The Week Before THE WEEK in Louisville KY

We’re roaring into Derby Week, and watching for trouble in the news. Eight more days until Derby 141.

Pappy Heist Case Solved:  The Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Heist, perhaps the most-publicized theft of a valuable liquid in Kentucky history, was solved this week. The bad guys were found out after a tip led detectives to barrels hidden in a distillery worker’s backyard. (CNN)

On Second Thought: Metro Councilman Dan Johnson’s attempt to single-handedly cause the merger of city and suburban fire departments, opposed by his colleagues and fire personnel with equal fervor, is over. Johnson offered a statement this week after a fire official demanded an apology for Johnson’s comments about suburban district allowing houses to burn. (C-J)

Rooms at the Inn: Metro health inspectors give a perfect score to the Economy Inn, ending the hopes of neighbors, politicians and a bunch of people who staged a protest against human trafficking at the Bardstown Road site.  But don’t send your Derby guests there. (Insider)

And Dominating your Derby Week News: Next Tuesday a grand jury will decide whether or not the sexual assault case against ex-Card hoopster Chris Jones will go to trail. The victims’ lawyers say Jones has been getting favorable treatment and criticized Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine. (Insider)

And Now She Wants Her Job Back: Kudos to C-J reporter Phillip Bailey for uncovering news that Elizabeth Hoffman, the Metro Council Democratic Caucus director, was able to cash in vacation and personal time during her “unpaid” 3-month suspension. She was suspended after police caught her and former city CFO in a state of undress outside a restaurant. Since the Council is split on whether she should be rehired, they’re advertising her job. She says she’ll apply for it. (Courier)

NBC Going All In for Derby Coverage: Check out NBC’s plans for the Derby. (

You Can’t Say That: If you say the F-word 77 times in a press conference, as Reds manager Bryan Price found out, it will go viral. This article has some f*_*-ing fun with it. Price was upset when a beat reporter was discovered doing his job by tweeting about Reds personnel moves. (Sports Pickle)

Travis Stone will be calling his first Derby
Travis Stone will be calling his first Derby

Rusty Does Derby: The first interview with new track announcer Travis Stone is on the Rusty Satellite Show. And Rusty scores an interview with the legendary Pat Day. (Rusty Satellite)

Let’s Call it “El Villa Rivera”: Guess what? A restaurant went out of business and the site will become. . . a Mexican restaurant. The yet-unnamed operation open this fall and will be operated by the same folks who run Doc Crowe’s down at the ex-Tumbleweed on the Waterfront. (Biz First)

Selfie-Stick Prank: Our pal Tom Mabe’s latest video shows how you can scare the crap out of someone with a spider and a stick. Watch it: