58 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers. Projected high corn yields, called bumper crops, couldFull Story >
This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers.Full Story >
Brenda Ashcraft, the former real estate agent indicted on charges she swindled investors out of $15 million, failed to show-up at the federal courthouse here Monday even though she was required to, FOX19 Investigates has learned.
Federal Judge Sandra Beckwith wanted Ashcraft at the courthouse yesterday afternoon after defense attorney Kevin Tierney filed a motion asking for permission to withdraw from the case. Tierney told the judge he had notified Ashcraft by e-mail that she needed to be present.
Judge Beckwith told him that Ashcraft's failure to appear was "in violation of her conditions of release on bail," according to the court reporter's summary of what happened.
Ashcraft finally showed-up this morning, FOX19 has learned. The judge gave Ashcraft a verbal warning about the importance of appearing when required. Judge Beckwith then went inside her chambers with Ashcraft --- without prosecutors present --- for what's known as an ex parte conference. During that meeting, the court reporter's notes indicate Ashcraft informed Judge Beckwith about an alleged conflict of interest.
"Ex parte conference held in chambers re: (defendant's) conflict of interest," the court reporter wrote in her summary.
Judge Beckwith ordered the transcript sealed. So we don't yet know the details of the alleged conflict of interest.
The judge is giving Ashcraft two weeks to find a new attorney.
Tierney's request to leave the case followed a pre-trial conference last week, which FOX19 was allowed to attend, in which Tierney said he might ask the court for taxpayers to foot the bill for Ashcraft's defense, suggesting Ashcraft would claim she's out of money. That motion was never filed.
Instead, Tierney is off the case and a new attorney will have to start absorbing all of the material related to the FBI's wire fraud and securities fraud investigation. That will likely delay Ashcraft's trial. Judge Beckwith had wanted it to begin next month on the day after Presidents Day.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:12:32 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >