Examining Records After An Athlete’s Death Is Difficult, Frustrating, Sad

On Thursday, August 13, Hopkinsville High School football player Jayvon Quarles died in what can only be considered a freak accident while moving equipment.

From USA Today:

Jayvon Corey Quarles, a 17-year-old at Hopkinsville High School, was reportedly helping move a “large, heavy piece of metal football equipment,” at Hopkinsville Middle School, which serves as the high school football team’s practice facility. The equipment fell and struck Quarles in the head, killing him with blunt force trauma.

The accident occurred before practice, at some point earlier than 4 p.m. Thursday, with Quarles rushed to Jennie Stuart Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“The equipment fell on his head,” Christian County coroner Dorris Lamb told The Leaf-Chronicle, a Gannett partner. “He was dead on arrival at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.”


Clarksville (Tenn). Fox affiliate WZTV reported that Hopkinsville police have launched an investigation into the incident, though there has been no indication thus far that there is any reason to believe an element of foul play was involved.

From WDRB:

Hopkinsville Police say Jayvon Corey Quarles was helping move a large, heavy piece of football equipment at the Hopkinsville Middle School practice field, when it fell and hit him in the head.

Quarles was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

A tragedy no matter how you look at it.

In situations like this, particularly in light of 2009’s House Bill 383 (Warning: External PDF Link) – which was enacted to require athletics coaches to pass mandatory safety courses, it only makes sense to determine whether or not Hopkinsville High School coaches had undergone required training. Note: The Kentucky High School Athletics Association spells out (Warning: External PDF Link) training requirements a bit better than the legislation.

On August 14 we filed an open records request with Christian County Schools and Hopkinsville High School:

All certificates or confirmation (electronic or hardcopy) that football coaches, assistant coaches and anyone affiliated with football at Hopkinsville High School have received required safety training as required by HB 383 of 2009.

While the district didn’t respond within the three-day window required by state law, we’re not going to complain about receiving a response a day late. Still worth noting.

Jack Lackey of Deatherage, Myers & Lackey finally got back to us this morning and here’s what we’ve learned…

Head football coach Marc Clark and other individuals affiliated with athletics had Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training on August 26, 2014:

But did not undergo the same training until the day after we filed our request and two days after the accident:

Clark’s required KMA/KHSAA Sports Safety Course and Medical Symposium Certification expired on July 3, 2015:

More than a month prior to the death of Quarles.

And he didn’t receive updated training or a certificate until August 16, 2015, two days after we requested his records and three days after the death:

While maybe not an intentional lapse, it’s still concerning because the safety of young athletes is at stake and lives are in the hands of coaches. A lack of timely certification could also indicate there’s a pattern of ignoring safety of student athletes within that school district.

Neither the district nor its law firm have responded to requests for comment so we can only speculate at this point.

According to sources well-acquainted with athletics in Kentucky and the KHSAA, there are currently dozens of head football couches around the state. Troubling when realizing the first football matches of the season begin this Friday.

CLICK HERE to contribute to a GoFundMe account going to the family of Quarles.


We got a response from the district’s law firm:

Coach Clark completed the last of the required training on August 13, 2015 at approximately 3:30 pm, which was prior to your request and prior to the incident likely giving rise to your request.

Unfortunately, that’s not what anyone literate would call accurate, as you can see on the documents above. August 15 would be the date training was completed with the Red Cross. August 16th with KHSAA. Not on August 13. Not completed and received prior to the incident. Not prior to our inquiry.

Hugely disappointing that the school district, via its attorneys, would be spinning in such a manner after this tragedy.

For the sake of documentation — you may click here to access a 480K zip file containing the three PDF documents obtained via open records request. They’ve been manually redacted as a courtesy to remove direct email addresses and cell phone numbers.

Update On A Dog Thief & Her Homophobic Mother’s Coverup: Yep, More Kim Davis Crap


In light of all the attention on homophobic Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis? Thought it’d be a good idea to offer an update on Charlie Brown.

Remember Charlie Brown?


