Police: Jackson officer killed in ATV crash
JACKSON (AP) — The Jackson Police Department says one of its officers was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
The department issued a statement on its Facebook page saying Lt. Shawn Howard had been killed in an Easter Sunday accident in the Quicksand Creek Community of Breathitt County.
No details were given about the cause of the ATV accident.
Department officials said Howard loved children and had a passion for Jackson City Basketball. He leaves behind a wife and 6-year-old daughter.
In the statement, Jackson Police said the department will never be the same without him.
State reaches settlement in radioactive waste dumping
FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky officials said Friday they reached a $168,000 settlement with one of the companies accused of being involved in dumping radioactive waste in an Appalachian landfill.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services said it reached the settlement with Fairmont Brine Processing, which operates a wastewater treatment facility in West Virginia.
Kentucky officials accused Fairmont Brine of arranging to dispose of radioactive waste in an Estill County landfill in eastern Kentucky. The company had appealed its more than $1 million civil penalty order issued by the state cabinet late last year.
The state said Fairmont Brine contracted with a Kentucky company called Advanced TENORM Services to pick up, transport, treat and dispose of the waste. Some of it ended up in Blue Ridge Landfill in Estill County, the state said.
Fairmont Brine denied all liability but agreed to pay the $168,000 civil penalty over a 30-month period, the state said.
“All settlement proceeds will be directed to the Estill County Public Health Department,” cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson said in a release. “The funds will be used for radiation-related public health issues in Estill County, particularly radon education and detection.”
Fairmont Brine was one of several companies targeted with civil penalty orders related to disposal of out-of-state radioactive material in Kentucky.
Fairmont Brine cooperated with Kentucky authorities, the cabinet said.
The company maintained it did not intend to violate Kentucky laws. When it contracted with Advanced TENORM Services to dispose its waste, Fairmont Brine relied on the other company’s claims that the waste would be safely and legally deposited in Kentucky, the cabinet said.
Monitoring and testing of areas at Blue Ridge Landfill have shown no evidence the disposal caused radiation or radioactive contamination above federal and state safety limits, the cabinet said.
When the state announced the penalties in 2016, it was also seeking fines from Advanced TENORM. The company is appealing the penalty order against it, the state said.
United changes policy, crew can’t displace seated passengers
CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines is changing a company policy and will no longer allow crew members to displace customers already onboard an airplane.
The change comes after a passenger, Dr. David Dao, was dragged from a fully-booked United Express flight in Chicago because he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members. Cellphone video of the incident sparked widespread outrage and created a public-relations nightmare for United.
Under the change outlined in an internal April 14 email, a crew member must make must-ride bookings at least 60 minutes prior to departure. Crews could previously be booked until the time of departure.
United spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin said in an email Sunday that the change is an initial step in a review of policies and it’s meant to ensure that situations like Dao’s never happen again.
Woman charged with manslaughter in infant’s death
HOPKINSVILLE (AP) — A Kentucky woman has been charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of a baby.
The Kentucky New Era reports that Hopkinsville Police Department Lt. Jefferson Alexander says police responded to a home on a report of a 10-month-old infant not breathing. 20-year-old Desiree A. Catlett was charged Thursday with second-degree manslaughter as a result of the incident.
The indictment warrant was signed March 28. She remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.
No information has been provided as to the date of the incident or Catlett’s relation to the baby. Neither Alexander no the indictment warrant provide any other details.
Lexington officers punished for traffic accidents
LEXINGTON (AP) — Two Lexington police officers are being punished for causing traffic accidents while on duty.
The Urban County Council ordered Officer Nathan Barks’ to give up his police cruiser for two weeks and Officer Roman Sorrell received a 20-hour suspension without pay.
The Herald-Leader reports Barks has been involved in three recent at-fault collisions, two of them in December and a third in February. In one of the incidents, he backed into a utility pole and hit a guardrail in another.
Sorrell was involved in a February crash at an intersection that sent the driver of a Toyota Prius to the hospital. Both cars were severely damaged.
Lexington Police Commander Guy Greene told the council Thursday that both Barks and Sorrell have agreed to their respective suspensions.
Coroner identifies body found in a Ky. lake
LONDON (AP) — The Laurel County coroner has identified a body found in a Kentucky lake.
News outlets report that the body of 21-year-old Andrew Ku of New York City was found Sunday afternoon in the Marsh Branch of Laurel River Lake. Kentucky State Police say the body was discovered by someone who was fishing.
In 2012, another person, Clarence Holmes, disappeared in the same area of the lake and is still missing. Investigators do not believe the two incidents are related.
