News

July 29, 2015

HEAT ADVISORY CONTINUES
A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 THIS EVENING. AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER 90S COMBINED WITH OPPRESSIVE HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL PRODUCE HEAT INDEX VALUES IN THE 105 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE. A HEAT INDEX OF 105 IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED THE THRESHOLD WHERE THE BODY BEGINS TO SUCCUMB TO THE EFFECTS OF THE HEAT, MAKING HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE A GREATER CONCERN IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU WORK OR PLAN TO SPEND MUCH TIME OUTSIDE, TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS AND DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS. IF POSSIBLE, STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED
ENVIRONMENT, STAY OUT OF THE SUN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING. ALSO, BE SURE PETS AND LIVESTOCK HAVE EASY ACCESS TO FRESH WATER AND SHADE.

MARSHALL COUNTY GOES WET
For the first time since 1938, alcohol sales will be legal in Marshall County. Voters went to the polls yesterday and approved the wet-dry measure by 202 votes. The final total was 6,431 voting to go wet, and 6,229 voting to remain dry. Randy Newcomb with the Kentucky Lake and Visitors Bureau said he was excited about the future in the county and thanked everyone who worked on getting the initiative passed. Keith Travis with the Say No Now organization said he was thankful that voters had the right to make their voices heard. Three years ago voters chose to stay dry by a margin of 695 votes.

FLASH FLOODING CLAIMS LIFE
Trigg County officials have identified a woman who died overnight when the roadway along KY 276 washed out from beneath her vehicle following a heavy downpour. According to Paula Flood with Trigg County Emergency Management, a Pennyrile Electric utility crew that had responded to an outage call was working near the site and saw the roadway wash out from under a vehicle as it crossed the Long Pond Branch Culvert. Units from several area agencies responded and searched downstream about 3 miles, but were unsuccessful in locating the car. As waters dropped, an employee of the Trigg County Road Department wash checking the roadway along Tyler Road and noticed what he thought were tires sticking out of the water and called searchers to that location. The car was submerged and upside down. Emergency response personnel were able to recover a body from the car at 1:09 am. The victim was identified at 61 year old Nancy Hyde Fox who had been visiting her brother for his birthday and was headed to her home just a few miles away. She is the mother of Trigg County Rescue Squad Chief Barry Fox who worked on the rescue and recovery effort.

BLOOD DRIVE WEDNESDAY
First Baptist Church and the MCCH Blood Donor Center are hosting a blood drive from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Wednesday at the church. The donor center is still in need of all blood types. If you are unable to come but would like to schedule an appointment to come to the Donor Center, or would like to arrange a blood drive onsite at your business, call the donor center at 270-762-1119 for more information.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER WKCTC THREAT
A man is in jail for allegedly threatening a terrorist act against West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Harry Thurby of McCracken County is not enrolled but was attending an adult education workshop at the Paducah school. Several witnesses reported hearing Thurby threaten to blow up the school yesterday morning. Police say he was wearing black military-type fatigues when they found him in a campus building, and they arrested him on a charge of terroristic threatening. A search turned up no explosives.

SIVILLS NAMED TO BAPTIST HEALTH POSITION
Baptist Health recently named Catherine Sivills as Regional Marketing and Public Relations Manager for its West Region, which includes Paducah and Madisonville. For the past 7 years, Sivills was Assistant Vice President of Branding, Marketing, and Communications at Murray State University. She also has served as Director of Planning and Marketing; Marketing/Membership Coordinator; and Public Relations Coordinator for Murray-Calloway County Hospital, as well as Account Executive for Sutton Advertising in Memphis. Sivills earned a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Murray State University.

ROAD CLOSED WEDNESDAY IN CALVERT CITY
P&L Railroad plans to close McFarlin Road in the Calvert City area of MARSHALL COUNTY starting Wedensday . McFarlin Road runs between Calvert City Road and Shar-Cal Road west of Calvert City. This crossing is about halfway between Calvert City Road and Stevenson Lane. Local access will be maintained for residents and property owners on each side of the closure point. The roadway is expected to close about 7 am Wednesday. It is expected to reopen sometime Friday afternoon. There will be no marked detour. Depending on weather, the McFarlin Road crossing may initially reopen with a gravel surface with paving to follow in a few days.

IN AND AROUND KENTUCKY
TENNESSEE—A small earthquake hit part of western Tennessee. WTVF-TV is reporting that the 2.2 magnitude earthquake happened around 6:03 yesterday morning about three miles southeast of Ridgely. The U.S. Geological Survey says the New Madrid seismic zone frequently sees small earthquakes in the region.

FRANKFORT—Kentucky State Police released a new mobile app. They released the app yesterday which is intended to increase communication between the agency and local communities. The app has several features including a voice messaging tip line, traffic notifications, and a photo tip feature

FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety held a ceremony to honor law enforcement officers and agencies who are trying to increase the use of seat belts and child safety seats. Officers with the most citations received awards yesterday. The KOHS says that 61-percent of motor vehicle fatalities in 2014 were victims who were not wearing seat belts.

FRANKFORT—Low-income families can use their SNAP benefits to buy fresh, nutritious local foods at more Kentucky farmers’ markets than ever before according to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Up to 225 farmers’ markets and individual producers now use Electronic Benefit Transfer equipment – a more than 10-fold increase from 21 markets in 2010. The EBT equipment enables customers to buy foods at farmers’ markets with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and to pay with debit or credit cards. Nationwide, farmers’ markets redeemed $16.6 million in SNAP benefits last year, compared with $4.2 million five years ago.

