Kentucky Press News Service

Dead fish litter Kentucky River as bourbon runoff from Jim Beam fire reaches the Ohio River

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
Dead fish and bourbon began flowing into the Ohio River Monday — the result of last week's Jim Beam warehouse fire that destroyed thousands of barrels of Kentucky's signature spirit. The bourbon runoff that escaped into the Kentucky River is expected to kill "thousands of fish," although the total damage won't be known for several weeks, said Kevin Kelly, a spokesman for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Our biologists need to come back and crunch the data and go through their formulas before arriving at an estimate,” Kelly said. 2019-07-09T13:13:20-04:00

Whitley deputies searching for suspect in Monday stabbing

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help to identify the woman who allegedly stabbed another woman who was giving her a ride from Williamsburg to Corbin Monday afternoon. According to reports, the female victim was reportedly giving another female a ride from Williamsburg, near the Kentucky Consular Center off of Exit 15, to a location in Corbin when the stabbing took place. 2019-07-09T12:54:34-04:00

Driver injured in demo derby

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
One of the competitors in Saturday’s demolition derby is recovering after being burned in a flash fire at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Clark County Fire Department Battalion Chief William Puckett said firefighters were at the fairgrounds Saturday night during the event. During the competition, the fuel tank in one of the vehicles became dislodged and poured gasoline into the car, which then caused a flash fire. Social media posts Saturday night identified the driver as Blake Rollins of Mount Eden, Kentucky, and said he was discharged from the hospital with burns to his arms and neck. 2019-07-09T12:51:37-04:00

Pikeville Police investigating incident at Detention Center

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
Pike County Jailer Brian Morris said Monday that a corrections officer at the Pike County Detention Center has been suspended following an incident at the jail which is under investigation by the Pikeville Police Department. According to a statement issued Monday, Morris said the incident, which was not detailed in the statement, occurred last week between a corrections officer at the jail and an inmate, neither of whom had been publicly named as of presstime Monday. 2019-07-09T12:48:10-04:00

Man accused of shooting Owensboro officer pleads guilty to lesser charges

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
David Thomas Turley, the man charged with shooting an Owensboro police officer last year on Hathaway Street, pleaded guilty to lesser charges Monday morning in Daviess Circuit Court. The plea agreement diverted Turley's sentence, meaning he won't face any time in prison. Turley, 62, said Monday afternoon the plea agreement was good for him and his family. 2019-07-09T12:42:22-04:00

There may be a poop-borne disease in your pool this summer. How to protect yourself

July 9, 2019 - 3:19pm
A fecal parasite might make the pool a little less fun for you and your stomach this summer. "Crypto," the common name for cryptosporidium, is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the parasite can cause "a profuse, watery diarrhea" that can last up to three weeks. From 2009 to 2017, Kentucky had 869 total reported cases of cryptosporidiosis, according to the commonwealth's Department of Public Health. 2019-07-09T12:23:35-04:00

Former Louisville football players help pay for Jared Lorenzen's funeral

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
Several former Louisville football players are crossing the lines of the Governor's Cup rivalry to help pay for former Kentucky football quarterback Jared Lorezen's funeral. Former Louisville offensive lineman Jamon Brown, who like Lorenzen spent time in the NFL playing for the New York Giants, and his foundation are donating $5,000, Danny Mosby, the executive director of the Jamon Brown Foundation confirmed in an email to the Courier Journal. Mosby said former Louisville players Deion Branch and Chris Redman will also be donating an unspecified amount toward funeral costs. 2019-07-09T12:12:00-04:00

Fayette sheriff’s office warning of scammers impersonating deputies, asking for money

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a recent phone scam in which callers impersonate a deputy sheriff. As part of the scam, the caller tells victims to buy pre-paid or re-loadable money cards, according to a Twitter announcement by the sheriff’s office. Once the victim has the card, the caller says the victim should provide them with the card number over the phone. 2019-07-09T12:08:47-04:00

Kentucky miners had their paychecks clawed back. The Labor Cabinet is now investigating.

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet announced Monday it will investigate Blackjewel LLC., a bankrupt Kentucky coal producer whose employees had their paychecks clawed back last week. The Cabinet will investigate claims from miners that they were not paid for time worked after the company and its affiliate Revelation Coal declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 1, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Matt Bevin. Cabinet officials will be in Harlan and Letcher counties this week to continue the investigation. 2019-07-09T12:02:35-04:00

Amy McGrath launches campaign for U.S. Senate, paints a target on Mitch McConnell

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
Former Marine Corps fighter pilot Amy McGrath announced Tuesday that she wants to challenge U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November 2020, ending months of speculation about whether she’d try to take out one of the most powerful political figures in the country. In a three-minute video on social media and on the MSNBC show Morning Joe, McGrath touched on familiar themes from her failed 2018 bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington — her military service, healthcare, gridlock in Congress — while painting a bullseye on McConnell, blaming him for the dysfunction in the nation’s capital. 2019-07-09T11:57:52-04:00

