It’s Steve Henry Pee Alert Time!

Oh man, Steve Henry. Remember that guy? He’s the man I helped get get triple-convicted for campaign finance fraud. Because he and his wife, Heather French Henry, were butt-deep in scamming people. They were mingling campaign contributions for a non-existent U.S. Senate campaign, a gubernatorial campaign that wasn’t yet official, they were personally profiting from those funds, personally profiting (living in, no less!) from the Rosemary Clooney House – which they tried to claim was a non-profit and we got the IRS to shut that down. That’s just scratching the surface. There’s way too much to detail.

Anyway, that corrupt guy is back in the news.

Here’s the latest glory from WAVE3’s Eric Flack:

The heroin epidemic has touched nearly every corner of the community. Now, WAVE 3 News has uncovered unintended consequences for one local neighborhood.

People being treated for heroin addiction are being blamed for crime, congestion, and overall ugly behavior in one community. And the surprise isn’t only what’s happening, but where.

All this is happening right in the heart of Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood, in a building owned by a community preservation group led by a former Kentucky lieutenant governor.

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“I don’t think anyone wants that in their neighborhood,” said Jaclyn Culver, a business owner in the area. She said the neighborhood is under siege by patients from a clinic operated by Dr. David Easley.

Easley is a psychiatrist who, according to public searches, prescribes suboxone to assist people trying to get off heroin and painkillers. But some of those same clients are starting to overwhelm people who live and work in the area.

“They’re taking over,” said a woman named Donna who lives in the area but asked not to give her last name. “I appreciate what they do. I think it’s wonderful. But no one in there has control of what goes on out here.”

WAVE 3 News watched with an undercover camera as a man left the suboxone clinic and publicly urinated next to his truck as a woman walked past with her dog. It was around 10:30 a.m.

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Culver and others said the suboxone clinic is also attracting problems that Easley and his staff aren’t doing anything to stop.

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WAVE 3 News wanted to take the neighbors’ concerns, and the undercover video, to Dr. Easley and the owner of the building, the Future Fund Land Trust. Future Fund is a non-profit run by Kentucky’s former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry.

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Henry said he had many more problems with vandalism and drifters misusing the property after a boutique operated out of the building by his wife, Heather French-Henry, closed. Steve Henry said things have gotten much better since Easley moved in, and that he, too, was unaware of any issues with the neighbors.

Culver doesn’t understand how they could miss it.

“The other people in the neighborhood are being taken advantage of,” she said.

As for why Future Fund purchased a building in the Highlands in the first place, Henry told WAVE 3 News it’s used as a business office.

He also said the rent paid by Easley to lease the back of the building goes to help the Future Fund buy more land to preserve.

Here’s the deal…

The Future Fund? It’s not doing anything to protect land. Henry and his wife were attempting to personally profit from land they were buying up and got caught. Dan Jones of 21st Century Parks had to threaten the Henrys with legal action in order to get them to go through with providing Floyds Fork land for the Parklands project he was working on. They were straight up using the Future Fund, a non-profit, to buy up land and Steve and Heather were trying to sell it for their own gain.

The Henrys can claim otherwise but who you gonna believe? A man thrice-convicted? A woman who defrauded her publisher and is grifting with her veterans organization? Or myself, along with Leslie Holland (who spent gobs of cash and busted her butt to make justice happen), who witnessed it all and then forced a giant investigation? If you aren’t keen on trusting us, you can also look go the Special Investigations Unit of the Kentucky State Police. Because they’re the fine folks who documented everything.

That building was “purchased” by the Future Fund because of Henry’s campaign finance troubles from 2006-2009. You can search the archives here to find all those stories. Or read about them in the Herald-Leader. It’s been mixed up in Henry’s failed campaign, the Future Fund, Heather’s failed boutique and now it’s a clinic for heroin addicts. Seems fitting.

