Since Calipari has arrived at UK, he has made it to the Final 4 three of the last four years and also throw in an Elite Eight. Last years debacle not withstanding, the Calipari led Wildcats have made it deep in to the NCAA Tourney every year.This years team was supposed to go 40-0. At seasons end, they were thought to be an early exit. Unfortunately for most people filling out their brackets, Kentucky has managed to bust everyones bracket. It took awhile, but these young Cats have rounded in to form and look like a favorite to win another Title. UK will face a good Wisconsin team and have eyes set on a Championship game against either UConn or Florida. How sweet would it be for the Cats to avenge three losses to Florida this season with a win in the National Championship game over the Gators? Apparently the SEC isn’t as weak as most experts thought. All three SEC teams made the Sweet 16 and two made the Final Four. GO BIG BLUE!!!!!
Danny Eugene Jewell, 49, Vancleve passed away Mon., March 17 at the Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson. He was a member of the Canyon Falls Church. He was the son of the late Eugene and Doris Jewell. He is survived by wife, Christine Jewell of Vancleve; sons, Thomas Jewell of Vancleve, Danny Ray Jewell of Washington DC, Colton Eugene Jewell of Jackson; daughters, Bonnie (French) Howard of War Creek, Donna (Jerry Jr.) Fraley of Stanton, Destiney Johnson (Chris Lewis) of Vancleve, Tara (Kevin) Ingram of Clay City; brother, Randy Jewell of Columbus, OH; sisters, Buffy Jewell of West Virginia, Lisa Perez of Columbus, OH, Brandi Jewell of Columbus, OH, Rhonda Jewell of Columbus, OH; twelve grandchildren; special granddaughter, Victoria Davis; special aunt, Sharon Bartoe. Funeral services Thurs., Mar. 20, 2:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul “Buddy” Johnson officiating. Burial in the Jewell Family Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers, French Howard, Tom Jewell, Kevin Ingram, Chris Lewis, Marcus Monroe Kidd, Marcus Eugene Kidd, Clarence Walker. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Charles Edward Bowling, 52, passed away Wednesday. He is survived by four brothers, William Bowling, Robert Bowling, Kenneth Bowling, Gary Bowling – all of Jackson; four sisters, Carolyn Howard of Indiana, Gloria Miller, Beth Getson, Sarah Robinson – all of Jackson. Funeral services Sat., Mar. 22, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Patrick Prather officiating. Burial in the Jackson Cemetery. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Twaddle Ordered to Pay Restitution to Victims
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 19, 2014) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection today announced that a roofing contractor accused of failing to perform repair services for Kentucky residents, despite being paid to do so, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception under $10,000, a class D felony. James Twaddle, 41, entered the plea on March 18 in Bullitt Circuit Court. His two-year prison sentence is suspended for five years on the condition that he repays $7,389.96 to the victims. He must pay the restitution in full by June 30, 2014 or he will be taken into custody.
Twaddle was previously indicted on 26 counts of theft by deception in Jefferson, Larue, Scott, and Grayson counties. Many of these cases are still pending and involve victims who were solicited following storm events.
Twaddle was the president of Restore-IT USA, a roofing company located in Columbus, Ohio. Twaddle operated his business in Kentucky from an office located on Forest Green Blvd in Louisville. From May 2012 until Aug. 2012, Restore-IT USA employees would visit neighborhoods and sign residents up for roof repairs, collecting payments prior to any work being completed. Twaddle allegedly deposited the money into a company bank account and transferred the funds to his personal account; however, the roof repairs were never performed. Twaddle has also been indicted in Ohio on 42 counts of theft and insurance fraud related to the same scheme in the Columbus area.
“Consumers who need work done quickly to repair storm-damaged homes and property are at risk of falling victim to unscrupulous fly-by-night contractors, also known as ‘storm chasers,’” General Conway said. “Common scams include fraud, shoddy construction, charity scams, impersonating officials and loan scams, and I urge consumers to report any incidents of possible fraud or shoddy construction work and repair using my Office of Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257.”
General Conway also encourages consumers needing storm repair work or cleanup services to follow these important tips:
- · Never pay in advance for labor. Scam artists often take advance payments from consumers and never return to complete the work. If an advance is needed to purchase materials, offer to purchase the materials yourself.
- · Use local, reputable contractors for repairs, if possible. If local contractors bring in out-of-town workers, ask who will be responsible for their work if it is not satisfactory.
- · Ask if the contractor is licensed, bonded (if required by the city or county), and insured.
- · Check unknown companies out with the Better Business Bureau or call the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection to see if information is available about the company.
- · Demand a written contract. If possible, get estimates from several contractors.
- · Be suspicious of unfamiliar, out-of-state vehicles and those who offer repair work at unreasonably low prices. Contact local law enforcement about your suspicions.
- · For additional information or to file a consumer protection complaint online, visit www.ag.ky.gov.
The Office of Consumer Protection enforces the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act to safeguard the state’s consumers and combat unethical business practices. The office also counsels consumers regarding inquiries and complaints, issues consumer alerts, and conducts consumer education presentations across the state.