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Auto supply manufacturer to expand, add 450 jobs

FRANKFORT (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that an auto supply manufacturer in Bowling Green plans to expand and add 450 jobs.

According to the statement from Beshear’s office, Bowling Green Metalforming LLC will invest more than $ 261 million over the next four years at its facility in the Kentucky Transpark. It will be the sixth expansion for the company, which makes vehicle body and chassis assemblies for companies including General Motors and Ford.

The project will include new equipment and a 260,000-square-foot addition so the company can keep up with contracts for heavy stamping, robotic assembly and the coating of chassis and other parts.

Since breaking ground 11 years ago, the company has expanded its facility to 950,000 square feet and it employs more than 1,000 workers.


Lincoln County Schools canceled following graffiti threat

STANFORD (AP) — Lincoln County Schools have been canceled after a graffiti threat was found over the weekend.

Multiple news outlets report schools will be closed Monday.

Officials say the threat stating “You getting shot down Monday 10” along with a pair of scissors with the word “Die,” were discovered Sunday at Crab Orchard Elementary School. The message was written on the outside of the school.

A statement on the school district’s website says Superintendent Karen Hatter and law enforcement immediately responded and proceeded to investigate.

Hatter says the school district needed to err on the side of caution and cancel classes Monday while the Kentucky State Police investigate. School is out Tuesday for Election Day. Classes are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.

Parent Sherry Rose says it is especially disturbing that the threat was found at an elementary school

“You just never know what’s going to happen. It scares me,” said Rose. “Hopefully it was someone just randomly doing it, making a joke or something.”

Anyone with any information that could help identify whoever wrote the threat is asked to contact police.


Man could face execution for killing 87-year-old Ohio woman

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A jury in southwest Ohio will begin hearing evidence this week and recommend to a judge whether a Kentucky man should be executed for killing an 87-year-old Ohio woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car.

The same jury deliberated just under two hours Thursday before finding Daniel French of Berea, Kentucky, guilty of aggravated murder.

When court convenes again on Wednesday, the jury will begin listening to arguments for and against execution.

French, 57, was convicted of killing Barbara Howe in 2012. He confessed to the killing when he was arrested two years later, but his attorney argued during the trial that French planned only to rob Howe and that her death was an accident.

“Danny told the truth,” said his attorney, Melynda Cook, in her closing argument. “He didn’t drive from Kentucky on the 20th of October with the purpose to commit murder.”

Prosecutors said French cut Howe’s throat after gaining entry by posing as a maintenance worker in her Monroe retirement community. They said Howe was still alive when French placed her in the crawl space of her home and came back later to slit her throat.


Mother, son arrested after man found dead in apartment

RICHMOND (AP) — A mother and son were arrested after a man was found shot to death in his apartment in Richmond, Kentucky.

According to WKYT-TV, Adrian Collins and his mother, Melissa Collins, were taken into custody around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Adrian Collins was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. Melissa Collins was charged with tampering with evidence.

The victim is 37-year-old Ronnie L. Kelly. Few details have been released about the shooting, but police say it occurred around 2 a.m.

Adrian Collins and Melissa Collins are being held in the Madison County Detention Center.

Their bonds had not been set Sunday. Online court records didn’t show if they have lawyers who could comment on their cases.


Over 100 Catholic couples celebrate decades of marriage at event

LEXINGTON (AP) — More than 100 Catholic couples celebrated going the distance in marriage at an event in Lexington.

The Courier-Journal reports the annual celebration of marriage led by Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz was held Sunday at the Cathedral of the Assumption.

The event honored 136 couples celebrating wedding anniversaries ranging from 30 to 73 years.

In his homily, Kurtz said the total number of years combined of couples present was 6,646.

Thirty-nine of the couples honored at the event have been married for over 60 years, including 5 couples who have been married for 65 years, one couple that has been married for 68 years and 1 couple that has been married for 73 years.


Louisville condo fire kills man, leaves 19 homeless

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a condominium fire in Louisville, Kentucky, that claimed the life of a man and left 19 other people homeless.

According to WHAS-TV, firefighters received a call around 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the Regency Three Condominiums.

Officials say firefighters were able to contain the fire within minutes, but significant damage had already been done.

Crews found the body of a man in a burned apartment in the complex. His identity has not been released.

Resident Evelyn Hood believes her smoke detector saved her life because she woke up when she heard it go off.

There were no reports of injuries.

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