Man Arrested for Assault, Victim Seriously Hurt
A woman is hospitalized, and a Livingston County man and his father have been arrested after a reported assault Wednesday evening.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department came to a home at 875 Mitchell Road in Burna, and witnesses told deputies that 44-year-old Michael Tramble had assaulted a woman there. Tramble was arrested at the scene, and charged with 1st degree assault, resisting arrest, and menacing. His father, 73-year-old Roy Tramble, was also arrested at the scene for menacing.
The victim was taken to Livingston County Hospital, and later flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment of serious injuries.
Michael and Roy Tramble were taken to McCracken County Jail.
National Astronomy Day at Golden Pond Planetarium
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area and the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers (WKAA) will host National Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 10, at the Golden Pond Planetarium, located at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, from noon until 4 pm.
Enjoy FREE, full-dome, digital, surround sound planetarium shows at 10 and 11 am, and 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. A Star Party will take place at the Observatory after dark, weather permitting.
At various times throughout the day, astronomy club members will explain how you can get started in astronomy. Visitors will learn tips on observing the night sky, buying your first telescope, and safely viewing the sun.
“The planetarium offers a variety of shows and provides an exciting way for our visitors to learn more about astronomy,” said Ross Workman, lead planetarium interpreter. “During National Astronomy Day we teach visitors about the planets and how the sun affects earth’s climate and environment. We also open the observatory for people to safely observe the sun through our solar telescope.”
National Astronomy Day promotes and encourages astronomy as a science and hobby. For more information or directions to the Golden Pond Visitor Center, visit www.lbl.org, Friends of Land Between The Lakes at www.friendsoflbl.org, or Western Kentucky Amateur Astronomers at www.wkaa.net.
Visitors can review the official LBL website at www.lbl.org for its Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and more, or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Follow them on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes. To sign up for their electronic newsletter, email email@example.com.
Inmate's Starvation Death Sparks Lawmakers' Review
A Kentucky lawmaker is pledging to hold hearings on prison medical issues after an inmate at a maximum-security facility starved to death on a hunger strike.
State Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said Thursday he will ask during committee hearings later this year for an explanation of the handling of 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry. Yonts also said he would look into prison funding, staffing and the hiring of medical personnel.
An Associated Press story this week revealed Embry's hunger strike and death in January at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. Administrators fired the prison's lead doctor, barred a contract nurse from working there and put two other medical staffers on leave while the state moves to dismiss them.
Authorities also began considering a criminal investigation after the AP asked about Embry's death.
Police Warn of New Scam Promising Free Money
Paducah police are warning residents and financial institutions of an apparent scam reported by a local credit union.
Credit union officials told police on Thursday that a woman came in and opened an IRA account about a week ago. A short time later, a check for $85,000 was delivered by a worldwide shipping and delivery company, and was deposited into her account. The woman then withdrew $9,000.
An investigation by the credit union determined the check was fraudulent. The woman was contacted and she returned to the credit union with the $9,000. She apparently was caught up in a scam whereby a company or individual recruits someone to deposit a check for them, with a promise of sharing in the money.
Normally the scammer asks the individual to deposit the check and then wire an amount to the scammer. The individual then is left “holding the bag” when the bank determines the check is fraudulent. While the woman was at the local credit union, returning the $9,000 she had withdrawn, she received a call from an unknown man, telling her to wire him $6,500 of the $85,000 . He said she could keep the rest. The wire was not sent, and the credit union recovered all of its money. Since that time, the credit union has received two additional checks: one for $69,450.32 and the other for $69,000.
The checks had valid routing and account numbers, but the check numbers were wrong and they were not issued by the companies listed on the checks. Both checks contained the memo line: Rollover IRA Contribution. One was from a company in California, the other from a company in New York state. Both were shipped from an address in Jacksonville, FL, via the same shipping and delivery company.
Police are warning financial institutions to be alert, and residents to be wary of promises of free money. Anyone with information is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270/444-8550, or Crime Stoppers at 270-443-TELL. Tipsters also may text their tips to “CRIMES” (274637) by entering “KyTips” followed by their information, or by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at westkycrimestoppers.info. Information leading to an arrest or indictment may result in a reward of up to $1,000.
