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Recanvass For Two Republican Primary Races on Thursday

05-28-15 Kentucky election officials are expected to review the results of the State's Republican primary election for Governor and Agriculture Commissioner today. Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin leads current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer by only 83 votes in unofficial results in the GOP race for Governor. In the Agriculture Commission primary race, Ryan Quarles leads Richard Heath by more than 1,400 votes. Neither Comer or Heath would concede and requested a recanvass of the vote totals from electronic voting machines.

 

Teenager Who Set Fire To Grandparents Home Sentenced

05-27-15  A teenager who killed her grandparents, apologized and said she'll feel guilt the rest of her life as a judge handed down a 25-year prison sentence. According to the Commonwealth Journal, Allison Deshae Wilson pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of murder. Her grandparents, Everett Garland, 64, and Linda Garland, 60, were found in their burned home near Eubank, Kentucky in November 2013. The grandparents had custody of Wilson, who was 16 at the time of the fire. Investigators say the fire was intentionally set. Wilson reprtedly told police she set the fire because her grandfather had slapped her when she was 12-years old.

 

Body of Two-Year-Old Girl Found Inside Well

05-26-15  Kentucky State Police said that the body of two-year-old Laynee Wallace was found Monday afternoon inside of a well. The child went missing on May 17, in Monroe County. For more than a week, people wondered where Laynee went and if her mother's boyfriend, Anthony Barbour, 25, was responsible for her disapperance. State Police arrested Barbour on Monday during a traffic stop at the Temple Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Barbour was later taken to the area where the child was first reported missing to search for Laynee. Troopers say the two-year old's body was found in a well not far from where she had been reported missing. Police say the property where the body was found belongs to the Barbour family. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of the child's death.

 

3 Family Members Die In Fire In Monticello

05-25-15  Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire that killed three people in Wayne County. 68-year-old Hobart Piercy, his wife, 55-year-old Laurina Piercy, and their son, 37-year-old James Piercy all died in the fire at a mobile home near Ridgewood Avenue in Monticello. Kentucky State Police said they were called around 4:15 Sunday morning. The Wayne County Coroner said the three family members appeared to have died from smoke inhalation. The coroner said the preliminary investigation doesn't indicate foul play.

 

Pulaski Co. Man Sentenced to 25 Years For Killing Girlfriend

05-21-15  A Pulaski County man who admitted killing and dumping his girlfriend's body in a sinkhole, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Johnny Hendrix was sentenced Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court for killing Monica Wells in October 2014. Hendrix pleaded guilty in April to murder and tampering with evidence. The judge gave Hendrix a chance to say something to the court, but he did not speak. The judge sentenced him to 20 years on the murder charge and gave him 5 years for tampering with evidence.

 

Body Recovered From Lake Was Apparently Result of Suicide

05-19-15  After days of searching, rescue crews recovered the body of a man who apparently jumped from the Highway 90 bridge into the waters of Lake Cumberland last week. According to the Commonwealth Journal, autopsy reports returned Monday confirmed that Jack Dalton, 55, died from drowning in the lake. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said it appeared to be the result of a suicide. According to reports, boaters on the lake this past Sunday spotted a body floating in the water near Burnside Marina and reported it to authorities.

 

Pulaski County Deputies Looking For Shooting Suspect

05-18-15  One man is in jail and a second man is on the run after a Sunday morning shooting in Pulaski County. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. at a residence on East Highway 452. Investigators say when they arrived on the scene they found 49-year-old, Allison H. Boclair had been shot in the head. She was airlifted to UK Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition. According to officials, two suspects had fled the scene in 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck. That truck was later located in the Eubank community. Several hours later deputies arrested Timothy Showalter, 34, at his residence on Old Stilesville Road. He was charged with complicity to commit assault and burglary and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. The other suspect, Mark Showalter, 55, is still at large. He is described as a white male, 5' 10'', 200 pounds with blue eyes, gray hair and beard. He is considered armed and dangerous. 

 

School Bus Catches Fire in Lawrence County

05-15-15  An investigation is underway after a school bus caught fire around 7:30 Friday morning in Lawrence County. The Superintendent of Lawrence County Schools says there were around 50 students on the bus, ranging in age from preschool to high school students. According to reports, smoke was seen coming from the back of the bus where the engine is located. The driver pulled the bus over. The bus monitor, driver and high school students got all the younger students off the bus and took them to a safer location. The bus driver opened up the engine compartment and discovered it was on fire. the bus was destroyed, but no one was injured.

 

Six Fire Departments Battle Massive Fire at Pallet Business

05-13-15  A fire broke out at J & J Pallet near the Lincoln-Pulaski County line around 6 p.m. Tuesday. More than 75 firemen from six departments in four different counties arrived to fight the fire. Fire officials say they encountered a number of issues. According to the Deputy Chief of the Lincoln County Fire Department there were several structures and two tractor trailers on fire. To make matters worse, firefighters say there were no fire hydrants near the pallet company. Crews had to haul water in tanker trucks from Eubank to fight the fire. Fire crews say they did as much as possible to contain the fire and planned to let it burn out on its own. No injuries have been reported.