News Around the State

Published 12:12 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fight over smokeless tobacco ends in stabbing at high school

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky high school student has been stabbed and another charged with assault.

News outlets report Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday to a fight at Pulaski County High School. A statement from the agency says the altercation occurred in a boys’ bathroom during a class change, and no other students were involved.

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Student Damien Erp told WKYT-TV that he was in the restroom when it happened. He says two boys were fighting over smokeless tobacco when one stabbed the other.

Katessa Brock told The Commonwealth Journal that her 18-year-old son, Daniel Wilson, was “blessed” to be alive. She says the knife missed his heart “by an inch” and he ended up with five stiches.

The newspaper reports school resource officer took a male juvenile into custody.

Woman charged with attack outside Ky. abortion clinic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman is charged with assaulting an 82-year-old woman who tried to hand her a flier outside the state’s only abortion clinic.

WDRB-TV cited a criminal summons in reporting that 31-year-old Janaya Gregory at first ignored the woman, but then turned around and “charged,” hitting the woman and causing her to fall backward. Police say witnesses at the scene on April 12 wrote down the attacker’s license plate before she left.

Police say the injured woman suffered a broken femur requiring surgery. Gregory has been charged with second-degree assault.

Police declined to comment on the type of literature the victim was handing out, but Kentucky Right to Life Association posted on social media that one of its members was assaulted outside the clinic.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Gregory has an attorney.

Forest officials seek volunteers for Daniel Boone committee

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Federal forestry officials are seeking volunteers to serve on an advisory committee that serves the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky.

Forest Supervisor Dan Olsen says they are looking for eight new members for the 15-member Daniel Boone Resource Advisory Committee.

Committee members review proposed projects, determine funding, and provide recommendations to the Olsen. The committee typically meets in-person once or twice a year to review project proposals.

The committee members must reside in Kentucky, and for travel purposes, members should reside in close proximity to the national forest.

Applicants must complete two forms that are available online and provide background information and membership interest. Completed forms must be received no later than May 22.

Diocese recommends permanent suspension for accused priest

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Kentucky has recommended a priest accused of sexually abusing two juveniles be permanently suspended from public ministry.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro released a statement Wednesday afternoon that included the recommendation for the Rev. Ed Bradley following an investigation into the allegations.

Bradley was principal at Owensboro Catholic High School from 1980 to 1985, and was interim head of Owensboro Catholic Schools in 2017 until June of last year. He was temporarily suspended in March after diocesan officials received the first allegation.

The statement says Bradley maintains his innocence. Bradley did not return calls from the newspaper seeking comment.

Diocese of Owensboro Bishop William Medley said last year that he is working to be more transparent about how sex abuse allegations are handled.

Ky. lieutenant governor candidate recovering from wreck

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for Kentucky lieutenant governor says she hopes to be back on the campaign trail later this week after recovering from a car wreck.

Stephanie Horne told the Courier Journal she “was in a pretty big car accident” on Tuesday in Jefferson County. She said a van belonging to a senior living facility hit her vehicle. She said she didn’t think anyone in the van was hurt.

Horne is running with House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins in a four-way primary for governor.

Horne was taken to an emergency room and had X-rays but said nothing was broken. She was alone in her vehicle.

Louisville police spokesman Lamont Washington said the police report indicated the van driver didn’t see Horne’s vehicle and struck it.

Children of officers who died on duty awarded scholarships

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A foundation has awarded $48,000 to 26 Kentucky students, including three surviving children of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says the Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarship endowment awarded three $5,000 scholarships to the surviving children. They are the children of Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington, who died in 1988; Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Cammack, who died in 2000, and Jessamine County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Walls, who died in 2001.

The other scholarships, $1,500 each, go to a Kentucky dispatcher and 22 dependents of Kentucky officers and dispatchers.

The foundation was established in 1999 to build a memorial to honor officers killed in the line of duty. The scholarship program was created in 2004.