Former Social Worker Faces May Trial
A former social worker in western Kentucky faces a May
trial on a charge of tampering with public records.
The Kentucky New Era reports a trial date of May 5 has
been set for former Cabinet for Health and Family Services caseworker Donna M.
Currey handled investigations into the high-profile abuse cases of 9-year-old
Amy Dye and 3-year-old Alayna Adair, both of whom were killed.
Dye's older adoptive brother faces a new trial in her slaying after the
Kentucky Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Adair's father, Charles
Timothy Morris, was convicted last year of murder in her death.
Currey quit her job in 2011 after being accused by a state official of
falsifying records. She has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge.
Former Auditor Not Running for Governor in 2015
Former State Auditor Crit Luallen will not run for governor in 2015.
Luallen says she wants to spend with her husband and family and a campaign for governor would require too much time.
"My husband Lynn and I have both have our health, and we have a lot that we want to do and enjoy together, and this simply wasn't the right time for us to make the decision to enter the race," she said.
Luallen remains in remission from her bout with cancer nine years ago.
She said this was a difficult decision for her, because she felt should could win the race and had a great deal of support across the state.
Luallen is not walking away from politics. She is involved in the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign, and working to elect more Democrats to the Kentucky House.
Water Valley Woman Faces Theft, Other Charges
Mayfield Police arrested a Water Valley Woman Tuesday on theft and other charges.
Police charged 21-year-old Maxine Trent for her alleged role in a recent string of crimes. On Tuesday, Trent reportedly broke into cars in the area of the Plaza and Snappy Tomato. Police say she then went to Captain D’s and attempted to buy a meal with a stolen credit card. When she was confronted, police say she was found with stolen property and became disorderly.
Police said Trent later admitted to several recent crimes during questioning. Trent was charged and taken to the Graves County Jail on the following charges:
-receiving stolen property U/$300
-possession of controlled substance- cocaine
-disorderly conduct – 2nd degree
-public intoxication- controlled substance
-escape 3rd degree
-theft of identity of another
-receiving stolen property U/300
-burglary 3rd degree
-robbery 2nd degree
-burglary 1st degree
-theft-receipt of stolen credit card
Fired Aide Gets Better-Paying State Job
A Legislative Research Commission employee who was fired after appearing in a video for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has been hired into a better-paying state job.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Charles Booker has been hired as division director for administrative services in the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, where he will be paid $68,500 annually.
Booker was fired in February from his job as an analyst for the Government Contract Review Committee at a salary of $51,000 annually.
Booker says he went through the normal application process to get the job.
Tourism Cabinet spokesman Gil Lawson said the position was posted and several others applied, but Booker was chosen ``based on his qualification and experiences.''
First Lady Announces One-Stop Job Site For Vets
First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets.
She said Wednesday that the new Veterans Employment Center provides one-stop shopping for troops as they transition to civilian life.
The move comes as the U.S. winds down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the administration seeks to lower unemployment among veterans. Mrs. Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, made the announcement at Fort Campbell.
Southern IL Man Faces 100 Years for 2013 Killing
A southern Illinois man was sentenced to 100 years in prison after he was convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of a 20-year-old former Marion High School football standout.
The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Kely Arbuckle of Murphysboro was sentenced Wednesday. The 26-year-old will have to serve the entire sentence, barring a successful appeal.
Arbuckle was convicted in January for killing Toren Stanley during a drive-by shooting in Carbondale that took place in March 2013.
In addition to the murder charge, Arbuckle was also convicted of a gun charge and two drug charges. Additional time was added to his sentence for those charges.
Wingo Hosts 84th Trade Day Celebration
Annual Wingo Trade Day celebration is this weekend in Graves County, sponsored by the Wingo Lions Club.
Activities begin Friday at 5 pm with an all-you-can-eat meal at Wingo Elementary School. The Great American Shows Carnival also gets underway on Friday night.
The fun continues on Saturday with the carnival, games and contests. A live band starts playing at 10 am.
The Lions Club Parade starts at 11 am. Zach Katzman is the year’s Grand Marshal. The contest judging begins at 12:45 pm and the political speaking starts at 12:30 pm. Graves County Attorney John Cunningham will emcee.
