Former coroner killed in mowing accident
Former Knox County Coroner Jerry Garland was killed Sunday in a mowing accident near Barbourville. Garland was on a riding mower, cutting grass on an embankment, when the vehicle started sliding down the embankment, according to Kentucky State Police in Harlan. The mower nose-dived off the embankment and struck a ditch line. The vehicle landed on top of Garland, causing extensive head and internal injuries, state police said. The accident occurred between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Hampton Funeral Home in Barbourville is handling arrangements, which are incomplete.
Man shot to death by police doing welfare check
Two troopers have been placed on leave after a shooting in Knott County left one man dead, a Kentucky State Police spokesman said. Trooper Tony Watts of the Hazard post said the shooting late Saturday night began as a welfare check on Mousie resident Linda Sizemore. Watts said in a news release that when troopers Joel Abner and Randall Riley arrived at Sizemore's residence, Charles Edward Sizemore, 63, pulled out a handgun. Watts said gunfire was exchanged and Charles Sizemore was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knott County coroner. He said both Abner and Riley were not injured. They are both four-year veterans with the state police. The investigation is continuing.
Sewer inspections begin
Contractors for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Division of Water Quality will be conducting sanitary-sewer inspections and cleaning during the week of May 11-15 in neighborhoods throughout the city. A team of technicians will place cleaning and video inspection equipment into sanitary-sewer manholes either in the roadways or in open spaces. The technicians will be identified with name tags. Signs will be provided in the areas of the inspections. Notification will be made at least three days before the work occurs and will include directions to help mitigate pressurized water or sewer gas (blow-back) from entering households or businesses via the plumbing system.
Flu hotline remains open
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will continue to address public concerns about influenza A H1N1 ("swine flu") by keeping its flu hotline in operation. The hotline will remain open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with calls being monitored on weekends. Callers attempting to reach the hotline after hours will hear a recorded message asking them to leave a name and phone number for a return call. Anyone with questions about symptoms, treatment and other general information on swine flu may call (859) 288-7529. The hotline has received 575 calls since April 27.
Pollution sources studied
A five-year study is about to begin in eastern Kentucky to look at the sources of pollution in the Triplett Creek watershed. Scientists at Morehead State University, along with state and federal agencies, are searching for non-point sources, or those that can't be traced to a single origin. The creek, along with Christy Creek and Dry Creek in the same watershed, has been designated as impaired by the Kentucky Division of Water.
Staff, wire reports