News Around the State

Published 12:10 pm Monday, July 1, 2019

Kentucky gov, AG clash over office space amid gov race match

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear are fighting over Capitol office space as they clash in the race for governor.

Through a public records request, the Lexington Herald-Leader obtained a June 26 letter in which Finance and Administration Secretary William M. Landrum III informed Beshear’s office that Bevin’s administration will move into two first-floor rooms occupied by Beshear employees, with Beshear’s workers receiving two basement rooms.

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Beshear spokeswoman Crystal Staley called the administration’s actions petty. Bevin spokeswoman Elizabeth Kuhn called it petty for Beshear to complain, saying the administration’s legal team needs the space.

Bevin’s administration and Beshear’s office sparred over whether the rooms were unoccupied or underused. Beshear’s office said one wasn’t consistently occupied for six to eight weeks because of an employee finishing part-time parental leave.

Kentucky state trooper injured in traffic accident

RACELAND, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky State Police trooper has been injured in a collision with a suspected drunken driver.

State police said in a news release that Trooper Steven Davidson was driving northbound on U.S. 23 in Raceland when his cruiser was struck by an SUV on Sunday. Davidson’s cruiser ended up in a ditch.

The statement says Wheeler tried to cross the northbound lanes without giving oncoming traffic the right of way. Davidson and the SUV’s driver, 27-year-old Allen Trent Wheeler of Ashland, were treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released.

Wheeler was charged with multiple counts, including driving under the influence third offense and driving on a suspended license. He remained held Monday in the Greenup County Detention Center. It wasn’t immediately known whether Wheeler has an attorney.

Police: Kentucky man dies in dog attack

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say an autopsy confirms a man died in a dog attack in western Kentucky.

State police in Mayfield said in a news release the autopsy performed on Brian S. Butler of Benton on Sunday indicated he died of sharp force trauma.

The statement says two dogs located in the area of Saturday’s attack in Gilbertsville were quarantined by Marshall County Animal Control.

State police are handling the investigation.

Father who was shot after his twins were born has died

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A 20-year-old Kentucky father who had watched the birth of his first children before being shot last week has been pronounced dead.

News outlets report Tyrese Garvin was taken off of life support Friday. He was shot in a drive-by shooting, walking home from the hospital where his twins were born. He died in the same hospital.

Louisville Metro Police Lt. Emily McKinley says they arrested three teenage boys, ages 14 to 17. Their charges weren’t immediately specified.

Garvin graduated Atherton High School in 2017 and recently landed a job at GE.

McKinley says this crime is among a disturbing trend in the city. Young people are stealing cars and using them in drive-by shootings. Some of the stolen vehicles had weapons in them, which were used in some crimes.

Autistic Kentucky boy dies after entering neighbor’s pool

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Police in northern Kentucky say an 11-year-old autistic boy has died after being found submerged in a neighbor’s pool.

Boone County sheriff’s Lt. Philip Ridgell says in a news release Madou Ba’s death is believed to be an accidental drowning.

The statement says the boy was found unconscious in a pool Saturday in Florence and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say the boy apparently scaled a fence and took off his shirt prior to entering the neighbor’s backyard.

Florence is about 12 miles southwest of Cincinnati.

Mail delivery to Kentucky street suspended over dog attacks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has suspended mail delivery to a Kentucky street that has a history of dog attacks.

Postal Service spokeswoman Susan Wright tells The Courier Journal that dog attacks have been a problem on Girard Drive for a long time, and the issue is only getting worse. She says a mail carrier recently dodged three loose dogs on the street, which is about 10 miles northwest of the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

Residents are being asked to pick up their mail from a nearby post office. Wright says the service is working with dog owners to restore delivery. She didn’t say when delivery is expected to resume. The service says mail carriers across the country suffered more than 5,700 dog attacks last year.