He’s the dog Kim’s daughter apparently stole (not allegedly, she did it).


Kim was running for election at the time — a campaign she ultimately won, replacing her mother as County Clerk. Despite barely squeaking by in the Democratic primary.

The situation was all kinds of crazy. Her daughter sent Ross Madden, Charlie’s person, messages like these:


But small town law enforcement turned a blind eye. They were afraid of Kim and the good old boy Democratic machine that thrives in rural Eastern Kentucky. For outsiders: the Dems in Kentucky are about 100x more conservative than Republicans in D.C. and 1,000x more corrupt.

The County Attorney (Hey, Cecil!) refused to get involved because he was afraid of backlash. A County Attorney in a nearby town ultimately got interested in the case late last fall but lost his campaign for re-election. Since then, nothing’s happened.

There are several witnesses, security camera footage, all those text messages and Facebook threats, interactions with law enforcement, Kim retaliating against Madden for outing her daughter as the culprit. And nothing.

I spoke with Ross Madden via chat this morning to see if he had anything to update. Here’s part of what he shared, unedited:

Hi Jake, hope your doing good. But nothing ever came from it, Patrick started to show some interest but did not get re-elected. That train was stopped in its tracks. I’ve tried to contact Ally a of times but she continues to demand I don’t contact her any more or she is pressing charges.


Kims rug sweeping party convinced the locals by word that I’m just crazy and went looney because my dog ran away. I know for a fact Ally took Charlie as Kim knew as well. I had more than enough proof and witnesses I thought.

I spoke at length about the dognapping and the current storm in which Kim currently finds herself swirling. Ross says he’s still asked about Charlie as he travels around the region. You can imagine that few have anything kind to offer about Kim Davis. Especially at this point in time.

He also shared a story about recently having business to conduct in the Clerk’s office. During the time he was there, Kim didn’t make eye contact or acknowledge him. But when it was time for him to leave? She yelled, “BYE ROSS!”, waving, smirk plastered across her thrice-divorced face. Which, well, seems to line up with everything the public has seen of her behavior.

One can’t help but feel for Ross. His frustration permeates everything he says and it’s clear to even casual observers that he’s been left to fend for himself.

Kim isn’t responsible for her adult daughter’s actions, no. But she knew about them. She could have influenced her daughter or coaxed her into returning the dog. She could have been a compassionate Christian when dealing with Ross. She wasn’t helpful, she wasn’t compassionate. She dug her heels in, helped her daughter cover things up, used her small town connections to sweep this under the rug. That’s the kind of person she is.

For people wondering why I’m still on this Charlie Brown thing? I grew up in Morehead and the nearby town of West Liberty. I know these people. I know the Davis Family. Most people in Eastern Kentucky are kind, loving, accepting, generous. As are most members of the Davis Family I know. But not Kim. This is her. Entitled, hypocritical, bigoted, homophobic, greedy. She feels deep in her gut that she’s owed something and that she should be permitted to force her dark, personal fears on everyone around her. She’s determined to get what’s hers, to cover her family’s messes up, everyone else be damned.

That’s the Kim Davis the entire world now knows. Apologies for the digression/tangent. Back to Ross and Charlie Brown.

It’s unlikely that the dog will ever be found. Though, in the off chance someone in the national audience (Kentucky? Ohio? Surrounding region?) knows something? You can find contact information for Ross here.

He deserves answers.

The Ultimate Yin-Yang Crisis For Jake In A Photo

It’s Friday and we need a bunch of filler content that doesn’t cause brains to melt. The three-day weekend is almost here and there’s no sense in having complex thoughts.

This may be the most important photograph of Steve Beshear — ever:


He’s looking at cantaloupe, peaches and canary melon!

CANTALOUPE! And Steve Beshear. Our favorite and least favorite things in life.

This Louisville Scandal Impacts The Entire State

This story is so important that we’re using our most valuable time slots of the week to bring awareness.

