1 man dead, another jailed in Paris stabbing
Paris: A Paris man is under arrest and charged with murder following a stabbing early Saturday.
Paris police said they arrested Billy R. Martin, 43, of 2327 Glenview Drive at his residence about 11:30 a.m. Officers had gone to the address to execute a search warrant, according to the police department.
Martin was lodged in the Bourbon County Detention Center.
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Police identified the victim as Derek D. Stockton, 30.
Police said they received a call about 2:15 a.m. Saturday stating there had been a stabbing at a Shannon Road address in Paris. Officers arrived there to find Stockton's body.
He had been stabbed three times in the torso, police said.
Man dies when impaled by wood after car hits fence
Jessamine County: A man died early Saturday morning after being impaled by a piece of wood when his vehicle crashed into a plank fence on Sulphur Well Road in Jessamine County, authorities said.
The Jessamine County Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Jerry Blakeman Jr., 29, of Jessamine County.
The sheriff's department said it received a call at about 5:50 a.m. Saturday. Deputies arrived on the scene to find Blakeman unresponsive on the ground next to his vehicle.
The incident remains under investigation, but the sheriff's department said Blakeman apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed it into a plank fence.
A board from the fence smashed through the windshield and impaled Blakeman in the chest, officials said.
Alcohol and rainy weather are suspected as contributing factors, the sheriff's department said. Blakeman is survived by a 5-year-old daughter, according to the sheriff's department.
Man killed when tree falls on top of him
Bowling Green: A Warren County man died when gusty winds blew a tree on top of him.
The Daily News of Bowling Green reported that David Waddell, 25, of Alvaton died Friday afternoon.
According to the Warren County Sheriff's Office, Waddell was mulching leaves in a friend's yard when a tree fell on him from behind, killing him.
The high winds and warm temperatures preceded a cold front bringing rain, but very little damage was reported.
Gary Dillard, president and CEO of Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corp., said that a portion of Edmonson County experienced a temporary power outage on Friday after a tree severed a power line due to winds.
New soccer courts to open in Valley Park
Lexington: A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday will celebrate the opening of three new soccer courts in Valley Park on Cambridge Drive. The courts were built through a public-private partnership between Cricket and the city's parks and recreation department.
Cricket paid for resurfacing and equipping the soccer courts and the park's one tennis court. Further improvements are planned for Valley Park over the next several months.
Councilwoman Peggy Henson, representatives from the surrounding neighborhoods, the city's parks, police and health departments will attend. The grand opening is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., with the ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m.
Vets' statue to be dedicated
Lexington: Central Baptist Hospital will dedicate a veterans' memorial statue by artist W. Stanley Proctor at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. The bronze sculpture is a tribute to the men and women who have served their country in the military, and all who are currently in uniform.
Major general Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general of the Kentucky National Guard ,will be among the speakers. The ceremony, open to the public, will be near the entrance to the hospital's Building E, at 1740 Nicholasville Road.
GE plans to close Western Kentucky plant
Owensboro: After 65 years in Owensboro, the General Electric Co. announced plans to close its local motors plant next year.
Matt Conkrite, a spokesman for the company's industrial business, told the Messenger-Inquirer on Friday that 109 employees will lose their jobs at the GE Motors Plant on Old Hartford Road.
Conkrite said the plant will close no earlier than Oct.31, 2010.
Still, Conkrite said they are encouraging employees to propose cost savings ideas that would allow the plant to stay open. Nick Brake, president of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp., said he'll be working to try to find incentives that could save the plant.
Company expects to hire 30
Morgantown: Butler County has landed some new jobs as a start-up company locates in Morgantown.
Blackhawk Composites, which manufactures aerospace parts, plans to open a production facility. The company will hire up to 30 or 40 workers, invest about $1 million and should be operating by the beginning of 2010, said Gary Smrtic, president and general manager of Blackhawk Composites.
"I really think that while there's a general economic downturn, there's still a very ripe opportunity for companies like us that are small," he said.
Groups stop alcohol petitions
Murray: Two groups organizing competing petition drives related to alcohol sales in Murray have ended their efforts.
Residents voted in 2000 to allow alcohol sales in restaurants. Recently, a group called "Keep It Local Murray" was soliciting signatures to allow packaged alcohol sales as well.
Another group then sprung up, called "Keep It Out of Murray," that was organizing a drive to repeal by-the-drink restaurant sales.
The Paducah Sun reported Saturday that the two groups settled their differences and both sides have dropped their efforts to get signatures.