5:25 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Bowling Green Man Wanted in Cold Case Slaying of Wife in Custody

Leland Neal arrested in Mexico.

A man wanted in the cold case killing of his wife in south-central Kentucky has been captured in Mexico. 

Prosecutors took out a warrant last year, charging Leland Neal in the death of his estranged wife Carol Neal.

The Bowling Green social worker was reported missing in 1998. Her body was never found, but hikers discovered part of her skull in 2003 in the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

Mexican authorities were holding Leland Neal about a week ago in connection with a robbery when they discovered the murder warrant and contacted U.S. officials.  Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron says Neal is now in custody in Texas.

"The warrants we had outstanding against him were served on Mr. Neal," stated Cohron.  "He was lodged in the Harris County Detention Center in Houston, Texas and should be extradited to Warren County in the next couple of weeks."

At the time of her  disappearance 16 years ago, Carol was separated from Leland and the couple was in the midst of divorce proceedings.  An affidavit stated that Carol had filed a domestic violence report against her estranged husband.

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5:08 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Corvette Sinkhole Continues to Amaze

Credit Abbey Oldham

A lot of preparation work is underway at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to recover eight classic cars that fell into a sinkhole a week ago.  

In the meantime, the spectacle continues to attract gawkers.

Sharon O’Connor of Wisconsin was at the museum Thursday picking up her brand new C-7 coupe. 

The pictures she’d seen had not done the sinkhole justice.  Seeing the fallen cars firsthand was difficult for someone who has owned seven Corvettes.

"People donate their vehicles here to show out of the goodness of their heart, and to have something like this happen is pretty sad," she said.

Recovery of the cars may begin late next week and could take up to three weeks.  Two of the cars can’t even be seen.  Once the cars are retrieved, they’ll go in display at the museum.

"People have come forward saying they're really interested in this and want to see what they look like when they come out," says Communications Director Katie Frassinelli.  "It's an important piece of the museum's history and now Corvette history, as well."

The display will last from April 20-July 31.  Then, the cars will head to GM headquarters in Michigan for restoration.

2:48 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Tornado Watch Extended, Expanded

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for nearly all of our listening area until 11 p.m. CST.  The watch means conditions are right for severe weather. Heavy rain and gusty winds are considered to be the biggest threats from the storm.

10:15 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules on Taxes and Legal Challenge Related to Instant Racing

Legal challenges against Instant Racing in Kentucky will continue following Thursday's ruling by the state Supreme Court.

The Kentucky Supreme Court says the state can’t collect pari-mutuel taxes on instant racing games.

However, the Courier-Journal reports the high court also ruled Thursday that instant racing was legally implemented in the commonwealth.

Kentucky Downs in Franklin and Ellis Park in Henderson currently offer instant racing, which involves bettors wagering money on videos of previously run races.

Despite the ruling, justices said the conservative Family Foundation of Kentucky can continue its efforts to oppose Instant Racing. The group is gathering evidence for its legal challenge against the games, which it believes were implemented illegally.

State regulators have allowed pari-mutuel taxes to be collected on the games, but Thursday’s ruling by the Kentucky Supreme says those taxes only apply to live racing events.

1:58 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Fort Knox-Based Soldier Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes

A U.S. soldier based at Fort Knox has pleaded guilty to taking $57,000 from an Afghan trucking company as part of a scheme to divert loaded fuel trucks from an American military outpost.

Spc. Albert Kelly III entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville. Kelly admitted to diverting fuel trucks from Forward Operating Base Salerno near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and logging in more fuel than was actually delivered in exchange for cash.

Kelly faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing in May.

Kelly's plea is the latest in a series of convictions stemming from a scheme to get truckloads of fuel out of a base in Afghanistan.

Four people in Colorado and one in Kentucky have pleaded guilty to taking part in the plot.

10:27 am
Wed February 19, 2014

House Bill Aims to Restrict Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors

State Rep. Joni Jenkins is sponsoring the bill that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors
Credit Rep. Joni Jenkins

The House Licensing and Occupations Committee advanced legislation Wednesday that would make it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.  Under House Bill 309, the devices would fall under the same rules as tobacco products.  The bill is sponsored by Shively Democratic Rep. Joni Jenkins and now moves on to the full House for consideration.  

When asked whether e-cigs would be taxed like tobacco products, Jenkins said she would defer to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

E-cigarettes produce vaporized nicotine. NPR reported earlier this week on the popularity of the products for teens.   Potential long term health effects from e-cigarettes are still unknown.

10:01 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Former Simpson County Sheriff Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

A former southern Kentucky sheriff has pleaded not guilty to drug-related charges and a count of official misconduct.

The Daily News reports Chris Cline was arraigned Monday in Warren Circuit Court.

A grand jury indictment accuses him of 41 counts of obtaining controlled substances in Warren and Simpson counties through fraudulent means from 2011 through 2013. The official misconduct charge stems from an allegation that he drove his sheriff's vehicle to fill out a prescription.

Cline resigned as Simpson County sheriff on Dec. 30, citing medical reasons.

The investigation of Cline was initiated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation with help from Kentucky State Police and a regional drug task force.

Cline's attorney, Alan Simpson, said his client has struggled with multiple job-related injuries as well as other medical conditions.

3:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Corvette Museum Working to Oblige Sinkhole Curiosity

Credit National Corvette Museum

Construction crews at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green are making preparations to remove the eight cars that fell into a massive sinkhole less than a week ago. 

Measures are also being taken to satisfy curious guests.

Right after the sinkhole collapse, a temporary wall was placed between the Skydome and the rest of the museum.  Now, the wall is being moved closer inside the Skydome and a window is being put in so that visitors can get a better view of the sinkhole and the work being done around it.

"We've had quite a few visitors who have been coming specifically to catch a glimpse of the sinkhole, and for safety reasons, we can't allow them to go into the Skydome to see it for themselves," says Communications Director Katie Frassinelli.

A live webcam has also been placed above the sinkhole and can be accessed here.

Anecdotally, she’s seeing more visitors than normal for this time of year and more local gawkers are showing up at the museum.

12:51 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Rep. Lee: Budget Won’t Leave Much Room for Funding Increases for Social Services

Elizabethtown State Rep. Jimmie Lee (pictured seated, left) chairs the House Human Services subcommittee
Credit Kentucky LRC

House members have begun the process of evaluating and modifying the spending plan proposed by Governor Beshear. 

Longtime Elizabethtown Representative Jimmie Lee chairs the human services subcommittee.   He worries about under-served areas in the budget like guardianship and protection programs in the Department of Community Based Services. 

“This is a really difficult budget to balance because we have so many needs,” said Lee.  "There’s just not any dollars in that budget available that’s readily seen as you go through the numbers.  It’s been the governor pretty efficient on the allocating and using what available dollars was there.  He didn’t leave us much to work with.”

Lee says legislators could look to the Affordable Care Act to produce some savings, but those prospects remain uncertain.

 “It’s gonna be one that we count on the ACA. helping us and that’s kind of taking the crystal ball and saying yes I believe the ACA will produce these kind of savings for us and you book those numbers.  Now, whether or not it does, that’s another thing,” said Lee.

Lee says he will be meeting with overall budget chair Representative Rick Rand to determine how all pieces of the two-year plan can fit together.   A House vote on the state budget is likely still a couple of weeks away.

8:58 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Traffic Advisory: I-65 Delays Possible Tuesday in Hart County

Rolling road blocks will take place northbound and southbound between MP 58 and MP 65 (vicinity of the Hart County rest areas, roughly Horse Cave to Munfordville).

Crews will be restriping.  

Work should be complete by the end of the day.