Roadway deaths across Kentucky are significantly lower this year than prior years, and the state appears headed for its sixth straight year of decreases. As of early Monday, 549 people were killed on highways and other roads across the commonwealth, down 7.7 percent from the same point last year, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.
Creation of a Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in Elizabethtown took a pivotal step Monday. Elizabethtown City Council entered a memorandum of understanding with the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, outlining the roles and responsibilities of both parties in creating the hall of fame. The city under the agreement will loan the KABC $25,000 that would be matched by the organization as seed money to start the project.
Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton recently denied a motion for dismissal in the case against former teacher Steven Gray. A former social studies teacher and coach at Central Hardin High School, Gray was fired last November after Hardin County Schools received an anonymous phone tip alleging Gray engaged in sexual relations with more than one student. He was arrested in December and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony.
An Egyptian military appeals court ruled today that blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who was sentenced to prison this spring for insulting government authorities, would receive a new military trial. The decision is regarded as a setback by his supporters, who were hoping for a reduced sentence or a retrial in a civilian court.
Scott County Detention Center remained on lockdown Monday after jail officials reported a "credible threat" of weapons being brought into the facility. "The investigation is ongoing," said Michael Humphrey, the chief deputy jailer. "Nothing made its way in." The jail has been home to several high-profile inmates since last Tuesday, when Georgetown police charged five men with trafficking marijuana.
Christopher Smith was sentenced to life in prison in Harlan Circuit Court on Friday for the murder of Kimberly Ealy, nearly two years ago. The sentencing followed upon a plea agreement entered in July, in which Smith, 39, of Cumberland, assumed responsibility for the murder. He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder, first-degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment.
Self-proclaimed Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones has had a run-in of his own with the law.
The 23-year-old Jones (real name Benjamin John Francis Fodor) was arrested "on suspicion of fourth-degree assault" by Seattle police early Sunday, "after he allegedly doused a group of people with pepper spray," The Seattle Times reports.
Jones posted a $3,800 bail and is due back in court on Thursday.
Originally published on Tue October 11, 2011 10:04 am
Cancer often takes a heavy toll not only on people's bodies but on their finances as well. And just as some types of cancer are more deadly than others, some types cause more financial pain, as recent research from Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows.
Warm and dry usually makes for great weather conditions, but long periods of warm and dry can also make for an elevated fire risk. According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Western Kentucky hasn't experienced a good, soaking rain since Sept. 25. There was some precipitation on Sept. 27 and 28, but only "trace" amounts. Fire officials said fires are easily sparked when grass and brush dry out.