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Posted July 22, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Police look for answers in man's shooting
     Bowling Green Police Department investigators are seeking leads in the shooting Thursday of a Bowling Green man. Officers continue to probe Friday the shooting that brought them at 11:33 p.m. Thursday to an apartment. They found Ricky Ray Miller, 55, of Bowling Green, in the apartment with gunshot wounds, according to a news release from BGPD.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Convicted drug dealer granted shock probation
     A Frankfort man whom a judge sentenced to 10 years in prison as a “wake-up call” to change his life has been granted shock probation. Demarcus Clay, 28, pleaded guilty to amended charges on six counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, less than four grams of cocaine, all Class D felonies in March after being indicted in November 2015 for selling more than 150 grams of cocaine in six sales to confidential witnesses between February and May of 2014. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd told Clay at his sentencing in May that he would be willing to consider a motion for shock probation at a later date.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Harrodsburg man leads police on multi-county chase
     A Harrodsburg man was charged Wednesday night with several offenses after leading Mercer County deputies and Harrodsburg police on a chase. Harrodsburg police attempted to pull over Christopher Luke Richardson for “several traffic infractions,” according to a news release from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. Richardson fled in his vehicle and Mercer County deputies joined the chase once he was out of the city limits. Officers followed Richardson on Perryville Road into the city limits of Perryville. Richardson then made a u-turn to return to Mercer County, according to the release.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Hancock Clarion ]
Custom-rifle maker moves business to Hancock County
     A known name in the custom rifle world has relocated to Hawesville and along with him he's bringing his precision shooting training program to offer to police departments in the region. Charlie Sisk has moved Sisk Rifles LLC to Hawesville from its previous location in Dayton, Texas, near Houston. Sisk is known for manufacturing what he calls the most adaptive rifle ever made, the Sisk Tactical Adaptive Rifle, of STAR, a high-end custom rifle aimed at discerning gun buyers.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
High school teams practice into the night to stave off heat
     With the heat index creeping into triple digits, high school coaches in the area have to get creative to avoid putting players in dangerous positions while preparing for the 2016 fall sports season. If that means waiting for the sun to set and turning on the stadium lights, so be it. That’s what Tates Creek football coach Antoine Sims did with his team Wednesday night. The Commodores originally were going to practice at 6 p.m. but postponed it to 9 because of expected high temperatures. Rain passed through the area Wednesday, cooling things down to 73 degrees by the time Creek took the field.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
March for unity makes way to State Capitol
     People in shorts and sweat-stained T-shirts marched to the steps of the Kentucky Capitol alongside officers in uni­form Thursday as they called for unity and showed their support for law enforcement. The violent deaths of law enforcement offi­cials in Dallas and Baton Rouge this month, along with the recent, fatal shootings of black Americans by police officers, have renewed support for — and debates over — the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter move­ments.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Courier-Journal ]
Feds sue to block $37 billion Aetna-Humana merger
     Louisville leaders may have been warned earlier this week that the federal government was getting ready to sue to block health-insurance giant Aetna’s $37 billion takeover of Humana. But when it happened Thursday morning, their re­sponse reflected deep concern for what’s ahead for the city’s homegrown health care giant and one of the region’s biggest employers. It all came after the U.S. Department of Justice ended months of closed-door nego­tiations by filing separate but related suits in federal court in the District of Columbia to derail the Humana-Aetna deal and the $54 billion Anthem-Cigna acquisition. The government claimed in its 39-page com­plaint and during a live-streamed news conference opened by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that folding five of the na­tion’s biggest insurers into three would fundamentally reshape the industry.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
May hail storm expensive for schools
     That May 10 hail storm that blasted Daviess County with hail ranging from one-half inch to golf ball-size caused more than $1.3 million in damages to city and county schools. School officials have been working on damage reports since May. Most of the damage -- in excess of $860,000 -- was at Daviess County Public Schools. But Owensboro schools sustained nearly $500,000 in damages.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
U.S. marshals, deputies arrest fugitives at motel
     An investigation by U.S. marshals and deputies from McCracken and Marshall counties led to the arrests of three fugitives Wednesday at a Paducah motel.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Free medical clinics serve region at three locations
