Central Kentucky jail full, turns away inmates
DANVILLE (AP) — A jailer in central Kentucky says his facility is full and there’s no more room for inmates.
Boyle County Jailer Barry Harmon says a surge of drug-related arrests in recent months have packed inmates in.
Harmon told The Advocate-Messenger he’s been unable to transfer inmates because jails in neighboring counties were also at capacity. Boyle County Attorney Richard Campbell says full jails are a cyclical problem in Kentucky.
Boyle County housed 318 inmates on Friday, down from 326 earlier in the week.
Harmon has advised law enforcement agencies not to bring anyone in unless the charge stems from a violent crime or the person is subject to a warrant.
TVA donating equipment used in coal ash cleanup
KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is donating some of the equipment used to clean up after a massive coal ash spill in 2008 to the area struck hardest by the disaster.
The Roane County Highway Department in Kingston started pickup up equipment last year and on Monday, got 167 jersey barriers. Each one normally costs $2,500.
Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson told WBIR-TV in Knoxville the department has received about $174,000 in materials so far.
TVA is also donating surplus materials to the cities in Roane County. The county’s school district received other items, such as lab equipment and furniture.
TVA has spent more than $1 billion cleaning up the areas struck by the spill. Officials say the cleanup is nearly done.
Troopers: Drivers using unfinished road
PIKEVILLE (AP) — Kentucky State Police troopers in eastern Kentucky say some drivers are using the new US 460 in Pike County before construction on the road is complete.
Lt. Jennifer Sandlin told WYMT-TV in Hazard that the road is marked as closed, but signs and construction barrels aren’t enough to keep some motorists away.
The new highway creates a quicker route between areas toward Elkhorn City and US 23 in Pikeville.
Officials say they understand folks are anxious to use the new road but until it is officially open to traffic it is a huge safety risk because of a lack of markings and guard rails.
Sandlin says troopers have already written more than 100 tickets
Officials expect the road to open between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Convicted hacker of Toyota in Mississippi prison
LEXINGTON (AP) — A computer programmer from central Kentucky convicted of hacking into and damaging Toyota’s computers has been sent to a prison in Natchez, Miss.
The federal Bureau of Prisons lists 37-year-old Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed as an inmate at Adams County Correctional Institute.
A federal jury in February found Shahulhameed guilty of intentionally sabotaging and crashing Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky’s supplier computer network.
Prosecutors say Shahulhameed, a citizen of India, did more than $5,000 in damage to the company’s computers on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24, 2012 at the Scott County Camry plant. Prosecutors say Shahulhameed rendered the system in operable in some cases and, in others, prevented other Toyota employees from accessing the system.
Ex-soldier sent back to state to face charge
HOPKINSVILLE (AP) — A homeless man kicked out of the Army for rape in 2005 and facing robbery charges in Christian County has been extradited from Montgomery County, Tennessee, after failing to appear at a hearing in May.
The Kentucky New Era reported that 29-year-old Leonard E. Orneval, of Clarksville, Tenn., faces four counts of first-degree robbery in connection to a December 2010 home invasion in Oak Grove.
Police say Orneval walked into a home with a still-unidentified accomplice while brandishing a shotgun, which was stolen just hours before the robbery.
Police say Orneval and his accomplice bound the couples with duct tape and took jewelry, wallets and electronics and demanding ATM pin numbers, which Orneval and his accomplice allegedly later used. His bond was set at $10,000.
High school struck by lightning, roof damaged
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Workers are repairing a Louisville high school after lightning struck the building and tore a hole in the roof.
Jefferson County Public Schools spokesman Ben Jackey says along with a 5-foot-by-5-foot hole, concrete fell and two third-floor classrooms were damaged Sunday at DuPont Manual High School, which serves about 1,900 students.
Jackey told The Courier-Journal the building is structurally safe and no one was injured.
JCPS does not have a cost estimate on the damages. The first day of classes is Aug. 13.
The building was designed by architect J. Meerick Colley in a Gothic, U-shaped style and built in 1933. Its main entry includes the lightning-struck five-story tower.
New leader named for FBI in Louisville
LOUISVILLE (AP) — The FBI has a new leader in Louisville.
Howard S. Marshall is the agency’s new special agent in charge of the Louisville Division.
Marshall was previously inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters in Washington. His career with the FBI began in 1997 in St. Louis. He was also previously assigned to Memphis, Tennessee, and Dallas.
The FBI announced on Monday that Director James B. Comey had named Marshall to the post.
Marshall succeeds Perrye K. Turner, who is taking the helm in the agency’s Houston office.