May 25, 2016
CUNNINGHAM PLEADS NOT GUILTY
In Marshall County Circuit Court on Tuesday, 38-year old Joseph Cunningham of Paducah pleaded not guilty to murder, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, and being a persistent felony offender. Cunningham was charged after the body of Gary Lambert was found near an abandoned house in the Marshall County community of Possum Trot. Cunningham’s attorney asked Circuit Judge James Jameson to consider reducing her client’s bond, a move that was opposed by Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship.
TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO CHARGES
A Tuesday night traffic stop on US 45 South has led to DUI and drug charges for a Mayfield woman. Graves County deputies conducted a search of the vehicle being driven by 57-year-old Sharon Young , and reportedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia. Young was charged with DUI, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Graves County Jail.
WHITFIELD VOTES FOR TWO BILLS
First District Congressman Ed Whitfield yesterday voted in favor of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. In a statement following the vote, Whitfield said that public confidence in the safety of chemicals and the products that contain them are vital to our economic growth. Given industry advancements and increases in interstate and global commerce that have taken place over the past 40 years, Whitfield said the TSCA was simply no longer adequate to provide the necessary safety protections to consumers while at the same time continuing to encourage industry growth and innovation. Whitfield also voted yesterday for the Zika Vector Control Act. Whitfield said the best approach to combat Zika is to stop it before it becomes a public health crisis, adding that the legislation allows state and local governments to proactively use pesticides that are already approved for use to combat the mosquitos that carry dangerous diseases such as Zika, without having to first obtain an additional permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.
I-24 BARRIER WORK DELAYED
Due to weather conditions, a contractor for The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was unable to install a temporary barrier wall along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 in Marshall County as planned on Tuesday. To avoid the potential for traffic delays during the Memorial Day holiday driving period, the contractor has moved the nighttime barrier wall installation to June 1 where traffic from Purchase Parkway Exit 52-A northbound merges with I-24 eastbound traffic at Exit 25 in Calvert City. The contractor will be erecting a temporary concrete barrier along the eastbound shoulder of I-24 near mile point 25 during the overnight hours of June 1st. The work should be completed by 6 am on June 2nd.
NATURE STATION TO HOST WILDLIFE CELEBRATION
LBL’s Woodlands Nature Station will hold a Wildlife Celebration this Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors will mingle with Smokey Bear, gobble with turkeys, and have up-close encounters with native wildlife in the Nature Station’s backyard at Land Between The Lakes. Special event programs are included with standard admission unless otherwise noted. LBL will also be offering two canoe trips this weekend for people to view wildlife from the water.
IN AND AROUND KENTUCKY
FRANKFORT—Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking the state’s highest court to order Governor Matt Bevin to restore money for the state’s colleges and universities. Beshear wants the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court judge. He warns of ‘untold constitutional conflicts’ and the ‘evisceration’ of the separation of powers in the statehouse. Bevin ordered the budget cuts to send more money to pensions. A judge last week says the governor has the power to spend money in the state.
FRANKFORT—The Beshear-Bevin feud in Kentucky is as strong as ever. Governor Matt Bevin yesterday replaced former First Lady Jane Beshear on Kentucky’s Horse Park Commission. Bevin issued an executive order eliminating the old commission, and creating a new one. Lawmakers blocked the governor’s request for a law to authorize the changes. Bevin’s office dismissed the controversy, saying reorganizations aren’t unusual in state government.
WASHINGTON, DC—Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell says he could’ve been in charge in the U.S. Senate much earlier if it weren’t for outside conservative groups. The Senate Majority leader is blasting conservative political groups in his new book ‘The Long Game.’ McConnell points to races in 2010 and 2012 that he thinks conservatives lost by backing unelectable candidates.
OHIO COUNTY—A man is facing several charges after taking police in Ohio County on a chase while driving under the influence. Kentucky State Police say Jonathan Bryant of Beaver Dam fled while traveling on Taylor Mine Road in McHenry on Monday. He also fled on foot. Bryant faces charges including DUI and fleeing or evading police.
