Caring Costumes 2017

September 28, 2017

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kathy Phillips and former Crime Victim’s Advocate Robin Anderson believe every child should have a great costume for Halloween festivities. To make sure that happened they formed Caring Costumes in 2016, and dressed many Fayette County children for Halloween. It’s that time of year, and Caring Costumes is collecting gently used costumes once again.

Kathy and Robin will make sure the costumes are cleaned and donated to an organization who has identified children in need. If you have a new or gently used Halloween costume to donate please connect with

Veteran Prosecutor Runs For Veterans

September 25, 2017

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Laren participated in the first annual “Downtown Dash” in Versailles on Saturday, September 23rd. Dan says, “It was fun!” The event was hosted by the American Legion Post 67. It included a 5K race, a “Fear the Beer” one mile run, music, crafts, food and fun in historic downtown Versailles to raise funds in support of veterans, active duty military, and the community. Dan served as a Military Police Officer (MP) in the United States Army in the 1980s. He was stationed in Germany.

Photo: (left to right) Frankfort police officer David Duncan, Dan, and retired Lexington Detective Keith Ford on the “Hill of Pain”.


Crime Stoppers Shootout!

August 26, 2017

This weekend our Victim’s Advocate Megan Vanover and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Laren participated in the Bluegrass Crime Stoppers Shootout. The Shootout is a fundraising event, with proceeds benefitting Bluegrass Crime Stoppers and the Crime Stoppers in Schools program, including the payment/rewards program that leads to the arrest of those who commit crimes in our community. See the link below for the telephone number and Web Tips to encourage citizens to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime. Thanks to Megan and Dan!


An Evening for the Children’s Advocacy Center

August 25, 2017

Our office turned out last night to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, and to honor our retired Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson. And most importantly – to help raise money for children. It was a great success!


by Briana Persley


As you know, the Office of the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney is big on service within our community.  Today, I had the pleasure of representing our office at The 2nd Annual Great Shake!!  This Partners for Youth sponsored program, led by Jamie Wright, of Northern Elementary School, targets the four domains of language (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), as they become more connected to the seven dimensions of wellness (physical, social, emotional, environmental, spiritual, intellectual, and financial).

Children came dressed for success and ready for a mock interview!!  During interviews, myself and other community volunteers scored students on Handshake Firmness, Eye Contact, Poise, Confidence, and Je Ne Sais Quoi.  To be so young, you would never guess that they could stay focused on the questions at hand, but they did.  It was so nice to see children as young as six years old thinking about their futures and what career path they wanted to choose when they grow up.

Once all the interviews were complete, the scores were tallied.  One young lady broke the record with a score of 207!  She was awarded the 2017 Great Shake Award.

What an accomplishment!

After such a rigorous schedule of three, 10 minute interviews, the students and interviewers worked up an appetite, so lunch was served in the cafeteria.  While eating, positive feedback was given about their interviews, and their table manners and conversational skills were reinforced.  We finished up with a ceremony in the library where five students read their opinion pieces on, “How Can Northern Elementary School Be Improved?”, and the whole group sang us a song that focused on equality and celebration of all people.

Taking part in shaping future generations and preparing them for success was such a wonderful experience!  We wish them all the best and hope that all of their hard work pays off!!




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