News in Brief

Trooper rescues woman from floodwaters in E.Ky.

MANCHESTER (AP) — A Kentucky State Police trooper in eastern Kentucky is being heralded for rescuing a woman from floodwaters.

State police at London say Trooper Jarrod Smith was called to the scene in Clay County and found the woman inside the vehicle approximately 40 feet off the road in water up to its headlights.

The woman was yelling for help and unable to get out of the vehicle.

Smith, assisted by Clay County Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Garrison, tied a rope around himself and waded out into the water where he got the woman out of the vehicle and back to the road.

Police said neither Smith nor the woman was injured in the incident last Friday.

Smith is a Clay County native and a six-year veteran of state police.


No letup in heroin overdoses in N.Ky.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS (AP) — The number of heroin overdoses at five northern Kentucky hospitals has continued to climb.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that St. Elizabeth Healthcare released a report this week that their hospitals are seeing an average of three heroin overdoses a day this year, up from an average of two per day in 2014. Officials say the statistics from the St. Elizabeth hospitals provide a good gauge over time in the region.

St. Elizabeth says an increasing number of heroin users have been saved by the overdose reversal drug naloxone in each six-month period since the system tracked the numbers in 2011.

Officials are not sure if the increased use of naloxone is because more people are calling 911 for help, or because an increasing number of people are using heroin.


Mayor calls for review of Confederate memorials

LEXINGTON (AP) — Lexington’s mayor has called for a review of the placement of two Confederate memorials in a city park.

Multiple media outlets report that Mayor Jim Gray announced on Tuesday that the downtown statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge will be examined by the city’s Urban-County Arts Review Board.

Gray says he has asked the board to arrange a community meeting and talk with historians, artists, civil rights activists and ordinary citizens about the monuments. A historical marker in Cheapside Park that provides information about slavery will also be reviewed.

Gray says the board should examine the fact that no monuments to Union soldiers are believed to exist in Lexington.

Both Morgan and Breckinridge were Confederate generals, with Breckinridge having also been the U.S. Vice President under James Buchanan.


Police: Woman struck, killed trying to cross I-24

EDDYVILLE (AP) — Kentucky State Police say they are investigating the death of a woman who was struck by a car as she attempted to walk across Interstate 24.

The Paducah Sun reports that officials say 50-year-old Julie Marie Reimann, of McGregor, Minnesota, was traveling early Monday with family from Florida to Missouri when they stopped on the side of I-24 near the Cumberland River Bridge.

Officials say Reimann attempted to walk across the highway’s westbound lanes and was struck by a vehicle driven by Sheryl Newton of Calvert City.

Police have not released any other details about the incident.

The Lyon County coroner says Reimann was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper Jay Thomas, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police, says the reconstruction investigation could take several days to complete.


Elizabethtown police fatally shoot man with knife

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Elizabethtown involving two city officers.

The News-Enterprise cited a police statement in reporting that 28-year-old Joshua Steven Blough of Big Clifty died after being shot by two officers. The statement said Blough was armed with a knife, refused to drop the weapon and began approaching officers in an aggressive manner when he was shot.

Elizabethtown police spokesman Virgil Willoughby has said officers were on a welfare check when the shooting occurred.

The officers — 37-year-old Scot Richardson and 32-year-old Matt McMillen — were placed on routine leave while the shooting is investigated.

The newspaper reports Blough survived being shot by a state trooper in 2012. It cited a 2012 police statement that said a trooper shot Blough in the neck after he produced a weapon during a burglary.


I-64 reduced to single lane in Rowan, Carter counties

MOREHEAD (AP) — Repairs are getting started in eastern Kentucky on Interstate 64, where Transportation Cabinet officials say travel is being reduced to one lane in each direction.

Workers are building a median crossover to divert traffic away from the work zone, which stretches from mile marker 150 to around mile marker 148.

Next week, westbound traffic will be diverted onto the eastbound side, where traffic will travel in two directions until November.

Concrete barriers will separate each direction of traffic while two-way travel is in place, and the speed limit will be reduced to 55 miles per hour with a double-fine zone enforced.

Eastbound and westbound travel will be restricted to 14-foot lanes until November.

The project also includes tree trimming, drainage improvement and new blacktop along six miles in Rowan County.

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