MERCER COUNTY—Authorities are investigating an accident that killed a cable worker in Mercer County. Forty-two-year-old William Cocanougher died in the accident that happened during his service call for Time Warner Cable along Moberly Road on Monday. He was hit by a passing vehicle. He had blocked off the area with a safety cone and also had lights flashing on his vehicle.
MUHLENBERG COUNTY—Authorities in Muhlenberg County are investigating the discovery of human remains. WBKO-TV is reporting that the remains were found around 7:00 on Monday night near Drake School Road in Central City. Few other details are known at this time.
LOUISVILLE—Police are continuing to investigate a double homicide. Family members tell WDRB-TV that the victims were 14-year-old Larry Ordway and 16-year-old Maurice Gordon. Police found the bodies of two males on Sunday afternoon on River Park Drive. Their mother said she had last seen them on Saturday night.
FAYETTE COUNTY—Police are warning residents in the Lexington area about several credit card skimming devices that have been found. Police say the devices have been found on gas pumps and on at least four ATM’s. Card users are reminded to check for any activity on their cards.
TENNESSEE—Three people in Bradley County are facing charges after allegedly kidnapping a man at gunpoint. The victim told police he was assaulted and kidnapped on Monday. The suspects withdrew 200-dollars using his debit card. The man suffered head and leg injuries. Those arrested face charges including aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.
TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating a deadly kayaking accident in eastern Tennessee. WBIR-TV is reporting the accident happened in a cove near Panther Creek State Park in Morristown around 7:36 Monday night. James Campbell went under the water after the kayak he was in overturned. Crews were able to recover his body a short time later.
TENNESSEE—Police in Chattanooga are searching for a shooting suspect who injured a minor. WTVC-TV is reporting the shooting happened last night on 10th Avenue. A boy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating a deadly crash that involved a farming tractor in Madison County. WBBJ-TV is reporting 22-year-old Michael Yancey of Jackson died in the accident that happened yesterday morning on Highway 70. He appears to have hit the back of a John Deere tractor while trying to pass in a no-passing zone.
TENNESSEE—An elderly couple from Smyrna that had been reported missing has been found safe in Sparta. WSMV-TV is reporting police had been searching for Betty and James Brasfield. The couple had last been seen leaving for an appointment on Monday. A good Samaritan in Sparta recognized the couple from a Facebook post and called police.
NASHVILLE—Several country music stars performed during a special concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the USO. The event took place last night at the Grand Ole Opry. Several artists including the Oak Ridge Boys, the Charlie Daniels Band and Lee Greenwood performed at the event.
NASHVILLE—A man wanted for attempted murder is now in custody. Police arrested Kuyvonta Cain yesterday. He had been wanted for a shooting that seriously injured a man in January on Sylvan Street. He faces charges of both attempted murder and especially aggravated robbery.
TENNESSEE—Police are investigating a shooting at a storage facility in Antioch. The shooting happened around 2:30 yesterday morning at the CubeSmart Self-Storage facility at Murfreesboro Road and Forest View Drive. The victim told police he was in his storage unit when four men approached him and shot him several times.
TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Rutherford County. WSMV-TV is reporting that the fire happened around 10:00 on Monday night at a home on Oregon Road in Lascassas. Fire officials say it appears the home’s owners had moved out of the home and no injuries were reported.
NASHVILLE—Police are searching for a suspect who stole about 40-thousand-dollars worth of guitars. Police say the burglary happened at the Gibson Custom Shop on Elm Hill Pike around 5:00 yesterday morning. The male suspect cut through a fence and broke a window to get into the shop. He took ten guitars and fled the scene in a white vehicle.
NASHVILLE—Rental scams are being reported in the Nashville area. WKRN-TV is reporting that online ads for rental properties are using pictures of homes that are not for rent. The scammers collect deposits and rent from the fictional ads. Police have received 27 rental scam fraud complaints.