State News in Brief

Hatfield, McCoys to gather for service at family well

PIKEVILLE (AP) — Those famous feuding Appalachian families are gathering for a special event at the McCoy well in eastern Kentucky.

The well is on the property where the Hatfield family is said to have attacked and burned down the McCoy cabin in 1888.

On Sunday, Billy Hatfield, a descendant of Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, will lead a 10 a.m. service. Once it’s over, new signs will be unveiled that will go along the Randolph McCoy trail.

The trail leads visitors through the feud sites of the Hatfields and McCoys. The trail stretches through Kentucky regions known as Hardy and Blackberry and leads into Matewan, West Virginia.

The annual Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days celebration begins Friday and continues through Sunday.


Customer service center to bring hundreds jobs to Owensboro

OWENSBORO (AP) — A California-based company is bringing hundreds of jobs to Owensboro with the opening of its new customer service center.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports Alorica Inc. spokesman Greg Bush says the company will eventually hire 840 people for the center, which will be located in the BB&T Building.

Alorica will become the city’s third-largest private employer in the county — behind Owensboro Health and U.S. Bank Home Mortgage.

Bush says 90 percent of the jobs will be full-time. The first 500 will be hired within 12 months, with the rest being hired within three years.

The center is expected to open sometime between April and June of 2017.

The company, which has over 92,000 employees worldwide, says it offers a full range of solutions to more than 600 companies in various industries.


Major federal anti-heroin effort coming to Louisville

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Louisville has been chosen for a federal pilot program aimed at combating heroin and prescription drug abuse and related violent crime.

News outlets report federal and city officials announced Wednesday that Louisville will be part of what the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is calling a “360 Strategy” to curb the opioid crisis. The program is already in place in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Federal funds will be used to form a Heroin Investigation Team that will investigate heroin overdoses as crime scenes. The team will consist of Louisville police detectives and DEA agents.

U.S. Attorney John Kuhn says dealers whose drugs cause overdoses will face a minimum 20-year prison sentence without parole.

Jefferson County had 268 drug overdose deaths last year, more than any other Kentucky county.


Second person charged in sex assault near UofL

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Police have arrested a second person in connection with one of two sexual assaults near the University of Louisville campus.

News outlets report that according to a Louisville Metro Police citation, 18-year-old Dezmeontai Tinsley was arrested Tuesday and admitted to his involvement in one of the assaults. He’s charged with kidnapping, sodomy and first-degree robbery.

Tinsley’s arrest comes four days after police said they arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with both assaults.

Police say that on Sept. 12, Tinsley and the teen forced a woman into her vehicle at gunpoint. The males forced the victim to withdraw money from her bank account before sexually assaulting her. The woman was freed, but Tinsley and the boy kept her car.

It’s unclear if Tinsley has an attorney.


2 men indicted in central Ky. painkiller overdoses

LEXINGTON (AP) — Two men have been indicted in connection with a series of overdoses in Montgomery County last month.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a Lexington federal grand jury indicted Robert L. Shields and Wesley S. Hamm on Wednesday on charges that they distributed heroin and the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Authorities say the men supplied fentanyl to people in Mount Sterling, where a dozen overdoses were reported on Aug. 24 and 25. Most of the victims were resuscitated, but a 37-year-old man died.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says fentanyl is 40 to 50 times more potent than heroin. The penalty for conspiring to distribute fentanyl is up to 20 years in prison

Federal documents didn’t list the age or address for Shields or Hamm. It’s unclear whether they have attorneys.

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