December 22, 2021

WATCH: Sheriff Arrested After Allegedly Punching Girl at High School Basketball Game

A Kentucky sheriff was charged with assault for allegedly punching a teenage girl at a high school basketball game.

Owsley County Sheriff Brent Lynch is one of Owsley County High School’s coaches and intervened after a fight broke out during a girls’ basketball game at Perry County Central High School on Dec. 3.

Kentucky State Trooper Matthew Gayheart said Lynch rushed the floor during the fight and struck a Perry County Central player while breaking up the altercation.

Following an investigation, a warrant was issued for Lynch on a fourth-degree assault charge. An Owsley County sheriff’s deputy arrested Lynch two days later, and he was booked into the Three Forks Regional Jail in Lee County.

Owsley County Schools Superintendent Tim Bobrowski said Lynch was suspended for one game, and both teams have suspended four student-athletes for two games.

If convicted, the 47-year-old faces up to a year in prison.


Sheriff charged with assault while trying to break up fight

December 16, 2021

Kentucky Candle Factory Threatened to Fire Workers Who Fled Deadly Tornado

Workers at a Kentucky Candle Factory said they pleaded with managers to allow them to leave as a deadly tornado headed towards them over the weekend — but say they were told they’d be fired if they left.

The tornadoes that ravaged Kentucky and nearby states left 74 Kentuckians dead, including children. Thousands of homes remain without power.

Gov. Andy Beshear (D-KY) said the storms were “the strongest set of tornadoes that we have ever seen in Kentucky and what we believe will probably be one of the most devastating tornado events in U.S. history.”

Among the fatalities were eight workers at a candle factory in Mayfield that was reduced to rubble. Multiple Mayfield Consumer Products factory employees said they took shelter in bathrooms and hallways when they first heard the tornado warning sirens, but supervisors ordered them back to work.

“I asked to leave and they told me I’d be fired,” 20-year-old Elijah Johnson told NBC.

He said he asked his manager: “‘Even with the weather like this, you’re still going to fire me?'” His manager replied, “Yes,” Johnson said, adding that they took a roll call to find out if anyone had left.

“‘You can’t leave, you can’t leave. You have to stay here,'” Haley Conder, 29, said the managers told the group. “The situation was bad. Everyone was uncomfortable.”

Mayfield Consumer Products spokesperson Bob Ferguson denied the allegations.

“It’s absolutely untrue. We’ve had a policy in place since Covid began. Employees can leave any time they want to leave and they can come back the next day,” Ferguson said.


Factory workers threatened with firing if they left before tornado, employees say

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