State News in Brief


Pilot injured in ultralight plane crash

LONDON (AP) — Authorities say a man has been injured in the crash of a ultralight plane at a Kentucky airport.

London-Corbin Airport Manager Larry Corum says 79-year-old Everett P. Hathorn was practicing landing at the airport Friday when the plane struck a tree and went into a field.

Media outlets report State Police and Army National Guard members pulled Hathorn from the plane. He was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in serious condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.

London is about 75 miles south of Lexington.

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Arrest report: Man ‘moved by message’ before stabbing father

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Police say a Kentucky man accused of stabbing his father at a church service told officers that he was “moved by the message” before the attack.

The (Bowling Green) Daily News quotes an arrest citation released Monday as saying that 21-year-old Ethan Buckley told police he’d had thoughts of killing his father and that he stabbed David Buckley with a pocket knife. The attack happened Sunday at a Baptist church in Bowling Green, about 70 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee.

Bowling Green Police spokesman Ronnie Ward said 40-year-old David Buckley was alive on Monday. His condition wasn’t clear.

The citation didn’t say what Ethan Buckley meant when he said he was “moved by the message.”

A judge set a $500,000 bond on Monday and ordered that Ethan Buckley be appointed a public defender.

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Teenage boy accused of stabbing, injuring mother

LEXINGTON (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been accused of stabbing his mother with a knife in Lexington.

Local media outlets report Lexington police say the incident happened Sunday night.

Officers responding to a domestic violence call at a home found a woman with stab wounds to her neck. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the victim’s 16-year-old son also went to the hospital for some minor injuries before being taken into custody.

The teenager now faces an assault charge.

Authorities have not identified the mother or her son. They also have not released any details about what led to the stabbing.

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Cable barrier project beginning on I-64 in E. Ky.

OLIVE HILL (AP) — A cable median barrier project gets underway this week on Interstate 64 in eastern Kentucky.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says motorists should watch for lane closures in the area, which runs from mile markers 161 to 181 in Carter and Boyd counties.

The agency said in a news release that contractors expect to start work Monday in Carter County and work eastward in approximately two-mile sections.

One-lane traffic is possible with intermittent shoulder and fast-lane closures inside the two-mile work zones. Message boards will carry instructions, and warning signs will be posted. Speed limits may be reduced.

Work is being done by the George B. Stone Co. under a $3 million contract and will continue through November.

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3 teen girls shot in vehicle after leaving club

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say three teenage girls are recovering after having been shot in downtown Louisville following an argument at a club.

News agencies report that Louisville Metro Police say the shooting happened early Sunday morning.

Police say the three girls were attending an event at Club 116 when they got into an altercation.

Officials say the teenagers left the club, but were followed by the suspects who fired at the victims’ vehicle. WLKY-TV identifies the victims as two 14-year-old girls and one 15-year-old.

Police say the injuries are non-life-threatening and all three teenagers were taken to the hospital.

A community activist Christopher 2X said he spoke to one of the girls, who said they were attending a teen event at the club.

No arrests had been made as of late Sunday.

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City says firefighter retired after video of burning Quran

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Bowling Green officials say a firefighter has retired after a video surfaced showing him burning a copy of the Quran.

The Daily News of Bowling Green reports the incident surfaced as part of a lawsuit filed this week by a former city firefighter. In a statement to the newspaper, city officials acknowledged receiving a complaint and a video of the incident in April.

City officials said they placed the firefighter depicted in the video on administrative leave. But officials say the firefighter, who has not been identified, retired before they could take other disciplinary action.

The incident was part of a lawsuit filed this week by former firefighter Jeffrey Queen, who says he faced a hostile work environment. Bowling Green officials say the allegations in no way represent the city’s values.

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Bevin appoints GOP fundraiser to UK board of trustees

FRANKFORT (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed the co-chairwoman of his inaugural committee to the University of Kentucky board of trustees.

Bevin announced Friday that he has appointed Kelly Knight Craft to replace board member Oliver K. Gannon, whose term has expired. Craft is a major Republican fundraiser and was the co-chairwoman of Bevin’s inaugural committee last year along with her husband, Alliance Resource Partners CEO Joe Craft.

