Friday, September 08, 2006

Two people are still on the loose after police say they beat, robbed and held a man hostage wife a knife in Martin County. Marty Cline says his brother, Joseph, was going to visit their uncle but he never made it. On his way to the apartment, two men yelled at him. He says Joseph walked over to them and then they pulled him into an apartment. The men didn't cut him, but they did take 400 dollars from his wallet before leaving him in the apartment. Officers believe the two men are Steven Davis and Jody Pauley. Pauley was found and arrested Tuesday night in Floyd County. Officers are still searching for Davis and a woman they believe helped during the robbery, Heather Castle. Marty Cline says his brother is beaten and bruised.

A family member of the only survivor of Comair Flight 51-91 says first officer James Polehinke hasn't mentioned the crash since regaining consciousness yesterday. Antonio Cruz, who is the boyfriend of Polehinke's mother, says Polehinke has asked family members quote "Why did God do this to me?" Polehinke is off a ventilator now but could remain in a Lexington hospital for several more weeks while he recovers from his injuries. Polehinke was at the controls when Comair Flight 51-91 crashed shortly after takeoff on August 27th. Forty-nine people on board died.
A state prosecutor says the deal to dismiss conspiracy charges against Governor Fletcher was probably a good thing for the state. Prosecutor Scott Crawford-Sutherland said he was concerned the case may have ultimately led to a court ruling that would give executive immunity to state and local officials across Kentucky. Crawford-Sutherland said a decision like that would have made prosecuting state executives who break the law very difficult.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A two-vehicle accident on Ky. 550 in Knott County yesterday killed Knott resident Jerry Johnson, 21, of Carrie, Kentucky State Police said. A vehicle being driven west by Delisa Hurt, also of Carrie, crossed the center line and crashed into Johnson's vehicle at 10:50 a.m. Hurt lost control after braking, the state police said. Hurt was wearing a seat belt; Johnson was not, the state police said. Hurt was treated for minor injuries at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Johnson was pronounced dead at the same hospital. No further information was available, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Attorney General Greg Stumbo nominated two Democrats and a Louisville Republican to fill one of four vacancies on the state Personnel Board. Stumbo sent Gov. Ernie Fletcher a letter on Tuesday asking him to consider the candidates and select one in time for the panel's meeting later this month. The person will replace E. Patrick Moores, who resigned last month as part of the governor's agreement to end a lengthy investigation into his administration's personnel practices. Moores' term would have expired Jan. 1, 2010. As part of the agreement, four of Fletcher's appointees to the board - which oversees personnel decisions for most state employees - were forced to resign and the governor was to pick their replacements from Stumbo's hand-picked candidates.

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