News in Brief


Federal funding to help drug crackdown efforts in Appalachia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Drug crackdown efforts in West Virginia and three other states will receive a federal funding boost of nearly $400,000.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia says the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy made the funding available to the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for initiatives in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

It’s part of $13.4 million in funding announced for five regional HIDTA programs in the eastern half of the country.

Office of National Drug Control Policy director Michael Botticelli says $2.5 million of the funding is for the five regional programs to address the heroin trafficking threat through public health and safety partnerships across 15 states.

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Patriot Coal selling some assets to Va. nonprofit affiliate

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) — Patriot Coal Corp. says it plans to sell some of its assets to an affiliate of the nonprofit Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund.

The sale announced Monday to ERP Compliant Fuels LLC involves assets and liabilities that weren’t included in a previously announced sale agreement with Blackhawk Mining.

Patriot says in a news release that the Virginia nonprofit would acquire the Federal Mining Complex in northern West Virginia, the Corridor G Mining Complex in southern West Virginia and other mining permits for purposes of water quality improvement and land reclamation.

Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk announced in June that it entered a definitive agreement to purchase Patriot’s Panther, Rocklick Wells, Kanawha Eagle, Paint Creek and Midland Trail complexes in southern West Virginia.

Patriot filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 12.

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Sheriff: Baby sitter doesn’t remember shooting at children

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) — The Whitley County sheriff says a woman who fired shots at two 8-year-old twins she was babysitting doesn’t remember doing it.

WLEX-TV reports the children ran to a nearby house at about 11:15 p.m. last Sunday, saying their baby sitter had threatened to kill them and fired shots.

Sheriff Colan Harrell says when a deputy arrived to investigate Lorie Cornett came to the door with a loaded and cocked pistol. Harrell says the gun had two spent cartridges, and three empty cartridges were found nearby.

Harrell says Cornett told the deputy she was on medication and drinking. She did not remember the children being with her.

She is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment and is free on bond. A phone number listed for Cornett was disconnected.

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Former social worker accused of false child-abuse calls

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — A former Hardin County social worker and her fiance have been accused of repeatedly making false child-abuse reports against two of their neighbors.

The Courier-Journal reports that 25-year-old Corey Chaney and 23-year-old April Rogers, who are engaged, say police and social workers were sent to their Elizabethtown apartment numerous times in April and May after receiving false tips that the two of them were abusing their infant child.

The couple’s neighbors, 37-year-old Beth A. Bond and 42-year-old Joseph W. Applegate, have each been charged with six counts of complicity to call in false reports.

Police say Bond and Applegate were in a verbal dispute with the other couple, a dispute Chaney and Rodgers deny ever happened.

Neither Bond nor Applegate could be reached for comment by the newspaper.

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Pastor on leave amid child pornography investigation

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Louisville says a local pastor has been placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into child pornography.

The Courier-Journal reports Father Stephen A. Pohl of St. Margaret Mary Parish was put on leave after the Archdiocese said it learned about an investigation “to determine if he has possessed or distributed child pornography.”

Archdiocese spokeswoman Cecelia Price says a cyber-crimes task force is conducting the investigation.

Price didn’t provide any other details, except that she’s not aware of any other disciplinary issues involving Pohl, who was ordained in 1985 and has been at the parish since 2008.

Parishioners were to be notified over the weekend.

“We realize that this is a painful situation,” Archbishop of Louisville Joseph Kurtz wrote in a letter to parishioners dated Aug. 14. “As more information becomes available, we will be in touch about opportunities to address your concerns and questions.”

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Ky. woman on Tenn. most wanted list arrested

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky woman who was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list last week has been arrested.

The TBI said in a news release over the weekend that Crystal Bradshaw of Lexington, Kentucky, was taken into custody Friday night in Ashland, Kentucky.

The 41-year-old was wanted by authorities for felony aggravated kidnapping and felony trafficking for commercial sex acts.

The charges against Bradshaw stem from the kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl from Kentucky who was found in Montgomery County, Tennessee.

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2 children, father injured in crash with buggy, cement mixer

LIBERTY (AP) — Two children and their father were injured Friday after their family’s horse-and-buggy collided with a cement truck in Casey County.

Volunteer firefighter Loren Martin told WLEX-TV it was about 1 p.m. and he was working nearby when he heard the squeal of tires and “an awful thump, thump.”

He rushed to the scene on state Route 910 where he says the horse-and-buggy had been carrying two young girls, a baby boy and their father.

“Let me just put it this way, it was terrible,” Martin said.

Casey County Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle said witnesses told him the horse was spooked by the approach of the cement mixer. The horse reared up and then ran in front of the truck, where it was killed.

The two injured girls were flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where they are doing well, Weddle said. The father suffered a fractured leg and was driven to the hospital. The baby was unhurt.

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Ky. man found dead at Molokini Crater

HONOLULU (AP) — A 58-year-old man was found dead during a snorkeling tour at Maui’s Molokini Crater.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that 58-year-old Jonathan Owens, of Louisville, Kentucky, was found face down in the water Sunday.

Officials say he had gone to the crater with a tour group and was found unresponsive. He was taken to Maalaea Harbor, where the Coast Guard and paramedics conducted CPR. He did not recover and was pronounced dead.

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Former Wildcats using dunking skills with doughnuts

LEXINGTON (AP) — Four former Kentucky Wildcat basketball players have a new kind of dunk to show off with their doughnut shop next to the University of Kentucky campus.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports All-American Jamal Mashburn is one of the franchise co-owners of the Dunkin’ Donuts in Kennedy Bookstore and will host a celebratory coffee toast with ex-Wildcats and business partners Walter McCarty, Tony Delk and Ron Mercer.

The grand opening is at 9 a.m. EDT Monday. Mashburn’s company, Fast Break Doughnuts, operates four Dunkin’ Donuts in central Kentucky and has a kiosk in Rupp Arena during basketball games and other events.

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Help available for Ky. residents affected by storms

FRANKFORT (AP) — People affected by recent severe storms in Kentucky may be eligible for federal assistance to help recover from the disaster declared recently by President Barack Obama.

The disaster declaration makes assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in Carter, Johnson, Rowan and Trimble counties.

Heavy rains in mid-July caused flash flooding in eastern Kentucky and other parts of the state that damaged property and killed four people, including a 34-year-old man who was trying to rescue his grandmother.

Registration is available online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362 or (800) 462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as health care and funeral expenses. U.S. Small Business Administration loans may also be available.

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Trifecta Steel investing $3 million in Owensboro facility

OWENSBORO (AP) — Trifecta Steel plans to invest $3 million and add about 30 workers over the next three years at a steel fabrication and welding facility in Owensboro.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports Trifecta is a new manufacturing company that designs and fabricates steel building components. It recently purchased an existing 17,000-square-foot facility and plans to add 21,600 square feet by November.

Trifecta Steel is an outgrowth of Owensboro-based Kentucky Building Systems.

Friday’s announcement comes on the heels of preliminary approval of tax incentives of up to $345,000 to the company by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

Madison Silvert, president and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp., says Owensboro will also be asked to provide tax incentives.

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Man killed, wife injured in Pulaski Co. house boat accident

BURNSIDE (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a boating accident in Pulaski County claimed the life of a man and injured his wife.

According to WKYT-TV, the accident happened Saturday night at the Burnside Marina on Lake Cumberland.

Officials say the couple was trying to tie up their house boat when the woman, Cheryl Zuver, injured her ankle. They say her husband, 58-year-old David Zuver, tried to help her, and apparently got caught between the house boat and the bank, killing him.

The woman’s condition has not been released. The incident remains under investigation.

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