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.
Officials in far western Kentucky report damage to two churches, a grain silo and other structures as strong winds and a possible tornado hit Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of any deaths or injuries associated with the storms.
In Livingston County, a gym at North Livingston Baptist Church was destroyed and a steeple blown off at Hampton Methodist Church. Hickman County Sheriff Mark Green confirmed that grain bin fell over in Clinton. Part of U.S. Highway 51 has been closed. KY 80 is closed at the 2.5 mile marker in Carlisle County between Arlington and Columbus.
Other counties have reported minor damage and flooded roadways associated with the afternoon storms. The National Weather Service and local officials will be inspecting the impacted areas Sunday to determine if damage was caused by straight line winds or a tornado.
Kentucky Emergency Management is reminding residents to remain alert for further weather updates by weather radio and local media broadcasts.
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Simpson County sheriff Chris Cline says an Amish woman was killed after a horse drawn buggy carrying her and her husband was hit by a car coming around a curve in the road. Cline says the car was traveling north and the buggy south when the car clipped the buggy's front left side.
Both people inside the buggy were ejected. Sixty-eight year old Leah Kraley died at the Medical Center in Franklin. Seventy-one year old Eric Kraley was reported to be in stable condition at that hospital.
The driver of the car, 20 year old Matthew Holman, was not injured.
The Kentucky Attorney General's Office has won a round in a lawsuit against a major drug manufacturer. The state is suing Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, alleging the company lied about the addictive nature of the drug. Purdue Pharma wanted the lawsuit against them heard in federal court in New York, but an appeals court has returned the case to Kentucky.
"I am relishing getting that company in front of a jury in Pike County to talk about what they have done in the way they have marketed this particular type of painkiller," says Attorney General Jack Conway.
Conway says Purdue Pharma helped fuel an epidemic of prescription drug abuse across Kentucky. He expects the trial to result in a big recovery for the state that can go toward treatment for addiction.
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.
As some states move toward greater transparency when children under state supervision die, Tennessee is holding fast to its policy of blocking public access to case files.
A coalition of news organizations led by The Tennessean newspaper and including The Associated Press has sued to force Tennessee to release case records of children who died after the Department of Children's Services investigated reports of abuse or neglect.
The lawsuit uses Tennessee's public records law and argues it's in the public interest to know what steps the agency took to protect the children.
Police say 19-year-old William Hilton Paul was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports he was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with alcohol related offenses.
The newspaper quotes Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Lieutenant Blake Hollar as saying it's possible Paul was served alcohol on the flight from Lexington, KY to Charlotte. When the plane landed shortly after 11:00 a.m., the son of the Republican Kentucky Senator and grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul was charged with consuming beer/wine underage, disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and disruptive.
In a brief written statement, Senator Paul's office said "as many parents with teenagers would understand," the family is requesting their privacy be respected "in a situation such as this."