Gov. Beshear reveals state’s $10M plan to fight heroin use
LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has revealed how a pledged $10 million dollars will be used to tackle the state’s heroin epidemic.
Multiple media outlets report that the destinations for the next fiscal year’s funds were announced on Monday.
Starting July 1, the money will be divided in eight primary ways, including $2.6 million going to community centers for substance abuse treatment, $1 million to care for babies born addicted to opiates and $1.5 million aimed at treatment programs for county and state inmates.
Democratic state Rep. Sannie Overly, who is from Paris, offered the amendment that provided the funding. Overly says the money will make a big difference toward addressing the problem.
Heroin use in Kentucky has skyrocketed recently, with overdoses increasing 207 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to state data.
Deputies ask for help to solve Laurel Co. double slaying
LONDON (AP) — Investigators are asking for the public’s help in solving a double homicide that left a Laurel County couple dead and their home in flames three months ago.
WKYT-TV reports that Donnie and Sharon Jackson were found shot dead in their home on March 8 in the county’s Lily community, about 10 miles south of London.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Gilbert Acciardo says the killer tried to cover up the crime by setting fire to the couple’s trailer.
Acciardo says investigators need new tips from the public to solve the crime. He says no witnesses have come forward and no arrests have been made.
The reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the double slaying is set at $10,000.
Man wanted for more than 3 decades caught in Ky.
STANFORD (AP) — A Kentucky sheriff says a man wanted in Arizona since the early 1980s has been arrested on a parole violation warrant.
Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger says Darrell Bullock was arrested Monday in Stanford. Folger says the 51-year-old Bullock was a mechanic and was working on a vehicle when he was taken into custody. Bullock had been wanted in Arizona for more than 30 years.
The sheriff says Bullock told authorities he also worked in construction and as an appliance repairman through the years.
Folger says Bullock was on parole for vehicle thefts when he violated his parole.
The sheriff says authorities from Cochise County, Arizona, tipped off his office that Bullock could be living in Kentucky.
Bullock is being held in the Lincoln County Regional Jail pending extradition to Arizona.
Crews search for missing woman at Cumberland Falls
CORBIN (AP) — Crews are continuing to search for a woman who went missing during a trip to Cumberland Falls State Park.
Media report the search effort began Saturday evening for 24-year-old Nina Parker after she apparently slipped and fell under the water in the Eagle Falls area, which is about a half-mile from Cumberland Falls. She was with two others when she went missing.
Several agencies along with swift water rescue teams and divers are participating in the search.
Progress being made in Mountain Parkway project
SALYERSVILLE (AP) — Kentucky transportation officials say about one-fifth of the widening and improvements of the Mountain Parkway between Campton and Salyersville will be under construction this summer.
Officials say a third construction project starting soon just west of Salyersville will bring a total of six miles of the current Mountain Parkway to the construction phase.
The half-century-old parkway starts at Interstate 64 near Winchester and now ends at its intersection with U.S. 460 at Salyersville. The current parkway east of Campton is a winding, two-lane road. It is being improved and expanded to four lanes throughout.
The entire parkway expansion is expected to be completed in eight to 10 years.
The expansion is part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative aimed at boosting eastern Kentucky’s economy
Sudanese refugee killed by police had violent history
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Deng Manyuon stood in the middle of an intersection on a 33-degree morning in March 2013, wearing just shorts and a T-shirt and shouting at passing cars.
The Sudanese refugee, “manifestly under the influence of alcohol,” then kicked a police officer in the rib cage, according to court records. Officers subdued him safely that morning.
But on Saturday, he swung a 7-foot flagpole at Louisville Metro Police Officer Nathan Blanford and the officer shot him dead, sparking a debate in the city about officers’ use of deadly force and their sensitivity when dealing with the mentally ill or intoxicated.
Court records that chronicle Manyuon’s seven years in Louisville describe a troubled man with mental illness and alcoholism, who routinely lashed out at the officers who tried to rein him in.
Manyuon, alternatively spelled Manyoun in records, was in and out of jail and downtown homeless shelters, and was a familiar presence on the streets around the Old Louisville intersection where he was killed Saturday.
He spoke Dinka, a language of southern Sudan, according to court translation records. He struggled to communicate in English, his friends said.
Swimmer’s body pulled from lake at state park
OLIVE HILL (AP) — A northeastern Kentucky man has died at Carter Caves State Park, where he went under water while swimming with friends.
Carter County Coroner William Waddell told the Lexington Herald-Leader the body of 48-year-old Marty Richmond of the Emerson community in Lewis County was pulled out of the lake about 9 p.m. EDT Sunday.
The Parks Department said the incident happened at Smoky Lake.
Waddell said Richmond was dead when the dive team pulled him from the water, more than two hours after he went under.
Civilian killed, 1 injured at Boone National Guard Center
FRANKFORT (AP) — A civilian contractor has died and another has been injured in an accident at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.
Kentucky Department of Military Affairs spokesman David W. Altom said in an email that the accident happened around 11:45 a.m. EDT Monday when a boom lift collapsed and fell.
The injured worker was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of family.
No other details are available. The accident is under investigation.
Teen slain at Georgia party was Ky. college student
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A teenager who was shot to death at a weekend pool party south of Atlanta has been identified as a 19-year-old Kentucky State University student who had gone to high school in Georgia.
Wali Clanton was a 2014 graduate of Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
He was a walk-on football player at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, school spokeswoman Felicia Lewis told The Associated Press.
Four other teens were wounded and they are expected to survive, Fayette County sheriff’s officials said.
As many as 200 people were at the party Saturday night in Fayetteville, Georgia, which was advertised on social media, authorities said. A fight broke out after the homeowner arrived and tried to break up the party late that night, Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said.
Around that time, shots were fired and Clanton was struck in the chest and killed, authorities said.
Remote control aircraft buzzing into Lebanon for event
LEBANON (AP) — Hundreds of remote control aircraft will buzz into central Kentucky next month for an annual event at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.
It’s the 11th year of Jets Over Kentucky Week, which will attract about 200 remote control aircraft enthusiasts from around the world. Opening ceremonies are Saturday, July 11, but the city says pilots and fans are welcome for the week, beginning July 5.
There will be mini-aircraft of all kinds: F-15s, F-4 Phantoms, a B-1 Bomber and even an SR-71 spy plane that is over 13 feet long.
Throughout the week, spectators are invited to watch the pilots practice routines. Pilots from the U.S., Spain, Asia, Iceland and Europe are expected to attend this year’s event.
Schaaf to head Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission
FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission’s legal counsel has been chosen as its next executive director.
The commission chose John Schaaf to succeed Anthony Wilhoit, who is retiring Aug. 1. Wilhoit has been executive director since 1997, shortly after he retired as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, where he served for 21 years.
The commission said in a news release it received 38 applications from around the country and interviewed four people.
Schaaf worked with the Task Force on Governmental Ethics in 1992 to draft legislation that became the Code of Legislative Ethics, creating the commission. It is the only citizen-run legislative ethics commission, with no legislators, in the nation.
Schaaf has been the commission’s legal counsel since 2004.
Job posted for new Ky. education commissioner
FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Education is officially looking for a new state education commissioner.
The job description has been posted, and applicants are encouraged to submit their information by July 17.
Commissioner Terry Holliday announced in April that he planned to retire Aug. 31. Holliday has been commissioner since 2009.
The Education Department said in a news release the board will use a list of characteristics it developed and suggestions from the public in evaluating candidates.
The release said the first round of interviews is expected in mid-August with the second round a couple of weeks later.
The release said the board will appoint an interim commissioner if necessary.
For more information, visit http://education.ky.gov/jobs/Pages/Commissioner-of-Education-search.aspx.