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Elizabethtown Police Fatally Shoot Man with Knife

Jul 8, 2015

Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Elizabethtown involving two city officers. 

The News-Enterprise cited a police statement in reporting that 28-year-old Joshua Steven Blough of Big Clifty died after being shot by two officers. The statement said Blough was armed with a knife, refused to drop the weapon and began approaching officers in an aggressive manner when he was shot.

Elizabethtown police spokesman Virgil Willoughby has said officers were on a welfare check when the shooting occurred.

The officers -- 37-year-old Scot Richardson and 32-year-old Matt McMillen -- were placed on routine leave while the shooting is investigated.

The newspaper reports Blough survived being shot by a state trooper in 2012. It cited a 2012 police statement that said a trooper shot Blough in the neck after he produced a weapon during a burglary.

Nelson County Sheriff's Office

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office says the boyfriend of a missing mother of five has agreed to take a lie detector test.  
 
Friends and family continue their search for 35-year-old Crystal Rogers. The search area has expanded with teams combing additional areas off of the Bluegrass Parkway.  
 
Rogers' car was found abandoned near mile marker 14 with her purse and cellphone inside. The 2007 maroon Chevrolet Impala also had a flat tire.  
 
Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly says Brooks Houck, Rogers' live-in boyfriend, is the last reported person to see her at his family's farm.  
 
The family has increased their reward to $40,000 for information that leads police to find Rogers.

Nelson County Sheriff's Office

Police are investigating the disappearance of a Bardstown woman whose car was found abandoned on the Bluegrass Parkway.  Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly says 35-year-old Crystal Rogers hasn’t been seen or heard from since July 3.

"What made us alarmed is that her keys, purse, and phone were still inside the car and the car had a flat tire," Mattingly told WKU Public.  "It's also unusual for her not to have contact with her family."

The car, a maroon 2007 Chevy, was found Sunday off the westbound lanes of the Bluegrass Parkway at mile marker 14. 

Rogers is 35 years old, 5-foot-9, and 150 pounds with blonde shoulder-length hair. Anyone with information is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.

Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses -- or any marriage licenses at all -- following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told The Associated Press that her Christian beliefs prevented her from complying with the decision, so she decided to issue no more marriage licenses to any couple, gay or straight.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against her Thursday afternoon on behalf of four couples: two homosexual and two heterosexual couples who each tried to get licenses from Davis' office this week and were turned away.

Davis is among a handful of judges and clerks across the South who have defied the high court's order.

The Fourth of July is almost here, and that means fireworks season.

Officials say the safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public display. But the Kentucky Fire Commission, which is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in Versailles, says people who want to set off fireworks in a county where it is allowed should follow these guidelines:

   --Buy from a reputable dealer and follow manufacturer directions.

   --Have water nearby to extinguish discarded fireworks or for an emergency.

   --Place fireworks on a flat surface, clear of combustible materials and buildings.

   --Light one firework at a time.

   --Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.

   --Keep bystanders at least 25 feet away.

   --Don't let young children handle or ignite fireworks.

   --Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

   --Stop, drop and roll if your clothes catch fire.

A county clerk in Kentucky is standing firm in his decision not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis has asked Governor Beshear to provide some alternative for clerks who have moral objections to the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide. 

Casey County remains one of only three counties in Kentucky that are not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

Davis says he’s tired of being told he’s not doing his job.

"I did take an oath and the oath didn't say in it that I would lay aside my personal beliefs and do my job," Davis told WKU Public Radio.  "The oath does say that I will do this job to the best of my ability, so help me God, and my ability cannot go past what my conscience will allow."

Davis is also refusing to issue marriage licenses to heterosexual couples so that he can’t be accused of discrimination.  He doesn’t see it as an inconvenience since marriage licenses can be obtained in any Kentucky county and not just the county where a couple lives. 

Davis says his constituents can vote him out in the next election, but he will not resign from office as some county clerks in other states have done.

A decision on possible troop reductions at Fort Campbell has been pushed to the end of this month.

Katie Lopez at the Christian County Chamber of Commerce confirms that the chamber expected the decision to come down this week, but received word from the Army that it would be postponed until at least the middle of July.

One possibility mulled by the Department of Defense calls for 16,000 personnel cuts - about half of Fort Campbell’s current payroll. The expected cuts are a result of military budget constraints.

All of Tennessee's county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates.

The Tennessean reports that all 95 counties in the state are following last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage. Still, some county clerks are refusing to perform those marriages.

Clerks are legally allowed to refuse to perform the marriages, but must issue the licenses.

The majority of the counties were ready to issue the licenses on Monday, but a few counties had to wait until Tuesday because of technical issues with paperwork or software upgrades.

The wife of a deceased Somerset attorney is suing several psychiatrists and Eastern State Hospital. 

Beth Stanziano claims they were negligent in their handling of a mentally ill man who murdered her husband, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The complaint says 41-year-old Clinton Inabnit had been treated at Eastern State for several days in May 2014.  The following month, he shot and killed Somerset attorney Mark Staniziano. 

The lawsuit claims Inabnit was released from the mental hospital while still delusional.  He suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had a criminal record. 

The lawsuit filed by Stanziano’s widow claims Inabnit had made prior threats to harm the prominent attorney and that doctors failed in their responsibility to warn Stanziano or notify police. 

Inabnit was scheduled to go on trial this month.  Instead, he pleaded guilty but mentall ill on charges of murder and wanton endangerment.  The plea agreement calls for a 20-year sentence.

Gregory Bourke

A Louisville couple was in the U.S. Supreme Court chambers witnessing Friday's landmark decision that makes gay marriage the law of the land. 

Gregory Bourke says he and his husband of 11 years felt a sense of great relief.

"I was in the courtroom with my husband and we were holding hands, Bourke told WKU Public Radio.  "We just looked at each other and it was like a great weight came off our shoulders."

Bourke and Michael De Leon were legally married in Canada in 2004 and have two adopted children.

Under the Supreme Court ruling, the commonwealth must now allow gay unions and recognize those marriages performed out of state.

The Family Foundation of Kentucky, which vigorously opposed same-sex marriage said the justices are a "court gone rogue."  
 
Senior Policy Analyst Martin Cothran said the people of Kentucky have been betrayed by the decision because the people of the state voted overwhelmingly in 2004 to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

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