News in Brief

State officials warn of electric shock drowning danger

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky officials are warning boaters about a danger known as electric shock drowning.

Kentucky State Parks and the state Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction say electric shock drowning happens when faulty wiring, equipment or damaged cords on a boat or dock energize surrounding water. The current is enough to paralyze the muscles of a nearby swimmer, causing them to drown, or in some cases electrocuting the swimmer.

The agencies say people should avoid swimming in the water at marinas, where boats often plug into electric pedestals for power. Also, make sure all electrical devices on your boat are working properly. If a problem is suspected, contact a certified electrical inspector immediately.

If you believe an electric shock drowning is taking place, turn off the power, throw a life ring into the water and call 911. Do not jump in the water.


Gov. Bevin creates an economic development position

FRANKFORT (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has created a new position in the Cabinet for Economic Development that comes with an annual salary of $250,000 to improve workforce development strategies.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Economic Development Secretary Terry R. Gill and the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board named Vivek Sarin as an executive officer in the cabinet on Monday. Gill and Sarin will earn the same salary.

Gill says the goal is to make Kentucky a national leader in engineering and manufacturing. Sarin led Shelby Industries LLC, a manufacturer of towing and trailer equipment that closed recently. He is the president of a professional services firm and has contributed to Bevin’s campaigns.

State Democratic Party spokesman Daniel Lowry said Sarin’s salary was an affront to state workers who haven’t received raises.


Jailer: Inmate gives birth in cell, baby doing well

FRANKFORT (AP) — A Kentucky jailer says a pregnant inmate has given birth in her cell and the baby is doing well.

Franklin County Jailer Rick Rogers told The State Journal that deputy jailers and medical staff discovered during rounds Tuesday morning that the inmate, who was 8 months pregnant, had given birth. Rogers said the mother and baby were taken to the hospital and the baby boy appears to be healthy.

The newspaper cited court documents that identified the inmate as 28-year-old Kelsey G. Love of New Albany, Indiana.

Love is charged with receiving stolen property and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It wasn’t immediately clear whether she has an attorney.


UofL planting hemp for energy research

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The University of Louisville is planting two types of industrial hemp and another fiber call kenaf to research their potential as renewable energy resources.

A statement from the university says the crops are being planted at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to support biofuels research that uses Kentucky-grown plants. It will be part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.

Greg Postel, interim president of UofL, says researchers are seeking “unusual answers to renewable energy questions.”

The research will focus on the potential for the crops to fulfill energy needs and become a replacement source for fibers, biofuels and other chemical production.


Lt. Gov. Hampton to honor 3 fallen officers

RICHMOND (AP) — Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton is speaking at a ceremony to honor Kentucky’s fallen police officers.

Three officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, one dating back to the 1800s, will be honored at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony. The May 23 event will be at the memorial monument site at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Kentucky had no officers killed in the line of duty in 2016. The three officers to be honored died in past years, and were recently added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

The officers to be honored are Oldham County Officer Charles David Howley, Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Bowman and Versailles Officer George Freeman. Freeman was shot to death in 1883. Bowman died in 1932 and Howley in 2014.


Southern Indiana police department to resume body camera use

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana police department plans to have its officers resume using body cameras after dropping them last year amid concerns about costs and privacy issues.

The Clarksville Town Council on Tuesday approved $73,000 for three years’ worth of equipment, storage and software that police say is necessary to comply with Indiana’s law on handling police video.

The News and Tribune reports the contract includes 50 cameras, redaction software and online space to store the videos for 370 days.

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer says he expects officers in the town just north of Louisville, Kentucky, will be using the cameras again within three months. He says the department must finalize policies for what officers will film and they must also undergo training.


Police: Man arrested for taking photos of a girl changing

BURLINGTON (AP) — A former high school swim coach has been arrested after authorities say he took photos of a girl while she was changing clothes in a restroom.

News outlets report 53-year-old Mark Fowler was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor and four counts of possessing or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Boone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Scheben says Fowler set up his camera in video mode and took multiple pictures of the girl. He then uploaded the images to a SmugMug account.

Fowler worked as an assistant swim coach at Ryle High School. He was fired when the school board was informed about the arrest on Monday.

It’s unclear if Fowler has an attorney.


Principal to be interim superintendent of Ky. district

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The largest school district in Kentucky has selected a high school principal to be its interim superintendent.

Local news outlets report Jefferson County Public Schools on Tuesday named Marty Pollio as its interim superintendent during the search to replace the current one retiring. Pollio is in his second school year as principal of Doss High School in Louisville and has been with the district since 1997.

Jefferson County’s education board unanimously voted to appoint 45-year-old Pollio, and both acknowledged the “unorthodox” move to put a principal in a superintendent role.

The education board says Pollio will act as head of Jefferson County schools until superintendent Donna Hargens resigns on July 1.

Kentucky laws limit an acting superintendent to a six-month appointment that can be renewed once for an additional three.


Louisville landmarks work together to attract tourists

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Eight landmarks in Louisville are working together to promote history and attract tourists.

Officials say the sites have united to form National Historic Landmarks of Louisville. The group comprises Actors Theatre, Belle of Louisville, Churchill Downs’ Twin Spires, Life-Saving Station #10, Locust Grove, Louisville Water Company Pumping Station No.1 and Water Tower, the U.S. Marine Hospital and Zachary Taylor’s Boyhood Home.

National Historic Landmarks of Louisville says in a statement that it is encouraging people to visit all six sites that are currently open to the public to learn about their historical significance and then post about the experience on social media.

Two of the sites — the U.S. Marine Hospital and the Zachary Taylor Boyhood Home — are closed to the public.

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