State News in Brief

University offers website with information on Zika virus

LEXINGTON (AP) — University of Kentucky entomologists have created a website to provide information on the Zika virus, with mosquitoes starting to show up in the state.

Extension entomologist Lee Townsend says mosquito populations will peak in mid- to late summer. He said in a news release the website will include information on Zika cases as they appear and on mosquitoes that are potential virus carriers in the state.

Zika can be transmitted sexually, but it is primarily spread through mosquito bites.

The website is at

All confirmed cases of Zika in the U.S. are from travelers bitten by mosquitoes while in another country, including six in Kentucky.

The virus causes mild, flu-like symptoms but can cause severe birth defects in babies whose mothers contract the virus during pregnancy.


Missing Casey Co. woman found dead in wrecked car

COLUMBIA (AP) — A Casey County woman who went missing has been found dead in her vehicle.

Media outlets report that 54-year-old Carla Monday was reported missing by family members on Wednesday after she didn’t show up for work Tuesday evening.

Kentucky State Police say that while searching the route Monday was known to take to work, investigators found her 2005 Saturn Wednesday evening. It had traveled down an embankment that was difficult to see from the road.

Police say Monday had been driving to work on Tuesday when her vehicle traveled off the road, over an embankment and struck several trees.

Monday was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt.


Officials hold forum to discuss drug epidemic

FRANKFORT (AP) — State officials are hosting a community forum to educate people about the ongoing drug epidemic.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says the forum on Tuesday in Corbin will explain the problem, highlight prevention and treatment resources and seek the community’s help in fighting the public health crisis. The meeting will be held at the Corbin Technology Center.

Those participating in the event include Cabinet for Health and Family Services Deputy Secretary Timothy Feeley, Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley and experts from the Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic.

The nation is currently in the grip of a prescription drug and heroin epidemic. Kentucky was among five states with the highest death rates from drug overdoses in 2014.


Kentucky man charged with using fake money at yard sales

MADISONVILLE (AP) — Madisonville police say a resident has been charged with using counterfeit money at yard sales.

Police Officer Falon Graham says in a news release that 47-year-old Carl Winebarger of Madisonville was arrested Saturday and charged with six counts of possession of a forged instrument.

Graham says on Friday and Saturday, officers received five complaints of counterfeit money being passed at yard sales. One victim confronted a man after a counterfeit $50 bill was used. The victim got the man’s license plate number, an officer went to Winebarger’s residence Saturday and a search turned up counterfeit money.

The items taken from the yard sales were recovered and returned to the owners.


Lexington Council approves $25K loan for management district

LEXINGTON (AP) — A new management district that its backers hope will make downtown Lexington cleaner and safer is getting a jump start thanks to a $25,000 loan from the city of Lexington.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Lexington Urban City Council approved the loan for the downtown management district Thursday. The loan will be paid back over the next two years.

Downtown management district board chairman James Frazier III says the loan allows the group to hire a company to develop a website and pay for other start-up costs before a new tax on downtown properties is collected and returned to the districts in October.

The board will solicit ideas from property owners for the types of services the district should provide. In other cities, downtown management districts provide additional cleaning, signage, graffiti removal and act as ambassadors for downtown visitors.


Ky.’s Mitchell dispels notion of scandal in open letter

LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell dismisses the notion there is a scandal engulfing his program even with the upheaval around it and turnover in staff and players.

Mitchell addressed the departures of six players and his assistant coaches during an April 27 news conference, but since then sophomore forward Alexis Jennings has requested a transfer. The coach, who has filled staff positions, said in a letter Friday that the mass turnover has forced more self-examination on his part.

Mitchell says in the letter the upheaval is a result of his lack of involvement and communication and vows to improve. The coach thanked everyone for their support and insists his program will not give in to negativity or be “discouraged by rumors of some scandal that does not exist.”


Festival re-enactors to stage historic gunfight

OWENSBORO (AP) — A re-enactment of a historic gunfight that happened in western Kentucky over 150 years ago will take place at this year’s Spring Heritage Days Festival in Rockport, Indiana.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports re-enactors will stage the fight on May 21 and May 22 at the Lincoln Pioneer Village.

Friends of Lincoln Pioneer Village President Diane Unfried says the gunfight took place in Hawesville on March 1, 1859, between Cicero Maxwell and Thomas S. Lowe.

Unfried says Lowe felt he had been insulted Maxwell, who was the commonwealth’s attorney for Hancock County. Words were exchanged and Lowe challenged Maxwell.

John Aldridge, a friend of Lowe, was killed in the exchange of gunfire. Lowe was killed later while being held in jail.

Aldridge’s great-great grandson, Wayne Aldridge of Evansville, will participate in the re-enactment.


Alcohol license of Lexington strip club revoked

LEXINGTON (AP) — Alcohol control officials have revoked the liquor license of a Lexington strip club where two fatal shootings have occurred since November.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Lexington-Fayette Urban County Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator Frank Wilson ordered the license of Camelot East revoked earlier this month.

The establishment has 30 days to appeal the decision and can continue to serve alcohol during that time.

A 23-year-old man died of multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting at Camelot East in February, and a 30-year-old man died in November after being found in the club’s parking lot with a gunshot wound to the head.

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