Henderson

Henderson Teen Arrested For Gun at School

Jan 14, 2013

Police say a Henderson County high school student is facing charges after bringing a loaded gun to school.

Henderson police spokeswoman Jennifer Richmond told The Gleaner newspaper that the 17 year old Central Academy student faces a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property and faces five years in prison. The unidentified student is being held at the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Bowling Green.

Richmond said a school resource officer went to remove two students from a classroom on "court-ordered pickup orders" and found the 22 caliber pistol during a routine search. She said the gun contained two rounds of ammunition. Richmond said it was unclear why the student brought the gun to school.

Henderson County Jail

Nearly eight months after a western Kentucky guidance counselor and coach was killed, her husband is now formally charged with murder.  A Henderson County grand jury last week indicted 36-year-old Steven Cotter on a charge of wanton murder.

Michelle Cotter was fatally shot in her home on May 15th 2012, the last day of the school year in Henderson county where she was a dance instructor.  The 38-year-old Cotter was also the guidance counselor at College View Middle School in Daviess County.

According to police, the morning of her death, Michelle's husband, Steven Cotter, called 911.  When officers arrived, they found Michelle with a gunshot wound to the chest and her husband in the home with a firearm.

WKU Public Radio

On Monday, approximately 1,000 students at Henderson County High School will hear about the consequences of prescription drug abuse. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Van Ingram, Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, will speak to students.

Ingram told WKU Public Radio that an alarming number of teens have been experimenting with prescription medications in the state and region. He says that experimentation is especially dangerous because many young people are taking medications that may interact with other pills they have taken. State officials in Kentucky say autopsy results from those dying from prescription overdose frequently find that a "cocktail" mixture of pills.

People in the Henderson area will have a chance Monday to give their opinions on a new area code that will be needed in western Kentucky in early 2014. The Kentucky Public Service Commission is holding meetings in several cities on the issue.

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has put together a photo exhibit as part of its 35th anniversary celebration. The exhibit of nature photographs is touring the state.

A western Kentucky utility says it’s withdrawing a pollution-control plan after an E.P.A rule was struck down in court this week. The Henderson-based Big Rivers Electric Cooperative says it will save customers about $225 million  by dropping the plan.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says northbound traffic on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges will be restricted to one lane, starting Monday, August 6th. A detailed inspection will be conducted on the northbound bridge structure, and engineers are expected to use a Snooper Truck to access the deck substructure on the bridge.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled public hearings for next month in Henderson and Paducah to get input on a proposal that would raise rates for customers of Big Rivers Electric Corp.

Motorists traveling between Henderson and Evansville, Ind., on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges will encounter some lane restrictions this week. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on Monday and Tuesday for deck cleaning and maintenance.

A Hancock County aluminum smelter is warning it might have to shut down its 700-employee operation if it can't negotiate better electric rates. Century Aluminum and power producer Big Rivers Electric Corporation appear to be at an impasse in their efforts to find a solution.

A new conservative think tank in Kentucky is expanding its political influence outside of its usual lobbying efforts. The Commonwealth Policy Center is a fiscally and socially conservative group. Now, the group has launched a sister political action committee, the Commonwealth Policy PAC, to influence elections.

What a difference a year makes. Last year was the wettest on record across Kentucky going back to 1895. Many areas of the commonwealth that experienced widespread flooding last year are now in drought.

The Henderson Police Department tells WKU Public Radio they are preparing to release a statement regarding the murder investigation of Michelle Cotter, the Henderson County schools dance instructor shot to death early Tuesday morning.

A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night at Henderson County High School in honor of Michelle Cotter. She was found shot in her Henderson home early Tuesday morning and later died at Methodist Hospital. Her husband, Steven Cotter, was found inside the home with a gun and was taken into custody.

Autopsy results are pending in the shooting death of a woman who served as a guidance counselor and dance team coach in the Daviess and Henderson County Public School systems. Medical examiners were scheduled to perform an autopsy late Tuesday in Louisville on Michelle Cotter, the 39 year old who was found dead in her home early Tuesday morning.

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