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Police identify body found in La Grange lake

LA GRANGE (AP) — Police in central Kentucky have identified a man whose body was found in a small lake.

Oldham County Police said the man was 35-year-old Matthew Roark, of La Grange, formerly of Harlan County.

Police said an exact cause of death hasn’t been determined, but it’s believed to have been the result of an accident. Police said there’s no indication the death was weather-related.

Roark’s body was found Tuesday morning in a small lake in La Grange.


Alpha shares being delisted from NYSE

NEW YORK (AP) — Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources says its shares will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

The Bristol, Virginia-based company says its shares were suspended by the NYSE because of their low price and the company is starting delisting proceedings. The stock last traded at 24 cents.

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. shares will trade over the counter starting Friday.

The company has announced the elimination of more than 800 jobs this year.

In recent years coal-mining companies in central Appalachia have struggled with low natural gas prices, dwindling coal seams, competition from other states and weaker market conditions while utilities and other companies have switched to cheap natural gas to generate electricity. In May, competitor Patriot Coal filed for bankruptcy for the second time in three years.

Alpha has operations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.


Southeastern Ky. man missing for 2 weeks

LONDON (AP) — An Arizona man is hoping someone has seen something that can help find his son, who disappeared in London, Kentucky, two weeks ago.

Thomas Simon of Scottsdale, Arizona, says his son, 34-year-old Michael Goetze (GATES’) returned home around 6 a.m. July 2 after working the night shift with a cleaning service he owns in London.

The Times-Tribune in Corbin says Goetze’s wife was asleep when he came in, and she woke later to find his glasses, medication and cellphone in the house but her husband gone. Also missing are a faded blue-green 1990 to 1994 Cadillac El Dorado two-door coupe he had been working on for someone and a 4-foot-tall silver trailer.

Simon says his son is about 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds with dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.


Flood victims tell anguished tales of loss, grief

FLAT GAP (AP) — The last time Heather Blair saw her disabled son, Richard, both were fighting for their lives as floodwaters rose inside their home.

Richard Blair, unable to walk because of cerebral palsy, was on the bed as a swollen creek invaded the home that Heather Blair rented for her and her three sons near tiny Flat Gap.

“The whole house started caving down on us,” Heather Blair said Thursday from a hotel in nearby Paintsville. “Everybody ended up in the water trying to fight for their life in all that debris … the strength of that water was nothing I’ve ever seen. It was hell.”

She said she never heard Richard say a word.

Richard Blair, 22, was one of at least three people killed when a flash flood devastated this rural stretch in eastern Kentucky, about 120 miles east of Lexington. His body was found Wednesday afternoon.

Another man remains missing.


Grand jury indicts man accused of killing Lexington cyclist

GEORGETOWN (AP) — A Scott County grand jury has indicted a man accused of hitting and killing a Lexington bicyclist in what investigators say was a hit-and-run during a Georgetown cycling event.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 29-year-old Odilon Paz-Salvador was indicted Thursday on charges of murder, wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing or evading police and driving without a license. Salvador is accused of killing 57-year-old lawyer Mark Hinkel in May during the Horsey Hundred cycling event.

Police say Paz-Salvador drove three miles with a seriously injured Hinkel in the back of his pickup truck before Georgetown police stopped him.

Paz-Salvador’s family members have said that the crash was a complete accident.

Paz-Salvador’s bail is set at $500,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 7.


Police: 1 killed, 1 injured in shooting, stabbing incident

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead and another has been injured following a shooting and stabbing at an apartment complex in St. Matthews.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has told local media that 24-year-old Miguel Macias was killed during a violent confrontation early Thursday morning.

St. Matthews Police Officer Troy Armstrong says authorities responded to a call and found the body of Macias, who had been shot, inside an apartment unit.

Police say another victim was found stabbed and injured in a vehicle not far from the apartment complex.

Authorities say the injured victim was taken to the hospital. As of Thursday night, the extent of his injuries was unknown. The injured victim’s name has not been released.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.


TECO Energy confirms it’s exploring a potential sale

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) TECO Energy officials say they’re exploring a potential sale.

The parent company of Tampa Electric Co. and Peoples Gas said Thursday that it was “exploring strategic alternatives” and had retained Morgan Stanley & Co. Officials declined further comment.

A sale would affect 700,000 Tampa Electric customers, mostly in the Tampa Bay area, as well as 350,000 Peoples Gas Systems customers statewide.

TECO Energy shares rose over 15 percent to close Thursday at $21.48.

The company also operates the New Mexico Gas Co., serving 510,000 customers. It recently has sought to sell its coal business, TECO Coal, which operates in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

TECO Energy is dwarfed by Duke Energy, which has 7.3 million electric customers in six states, and by Florida Power and Light, which has 4.3 million customers.


Ky. students working on conservation projects

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Students in an environmental program sponsored by The Nature Conservancy are working on conservation projects in Kentucky.

The students are part of Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future, or LEAF. Many of the students have never spent extended time out in nature. During the program, which runs through July 31, they are studying tree nursery maintenance, urban forestry, urban agriculture, trail maintenance and water quality monitoring.

Next week, the students will work alongside Louisville Grows’ Advocacy in Action employees and the Shawnee Boys and Girls Club to maintain a community garden.

They will also be heading to western Kentucky to maintain trails, install blue bird houses and collect data at Davis Bend Nature Preserve, located on the Green River, and at Mammoth Cave National Park.

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