News Around the State
Bevin requests disaster declaration for Kentucky storms
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dozens of Kentucky counties are included in a disaster declaration request that Gov. Matt Bevin has sent to President Donald Trump following severe weather in February and March.
Bevin’s office said in a news release that the 58 counties underwent strong winds and torrential rain resulting in flooding, flash flooding, landslides and mudslides. The weather caused more than $41 million in damage statewide.
Counties in the request include: Ballard, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Butler, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Clay, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Fulton, Grant, Hancock, Harlan, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Livingston, Lyon, Madison, Magoffin, Marshall, Martin, McCracken, McCreary, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle, Russell, Simpson, Trigg, Union, Wayne, Webster, Whitley and Wolfe.
Guilty plea in crash that killed pregnant woman, 3 others
MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — A driver accused of killing a pregnant woman and three other people while on drugs in Kentucky has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.
News outlets report that Jason Gibson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four counts of murder and one count of fetal homicide in Clay County court. Other charges against him were dismissed.
Authorities say Gibson was under the influence of drugs in the 2015 car crash.
Tiffany Williams was the pregnant woman who was killed, along with her 23-month-old son Kyson, Charlene Lewis and Judy Pennington-Adams. Lewis’ daughter Chasity Collett says it’s some relief although nothing with bring her family back.
Prosecutor Gary Gregory says Gibson could be ordered to serve 30 years in prison for each charge. Gibson is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Bar admits overserving man who killed 5 in wrong-way crash
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a Kentucky bar has admitted it overserved a man who later killed a Michigan family of five in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75.
A statement Wednesday from Lexington police says the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Office finalized an agreement with Horseshoes Kentucky Grill & Saloon that calls for the establishment to plead guilty to serving an intoxicated person, pay a $10,000 fine and refrain from selling alcohol May 17-May 26.
The bar served 41-year-old Joey Bailey alcoholic drinks when he was already under the influence.
Bailey then drove south in a northbound lane on Interstate 75. He collided with another vehicle, killing himself and the Michigan family.
County Coroner Gary Ginn has said Bailey’s blood-alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.
Districts receive subpoenas related to teacher absences
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Kentucky’s largest school district say Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has issued a subpoena related to protests by teachers who used sick days to rally at the state Capitol.
Jefferson County Public Schools spokesman Daniel Kemp says the subpoena came from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet on Wednesday. He says it’s related to sickouts by teachers.
The sickouts forced the district to shut down six times from late February into March. The action drew criticism from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis.
Oldham County public schools spokeswoman Lori McDowell says the district also received a subpoena from the Labor Cabinet. She says it was related to teacher sickouts. The district closed one day due to teacher absences.
The Labor Cabinet didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Kentucky police fatally shoot man who wounded another man
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say officers have fatally shot a man who wounded another man in the parking lot of a Louisville apartment complex.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad told news outlets that when officers arrived at Spring Manor Apartments on Tuesday afternoon they ordered the man to drop his gun and attempted to use non-lethal means to stop him. He says they fired their weapons when the man “ran at officers and pointed his gun at them.”
Conrad says the gunman was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The Jefferson County coroner’s office identified him Wednesday as 33-year-old Terry Davis Jr. and says he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Police say the wounded man was shot multiple times and is in critical condition at a local hospital.