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Posted October 8, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Elderly Fort Thomas couple found in Boone Co after 5-hour search
     After being lost with a disabled car for more than five hours Wednesday night, an elderly couple from Fort Thomas was found safe around 12:15 a.m. in Boone County. Authorities were frustrated because the couple was in contact with police dispatchers on their cell phone for much of the search. At one point, dispatchers were referring to the couple by their first names.

Posted October 8, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Traffic problems during Luke Bryan concert lead to calls for more city oversight of events
     A string of headlights stretched for almost 9 miles down Tates Creek Road on Tuesday night as bumper-to-bumper vehicles slowly made their way to the Luke Bryan concert at Talon Winery & Vineyards. Many concertgoers waited hours to get to the event, which was part of the Luke Bryan Farm Tour, but others turned around and went home. Local officials said Wednesday that the headaches and hiccups could lead to changes in the way the city regulates or handles large gatherings as preparations are finalized for two high-profile events. Talon Winery didn't need city approval for about 20,000 fans the concert funneled to a rural two-lane road, causing the traffic jam.

Posted October 8, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
EKU cancels classes through Friday after threat; football game moved to Georgetown
     Eastern Kentucky University canceled all classes on all of its campuses through Friday in part because of threatening graffiti on a bathroom wall on the Richmond campus. "While there is no evidence of an imminent danger, there has been an escalation in the threat, originating from social media," the EKU Department of Public Safety said Wednesday in a prepared statement. EKU has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons. EKU's fall break had been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, so classes will not resume until next Wednesday.

Posted October 8, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
R.J. Corman releases statement after 2 employees die in South Carolina floodwaters
     Two R.J. Corman Railroad Co. employees died Wednesday morning when South Carolina floodwaters swept their truck away. Noel Rush, R.J. Corman spokesman, said five men had left a job site about 1:30 a.m. in Eastover, S.C., near Columbia, after repairing track washouts. The men were heading to their motel when their pickup truck plunged onto a blacktop road that had disappeared beneath 10 to 12 feet of water. The truck was washed away. Three of the men were able to get to safety and called for help to find the other two men, Rush said. Emergency crews found the two men about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Posted October 8, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
5-year sentence in 1971 cold case toddler death
     Forty-three years after toddler Michael Sanders' death was ruled a homicide, the man accused of killing the boy was sentenced to serve five years in prison. The child's mother, Theresa Willis, sat in the back corner of the courtroom Wednesday morning beside Michael's aunt and sister as Louisville Metro Police Detective Brenda Wescott read aloud Willis' statement. Police viewed Lawrence Larry Beck, now 66, as the primary suspect from the start, court records show. Attempts to reinvestigate the case over the years led to no arrest, but a renewed focus in 2014 by LMPD cold case investigators resulted in the charging of Beck, who was living in California.