Eric Flack should dig in to everything Henry got in trouble for. The KSP should probably dig in to make sure Henry isn’t violating his agreement with the court as part of his plea deal. And then Louisville should shut that crap down.

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

Will T. Clay Beat The Bevin Administration?

Two men have been charged with trespassing after they purposefully went over Cumberland Falls in kayaks Saturday, according to the state Department of Parks. [H-L]

Hacker group Anonymous is pledging once again to take on Donald Trump. “Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time, and what we see is deeply disturbing,” an Anonymous representative said in a video posted to YouTube earlier this month. [HuffPo]

Accusing the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin of a “jaw-dropping display of authoritarian hypocrisy,” a lawyer for Planned Parenthood is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that Bevin’s general counsel filed last month alleging the organization was operating an unlicensed abortion facility. [C-J/AKN]

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Coward) reiterated Tuesday that he would support Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination, even as the Speaker called on the party’s front-runner to tone down his rhetoric amid a spate of violence at recent campaign rallies. [The Hill]

After nearly four years, the City of Glasgow has reached a settlement agreement with a former Glasgow Fire Department sergeant who was fired in 2012. [Glasgow Daily Times]

One one think Obama might have a different attitude when someone like Matthew Barzun so close to him. U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday made a passionate case for mobile devices to be built in a way that would allow the government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws. [Reuters]

Poor Morehead is fighting over a hookah lounge because 1997 has apparently just arrived there. [The Morehead News]

How hot was it last month globally? It was so hot that the famed Iditarod sled race in Alaska brought in extra snow from hundreds of miles away by train. [ThinkProgress]

He pushes the button and the mechanism inside the case retracts the thin metal strip. As it snaps back into place, a small cloud of sawdust erupts in the air. He’s measured twice, so he makes the cut. [Richmond Register]

When Bernie Sanders won the primary in Michigan last week, it shook up the narrative of the Democratic race. [NPR]

What the poop? No wonder folks are leaving. She defrauded her publisher, got caught up in her husband’s crimes & basically paid herself instead of helping veterans. [Ashland Independent]

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking the U.S. Justice Department for information about how aggressively it pursues elder abuse in nursing homes, particularly cases in which workers share degrading photos or videos of residents on social media. [ProPublica]

We still maintain that this is probably one of Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes’ biggest accomplishments. [H-L]

The United States on Tuesday eased some of its Cuba restrictions before President Barack Obama’s to the former Cold War enemy next week, allowing Cuba and its people greater access to U.S. financial institutions and relaxing travel limits. [HuffPo]

In deciding on Judge Garland, Mr. Obama picked a man who persevered through a lengthy political battle in the mid-1990s that delayed his own confirmation to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by more than a year. [NY Times]

Maybe She’s Trying To Run For Office

Heather French Henry’s gig of playing veteran leader is basically just a re-hash of her husband’s past failed campaigns.

Right?

Get a load of the latest press release:

Free Gun Locks
for Military and Veterans
at State Fair Sunday

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be giving away gun locks to active-duty military service members and veterans on Military Appreciation Day at the Kentucky State Fair this Sunday, Aug. 23.

“We are happy to be able to provide these gun locks to veterans and military members,” said KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry. “They know better than anyone the importance of gun safety. We are also passionate about decreasing the numbers of veterans who commit suicide each day and this is one way we can possibly help to do just that.”

Gun locks. Just like Steve.

It’s like she’s trying to ramp up her own failed campaign of some sort.

Gag.

At Least She’s Leaving Really Soon

Remember when Steve Henry used the personal health information from prostate cancer screening patients at the state fair for his political benefit?

Yeah?

Guess what his sweatshop dress-pushing wife is doing with your state government tax dollars.

Here’s the release:

Kentucky’s male veterans should not miss the opportunity to get free prostate cancer screening at the Kentucky State Fair, which opens Thursday.

Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, has long been a strong advocate of prostate cancer screening for all men, and particularly veterans.

