Kentucky News Now – February 15th 2016
Fire destroys landmark Rabbit Hash General Store in Kentucky
BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a northern Kentucky landmark — the 184-year-old Rabbit Hash General Store in Boone County. Media outlets report the fire was reported at 9:15 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported. Bellevue-McVille Fire Chief Jeff Herms says the cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined, although arson has been ruled out. Owned by the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, the store was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and had been in operation since 1831. Historical Society President Donnie Clare says the fire was devastating but vows that the store will be rebuilt. The society is a volunteer group that receives money through donations.
Winter storm warning issued for much of Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Forecasters say a winter storm is bringing several inches of snow to Kentucky before turning to rain on Monday. The National Weather Service says up to 5 inches of snow is expected by Monday morning before turning to rain by the afternoon. Much of the state was under a winter storm warning Sunday. Higher elevations could see higher snowfall amounts. The weather service says some areas could see freezing drizzle as the precipitation transitions from snow to rain.
Man arrested in triple homicide in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville police say they've arrested a man in the deaths of three people found at a home. Media outlets report 26-year-old George Slaughter was arrested at an apartment late Saturday and charged with three counts of murder and tampering with physical evidence. His hometown wasn't released. Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the victims were found early Saturday while officers were responding to reports of a shooting. She says the officers found two men and one woman dead inside the home. Smiley says police believe one of the victims may have lived in the home. The victims' names weren't released.
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Groundbreaking set next month on Owensboro college's center
(Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com)
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Ground is scheduled to be broken next month on the final phase of Owensboro Community & Technical College's long-delayed Advanced Technology Center. The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports a ceremony is scheduled March 4 in Owensboro for the center that is scheduled to open for classes in fall 2017. The project was first proposed in 1996 when community leaders asked then-Gov. Paul Patton for funding. But construction didn't begin until 2006 on the project's 65,000-square-foot first phase and it was completed two years later. The $12 million second phase of the project required $3 million in local funding, plus $500,000 for equipment.
Trial moved for man charged in deaths
(Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com)
CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — A judge has moved the trial of a Kentucky man charged in the deaths of his parents, his sister and the man who was his alleged accomplice. The Paducah Sun reports Trigg Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall on Friday granted Ryan Champion's request, moving the trial to Livingston County. Champion cited pretrial publicity and his family's ties to Cadiz in requesting the trial be moved from Trigg County. The 36-year-old Champion is charged with murder, three counts of complicity to murder and one count of kidnapping. He's charged in the 2014 deaths of his father, Lindsey Champion; his mother, Joy Champion; his sister, Emily Champion; and his alleged accomplice, Vito Riservato.
Proposed Hamilton Co. shooting range met with controversy
GRAYSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Plans to build a shooting range in west Hamilton County are being met with opposition. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Justin Whaley and his company, Dead Zero Shooting, are proposing a shooting range complex on 184 acres along Retro Hughes Road. Whaley plans to buy the land, pending approval of a permit. However, the location is controversial because the Possum Creek Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail is less than a mile away, and area land owners are opposed to a firing range moving in. Nearby homeowner David Taylor Jr. says he and other residents are concerned about lead contamination and illegal hunting that a firing range could bring.
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