Fair warning: your stomach will churn, you’ll get angry and if you have any compassion at all for life (I’m speaking directly to you, pro-lifers!) and responsibility, you’ll take it to heart.

This impacts everyone in the Commonwealth and it’s something I’ve been covering with dedication for nearly eight years. Having worked hard to oust quite a few people from this government agency through the years, I personally hope you’ll take the time to consider it. It means a lot. While this story is just one of thousands like it, it’s illustrative of the problem and the coverup that progressive Democrats (yes, I said it) are directly responsible for.

I write about and dig into these things not because I hate this state but because I love it. I want things to change so more people have the opportunity to appreciate what we’ve been blessed with. Kentucky (and Louisville) is intoxicating and it’s home. We, as Kentuckians, are responsible for seeing future generations live and thrive here. We cannot sit on our hands or make excuses for problems like this any longer. You deserve better. Kentucky deserves better. We all deserve better.

I grew up in a rural, countrified, salt of the earth part of the state that instilled in me the belief that you’re only as good as the way you treat those less fortunate, the elderly and your animals. When you turn to government-sanctioned cruelty, neglect and indifference? You prove the true worth of your character.

Thank you for your consideration. Thank you for your feedback. Thank you to the thousands of thoughtful Kentuckians who step up every day to make a difference.


The LMAS Official-Turned-Fischer-Staffer Scandal Gets Real: Proof Margaret Brosko & Other Metro Officials Are Corrupt & Lack Any Compassion

In February 2013, Louisville Metro Animal Services received a young and beautiful Pitbull named Sadie. She was friendly, likable and loving but had what amounted to a dangling leg from an injury that needed to be amputated. Her owner attempted to claim her in March and received a violation notice of her injuries. When a vet notice is issued, owners are required to provide vet care within 48 hours or they wind up in court. The owner didn’t bother getting her care and didn’t bother showing up for court. Nothing happened. No bench warrant was issued. There was no follow-up from LMAS.

In late August, the owner finally surrendered Sadie to LMAS and she was set to be euthanized.

A big deal, sure, but not something LMAS couldn’t handle and not something that is rare. But Sadie’s story doesn’t end like you think it should.


You’ll absolutely want to read the rest by CLICKING HERE

Hal Heiner Loves Trying To Buy Public Office

As a child, James Sutherland wanted to become a soccer player or a golfer. He loved life, was full of energy, adored his family and loved going to church. But as a teenager, things got more complicated, his mother, Elly Sutherland, recalled. [H-L]

First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She’s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and she says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.” [HuffPo]

Nearly 40 percent of the $1 million contributed to the Kentucky General Assembly’s political caucus funds in the last 18 months came from political action committees of groups that lobby state lawmakers. [C-J/AKN]

The coal industry is poised to score a rare victory over the Obama administration in the fight over the Export-Import Bank. Both of the working proposals in the House and Senate to renew the bank’s charter would reverse Ex-Im guidelines that prevent financing for overseas power plants that decline to adopt greener technology. [The Hill]

History and the present merge on downtown Richmond’s West Main Street. Gone are the days when horse-drawn street cars transported visitors from the old train depot to the now closed Glyndon Hotel on the corner of Third and Main Street. [Richmond Register]

A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Friday it should not have to comply with a federal regulator’s demand for documents sought for an insider-trading probe involving the staff director of a subcommittee and a lobbyist. [Reuters]

Randall (Randy) Combs has been named CFO of Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health Inc. KentuckyOne operates Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington and several other facilities across the state. [Business First]

When the latest sign of a troubled economy emerged last week, Congress had a ready response: Nothing. [Politico]

The HSUS can’t stem the trend toward no-kill, so it’s help shelters mollify critics. [Nathan Winograd]

Col. Samuel Whitehurst had been consumed with work in the last days of his brigade’s nine-month deployment in eastern Afghanistan when alarming news about his former battleground in northern Iraq began to reach him. [WaPo]

What, Hal Heiner is trying to buy the governor’s mansion? Surely not! Surely he hasn’t tried to do something similar in the past that you have read about here and on The ‘Ville Voice. [CN|2]

It took 24 years for Democrats to end the last period of Republican presidential advantage, in which issues and the makeup of the Electoral College helped Republicans win five of six elections, and to start their own behind Bill Clinton. [NY Times]

Long story short: The Democrats are shitting their pants this year. [Sam Youngman]

An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. [HuffPo]

Jake’s Laptop Is Dead: Lame Begging Begins

Okay. Feed me crow. Officially begging for he first time for something that will directly benefit me on a personal and professional level. This isn’t for an intern, not to pay attorneys for the new project, nothing like that. It’s directly for me and my work.