“Especially during this 50th Vietnam War Commemoration, Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange should get screened because they are at risk,” Henry said. “With early detection, this is a survivable cancer. It’s free at the State Fair. Do it for your loved ones.”

The Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board of Directors granted $2,500 to the prostate screening program because of its importance to veterans.

Free prostate cancer screening will be available on Saturday, Aug. 22, Sunday, Aug. 23 (which is also Military Appreciation Day), Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 29.

Screenings for other cancers and various health conditions will also be available at the State Fair.

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Commissioner Henry, along with First Lady Jane Beshear; Dr. Steve Henry, president of the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition; Dr. Donald Miller, director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center; and Mark Milburn, vice president of oncology services for KentuckyOne Health, will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, the opening day of the fair, to announce the screening program.

All screenings as well as the news conference are being held in the Health Horizons area of the South Wing.

Yep, she’s involving her husband in cancer screenings again.

Can’t Say It Better Than Tom Eblen Says It

Mail processing for Lexington is scheduled to be moved to Louisville and Knoxville next year. The U.S. Postal Service said the processing center on Nandino Boulevard is among 82 facilities nationwide that are planned for “consolidation” in 2015. [H-L]

President Barack Obama suffered a setback Tuesday in a legal battle that threatens to unravel his health care reform law. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Democratic Party raised $163,818 in June – most of it in large contributions from a few longtime supporters of Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. [C-J/AKN]

Doctors checking a soon-to-be-unveiled federal website that will publicly list drug company payments are encountering error messages if they have not accepted industry money. [ProPublica]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Detroit’s city workers and retirees overwhelmingly agreed to accept the city’s debt adjustment plan, according to results filed late Monday, potentially clearing the way for the struggling city to exit bankruptcy in the next few months. [Reuters]

Looks like local media is jumping on the “Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes Makes Shiz Up In Her Ads” bandwagon. [WHAS11]

That deal in Detroit could signal cuts to pensions elsewhere. [NPR]

A former Greenup County schools custodian has settled his federal racial discrimination suit against the school district, but the terms will not be made public. [Ashland Independent]

Here’s yet another story about Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes trying to run away as quickly as possible from President Barack Obama. [WaPo]

This is hands-down the funniest, most whitewashed Heather French Henry story yet. It’s cute that she doesn’t realize her glass ceiling is actually steel reinforced concrete that was lowered, say, seven or eight years ago and she’ll never break through it. [WKYT]

The creation of babies using sperm and eggs from three people has moved a step closer in the UK. [BBC]

I feel sorry for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed our southern border, desperate to escape the widespread violence and poverty in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. But the people I pity are the adults in this country who — wrapped up in selfishness, mean-spirited politics or misguided patriotism — have tried to make the lives of these vulnerable kids more miserable than they already are. [Tom Eblen]

U.S. judges have their work cut out for them untangling a legal knot created on Tuesday when two federal appeals courts released conflicting rulings hours apart going to the heart of the role the federal government will play in Obamacare. [HuffPo]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

Kentuckians Deserve A Statewide Smoking Ban

A public smoking ban that failed to pass was among the top priorities of Kentucky’s highest paid lobbyists this year. [H-L]

Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex. [HuffPo]

Have you seen what Greg Fischer is trying to do in Louisville? With opposition mounting, Louisville Metro Council leaders have hashed out a compromise that would reduce Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed franchise fee on natural gas from 3 percent to 1.5 to 2 percent. [C-J/AKN]

Evidence of a convicted murderer’s possible innocence sat buried in a case file for more than two decades. Now, a prosecutor in Brooklyn will have to answer for the mistake. [ProPublica]

The term “coal wars” once referred to bitter conflicts between coal companies and miners who sought to unionize to negotiate for higher pay and more humane working conditions. [Ronnie Ellis]

