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Preacher sought in rape of girl turns himself in

A Logan County preacher wanted in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl turned himself in to police early Sunday, WBKO-TV in Bowling Green reported. WBKO also reported that the FBI now is involved in the case, and that police think Jody Lusk, 35, faked his own disappearance. Lusk is the minister of Auburn Church of Christ. Police had earlier said that he picked up the girl after school Friday afternoon and brought her home Saturday afternoon. He had told his wife Friday that he was going fishing, then he sent her a text message with a license plate number and the words "Briggs Lake," according to the Logan County sheriff's department. Police found Lusk's empty canoe at the lake, and searched for him using cameras and sonar equipment Saturday morning.


Endangered rhino Emi, 21, dies at Cincinnati Zoo

An endangered Sumatran rhino has died at the Cincinnati Zoo, a setback to a program that successfully produced the first calves born in captivity in more than a century. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden said Emi (EM'-ee), which had been at the zoo for 14 years, died Saturday after appearing less energetic for several weeks. Emi produced three calves at the zoo, including Andalas, born in 2001, the first Sumatran rhino bred and born in captivity since 1889. Zoo director Thane Maynard said Emi led the way in the effort to establish a successful captive-breeding program for the critically endangered animal. The zoo plans tests on Emi to determine why she died.


Wayne County woman dies after shooting

A Wayne County woman who was shot in the Parnell community on Saturday died Sunday at the University of Kentucky Hospital, state police said. Samantha L. Rigney, 23, had been flown to UK after police found her at a house on Chestnut Oaks Road. The Fayette County coroner's office pronounced her dead Sunday. Richard E. Smith Jr., 50, of Wayne County, had been charged with first-degree assault. That charge was expected to be changed after Rigney's death.


Hardin woman dies after stepping into path of train

Kentucky State Police said a woman struck by a train in Hardin County has died. Wanda Murray, 61, was pronounced dead by the Hardin County coroner after stepping into the path of the train.


Foul play suspected in McCreary woman's death

A woman was found dead Saturday in a home in the Pine Knot community in McCreary County and foul play is suspected, state police said. Patricia A. Stephens, 61, was found in a house on Miriam Ross Road, police said. Her body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.


Woman killed walking on road

A woman who was killed Thursday while walking on the Audubon Parkway has been identified as DeAmra Williams, 23, of Owensboro. She was struck by a tractor-trailer that was changing lanes to avoid a red SUV parked on the shoulder west of Owensboro, police said.

STAFF, wire reports