Woman charged in pedestrian's death
A woman who hit a pedestrian crossing Man o' War Boulevard near Lyon Drive last November has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. Sheila A. Whitler, 40, was summoned on the charge late Friday, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. The Lexington Police Department brought the charge forward. Whitler was driving a silver Porsche when she hit John Vice, 31. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Escapee caught in Tenn.
Authorities say a Kentucky escapee has been caught in Tennessee. Kentucky Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb says William Hill escaped from the Bell County Forestry Camp in Kentucky on Monday. He was there for possession of a handgun by a felon. Hill was apprehended early Saturday morning in Claiborne County, Tenn., near the Kentucky border by Tazewell officer Ben Evans and is being held in the county jail. Lamb says Hill has waived extradition and will be transported to the Bell County jail, where he will await a hearing on escape charges.
Man dies in crash
A man died after he lost control of his car on Ky. 111 Friday evening in Bath County. According to a Kentucky State Police report, Robert Garner, 71, of Hillsboro, drove off the shoulder and into a fence. His car overturned, and he was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Alcohol is not thought to be a factor in the accident.
Hart County inmate dies
A female inmate at the Hart County Jail in Munfordville was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville early Saturday morning after jail staff found her unresponsive. Marita Whitehead, 31, of Tompkinsville, died at the hospital around 1 a.m. Eastern time. Kentucky State police are investigating her death. No further details were made available.
Police patrol in Segways
Some police officers in northern Kentucky have started patrolling with personal transporters. The Highland Heights Police Department bought two Segways in the past month. The electric upright vehicles cost $5,100 each and can travel at speeds of up to 12.5 mph. Police Chief Carl Mullen said the devices help establish rapport with residents and act as great conversation pieces. ”The feedback that we have gotten from citizens has been great,“ Mullen said. ”Unlike in a car, these can go right up next to people on the sidewalk. They approach the officers all the time. They have never seen them before.“ The devices were purchased because of growth anticipated in the city and at Northern Kentucky University. Mullen said he bought two at the request of city officials after seeing how much attention the Segways got when Newport police tested them at an event in June.
Staff, wire reports