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  1. Dorena-Hickman Ferry Closed due to Ice
    The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has closed for the remainder of Wednesday. Freezing rain and sleet have reportedly iced over the ferry landings at Hickman and Dorena forcing the ferry to temporarily halt operation.

    Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says officials plan to reopen the ferry Thursday morning, weather permitting.

    For more info on the Dorena-Hickman Ferry and a schedule of operating hours go to http://www.dorena-hickmanferryboat.com.  Motorists can also check on the ferry’s operating status by calling (731) 693-0210.
  2. Paducah Police Seek Robbery Suspects
    Paducah police are seeking the public’s help in locating two suspects charged in connection with a February strong-arm robbery.  

    Police said the victim, who is legally blind, told them 28-year-old Antonio Lee and 22-year-old Mynesser Hill came to his home on Feb. 9, held him down and stole several items from him.
     
    Anyone with information about Lee or Hill’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8550 or Crime Stoppers at 270-443-TELL. Information leading to an arrest or indictment may result in a reward of up to $1,000.
  3. KSP Reports Recent Phone Scam
    Kentucky State Police is advising the public about a recent scam that has been reported.

    Police said the victim contacted the them on Tuesday after receiving a suspicious phone call. The male caller reportedly advised the victim that he was an officer with the US Embassy, and that a relative had been arrested in Mexico.

    The caller instructed the victim to send money via Western Union for their relative’s bond. Police said the caller re-contacted the victim  Wednesday and instructed the victim to send more money.

    Police said the phone number is possibly Canadian, and it appears the money was transferred to an account in the Dominican Republic.     

    KSP is requesting callers call them at 1-800-222-5555 to report scams, or to contact a local law enforcement agency. 
  4. Ice Closes Brookport Bridge to Traffic
    At the request of the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has closed the US 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge at Paducah.  

    The Sheriff’s Department made the request due to icing on the bridge deck. Road Closed signs should be in place in the next few minutes.

    The bridge will remain closed to all traffic until further notice.  
  5. Landslides Reported in Two Counties
    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel have responded to landslides Wednesday morning in Caldwell and Muhlenberg County.

    KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd says the landslides are likely due to soil being saturated by melting snow followed by heavy rain overnight. The landslides have only minor impact on shoulder areas of roadways at this time. Todd said drivers should be alert for similar issues that may develop along roadways and immediately report the specific location to their local 911 call center.

    The Caldwell County landslide is along Interstate 69 at the 87.75 mile point.  At this time it is limited to the shoulder area and is not hampering traffic.  Due to adverse weather conditions the Caldwell County crew will likely wait until after the snow and ice event to remove debris from the ditch line.

    The Muhlenberg County Highway Crew responded to a landslide on the Western Kentucky Parkway at mile point 51.4 at about 1:00 a.m.  They cleared some minor debris from the roadway at that time.   They have restricted the shoulder area at this site until heavy equipment can be brought in to make more permanent repairs after the snow and ice event.
  6. Driver Forced to Abandon Vehicle in Flood Waters
    A local resident was forced to abandon her vehicle Wednesday morning after she drove into a flooded section of roadway.

    At around 7:30 am Wednesday McCracken County Deputies were dispatched along with Reidland Farley FD and McCracken County Rescue for a vehicle stranded in high water on Bonds Road near Oaks Road.

    Police said the vehicle was unoccupied when they arrived. The owner, Tim Perkins, of Paducah arrived a short time later and advised his wife drove into the flood water on her way to work and stalled the vehicle. The water was not as deep at that time and she was able to walk back to their home. The vehicle was pulled from the water and the road was closed.

    Police said sections of other secondary roadways have been closed and there are several locations where water is pooling. As the precipitation continues and changes, police said the road conditions will continue to deteriorate throughout the day.  

    Authorities are advising drivers not to drive through Flooded roadways or around barricades.  
  7. MCCH Hosting Blood Drive Today
    The Murray Calloway County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness and the MCCH Blood Donor Center are hosting a blood drive today, March 4 from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

    According to a press release, the end time is dependent upon weather so please call (270) 762-1348 after noon to confirm that the donor center is still on site.

    MCCH Officials said the donor center has suffered from several cancelled blood drives due to recent weather events, and has a significant need for all blood types.

    For those that cant make it out today, you can contact the MCCH Blood Donor Center at (270) 762-1119 to arrange an individual time for donation. 
  8. Here Comes the Rain, Sleet, Snow, and Ice
    Mother Nature seems to either be very confused, or very angry, depending on who you talk to.  Flooding is beginning to give way to freezing rain and sleet, which will then give way to snow by this afternoon. 

    The picture included in this story indicates up to 10 inches of snow and sleet is expected across the Paducah area, with slightly lesser amounts toward the Kentucky / Tennessee state line, and near Carbondale in Southern Illinois.

    Forecasters are calling for temperatures to continue to fall throughout the afternoon, with the snow estimates consistently remaining on par with the other snow storm a few weeks ago across the area.




