Kentucky Press News Service

Post office roof collapses in Winchester, several employees escape injury

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
As many as 18 employees were at the U.S. Post Office in downtown Winchester Sunday morning when the roof collapsed, an official said, but no one was injured. “I would assume that it was weather related, but I don’t know if its secondary or primary cause,” said Winchester Fire Batallion Chief Christopher Whiteley. Central Kentucky experienced heavy rain Sunday. He said the employees were in the area when the roof fell, but not in the collapse zone. The incident is under investigation. A building inspector has established a safe area in certain areas of the building, said Whiteley. 2018-09-10T08:26:22-04:00

Winchester fisherman missing after boat capsized Saturday during tournament

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
A Winchester man remained missing Sunday after his boat capsized in Harrison County during a fishing tournament that began the day before on the South Fork Licking River. Harrison County Search and Rescue Team Chief ReJeana Craft said the victim was Porter Lamb, 77. His boat had gotten too close to the Terry Dam, was drawn into the Dam and ended up capsizing, said Craft. 2018-09-10T08:21:57-04:00

In Kentucky, bourbon could kill you even if you don’t drink it

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
Tyree Matthews stands in his backyard, looking toward the sky. Less than 10 yards from his back fence, a five-story warehouse blocks the sun. The massive black cube holds thousands of barrels of bourbon made by the Barton 1792 Distillery. Matthews doesn't drink bourbon, but it still could kill him. A similar Barton 1792 warehouse about 600 yards away collapsed in two stages in June and July, sending more than 4,500 tons of wood and flammable booze — equal to nine fully-loaded Boeing 747s — crashing to the ground. No one was hurt in the collapse — no one lived close by — but it started Matthews thinking about the consequences of 18,000 barrels of whiskey landing on his neon-blue ranch-style home. 2018-09-10T08:05:59-04:00

8-year-old boy missing after being swept into sewer drain in Morehead

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
Search efforts for a missing 8-year-old boy in Morehead resumed Monday after he was swept into a sewer drain during heavy rains over the weekend. Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent tweeted Sunday that crews discontinued their search for the missing boy late Sunday evening but would start again Monday morning. The 8-year-old boy fell in the storm drain around 3:30 p.m Sunday, according to LEX18. A 12-year-old boy also fell in but he managed to escape. 2018-09-10T08:00:55-04:00

Louisville taxi driver drowns after flash floods sink car

September 9, 2018 - 9:54am
A Louisville cab driver was killed Saturday night when he sunk his car in high water during flash floods. The Yellow Cab taxi driver was driving on Oak Street around 11 p.m. on Saturday when he got stuck in high water near the railroad underpass at 13th Street, according to Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley. Rising water killed the engine, and soon the car was completely submerged. The driver was pronounced deceased shortly after. 2018-09-09T09:03:43-04:00

Record-breaking rainfall causes flooding, wreaks havoc in Louisville

September 9, 2018 - 9:54am
Record-breaking rain led to flash flooding in Louisville on Saturday night, turning streets into rivers and leaving groups of cars stranded. A MetroSafe supervisor said the agency had received 44 calls for water rescues to save people stranded in vehicles. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the Louisville area until 12:15 a.m. That came after a severe thunderstorm warning for east central Jefferson County that ended at 9:30 p.m. 2018-09-09T09:00:17-04:00

The NFL, MLB, NBA and PGA Tour have all hired lobbyists in Kentucky. Here’s why.

September 9, 2018 - 9:54am
Professional sports organizations want a piece of the action if Kentucky allows sports betting. In recent weeks, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Professional Golf Association Tour and National Football League have hired lobbyists in an attempt to influence Kentucky lawmakers on the issue of sports betting, according to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. The leagues are doing the same in many other states following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May that cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. 2018-09-09T08:55:24-04:00

UK breaks long losing streak, stuns Florida

September 9, 2018 - 9:54am
After losing to the Florida Gators for 31 straight games, the University of Kentucky broke its streak Saturday night by beating the Gators 27-16. In fact, the losing streak was so long, none of the UK players had even been born the last time Kentucky beat its rival. 2018-09-09T08:45:30-04:00

State police investigating Murray teacher

September 9, 2018 - 3:54am
A Kentucky State Police investigation of a Murray High School teacher is underway, as detectives are looking into allegations of him having an inappropriate relationship with a student or sending inappropriate messages. The Sun has confirmed the teacher is Jason Shelby, a history and social studies teacher at Murray High School. He has also worked with the MHS Marching Band as a show designer since 2000 and has been with the band program about 20 years. Trooper Jay Thomas, public affairs officer for Kentucky Post 1 in Hickory, said the allegations involve more than one student at the school over an extended period of time. 2018-09-09T02:12:04-04:00

Murray smoking ordinance starts Sept. 17

September 9, 2018 - 3:54am
In speaking about the city’s new smoking ordinance, City of Murray Human Resources Director Cathy Morris probably said it best Thursday. “Ninety days go pretty fast around here,” she said, remarking how nearly that amount of time has passed since the Murray City Council approved a smoking ordinance that will go into effect on Sept. 17. That is when businesses throughout Murray are to have made adjustments to meet the specifications of the ordinance. The council passed the ordinance on June 14 and Morris said many questions have been asked by the owners of businesses that will be affected. 2018-09-09T02:06:35-04:00

