07-07-15 A Kentucky State Trooper was on routine patrol in Clay County when he received a call about a woman whose vehicle had become stranded in high flood waters. Trooper Jared Smith observed a vehicle about 40 feet off the roadway in floodwaters that had reached the headlights. The lone female inside the vehicle was yelling for help and was unable to exit her vehicle. Fearing that the vehicle might be swept away in the rapidly rising water, trooper Smith, with the help of Clay County Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Garrison, tied a rope around himself and waded out into the water and safely got the woman out of her vehicle and back on the roadway. Neither trooper Smith nor the female were injured during the rescue.
07-03-15 The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky announced they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Rowan County couples who were denied marriage licenses this week. The couples were denied a license by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who announced on Monday that she would not be issuing any licenses at all, after the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. Davis had cited her Christian faith for her decision, but ACLU Attorney Laura Landenwich said that's not enough. Landenwich said: "Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith, and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs."
07-02-15 The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down in western Pulaski County during severe storms Wednesday. The twister touched down in the Nancy area near Highway 196 and Highway 1664 around 4 p.m. The 70 to 80 mile-per-hour winds destroyed a barn and damaged several trees in the area. Besides the storm damage from the tornado, what seemed like never-ending rain caused serious flooding in Somerset. U.S. Highway 27, just south of Somerset Mall, was completely under water at one point. Several vehicles were stalled out and appeared to be ready to float away in the high water.
07-01-15 A Kentucky State Police Trooper was involved in a fatal crash in Pulaski County Tuesday evening. Officials say Trooper Joshua Brainard was heading south on U.S. 27, on his way to assist another trooper with a traffic stop, when a Toyota Corolla driven by Denese L. Koval, 56, of Nancy, Kentucky, pulled out in front of him at the intersection of Highway 27 and Waitsboro Drive. Koval was transported by EMS to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Trooper Brainard was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
06-29-15 Lexington police say a mother was found passed out in a stolen car with her infant child locked inside another vehicle. 25-year-old Jamie Ivey was arrested Sunday morning on Fiddler Creek Way in Lexington after she was found passed out in the driver's seat of a stolen Honda Civic. Police say Ivey's 5-month-old son was in the backseat of another car that was locked and left in the roadway. Documents say the child was left alone in the vehicle for at least two hours. Police say Ivey did not know how she ended up in the stolen car or how her son ended up alone. Ivey was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor and receiving stolen property.
06-25-15 A Wayne County middle school teacher was killed in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee. Karen Grinnell, 60, was killed Monday afternoon in Morgan County Tennessee, when she apparently lost control of her motorcycle while rounding a curve on Highway 27 and hit a guardrail. The crash that claimed her life was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
06-24-15 Kentucky's new booster seat law is going into effect and officials are reminding motorists to make sure young passengers meet the new requirements. The old law required children younger than 7 years and 40 to 50 inches tall to ride in a booster seat. The new law goes into effect Wednesday and raises the age to 8 years and increases the height requirement to 40 to 57 inches. Kentucky State Police say officers may issue citations with a $30.00 fine, but violators have the option of buying a booster seat instead of paying the fine.
06-23-15 Kentucky State Police released new details in the murder of an elderly Rockcastle County woman. Two State Police Detectives were interviewed as witnesses during Monday's hearing for Tabitha Howard and Kimberly Slusher. During their interview, they revealed more details in the murder of 86-year-old Mary Hinton. Dectectives said that Howard and Slusher went to Hinton's home in Livingston with plans to rob her and get money to be used for buying meth. Instead, police say, they attacked her with a flat screen television and a gun. According to investigators, blood and hair on the television confirm that it was used as a murder weapon. The case has been sent to a grand jury.
06-19-15 According to a report in the Commonwealh Journal, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has upgraded the safety status of Wolf Creek Dam. Analyzation of construction records and instrumentation data at the dam indicates risk of failure has been significantly reduced and the Corps of Engineers has reclassified the mile-long structure to a higher Dam Safety Assurance Classification. Up until June 4, Wolf Creek Dam, despite a $594 million rehabilitation, was given a DSAC 1 classification, meaning the dam was "critically near failure." On June 4, the dam was upgraded to DSAC 3. Bill Peoples, chief of public affairs for the Corps' Nashville District, said upgrading Wolf Creek Dam to DSAC 3 is a "significant achievement." Corps of engineers officials have said time and time again that the dam is safe and a normally operating Lake Cumberland will be here for future generations.