State News in Brief


Former Lexington FBI chief advising on movie about slaying

PARIS (AP) — More than a quarter-century ago, Jim Huggins led the investigation into the death of an FBI informant that ended with an agent pleading guilty to manslaughter. Now he’s helping filmmakers tell the story in a movie being shot in Kentucky.

Earlier this month, Huggins was in Paris, Kentucky, where a crew was shooting inside the Bourbon County Courthouse for the film about FBI agent Mark Putnam and the death of Susan Daniels Smith in June 1989 in Pike County.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Huggins, the former head of the Lexington FBI office, was brought in to coach actors playing FBI agents on the right look, language and attitude.

Huggins says he’s enjoyed his involvement with Hollywood, but at 77, he doesn’t expect to start a career in show business.

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Eastern Kentucky University closing Somerset campus

SOMERSET (AP) — Eastern Kentucky University is closing a satellite campus in Somerset.

Media outlets report the university announced in a news release that the 5,000-square-foot office will close on June 30 due to state budget cuts.

Eastern Kentucky faces a 4.5 percent reduction in state support for each of the next two fiscal years. The news release says EKU also has an estimated $8 million in additional costs for mandated retirement contributions and other needs.

One class at the Somerset branch is scheduled to finish in June. No other classes are scheduled during the summer.

Regional campuses in Corbin, Danville and Manchester are unaffected by the decision.

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Ky. man accused of hitting son in head with claw hammer

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — Police have arrested an Elizabethtown man on a felony charge that he struck his adult son in the head with a claw hammer.

The News-Enterprise reports 63-year-old David Byron Fultz was charged Saturday with second-degree assault and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Elizabethtown police responded to an apartment complex Friday night. According to an arrest citation, the son was knocked unconscious and had a laceration that required three staples to close. He was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville.

Fultz is being held in the Hardin County Detention Center.

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Pedestrian killed on Interstate 64 in Fayette Co.

LEXINGTON (AP) — The Fayette County coroner’s office says a pedestrian on Interstate 64 has died after being hit by multiple vehicles.

WKYT-TV reports the coroner’s office said four different vehicles, including a box truck, are thought to have hit the man just before 5 a.m. Monday in the eastbound lanes near the Clark County line.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office said one of the drivers that hit the man was a pregnant woman, and she was taken to a hospital to be examined.

The crash shut down all eastbound lanes for nearly two hours.

The man’s name hasn’t been released, and authorities don’t know why he was on the interstate.

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Escapee from Webster County Detention Center caught

DIXON (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a jail fugitive in Webster County is back behind bars.

State Police said Sunday in a news release that 33-year-old Scott A. Sullivan was caught. Details on his capture weren’t immediately released.

Sullivan ran from deputies at the Webster County Detention Center on Wednesday.

He had been incarcerated on charges of fleeing, evading and wanton endangerment.

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