State News in Brief


Lexington officers to carry, dispense drug overdose antidote

LEXINGTON (AP) — Lexington police are finalizing a policy to allow officers to carry and administer the overdose-reversing drug Narcan.

Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel tells the Lexington Herald-Leader that officers have already been trained to use Narcan, a name brand of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

Angel says the police department has purchased enough doses to equip all officers with the bureaus of patrol and special operations by next week.

The new policy says officers who find a person suffering a drug overdose can administer the drug if fire and medical crews have not yet arrived.

Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Joe Best says Narcan has been administered an average of 149 times each month in the city this year, up from a monthly average of 107 in 2015.

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Woman pleads guilty in step-granddaughter’s death

DANVILLE (AP) — A central Kentucky woman has reached a plea deal in the death of her 3-year-old step-granddaughter.

Multiple news outlets report that 42-year-old Shila Raley pleaded guilty in court in Danville on Thursday to second-degree manslaughter in the death of Alexa Raley.

Kentucky State Police said Alexa died at a hospital in June 2014 after sustaining blunt force injuries to the abdomen. Shila Raley was arrested nearly six month later.

She was initially charged with murder in Alexa’s death, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge as part of a plea deal.

In exchange for her plea, the Boyle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms recommended five years in prison.

Shila Raley will be formally sentenced next month.

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Police: 3-year-old boy dies after accidentally shooting self

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A 3-year-old boy has died after suffering a gunshot wound inside a Louisville home.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell told media that the boy died about 4 a.m. Monday at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Lt. Todd Kessinger says the child accidentally shot himself.

Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the shooting occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday in a residence in the Algonquin neighborhood.

Smiley says other people were home at the time of the shooting but no one else was hurt.

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State offers historic Lexington-area bridge for relocation

GEORGETOWN (AP) — State officials are looking for a new home for a historic Lexington-area bridge that is being replaced.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued a news release Saturday that the Weisenberger Mill Bridge could be donated to a city, county or state government, historic preservation organization or “anyone else” approved by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office for preservation and reuse at a new site in Kentucky.

The bridge, which dates to 1935, spans Elkhorn Creek on Weisenberger Mill Road in Scott and Woodford counties.

If it is relocated to an appropriate setting, officials say it may still be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge recipient must agree to reconstruct it within a year of receiving it, maintain it for 20 years and allow the public to visit.

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Body found in burning vehicle identified

LEXINGTON (AP) — A coroner says the death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found inside a burning vehicle was a homicide.

Media outlets report the Fayette County coroner’s office released the findings Friday. The office says the cause of death won’t be released.

The body of Joseph Trevor Dilger was found in the vehicle Sept. 4 along the side of a rural, one-lane road.

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Escaped inmate captured a day later

BEATTYVILLE (AP) — Kentucky State Police say an escaped inmate from Lee County has been captured.

The State Police post in Richmond says in a news release that troopers arrested 31-year-old William Napier of Clay Hole on Saturday.

Following a court appearance in Breathitt County on a July murder charge, Napier escaped Friday while being transported back to the Three Forks Regional Jail in Beattyville and swam across the Kentucky River.

The statement says Napier now faces an escape charge.

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Man rescued from asphalt silo in N.Ky.

FLORENCE (AP) — A fire official says a man was rescued after becoming trapped inside an asphalt silo in northern Kentucky.

Florence Fire Chief Kelly Aylor says crews used ropes to lower themselves into the silo to retrieve the man at an asphalt business Saturday.

Media outlets report the man was doing maintenance work and his legs had become pinned by a large piece of asphalt at the bottom of the silo.

He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. The man’s identity and condition weren’t immediately released.

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Public meeting planned on Lake Malone proposal

FRANKFORT (AP) — Officials plan to gather public comments on a proposal to build and operate a commercial boat dock on Lake Malone in western Kentucky and expand no-wake zones in some areas.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says a public meeting will be held on Sept. 22 at Muhlenberg County South Elementary School in Beechmont. Wildlife officials will explain details of both requests, then answer questions and take comments from the public. In addition, written comments will be accepted Sept. 22 to Oct. 22.

A committee will discuss the proposals and public comments on Nov. 4. If approved, the measure would then be up for discussion by the full Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission on Dec. 2.

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