Former football player killed after ‘unlawfully entering a home’

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
When Kobie Long played football at North Hardin High School, his coach, Brent Thompson, said Long always wanted to keep the coaching staff and fellow teammates loose and in a good mood. “He definitely wanted to make you laugh by any means possible,” Thompson said. Early Sunday morning, Long was shot and killed as he and another man unlawfully entered an occupied residence on North Wilson Road, Radcliff police said. 2019-07-09T11:36:31-04:00

Boyle man accused of shooting wife has new trial date

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
A new trial date has been set for a Boyle County man who allegedly killed his wife last year. Colin J. Montgomery, 30, was arrested March 7, 2018, on a murder charge following the shooting death of his wife, Jennifer Montgomery, 27, outside of the couple’s home on the evening of March 6. 2019-07-09T11:33:42-04:00

'Mom's not gonna like this.' Northern Kentucky man gored by bull in Pamplona, Spain, now recovering.

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
Aaron Froelicher remembers the moment a bull threw his body in the air. Then everything went black. He landed on his head and regained consciousness surrounded by police and medics in Pamplona, Spain. Froelicher quickly stood up, insisted he was fine, but soon realized a bull's horn had impaled his hamstring six inches deep. "I ain't never been hit by a 2,000-pound bull so I guess I learned my lesson there," said 23-year-old Aaron Froelicher. 2019-07-09T11:29:25-04:00

Logan murder trial postponed, judge orders defense team off case

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
On the morning his murder trial was set to begin, Demetrius Roberson's defense team was ordered off the case by the trial judge. Logan Circuit Judge Tyler Gill announced in his courtroom to the jury pool that the trial was postponed after public defenders Michael Bufkin and Audrey Woosnam indicated during a conference in the judge's chambers that they believed they could not effectively represent Roberson and would not be ready to proceed. 2019-07-09T11:26:09-04:00

Pilot injured in Simpson County helicopter crash

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
A helicopter crash in Simpson County has resulted in the craft's pilot suffering minor injuries. According to Shawn Gregory, a firefighter with Simpson County Fire and Rescue, the crash Monday occurred in a cornfield off Kummer Road. According to a release from Kentucky State Police, Anthonie Christoffel Vos, 35, of Sevierville, Tenn., was flying the craft, a 1973 Tomcat MK6c, to spray crops with fertilizer. 2019-07-09T11:23:45-04:00

Summer sun poses high skin cancer risks

July 9, 2019 - 12:19pm
As ultraviolet radiation nears peak intensity this summer, it’s a good idea to reflect on skin cancer. It’s the most common cancer, it can be deadly, and it’s on the rise. “Skin cancer is an epidemic,” said Dr. Robert Skaggs, dermatologist and founder of the Kentucky Skin Cancer Center in Bowling Green, which opened in October. About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, according to the Skin Care Foundation, which estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. 2019-07-09T11:19:36-04:00

Body cams are a necessary policing tool

July 8, 2019 - 3:18pm
Local law enforcement officers are in the process of getting a high-tech tool that will better chronicle interactions between the thin blue line and the public. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has already begun equipping deputies with body cameras and the Frankfort Police Department will likely be sporting the devices by the end of the year. Body cams are quickly becoming the norm as law enforcement agencies across the country jump into the digital age. While in-car dash cameras are helpful, their range is limited and they don’t capture exchanges between officers and the public as well as body cams do. 2019-07-08T13:42:55-04:00

Pride in U.S. should go beyond fireworks

July 8, 2019 - 3:18pm
Independence Day is over, but that doesn’t mean the fireworks are going to stop immediately. There are probably still hundreds if not thousands of various, recently purchased consumer fireworks that Kentucky residents plan to set off or send skyward today, tomorrow or in the coming weeks. Americans definitely know how to party — loudly — when it’s time to celebrate the founding of our country. But being loud and colorful and noisy is not the only way to express pride in your home. Go ahead and express your pride in American freedom with fireworks. But make sure you also put your pride to good use through real work. 2019-07-08T13:36:57-04:00

Bowling Green bank robbed Monday morning

July 8, 2019 - 3:18pm
A downtown Bowling Green bank was robbed Monday morning and police are looking for a suspect. According to a Facebook post from the Bowling Green Police Department, a man entered the BB&T bank at 443 Park Row at around 11 a.m. and robbed it of an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled on foot. 2019-07-08T13:24:26-04:00

Franklin County High School teacher killed in Tennessee wreck

July 8, 2019 - 3:18pm
Franklin County High School staff and students are mourning after an out-of-state car crash over the weekend claimed a longtime teacher’s life. School officials confirmed that Adam Hyatt died Sunday afternoon after an accident in Jellico, Tennessee. Details of the accident were scarce. However, FCHS Principal Charles Lewis said the school is reeling from the tragic loss of a beloved teacher. 2019-07-08T13:06:22-04:00

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