Flea market booths are welcome. There is a $25 set-up fee. There will be drawings for a new gas grill and a handmade quilt.
McCracken County Accident Sends One To Hospital
An accident at the intersection of Highway 60 West and Cairo Road sent one person to the hospital Wednesday.
According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, 19-year-old Jesse Riley was heading west on Highway 60 when a motor home driven by 70-year-old David Hendrain was attempting to to turn onto Cairo Road.
Deputies said Riley struck the side of the motor home when he was trying to beat the changing stop light at the intersection.
Riley was taken in for minor injuries after the accident.
UT Martin Hosting Event for Mid-Continent Students
Mid-Continent University students planning to attend another institution are invited to a University of Tennessee at Martin information night, 4-7 pm on Tuesday, April 29, at the Commerce Center in Mayfield. The center is located at 201 East College Street, across from the Majestic Steakhouse.
UT Martin officials will be on hand to discuss undergraduate and graduate programs, both traditional and online. Among the university’s academic offerings is the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, designed for working adults.
A financial aid counselor will also attend to answer questions about financial aid.
Students in Fulton, Graves and Hickman counties can attend UT Martin without paying out-of-state tuition. Also, the application fee will be waived for Mid-Continent students applying to attend UT Martin.
For additional information, call the UT Martin Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020.
Piece of 'Band Of Brothers' Gets New Commander
The original "Band Of Brothers'' is getting a new commander and a new home.
The 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment will undergo a change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell on Wednesday. And, at the end of the week, the regiment will move from the 4th Brigade Combat Team to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. The move is being made as the Army shrinks its overall size as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wrap up.
The 4th Brigade, which is part of the 101st Airborne Division, became famous in a book by historian Stephen Ambrose and a subsequent HBO miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
It will be inactivated on Friday.
The 1st Battalion was recognized for its role during the Battle of Hamburger Hill in May 1969.
WWII Soldier's Remains To Be Buried Friday
The remains of a Paducah soldier who disappeared during World War II have been brought home after almost 70 years.
J.T. Carneal, the nephew of William T. "Teetum" Carneal, was a guest on "The Greg Dunker Show," on WKYX, and said his uncle will be laid to rest Friday. This comes after decades without any information about their family member.
"We never, ever officially knew. He was one of five soldiers in WWII that the military never knew what happened to him," Carneal said.
In mid-June 1944, Japanese and Allied forces fought fierce battles in Saipan and the surrounding Mariana islands. Carneal was missing, and his remains were never found, so after one year the Army assumed he was killed in action. In March of 2013, the Japanese non-profit organization Keuntai was searching for the remains of their country's soldiers, and found the 24-year old American G.I. from Kentucky.
Carneal said, "They were trying to find their people's remains - not Americans - but when they found theirs, he was in an area of three Japanese soldiers, and when they found his dog tags and things, they turned it over to their government. Their government turned it over to our government in Hawaii, and then they notified us."
William was raised by his older sister and the rest of the family after his mother died when he was 18 months old, and his father died when he was seven. "Teetum" was the first Carneal to graduate when he got his diploma from Heath High School in 1939.
Amazingly, one of the items found with the body was William's class ring.
"He still had his ring and his dog tag, his ponchos, his American coins were all there with his remains, and they've been presented to me by the United States Army," Carneal said.
J.T. Carneal said he had mixed emotions when he got his uncle's remains and personal effects.
Carneal said, "You have real sorrow and sadness, of course - he's your loved one. But we rejoiced to finally have closure and to be able to bring him back home to be with his family in a burial plot."
"Teetum's" remains were brought from Hawaii to Nashville Tuesday, and Lindsey Funeral Home assisted Carneal in bringing his uncle back to his hometown. A service will be held at the funeral home at 1:00 pm Friday, and PFC William T. Carneal will be buried at 2:00 pm at Palestine Cemetery, with full military honors.
Seven Japanese workers who discovered and helped "Teetum" begin his journey home will be at the interment, and they will be recognized for their efforts by local officials with Duke and Duchess of Paducah awards.
Flags will be at half-mast Friday for William T. Carneal Day across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.