State News in Brief

Toddler hit, killed by car in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An 18-month-old boy has died after what police are calling an apparent accident.

Media outlets report the Springfield Police Department responded Sunday afternoon to a vehicle versus pedestrian call. The officers who arrived at the scene found a toddler, identified as Christopher Alexander Garian, who had been struck by a vehicle that was backing out of a driveway.

Washington County EMS rushed the boy to Springview Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital by the Marion County Coroner.

Police say the toddler was in Springfield with his parents, D’Anna Seabridge and Christopher Garian, visiting family for Easter.

The incident remains under investigation.


Officials ID body in car that fell from Ohio River bridge

FORT THOMAS (AP) — Officials have identified the body of a man that was recovered from a car that fell from an Ohio River bridge near Cincinnati and went into the water.

The car went over a barrier after a 12-vehicle crash on the Combs-Hehl Interstate 275 bridge on March 15. Rescuers delayed pulling the car from the water for days because of strong currents. A crane pulled the red car to the surface on Saturday.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports the victim was identified on Sunday as David James Bouma of Milford, Ohio.

Campbell County Coroner Al Garnick says the autopsy report shows Bouma died from head trauma, not drowning.

Police say the crash is still under investigation.


9 injured in pileup on Kentucky highway

FOSTER (AP) — Nine people were injured in a pileup on a Kentucky highway after a tractor-trailer crashed with a car and caught fire.

Local media reports that three cars were involved in the wreck around 12:30 p.m. on the AA Highway in Bracken County. Police said three people were taken to hospitals by helicopters and another six were injured.

The highway was shut down in both directions for hours as police investigated the crash and crews attempted to clear the scene.


Woman accused of financial crimes in Kentucky arrested in ND

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A woman wanted in Kentucky in connection with accusations of financial crimes has been arrested in North Dakota.

Williston Police have arrested 30-year-old Yarelis Rios. The Williston Herald ( ) reports police arrested Rios after authorities were tipped off to her Williston home.

Court records show Rios is wanted in Kentucky’s Fayette County on charges including forgery and obtaining a real estate loan through deception.

Williams County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Caleb Fry says Rios had been on the run for about two years and moved to Williston in October.

Authorities in Kentucky accuse Rios of embezzling thousands from an apartment complex where she was employed and filing false tax returns.

Jail records show Rios was extradited to Kentucky Thursday. Records don’t list an attorney who could comment on her behalf.


Man sitting on railroad tracks hit and killed by train

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A man sitting on railroad tracks was struck and killed by a train in St. Matthews early Sunday.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that St. Matthews Police Officer Dennis McDonald said alcohol may have been a factor.

McDonald told the newspaper that the man was sitting on CSX tracks around 5 a.m. Sunday. The engineer of the westbound train was unable to stop in time.

Nearby crossing were closed for three hours after the incident.

The accident is being investigated by the St. Matthews Police Department and CSX.


Study: Rock climbers spend $3.6M annually in Red River Gorge

SLADE (AP) — Rock climbers hope a new study of their economic impact in the Red River Gorge will help make the case for opening more public land in the area for climbing.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports researchers from Eastern Kentucky University surveyed more than 700 climbers at crags on public and private land in 2015.

The study found that climbers spend an estimated $3.6 million annually in six counties around the gorge. Much of that was for lodging, food, retail purchases and recreation activities.

There have been discussions about greater access to crags on public land in the gorge. Climbers hope the study will re-energize those talks.

Jon Kazmierski, district ranger for a section of Daniel Boone National Forest, has asked climbers to identify possible places to open new climbing routes so the Forest Service can analyze them.


Lodge at Greenbo Lakes State Resort Park remains closed

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky parks officials say the Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lakes State Resort Park is closed until further notice due to safety concerns.

State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland made that decision after receiving an engineering draft report that concludes the building is not safe for occupancy.

Holland says the northeastern Kentucky lodge has been closed to visitors for the past six months since an electrical fire caused smoke damage to the main lodge and some guest rooms.

Officials say the lodge was tentatively scheduled to reopen May 30 after repairs from the fire damage were completed. But they now say the reopening will be delayed for several months beyond Memorial Day.

The pool, campgrounds, marina and recreational activities at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will remain open during renovation of the lodge.


Man who died trying to save grandmother considered for award

FLAT GAP (AP) — A Johnson County man who died trying to save his grandmother during a flood is being considered for an award for his efforts.

The Lexington Herald Leader reported that 34-year-old Scott Johnson is being considered for a medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The award recognizes those who risk their lives trying to save others.

Kevin Johnson, Scott Johnson’s father, says his son tried to get his grandmother out of her mobile home during a flood in Johnson County last July.

“I hollered and said, ‘Scott, you can’t make it!’” Kevin Johnson recalled. “He said, ‘I’m getting Nanaw out of that trailer!’”

His son made it inside, but the water lifted the home and pushed it downstream. Johnson and his grandmother died in the flood.

The commission’s investigations manager, Jeffrey A. Dooley, says the commission is researching Johnson’s actions and says it could be several months before a decision is made.

The award was started by Andrew Carnegie in 1904 after he was inspired by the stories of two men who died trying to help overs in a coal mine blast. The fund has awarded medals to 9,845 people. The commission states that 156 recipients have been from Kentucky.

Johnson’s mother, Trena Cantrell, said her son will always be considered her hero even if he doesn’t win the award.


Trucking show is this week in Louisville

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Representatives of the trucking industry and trucking professionals are meeting this week for the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

The show is being held at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The Kentucky State Fair Board said in a news release that the show is one of the top trade shows in the country. More than 70,000 people are expected to attend.

More than 1,000 exhibitors will showcase items from tires to trailers. Exhibitors include major truck and engine manufacturers, trailer manufacturers and other product and service providers.

The industry-only event starts Thursday and runs through Saturday.

The fair board said the show generates more than $14.1 million of economic impact in the Louisville area.

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