Sunday, April 24, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...4-25-'11
- A homicide investigation is underway after 18 year old James Michael Crowe of Prestonsburg was found shot to death in the parking lot outside an apartment on Arbor Place Drive in Versailles around 9:30 P.M. Friday. Police say Crowe had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Woodford County Coroner.
- Thirty-five year old Wesley Martin of Wayland and 33 year old Robby Dwain Allen of Dema have been charged with first degree rape and second degree assault after they allegedly assaulted a man and raped a woman on Potato Branch in the Topmost community in Knott County. They were arrested Thursday night and transported to the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center.
- Kentucky State Police with the Morehead Post say Samantha Kenley was driving Westbound on Flemingsburg Road in Rowan County around 6:00 P.M. Saturday night when her car hit Teresa Howell's vehicle. Kenley was sent to Saint Claire Medical Center where she was treated and released. Kenley was arrested shortly after when troopers found she had an outstanding arrest warrant for driving over the speed limit in Fleming County. She was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center.
- KY 1760 in Lawrence County, between mile markers 8 and 9, known as Swafford Curve, will be closed today through Wednesday, so District 12 maintenance specialists can replace a failed culvert. The temporary inconvenience is necessary to improve drainage and make the road safer. Superintendent Tommy Queen thanks all motorists in advance for theirpatience and understanding.
- Leaders from counties across Eastern Kentucky will have an opportunity to come together during the 24th annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference April 28-29 in Pikeville. Established by the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation, the conference has been instrumental in providing an important forum for discussing educational, economic, environmental and social agendas for the citizens of the region. The two-day conference will be held at both the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center and on the Pikeville College campus. Session highlights include health care issues in the region, the future of coal and other alternative energy sources, “The Pill Pipeline Flowing in the Mountains,” philanthropy for community development, the Pike County Youth Leadership Council’s animal rights advocacy project, Pikeville College’s acknowledgement of university status, topics of interest on women and children, Young Professionals of Eastern Kentucky (YPEK), East Kentucky women in politics, funding early childhood development and a workshop on ARC Flex-E grants. Early bird sessions and an awards banquet featuring Gov. Steve Beshear, keynote speaker, will be held on Thursday, April 28, at the expo. A highlight of the conference, the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Awards Showcase honors leaders who have made a contribution to the region.
- A trio of women in northern Kentucky has found a way to help students who need formal wear for end-of-the-year dances. Barbara Waddell, Sheila Lucas and Jeanetta Golden have collected dozens of dress styles and sizes for young ladies and some attire for young men. The items were donated to project Dream to Dance in Brooksville. The dresses and suits are free for students in Bracken County, St. Augustine and Augusta Independent School districts who are attending their school proms or eighth grade dances. Waddell says economic times are hard for everyone and this is a way to help out.
- The Ohio River is expected to rise 3 to 4 feet above flood stage by Monday.Robert Szappanos, of the National Weather Service, told The Courier-Journal he expects heavy rain over the weekend, but no tornados. Rain already has swollen the Ohio to 23 feet, which is right at flood stage. That has forced a planned Easter morning sunrise service at New Albany's Riverfront Amphitheater to be moved. Louisville's MetroSafe reported several road closures and the weather service is warning residents never to drive through floodwaters. Metropolitan Sewer District Executive Director Bud Schardein said the agency has begun putting up flood gates. Fourteen of Louisville's 16 flood pumping plants have been put in service. If the river reaches 27 feet, all 16 will be put into service.
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