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Laurel Co. woman facing endangerment, DUI charges

LONDON (AP) — Authorities say a Laurel County woman who was arrested for driving under the influence with a child in her lap is facing multiple charges.

According to WKYT-TV, deputies went to the home of 30-year-old Christina Conley on Friday and discovered that she had left five other children alone in the house they described as filthy. Inside the residence were sharp open food containers, dog feces on the floor and spoiled meat in the refrigerator.

Authorities also found evidence that Conley had stolen some property.

Her charges include wanton endangerment, DUI, receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

She was being held Sunday in the Laurel County Correctional Center on $5,000 bond. It was unclear if she has a lawyer.


Cellphone signal leads searchers to crashed plane

BRISTOL, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say they tracked a cellphone to southeastern Wisconsin in their search for a small plane that was long overdue at the Experimental Aircraft Association convention.

The bodies of two men were discovered in a crashed plane in a field in Kenosha (ken-OH’-shah) County on Sunday. Authorities had picked up a signal from a cellphone in the wreckage.

Sheriff’s deputies and the Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol began searching for the small, homebuilt plane early Sunday after it was reported about 20 hours overdue to the air show in Oshkosh, about 125 miles to the north. The plane was found hours later.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says the victims are believed to be from Indiana or Kentucky. Beth says it appears the plane was in major distress and came down vertically.

Federal aviation officials are investigating.


Authorities make another arrest in fatal shooting

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities have made another arrest in connection with a man’s murder at an apartment complex in St. Matthews.

According to WHAS-TV, 19-year-old Austin Priddy was arrested on Saturday in the death of 24-year-old Miguel Macias, who was found dead July 17 inside an apartment unit. Officials say he died from a gunshot wound.

Priddy’s charges include murder, robbery in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence.

Authorities say he’s the third person arrested in the case, which remains under investigation.


12 people injured in amusement park ride accident

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Authorities say at least 12 people were injured when a swing ride at an amusement park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, tipped over.

The Daily News reports emergency officials were dispatched to Beech Bend Amusement Park around 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Sandi Feria, a spokeswoman for The Medical Center in Bowling Green, told The Associated Press on Sunday that 12 people were treated and released from the hospital. She didn’t have their ages, but according to media reports some were believed to be children.

The ride, called the “Jitterbug,” is a children’s ride.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Harmon couldn’t confirm the ages of the victims, but he said the accident is being investigated. He said the state agency that oversees amusement park rides has been notified.

Vince Willingham, interim chief for the Warren County Rescue Department, was at the amusement park with his wife and 3-year-old child when the incident occurred. He helped free trapped riders from their seats.


Police investigating death of pedestrian in Adair County

COLUMBIA (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a van in Adair County.

According to a news release from Kentucky State Police, 27-year-old Tyler L. Brower of Somerset was walking in a roadway east of Columbia when he was hit by the van around 1:18 a.m. Sunday. Brower was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the driver of the van, 53-year-old Rickie L. Collins of Powell, Tennessee, had just come over a hill when he hit Brower in the westbound lane.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville, Kentucky.


Lexington sets public meeting on Civil War statues, marker

LEXINGTON (AP) — A public meeting is being held in Lexington next month for residents to express their opinions about two Civil War statues and a historic marker in the city.

Mayor Jim Gray asked the Urban County Arts Review Board to review the statues and marker. He says the city should acknowledge its history but should also provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all residents.

The statues are of Civil War officers John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge. They have stood near the Main Street Courthouse for more than a century. The historic marker in a park next to the courthouse notes the history of slave trading nearby. The marker has been in place since 2003.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. EDT Aug. 24 in the Council Chamber.


Donation pays for new van to carry pediatric care team

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A gift from the Daniel Pitino Foundation has paid for a new vehicle that will carry a group of University of Louisville physicians around the state to treat children with heart problems.

The nearly $57,000 gift paid for the new van, which will travel to eight sites from Ashland to Paducah. The pediatric cardiology team serves up to 50 patients a day.

The UofL Physicians group says the van makes it possible for kids to get the care they need without having to travel to Louisville.

The Daniel Pitino Foundation was founded by Louisville coach Rick Pitino and his wife, JoAnne, to honor the memory of their infant son, Daniel, who died of a congenital heart condition in 1987.


Remains found in Franklin Co. are very old Native American

FRANKFORT (AP) — Officials in Franklin County have determined that human remains found on a farm this week are from a Native American who died at least 1,000 years ago.

Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod says the remains are from a Native American indigenous to the area dating from between 1,000 to 3,000 years ago.

Harrod told The State Journal in Frankfort that he noted several physical characteristics to make the determination. The skull, for instance, was flat-faced and the teeth were extremely worn down.

Investigators had to initially treat the scene as a homicide.

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office will work with the Kentucky Heritage Council and the State Historical Preservation Office to replace the remains at the site, which is now an archaeological dig.


Mississippi River counties pool resources to bring tourists

BARDWELL (AP) — Carlisle, Ballard, Hickman and Fulton counties are combining resources to promote tourism along the Kentucky Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

Norma Pruitt is executive director of the Kentucky Great River Road Region Organization, or KYGRRO, pronounced “Kentucky Grow.”

She told WPSD-TV she wants to lure people driving from Illinois or Missouri toward Memphis away from Interstate 55 and onto the byway instead. The goal is to have outdoor recreation all along the scenic byway from canoeing in Ballard County, ATV trails in Carlisle County, hiking and horseback riding in Hickman County, to cycling in Fulton County.

New highway signs should be up by the end of the year, and KYGRRO has created a map highlighting more than 120 sites, businesses, and activities in the region.


Land Between The Lakes Hummingbird Festival is this week

GOLDEN POND (AP) — Ruby-throated hummingbirds are starting to make their annual journey south for the winter, and Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area has some events planned.

This week, Land Between The Lakes will host its Hummingbird Festival. Highlights include hummingbird banding demonstrations, a wildlife art show, staff-led programs, a native plant sale, live animal encounters, local wildlife experts and activities for kids. The event runs this Saturday and Sunday with admission set at $7 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger.

On Aug. 15 and 29, the Nature Station opens early for Hummingbird Cafe, with breakfast served while diners enjoy native wildflower gardens and the hummingbird feeding frenzy. Cost is $10.

Other events are set through August.


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