Man hit while crossing Winchester Road dies
A man crossing Winchester Road early Saturday was hit by a car and died. Henry C. Cook, 43, died of head injuries about 4:40 a.m., the Fayette County coroner's office said. The driver who hit Cook, Gambino August, 41, of Lexington, was not charged. August was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile inbound in the right lane of Winchester Road about 3:50 a.m., Lexington police said. A driver of a vehicle in the left lane said a pedestrian crossed in front of the vehicles near Strader Drive. The driver in the left lane told police that the pedestrian appeared to look straight ahead and did not check for oncoming traffic. The driver in the left lane swerved to avoid the man, but August told police he did not see the man before striking him. Cook died at the scene. Police said it was raining at the time, which reduced visibility. August was not injured.
Police treat case as homicide
Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Powell County woman as a homicide. Cora Moore-Robinson, 58, was found dead Friday in her home on Snow Creek Road in Clay City. Police were called about 10 p.m. Police have interviewed a person of interest in their investigation, but no arrests have been made.
Man dies after ATV hits tree
A Magoffin County man died after losing control of his all-terrain vehicle and hitting a tree felled by storms. Kentucky State Police said John Wayne Salyer, 56, of Gunlock was riding a 1991 Honda ATV in Magoffin County at 5:22 p.m. Friday when witnesses said he started riding downhill at a high rate of speed. A storm had downed a tree over the trail, and Salyer was unable to avoid hitting it. He was ejected from his ATV, hit his head on a tree and died at the scene. Police said he was not wearing a helmet.
Couple to give WKU $7.15 million
A Tennessee couple has committed to a $7.15 million estate gift to Western Kentucky University. The Bowling Green-based university announced on Friday the gift from Dorris E. ”D.B“ and Lula Burchett of Germantown, a Memphis suburb. It would be the third-largest one-time gift in the school's history. The gift will be in the form of a trust and bequest to support the Gordon Ford College of Business, which school officials said could transform the program and set it apart from peer institutions. ”D.B“ Burchett is a retired vice president of operations and market development at Terminix. He earned his bachelor of science in accounting from WKU in 1967.
Soldier dies after hitting bomb
A Clarksville soldier was following in the footsteps of his family members when he enlisted in the Army, his family said. Spc. Joshua Lee Plocica died Wednesday in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. Lisa Thompson, his mother, said he wanted to follow his grandfather and uncle, who were veterans.Plocica was based at Fort Hood, Texas. Plocica also is survived by his father, David Corbin of Elizabethtown, and sister, Brenna Corbin.
Staff, wire reports