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Fred Petke, Author at Winchester Sun

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

guilty plea

Martin pleads guilty to cousin’s 1995 death

Nearly 25 years after Joseph B. Martin died on the railroad tracks near Washington Street, his cousin confessed to his death. Tuesday morning, Lonnie Martin, ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 10:58 am

Martin Luther King Jr.

‘Pray on MLK’ coming Saturday

Local organizers are planning gathering Saturday to be part of a national event on streets named for  the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Pray on ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:01 am

city manager

Belcher finishes time as city manager

With the close of business today, Matt Belcher’s term as city manager of Winchester will end. Earlier this month, Belcher said he was resigning after ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Friday, July 31, 2020 2:59 pm

Clark County

Jury trials can resume next week, but not in Clark

The Kentucky Supreme Court said earlier this week judges could resume in-person trials starting next week, but Clark County won’t be first on the list. ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Friday, July 31, 2020 2:48 pm

Cassie Crowe

Father, girlfriend charged with child abuse

A Winchester couple face felony child abuse charges after a 5-year-old was found with a broken arm, dehydration and malnourishment. Marquis J. Robinson, 30, and ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Friday, July 31, 2020 2:47 pm

Clark County

Barnes retiring as county fire chief

After more than 21 years with the department, Clark County Fire Chief Ernie Barnes will hang his helmet up for the last time Friday. Barnes, ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:38 am

Clark County

County approves reports as former treasurer’s settlements

The Clark County Fiscal Court closed the books on former Treasurer Jerry Madden’s accounts Thursday when it approved its settlement. The vote was continued from ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:37 am

Clark County

Chip-making company may invest in Clark County

A chip-making company may be bringing a $10 million investment and 40 jobs to Clark County. Winchester-Clark County Industrial Development Authority Director Todd Denham told ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:25 am

Clark County

Woman sentenced to 25 years for child porn

A Lexington woman was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Thursday after making sexually explicit videos of young children in Clark County and Missouri. ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Friday, July 24, 2020 12:04 pm

Clark County

County to continue jail talks Tuesday, postpones vote on agreement with Bourbon Co.

The vote on an agreement with Bourbon County to house Clark County prisoners was postponed, following a lengthy and testy discussion by the Clark County ... Read more

by Fred Petke, Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:47 pm

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