2:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Police: 1 Child Hurt, School Evacuated in Louisville

Police say one child has been injured and a high school has been evacuated after a report of weapons seen on the campus in Louisville, Kentucky.

Spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the child sustained non-life threatening injuries Tuesday. Smiley says a parent is with the child.

Smiley would not say if the child was a student or describe the nature of the injuries.

Students were led from Fern Creek Traditional High School in the southern part of the city. Video from television stations showed police escorting students with their hands over their heads to a nearby softball field.

Police cars surrounded the 91-year-old school.

Messages left by The Associated Press for a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools and MetroSafe, the city's emergency management department, were not immediately returned.

7:14 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Governor Haslam Tells Tennessee Agencies to Plan for Cuts

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is calling on all state agencies to plan for up to 7 percent spending cuts in the upcoming budget year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the move comes following a spending year in which revenues fell more than $300 million short of projections, leading the governor to cancel planned raises for state workers and teachers.

The actual amount of any potential cuts for the upcoming budget year will depend on whether revenues rebound and on the governor's spending priorities.

Haslam recently traveled to meet with bond rating agencies in New York to tout Tennessee's fiscal strength. He said the agencies expressed concern about flagging corporate tax collections.

The governor said a recent decline in business taxes is due to overpayments the previous year.

5:38 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Judge Signs Off on $3.5 Million Atmos Energy Deal

A federal judge has signed off on a consent decree granting a Texas-based company's settlement with a southern Kentucky oil and gas company that will pay the energy giant $3.5 million to end long-running litigation over a dispute about royalties.

Under terms of the agreement approved Monday, Resource Energy Technologies, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009, and its owner John F. Charles of Bardstown, Kentucky, and the estate of Robert E. Thorpe Jr., will drop all legal claims against Atmos Energy.

Atmos sued Resource Energy Technologies in 2011, alleging misrepresentation and unjust enrichment by Resource Energy and its owners.

That suit came after a jury in Edmonson County awarded the landowners and Resource Energy $24.7 million a year earlier. A state appeals court has since overturned that verdict.

6:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Nelson, Madison Counties Added To Federal Drug Program

Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis' 2013 shooting remains unsolved. One Kentucky official believes it may have been drug related.
Credit Bardstown Police Department

A Kentucky county that has one of the nation's few unsolved police killings has been designated a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, meaning it can receive federal money to pay for things like overtime for law enforcement officers working on drug cases.

Nelson and Madison counties were two of 26 counties and cities in 11 states to receive the Office of National Drug Control Policy designation on Monday.

Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was ambushed and killed in Nelson County in May 2013 as he was driving home from work. Frank Rapier, director of Kentucky's federal drug program, said he believes the murder was drug related.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell mentioned Ellis in a news release when announcing the designation. McConnell asked for Nelson and Madison counties to be added to the program earlier this year.

3:12 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

LRC Invokes Legislative Immunity In Harassment Case

Credit Kentucky LRC

The state Legislative Research Commission is arguing that none of its members can be sued in an ongoing harassment case due to a state law that permits immunity to lawmakers.

The LRC’s governing body is made up of 16 legislative leaders from the House and Senate.

The case stems from allegations by female state House staffers who alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by former state Rep. John Arnold. Leslie Vose is a private attorney hired by the LRC.

“The legislature, the Senate and the House are immune from being sued for violation of state and federal Civil Rights law. It’s a clear, black-letter law, and we’ve asked the court to address it before we go further.”

Vose says that the matter has already been appropriately settled by the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, which found Arnold guilty of three counts of harassment and fined him $3,000.

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4:38 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Pennsylvania Murder Suspect Seen in Bowling Green Arrested in North Carolina

Chad Marshall Wilcox on store video in North Carolina
Credit via Warren County Sheriff's Office

The Warren County Sheriff's Office says Chad Marshall Wilcox, the fugitive who eluded capture after being seen by police in Bowling Green last week, was arrested Sunday by federal marshals in North Carolina.

No other details were available on the location of his arrest or the charges, but Wilcox was wanted for a felony in Pennsylvania and was considered armed and dangerous.

Wilcox was the subject of a manhunt Thursday in Warren County after Bowling Green police chased him from a Three Springs Road motel to Long Road where he crashed his car and escaped on foot.

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10:59 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Search Continues in Warren County for Man Wanted for Questioning in Murder

The unidentified man seen in this ATM surveillance photo is wanted in Pennsylvania for questioning in a homicide.
Credit Bowling Green Police Department

Police in Bowling Green and Warren County are spending a second day looking for a man wanted for questioning in a homicide out of state.  Investigators think the car he was driving is connected to a murder in Pennsylvania.

"What we don't know is if he was involved in the homicide just because of the fact we don't know who he is at this moment," says Bowling Green Police Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward.

After locating the car at a hotel early Wednesday morning, the unidentified man led police on a chase down Three Springs Road in Warren County where he crashed the car, got out, and ran. 

The man is described as white with dark hair and a mustache.  He is considered to be armed and dangerous. 

Several schools went on lockdown Thursday as a precaution. 

7:14 am
Fri September 26, 2014

New Corvettes Back on the Road Again

Credit General Motors

The Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green has begun shipping new Corvettes again.

Earlier this month, GM asked Chevrolet dealers to stop delivery of about 2,000 cars because they had to fix a part that attaches the air bag to the steering wheel.

GM also said another 800 Corvettes, mostly already at dealerships, were being held because they may have been built with only one of the rear parking brake cables fully engaged.

A spokesperson at the Assembly Plant now says both issues have been resolved.

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6:41 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Frankfort Kicks Off Ten Year Vietnam War Commemoration

The Kentucky Vietnam War Memorial in Frankfort

In partnership with the federal government, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs kicked-off a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War in Frankfort Thursday.

The state plans to honor veterans with similar events across the state through the year 2025.

Joe Galloway addressed a crowd of about 500, mostly veterans, many with canes or in wheelchairs. “What a beautiful memorial, that sunshine and shadow touches each of their names on the day they died.”

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4:04 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Pulaski County Trio Accused of Passing Counterfeit Bills

Three Pulaski County residents are being charged with passing counterfeit money throughout the region.

The three were arrested this week by the Pulaski County Sherriff’s Department. The Herald-Leader reports that 37-year-old James Diars of Somerset; 54-year-old Linda Alton of Tateville, and 51-year-old Betty Stewart of Burnside were arrested after sheriff’s deputies investigated a report alleging that someone tried to pass counterfeit bills at a southern Pulaski County business.

Deputies later determined the suspects were trying to buy merchandise with the fake bills.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s office says a separate fake bill that was later recovered had the same serial numbers as other fake bills confiscated by both the Somerset Police Department and by police in Danville.

The three suspects were being held in the Pulaski County jail, and are each facing charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument.