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Corbin man found dead along road

Authorities are investigating the death of a Corbin man whose body was found along Happy Hollow Road in Laurel County on Sunday, according to Kentucky State Police. The victim was identified as Devin R. Overbey, 26. State Police at the London post, who were contacted about the body shortly after 10 a.m., said the cause of death had not been determined. Autopsy results were pending. Police asked that anyone who has information regarding the case contact them at (606) 878-6622.


Police chief trains in Israel

Lexington police Chief Ronnie Bastin is learning advanced counterterrorism strategies in Israel as part of a weeklong program organized by the Anti-Defamation League, ADL officials recently announced. Bastin has joined more than a dozen police chiefs from major U.S. cities to learn various strategies from their Israeli counterparts to prevent terrorist attacks. The police chiefs are expected to return to the United States on Monday. On Wednesday, the police chiefs observed a training exercise involving an Israeli police counterterrorism SWAT Team in Holon, near Tel Aviv. The chiefs also have learned about techniques that Israel has developed to maintain safety, including surveillance of malls and city streets and security procedures at airports. Other cities with representatives in the program include Bethesda, Md.; Durham, N.C.; Green Bay and Madison, Wis.; Mesa and Scottsdale, Ariz.; Miami; Mobile, Ala.; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Tucker, Ga., and Virginia Beach, Va.


Truck accident kills driver

An accident on I-64 in Franklin County Sunday killed the driver of a tractor-trailer rig, according to John Lile, a dispatcher at the Kentucky State Police post in Frankfort. State police got a call for assistance from the Franklin County sheriff's office in the matter shortly after 6 p.m. A tractor-trailer rig ran off I-64 and came to rest against a rock wall, killing the driver, Lile said. The accident was on the westbound side of I-64 at the 54-mile marker, just outside of Frankfort, he said. It was not known whether Sunday's high winds were a factor in the crash.


Rising gas prices investigated

Attorneys general in Florida and North Carolina are issuing subpoenas to determine whether gas stations in their respective states are gouging customers with price increases after Hurricane Ike struck the Texas coast. Officials in other Southern states activated anti-price gouging laws or warned consumers to be on the lookout for unreasonable gasoline price increases. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's office announced Sunday that it had issued subpoenas seeking invoices to justify price increases at three separate chains around the state. Those brands are supplied by independent distributors. A spokeswoman for North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said subpoenas would be mailed beginning Monday to determine whether some stations are engaging in price gouging. His action, announced Saturday, followed word from Gov. Mike Easley, who on Friday declared a state of "abnormal market disruption" and signed an order allowing Cooper to enforce North Carolina's anti-gouging law. McCollum issued the subpoenas after receiving more than 350 complaints about gasoline price gouging over a four-day period. Said McCollum: "Passing along a justifiable increase in cost to consumers is legal, but we will not tolerate gouging for greed."

Staff, wire reports