LINCOLN COUNTY—A Boyle County man is in the Lincoln County jail after his dogs escaped their kennels on Monday and mauled a woman. Police yesterday charged Christopher Pope with harboring a vicious animal and animal cruelty. His seven Presa Canarios attacked Loretta Stevens who was airlifted to UK Chandler where she was in fair condition. Authorities captured six of the dogs and fatally shot the seventh. The Humane Society removed one-dozen other dogs from Pope’s Danville home which was condemned due to its poor condition.

BELL COUNTY—A man is dead in Bell County after being bitten by a snake he’d been handling as part of a religious service on Sunday. Sixty-year-old John Brock of Stoney Fork was bitten on the left arm at Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church in Jenson. He refused medical treatment and died a few hours later at his brother’s home. The county coroner says there may have been extenuating circumstances, and that he’s still investigating.

HOPKINS COUNTY—There have been no charges as police continue to look into the death of a Muhlenberg County man. An autopsy on Joey Pleasant is inconclusive. The Hopkin’s County coroner says it’s still under investigation and that there may be definitive results in six to eight weeks. The 42-year-old Central City man was pronounced dead shortly after a fight at a house party in Dawson Springs on Sunday.

HART COUNTY—Police investigate a fatal two-car crash on Route 31 in Hart County. Nineteen-year-old Lille Gaddie of Bonnieville lost control and skidded into oncoming traffic. She died at the scene in Rowletts yesterday afternoon. Another young Bonnieville woman who was her passenger was in critical condition at the University of Louisville Hospital. The other driver was not hurt.

HARDIN COUNTY—A community is in mourning after a 13-year-old died in an accident. Authorities tell WKYT-TV that Kimberly Currens was riding her bike on Grayson Street in Upton when a car hit her on Friday. State police are investigating. No charges have currently been filed.

NELSON COUNTY—The search continues for a missing Bardstown woman. Thirty-five-year-old Crystal Rogers went missing on July 3rd. WAVE 3 News is reporting that dive teams searched Melody Lake in Nelson County yesterday. The lake that the teams searched is near the home of Rogers’ boyfriend who was the last person to see her.

ELIZABETHTOWN— Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Elizabethtown. Police say it happened around 12:57 a.m. yesterday morning at a home on Washington Street. They say officers found two men with multiple gunshot wounds. One man died. The other was transported to U of L Hospital for treatment.

LEXINGTON—A gas leak caused a dorm to be evacuated on UK’s campus. The Lexington Fire Department tells WKYT-TV that crews hit a gas service line near the Woodland Glen 1 dorm. Dorm residents were evacuated as a precaution. They were let back in the dorm after the gas line had been shut off for repairs.

LEXINGTON—Police arrested two suspects and are searching for a third wanted in connection to a homicide investigation from 2014. Police in Lexington say Darnell Bates was killed in October of last year during what appeared to be a burglary. They arrested Charles Patton and Caitlyn Conway who both face murder and burglary charges. Police are searching for 22-year-old Demarcus Harris. He is also facing murder and burglary charges.

CLARK COUNTY—A southern Indiana sheriff’s office arrested more than 30 people in connection to a sweep regarding child support payments. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested 32 people in Clark and Floyd counties. The amount of total unpaid child support was 398-thousand-dollars with some parents owing up to 70-thousand-dollars.

TENNESSEE—A man in eastern Tennessee is facing murder charges after an investigation. The TBI says that Gary Ford has been arrested in connection to the death of Coleen Turner, of Sweetwater. Authorities found Turner’s body in April at a home on Lefew Road in Ten Mile. Ford is facing second degree murder charges.

TENNESSEE—Two men that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation recently placed on their Top 10 Most Wanted List are now in custody. The TBI says they arrested Darryl Starks and Terrance Kimbrough at a home on Blank Street in Nashville. The men are facing numerous charges including murder and attempted murder in connection to multiple incidents. Several agencies assisted in the arrests.

TENNESSEE—Authorities in central Tennessee are investigating after the discovery of a body. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office tells WSMV-TV that a fisherman discovered the body of a female in Center Hill Lake on Sunday. They say she had last been seen on Saturday. The exact cause of death is under investigation.

TENNESSEE—A man arrested for trying to hire someone to kill his wife is facing additional charges. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that Fred Wortman the Third tried to hire an undercover agent during an investigation. Now they say he tried to hire a jail inmate to kill his wife after he had been taken into custody. He faces two counts of solicitation to commit first degree murder. He faces one count of attempted murder in relation to a previous poisoning incident regarding his wife.

TENNESSEE—A Morgan County man shot and injured two men who were trying to break into his home. The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting that the incident happened at a home in Petros around 2:30 yesterday morning. The 79-year-old homeowner heard the men trying to enter the bedroom of his home. He shot both suspects, ages 17 and 18, who were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

TENNESSEE—Several thousand customers lost power after area storms. WSMV-TV is reporting that more than 14-thousand customers lost power after storms hit around 3 yesterday afternoon. The outage caused problems at Nashville International Airport. Officials say passengers had to use stairs to get on and off flights because the jet bridges used for boarding had no power.

TENNESSEE—Police are investigating an attempted break-in at a Nashville gun shop. Police say a suspect tried to cut a hole in a barbed wire fence behind the Nashville Gun Shop on Antioch Pike. The suspect was not able to get into the store. Police are reviewing surveillance video of the incident.

TENNESSEE—Grammy-winning country music artist Miranda Lambert raised funds for a scholarship she founded at Belmont University. The Tennessean is reporting that Lambert raised money at her concert that took place last night at 3rd and Lindsley. The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide more than 40-thousand dollars in scholarships to female students who major in music business, songwriting, or entertainment industry studies.