State police trooper struck by car on I-65
LEBANON JUNCTION (AP) — A Kentucky State Police trooper is recuperating in a Louisville hospital after he was struck by a motorist during a traffic stop on Interstate 65.
Trooper Sam Shacklette was walking to a car he had stopped for speeding on the interstate near the Bullitt County line on Saturday when he was hit.
State Police say a Ford SUV driven by 43-year-old Louis Edward Dunn hit the parked vehicle and Shacklette, throwing the officer about 50 feet. Shacklette was taken to University Of Louisville Hospital where he was in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries Saturday night. No one else was hurt.
Dunn was cited for failing to give right of way to an emergency stopped vehicle and operating on an expired license, no insurance.
Berea to hold public meeting on gay rights law
BEREA (AP) — The city of Berea has scheduled two meetings in September to discuss a proposed city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The proposal, modeled after several other so-called fairness ordinances that have passed around the state, would outlaw discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
The Richmond Register reports the council will review the measure Sept. 2 and hold a public forum on Sept. 16.
City Administrator Randy Stone says the ordinance could be up for a second reading as early as Oct. 2.
In July, the Berea Human Rights Commission reported that it has fielded four complaints of discrimination, but it has not investigated them because it lacks a local ordinance giving it legal authority.
Former infantryman sentenced to 17 years in prison
HOPKINSVILLE (AP) — A former Army infantryman who spent time in military prison has been sentenced to 17 years in a state facility after being convicted of a home invasion.
A Christian County judge sentenced 29-year-old Leonard E. Orneval of Clarksville, Tennessee pleaded guilty to robbery and will serve his sentenced in Kentucky at the same time he serves a sentence in Tennessee.
Prosecutors say Orneval walked into an Oak Grove home in December 2010 carrying a shotgun and accompanied by an unidentified accomplice. The pair bound the four people inside the home and took jewelry, wallets and their ATM pin numbers and, prosecutors say, later used them.
The Kentucky New Era reported that Orneval was discharged from the Army in September 2005 for rape and he served three months in prison.
Cheerleader hurt during UT-Martin-Kentucky game
LEXINGTON (AP) — University of Kentucky cheerleader Brooke Gibbs was treated and released after being injured in a fall late in the fourth quarter of the Wildcats’ 59-14 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.
The school didn’t provide details about Gibbs’ fall that brought a hush over the crowd. Applause slowly grew as medical personnel stabilized the sophomore’s head and neck and placed her on a board for transport to UK Chandler Hospital.
The cheerleader lay motionless for several moments before flashing the thumbs-up as she was carted out of Commonwealth Stadium.
Several hours later the school texted a statement that said Gibbs had been released and that her family appreciated the care from trainers and UK and hospital medical staff that treated her. The statement added, “she has heard the outpouring of thoughts, prayers and concerns from Big Blue Nation and can’t wait to get back on the field with her teammates and the football team soon.”
Camping World founder dies in fall at home
BOWLING GREEN (AP) — David Garvin, a Kentucky entrepreneur who founded the retail chain Camping World, died Saturday morning in an accidental fall at his home.
A spokesman for the Warren County sheriff’s office says Garvin was on the roof of his home in Bowling Green when he slipped and fell.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports Garvin, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Garvin founded the business that would become Camping World in 1966 at age 23, starting a store and mail-order business that sold camping products. Camping World expanded over the years to become a marketer of RVs, with 100 stores and 5,000 employees.
Funeral arrangements at J.C. Kirby and Son in Bowling Green were pending. Camping World posted a tribute to Garvin on its website Sunday.
Backups expected on I-65 in southern Indiana
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Department of Transportation officials are warning drivers to be prepared for delays on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana as work begins on the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Northbound and southbound I-65 will narrow from three lanes to two from the Kennedy Bridge north for nearly 1 1/2 miles starting Tuesday in what transportation officials are calling the “Big Squeeze.” Southbound I-65 is scheduled to be reduced to two lanes on Tuesday, while northbound will be squeezed Wednesday.
The lane closures are expected to be in place late 2016.
The Ohio River Bridges Projects suggests motorists adjust travel plans to avoid peak times and consider alternate routes, including the Sherman Minton Bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge.