Bowling Green

Bowling Green police have arrested a man for the June robbery of American Bank & Trust on Fairview Avenue who also could be responsible for multiple bank robberies in south central Kentucky and northern Tennessee.

Forty-seven-year-old Steven Paul Harston was arrested Wednesday afternoon on Shive Lane without incident and lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail.

In a written release, Officer Ronnie Ward said BGPD along with the FBI conducted an extensive investigation into other area bank robberies and consider Harston a strong suspect. Their investigation is continuing but they expect other charges to be lodged soon.

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Bowling Green police received a call of a robbery in progress inside the First Security Bank on Chestnut Street Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say a man entered the bank, showed a handgun tucked in his waistband and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount, the man exited the bank on foot.

He's described as a white male about six feet tall and 180 pounds. At the time of the robbery he was dressed in a black shirt, blue jeans and a black mask and sunglasses that covered most of his face.

Detectives have no suspects and are asking anyone with any information to call them at 393-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 781-CLUE (2583).

A federal judge has delayed sentencing until late January for a pair of Iraqi nationals who pleaded guilty to conspiring to send weapons, cash and explosives to al-Qaida in Iraq.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell rescheduled for Jan. 29 the sentencing of 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and his co-defendant, 24-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi. Sentencing had originally been planned for Jan. 3 in federal court in Bowling Green.

Alwan pleaded guilty in December 2011. Hammadi bypassed a trial and entered a guilty plea in August.

An airport official says Bowling Green is closing in on bringing commercial air service to the area with a route to Atlanta a possibility. Bowling Green Regional Airport manager Rob Barnett told The Daily News that five airlines at a recent conference expressed interest in flying from the southern Kentucky city to a hub in Atlanta.

General Motors plans to idle Corvette production in Bowling Green for six months to prepare for the next generation of the iconic sports car. The automaker laid out its schedule for revamping its assembly plant in Warren County for the all-new 2014 model.

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Bowling Green police spokesman Ronnie Ward tells WKU Public Radio the victim was shot but police are not saying that was necessarily the cause of death. An autopsy will be performed on the body in Louisville.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he will use procedural tactics to delay future spending votes unless his bill on aid to Pakistan gets an up-or-down vote. The Bowling Green Republican is pushing a measure that would cut U.S. financial assistance to Pakistan, unless that country frees a doctor who helped the C.I.A. track down Osama Bin Laden.

An investigation is continuing into a bank robbery today at the BB&T branch on Nashville Road in Bowling Green. Police were notified at 11:05 Friday morning that the bank had just been robbed.

Advocates of a statewide smoking ban are taking their issue on a five day tour before Fancy Farm to drum up support. The Smoke Free Kentucky Coalition has pushed a statewide smoking ban law in the General Assembly for the last two years. And they are making next year’s legislative session a key moment in their fight.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is taking a firmer stand on conservative issues. Republican legislators have criticized the chamber in the past for supporting Democratic-led proposals like expanded gambling and a higher dropout age while staying quiet on so-called right to work and prevailing wage laws.

Parts of southern and western Kentucky have nearly exhausted the 270 area code and are in line for an additional one. The Kentucky Public Service Commission is weighing a request to make the next area code available to all new phone customers throughout the region, rather than to apply it geographically.

The factory floor of Trace Die Cast in Bowling Green is loud—so loud, workers and visitors wear ear plugs anytime they’re on the premises. This is the sort of place that provides the blue collar manufacturing jobs that we keep hearing are in such short supply these days.

An auto-industry supplier is planning a $10 million expansion of a facility in Bowling Green, with plans calling for two new production lines and an add-on to the existing building. KIRIU USA President and CEO Mark Kimura says the expansion should be done by the time the company celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall.

An Iraqi man arrested last year in Bowling Green on terrorism charges is asking a federal judge to release him to home detention until his trial starts in August. 24 year old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi is facing a  lengthy list of charges in the case.

Documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that 24 year old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi once boasted to an informant that he had placed so many explosives in Iraq he couldn't count them all. Hammadi is one of the two Iraqi nationals arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky last year on federal terrorism charges.

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