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Boy killed during attack in his bedroom

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say an Indiana man was arrested in the death of a boy killed in a knife attack in his bedroom during a pre-dawn burglary.

An arrest citation by police in Versailles, Kentucky, says the suspect, Ronald Exantus of Indianapolis, entered the home early Monday and went to an upstairs bedroom where the victim was asleep.

Woodford County Deputy Coroner T.A. Rankin identified the boy as 6-year-old Logan Tipton.

Police say Exantus allegedly stabbed the boy multiple times in the head area with a large kitchen knife he found in the home.

The alleged attacker was detained by the boy’s father until police arrived.

The citation said the 32-year-old Exantus is charged with murder and first-degree burglary. An arraignment was scheduled Monday.

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Return to sender: IRS tax payment addresses have changed

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Income tax season will be here in a few weeks, and the Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers to mail their payments to the correct address.

The IRS says starting Jan. 1, federal tax payments mailed to a post office box address in Atlanta or St. Louis will be returned to the sender. The boxes have been closed for several years, and the IRS says mail addressed there will no longer be forwarded to the correct address.

Kentucky taxpayers who previously mailed payments to one of those addresses should use the address included in the payment notice or letter. The correct address for payments depends on the taxpayer’s home state and can be found online at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Where-to-File-Paper-Tax-Returns-With-or-Without-a-Payment.

Tax payments can also be made directly from a bank account through http://www.irs.gov/Payments/Direct-Pay.

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Community college system awards record number of degrees

VERSAILLES (AP) — Kentucky’s community and technical college system awarded a record number of associate degrees in the past academic year.

KCTCS officials say the system awarded 9,632 associate degrees during the 2014-15 academic year. They say that number is up by 52 over the prior year.

Since 2000, KCTCS says it has experienced a big increase in the awarding of credentials, with the number of associate degrees tripling and the number of certificates increasing ten-fold.

KCTCS Board of Regents Vice-Chair Gail Henson says the increase in associate degrees is significant given that the system is “in the bottom of an enrollment cycle” due to an improving economy.

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Police: Madison Co. dispatcher fatally stabbed

BOONEVILLE (AP) — Police say a man is facing a murder charge for fatally stabbing a Madison County dispatcher.

According to WKYT-TV, the incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Investigators say 25-year-old Dustin Sparks stabbed 28-year-old Benjamin Brewer in the neck with a knife after an argument broke out between the two while at a party at an Owsley County home.

Sparks was arrested after the incident, and authorities say he was highly intoxicated at the scene.

A motive in the stabbing has not been released.

Sparks was being held Sunday in the Three Forks Regional Jail on $500,000 bond. It isn’t immediately clear if Sparks has an attorney.

Authorities say Brewer is the second Madison County dispatcher to die tragically in recent months. In September, dispatcher Jackie Rose was shot and killed in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide.

“This obviously brings back feelings and opens wounds that people here are still trying to deal with,” said Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy.

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Suspects in robbery of Ohio federal judge to be in court

CINCINNATI (AP) — Suspects in the robbery of a federal judge and her husband at gunpoint in their home are to be in court in Cincinnati.

Court documents show at least two of three suspects were scheduled for hearings Monday in a Hamilton County court. Court records don’t show attorneys for the men.

Indian Hill police say Judge Susan Dlott (duh-LAHT’) and prominent former attorney Stanley Chesley were unnerved but fine after the Friday night robbery. Lt. Rich White of the Indian Hill Rangers police said three suspects were arrested almost immediately.

Police say three men with guns kicked in the basement door of the couple’s home late Friday.

Authorities say the couple was held at gunpoint and robbed of money, credit cards and identification before the suspects heard a noise and fled.

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Deputies: Stolen cheesecake leads to high-speed chase

PADUCAH (AP) — McCracken County deputies say a man led them through a high-speed chase after he was attempting to shoplift several items, including cheesecake, from a convenience store.

Multiple media outlets report that Sunday, 34-year-old Jeremy Egan was arrested on a myriad of charges after deputies say he tried to steal cheesecake, candy and a lighter from a Paducah convenience store. When deputies tried to conduct a traffic stop, they say Egan kept driving and led them on a chase that reached speeds of 100 miles per hour. Egan reached the Farley area before running into a ditch.

Egan and his front-seat passenger, 29-year-old Amy Cash, were taken to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Egan was arrested on several charges, including shoplifting and reckless driving.

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First cars begin crossing new Abraham Lincoln bridge

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A new bridge across the Ohio River between downtown Louisville and southern Indiana has opened to vehicles.

A news release from the Ohio River Bridges Project says the Abraham Lincoln Bridge opened to traffic Sunday evening, one day after pedestrians were allowed to walk along the span.

The bridge carries northbound Interstate 65 traffic across the Ohio River, while the adjacent Kennedy Bridge will eventually carry only southbound traffic. Two lanes of I-65 South traffic will move to the Lincoln bridge later this month while the Kennedy Bridge undergoes improvements.

A news release says substantial completion of the downtown project is scheduled for December 2016. Another bridge between the two states is under construction in eastern Jefferson County.

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Science Hill police chief suspended following indictment

SCIENCE HILL (AP) — Science Hill Police Chief Robbie Gossett has been suspended from his position following a state indictment against him.

Local media outlets report city commissioners voted three to two in favor of the suspension Saturday morning.

Gossett turned himself in to authorities Thursday after being indicted on two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property and two counts of abuse of public trust.

The indictment says Gossett obtained funds and property belonging to the city and failed to make the required disposition of them. The charges stem from incidents in 2008 and 2009 and involve totals of at least $10,000.

Gossett’s attorney, Scott Foster, says the charges against his client don’t make sense, calling him an honest man and the “pillar” of the Science Hill community.

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Man charged with murder in fatal hit-and-run

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Police say a man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash in a neighborhood near downtown Louisville.

According to The Courier-Journal, the incident happened around 3:44 a.m. on Sunday.

Louisville Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said 26-year-old Charles Ballard was speeding when he “struck an object, causing it to go airborne.” She said a witness realized that it was actually a person Ballard hit.

The victim, who has not been identified but is believed to be in his early to mid-20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Ballard was located nearby and charged with murder and driving under the influence. He also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and not having insurance or a driver’s license.

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Group seeks to replace climbing bolts, anchors in gorge

FRANKFORT (AP) — A group is seeking to replace aging hardware that climbers use at the Red River Gorge.

The gorge, which attracts climbers from around the world, has bolts and anchors embedded into the rock face to create more than 2,000 climbing routes. Many of the zinc-plated bolts and anchors have started to corrode and need to be replaced.

A statement from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says the Fixed Gear Initiative was created as a collaborative effort between developers, climbers, industry professionals and nonprofit groups as a way to rebolt the gorge and promote sustainable climbing.

Fixed Gear Initiative Director Ian Kirk said the project is expected to take decades.

The group has established a website, www.rrgfgi.com , where people can learn more and find out how to help.

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West Virginia elk restoration could begin in 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Elk could begin returning to West Virginia next spring.

A new elk management plan released by the Division of Natural Resources calls for the agency to acquire and stock 150 elk in seven southwestern counties by 2019. The plan assumes that some elk will be available by the spring of 2016.

Natural Resources wildlife chief Paul Johansen told The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the agency hopes to obtain elk from Kentucky but no agreement has been reached.

Johansen says Kentucky’s elk have adapted well to the Appalachian landscape. But he wouldn’t rule out pursuing commitments from other states.

Under the plan, the elk would be contained in a management zone in Boone, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

West Virginia’s last native elk was killed around 1875.

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