Local, state news briefs

EMC named official security information provider of WEG

Lexington: EMC Corp., a developer of information infrastructure technology and solutions, will be the official security information provider of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. As a Games sponsor, EMC will provide the hardware, software, cameras and support services and staff to enhance security measures. Support services include camera design and placement, as well as a staffed temporary control center on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, where the Games will be held Sept. 25-Oct. 10.

The Horse Park will have the option to buy the equipment after the Games are over. Overall security plans for the Games and Central Kentucky are being overseen by the Kentucky State Police.

Officer remembers two Fort Campbell soldiers killed

Clarksville, Tenn.: An officer remembered two Fort Campbell soldiers killed last week as the first to cheer up his battle buddies and a leader that others strived to emulate. Pfc. Jason Kropat and Sgt. Jonathan Richardson were killed Tuesday in Khost province in Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked their unit. Both were in C Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

The Leaf-Chronicle reported that 1st Lt. John Limauro, the company's executive officer, said Kropat was "always quick with a joke when everyone was down and the situation was undesirable." Limauro said Richardson's professionalism and appearance set the standard for others to follow.

Police say guns smuggled from Kentucky to Canada

Louisville: Federal agents say they have busted a gun-smuggling operation that took weapons from Kentucky across the border into Canada. According to WLKY-TV in Louisville, 22 arrests were made last week after undercover detectives in Windsor, Canada, bought illegal guns in a hotel parking lot. Law enforcement officers on both sides of the border, including agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives out of Louisville were involved in the investigation.

Regina Lombardo, a special agent with the ATF in Canada, said agents had traced a gun crime back to Kentucky and realized there was a connection to the United States. In addition to the guns, authorities seized several vehicles, $400,000 worth of cocaine and $75,000 in cash.

Man pleads guilty to murders for second time

A Kentucky man whose guilty pleas in two murders were thrown out by a federal judge has pleaded guilty again during his trial. Michael Jennings was serving two life sentences for the 1994 murders, but in December 2009, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson ruled Jennings' lawyer at the time performed so poorly that his client's guilty pleas to the murders were unconstitutional.

His current lawyer, Sheila Seadler, told The Courier-Journal that on Thursday, four days into the new trial, Jennings asked to plead guilty to the murders of Toriano Oldham and Federick Crook. Jennings was 14 at the time of the murders. He now faces 30 to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in May.

Man injured in wreck last week dies

Owensboro: An Owensboro man injured Wednesday night in a collision on U.S. 60 East near Bark Cove died Thursday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, according to law enforcement.

Lt. Col. Jeff Jones, chief deputy with the Daviess County Sheriff's Department, said John Hartgrove, 73, of the 1200 block of Castlewood Place died of his injuries at Vanderbilt following a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by Stephen Wink, 45, of the 6500 block of Sutherlin Lane. Wink was treated at Owensboro Medical Health System and released Thursday. Jones said it appeared Hartgrove was suffering a diabetic emergency, which caused the fatal collision. Alcohol is not suspected as a factor.

County parks stock up on trout, catfish

Lakes in three county parks in northwestern Kentucky are being stocked with thousands of rainbow trout and catfish. Dane Balsman, urban fisheries biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, told the Messenger-Inquirer that the trout and catfish are big enough to be caught. The parks — Yellow Creek, Panther Creek and Jack C. Fisher — are among 29 public lakes the state is stocking this year. The lake stocking is part of the state's "Fishing in Neighborhoods" program, which began in 2006.

Autopsy shows missing woman drowned

Madisonville: An autopsy showed that a missing woman who was found Thursday drowned, Daviess County Coroner Bob Howe said. The autopsy, which was conducted in Madisonville on Friday morning, determined that Janet Schartung, 66, of the 3600 block of Forward Pass drowned in Blackford Creek, where a Kentucky State Police helicopter searching for her located her body on Thursday, Howe said.

Schartung was reported missing Wednesday, and a search for her in the Maceo area, to which her cell phone was traced, turned up her body Thursday afternoon. Howe said it appears that Schartung, 66, simply fell into the creek and drowned.

A toxicology report will be due in a few weeks, Howe said. In the meantime, Howe said he is ruling the death accidental, as Schartung had no other injuries and there was no information to suggest otherwise.

staff, wire reports