July 5, 2016

Thunderstorms with torrential rains Sunday and Monday closed roads and streets, caused power outages, reports of lightning and wind damage, stalled cars, downed trees, and flooded a few houses north of Murray. Our gage measured almost 7 inches of rain over the two-day period with some areas reporting rain totals around the 10 inch mark. Storms Sunday downed trees in the Kirksey area with wind damage reported in several areas north of Murray. In Benton, the northbound lanes of Poplar Street are closed between 16th Street and 15th Street along the oneway northbound section which is also part of Highway 641. Floodwaters eroded pavement at the north end of the Town Creek Bridge. An inspector said the bridge is sound, but erosion of the road base has made the pavement unsafe for travel. A bridge in the Bent Creek Subdivision in Benton did collapse after debris from the storm clogged the opening under the road creating water pressure strong enough to burst through the pavement. Rain also postponed Murray’s Briggs & Stratton Fireworks Extravaganza that was to be held last night It has been rescheduled for this Sunday night at 9:30.

Kentucky State Police received a report Friday afternoon of a female with a firearm who had allegedly shot two men on KY 307 in Carlisle County. Troopers responded and located 68-year old Martha Ligon of Bardwell at the intersection of KY 1173 and KY 307 north. She was holding a handgun but dropped the handgun when instructed to do and was taken into custody. a short distance away, Kentucky State Police located a car stopped in the roadway on KY 307 North. Inside the vehicle, in the passenger seat, troopers found 83-year old Ray Ligon of Bardwell with a gunshot wound to the neck. Also located near the scene was another male, 28-year old Shane Courtney of Arlington who had a gunshot wound to the right shoulder. Preliminary investigation indicates that Martha Ligon was driving in Milburn with her husband Ray Ligon when, for an unknown reason, she began following what is believed to be a random vehicle. Martha Ligon followed the vehicle into the driveway of a residence in Milburn. She then allegedly exited the vehicle and for unknown reasons began firing shots at several random individuals. No one was injured during this altercation and Martha Ligon returned to her vehicle and fled down 307 North. Martha Ligon then shot her husband in the neck. A short while later, Shane Courtney drove up behind the couple as they were stopped in the roadway on KY 307 North. Martha Ligon then shot at Courtney as he sat in his vehicle. Ray Ligon was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he died later that night. Courtney was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville with non-life threatening injuries. Martha Ligon was arrested and charged with Murder before being lodged in the McCracken County Jail.

Dennis and Loretta Adams of Hardin recently raised $734.68 for Hospice of Murray Calloway County Hospital. The Murray Star #433 Order of the Eastern Star, together with Loretta Adams, and her husband, Dennis, organized a pasta dinner held at the Masonic Lodge as a fundraiser to the Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare in support of the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House nearing completion. Loretta Adams said she has always had a passion to support Hospice from the beginning and has wanted to help people. For more information on how you can support the Hospice House or other initiatives, call 270-227-0253.

FRANKFORT—Condolences are pouring in after Kentucky’s long-time lottery director passed away late last week. Arch Gleason died Friday from injuries sustained in a fall. Gleason ran the lottery for years, serving under five different governors. He announced his retirement less than a month ago.

LEXINGTON—Kentucky Christian University graduate Laura Jones has been crowned Miss Kentucky. Jones won the pageant competing as Miss Danville on Saturday night. The 23-year-old will represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jones competed against 29 hopefuls at the Singletary Center for the Arts at UK. Miss Jefferson County Talia Horn was voted first runner up. Jones’ platform is raising awareness of eating disorders in young women, an issue she has struggled with.

TENNESSEE—Clarksville police say a 3-year-old boy has died after shooting himself with a gun in the face. The Leaf-Chronicle reports Clarksville police spokesman Lt. Steve Warren said the child was visiting with family from Fort Riley, Kansas, when he was shot Friday at a residence. He says the child fired one shot from a .40-caliber handgun registered to the owner of the home. Warren says the child was pronounced dead at a Clarksville hospital. Warren said no charges were immediately filed and the investigation is continuing.

WASHINGTON, DC— Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell announced last week that the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center has received nearly $400,000 in funding to implement evidence-based programs to evaluate violence and injury related fatalities across the Commonwealth. Senator McConnell contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who approved the federal competitive grant, on behalf of his constituents at the agency. KIPRC is a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. In 2014, Kentucky ranked 5th highest in unintentional injury fatality rate and 12th highest in motor vehicle fatality rate in the nation.

