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Trial underway for constable charged in fatal shooting

LONDON (AP) — A trial is underway for a Laurel County constable charged in the fatal shooting of a Manchester man.

WYMT-TV reports Bobby Joe Smith faces a manslaughter charge in 30-year-old Brandon Stanley’s death.

Authorities say Smith was attempting to serve a warrant on Stanley at a gas station when the shooting happened last March.

Smiths’ attorney say Smith was backed into a corner and fired his weapon in self-defense.

However, prosecutors argue it wasn’t self-defense, saying Stanley never touched the constable when he was trying to arrest him.

Prosecutors played surveillance video in court Tuesday, showing Smith pointing his gun at Stanley. Witnesses say they heard Stanley being told repeatedly to get down on the floor.

Authorities have not released the races of those involved.


2 fined nearly $31,000 for poaching elk on TV hunting show

DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) — Two Kentucky men who appeared on a cable television hunting show have been fined nearly $31,000 and have lost their hunting privileges for 15 years after poaching two bull elk in southeastern Wyoming in 2014.

The case emerged when a Wyoming resident watching “Hunting in the Sticks” on the Pursuit Channel reported that the men appeared to have killed elk in the wrong hunting district during an episode titled “Western Redemption.”

“I believe the two defendants were driven to get kill-shot footage for the television show and that resulted in their making bad decisions,” said Mike Ehlebracht, an investigator with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Ricky J. Mills and Jimmy G. Duncan, both of Bedford, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to several poaching violations Monday. The websites and Facebook page for the TV show were offline Tuesday.

Information about the show on the Pursuit Channel website says, “Every deer we harvest, every turkey we call in, they are earned, and that’s the way we want it!”

Duncan, 25, was ordered to pay $17,500 in fines and restitution, including $6,000 in restitution for a bull elk and $4,000 for an antelope he killed in 2013. Mills, 37, was ordered to pay $13,460. The Game and Fish Department said they also had to forfeit their elk mounts.

The loss of hunting and trapping privileges extends to 44 states, including Kentucky, that are part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.


Man charged in death of man found in toolbox

OWENSBORO (AP) — A central Kentucky man has been arrested in the death of a 29-year-old man whose body was found inside a toolbox floating in a creek last year.

Kentucky State Police said 48-year-old William E. Howard of Falls of Rough was charged with murder, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence and arrested Tuesday in Brandenburg.

The case involves the death of Tromain Mackall of Ohio County, whose disappearance was reported to authorities on July 25. His body was found inside a toolbox floating in Spring Fork Creek in Grayson County.

Howard was being held at the Daviess County jail in Owensboro. Jail records didn’t indicate whether he was represented by a lawyer who could comment on the case.


Free steaks for 15K students if N. Kentucky tops Kentucky

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati-area restaurateur says he’ll buy steak dinners for Northern Kentucky University’s 15,000 students if the men’s basketball team wins its first-ever NCAA Tournament game by beating No. 6-ranked Kentucky.

Jeff Ruby says the promise could cost him and his steakhouse big if the underdog Norse topple the Wildcats, who are seeded second in the South Regional, on Friday in Indianapolis. But, he says it’s important to support hometown organizations and he sees Northern Kentucky as an asset to the area.

The school is a first-timer in the NCCA Tournament. It won the Horizon League championship and the league’s automatic bid in its first year of eligibility for the tournament. The one-time Division II power made the jump to Division I five years ago.


Labor Cabinet offering free safety courses

LEXINGTON (AP) — The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is hosting free occupational safety training in Lexington.

The week-long training is based on federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. It is part of the Labor Cabinet’s Population Center Training series which are held in various cities across the state throughout the year.

Population Center Training courses are for both employers and employees and are designed to outline the requirements of general industry and construction standards.

The March 20-23 classes are free of charge and will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington.

Courses will include working in confined spaces, injury and illness recordkeeping, fire protection, electrical safety and more.

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Janitor convicted in co-worker’s slaying seeks new trial

BURLINGTON (AP) — A janitor serving life behind bars for the murder of his co-worker at a biotech company is hoping for a retrial because of new evidence.

David Dooley has maintained his innocence in Michelle Mockbee’s death. The 42-year-old was found beaten to death outside her office at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Florence, Kentucky in 2012.

Dooley’s attorneys have said there was no physical evidence linking him to the slaying. They’re seeking a new trial, saying the prosecutor and lead detective withheld a surveillance video showing someone trying to enter a building hours before Mockbee’s death.

News outlets report Dooley’s former attorneys testified Tuesday that they’d never seen the footage, and if they had, it may have changed the outcome.

Prosecutor Tally Smith’s attorney says she gave the defense all the evidence.


UofL holds workshop on native plants

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The University of Louisville plans to hold a workshop on plants that are native to Kentucky.

A statement from the school says the free workshop featuring nursery owner Margaret Shea will be held March 20 at the Cultural Center on UofL’s Belknap campus.

Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives, says native plant species are important to the environment even in urban areas. They help conserve water, attract wildlife and reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides.

Mog said Shea has more than two decades of experience in natural areas management, restoration and biological inventory.

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