December 5, 2016

On Thursday, Calloway County High School hosted the West Kentucky Academic Bowl District tournament, with Marshall County High School and Murray High School competing against the Lakers for a chance to advance to the regional finals. In round 1, the Lakers defeated Marshall County 40-7 to advance to the finals, where the Lakers defeated Murray 28-7. With an undefeated evening, the Lakers advance to the televised West Kentucky Academic Bowl Regional tournament on January 27, on the campus of WKCTC in Paducah, where they will play the champions of districts 1, 2, and 3. The Lakers are coached by Erica Gray, Beth Morehead, Connie Umstead, and Dan Thompson. (Pictured L to R front: Kati Wyant, Claire Umstead, Michael Okuda, Griffen Sheridan. Back: Zach Ellis, Marshall Thompson, Brianna Madden, Lee Smith. Photo and story via Tawnya Hunter, CCSD Public Relations)

Authorities are investigating another case of cattle rustling but it is not known if 11 head of cattle reported stolen east of Murray last week are connected to a case in Tennessee where stolen cattle from a farm in Kirksey were discovered. Calloway County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Williams told the Murray Ledger and Times the cattle were taken from a herd along Cloverdale Lane near Faxon and was reported Wednesday night, but how long the cattle have been missing is unknown.

Marshall County ABC Officer Scott Brown contacted Deputy Steven Oakley Friday morning and advised him that there was a vehicle with someone sleeping inside parked in the lot at Benton Church of Christ. Oakley responded and discovered two males in the vehicle. An investigation revealed a syringe filled with an unknown liquid, multiple baggies of suspected methamphetamine, a large bag of a yet to be identified substance, various pills, and digital scales. The driver, was 35-year old Brandon Fitch of Paducah, who was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School, and Trafficking in Legend Drugs. The passenger, 21-year old Robert Stephens of Calvert City was charged with Possession of a Forged Prescription and Drug Paraphernalia, Possession or Trafficking in Legend Drugs, and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of School. Both were lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center and all substances will be submitted to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Graves County Deputies responded to an accident with injuries on Friday morning on KY 94 West in the Cuba area. 24-year old Ashley Doughty of Murray, was traveling West on KY 94 when she dropped off the North side of the roadway when she lost control of her vehicle, crossing over to the South side of the roadway into a ditch. The vehicle then rolled on its top several times before coming to a rest. Doughty was removed from the vehicle by Mayfield/Graves County EMS and transported to Jackson Purchase Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.

A vehicle pursuit Friday afternoon led to charges against a Graves County juvenile. Trooper Logan Burks initiated a traffic stop just before 3 pm on a vehicle for a traffic violation on West Farthing Street in Mayfield. Burks exited his cruiser at which point the suspect vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated. The suspect fled down West Farthing making multiple turns eventually striking a utility pole and fire hydrant. Troopers were then able to take the suspect into custody without further incident. A preliminary investigation showed the juvenile to be intoxicated and the vehicle that the juvenile was driving had also been reported as stolen on November 26. A search of the vehicle uncovered suspected synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The 17-year old was lodged at the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of of Wanton Endangerment, Fleeing or Evading Police, Criminal Mischief, Receiving Stolen Property, Reckless Driving, No Operators License, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, No Seatbelt, 4 Counts of Disregarding a Stop Sign, and 4 counts of Improper Signal.

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture recently awarded their annual Outstanding Young Alumnus and Outstanding Alumnus. David Hayden was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Young Alumnus. Hayden received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with an area in Animal Science from Murray State in 2007. As Regional Technical Sales Manager with Wolf-Tec Incorporated, he improved sales from $2.2 million to more than $7 million in just over a year. In 2015 he established the David Hayden Agriculture renewable scholarship of $1000 per year to be given to a Murray State student.

Arthur Green was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alumnus. Green received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Murray State in 1973 and a master’s degree in 1975. Green began his educational career as a Teacher of Agricultural Education and FFA advisor at Todd County High School and later served as Todd County Judge Executive. Green has also served on the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board. He currently serving as state FFA president.

Construction is under way on a new $3.2 million Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baptist Health Paducah, with completion expected in early 2017. The NICU will almost triple in size when it moves into a new 8,000-square-foot wing on the second floor of Medical Park 2. The much larger NICU will provide room to care for more babies and to give parents space for privacy and bonding. The NICU began with six beds and is now licensed for 14 beds with special equipment and trained staff to care for babies born up to three months early, weighing as little as two pounds.

The current Murray State University #RacersCare holiday campaign has featured a variety of kindness-related initiatives led by faculty, staff and students, including many examples involving the University’s regional campuses. Numerous campus, community organizations, and schools such as Murray Elementary School contributed to the Books for Belize project and, ultimately, approximately 4,000 books were collected. Students at the Murray State Paducah and Madisonville campuses were also involved in the Books for Belize effort. Five Murray State students will travel to Belize in January to student-teach for three weeks in the very schools targeted for the project.

The Madisonville campus recently co-hosted the fifth annual benefit dinner for a local toy drive and raised $9,000. Student ambassador activities through the Madisonville campus have also included a food drive for the Hopkins County Food Bank and a newspaper collection for the Hopkins County Humane Society.

The Paducah campus has hosted a holiday food and supply drive for area food pantries and Marshall County Need Line led by students in the public and community health program. Initiatives that have been led at the Murray State Hopkinsville campus include a recent Thanksgiving Food Drive by the Kentucky Education Association students and a Christmas for a Student program to assist children in need.

