7-foot ex-high school basketball star accused of raping 18-year-old woman

A 7-foot-tall former Kentucky high school basketball star — who's the son of an ex-NFL offensive lineman — was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman, police said. College basketball prospect Jacob Walter, listed at 7-feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, allegedly committed the crimes throughout the day Sunday, according to … Continue reading “7-foot ex-high school basketball star accused of raping 18-year-old woman”

A 7-foot-tall former Kentucky high school basketball star — who's the son of an ex-NFL offensive lineman — was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman, police said.

College basketball prospect Jacob Walter, listed at 7-feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, allegedly committed the crimes throughout the day Sunday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The woman told Boone County Sheriff’s detectives that Walter forcefully raped her and sodomized her, officials said.

“It did occur throughout the majority of the day beginning in the morning hours and ending in the evening hours,” a Boone County official told WAVE-3. “They were amicably together, but she did not want to have any kind of sexual contact with him that day.”

The woman said she was fearful of Walter, the 18-year-old son of former Cincinnati Bengals tackle Joe Walter, and didn’t want to have sex with him because she felt sick, Boone County officials said.

Walter sodomized the woman while holding her down and pulling her hair, officials said. He allegedly caused physical injuries including contusions to her right breast and a laceration to her chest, according to the Enquirer.

Walter was ordered to stay away from the victim and her family and was being held on $250,000 cash bond at the Boone County Detention Center.

Walter was a standout basketball player at Covington Catholic High School and once earned a scholarship offer from Xavier University — but as of August 2018 he wasn’t on the roster and he never enrolled at the school, the Enquirer reported.

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Kentucky governor blasts local newspaper’s alliance with Soros-backed journalism outlet

Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin blasted the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper Wednesday for partnering with ProPublica, an investigative journalism outlet whose backers include liberal financier George Soros.

In a YouTube video, Bevin accuses the outlet, ProPublica, of left-wing bias and also tears into the local paper.

“This is the same Courier-Journal, mind you, which, while it’s dying, continues to maintain that they are unbiased, that they are good journalists and that they are interested in transparency, and holding government … accountable,” Bevin says in the video. “Who’s holding the Courier-Journal accountable?”

“Who’s holding the Courier-Journal accountable?”

— Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

Bevin also criticizes ProPublica’s founders, Herbert and Marion Sandler, who have donated to progressive causes and groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union. He says the news organization receives funding from Democratic donors, including Soros, whom he nicknamed George “I hate America” Soros.

Soros, a frequent target of Republican critics, supports ProPublica through the Open Society Foundations.

The Courier-Journal announced Wednesday that it is one of several local newspapers partnering with ProPublica's Local Reporting Network with the aim of investigating an unspecified state program.

“While the past year has seen yet more cutbacks at local news organizations, the ProPublica Local Reporting Network has been a bright spot nationally,” ProPublica senior editor Charles Ornstein said in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier with the accountability journalism produced by our inaugural class and are excited to pursue another year of investigative projects with moral force.”

FILE – In this May 29, 2018, file photo, philanthropist George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations, attends the European Council On Foreign Relations Annual Meeting in Paris. (Associated Press)

"The project is part of an initiative ProPublica launched last year to help strengthen coverage of state government at a time when many news organizations are cutting back because of economic conditions," the Courier-Journal said.

Bevin urged Kentuckians to not believe the paper.

“This is the sad reality of the Courier-Journal, which pretends that it’s an actual news organization or a publication, is so remarkably biased they are now full in bed with this particular organization,” Bevin said.

“The fact that you take yourselves seriously is remarkable to me,” he said. “I encourage everybody to just disregard the nonsense that comes out of this biased, left-wing organization. The Courier-Journal is a sad shadow of what it once was,” he continued.

“I encourage everybody to just disregard the nonsense that comes out of this biased, left-wing organization. The Courier-Journal is a sad shadow of what it once was.” 

— Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

In a tweet, the Courier-Journal responded to Bevin by saying: “We’re excited to get started!”

On Twitter, ProPublica linked out to a Courier-Journal story published in September that reported Bevin hired an Army buddy to serve as the state chief information officer. After less than a year on the job, Bevin gave Charles Grindle a $215,000 pay raise – or 134 percent – an unusual bump in pay.

"P.S. Our new partners at the @courierjournal have been doing lots of good work, like this recent story about how @GovMattBevin hired a buddy for a govt job and then gave him a $215,000 raise," the organization tweeted.

Other news organizations partnering with ProPublica for state investigations include the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, W. Va., the Connecticut Mirror, the Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., and the Sacramento Bee in California.

Former Miss Kentucky charged with sending ‘obscene’ photos to student

A former Miss America contestant was arrested Friday after West Virginia authorities say she sent obscene photos to a 15-year-old student she once taught.

Ramsey Bearse, 28, was charged with four felony counts of distributing or displaying obscene matter to a minor.

According to a criminal complaint, the science teacher sent lewd pictures via Snapchat to a teenager while he was a student at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, W.Va.

A parent of the unidentified victim alerted authorities to the pictures found on the teen’s phone.

Ramsey Carpenter Bearse

Authorities say Bearse admitted to sending the nude photos on Snapchat.

Kanawha County Schools Communications Director Briana Warner declined to comment on the case to WVmetro.com but confirmed that Bearse was a teacher at the school.

“We cannot comment on personnel matters, but we will follow all applicable policies and procedures. The safety and security of our students is our top priority,” Warner said.

Bearse was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2014 and competed in the Miss America Pageant in 2015 under her maiden name of Ramsey Carpenter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘The Wiz’ fails to wow theater-goers in Louisville; some seeking refunds, report says

Audience members in Louisville say they were left "distraught" by a problematic production of the musical "The Wiz," and were demanding their money back, a report said Tuesday.

After Island Entertainment KC of Kansas City staged two performances of "The Wiz" on Saturday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts' Brown Theatre, dozens of customers sought refunds, an employee of the performing center told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

"The whole thing is weird," the employee said. "Some people didn't stay more than nine minutes through the show. There was a woman who was so distraught she walked out and spent the entire time talking to the ticket sales people as the show was going on."

"The Wiz" is a1970s all-black adaptation of the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz." In "The Wiz," Dorothy is from Harlem instead of Kansas.

Helen Barnett told the Courier-Journal she spent $65 on tickets for the Louisville show — but left disappointed. Tickets cost between $35 to $65.

"It was terrible," Barnett said. "Dorothy was wearing a Walmart dress. They forgot their dialogues … at one point Dorothy said she wanted to go back to Texas!"

"It was terrible. Dorothy was wearing a Walmart dress. They forgot their dialogues … at one point Dorothy said she wanted to go back to Texas!"

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Another attendee, Tasha McGhee, told the Courier-Journal that the actor playing the Cowardly Lion didn't have a mane on his costume. He was missing one of his paws and wore a black sock instead, she said.

"He didn't look like a lion," McGhee said. "He looked like a dumb sasquatch!"

"It was really sloppy," she said.

Christian Adelberg, a Kentucky Center spokesman, told the Courier-Journal that the organization was aware of the negative reactions to the performance.

"We regret that some of the ticket buyers were not pleased with this rental client's production," Adelberg said.

He declined to say how many audience members requested refunds and deferred questions to Island Entertainment, which did not immediately return the Courier-Journal's requests for comment.

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