03-03-15 A man and woman were seriously injured Monday night after a shooting in the Laurel County community of East Bernstadt. Pamela Newcomb and Ricky Eddie Eversole were flown to the the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. According to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office the initial call was for some type of home invasion, but investigators have said they're not exactly sure what happened. The shooting happened around 8 p.m. at Newcomb's home on Hazel Patch Road. When officers arrived, they found Newcomb with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Investigators then learned that Eversole was also injured. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is trying to determine what led to the shooting.
02-27-15 Authorities say a man took his own life after he set fire to a home and barn in Garrard County. Garrard County Sheriff Tim Davis says he thinks it was a domestic situation that led to the events that unfolded Friday morning. Davis said a 14-year-old boy was at home by himself when his father came to the house. The man was not supposed to be there because of an emergency protective order. The teenager reportedly got scared and left the home. The man went to a barn behind the house where he set a fire and then took his own life. Authorities say the man died from a self inflicted wound. The sheriff says he doesn't believe anyone else was injured. Kentucky State Police have taken over the investigation.
02-26-15 A warrant was issued for the arrest of former University of Louisville men's basketball player Chris Jones on charges of rape. Jones reportedly turned himself in Thursday morning. Two other men are also charged in the case. Jalen D. Tilford, 21, and Tyvon Julah Walker, 19, are charged with first-degree rape. According to their arrest warrants, Tilford and Walker forced a woman to engage in unwanted sexual intercourse on Sunday, February 22. Jones who was a senior guard for the cardinals, was suspended from U of L's game at Syracuse. U of L Athletics spokesman Kenny Klein issued a brief statement, which read, "Chris Jones has been dismissed from the University of Louisville's men's basketball team. There will be no comment on this matter."
02-25-15 A Clay County man has been charged with wanton endangerment after police say he saw his friend run into the woods in freezing cold temperatures and didn't report her whereabouts for over a week. The remains of 34-year-old, Traci Beth Alvey were discovered Tuesday in a wooded area off Wagon Fork Road in northern Clay County. The coroner anticipates a scheduled autopsy will show that Alvey died from exposure. According to the sheriff, Alvey and 42-year-old, Coy Scott Bowling drove out to the area to use drugs on Sunday, February 15. Alvey, in a delusional state, ran into the woods. Bowling did not go after her and waited until February 23 before he told Alvey's mother that she was missing. Bowling has been charged with first degree wanton endangerment and burglary.
02-24-15 A former Sunday School teacher who was charged with sex crimes in October, 2014, entered a guilty plea in court Monday. Rex Allen Murphy, age 30, of Eubank, Kentucky pleaded guilty to first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, and use of a minor in a sex performance. Murphy's plea deal carries a recommended sentence of 30 years in prison. Final sentencing is set for May1, 2015.
02-23-15 A 13-year-old, Knox County boy was killed after he and a friend apparently went for a joy ride early Monday morning. Kentucky State Police said a Barbourville police officer spotted a Nissan Altima driving along KY-3439 with its headlights off around 2:30 a.m. Before the officer could initiate a traffic stop, the car went off the left shoulder of the road and flipped, ejecting both occupants. Family members confirm that the driver of the car, 13-year-old Jathan Malachi Pattterson, was pronounced dead at the scene. EMS transported a 14-year-old passenger to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The accident happened close to the teen's home. According to officials, Patterson's mother didn't even know he was gone until troopers knocked on her door this morning.
02-20-15 A Wayne County man is dead after abandoning his vehicle in the frigid cold temperatures. Officials say Tensley Couch was driving when his truck became stuck. After trying to free the vehicle he abandoned the truck and reportedly started walking toward his home. The Wayne County Coroner said that due to the extreme cold and exertion, Couch collapsed about 50 feet from his front door.
02-19-15 The potential for wintry and icy conditions coupled with existing snow and rain expected over the weekend has prompted another winter storm watch for eastern Kentucky, including Pulaski County, Friday evening through Sunday morning. Considerable uncertainty remains as to the track and impact of this latest winter storm.
02-18-15 The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 snow plows are on the road, responding to the second round of snowfall this week. Crews are now facing new challenges as they race against time and temperatures. With temperatures falling throughout the day, the challenge is to get roadways cleared before pavement temperatures drop too low for de-icing substances to be effective. Travel is not advised, but motorist who must be out are advised to slow down, buckle up, and mantain a safe distance - at least 500 feet - between themselves and other vehicles. Motorists are also cautioned to give a wide berth to snow plows and other highway equipment as they work to clear the roadways.