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Somerset boy, 15,hit, killed by train

Somerset police have identified the youth hit and killed by a train Saturday night as Christopher Johnson, 15, of Somerset. Johnson and another boy were walking on railroad tracks in the city about 9 p.m. when a northbound train approached. The other boy moved off the tracks in time, but Johnson did not. He was dead when police found his body near the tracks about a half-hour later.

Bell County

ATV accident kills man

A Kettle Island man died early Saturday after driving his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle off the road and into a tree in Bell County. Robert W. Hoskins, 45, crashed about 1:45 a.m. in Mill Creek Hollow off Ky. 221, according to the Bell County sheriff's department, which is investigating. Hoskins died at the scene. A toxicology test is pending.


Fatality apparent hit and run

Kentucky State Police are investigating an apparent hit-and-run in Johnson County that killed a man early Sunday. Police found the body of Mark Little, 37, of Staffordsville about 3:30 a.m., lying in the middle of Ky. 172. Police said there were no witnesses or vehicles at the scene. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the state police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555.


Funeral director sues church

The Archdiocese of Louisville and a priest are being sued by a Nelson County funeral home director. Ron Rust, a funeral home director in New Haven, says a new church policy will interfere with his business coordinating funerals. The Rev. Jeffrey Leger, pastor at St. Catherine Church, has a new policy that funeral directors must work with him when planning services at his church. Rust is seeking monetary damages from the priest and the archdiocese. Spokeswoman Cecilia Price says the archdiocese doesn't comment on pending lawsuits.


Mine jobs draw hundreds

New mining jobs in Western Kentucky are drawing hundreds of workers to Union County. Alliance Resource partners L.P. of Tulsa, which owns the River View Mine near Uniontown, said it expects to develop an underground mining complex with up to eight continuous mining units that would produce up to 6.4 million tons of coal a year and employ about 600 people at the underground mine.

Staff, wire reports