OWENSBORO—One man is dead and another is fighting for his life after a weekend shooting in Owensboro. Police say it looks like an argument ended in a gunfight. But investigators aren’t saying what started the argument. Police say they’re still looking for leads in the case.

FRANKFORT—People are buying more lottery tickets this year, just not as many as state officials had hoped. New numbers show lotto sales are up by about four-million dollars to more than 314-million over the past four months. But the state expected 13-million dollars more in sales. Lotto managers aren’t saying why sales are sluggish or what impact it will have on the state’s budget.

WASHINGTON DC—It will likely take years to replace Obamacare, so don’t be disappointed when if nothing happens this year. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell told a crowd in Louisville over the weekend that the Trump administration will likely have to phase-out Obamacare over several years. McConnell says the new Congress wants to replace the health care law, but can’t simply ‘snap its fingers.’

HENDERSON COUNTY—A man is facing numerous charges after trying to kidnap an ex-girlfriend who’s a minor in western Kentucky. State police say they arrested Henry Dixon of Henderson on Saturday. He was allegedly hiding near the victim’s home when he tried to kidnap her. She was able to escape and her father and brother then held Dixon until police arrived.

SHELBY COUNTY—Authorities are investigating a crash that killed a child and an adult in Shelby County. The accident happened on KY 55 on Friday. One-year-old Dennis Chapman was killed. The name of the adult who was killed has not been released at this time.

LEXINGTON—A woman is facing numerous charges after a bank fraud investigation. Lexington police say they arrested Dimitra McKissic last week. She allegedly opened two bank accounts with fraudulent identification. She was also apparently found in possession of the identities of 50 people.

OHIO COUNTY—Two people are facing charges after Kentucky State Police made a meth bust in Ohio County. They arrested Ricky and Crystal Fuqua after responding to a call of possible drug activity at a home in Fordsville on Saturday. They were found in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and a large amount of cash. They face charges including trafficking a controlled substance.

GLASGOW—Authorities are investigating an accident that killed an elderly woman in southern Kentucky. WBKO-TV is reporting that 82-year-old Geneva Morgan died in the accident that happened at Hutcheson Road and North Jackson Highway on Saturday. Morgan was hit by a vehicle after she got out of her car to remove debris from the roadway. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected factors in the accident.

CRITTENDEN COUNTY—One person is dead following a crash in Crittenden County. State police say the accident happened on U.S. 60 near Mattoon. The driver, 64-year-old Michael Myers, left the roadway on a curve and hit an embankment. Myers was killed and two others were injured.

TENNESSEE—Fourteen deaths are confirmed so far in the massive fires in Sevier County. The damage is still being surveyed in the area. The fires have affected over 16-hundred structures. Over 130 people were injured.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating the discovery of human remains near Knoxville. Rachel Madison went missing in Volusia County, Florida last Sunday after leaving her husband in southern Indiana. U.S. Marshals assisted in the arrest of her estranged husband Jarvis Madison on Friday. Human remains were found off of I-40 in the Knoxville area on Friday but they have not yet been confirmed to be those of Madison.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating an apparent accidental hunting death in Grundy County. WTVC-TV is reporting that the accident happened in the Clouse Hill area on Saturday afternoon. Michael Nunley was killed after he appears to have fallen off of a tree stand.

TENNESSEE—The cause of a fire that damaged a home in Hamilton County is under investigation. The fire happened at a home on Elliot Street in Soddy-Daisy on Saturday morning. The fire caused about 15- to 20-thousand-dollars worth of damage. The fire may have been caused by an electrical problem and no injuries were reported.

TENNESSEE—Someone is under arrest in a homicide investigation in Hardin County. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that 26-year-old Brandon Davis was shot and killed on Saturday morning at a home in Savannah. Several agencies assisted in the arrest of Billy Tomlinson of Pocahontas on Saturday night.

NASHVILLE—A wax figure of the legendary Minnie Pearl was unveiled during the 63rd annual Nashville Christmas parade this weekend. Madame Tussaud’s created the figure that was on a float during the parade on Saturday. Madame Tusssaud’s is opening a location in Nashville at Opry Mills in the spring of next year.

TENNESSEE—Police are searching for a man who killed a delivery driver while fleeing a robbery scene. Sixty-one-year-old Al Baker was shot and killed while in a Krispy Kreme delivery truck early yesterday morning. The suspect shot Baker as he was fleeing from a robbery at a gas station on Donelson Pike.

TENNESSEE—Four people are recovering from serious injuries after a crash in Clarksville. One person had to be extricated from the vehicle that crashed into a retaining wall at a high rate of speed yesterday morning. The accident happened near Governor’s Square Mall. Fire crews assisted at the scene.

NASHVILLE—A crash involving two semis is to blame for a fuel spill on I-24. The accident happened yesterday afternoon on I-24 near Old Hickory Boulevard. Minor injuries were reported. The eastbound lanes of I-24 were partially closed for a couple of hours for the cleanup.

NASHVILLE—The annual Rudolph the Red Nose Run raised thousands of dollars for a good cause. WKRN-TV is reporting that the 5K run on Saturday raised 50-thousand dollars for Needlink Nashville. Needlink Nashville assists elderly residents who are in danger of becoming homeless.