This couldn’t happen at a worse time. The day before the election!

After six years, my MacBook Pro has bitten the dust. It is no more. There’s no option but to buy a new Mac– thousands in software, hardware & such that only work with Apple, so stuck in this ecosystem. New Mac = cheaper than repairs.

So I’m officially begging readers for help. As you know, we’ve been slowly moving away from an ad-supported model and are in the process of doing so. That means your help is needed.

Like what we do here? Hate it but rely on it? Visit TheVilleVoice.com & PageOneKentuky.com on the regular? Want to see it continue? Then please consider helping me get a new laptop so I can continue doing this work.

Contribute via PayPal here:

If we can raise enough to get a new computer, I’ll give a year of free advertising to the charity (charities?) of readers’ choice.

I’ve got the largest trove of McConnell data in private hands. Conway records that will blow minds (a couple people can back me up on this one). Edelen files. Lundergan documents. And, of course, gigs of information from Montgomery County that I’m slowly reporting. Specifically, I have data that will probably rock Montgomery County’s world and I’m sure there are people who will chime in to back me up on that front. Issues that will shake Terry Holliday, Jack Conway and the entire board of education there.

In Louisville, we’re digging through data that could make life hell for Jim King and a few of his friends.

I’m sure there’ll be quite a few people cheering over this mess, happy to see me out of commission for a while. They’re the very reason I need your help. Everyone who reads this — and you know it’s not a small number of people, specifically in Frankfort and DC — knows my work ethic and what that means.

So. Want to see it continue? Please help me make it happen. Yep, me, begging, time to step up if you can. Embarrassing? Of course. Egotistical? Even worse. But I want to get the information I collect into the hands of people who can use it. You, electeds, press, et al.

Note that things will be slow here until I can figure this out. There are a few stories waiting to be published over the next few days that have already been written. But no complaining after that, folks, because it’s going to take a few weeks at the very least to be back in action.

Regarding Montgomery Co Schools & Corruption

Remember back in the fall/winter when we ran stories about an iPad from Montgomery County Schools being turned over to the Office of the Attorney General for investigation?

It was because the iPad contained text messages sent from a school official to a strange man. Messages that contained photographs of a child in the care of that school official. The photographs were not pornographic in nature but unbelievably troubling. Because who on earth sends photos of a school child to random men?! Sickening. Unsettling. Disturbing. Heart breaking.

I (Jake) did something in that instance that I rarely do. I refused to allow any specifics to be shared in our coverage and instead connected the whistleblower/staffer who discovered the messages with Jack Conway’s office. With the individual’s permission and upon their request, I revealed their identity to OAG investigators under the agreement that they would be protected and supported in order to get to the bottom of what was going on.

Whattya know? State troopers — who coincidentally are relatives of those involved — attempted to retaliate by intimidating the staffer/whistleblower. Unfortunately for them, they did so via text message and voicemail. Which means everything is documented and verifiable. And also means I have those messages in my possession.

The trooper is allegedly (according to his text messages) the uncle of the child who was photographed. Turns out? His daughter got hired by Montgomery County Schools working under the official who sent the photograph(s). Hired shortly after the photo(s) was sent and the investigation began. Bizarre coincidence.


Rodney Brewer — is this common practice in your shop? I am personally disappointed, as your office has previously been nothing but forthcoming and professional when dealing with anything I’ve ever covered.


Unreal. Just unfuckingbelievable.