State News in Brief


Laurel Co. father accused of injuring 7-week-old infant

LONDON (AP) — A Laurel County man is facing charges after being accused of injuring his 7-week-old baby.

Local news outlets report that the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Gary Nicely, of London, was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges, including assault and wanton endangerment.

Authorities say deputies were called to a hospital about the infant who had sustained a severe head injury and was being transported to Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

The child’s mother told deputies that she had taken another child to school and returned home to find the baby unresponsive.

Deputies say the Nicely, who was caring for the infant at the time, had no explanation as to the cause of the baby’s injury.

It’s not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

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State testing levels of arsenic near homes in Montgomery Co.

MOUNT STERLING (AP) — A state environmental response team has been testing for higher-than-normal arsenic levels along a rural Montgomery County road.

Larry Hughes of the state Division of Waste Management tells local media that initial soil samples taken last week showed levels “that were pretty high in arsenic.” The team took more samples Tuesday from the road, which is lined with mobile homes.

The site used to be home to a wood-treatment company.

Arsenic at 8 or 9 parts per million occurs naturally in soil and is considered safe. Hughes says last week’s sampling showed numbers “in the hundreds, some in the thousands” parts per million.

The state will more thoroughly sample the area with homes to determine what action should be taken.

Arsenic has been linked to different kinds of cancer.

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Ky. creates webpage for eclipse tourism

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has created a new webpage where people can get information about next year’s solar eclipse.

The agency says in a statement that several western Kentucky communities are in the path of the total eclipse, including Hopkinsville, which boasts it will have the greatest degree of eclipse anywhere, meaning it will remain “total” for longer.

Some are calling it the Great American Eclipse, because the moon’s shadow will cross 12 states.

The webpage www.kentuckytourism.com/eclipse has information about the Aug. 21, 2017 event, including the path of the eclipse and the best places and times to see it. It also includes links to local tourism offices that have information on lodging, restaurants and other special events.

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24 heroin overdoses reported in 1 day in Louisville

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Public health officials in Louisville are warning of a spike in heroin overdoses in the city.

According to WDRB-TV, officials at Norton Hospital say there were at least 24 confirmed overdose cases in Louisville on Tuesday.

Dr. Robert Couch, an emergency physician at Norton, said at a news conference that he saw eight overdose patients within five hours.

He calls it a “public health emergency,” saying the heroin on the street seems to be unusually potent. He says patients taking what would usually be a small amount are losing consciousness.

Couch says larger doses of naloxone, a widely available overdose antidote that many first responders carry, are needed to reverse the drug’s effect.

The announcement comes after recent overdose spikes in communities in the neighboring states of Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.

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Coroner: Madison teen dies, possibly from insect sting

BEREA (AP) — Officials are working to determine what exactly caused the death of a Madison County teenager who was stung by an insect.

News outlets report Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison identified the teen as 17-year-old Austin Boggs.

Cornelison says emergency crews initially received a call Monday about someone being stung by a bee at a home. He says Boggs was found unresponsive when crews arrived.

Officials say it’s unclear whether it was a bee or wasp that stung Boggs, who was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cornelison says he has not concluded that the sting was the exact cause of death. Toxicology tests and an autopsy are being conducted.

Boggs was a student at Madison Southern High School.

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Temporary ramp closure on Mountain Parkway announced

SALYERSVILLE (AP) — An exit ramp from the Mountain Parkway in eastern Kentucky has been closed for a couple of weeks.

Transportation officials say the closure is for the eastbound exit ramp to Kentucky 30 in Magoffin County. It is being closed to allow the existing ramp to be replaced with a new ramp.

Signs and message boards will advise travelers of the closure, which is scheduled to continue through 9 a.m. Sept. 12.

To access Kentucky 30 while the ramp is closed, motorists may use the Kentucky 7 interchange at Exit 75, re-enter the parkway heading west and exit onto Kentucky 30.

The ramp replacement is part of the Mountain Parkway expansion. Construction work is currently underway between mile points 69 and 75. The speed limit has been reduced.

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Court documents link man to Ky. overdoses

LEXINGTON (AP) — Federal court documents say a man has been arrested in Cincinnati in connection with up to a dozen drug overdoses in central Kentucky last week.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington show a hearing is scheduled Wednesday for Robert Lee Shields, who is charged with conspiring to distribute the controlled substance fentanyl. An affidavit said Shields was arrested Friday.

Shields appeared before a magistrate judge Monday. Neither defense attorney Patrick F. Nash nor the prosecutor’s office returned emails seeking comment.

The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported Shields’ arrest.

The affidavit said police reported there were 10 to 12 overdoses in Montgomery County last Wednesday and Thursday, including at least one victim who died. Spikes in heroin overdoses were reported around the same time in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.

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Commercial air service begins out of Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Commercial air service has returned to the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport.

News outlets report that the inaugural flight of the new air service took off Tuesday from Bowling Green to Atlanta with VIPs and media. Regular flights start Tuesday.

It was announced in May that commercial air service was returning to the airport after 44 years. Contour Airlines is offering two round-trip flights to Atlanta Monday through Saturday with one Sunday round-trip flight. It is also offering Thursday and Saturday flights to Destin, Florida, with return flights Thursday and Sunday.

Officials at a cake-cutting ceremony Monday said the effort to bring commercial flight to Bowling Green included $1.8 million in local, state and federal incentives to Contour for one year.

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Man accused of killing Scott County teen pleads not guilty

GEORGETOWN (AP) — A Georgetown man accused of killing a 15-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty.

Media outlets report that 27-year-old Michael K. Davidson is accused of shooting and killing 15-year-old Morgan Penn on Saturday. Davidson was charged with murder.

Police say Penn was at a sleepover at a Scott County mobile home when Davidson fired a gun at the house, killing the girl.

Investigators say Davidson did not intentionally shoot at the mobile home Penn was sleeping in, and that the girl was a victim of crossfire.

In addition to murder, Davidson has also been charged with parole and probation violations.

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Man sentenced in 1998 slaying of estranged wife

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A southern Kentucky man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the 1998 slaying of his estranged wife.

The Daily News reports a judge handed down the sentence on Tuesday for Leland Neal Jr. in the death of Carol Neal, a Bowling Green social worker who was reported missing in 1998. Although her body was never found, hikers found part of her skull in 2003 in a densely wooded area of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Although Leland Neal was originally indicted in 2014 on charges including murder, he pleaded guilty last month to lesser counts that included manslaughter.

The couple was in the midst of divorcing when Carol Neal disappeared.

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