Police continue to investigate.
Bridges to close for Thunder Over Louisville
LOUISVILLE (AP) — The Kentucky Derby Festival has announced the bridge closure schedule for Thunder Over Louisville, the fireworks show that kicks off local activities leading up to the Run for the Roses.
A statement from the festival says the Clark Memorial Bridge connecting Louisville, Kentucky to southern Indiana will close Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and reopen on Sunday at 2 p.m. In addition, the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
Thunder Over Louisville, which typically features an air show in the afternoon and fireworks over the Ohio River after sunset, will be held on Saturday.
The Kentucky Derby is May 6.
Youth faces arson charge in costly southern Indiana fire
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old southern Indiana boy has been charged with arson for starting a fire that caused damages as high as $500,000.
Clarksville Police Detective Ray Hall says the youth admitted using a lighter to set fire Wednesday to one of several hundred mattresses under carports next to a recreational vehicle dealership. Hall says he was curious to see what would happen. Hall said the youth has been cooperative.
Hall says the Campers Inn RV estimated damages of $400,000 to $500,000, including eight destroyed RVs and nine others that were damaged.
The News and Tribune reported Friday the mattresses belonged to the Clarion Hotel, which had placed the mattresses under the carports with plans to donate or sell them. The hotel reported damages of up to $12,000.
Bowling Green reaches settlement after searching wrong home
BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A couple has reached a $5,000 settlement with the city of Bowling Green after police erroneously served a search warrant on their home.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports Michael and Stacie Hutchison were forced to the floor of their home and handcuffed after police breached the front door with a battering ram in July 2016.
A search warrant affidavit shows the man sought in a fraud investigation was believed to have lived there in 2015. Lead detective Jason Franks was given a written reprimand for failing to exercise due diligence.
Michael Hutchison says he filed a lawsuit after the city’s claims representatives found no negligence on the city’s part and a city representative offered to pay for the door’s repair if the couple signed a non-disclosure agreement.
School gets $11M to research links between obesity, cancer
LEXINGTON (AP) — The University of Kentucky says it has received an $11.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a center to study links between obesity and cancer.
Leaders at the school in Lexington announced details of the grant on Monday, saying it will fund the UK Center for Cancer and Metabolism over the next five years. The center will focus on finding links between metabolic disorders and cancer, both of which are prominent in Kentucky.
UK President Eli Capilouto said in a statement that UK is “uniquely positioned” to conduct such research due to its diverse staff of biomedical researchers and its academic medical center.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he assisted in securing the grant to improve health care access and outcomes for Kentucky residents.
Easter shooting is sixth Louisville homicide in last 3 days
LOUISVILLE (AP) — A shooting at a Louisville apartment complex has left one woman dead and another woman critically injured.
News outlets report the fatal shooting on Easter morning marks the sixth homicide in the last three days in metropolitan Louisville.
Dawnja Whitlock, a neighbor at the Park Hill housing complex in the Algonquin neighborhood, says a dispute among three women turned deadly when one of them fired shots at the other two around 11:45 a.m.
The woman who died was shot in the head. The second woman was listed in critical condition at the University of Louisville hospital after being shot in the stomach.
Louisville Metropolitan Police Department Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell calls the murder “senseless.” No arrests have been made.
River search near Buffalo Trace Distillery continues
FRANKFORT (AP) — Crews are continuing to search for a man believed to have fallen into the Kentucky River in Franklin County.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 26-year-old William Rawlings has been missing since early Friday. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says an approaching thunderstorm ended Sunday’s search at 3:30 p.m.
Rawlings is an employee of United American Securities Co., which guards the nearby Buffalo Trace Distillery at night. Melton says Rawlings has been known to fish from that area of the riverbank when off-duty. Family members found his flashlight and vehicle near the area.
Melton says the search has been complicated by recent rain that has raised the water level and the potential for more storms. Search crews have used dogs trained to find lost people and sonar equipment.
Fired Louisville officer’s record dotted with reprimands
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Records show an officer who was fired over sex abuse charges involving a former Explorer Scout had been reprimanded earlier during his career with Louisville Metro Police.
The Courier-Journal of Louisville reports that in eight years with the department, 30-year-old former officer Brandon Wood was reprimanded for infractions such as failing to make court appearances and disobeying orders.
In 2013, Wood was suspended for opening fire at a suspect who was fleeing in a stolen vehicle. No one was injured.
Wood and another former officer are accused of sexually assaulting a boy in the department’s Youth Explorer program. Wood has been indicted on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse related to the allegations.
Wood’s lawyer, Steve Schroering, has said his client will fight the charges.