Coroner identifies man struck by train
Lexington: The Fayette County coroner's office identified a man Saturday who was killed Thursday when he was struck by a train about 6:30 p.m. on the railroad track near Virginia Avenue. William Joseph Hall Jr., 40, was identified by his fingerprints, said the coroner's office, which did not know his address. Deaton Funeral Home in Jackson in Breathitt County is handling arrangements. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Military says Kentucky soldier dies in Afghanistan
Dixon: The Department of Defense said 20-year-old Spc. David W. Taylor of Dixon, Ky., died Thursday in the Kandahar province in Afghanistan, according to a news release. The military said Taylor died from injuries sustained in an accident at an ammunition supply point and that the incident was under investigation, The Fayetteville Observer reported Saturday. The military said Taylor was helping move ammunition when some of the rounds he and other soldiers were moving exploded. Taylor was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. Taylor joined the Army in 2010 as an infantryman. He attended One-Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. He joined 2-508th PIR on Oct. 20, 2010. He was a graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course. It was his first deployment. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Saturday ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the date of Taylor's interment. Arrangements are still pending.
Former police chief sues city, mayor
Georgetown: Recently fired Georgetown Police Chief Greg Reeves has sued the city of Georgetown and Mayor Everett Varney, claiming his Feb. 2 termination by Varney violated a city ordinance, the Georgetown News-Graphic has reported. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Scott County Circuit Court, says Reeves was informed by Varney that he was being fired but was given no reason. Reeves had been chief since March 2004. He joined the Georgetown department in 1983. A Lexington assistant police chief, Michael D. Bosse, has already been hired and takes over April 16. Reeves had been chief since March 2004. He joined the Georgetown department in 1983.
$14 million National Guard facility opens in Western Kentucky
Owensboro: The Kentucky National Guard's $14 million readiness facility in Owensboro is set to open in mid-April and will be the Guard's most modern facility in the state. Capt. Joseph Sloan, an officer in the construction management division of the Kentucky National Guard, said the design focuses on security, operational support and efficiency. The Messenger-Inquirer reported the new facility will hold administrative offices, classrooms, locker rooms to store equipment, a 3,500-square-foot assembly/mess hall and kitchen.
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