This is sure to make some Frankfort politicians a bit jealous. Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday moved closer to adopting the long rifle as the official state firearm, a step already taken by four other U.S. states. [Reuters]

When teevee news does stories about people it hypes the living shit out of them. Some interesting notes about Heather French Henry in this one: the Rosemary Clooney house is now owned by them because the IRS ripped them a new one when they were trying to personally profit while seeking 501(c) status. She’s “stepping aside” from her “foundation” because it ran out of money, not because she won’t have time. The organization has never done anything, anyway, and the IRS 990s prove it. Her remarks about her new role further illustrate just how unintelligent and ill-prepared for the job she is. [WDRB]

Speaker John A. Boehner called on President Obama to support legislation offered by House Republicans for changes in the Department of Veterans Affairs. [NY Times]

Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t giving an inch in the coal wars that federal regulators have ignited in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race this week. [WFPL]

A new paper finds that our journalists are constantly hedging on a scientifically settled issue—considerably more so than reporters in Spain. [Mother Jones]

Urban County Councilwoman Shevawn Akers pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor stemming from allegations that signatures were falsified on documents submitted for her run in the Second District Council race. [H-L]

Nearly half of Americans said the present-day wealth gap between blacks and whites is something that can be attributed to slavery, although an almost equal amount disagreed with that idea. A higher number of Americans said they believed the wealth gap is a result of the years of systemic discrimination that followed slavery’s abolition. [HuffPo]

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EPSB Hires New Attorney, Bad News For Powell

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

A child of Appalachia no longer knows, as an adult, whether he still belongs. One challenge inherent in sorting out feelings about the region is acknowledging there is more than one Appalachia. [H-L]

Because we all know stamps will make you gay! Fundamentalist Christian group American Family Association is urging members not to accept any mail postmarked with the U.S. Postal Service’s newly released Harvey Milk stamp, the first U.S. stamp to feature an openly gay elected official. [HuffPo]

Staffing at Kentucky’s mine-safety agency will be cut by more than a third as a result of the General Assembly’s deep cut to the agency’s budget last month, according to a reorganization plan filed by the Beshear administration Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Heroin was once the scourge of the urban poor, but today the typical user is a young, white suburbanite, a study finds. And the path to addiction usually starts with prescription painkillers. [NPR]

Months after officials approved a law to safeguard against chemical spills, West Virginia industry groups want some requirements delayed and some storage tanks exempt from more regulation. [WKYT]

Large ocean waves can travel through sea ice for hundreds of kilometres before their oscillations are finally dampened, scientists have shown. [BBC]

Most people could be more bored to tears about the latest EPA regulation announcement. Because they’re comfortable paying a few extra bucks a month in order to not die. [CN|2]

The birth rate among U.S. teens and young women dropped to record lows last year, while the rate among older women hit highs not seen in a half century, according to government statistics released on Thursday. [Reuters]

The Education Professional Standards Board hired a new prosecuting attorney. [External PDF]

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Thursday that if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to block the Obama administration’s carbon limits for new power plants, it can’t be through the Congressional Review Act. The GAO said that under the act, the agency can’t trigger a review on a proposed rule — the rule must first be finalized. [The Hill]

The hot gossip rolling out of Frankfort this week is that Steve Beshear appointed Heather French Henry to her new overpaid job so she could assist Alison on the campaign trail. Which is a crazy thing for Jerry Lundergan to push for, since the Henry Family Corruption is not a myth. And a P.S. about Heather’s “life’s mission”: this is just her next step because her foundation ran out of money that she never spent on veterans. [Deep Frankfort Failures]

The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. [NY Times]

Fayette County Public Schools Budget Director Julane Mullins says she stands by the allegations made in an email she sent last week to the school board that will result in a special examination by the state auditor. [H-L]

Those with college educations, whites, females, liberals, Democrats, high-income earners, and those who seldom or never attend church were the most likely to believe that being gay or lesbian is something people are born with. [HuffPo]