LOUISVILLE—Democrats on Louisville’s Metro Council say it’s time to vote on a higher minimum wage. The minimum wage in Louisville just went to eight-dollars and 25-cents an hour last week. Democrats say they want to see Louisville adopt a starting wage of at least 10-dollars and 10-cents an hour.

GRAYSON COUNTY—A Louisville teenager died in an accidental drowning in Grayson County. Eighteen-year-old DeShawn King was killed in the accident that happened at the Panther Creek boat ramp. The teen did not resurface after jumping off a dock.

BULLITT COUNTY—Police in Shepherdsville are searching for a woman who ran over a police officer’s leg while fleeing. Police are looking for 31-year-old Taira Litsey. When an officer tried to take her into custody for an outstanding warrant on Sunday she fled and hit him. The officer has since been released from the hospital. Litsey may be in a stolen bronze-colored 2002 Buick Park Avenue with Kentucky plates.

CLARK COUNTY—Crews helped to rescue two injured hikers who fell about 50-feet in Clark County. WKYT-TV is reporting that the accident happened near the Kentucky River near Highway 627 this weekend. It took crews several hours to get to the hikers who had to be lifted and hauled by a rope system. They were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

BOONE COUNTY—Authorities are investigating a deadly crash in northern Kentucky where the driver may have suffered a medical emergency. The accident happened on I-275 in Boone County on Saturday. The victim has been identified as 57-year-old Charles Carpenter of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Witnesses saw his vehicle drifting before it hit a guardrail.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating an ATV accident that killed a teenager in Shelby County. WMC-TV is reporting the crash happened near Welbourne Cove and Summers Road in Arlington. Fourteen-year-old Michael Ellis was killed after the ATV overturned on him. Ellis had recently finished eighth grade at Briarcrest Christian School.

TENNESSEE—A Goodlettsville man died in an apparent accidental drowning in Clarksville. Authorities say 59-year-old Charles Cole died after the accident that happened at the Cumberland River on Sunday. Cole appears to have fallen into the water while he was trying to pull up the anchor on a boat. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.

TENNESSEE—Police are searching for a homicide suspect after the discovery of a body in Chattanooga. WTVC-TV is reporting police found the body of 23-year-old Aisha Bearden Hood at her apartment on West Main Street yesterday. Her exact cause of death has not been released yet.

TENNESSEE—Authorities in eastern Tennessee are searching for a man who escaped police custody in handcuffs. WBIR-TV is reporting police in Greene County are looking for Johnathan Jones. They say he escaped from a police cruiser on Friday after being taken into custody at a home on North Heritage Road.

TENNESSEE—A woman involved in a crash last week in McNairy County has died. WBBJ-TV is reporting 75-year-old Wanda Plunk of Adamsville died on Sunday. She was involved in a crash that happened on Purdy Road outside of Selmer on Thursday.

TENNESSEE—Authorities are investigating a crash that killed a Benton County man. WBBJ-TV is reporting the accident happened on Highway 641 near Holladay on Sunday. Fifty-nine-year-old Rickey Anderson of Camden died of his injuries. His vehicle hit another vehicle head-on.

TENNESSEE—Police are searching for two suspects who shot and injured two men in Springfield. The “Smokey Barn News” is reporting the incident happened on 15th Avenue near Bessie Street. One male victim was shot in the leg and the other in the neck. The extent of their injuries is not known.

TENNESSEE—A child is recovering after suffering an eye injury caused by a sparkler. The accident happened at a home in Cookeville on Sunday. The boy also suffered burns to his face and was transferred to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for treatment.

TENNESSEE—A man is recovering from serious injuries after an accident involving fireworks. WKRN-TV is reporting Tyler Moore of Chapel Hill was airlifted for treatment after the accident that happened on Sunday. A shell that appeared to be a dud went off in his hand. He suffered second and third-degree burns.

TENNESSEE—Crews helped to rescue 21 people on a boat that became stuck in Wilson County. WTVF-TV is reporting the boat became stuck yesterday in mud and rocks on Old Hickory Lake. Smoke was seen coming from the boat. No injuries were reported.

TENNESSEE—A coach and teacher in Lebanon has been fired pending an investigation. WSMV-TV is reporting Michael Shepard has been fired from his head softball coaching position at Wilson Central High School. No word on what the investigation is regarding.

TENNESSEE—Thousands gathered to celebrate the July 4th holiday in Nashville despite rainy weather. The annual fireworks show can attract a crowd of 250-thousand people. Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow performed at the Ascend Amphitheater before the fireworks display.