News in Brief

Ky. temporarily lifts restrictions for utility vehicles

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has lifted some highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages.

Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock issued an emergency declaration this week. It provides temporary relief from regulations for crews heading to affected locations.

Hancock said in a news release the action allows crews to get power back on more quickly.

The order exempts a driver’s hours of service limitation, suspends registration requirements and waives permit fees for overweight or overdimensional vehicles. Drivers also won’t be required to stop at weigh stations.

All other safety requirements remain in effect, and the declaration expires July 23.


Police suspect foul play in death of man found in fire

MANCHESTER (AP) — Kentucky State Police say the body of a man has been found inside a burned home in eastern Kentucky and believe foul play may have been involved.

Police said the body of 68-year-old Lawrence Sizemore was found inside the home after a fire in the Sextons Creek community Monday.

Police said the cause of Sizemore’s death and the cause of the fire haven’t been determined.

An autopsy was scheduled.


Funding cut for Louisville nursing home after investigation

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Federal officials have announced plans to cut off funding for a Louisville nursing home.

The Courier-Journal reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Friday that it is terminating federal funds to pay for resident care at the Hurstbourne Care Center at Stony Brook.

Officials with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, who conducted an investigation, cited filthy, unsanitary and dangerous conditions at the 125-person facility.

Their report detailed several problems, including insect infestations, unattended injuries and chronic staff shortages.

The cabinet’s inspector general Maryellen Mynear says it’s not known whether the nursing home will remain open.

Jennifer Tapp, a spokeswoman for Consulate Health Care, a Florida-based company that operates Hurstbourne Care, released a statement saying they are aware of the issues raised.


All Louisville officers to have body cameras by end of 2015

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad says every police officer will be equipped with a body camera by the end of the year.

Multiple media outlets report that Conrad outlined his plans Tuesday during a public forum at Central High School.

Conrad says the department is ready to equip more officers with body cameras, now that a six-week pilot program has concluded and officials have solved a few technology glitches.

Conrad says officers in the 2nd Division, Louisville’s West End, will receive the cameras next week.

Conrad says there will be minor changes to the department’s policy, including turning off the cameras and instead taking written reports when citizens report crimes. But he says most of the practices, tried out recently by officers in the 5th Division, will remain intact.


Controversial Land Between Lakes project canceled

GOLDEN POND (AP) — A controversial project that called for logging and burning to improve forest health at Land Between The Lakes has been canceled.

Land Between The Lakes Area Supervisor Tiny Tilley said Tuesday that officials will probably consider smaller projects within the 5,000-acre Pisgah Bay area to address erosion, road and trail maintenance and campsite access.

Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White has been a critic of the plan. He told WKMS in Murray the decision is a “huge victory.” He said the Coalition for the Preservation of the Land Between The Lakes is meeting Thursday to explain to the public the group’s concerns with land management practices at the national recreation area.

Jan Bush of the Forest Service says the cancellation allows for collaborative decision making with the public.


Construction company cited in fatal Ohio overpass collapse

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal officials have cited a company in charge of demolishing a highway overpass that collapsed and killed a construction worker for two safety violations and fined it $14,000.

Spokesman Scott Allen with the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the citations and fine against Columbus-based Kokosing (Koh-KOH’-sing) Construction. Allen says the company and OSHA agreed to the settlement Wednesday.

Kokosing didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

The collapse during removal of an Interstate 75 ramp bridge killed 35-year-old Brandon Carl, of Augusta, Kentucky, on Jan. 19. The citations were for what OSHA terms “serious” violations.

The violations were for not having a sufficiently strong bridge deck to support the equipment used and allowing employees to continue demolition without ensuring corrective measures after a hazard was detected.


1 convicted, 1 acquitted in 2012 death of Lexington student

LEXINGTON (AP) — One man has been found guilty of murder and another man acquitted in the 2012 death of a Lexington high school student

A Fayette County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday convicted 24-year-old Deionta Hayes of murder, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of theft of a handgun. The Lexington Herald-Leader said defense lawyer Brian Hewlett declined comment.

Hayes’ Cousin, 24-year-old Dominique Godfrey, was found not guilty on all counts of murder, assault and theft. His lawyer, Mike Bufkin, said he believed in Godfrey’s innocence from the start and is certain it is the right verdict.

The case involved the shooting death of 16-year-old Henry Clay sophomore Chaz Black.

The defense said Hayes shot in self-defense, but the prosecution asked jurors to reject that because Black was unarmed.


Visitors to state’s national parks can earn patch

HODGENVILLE (AP) — Visitors to all five national parks in Kentucky can earn a special free commemorative patch in recognition of the National Park Service 2016 centennial.

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park says participants have to visit all five parks by April 2017 and participate in at least one activity at each park.

In addition to the Lincoln Birthplace, the parks are Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in McCreary County, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Bell and Harlan counties, the Fort Heiman unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Calloway County and Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson, Hart and Barren counties.

Possible activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, volunteering, visiting a park’s museum and other activities available at the parks.

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