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KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Whitley County

The Kentucky State Police, London Post was notified at approximately 6:36 PM on Friday, October 4, 2019, of a single vehicle injury accident on KY HWY 2989, Browning Acres Road in the Corbin area of Whitley County. The collision resulted in one fatality.

The initial investigation indicates that a 2007 GMC Canyon Pickup, operated by Perry W. Farris, 46 years old of Keavy, KY, was traveling south on Highway 2989.  Mr. Farris lost control of his vehicle and drove off the roadway hitting a guide wire and a utility pole, before rolling his vehicle onto its top. As a result of the collision, Mr. Farris sustained fatal injuries.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner’s Office.

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Flags to Be Lowered to Half-Staff

 In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump and Public Law 107-51, both American and state flags at public office buildings will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, held in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, will honor 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and 27 firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years.

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KSP Charges Bell Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

On October 2, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Jason L. Laws, 42, on charges related to possessing or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor in the 1st degree.

Laws was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading images of child sexual exploitation online. 

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KSP Offers Online Access to Civilians for Collision Reporting

The Kentucky State Police is now making traffic collision reporting easier through an online form. Funded through the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, the Civilian Traffic Collision Report can be accessed from an online submission tool. Kentucky law requires that any person involved in an accident resulting in property damage in excess of five hundred dollars, file a written report with the Kentucky State Police no later than 10 days of the accident. These forms only need to be completed when an investigation is not conducted by a law enforcement officer.

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KSP Charges Hardin Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

ARRESTED

On October 1, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Billy Joe Chesser, 38, on charges related to the use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Chesser was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

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KY Made Products Featured During Manufacturing Month

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has a vision for Kentucky as the engineering and manufacturing center of excellence in the United States, and continued growth of the state’s existing industries paired with innovative opportunities in burgeoning markets indicate the commonwealth has the potential to achieve that goal.

“Nearly every major industry in the country has a business presence in Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “The diversity of our manufacturing efforts has contributed to our economic success in recent years and will ensure continued growth in the years ahead. Kentucky offers many competitive advantages for businesses as they look to locate and expand in the commonwealth, and I am confident that our manufacturing sector will continue to thrive here in America’s hub of engineering and manufacturing excellence.”

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KSP Charges Hardin Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On September 30, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch executed an arrest warrant for Larry R. Oldham, 37, on charges related to prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor.

Oldham was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with a juvenile online in an attempt to obtain nude images.  Oldham also sent nude images of himself to the juvenile. 

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Fall Wildfire Hazard Season Begins

October 1, is the beginning of the Fall Wildfire Hazard Season, bringing burning restrictions to communities not already under a local burn ban.

The Commonwealth’s 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Burning Law (KRS149.400) prohibits burning before 6 p.m. if the fire is in, or within 150 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

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KSP Targeting High Crash Zones For Aggressive Drivers

The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division announced the start of a two-week enforcement blitz targeting aggressive driving behaviors.

The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks campaign, (TACT) begins October 1, 2019 and focuses on violations by motorists (both passenger car and commercial vehicle) who exhibit aggressive behaviors such as improper lanes changes, speeding, following too closely, not leaving enough space to pass and failure to yield the right-of-way.

TACT uses a combination of high visibility messaging coupled with targeted enforcement activities in selected high-risk traffic areas to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Director, Major Nathan Day, said the TACT campaign is designed not only to enforce, but to educate the motoring public.

“Crashes between commercial vehicles and passenger cars often result in serious or fatal injuries,” says Day. “Along with high visibility enforcement, we will use media outreach to educate drivers, including radio, digital and social media messaging.”

The targeted corridors for this enforcement blitz include Henderson Co., US-41; Hardin Co., I-65; Kenton Co., I-75; Laurel Co., I-75; and Floyd Co., US-23. These areas were identified through KYOPS (Ky. Open Portal Solution) crash data and indicated the highest number of reported crashes over a two-year period.

“It’s not about writing tickets,” adds Day. “It’s about saving lives and at the end of the day, we want everyone to make it home safely.”

TACT enforcement and public information efforts are funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Whitley Co. Welcome Center Closing for Demolition and Reconstruction

Today the Finance and Administration Cabinet announced the Whitley County Welcome Center, built in 1971 and located at the 1.5 mile marker on I-75 in southern Kentucky, is closing Oct. 4 for demolition and reconstruction with the new facility expected to be completed in fall 2020.

Upwards of 30,000 vehicles per day pass by this welcome center, which is considered to be in the most deteriorated condition of all Kentucky’s welcome centers. The facility frequently is closed to the public for maintenance and repairs whose costs have continued to escalate over the years.

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Kentucky Winter Wheat Production up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2019 Small Grains Summary report today, showing an increase in Kentucky’s winter wheat production from a year ago. A higher yield per acre drove the increase, along with an increase in the number of acres harvested for grain.

“Rain hampered seeding last fall and the crop struggled early, but generally favorable conditions thereafter helped the crop finish well,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky. “Yield was above the five year average, while production was below the five year average.”

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Kentucky Fire Marshal Promotes Campus Fire Safety Month

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal urges parents and college students to pause this September during Campus Fire Safety Month to implement fire prevention strategies for off-campus student housing.

“Inspecting off campus housing for potential fire hazards saves lives,” said Mike Haney, Kentucky’s fire marshal and director of the Division of Fire Prevention in the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (HBC).

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Positive Job Growth Anticipated for KY through 2026

Each of Kentucky’s 10 Local Workforce Areas (LWA) is expected to have at least 33 occupations grow by 20 percent or more in the next 10 years. This growth will account for more than 280,000 total job openings, according to the Occupational Outlook Dashboard (2016-2026) from the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC).

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WOLF CREEK NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY 2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

OCTOBER
Oct. 08: Friends of Wolf Creek NFH Monthly Meeting 5 PM CDT (Russell County SKRECC)
Oct. 12: 2nd Saturday Fly Fishing Clinics: Two hour sessions, Must Pre-register – 10 AM and 1 PM CDT
Oct. 12: Make it, Take it, Give it Nature Craft Workshop
– Must Pre-register, fee will apply – 8 AM– noon CDT
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KSP Charges Christian Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

On September 25, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Larry “Grover” Stewart, 44, on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and a sexual crime against an animal.

Stewart was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect distributing files of child sexual exploitation online. 

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Federal officials meet with Kentucky health leaders to discuss strengthening efforts to end HIV threat

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), held a meeting this week to discuss HIV prevention, care and treatment in Kentucky. 

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America is an initiative to reduce new HIV infections in the U.S. to fewer than 3,000 per year by 2030. Reducing new infections to this level would mean HIV transmissions are rare and meet the definition of ending the epidemic.

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