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Posted September 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Madison school evacuated due to pepper spray incident
     Officials evacuated Madison Central High School Thursday morning after an incident involving pepper spray, WKYT reported. Madison County Schools' Erin Stewart told reporters a student asked another student to get keys out of a backpack and the pepper spray accidentally went off while the keys were being removed.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Knott woman dies from crash injuries
     An accident in the Emmalena community earlier this week claimed the life of a Knott County woman. A wreck in Knott County Monday evening resulted in Violet Ritchie, 41, of Fisty to be transported to Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital in Perry County. Ritchie was transferred to Pikeville Medical Center in Pike County where she was pronounced dead on Tuesday, according to WYMT.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Ledger Independent ]
Grant moves digital communications forward
     A grant from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security will upgrade radios for the Mason County Sheriff's Office, part of the process to change local emergency communications from analog to digital. The $21,000 grant announced this month is part of $2.7 million in grants awarded throughout the state, including several within the Buffalo Trace Area.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Floyd honored as “District of Distinction” for third year
     The Floyd County School District is once again a “District of Distinction,” with several schools earning some of the highest overall scores in the state. The Kentucky Department of Education released Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress assessment results this week, giving the district an overall score of 80.3 and classifying it as a distinguished/progressing school district alongside its honor as a District of Distinction. It is one of only 15 public school districts to earn that title. A decade ago, it was one of the lowest performing districts in the state.

