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Woman Charged With DUI After Vehicle Knocks Down Gas Pump

01-30-15  A Somerset woman was arrested early Thursday morning after her vehicle left the roadway and then struck a gas pump. According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to a single vehicle accident around 3 a.m. Thursday morning at the Oak Hill Food Mart. Upon arrival deputies learned that a 1997 Honda operated by Megan R. Ganshorn, 27, was traveling north on Oak Hill Road when she failed to negotiate the intersection with Holly Hill Drive. Ganshorn left the roadway striking a water hydrant then a gas pump at the Food Mart. Ganshorn declined medical treatment at the scene. She was arrested for DUI (Drugs) and possesion of drug paraphernalia.

 

McCreary Co. Couple Dead in Apparent Murder/Suicide

01-28-15  Police in McCreary County say a man and woman died in an apparent murder/suicide last weekend. The incident happened at a home along Eagle Sawyer Road on Sunday afternoon. Officials say a neighbor reportedly saw Jerry Ridner, 40, step out onto his porch and shoot himself in the head with a shotgun. A Kentucky State Trooper found Ridner still alive and started CPR, but Ridner died a short time later. Officers found Amanda Ridner, 36, dead inside the home. According to authorities she died from a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators say they think Jerry Ridner shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

 

Man Killed In Russell County Wreck

01-26-15  A man is dead and a woman is in critical condition after a single vehicle crash in Russell County on Saturday. According to the Russell County Sheriff, they were headed east on the Cumberland Parkway when the man, who was driving, apparently lost control and crashed. The car flipped and both victims were ejected. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was flown to UK Hospital. Both victims are reportedly from Nashville, but authorities have not released the man's identity because they are still trying to locate and notify next of kin.

 

Murder Victim in Bell County Identified

01-23-15  Kentucky State Police are investigating a murder in Bell County. According to state troopers, Debra Baker, 55, of Middlesboro, was found dead in a home on Old Bell Road just after midnight. Baker's body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for an autopsy. At this point, no arrests have been made in the case.

 

Fire Causes Damage To Wayne Co. Recycling Plant

01-22-15  An explosion and fire caused significant damage at a Wayne County recycling plant overnight. Officials say the fire started with an explosion in a warehouse on the grounds of a recycling facility on Highway 90, around 11:45 Wednesday night. There were several secondary explosions due to flammable gas used for welding. Firefighters worked for nearly four hours and managed to contain the fire to that building. The fire reportedly destroyed a lot of valuable metal, two fork lifts, two trucks, tools and other equipment. There were no reported injuries.

 

Several Berea Businesses Fall Victim to Counterfeit Money

01-21-15  Police are warning business owners in Berea, Kentucky to be on the lookout for fake money after they have received reports of counterfeit money being used at as many as six different businesses in the last couple of weeks. According to police, the list of businesses includes Mario's Pizza, where a pizza delivery driver was paid with a fake $50 bill. Speedway, which received a counterfeit $10 bill. The Shell station, right across the street, which received a counterfeit $100 bill. The Berea Police Department is trying to determine if the fake money is part of a larger counterfeit ring or just isolated incidents.

 

Body Discovered With Gunshot Wound to the Head

01-20-15  Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Somerset man whose body was discovered near Clifty Creek last weekend. According to the Commonwealth Journal, the body is that of 25-year-old, Bryan Cook of Somerset. Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk said Cook was found with a gunshot wound to the left side of his head. The body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy but the results are unavailable at this time. Detective Bobby Jones is investigating the case for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department. Jones said that the case is currently considered a "death investigation" and that it's still too early to tell anything regarding the circumstances of the death and whether or not it might be a homicide or something else. Jones added that Cook had not been reported missing prior to the discovery of his body.

 

Man Arrested After Chase in Stolen Police Car

01-19-15  Laurel County deputies have arrested a man they call a dangerous fugitive. It happened on Highway 25 south of London early Sunday morning. The car chase started when 18-year-old Donald Fox ran a red light and crashed into another car. Fox allegedly kept going for another two miles until the car, which was stolen out of Virginia, stopped running. A constable reportedly saw Fox run away from the car and followed him on foot behind a building. But when Fox came back around the building he got in the constable's cruiser and took off in it. A State Trooper then chased Fox in the stolen car toward London. London Police set up a spike strip but the suspect heard their plans on the police scanner inside the stolen vehicle. he turned around before reaching the spike strip. Fox then allegedly headed south on Highway 25 in the wrong lane into oncoming traffic at speeds near 130 miles per hour. A deputy attempted to block the road with his car, and as Fox drove at him, the deputy shot out one of the tires. Fox continued to drive with the flat tire. The deputy then reportedly struck the rear end of the stolen police car, disabling it. Fox was arrested after a brief pursuit on foot.

 

Stanford Police Office Accidentally Hits Pedestrian

01-16-15  A Stanford, Kentucky police officer was involved in a collision on US 150, near Crab Orchard, that killed a pedestrian. According to the Lincoln County Coroner, 69-year-old Howard Robbins died as a result of being hit by the policeman's vehicle. Officer Travis Richardson was on his way to work around 10 p.m. Thursday when he struck Robbins who was reportedly walking to a friends house. Kentucky State Police are handling the investigation.