Posted October 8, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Woman sues KSP detective she says framed her
     A lawsuit filed by a woman exonerated of a murder after serving eight years behind bars offers new details about how she alleges an overzealous Kentucky State Police detective framed her. Susan Jean King was cleared by the Kentucky Innocence Project, which began investigating her plight because it seemed implausible that a 97-pound woman with one leg could throw the 187-pound victim off a bridge into the Kentucky River, where the body was found. King’s conviction in Spencer County was vacated last year by the Kentucky Court of Appeals after another person confessed to the 1998 slaying of Kyle "Deanie" Breeden.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
2015 Governor’s Ambassador Awards presented
     Some of Kentucky’s most generous public employees were honored Wednesday with the presentation of the seventh-annual Governor’s Ambassador Awards. First Lady Jane Beshear commemorated Public Service Recognition Week by recognizing the employees for exceptional service in the workplace and in their communities.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear announces plan to complete widening of U.S. 68/KY 80
     Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced two long-anticipated developments for improved transportation in the tourism-rich “Western Waterlands” area of western Kentucky. Beshear said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will take bids in November on three construction projects to complete the widening of U.S. 68/KY 80 from Cadiz to Lake Barkley in Trigg County. Meantime, the speed limit will be raised on most of the stretch of KY 80 already four lanes wide from Mayfield to Aurora in Graves, Calloway and Marshall counties.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Advisory for Lake Reba lifted after testing confirms dissipation of Harmful Algal Blooms
     The Kentucky of Water and the Kentucky Department of Public Health are removing the recreational use advisory for Lake Reba, in Madison County, effective immediately. Results from recent sampling by DOW indicate the levels of microcystin toxin occurring in Lake Reba are below levels of concern.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Pedestrian hit after Luke Bryan concert; last vehicle left venue at 4:10 a.m.
     A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Tates Creek Road as fans left the Luke Bryan Farm Tour concert at the Talon Winery & Vineyard. The pedestrian apparently was walking away from the concert and was taken to a hospital. His injuries weren't thought to be life-threatening, Lexington police Commander Gregg Jones said. Traffic was backed up for miles as people tried to get to the concert Tuesday, and several people pulled to the side of the road and walked to the concert. People leaving the concert also reported long delays.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
EKU cancels classes through Friday following threat; police offer $10,000 reward
     Eastern Kentucky University has canceled all classes on all of its campuses through Friday due in part to threatening graffiti left on a bathroom wall on the Richmond campus. "While there is no evidence of an imminent danger, there has been an escalation in the threat, originating from social media," the EKU Department of Public Safety said Wednesday in a prepared statement. EKU police have been unable to substantiate a specific threat against any building, according to the university.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
William A. Skinner of Scott County, world-class javelin thrower and 'man of principle,' dies
     William A. Skinner, 75, a high school dropout who later became a world-renowned javelin thrower, died Monday at his home in Scott County. Skinner, a native of Delaware and a Navy veteran, was working as a welder when he won the Middle Atlantic Amateur Athletic Union Championships just days after picking up a javelin for the first time when he was 22. He had been lifting weights at a YMCA when another man challenged him to the javelin.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Daughter jailed in connection with mother’s murder asks for reduced sentence
     A Georgetown woman imprisoned for complicity with the murder of her mother has been seeking a reduced sentence for more than a year. Stephanie Denise Olson, whose mother Diane Snellen was stabbed to death in her home in 2002, petitioned Scott County Circuit Court in October 2014 to cut her 25-year prison term to 10 years, court records show. But the Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has asked Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs to reject Olson’s request.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Kentucky retiree group demands action
     While there’s plenty of theater surrounding the state’s gubernatorial race — both fact and fiction — the Kentucky Retirement System’s unfunded liabilities aren’t a fictitious problem and the Kentucky Government Retirees advocacy group has asked the current governor to shine a spotlight on the system’s processes and include them in the search for a new director. In a letter addressed to Gov. Steve Beshear and a call to action to the KRS chairman Thomas Elliott, the Kentucky Government Retirees have asked they have not only have a place at the table during the search for a new director, but also at the KRS board meetings.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Downtown Frankfort offices closed because of gas leak
     Frankfort Fire Department Battalion Chief Ryan Fischer said city and county emergency responders have closed down West Main from Lewis Street to Washington Street and St. Clair Street from Wapping to West Main streets. He said Columbia Gas crews are digging up gas mains at the corners of West Main and St. Clair and West Main and Washington to stop gas flow there. As a result, several downtown buildings will likely be closed for the rest of the day.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Drew Curtis makes the show if not the stage
     Drew Curtis appears to relish crashing the political party system, so it was no surprise he showed up uninvited to Tuesday night's gubernatorial debate at Centre College. He let himself in, but politely. Although the candidate was conspicuously absent from the debate stage, Curtis made the rounds in the Norton Center lobby, clad in a purple blazer and chatting up the crowd.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
EKU cancels all classes Wednesday, Thursday and Friday due to threats
     While there is no evidence of an imminent danger there has been an escalation in the threat, originating from social media. So all Eastern Kentucky University campuses will cancel classes today, Thursday and Friday. The current situation began Monday when graffiti with threatening language was found in an EKU building.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Breckinridge sheriff arrested on warrant in Warren
     Kentucky State Police arrested Breckinridge County Sheriff Todd Pate in Warren County on Monday on an warrant charging him with terroristic threatening. Pate, 45, has been Breckinridge County sheriff since 2003, according to the sheriff’s department website. He was stopped about 7 p.m. on the warrant, Frankfort KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb said Tuesday. The warrant said Pate allegedly made suicidal and homicidal statements, Webb said.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
You're being watched
     If you are at a Bowling Green city park, there’s a good chance you are on camera. City workers are putting finishing touches on installing 13 security cameras at three city parks to join the 225 to 250 cameras already installed around the city. The city already has an extensive network of cameras at other parks and city buildings. The cameras are primarily intended to be a deterrent to crime and as a risk management tool, city officials said.

Posted October 7, 2015 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Children found living in filth in Whitley home; four people arrested
     An animal welfare complaint regarding a horse Monday afternoon resulted in the parents of three children being charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. What Whitley County Animal Control Officer Wayne Perkins saw when he got there resulted in him contacting the Whitley County Sheriff's Department out of concern for the safety of children, according to a sheriff's department press release.


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