     Clinics staffed by U.S. military reserve forces that offer free medical, dental and vision services to the public in three western Kentucky communities, including Paducah, continue through next Wednesday. In partnership with the Delta Regional Authority, the U.S. Department of Defense and its reserve forces are conducting a Bluegrass Medical Innovative Readiness Training at Paducah Tilghman High School, at Carlisle County High School in Bardwell and Graves County High School in Mayfield. The clinics, which began Monday, continue today and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Sentinel-News ]
Squire Boone statue under construction
     With the statue construction already underway, the group that has worked for several years to get a statue of Squire Boone placed at the east entrance to Shelbyville finally has the full plan in place. Although not all of the funding is in place for the project, enough money has been collected – $100,000 – to get the ball rolling, with the completion of design plans, organizers say.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Noah’s Ark theme park critique unleashes epic flood of email
     My recent column about touring the new Noah’s Ark theme park generated a flood of emails and Facebook posts, especially after it was reposted on several news websites around the country. I found two things fascinating about the Ark park: the superb craftsmanship of the structure, and the mental gymnastics Answers in Genesis uses to try to explain to visitors how this Bible story could have been literally true in all its improbable detail.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Woman’s dismembered body found in two Dumpsters; man arrested
     A Lexington man was arrested on a murder charge hours after the dismembered body of a 20-year-old woman was found Thursday morning on Malabu Drive, police said. The victim was identified as Haley Bourgeois of Lexington, according to a coroner’s report. Bourgoeis was identified based on a tattoo, Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Take a few precautions for pets in the heat
     With the excessive heat and advisories forecasted this weekend, owners need to take precautions and extra care for their four-legged friends. Heat indices will range from 105 degrees and higher in Hopkinsville, or even more in surrounding areas, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah. Not only should pet owners take care of themselves in excessive heat, but their animals should be a high priority.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Girl sets up Pokestop Shop
     A 10-year-old is working toward her goal of soon playing the game everyone has been talking about. Miranda Mann has been offering drinks and snacks to “Pokemon Go” players and others passing the corner of Pine Valley Drive and Shadow Creek Lane in Elizabethtown. With each quarter she makes, she comes closer to acquiring a cellphone capable of downloading the Pokemon app. Miranda has been learning basic business principles, such as the benefits of having good customer service.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
As a test, NKU economist 'goes on' food stamps for a year
     An expert's opinion on poverty is only as good as their experience. That's the reason Janet Harrah, a Northern Kentucky University economist, decided to live one year on food stamps, also known as SNAP benefits.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Prosecutors still want to hear from grandmother in case of missing woman
     Almost two months after a grandmother was subpoenaed to testify about her former vehicle, which investigators suspect might be connected to a local woman’s disappearance, it is still unclear as to whether or not she will have to appear before a grand jury. Anna Whitesides took the advice of her counsel and invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination after she was subpoenaed in May. A decision on whether or not that claim would stand was expected to be made in court Wednesday — after having been pushed back from a June court date.

Posted July 22, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown Police chase, arrest naked driver
     A naked woman led law enforcement on a high-speed chase Thursday that stretched more than 15 miles along Ky. 245 between Bloomfield Road and Interstate 65 in Bullitt County and involved more than eight pursuers. The red Nissan driven by Stephanie E. Crowe, 28, of Bardstown, was finally brought to a stop after a Kentucky State Police trooper deployed stop sticks along Ky. 245 near the Jim Beam facility, puncturing at least one tire.

Posted July 21, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Three identified after wreck on Ky. 33
     The three people killed in an early morning wreck on Ky. 33 in Boyle County Thursday have been identified. Jacob Frick, 17, Matt Darland, 21, and Briana Coffman, 21, all of Harrodsburg, were killed when the car they were riding in crashed, according to Boyle County Coroner Dr. Don Hamner. A fourth passenger survived. At this time, it is unclear who was driving the car.

Posted July 21, 2016 [ Winchester Sun ]
Grant funds bulletproof vests for deputies
     All Clark County deputy sheriffs have better protection after getting new bulletproof vests, thanks to a grant from Kentucky Homeland Security. Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said his office received the $13,300 grant a couple months ago, which would be used to purchase 20 new vests for his regular deputies and active reserve deputies.


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