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Student’s drone crashes into Commonwealth Stadium

LEXINGTON (AP) — A student’s drone crashed into a part of newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium before the Wildcats faced Louisiana-Lafayette in the season opener, Kentucky officials confirmed Saturday.

School spokesman Jay Blanton said via email that the unmanned aircraft was recovered near the suite level. He added that there were no injuries to spectators or damages to the facility, which just underwent a $120 million renovation.

Blanton said school officials have talked to the student and that police are considering what steps to take.

As skydivers parachuted on to the field carrying American flags before kickoff, the drone hovered behind the scoreboard over the west end zone. It was in airspace close to heliports at nearby UK Chandler Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

It was the second incident involving a drone at a sports event in the past week.

An unmanned aircraft plummeted into empty seats and caused a scare during a women’s singles match Thursday night at the U.S. Open. No one was injured, but it broke into pieces as it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration put drone and model-plane enthusiasts on notice last October that it’s illegal to fly the aircraft near Major League Baseball, NFL and NCAA Division I college football games and major auto races.


Kasich says defiant clerk should follow court’s ruling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich says a defiant clerk in Kentucky jailed for not issuing gay marriage licenses should follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

Kasich, a Republican running for president, said that while he believes in traditional marriage, the court has ruled and Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should comply with that decision.

Kasich told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that Davis is a government employee, not someone running a church.

Kasich, who frequently speaks about his faith, also said he worries such battles will turn people off to what it means to be a Christian.

Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor also seeking the Republican nomination, has said Davis’ jailing represents the criminalization of Christianity.

Other GOP candidates have also said Davis should follow the law.


Future of revived roadside attraction uncertain

CAVE CITY (AP) — The future of a new theme park in south central Kentucky is in limbo as its new owner has had repeated run-ins with police.

The Funtown Mountain park overlooking Interstate 65 appears to have been abandoned, The Daily News in Bowling Green reported.

Will Russell of Louisville bought the former Guntown Mountain earlier this year and reopened it in June under the new name. Russell is best known as co-founder of the Lebowski Fest in Louisville, a quirky annual celebration of the 1998 film, “The Big Lebowski.”

But now at Funtown Mountain, two entrances are cordoned off with yellow police tape, and the parking lot and the front of the store are in disarray, with the handles of the double doors held together with police tape.

Russell received a $250,000 loan from the Kentucky Tourism Development Loan Program and raised $26,323 through a Kickstarter campaign to redevelop the park.

But he has had two run-ins with police this summer. He was arrested on Aug. 29 during a traffic stop in Cave City and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and drug charges. He also was arrested in July in Louisville and was accused of smoking marijuana outside a bowling alley where Lebowski Fest is held.


Tennessee man leads Ky. police on pursuit at checkpoint

HOPKINSVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man led Kentucky State Police on a pursuit after driving through a highway checkpoint.

Officers were working the checkpoint along US 41 near Hopkinsville on Saturday night when a motorist swerved out of his lane and through the checkpoint.

State police say in a release that officers had to move from the car’s path as it accelerated toward Hopkinsville. Officers pursued the car and the driver, 31-year-old Carlos Washington, stopped fleeing on an exit off the Pennyrile Parkway. He was taken into custody and charged with drunken driving, wanton endangerment of a police officer and six other charges.

Washington, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was taken into custody and lodged in the Christian County Jail.


Police investigating woman’s death in Kenton Co. jail

COVINGTON (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old inmate a day after transferring to the Kenton County Detention Center.

The Kentucky Enquier reports the woman was moved from Campbell County’s jail and booked into Kenton County on Friday afternoon.

She died Saturday morning. Her name has not been released by authorities.

Kenton County Police Chief Spike Jones says the woman was in a pod cell with other inmates, who told jail officers that something was wrong with her. She was taken to the hospital early Saturday morning.

Autopsy results are pending.

Jones says the woman’s death didn’t appear to be a suicide or from an assault.

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