Florence Freedom has debut today
FLORENCE - The Florence Freedom minor league baseball team will take the field for the first time today.
It has an exhibition game against the Richmond Roosters at 3 p.m. at Foundation Field in Hamilton, Ohio, at Miami University's Hamilton campus. Admission is free.
The Frontier League team's first season will be played in Hamilton because winter weather delayed the construction of the team's $5.5 million ballpark in Florence.
Prison ordered for funeral account fraud
HODGENVILLE - A former funeral home owner was sentenced to 14 years in prison for bilking thousands of dollars from customers' prepaid funeral accounts.
Bobby Brownfield, 56, will be eligible for release after 2.8 years. He received credit for the 744 days he already has been in custody.
Brownfield pleaded guilty in March to 69 counts of fraud and theft. He was sentenced Thursday by LaRue County Circuit Judge Larry Raikes.
At his sentencing, a sobbing Brownfield apologized to his victims and said his crimes stemmed from personal financial difficulties.
Brownfield said he had been trying to sell his funeral home three years ago when he saw the trust funds as a means to tide him over until he found a buyer.
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