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Ricky Graham, named ?person of interest? in Walker-Mauk murders, talks to the Gazette
(22 December 2007)
Charles Mattox, Staff Writer

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As the double-murder investigation of Donald Walker and Marlane Mauk continues, investigators are naming two ?persons of interest? who have been interviewed in connection with the brutal shooting that took the lives of a central Fleming County couple this summer and continues to shock and frighten the entire community. ?Johnny Lewis and Rick Graham are persons of interest we have interviewed in connection with the murder of Donald Walker and Marlane Mauk,? Kentucky State Police Post 8 Information Officer Ralph Lockard said last week. ?There are other persons of interest we have interviewed and will continue to interview, but we . . . [Click for Full story]

INSIDE NEWS STORIES
New Fleming County Hospital CEO
has a ?passion for patients?
(22 December 2007)

Carol Dozier pursued a career in health care because she thought she could make a difference. Now the one-time nurse will have a chance to affect Fleming Countians as the . . . [ Full story ]


Davis brings funds for spec building
(22 September 2007)

Fourth District Congressman Geoff Davis visited Fleming County last week and brought a check for $200,000 which will complete the renovation on the Spec building at the Flemingsburg/Fleming County Industrial . . . [ Full story ]


Industrial Authority moving forward on new Industrial Park II
(22 December 2007)

The Flemingsburg/Fleming County Industrial Authority Board members met last week and began discussing details of developing the 186-acre Industrial Park II property located on Highway 11 one mile south of . . . [ Full story ]


Community spreads Christmas joy to others
(22 December 2007)

In lieu of exchanging gifts with each other, the Simons Middle School cheerleaders donated the amount they would have spent to Community Christmas. The Fleming County High School cheerleaders each . . . [ Full story ]


New Tammy Ruggles book is released
(22 December 2007)

Life changes and you have to be ready to adjust. Tammy Ruggles knows that all too well but the change brought her back to something she had always wanted to . . . [ Full story ]
Rick Graham, above, was named last week as a ?person of interest? in the Walker-Mauk murder investigation. Graham was recently sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on drug charges. He spoke candidly to the Gazette about what he knows.

Local Sports
Fritz?s last-second basket gives Fleming County its first win in the 16th Region
(22 December 2007)

Jordan Fritz made an over-the-shoulder shot in the center of the lane with six seconds remaining to give Fleming County a 55-54 come-from-behind victory on Tuesday over Raceland at ?The . . . [ Full story ]

Local Obituaries
Obituaries
December 22, 2007

Gaynell Cannon Gaynell Cannon, 91, of Flemingsburg, passed away Dec. 14, 2007, at Fleming County Hospital. She was the widow of Earl Cannon. Mrs. Cannon was a retired Ewing Elementary . . . [ Full story ]

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Bomb threat at high school mars otherwise uneventful semester
(22 December 2007)

Fleming County Sheriff?s Deputy Gary Kinder, above, helps keep the high school safe.
Charles Mattox, Staff Writer

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A Fleming County High School student was taken into police custody and charged with one felony count of terroristic threatening last week after allegedly writing a bomb threat during class at the school.

According to FCHS Principal Brad Sorrell, a teacher found a hand-written note in very close proximity to a student?s desk.

The note said there was a bomb in the school.

According to Sorrell, the teacher contacted him about the note at approximately 1:40 p.m., Dec. 13 and he, Assistant Principal Todd Messer and School Resource Officer Gary Kinder, who is a Fleming County deputy sheriff, began the process of determining the seriousness of the threat to students, teachers and staff.

Although the school was not evacuated, Sorrell said proper procedures and recommendations regarding bomb threats were followed.

The student near whose desk the note was found quickly confessed to writing the note.

?The student was a young male student, and he admitted writing the note within five minutes,? Sorrell said. ?He has been suspended indefinitely, and I have recommended his expulsion.?

In accordance with laws protecting juveniles, the student?s name was not released by either school or law enforcement officials.

Sorrell said the student expressed remorse over the incident.

?He said it was just a bad joke, and he had thought he had thrown the note away,? Sorrell said. ?He admitted that he wrote the note and assured me and everyone that there were absolutely no explosives or harmful contraband at the school.?

Sorrell praised the efforts of Kinder in his role that day and also his actions throughout the school year.

?Mr. Kinder provided great assistance with this incident and his presence has had a positive impact with the student body all year long,? Sorrell said. ?This is the only bomb threat we?ve had at the school this year, and there have been no major instances of negative behavior this year involving our student body. It?s been a pretty quiet year at the school in that regard.?

Fleming County Sheriff Jerry Wagner was notified of the incident.

?Officer Kinder brought the subject to the sheriff?s office where the subject was charged, interviewed by a C.D.W. (court designated worker) and was later released to the subject?s parents/legal guardians,? Wagner said.

?The juvenile was charged with felony terroristic threatening,? Kinder said. ?The subject did express regret and remorse over the incident.?

Sorrell said as a pro-active measure K-9 Resources, a private security company, searched the school the next morning before classes. No illegal contraband was discovered during that search nor was any contraband found the day before when the school was searched by Flemingsburg Fire Chief Jerry McCloud, but school sources did say tensions ran high at the school moments after the written threat was discovered when a cell phone began ringing inside a student?s locker.

Kinder said the school year has progressed quickly and has been uneventful compared to past school years.

?I was in a different part of the school when I was initially contacted by Mr. Sorrell about the bomb threat,? Kinder said. ?I constantly patrol the entire school, and although I can?t be everywhere at once, we do have a good two-way radio communications system which is a great asset. I enjoy working at the school and always wanted to be either a teacher or a law enforcement officer when I was younger. I enjoy being the school resource officer and am able to provide assistance and guidance for many of the students. It?s almost like the best of both worlds by being a law enforcement officer at the school. Although I don?t teach, I can still have a positive impact with the students. I feel like I have established good communications and an open line of dialogue with the student body and I am able to assist them and the staff in many ways. I really enjoy my job. This was a very unfortunate incident that we hope is never repeated.?

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