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Posted June 24, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Police chase reached 100 mph
     A Frankfort man who led police on a high-speed chase through Franklin County has been indicted on several charges, including endangering the lives of two police officers and fleeing police. Police clocked 40-year-old Troy Wilson speeding about 12 mph over the limit on East Main Street May 1, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said. When officers tried to pull him over, Wilson, whose license was suspended after a DUI, fled in his 2001 Pontiac and led police on a chase with speeds in excess of 100 mph, Cleveland said.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Banana tree thrives at Boyle County home
     Bananas typically grow in a tropical climate, and while the temperatures in these parts have certainly been tropical lately, it doesn’t necessarily follow that bananas would sprout in Junction City. Yet there they are, a lovely little bunch of them, growing on a tree beside Pauline Phillips’ home. Phillips’ yard is actually a mini banana plantation, with 15 trees in all.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Mercer County forms commission on human rights
     The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has announced the formation of the Mercer County Commission on Human Rights, serving Harrodsburg, Burgin and Mercer County. Glenda Green, a Kentucky Commission on Human Rights representative, asked the county to establish the local commission. She worked with officials through its formation and commissioner training. Green said an ordinance officially establishing the commission’s function is under consideration by the county.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lincoln County house burns after owner spends two years building it
     Paul Isaacs had been working on his dream home for more than two years. It went up in flames this morning before he ever got a chance to live in it. The home on Ky. 78 between Hustonville and Stanford in Lincoln County was destroyed by a fire that was reported just after midnight and had fully engulfed the structure by the time firefighters arrived, said Lincoln County Fire Chief Danny Glass. The fire is considered suspicious because electricity had not yet been connected to the house, Glass said this morning.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Drowning: Butler County man’s body found
     The body of a swimmer who went missing Monday near Woodbury in Butler County was found this morning after search and rescue teams focused their search farther west along the Green River. The body of William Richard Parks, 42, was found about 8:30 a.m. CDT today, according to the Warren County Rescue Department. Parks perished while attempting to rescue his 13-year-old son, who also drowned.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
WKU tuition increase expected to pass
     Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents is poised to approve a 5 percent increase in tuition. The hike, if approved Friday, will bump in-state undergraduate tuition from $3,600 a semester to $3,780. Tuition for residents in neighboring states that qualify for the tuition incentive program will increase slightly more at 6.1 percent, going from $4,560 a semester to $4,836.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
A Blue Angel remembered
     Marni Magda’s father came alive for her Wednesday when she saw the Panther plane restored in his honor for the first time. The Aviation Heritage Park dedicated the plane at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, with the help of a fly-in from the Blue Angels, and on Saturday will have a Hangar Party at the airport to further christen the plane and raise money for restoration of others. Johnny Magda, a Kentucky native and Western Kentucky University graduate, was shot down over Korea on March 8, 1951, when Marni was just 3 years old and her brother was 7.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Inmate escapes from Nelson County Jail
     For the first time in nearly two decades, an inmate in the Nelson County Jail has successfully escaped from the prison facility. Jailer Dorcas Figg said Richard Fell broke out sometime between 9:36-10:42 a.m. Wednesday during an outdoor recreation period. The exercise yard of the prison is surrounded by a tall concrete wall topped by a chain-link fence, which Fell somehow managed to reach and pull apart to exit the jail.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
State Fire Marshal’s Office investigating cause of Barren County fire that claimed two lives
     An overnight fire in a residence near Glasgow has claimed two lives, according to the Division of Fire Prevention’s Office of the State Fire Marshal. The victim’s names have not yet been released, according to a state press release. The state fire marshal has been asked to investigate.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Hancock Clarion ]
After 60 years, remains of Western Kentucky Korean War veteran to be returned
     After 60 years of being considered Missing In Action during the Korean War, a Cloverport resident is finally coming home. Hancock County Middle School English teacher Donna Popham told the Hancock Clarion about her uncle Charles Patterson “Pat” Whitler. The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command managed to secure his, and several other soldiers’ remains in 2004, but it took years to positively identify him. “It was exciting and awful at the same time,” niece Donna Popham said. “When we got the news, I was just so stunned.”

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Making a splash in Winchester
     Mandy Faulconer looked at an empty to pool for months, eagerly anticipating the day when the lonely lanes would fill with Clark County residents ready to take a dip. Last week they appeased her desire by making 541 visits to Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation’s new indoor aquatic facility next to College Park Gym, according to the parks and recreation director.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Ex-teacher’s case waived to grand jury; is charged with murder following fatal accident
     The preliminary hearing for a former Clark County middle school teacher facing a murder charge was waived to the grand jury on Tuesday. Brittany Williams, 23, of Winchester, was charged with murder as a result of her involvement in a fatal Morgan County car crash over Memorial Day weekend, said Toby Gardner, a Kentucky State Police detective.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Welding spark causes fire at Forest Products in Knox County
     A spark from a welding operation led to a fire that destroyed a loaded wood kiln Wednesday at Forest Products, Inc. in the Knox County community of Gray. Just before 3 p.m., West Knox Firefighters were paged to the business on Ky. 233.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Spencer Magnet ]
Miracles happen, just ask Faye
     Faye Monroe thought she knew what to expect when she went to the hospital for her second total knee replacement surgery. The 66-year-old Taylorsville resident had experienced the procedure before with her right knee and all had gone well. But during her recuperation following surgery, something went horribly wrong and the Spencer County woman ended up being hospitalized for 11 weeks.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Times Journal ]
Russell Springs drug stores raided by DEA
     The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has visited two Russell Springs pharmacies. While the stores remain open, for now they will not be allowed to sell narcotics or other controlled substances schedule 2 or higher. "In the DEA's opinion they've been distributing these controlled substances in a manner that is not in the interest of public safety," a DEA spokesman said.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Another arson suspected in Marion County community
     A trailer fire early Tuesday morning in Bradfordsville is the most recent in a series of suspected arsons in the city. Tuesday morning's fire was the fourth fire reported in Bradfordsville in the past three months.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ Russell Register ]
Governor announces 25 new jobs at Russell Springs manufacturer
     Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was in Russell Springs to announce that Stephen's Pipe & Steel would be adding 25 new jobs in a million dollar expansion of its manufacturing plant.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
Five injured in Union County accident
     Five people were injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Kentucky 3393 and the U.S. 60 bypass in Union County. Three of the five people were flown to Evansville hospitals and two were taken by ambulance to Union County Methodist Hospital to be treated for their injuries, authorities said. The road was closed until about 11:45 p.m. CDT while the scene was cleared.

Posted June 24, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Heat sets off alarm for police, rescue officials
     A Louisville father accused of endangering a toddler Monday by leaving his 2-year-old daughter inside a hot SUV remained in jail Wednesday, unable to post a $10,000 bond set by a Hardin District Court judge. Bairon A. Garcia, 22, is charged with felony wanton endangerment. Elizabethtown police worked the incident involving Garcia’s child, but reports of the case have raised an alarm across the law enforcement and public safety community.

    Posted June 24, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Got a light?
     A few years ago, people wondered why so few lightning bugs were flashing their version of bling over summer lawns. Wonder no more. It’s a fireworks show out there. Bug experts with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service aren’t sure why there is an abundance of fireflies this year, although they think it could be from all the rain.


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