  9. Here Comes the Rain, Sleet, Snow, and Ice
    Mother Nature seems to either be very confused, or very angry, depending on who you talk to.  Flooding is beginning to give way to freezing rain and sleet, which will then give way to snow by this afternoon. 

    The picture included in this story indicates up to 10 inches of snow and sleet is expected across the Paducah area, with slightly lesser amounts toward the Kentucky / Tennessee state line, and near Carbondale in Southern Illinois.

    Forecasters are calling for temperatures to continue to fall throughout the afternoon, with the snow estimates consistently remaining on par with the other snow storm a few weeks ago across the area.




  10. Here Comes the Rain, Sleet, Snow, and Ice
    Mother Nature seems to either be very confused, or very angry, depending on who you talk to.  Flooding is beginning to give way to freezing rain and sleet, which will then give way to snow by this afternoon. 

    The picture included in this story indicates up to 10 inches of snow and sleet is expected across the Paducah area, with slightly lesser amounts toward the Kentucky / Tennessee state line, and near Carbondale in Southern Illinois.

    Forecasters are calling for temperatures to continue to fall throughout the afternoon, with the snow estimates consistently remaining on par with the other snow storm a few weeks ago across the area.




  11. Here Comes the Rain, Sleet, Snow, and Ice
    Mother Nature seems to either be very confused, or very angry, depending on who you talk to.  Flooding is beginning to give way to freezing rain and sleet, which will then give way to snow by this afternoon. 

    The picture included in this story indicates up to 10 inches of snow and sleet is expected across the Paducah area, with slightly lesser amounts toward the Kentucky / Tennessee state line, and near Carbondale in Southern Illinois.

    Forecasters are calling for temperatures to continue to fall throughout the afternoon, with the snow estimates consistently remaining on par with the other snow storm a few weeks ago across the area.




  12. Kentucky Wins National Business Creation Award
    Kentucky is the winner of a national award for business creation. Kentucky placed first in Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings for new and expanded industry activity in 2014.

    Last year, Kentucky announced more than 350 new location and expansion projects, which are projected to create nearly 15,000 jobs and more than $3.7 billion in new investment. Kentucky is at its lowest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent in seven years - down from 10.7 percent in 2008.

    Last year, nearly 70 percent of the state’s announced new investment and new jobs came from existing Kentucky businesses looking to expand.

    Site Selection, an Atlanta-based publication, has rated the states annually since 1978. Corporate real estate analysts regard the rankings as an “industry scoreboard.”

  13. Driver Injured When SUV Flips on Purchase Parkway
    A Tennessee woman was injured in an early morning crash on the Purchase Parkway. According to the Graves County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened at approximately 3am Wednesday at the 26 mile marker.

    Deputies said 38-year-old Billie Elizabeth Rushing of Murfreesboro, TN was traveling north on the parkway when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Rushing's SUV traveled into the median and overturned, coming to rest on its top.

    Rushing was transported to Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield for treatment of her injuries.

  14. Road Crews Ready for Long Day Fighting Sleet, Snow
    Highway crews are prepared to respond to another round of winter precipitation on the way for Wednesday into Thursday morning with extreme cold temperatures to follow.

    Crews spent much of Tuesday maintaining and repairing equipment to have everything ready to roll. Freezing rain and sleet should start moving across the region Wednesday morning followed by 6 to 10 inches of snowfall over about a 12-hour period.

    Expectations for southern border counties in Kentucky are for 1/10 to 1/4 inch of freezing rain, with other areas below 1/10th inch of ice, with maybe ½ to 1 inch of sleet. The snow would then accumulate on top of that. 

    With substantial winds from the northwest there will be more potential for drifting on roadways.

    Highway crews in each county have prepared to provide around the clock response, including working 14-to-16 hour shifts.

  15. Convenience Store Burglary Suspect Arrested
    Police have arrested a suspect in a Monday morning burglary at a local convenience store.

    At around 3:43 am Monday, McCracken County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Superway Convenience Store at 3245 Benton Road for a burglar alarm activation. Upon deputies arrival, they discovered the glass on the east side door was shattered and entry had been made.  Deputies said several cartons of cigarettes were taken during the burglary.

    McCracken Deputies said a deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department contacted them and said he and a Calvert City Police Officer stopped a vehicle driven by Mikel Hutchison, approximately an hour after the Superway burglary.  Police said Hutchison was driving a pickup truck, which was pulling a trailer with a boat. They also advised Hutchison was wearing the exact clothing worn by the suspect in the Superway burglary.

    After learning Hutchison had been arrested on charges in Marshall County and was being held in the Marshall County Detention Center, detectives went to the facility to question him.

    While at the detention center, detectives said they saw a pair of coveralls and a gray t-shirt Hutchison was wearing at the time of his arrest and determined they were an exact match to the suspect's clothing. Detectives also determined the boat in Hutchison’s possession had been stolen from the Farley area.

    Police said they later found the stolen cigarettes, a red bandana, an orange sock cap and a small hatchet inside the truck that Hutchison was driving. Hutchison was arrested on burglary, theft, and criminal mischief charges.
     

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