FEBRUARY 24, 2020

Kentucky State Police are searching for an inmate who left a work release program at Brooks Stadium in Paducah. 35-year old Daniel Bell of Paintsville was last seen before 6 pm yesterday at Brooks Stadium as part of a work release program. It is believed he stole a maroon 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck (KY plate 055-VVX). Bell is described as a white male, 6’2″ tall, weighing approximately 218 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a barge hit on the Brookport Bridge at Paducah yesterday morning. A towboat pushing 8 empty barges scraped a pier on the main Kentucky span of the structure. The Coast Guard immediately contacted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and yesterday afternoon a certified bridge inspector completed a safety check and confirmed only a scrape on the pier and no damage to the bridge structure.

Team One of Lone Oak Middle School won the U.S. Department of Energy’s West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl on Friday. Calloway County Middle School finished second. The five-member Lone Oak team will travel to Washington DC to compete in the DOE National Science Bowl Finals beginning April 30, joining the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science team that won the high school competition on February 7. The all-day Science Bowl tournament quizzes middle school students on their knowledge of life science, physical science, Earth and space science, energy, and mathematics.

The Murray State News earned first place in general excellence in advertising and first place in general excellence in news at the 2020 Kentucky Press Association annual conference held in Lexington last month. The student newspaper staff garnered 16 first-place wins, 17 second-place honors, and 12 third-place mentions in various news and advertising categories in the student publications class 1 category. Associate professor of journalism and mass communications Dr. Melony Shemberger also presented a session at the KPA conference on investigative reporting. Additionally, faculty advisor Stephanie Anderson was recently elected chair of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association for 2020-21. Murray State University will host the annual KIPA conference in August.

A slow-moving superload is expected to resume travel through portions of Trigg County today. The superload remains parked near the Wallonia community in Trigg County. At this time, the crew anticipates being on the road sometime around 9 am today. The load has a permit to move from a parking spot at Seven Springs Farms southward along KY 276 to U.S. 68 to Cadiz where it will take South Road into Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is in the process of approving permits for a travel route along mostly 2-lane highways through West Tennessee into Mississippi.

A work zone for brush cutting along Interstate 24 near the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge will move to the eastbound lanes today to allow brush cutting along the right of way. Brush cutting will continue along the eastbound lanes through the Exit 31 interchange to the I-24 Cumberland River Bridge over about the next month. This work zone is expected to be active from approximately 7 am to about 3:30 pm each day.

New York Times best-selling author Andrew Maraniss returns to West Kentucky Community and Technical College to share about his new book Games of Deception, the true story of the first U.S. Olympic basketball team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany. Maraniss’ presentation is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 tonight in Crounse Hall. Light refreshments will be available prior at 6 pm in the atrium.

Spring forest fire hazard season began last week, which means there are restrictions on when you can burn in the county. The Kentucky Division of Forestry says that during the period between February 15 and April 30, it is illegal to burn within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between 6 am and 6 pm, unless the ground is covered with snow. A fall forest fire hazard season is also enforced each year between October 1 and December 15. A reminder that it is illegal to burn without a permit in the City of Murray.

Murray State University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is one of four higher education institutions nationally to be selected as a recipient of the 2019 Fall Service Project Award by the prestigious honor society. The chapter partnered with University Libraries to participate in Engineering Day, a one-day event for Girl Scouts on October 26 on campus. The chapter’s goal was to promote the value of learning and the role organizations like Phi Kappa Phi play in academic development. Chapter members served as volunteers for the event, staffed an information table with Phi Kappa Phi materials, and discussed the importance of research and scholarly inquiry with more than 150 girls whose ages ranged from 10 to 17 years old.

LOUISVILLE—The chairman of the Louisville Democratic Party is dead after a battle with brain cancer. J. Russell Lloyd died yesterday morning at the age of 50. Vice-chair Virginia Woodward will step up as acting chair of the party. Woodward said in a statement that Lloyd had made a “permanent mark” on the way the Louisville Democratic Party functions and that he left a legacy of leadership. Lloyd is credited with helping to elect Democrats statewide, including Governor Andy Beshear.

OWENSBORO—An Owensboro woman is being identified as the victim in a deadly crash. Police say 54-year-old Joyce Depoyster died after she was ejected from a vehicle that rolled over. The crash happened early Saturday morning in the 29-hundred-block of Ridgewood Street in Owensboro when two vehicles collided. OPD says one of the drivers was charged with drunk driving and the crash is still under investigation.

LEXINGTON—An investigation is underway after shots were fired into a Lexington Apartment. The incident happened early yesterday morning at an apartment complex off Devonport Drive, near Versailles Road and Alexandria Drive. None of the four people inside the apartment were hurt. Police found shell casings in the area.

KNOTT COUNTY—A reward is being offered in a Knott County elk poaching case. State wildlife officials announced a four-thousand-dollar reward yesterday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for poaching two bull elk. The incident happened Thursday in the Ball Creek area.

FLEMING COUNTY—A Fleming County native is being remembered on the anniversary of an iconic World War Two photo. Iwo Jima Flag Raising shows six Marines raising an American flag at the highest point on Iwo Jima. Kentucky Marine Franklin Sousley was one of the six Marines pictured in the photo that has become a symbol for the Corps. It was taken 75 years ago yesterday and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. Sousley was shot to death by a sniper a month later.

FLOPYD COUNTY—The reward is going up for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for killing at least 20 horses in eastern Kentucky. The reward is up to 23-thousand dollars. The horses were found shot near a strip mine in Floyd County in December. Anyone with information is asked to call the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

HART COUNTY—Kentucky State Police are investigating after human skeletal remains were found in Hart County. KSP responded yesterday afternoon to the scene where the remains were found. The Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office also responded to inspect the remains.

TENNESSEE—The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is releasing a new photo of missing toddler Evelyn Boswell. The new photo was released last evening after an AMBER Alert was issued by the TBI on behalf of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office last week. The reward for information about the 15-month-old is up to nearly 60-thousand dollars. Authorities say they’ve received nearly 400 tips.

TENNESSEE—A man is dead after his vehicle was hit by a train. The collision happened on Cheatham Street in Springfield late Saturday night. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says 49-year-old David Sowell was killed when his vehicle overturned several times. No one else was injured in the crash.

TENNESSEE—The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is announcing the shows coming to Nashville for the upcoming 2020-2021 Broadway season. Nearly a dozen Broadway shows will make their way to Music City. They include Come From Away, 1776, Mean Girls and Disney’s The Lion King. The Band’s Visit, The Prom and Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA will also take the stage.