News in Brief


Loose monkey makes life a little bananas

OWINGSVILLE (AP) — Kentucky wildlife officials are trying to catch a monkey on the loose in a small town.

Media reports say the state police and Bath County deputies are helping Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers with their monkey business in the town of Owingsville.

Sam Mullins told WLEX-TV that he spotted the monkey running loose on Monday near an intersection in Owingsville, and then saw it on Tuesday in a tree on his property and called authorities.

Primate Rescue Center founder April Truitt told WKYT-TV that the animal appears to be a long-tailed macaque and was likely a pet at one point. She says the center in Nicholasville will take the animal in when it is captured.

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Officials: Amusement park closed due to code violations

CAVE CITY (AP) — Officials say a carnival-themed amusement park in Cave City has been closed due to code violations.

Multiple media outlets report city officials cordoned off the area around Funtown Mountain on Tuesday and put up signs stating that the park is closed to the public.

The roadside attraction is owned by Louisville businessmen Will Russell.

The city’s public works director Robert Smith says Russell destroyed numerous pieces of the buildings and made it unsafe for the public. Smith says he has issued several code enforcement citations against Russell, all of which deal with maintaining the upkeep of the property and keeping it safe and sanitary.

Russell tells WHAS-TV that his theme park is still open despite the reported violations. Russell says damage to the park’s buildings isn’t vandalism but his artwork.

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Fourth person dies from injuries in crash

NICHOLASVILLE (AP) — A 10-year-old boy has become the fourth victim to die from injuries suffered in a central Kentucky crash.

Media report Michael Osland died Tuesday at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital from multiple blunt force trauma. His sister, 5-year-old Lauren Osland, died Sunday, hours after the crash occurred.

The siblings were passengers in a Ford pick-up that was struck head-on by an SUV on U.S. 27 in Nicholasville Sunday afternoon. The driver of the truck, 28-year-old Rusty Johnson, and 51-year-old Robbie Chaffins, the driver of the SUV, both died at the scene. Police say Chaffins’ vehicle crossed the center line, and glanced off one car before hitting the pick-up.

Another passenger in the truck, 33-year-old Rachel Osland, who is the mother of the children, remained hospitalized in serious condition.

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2 arrested in death of woman found along road

GREENUP (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested following the discovery of a 19-year-old woman’s body alongside a roadway in northeastern Kentucky.

Greenup County Sheriff Keith M. Cooper said in a news release the body was discovered late Monday and reported to the emergency call center. The news release identified the woman as Mattellen Conley of Flatwoods.

Cooper’s office said 19-year-old James Wyatt Ratliff of South Portsmouth was charged with second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. Ratliff was released on bond Tuesday. A 17-year-old was also arrested and taken to juvenile detention, but no information was released because of the person’s age.

The case remains under investigation.

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Disaster aid centers open in 3 Ky. counties

FRANKFORT (AP) — People affected by severe weather in July can register for federal disaster aid at three applicant registration sites in eastern Kentucky.

The centers are at Carl D. Perkins Community Center in Morehead, Fleming County Extension Service in Flemingsburg and Breathitt County Library in Jackson.

The Morehead center will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT through this Friday only, the Flemingsburg center will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice, and the Jackson center will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.

The sites are to help people affected by flooding and severe storms that occurred July 11 through July 20.

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