Fort Campbell to tighten access to post
FORT CAMPBELL (AP) — Visitors to Fort Campbell will soon need more than a driver’s license to get on post.
The Army will require people to go to the visitor center at Gate 4 to obtain a pass and be subject to a criminal history check starting Aug. 15. A Department of Defense-issued identification card will still suffice to access the post.
Fort Campbell spokesman Robert Jenkins told The Leaf-Chronicle says similar measures have been used in the past and this one is to bring the installation into uniform compliance with other posts.
Jenkins says the background checks will only take a minute, but anyone with a criminal history will be denied access to Fort Campbell, a sprawling military installation on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.
Police renew search in 2006 disappearance
WINCHESTER (AP) — Police in central Kentucky have renewed the search for evidence in the disappearance of a man last seen alive in 2006.
WKYT-TV in Lexington reported that Winchester police and Lexington firefighters spent part of Thursday scanning the Kentucky River near Fort Boonesboro for clues as to what happened to tom Profitt.
Police say they were looking for a car connected to Profitt’s disappearance. But officers declined to comment on what led them to the river. Profitt’s car, a 1997 Buick Century, hasn’t been seen since he went missing on May 3, 2006.
When he first disappeared, police said it was suspicious. A few weeks after, they said no foul play was suspected.
In 2007, police thought Profitt’s body had been found in Spencer County, but the remains weren’t his.
Trial delayed on gubernatorial threat charges
LEXINGTON (AP) — The trial of a Lexington man charged with threatening Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has been postponed until October to allow attorneys to continue reviewing evidence in the case.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood rescheduled 22-year-old William Collin Bordt’s case for Oct. 7. He had been set to face a jury on Aug. 20.
Bordt’s attorney and prosecutors requested the delay because some evidence analysis wasn’t complete and the two sides had not finished discussing a possible resolution to the case.
Bordt is charged with making a series of Facebook posts threatening Beshear, the former director of the South Carolina Republican Party, Todd Kincannon and another person who chairs an election commission in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Federal agents arrested Bordt in March. He has pleaded not guilty.
Case of former soldier before US Supreme Court
SMITHLAND (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to take the case of a former Fort Campbell soldier sentenced to death for killing three children and attacking a woman in southwestern Kentucky.
Attorneys for 42-year-old Kevin Wayne Dunlap and Kentucky prosecutors have filed briefs with the high court in the last month.
Dunlap, a former soldier with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, a unit known as the “Night Stalkers,” pleaded guilty in February 2010 to attacking a woman and her three children at their Trigg County home 16 months earlier. Dunlap killed the three children and repeatedly stabbed their mother before lighting the house on fire. He was sentenced to death and sought expedite his execution.
Dunlap and defense attorneys later reached an agreement allowing the high court review.
Owensboro mulling ‘fairness ordinance’
OWENSBORO (AP) — Officials in Owensboro are planning to consider a gay rights ordinance.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports all five members of the City Commission expressed support for a so-called “fairness ordinance” that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
That led Mayor Ron Payne to ask the city attorney to draft an ordinance so the commission could consider it.
The discussion was spurred by Owensboro Human Relations Commission Director Sylvia Coleman, who recommended that officials take up the issue because a culturally diverse community would attract more economic development.
If commissioners approve it, Owensboro would become at least the eighth Kentucky city to have a fairness ordinance. It would join Danville, Lexington, Louisville, Covington, Frankfort, Morehead and Vicco.
Park to host Appalachian artists, crafters
LONDON (AP) — A Kentucky state park will play host to Appalachian artists, crafters and performers later this month.
The event is scheduled for Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Levi Jackson State Park’s Mountain Life Museum.
Chainsaw artist Rob Peterson of Louisville is scheduled to attend as well as a number of musicians.
Local crafters and artists will demonstrate their work.
The Mountain Life Museum is a collection of 18th-century cabins that feature pioneer life. Admission for the day will be $1 per person. The museum has a gift shop that includes items from many local artists and crafters.
Bath County delays start of school year
OWINGSVILLE (AP) — Students in a northeast Kentucky county will see their summer extended by a week.
WLEX-TV in Lexington reported that Bath County schools have delayed the start of classes due to delays in renovations at an elementary school.
Students were originally scheduled to begin Monday, but will now be pushed to Aug. 18.
The school board says the decision was made because of delays in renovation work at Owingsville Elementary School.