Mitch McConnell rips 'racist behavior' of Kentucky Republican candidate

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tore into a Kentucky Republican candidate on Friday who talked about McConnell's interracial marriage during a 2014 appearance on a white nationalist YouTube show. Everett Corley, who is running for the Kentucky House 43rd District, was responding to the host’s criticism of McConnell's marriage to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — McConnell is of European descent and Chao is of Asian descent. Corley said white people "should maintain our people and our culture as much as anyone else" but that he viewed McConnell’s marriage to Chao as one of "companionship" more than "a statement about children." “This racist behavior is completely despicable," McConnell told the Courier Journal on Friday. 2018-09-09T00:39:52-04:00

'More than a miracle': How Whitney Austin, shot 12 times, survived

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
Whitney Austin called out for help from the Fifth Third Center in Cincinnati. She’d been shot but was still alive. She was also conscious. "I have two children. I'm a mother. They need me," she pleaded aloud to anyone who might hear. "I need to be a mommy. I need to be a mommy." Al Staples, a Cincinnati police officer, heard. Without certainty that the area was secure, he pulled her to safety. 2018-09-09T00:35:12-04:00

This distillery just completed an expansion. Now workers are striking.

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
Unionized workers at Four Roses have gone on strike. Employees at the main distillery in Lawrenceburg and the warehouse and bottling plant at Cox’s Creek in Nelson County planned to strike beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers Chapter 320 said in a Facebook post. Employees have said they are unhappy with the company’s contract proposal regarding seniority, vacation and sick leave. 2018-09-09T00:29:54-04:00

Man recounts assisting victim in tanker truck rollover

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
Chris Wilshire used his Marine Corps training and instincts to help a man who was in an accident Tuesday on U.S. Highway 460 in Scott County. The man’s septic tanker truck he was driving flipped, trapping him inside. Wilshire, 34, was on his way to dinner with his wife, Jamie, and his two youngest sons when they came upon the accident. 2018-09-09T00:17:05-04:00

Body found on Kentucky River bank near downtown Frankfort

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
What was supposed to be a relaxing boat tour took a dramatic turn when a passenger spotted a human body along the bank of the Kentucky River near downtown Frankfort Friday morning. Emergency Management Director Tom Russell confirmed that emergency personnel found a body in the section of the river behind Liberty Hall, and Frankfort Police Capt. Chris Quire said someone from a tour boat spotted the body along the river bank. 2018-09-09T00:13:36-04:00

Kentucky is losing two important tree species to insect blight

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
It’s a hot, humid September day in Parksville, but it’s a little cooler in the shade of the forest. Ben Miles walks a narrow path through the 13 acres or so of trees that he helped plant on his parents’ land in western Boyle County when he was just 15 years old. Up ahead, it gets sunnier — it looks like a clearing in the woods. It’s not just a clearing, Miles explains; it’s a sign. That’s where ash trees used to grow and complete the canopy. Now, their leaves are gone, creating a hole in the ocean of green 30 feet above his head. It’s not just these half-dozen ashes; it’s not just every ash tree in his forest. The problem is much bigger than that. 2018-09-09T00:06:37-04:00

Push for electric cars sputters in Kentucky

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
It's National Drive Electric Week, so where are the electric cars? Not in Kentucky. There were 3.98 million cars registered in Kentucky in 2017, and only 562 of those vehicles were electric, according to a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet document obtained through an open records request. 2018-09-08T23:59:52-04:00

Four Roses Distillery workers strike

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
Workers at the Four Roses Distillery location in Cox’s Creek went on strike at 3:30 Friday afternoon after rejecting what they called a “concessionary contract” the company offered only 24 hours before the union was supposed to vote on it, according those on the picket line in front of the warehouses and bottling plant in Cox’s Creek. Among the strikers were Manuel Eichner of Balltown and Blake Newton of New Hope. They are members of United Food and Commercial Workers 23-D. Eichner said the company wanted to take alter employee benefits that had been in place for 60 years, including worker’s compensation benefits and sick time. 2018-09-08T23:54:47-04:00

Suspect in woman's disappearance says his business has never been stronger

September 9, 2018 - 12:54am
Houck Rentals recently sold off a sizable chunk of its real estate holdings, but its embattled owner said those sales were a sign of his business’ strength rather than a sign of trouble. Brooks Houck sold 24 properties Aug. 23 for more than $1.8 million to another local real estate rental holding company, Triple Crown Rentals. Houck told The Standard that the sale was a mix of tax planning and shedding old properties to take on new. Houck said his businesses were thriving. Houck is a named suspect in the July 2015 disappearance and presumed death of his former girlfriend, Crystal Rogers. 2018-09-08T23:47:49-04:00

Disbarred Kentucky disability attorney Eric Conn sentenced to 15 years

September 7, 2018 - 3:51pm
Former Eastern Kentucky disability attorney Eric C. Conn will spend at least the next 22 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced Conn, 58, on Friday for his role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration on a staggering scale. Conn initially pleaded guilty last year to stealing from the government through fraudulent disability claims and bribing a Social Security judge. That plea deal called for a 12-year sentence. Before the sentencing hearing, however, Conn fled the country. He ultimately ended up in Honduras, where police caught him in December after six months on the run. 2018-09-07T14:32:57-04:00

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