State News in Brief

Man drowns while swimming in Cumberland River

SOMERSET (AP) — Officials say a man swimming in the Cumberland River has drowned.

WKYT-TV reports that Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk says 47-year-old Homer Davis Jr. was pronounced dead early Monday morning.

Struck says Davis was swimming in the water Sunday night with other people when he went under and never resurfaced.

Davis was from rural Pulaski County, near Burnside.


Georgetown College student dies after jumping down stairs

LEXINGTON (AP) — Georgetown police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Georgetown College football player after he jumped down a flight of stairs at a fraternity house.

Police Chief Mike Bosse told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Colson Machlitt, also known as Johnnie, apparently hit his head after jumping from one flight of stairs to another at the Lambda Chi Alpha house on campus. Bosse said there’s no suspected foul play.

The incident happened early Sunday. The Fayette County coroner’s office said Machlitt died of traumatic brain injury Monday afternoon at University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Machlitt was a sophomore defensive lineman from Villa Hills.


Judge rules to allow ‘wet’ vote in Boyd Co.

CATLETTSBURG (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ruled that the election to expand the sale of alcohol in Boyd County will proceed, but said election officials could not certify it immediately.

News outlets report that Judge David Hagerman ruled on Monday that voters in all 46 county precincts can continue with the “wet” election as scheduled on Tuesday.

The city of Ashland and a local pastor had filed a lawsuit against the county clerk and board of elections in an attempt to block the vote. The city believes it will lose as much as $600,000 in annual revenue from fees related to the sale of alcohol if the vote passes.

Hagerman says it’s difficult to determine what harm could be inflicted on the city until after the votes are tallied.


Last charged in Hopkinsville sex assault case pleads guilty

HOPKINSVILLE (AP) — The final defendant charged in a Hopkinsville sexual assault case has accepted a plea agreement.

News outlets report that 22-year-old Dayton Jones on Monday pleaded guilty to first-degree sodomy, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Jones was sentenced to 15 years in prison with eligibility for parole and must register as a sex offender.

Jones and three other defendants were accused in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy at an Oct. 2014 house party in Christian County. Prosecutors say the boy was unconscious when he was sexually assaulted, resulting in severe internal injuries. According to police reports, the assault was recorded on cellphone video and shared on social media.

The three other defendants accepted plea agreements from the prosecution.


Officials ID body found floating inside toolbox in creek

LEITCHFIELD (AP) — A Kentucky coroner has identified the body of a man found inside a toolbox floating in a Grayson County creek.

Grayson County Coroner Joe Brad Hudson said Tuesday that officials used dental records to identify the man as 29-year-old Tromain Jerome Mackall, who had moved to the area from Prince Frederick, Maryland. Hudson said Mackall died from asphyxiation.

Police said someone found the body about three weeks ago in a large toolbox that was floating in Spring Fork Creek, a tributary of Rough River.

Media report Mackall was reported missing on July 24.


Cindy McCain, Gossett among Ali Award recipients

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of Arizona Sen. John McCain, and Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. are among the winners of humanitarian awards named for Muhammad Ali.

The Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky said Tuesday that Cindy McCain will receive the Ali Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement. She’s being honored for efforts to combat human trafficking and helping children with facial deformities.

Gossett will receive the Ali Humanitarian Award for Education. He established a foundation encouraging young adults to live racially diverse and culturally inclusive lives.

Tony Award-winning actress, singer and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph will receive the Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship. Grammy Award-winning singer Jon Secada will receive the Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony is Sept. 17.

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