State News in Brief


Police investigating child death, fire in eastern Ky.

BOONEVILLE (AP) — Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire and death of a 5year-old girl in eastern Kentucky.

Police identified the girl as Jordyn Herald of Booneville.

A news release from police said officers were called about the fire on Old Kentucky 11 in Owsley County around 2 a.m. EDT Wednesday and were told the child was unable to escape and might still be inside the residence.

Police say after the fire was extinguished, the home was searched and the child’s remains found.

An autopsy was planned.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Police said anyone who saw suspicious activity or has information should contact them.

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Graves Co. deputy unloading gun shoots teen

HICKORY (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a teenager in western Kentucky was accidentally shot by her stepfather, a Graves County deputy sheriff.

Investigators say Sgt. David Warner was at his home in Hickory after his Wednesday shift and was unloading an off-duty firearm when he accidentally discharged one round, striking his 17-year-old stepdaughter. She was standing nearby when she was hit.

The Paducah Sun reports the injuries were non-life-threatening and the teen was taken to a Paducah hospital where she was in stable condition.

State Police did not detail the injury the teen suffered.

Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon requested that state police investigate the shooting, since it involved a member of his department.

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Officials concerned with Mercer-Boyle Jail overcrowding

DANVILLE (AP) — Officials say the Mercer-Boyle County Jail is at 170 percent capacity, making it one of the most overcrowded jails in Kentucky.

Boyle County Jailer Barry Harmon says the jail has a population of 327 inmates.

The Advocate Messenger reports the jail has a record number of female inmates, with 85. Harmon says it is the fourth-most overcrowded jail in the state. Nearby Lincoln County is at the top of that list at 204 percent capacity with 147 inmates.

Harmon says the rise in female inmates is a trend and he expects the number to increase.

Harmon was sharing the statistics before a fiscal court meeting in Boyle County on Tuesday. The numbers from the Department of Corrections say Kentucky has 22 jails that are at or above 137 percent capacity.

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Officer recovers sister’s stolen gun, catches felon

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Authorities say a Bowling Green police officer who was apprehending a man found a handgun that had been stolen from his sister.

Citing an arrest citation, the Bowling Green Daily News reports Officer James Lewis ran the license plate of a car he didn’t recognize that was parked in his neighborhood early Monday.

Lewis found out that the car belonged to 47-year-old Scottie Day, who was a suspect in several thefts.

The officer spotted Day walking behind a nearby home. When Lewis approached, police say Day threw a hat to the ground. Inside the hat was the handgun that Lewis’ sister had had stolen from her vehicle.

Day was charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, among other charges. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

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Julian Castro to speak at Wendell Ford dinner next month

FRANKFORT (AP) — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be the featured speaker at the annual Wendell Ford dinner sponsored by the Kentucky Democratic Party.

The June 3 dinner at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville is the official start of the Kentucky Democratic Convention, where party leaders will select delegates to the national convention this summer.

Castro is the former mayor of San Antonio. He was the keynote speaker for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hillary Clinton, who leads Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination, is considering Castro as a potential running mate in the fall.

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Lane closures upcoming on Clark Memorial Bridge

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky transportation officials are advising motorists of upcoming lane closures on the Clark Memorial Bridge connecting Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana.

The lane closures are due to a bridge inspection set to begin May 31.

Officials say one lane of traffic will be closed in the evenings from May 31 to June 3 and again from June 5-9. Closures will occur from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day.

Officials say some lane closures on Interstate 64 will be necessary for inspecting underneath the Kentucky approach to the bridge.

They say two lanes of I-64 West will be closed on June 8 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day. Crews will move to I-64 East on June 9, when two lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

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