W. Va boy claims Ky. suspect targeted him
SCOTTSVILLE (AP) — A south-central Kentucky man charged in the killing of a 7-year-old girl was identified by a West Virginia boy as someone who allegedly tried to lure him into a vehicle a month before the girl’s death, according to a Kentucky State Police affidavit.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports Detective Wesley Medley filed the affidavit for a search warrant last month in the case of Timothy Madden of Scottsville.
Madden is charged in the death of Gabriella Doolin, who disappeared Nov. 14 while attending a game to cheer on her brother. She was found dead less than a half-hour later in a creek. Madden has pleaded not guilty on charges of murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.
Prosecutors have a March 31 deadline to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
The affidavit said a boy watching a television account of Madden’s arrest told his father that the suspect was the same man who allegedly asked him and another boy to get into his vehicle Oct. 9 at a gas station in Mason, West Virginia. A man asked the boys to “come take a ride in my RV,” but the boys ran back to a high school, and a relative of one of the boys reported the incident.
When the boy saw a photo of Madden during a November television newscast, he said, “That’s the guy from the parking lot, at the Mason Wal-Mart,” according to the affidavit, which said Medley talked to the boy’s father and obtained an incident report from the Mason Police Department.
Search warrants obtained by Medley included one for Madden’s cellphone and for other information, including cell tower coordinators from Oct. 8 to 11.
Madden’s attorney, Travis Lock, said he was unaware of the West Virginia incident or the recent affidavits and search warrants.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport to demolish Concourse C
CINCINNATI (AP) — A once-major, long-closed concourse at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will start disappearing this summer.
Concourse C will be torn down later this year after being permanently closed to passengers in 2008, airport officials told The Cincinnati Enquirer.
“We now have the ability to remove functionally obsolete and outdated facilities and replace them with needed infrastructure that will serve us well into the future,” airport CEO Candace McGraw said.
The airport — which is located in Hebron, Kentucky — has been undergoing a series of changes as it transitions from a Delta Air Lines hub to a multi-carrier operation.
Concourse C, which wasn’t connected to the main terminal, saw dwindling action in recent years after Delta scaled back its regional flights.
Officials expect demolition to begin sometime in August. It will take about a year to tear down the concourse and renovate the site, which is set to become parking for airplanes and a deicing pad.
Delta initially planned to lease Concourse C through 2025, but the airport renegotiated its agreement with the airline following CVG’s new contract with passenger and cargo carriers.
Delta and CVG first opened Concourse C in 1994, but the airline began focusing elsewhere after gaining new hubs following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Delta has cut approximately 600 flights out of CVG since 2005, but still remains the airport’s largest carrier.
Man dies, family trapped after tree falls on mobile home
INEZ (AP) — A Martin County man died after a tree fell on his family’s mobile home, trapping four of his family members as well.
Rescuers were able to free the four relatives early Saturday, but Larry Whitt, 56, died in the accident, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Martin County Sheriff John Kirk said the four rescued family members — three women and an 18-year-old man — sustained relatively minor injuries.
Whitt was killed when an oak tree, which was at least 30 inches in diameter at its base, collapsed on the roof as well as on parts of the sides of the mobile home, Kirk said.
“It was just horrible,” Kirk said. “These people lost everything they had. I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
He said a 62-year-old woman had been sleeping on a couch and was trapped under the roof. She was taken the hospital after rescuers were able to get in through a window.
Kirk said that the oak tree appeared to have grown in the thin soil of an old coal bank on a hillside behind the home.
“They’re very fortunate,” Kirk said of the surviving people in the home. “They’re blessed to be alive.”
He says rescuers and community members used chain saws and their hands to clear debris from the house so Whitt’s body could be removed.
Man accused of dumping raw sewage into Anderson Co. creek
VERSAILLES (AP) — A septic-tank installer has been accused of illegally discharging an estimated 1,000 gallons of raw sewage into an Anderson County creek that runs into the Kentucky River.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a federal grand jury recently charged David Giles with one count of discharging a pollutant without a permit.
Giles, who works in the Versailles area, is licensed to install septic tanks, but the indictment says he doesn’t have a license to pump out tanks.
The indictment says Giles dumped raw sewage over a steep embankment into Wildcat Creek after being hired to pump out six septic tanks Dec. 2.
Giles could face up to three years in prison if found guilty.
Kentucky State Fair to award blacksmiths
LOUISVILLE (AP) — A new award is available to blacksmiths who want to enter pieces in the Kentucky State Fair.
The winner of the forged metalwork category will receive $500, according to a statement from Kaviar Forge & Gallery, which is sponsoring the award. The deadline for entries into the new category is July 1.
Pieces entered into the contest will be exhibited in the Fine Art section of the state fair.
The fair, which is held in Louisville, begins on Aug. 18 and lasts through Aug. 28. Last year, it attracted more than 600,000 people.
Wildlife refuges reopening at Land Between The Lakes
GOLDEN POND (AP) — Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area says wildlife refuges that have been closed since last fall will reopen next week.
The areas reopening on March 16 are Rushing Bay, Duncan Bay, Duncan Lake, Smith Bay, Fulton/Honker Bay, Honker Lake Refuge, Long Creek Waterfowl Refuge and portions of Energy Lake. Hematite Lake will also open for bank fishing only.
Wildlife Program Manager Steve Bloemer says the areas are closed from Nov. 1 to March 15, mostly to serve as waterfowl and eagle refuges. He says most begin migration north by early to mid-March.
Land Between The Lakes manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. It draws more than 1.4 million visitors annually.
Newspaper, arts center partner to bring Army band to Ashland
ASHLAND (AP) — The Daily Independent newspaper and the Paramount Arts Center have partnered to bring the U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus to Ashland next month.
The Daily Independent reports the free concert is scheduled for April 3. This will be the first time in 40 years since the Army band has been in the city.
Norma Meek, executive director of the PAC, says the concert is a gift to the community from the arts center and the hometown newspaper.
Members of the Army band, which consists of a 69-piece orchestra and a 29-member choir, travel around the country and perform.
Tickets are available, but individuals are allowed only four apiece. Meek says no group tickets are available.
The band will play for 75 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.