BODY FOUND

Body of man found near school in southwest Louisville

(Information in the following story is from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a body found near a school in southwest Louisville.

The Courier-Journal reports dispatchers got a call around 11:30 a.m. Saturday that a man's body had been discovered near Frost Middle School.

Louisville Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the man appeared to die of natural causes, and that the death is not being investigated as a homicide.

The man has not been identified.

BODY IN TRUNK

Man could face execution for killing 87-year-old Ohio woman

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A jury in southwest Ohio will begin hearing evidence and recommend to a judge whether a Kentucky man should be executed for killing an 87-year-old Ohio woman and leaving her body in the trunk of her car.

The same jury that found 57-year-old Daniel French of Berea, Kentucky, guilty of aggravated murder will begin Wednesday listening to arguments for and against execution.

French was convicted last Thursday of aggravated murder in the slaying of Barbara Howe in 2012.

Prosecutors say French cut Howe's throat after gaining entry by posing as a maintenance worker in her Monroe retirement community. The defense insisted French had no plan to kill her.

The judge will have the final say on French's sentence.

TORNADO TOWN-CONVICTION

Conley seeks new plea hearing in corruption case

(Information in the following story is from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The former top official of a Kentucky county ravaged by a 2012 tornado is asking for a new plea hearing in his federal corruption case in hopes of having his sentence reduced.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that an attorney for former Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley has filed a motion asking that Conley's guilty plea be set aside and a new hearing be scheduled for Conley to re-enter a guilty plea.

Conley pleaded guilty last year to mail fraud in a scheme in which he shook down a contractor for $130,000 in kickbacks.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove sentenced Conley to seven years and three months in prison.

If the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rules for Conley, he could argue for a lower sentence during new proceedings.

OBIT-DOLLASE

Wally Dollase, thoroughbred trainer of champions, dies at 78

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Wally Dollase, the trainer of Eclipse Award champions Itsallgreektome and Jewel Princess, has died after a long illness. He was 78.

His daughter, Michelle Dollase, told officials at Santa Anita racetrack in California that her father died Friday night in Kentucky.

Dollase had his greatest success from 1990-2006, winning 78 stakes, including 18 Grade 1 races across North America. He twice won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, with Deputy Commander in 1997 and Ten Most Wanted in 2003, the same year the horse finished second in the Belmont Stakes.

Among his horses was Itsallgreektome, the 1990 Eclipse male turf horse of the year, and Jewel Princess, the 1996 Eclipse older filly or mare horse of the year. She won the 1996 Breeders' Cup Distaff at Woodbine.

He won a trio of prestigious Grade 1 races at Santa Anita: the Malibu with King of the Heap in 1996, the Santa Margarita Handicap with Jewel Princess in 1998 and the Las Virgenes with A.P. Adventure in 2004.

Dollase had 522 victories in 3,014 career races and purse earnings of $37,770,697, according to Equibase. His last active year was 2011.

Born Aug. 1, 1937, in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Dollase had a reputation as a consummate horseman who paid close attention to detail while including his family in his Southern California-based operation after moving them from San Francisco.

His youngest child, Aimee, is an assistant trainer for Tom Proctor in Los Angeles; Michelle trains at San Luis Rey Downs in Southern California; and son Craig has a stable based at Los Alamitos in Orange County, California.

Dollase's other survivors are wife Cincy and daughter Carrie.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

 

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