Monthly Archives: October 2009

Lunchbox: Boo

Deal or no deal: Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the Okolona woman accused of murdering her two children last year. Gail Coontz faces two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting her son Greg, 14, and daughter Nikki, 10. She also is charged with terroristic threatening for allegedly toting a gun to the […]

First Civil Suit Filed Against Meloche, Zelinsky

A civil suit was filed today against ex-Louisville Metro Animal Services Director Dr. Gilles Meloche, interim LMAS director Wayne Zelisky and other employees for violating the fourth and fourteenth amendment rights of two Louisville pet owners. In the lawsuit (PDF, FYI), plaintiffs Angela and Jim O’Neill charge Meloche, Zelinsky & Co. with illegally seizing two adult purebred […]

Gimmie Shelter?

Louisville Metro Animal Services’ main shelter is tucked away from its entrance on multi-lane Manslick Road; an unassuming collection of structures hidden behind a curvy, almost-bucolic avenue that does little to prepare the prospective animal adopter for the deplorable conditions found within. Last week, a friend and I ventured here posing as such prospective adopters to witness, firsthand, the […]

Kentucky Agriculture Gets Stimulus Boost

Gov. Steve Beshear announced yesterday $850,000 in socialist Federal funding to help Kentucky’s farmers become more energy efficient. Coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, the funding marks a substantial step toward greening-up the Commonwealth’s rural economies; so says the press release: The energy stimulus incentive program will provide 25 percent reimbursement of the actual cost of […]

Lunchbox: All audits go to heaven

Not o-KACo: State Auditor Crit Luallen released a scathing special examination of the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) today, which found a “self-serving” culture that resulted in more than $3 million in excessive or questionable spending over a three-year period. Among Luallen’s blistering findings, it was uncovered that nearly $2 million was charged on agency […]

Lunchbox: From basketball to politics

Trans fat foes: The fight over whether the city should ban trans fat is under way, with more than 50 people turning out for a forum last night to debate the tasty topic. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is hosting the community meetings — there’s another one Thursday — before making a […]

Abramson Presser Attempts Spin, Misses Mark

Mayor Jerry Abramson held a press conference earlier this afternoon to make official the resignation of now-ex-Louisville Metro Animal Services director Gilles Meloche, offering the embattled doctor’s head on a silver platter to attendant news media and essentially telling them “That’s it, that’s all there is for dinner,” and pledging full support behind the services’ […]

Meloche Resigns Amidst Shitstorm

It’s official: Metro Animal Service Director Leaving at Year’s End Zelinsky Will Serve as Interim Director LOUISVILLE (Oct. 27, 2009) – Metro Animal Services Director Gilles Meloche, who helped modernize the animal protection agency over the past four years, will be leaving his post effective Dec. 31. Assistant Director Wayne Zelinsky will lead Metro Animal […]

Lunchbox: Supper Edition

Sad news from the war front: Fourteen Americans were killed in separate helicopter crashes in Kabul and Helmand province, making today the deadliest day of our totally non-Soviet 9-year war in Afghanistan since 2005. While the world waits with bated breath over whether President Obama will increase troop levels to relative Vietnam-era proportions, the accident also, for […]

Crit of the year

Bright news for the commonwealth came this morning when it was announced that State Auditor Crit Luallen has been named a 2009 “Public Official of the Year” by Washington D.C.-based magazine Governing for her positive impact on state government. The profile focuses on Luallen’s long-standing career as well as being “Frankfort’s Fiscal Enforcer” in the […]