State News in Brief


17-year-old passenger dies in four-wheeler crash

LONDON (AP) — The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 17-year-old girl died from injuries suffered in a crash involving a four-wheeler.

A statement from Sheriff John Root says the crash occurred on Monday south of London when the vehicle, which was being driven by a 17-year-old male, failed to negotiate a curve, and then went over a 15 foot embankment, struck a tree and overturned into a creek.

Police said the male driver and the female passenger were thrown from the vehicle. The female was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph Hospital in London. The driver was being examined for possible injuries.

The sheriff’s office said it will not release the names of those involved due to their age.

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Alleged vandal of Henderson Memorial Day display apologizes

HENDERSON (AP) — Crosses honoring deceased Henderson County veterans have been damaged by a man who drove through the display.

Henderson police tell WFIE-TV that 27-year-old Anthony Burrus vandalized 160 crosses over the weekend at Henderson’s Central Park. Burrus hasn’t given a clear admission of guilt, but says he planned to turn himself in after video evidence placed him at the scene. He says all he remembers from the night of the incident is getting into a fight.

Burrus says he’s sorry and that the incident was a mistake. A cross honoring Burrus’s father was among the 5,000 in the display.

To help compensate for the damage, Burrus helped set up chairs at the Memorial Day service on Monday and has offered to clean up all crosses from the park.

Burrus will be arraigned at a later date.

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Attorney General sues cemetery for not installing markers

FRANKFORT (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued the owner of a Scott County cemetery he says has failed to install grave markers despite taking thousands of dollars from customers.

Beshear said he filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Dale Shackelford, owner of the Crestlawn Cemetery in Georgetown. Beshear said at least 20 people have complained to his office about the cemetery. He is asking a state judge to order Shackelford to install the markers or refund the money. He is also seeking civil penalties of up to $2,000 per violation.

It is unclear if Shackelford has an attorney. Calls to several phone numbers listed for him were not returned.

Betty Fain said she paid Shackelford more than $2,600 for a marker that included a plaque from the Navy. She said neither has been installed.

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Lawyer creates app to help ex-offenders expunge records

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A lawyer in Kentucky has created a web app to help ex-offenders who are looking to erase their records and restore their rights.

The Courier-Journal reports that Brad Clark started the web app called unconvicted.com to help former offenders determine if they qualify to have their records expunged.

Clark says ex-offenders can use the app by logging on and answering a series of questions about their criminal history. Within 72 hours, they receive a free assessment about whether they qualify to have their records wiped clean. Afterward, he charges a fee depending on the level of service he provides.

Clark says he has already received many inquiries about his service.

He says many of the people he has helped are good people who have made a mistake.

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Transportation seeks input on disadvantaged business goals

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to hear from the public about its proposed goals for increasing involvement by disadvantaged businesses in highway projects.

The cabinet’s Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development is preparing goals for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The 2017 goals and methodology will be available online at http://transportation.ky.gov/Civil-Rights-and-Small-Business-Development .

The office will host forums during June in each highway district to explain the goals and how they were established.

The cabinet says the office wants to ensure equal employment opportunity, a diverse workforce and promotion of equitable business opportunities in the state.

Written comments will be accepted through the website or through the mail.

For more information, call (502) 564-3601.

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Federal veterans treatment court created in Ky.

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A new veterans treatment court has been created in the federal Western District of Kentucky for former service members who commit nonviolent federal crimes.

The Courier-Journal reports veterans in the program may undergo an 18-month treatment for medical issues traced to military service, such as mental illness and substance abuse. Federal prosecutors may reduce or dismiss charges after program completion.

U.S. Attorney John Kuhn recently announced the formation of the court. He says it allows the courts to be more effective in ways other than long-term incarceration.

Kuhn says the program is expected to serve about six veterans this year and perhaps twice that number next year.

The Western District of Kentucky stretches from Louisville to Paducah.

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Retired Army vet plans to travel Mississippi River by canoe

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A retired Army veteran from Clarksville plans to travel the length of the Mississippi River by canoe for personal growth and to raise funds for fellow veterans.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports Bennie Giles will set a canoe into Minnesota’s Lake Itasca the first week of June for his adventure.

Giles says since he’s been out of the military, he has lost the brotherhood he found inside the Army and has been doing things on his own, which he says has been difficult. He expects his journey to be similar to boot camp, breaking him down so he can build back up and come out a better person.

Giles is also committed to using the trip to raise money and awareness for Homes for Troops, a charity that builds homes for wounded veterans. He hopes to raise about $5,000.

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WKU student shot near University of Louisville after party

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A Western Kentucky University student home for summer break has been struck at random by gunfire that broke out after a party near the University of Louisville campus.

News outlets report 19-year-old Eriaun Warrick was upgraded to serious condition from critical condition early Monday.

Warrick was shot in the mouth early Sunday, with the bullet becoming lodged in her upper back.

Warrick’s friend Sasha Snardon tells the Courier-Journal that she was leaving the party with Warrick when they came across a large group of people outside, some of whom then began fighting.

Warrick’s friends say they heard at least 20 to 30 shots fired.

Louisville police have not released any information about what may have prompted the shooting. As of Monday, no arrests had been made.

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Police: Crews search for missing plane in western Ky.

OWENSBORO (AP) — Kentucky State Police and the Civil Air Patrol are searching in western Kentucky for a missing plane.

A police statement says pilot Robert C. Dalzall Jr. left the Owensboro Regional Airport on Monday morning and landed at Falls of Rough in Grayson County about 35 minutes later. The statement says he departed later from the Falls of Rough, but never returned to the Owensboro airport.

Kentucky State Police say his last cellphone activity showed him within 5 miles of the Falls of Rough airport. Police are asking those near Falls of Rough to keep an eye out.

Police say the 70-year-old Dalzall of Owensboro was flying a 2012 Green Aero Criquet Bogota fixed wing plane with a tail number of N429BB.

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