Belle damaged, passengers hurt
Louisville: Several passengers aboard the Belle of Louisville suffered minor injuries Saturday when a strong wind pushed the steamboat into a parked barge on the Ohio River, authorities said.
The incident happened around 1:45 p.m. about a quarter-mile north of Harrods Creek.
Vince Luney, a 911 supervisor, told The Associated Press there were minor injuries, but he didn't know how many passengers were involved.
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Belle of Louisville CEO Linda Harris told The Courier-Journal of Louisville that about 300 people — many of them elderly — were aboard the steamboat and that about six to eight people suffered minor injuries.
David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corp. that manages the Belle for the city, said the steamboat was pushed into the barge by a strong wind while it was on a public cruise that started about noon. The Belle suffered paddle-wheel damage and lost power.
"The paddle wheel is pretty wrecked," said Maj. Kevin Tyler of the Harrods Creek Fire Department.
Two tugs guided the Belle back toward downtown, where it arrived about 3:30, officials said.
Police: Man beat grandma
Williamsburg: Police say a southeastern Kentucky man is in jail for brutally beating his grandmother after she refused to let him use her car.
William Kirkland was arrested Thursday. A Williamsburg jail official said Saturday that he's being held on $75,000 bond.
According to police, Kirkland used a metal pipe to beat his grandmother and his wife because they didn't want him driving the car.
The grandmother, 68-year-old Julia Barton, received the more serious injuries but has been released from a hospital.
Police said Kirkland took the car anyway and wrecked it not far from his grandmother's home. They said alcohol was a factor.
Man indicted in I-65 crash
Bowling Green: A Warren County grand jury has indicted a LaRue County man on murder and four other charges in connection to a crash on Interstate 65.
Michael S. Sams, 35, of Hodgenville, was charged with murder, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, failure to notify address change to the Department of Transportation and tampering with physical evidence.
The allegations stem from an Aug. 21 incident during which a Nissan Xterra SUV traveling north on I-65 in Warren County struck a motorcycle driven by Charles Shrive, 63, of Highland Heights.
Sams' vehicle rear-ended Shrive's motorcycle, according to state police, throwing Shrive from the vehicle.
Sams then allegedly drove over the motorcycle and Shrive without stopping. Shrive was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man guilty in fatal crash
Bowling Green: Four days before his scheduled trial, Randy Ostrihon pleaded guilty in Warren Circuit Court on Friday to murder based on wanton conduct, first-degree assault and driving under the influence in a fatal collision with a motorcycle last year.
Ostrihon, 41, of Elizabethtown admitted to being behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck a motorcycle between Bowling Green and Glasgow on Oct. 10, 2008.
Dawn Hatridge, 54, of Bowling Green, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville from injuries suffered in the accident. The driver of the motorcycle, Phillip Bishop, sustained three fractured cervical vertebrae and was rendered a quadriplegic.
A blood-alcohol test showed Ostrihon's blood-alcohol level to be 0.17, more than twice the legal limit for drivers.
Man sentenced in guns case
Covington: A Vanceburg man has been sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison for attempting to buy a firearm by making false statements on ATF forms. Donald Dyer, 32, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. Judge Henry Wilhoit.
Dyer falsely denied having a prior conviction for domestic violence. He also claimed to be the true purchaser of the firearm when he was, in fact, attempting to buy it on behalf of another person.
Man admits selling firearms
Covington: A Catlettsburg man was sentenced to four years in prison after admitting to selling more than 200 firearms as an unlicensed gun dealer over the course of at least five years.
Gary Russell, 57, also admitted to selling stolen firearms and to having an illegal machine gun and short-barreled rifle at his home.
He will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and will forfeit his interest in the seized firearms, according to James A. Zerhusen, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Hotel might be imploded
Owensboro: Although contractors had planned on clawing down the Executive Inn Rivermont, the option of bringing down the building with an implosion is back on the drawing board.
City Operations Manager Tony Cecil said Friday the contractor hired to tear down the dilapidated hotel has been approached by The Learning Channel about the possibility of demolishing the building by implosion. The Learning Channel wants to film the implosion.
staff, wire reports