    Posted September 29, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Problems found in Kentucky’s police training and pay programs
     A special examination found several policy and financial problems with Kentucky’s criminal justice training program and an associated fund to provide training and incentive pay for officers. The exam of the state Department of Criminal Justice Training and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund, both of which are housed at Eastern Kentucky University, found “a serious lack of oversight and transparency, resulting in poor policies and procedures, circumventing state procurement and hiring law, and unnecessary expenditures,” said state Auditor Mike Harmon.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Fire chief: Covington building collapse injures 4
     Four people were injured around 11 a.m. Thursday when a sign and several bricks detached from the top of a building on West Pike Street in Covington. One victim was buried under fallen bricks, said Covington Fire Chief Dan Mathew. Witnesses assisted that person until emergency personnel arrived to the 121 West Pike Street address.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ McCreary County Voice ]
Kentucky's Trump tower a Twitter topic
     Regardless of political party affiliation, one has to admit it’s rather exciting when an interesting, historical McCreary County landmark, currently referred to as “Kentucky’s Trump Tower,” draws visitors from the surrounding area and becomes the topic of a Twitter post by Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. That is exactly what is happening to the historical Stearns Fire Tower overlooking McCreary County for over 82 years.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ McCreary County Voice ]
Woman arrested after throat slashing in McCreary
     McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy Odell Smith stated Miranda Allen, 21, is accused of slashing another woman’s throat early Saturday morning, in what could be a drug-related crime. The incident began to unfold around 4 a.m. Saturday when a blood-soaked victim, identified as Jamie Lynch, made her way to McCreary County EMS with a significant wound to her neck.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Springfield Sun ]
Heroin overdoses on rise in Washington County
     A nationwide problem is slowly sinking its deadly claws into Springfield. Heroin has reached the state and national spotlight, but according to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, there have been three heroin overdoses locally in the last month. All of which, Smith said, proved to be non-fatal, thanks to Washington County EMS. All three of the overdoses occurred in one week’s time.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Russell Register ]
Russell police seize 75 pounds of marijuana
     An investigation by the Russell County Sheriff's Department (RCSO) and kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Invesigations recently resulted in the seizure of approximately 75 pounds of marijuana, according to the RCSO. The investigation also led to the arrest of David Lopez, 39, of Russell Springs.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Casey County News ]
Overdose cases in Casey on the rise
     Statistics provided at a meeting Thursday of the Casey County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Thursday are shocking in and of themselves. Compiled by ASAP, from Sept. 1, 2015, through July 31, 2016, 78 drug-and alcohol-related overdose emergency room visits at Casey County Hospital were reported, with 53 of the 78 being ages 40 and under. The remaining 35 ranged in age from 41-90. Of the 78, five were alcohol-related; one, cocaine; one, meth; 70, polysubstances; and one, from heroin. Polysubstances are a combination of drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, hydrocodone, etc. These are the overdose cases reported. What’s more striking are the number of overdose deaths reported statewide.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
New winery opens on Bourbon Trail
     If you asked where Chris Hayden and Greg Karsner get their enthusiasm, they would look at you with a wide grin, shrug and say, “We make wine for a living.” The two of them recently purchased a large plot of land at 25 Arthur Mattingly Road in Lebanon. It used to be home to WhiteMoon Winery, which closed its doors in December 2015. The facility will open its doors once again under new ownership. The new winery will be called Jester’s Winery by Horseshoe Bend. “When this became available, it was something he and I knew would be worth-while,” Karsner said.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Oldham Era ]
Prospect council approves Google Fiber agreement
     Prospect may soon have internet service 100 times faster than current providers offer after its city council passed a franchise agreement allowing Google to bring its Fiber internet service to the city during their Sept. 19 meeting. Council members also suggested the competition from Google’s high-speed service could improve other local service providers.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ LaRue County Herald News ]
New Halloween attraction in LaRue
     Thrill seekers will no longer have to travel outside of LaRue County for some safe and fun Halloween Horror. LaRue County Fairgrounds Haunted Barn will be opening Friday, September 30 at dark. Visitors can make their way through the haunted barn and there will also be a hay ride.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Ohio man arrested on sex offense charges in Scott County
     An Ohio man was arrested Monday in Georgetown on a sex offense charge. David Robert Dunn, 58, of Beavercreek, Ohio, was arrested and charged with prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor/peace officer, a Class D Felony. A Kentucky Office of the Attorney General arrest report alleges Dunn was talking to an undercover investigator online. Dunn allegedly told the undercover investigator he wanted "to meet undercover for the purpose of arranging sex with their minor children," the report states.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Henry County Local ]
School bus cameras to capture passing motorists
     If a motorist passes a Henry County Public Schools bus with the stop arm out, educators will go to the video in order to prosecute the offender. District leaders have made the investment to install cameras on the exterior of an undisclosed number of school buses in order to keep students safe, explained Kevin Whitt, transportation director. Placed just under the stop arm, the camera captures images of the make and model of the vehicles, the license plates and the drivers who pass when the flashing red lights are on and the stop sign is out.
This is when a student may be crossing the road to get on the bus or to walk home.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ News Democrat ]
Carroll County purchases Camp Kysoc for $350,000
     Carroll County Fiscal Court agreed Tuesday to purchase the Camp Kysoc property for $350,000 from the Kentucky Department of State Parks after discussing the matter during an executive session. Magistrate Mark Bates made a motion to purchase the property and use funds from the LGEA fund for the purchase. The motion was seconded by Magistrate Kerry Graham and passed.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Suspect strikes sheriff with vehicle during chase
     A Campbellsville man was arrested Tuesday morning on several charges after allegedly hitting Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton with his vehicle during a pursuit on Saloma Road. Campbellsville Police Department officers arrested Danny R. Tungate, 34, on charges of first-degree assault of a police officer, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, fleeing or evading police on foot, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and eight counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Cadiz Record ]
Trigg considers technology audit
     Trigg County magistrates are considering a closer look at the county's technology and how services are billed. Bruce Brooks and Carl Overton, representatives of Telecom Audit Group based in Birmingham, Ala., spoke to magistrates during the Sept. 19 fiscal court meeting in hopes of obtaining a contract from the county to audit all if its technology based services. The company, Brooks said, examines billing versus services actually provided to determine if an governmental agency has been overbilled and worked to obtain refunds based on that overbilling for the client.

Posted September 29, 2016 [ Trimble Banner ]
Bedford on edge after alleged sexual assault
     Residents of the Bedford community are on edge after reports of an alleged brutal sexual assault and stabbing circulated recently. A Louisville television station broke the story late last week, a report that served to scare many residents of the community. Bedford Mayor Todd Pollock said he has been inundated with calls, texts, emails and visits from concerned citizens since word began to circulate. Pollock contacted the Trimble County Sheriff’s Department and confirmed that an incident had been reported.


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