Kelly Craft was one of 19 appointments to university and college boards Bevin announced Friday. All of Bevin’s appointments replaced board members whose terms had expired.

Earlier this year, Bevin abolished the University of Louisville board of trustees and replaced it with a new board. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Bevin, saying his order was illegal. That case is pending in Franklin County Circuit Court.

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Federal jury convicts 3 in Magoffin vote-buying trial

LEXINGTON (AP) — A federal jury has convicted three Magoffin County residents of conspiring to buy votes for a slate of candidates in the 2014 election.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Magistrate Gary “Rooster” Risner, his ex-wife Tami Jo Risner and Deputy Clerk Larry Shepherd were all convicted by a federal jury late Friday night. A fourth man, Mason Daniels, was acquitted.

The four were charged with conspiring to buy votes for a slate of candidates in Magoffin County, including Risner, County Clerk Renee Arnett Shepherd and county Judge-Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin. Larry Shepherd is married to County Clerk Renee Arnett Shepherd

A fifth person, Scott L. McCarty, was initially charged but pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and testified against the other four. Attorneys for the Risners and Shepherd said they would likely appeal the verdict. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 1.

The case is the latest vote-buying scandal to hit eastern Kentucky. Last year, a state judge took the extraordinary step of throwing out the results of the 2014 Magoffin County judge executive race, ruling the results were so corrupt it was impossible to know who won. The state Court of appeals later upheld that verdict. But Hardin and the county board of election appealed to the state Supreme Court, which has not yet issued a decision.

Hardin, meanwhile, has continued to serve as judge executive while the case is appealed. He was not charged in the federal vote-buying case and has denied any involvement.

But McCarty testified in federal court this week that he worked with Hardin, Risner and Larry Shepherd to buy votes for candidates in the 2014 election. McCarty said he even took a job as a precinct officer to give him better access to the results, where he testified he added 60 votes to the total of a state representative candidate.

Prosecutors also used testimony from several others who said they were paid $50 to vote for the right slate.

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7 families displaces in fire at apartment building

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Fire officials in Bowling Green say a fire has destroyed an apartment building and left seven families homeless.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports two police officers sought treatment for smoke inhalation during Saturday’s fire at the Lovers Lane Apartments. Fire department spokeswoman Marlee Boenig says the officers were helping residents get out of the building.

No residents were injured. Boenig says more than 30 people lived in the building.

The American Red Cross was assisting the families in finding temporary places to stay.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Draft ordinance restricts sale, use of fireworks in Danville

DANVILLE (AP) — A draft ordinance in Danville seeks to restrict the sale and use of fireworks inside city limits.

The Advocate Messenger reports the draft ordinance, presented by Danville City Manager Ron Scott last week, would limit when fireworks could be sold and prohibit the sale and use of display fireworks.

The ordinance would also fine individual violators up to $1,000 and a corporation up to $2,000 “or double the amount of the violator’s gain.”

The ordinance was created after city commissioners requested an ordinance that would reduce noise abuse and the use of fireworks at inappropriate times.

City commissioners say the draft seems like a good place to start. They asked for the ordinance to be brought up again at a later date.

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4-year-old girl, accidentally shot, expected to survive

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself with a stolen gun is expected to survive.

The Courier-Journal reports the shooting happened at about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the city’s Algonquin neighborhood. Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley told the newspaper detectives determined a stolen gun was inside the house and that the girl accidentally shot herself.

Smiley said the girl’s mother and the girl’s mother’s boyfriend both deny owning the gun. Charges against one or both could be possible pending the outcome of an investigation, Smiley said.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

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Tracks reopen in N. Ky. town where train derailed

FALMOUTH (AP) — Railroad tracks have reopened in a northern Kentucky town where a train derailed.

CSX Transportation said in a statement that the tracks reopened Friday in Falmouth.

The company says the train heading from Cincinnati to Atlanta on Wednesday had 76 loaded cars and 49 empty cars. Twenty-four cars derailed, prompting a temporary shelter-in-place for most of the town. No one was injured.

The company says the derailed cars have either been removed or put back on the tracks.

CSX is reimbursing residents for lost wages and business and out-of-pocket expenses related to the derailment.

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