A Williamsburg woman, who is already serving time in prison for the death of her grandmother, isn't facing an additional homicide charge. A Whitley County Grand Jury ruled Monday morning that there was not enough evidence to indict Michelle Loy for murder in connection with the 2010 death of her husband, Gary Loy. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said that Michelle Loy was on the run from authorities when Gary Loy died, and that she waited several hours before calling police. Bird said a state medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was drug toxicity but the toxicologist ruled there were no lethal drugs in his system at the time of his death. Reportedly Gary Loy had swelling in his brain at the time of his death, which is consistent with blunt force trauma. Because of conflicting evidence, Bird said police didn't think there was enough evidence to charge Michelle Loy with a crime, and the grand jury ruling closes the case. Loy was originally charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 21, 2010, death of her grandmother, Georgia Dotson, 76. Dotson was living with Loy at the time of her death and was bedfast.
A man accused of murdering his own son has been indicted by a grand jury. Middlesboro Police say 51-year-old Garry Baker, Jr. stabbed his 24-year-old son Joshua Baker to death in February. Earlier this week he pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Bell County Circuit Court. Police say he stabbed his son to death during an argument. Baker, Jr. has claimed self-defense. The judge set a pre-trial conference for May 19th.
This past winter cost the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet more than $68 million. State officials say more than 420,000 tons of salt was used to keep roads clear across the Commonwealth. That's compared to 194,000 tons the prior winter. Officials say the costly winter will result in less money for some spring maintenance projects across the state.
A local man died from injuries he suffered in a crash earlier this month. On April 15th, Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies say 23 year old Cameron Harville lost control of his car on Wyan Road. He died Sunday night at UK Hospital. A passenger in his car, 23 year old Michael Cornett, was also injured in the crash.
A Whitley County judge sentenced a Corbin man to 12 years in prison for the death of his daughter's boyfriend. Officials say William "Bill" Cox was found guilty of first degree manslaughter and two counts of wanton endangerment for the death of 21 year old Ryan Abner in August 2012 in Whitley County. Police say Cox shot Abner several times. The Commonwealth's Attorney says the judge imposed the jury's sentence recommendation and sentenced Cox to 12 years for all charges. He has a 1.5 year credit for time served.
According to Police in Whitley County a man was jailed after they say he stabbed his step-son. Officers say 53 year old Kenneth Rich stabbed 18 year old Brandon Lyons following an argument in a car near the Canadatown Community. They says Rich pulled Lyons out of the car and stabbed him in the ribs, then cut him on the neck and wrist. Rich was then arrested on Friday when he was found at home. He was charged with assault. Lyons was released from the hospital.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a DUI arrest following a safety checkpoint stop on Kentucky 312 in Laurel County. Officers arrested 29 year old Stephen Williams when they detected a strong smell of alcohol on Williams. Williams reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest. He was charged with DUI and possession of open alcoholic containers. Williams was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Dozens of high-quality collector's items left over from Richie Farmer's tenure as Agriculture Commissioner are going on the auction block next month. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife resources will sell 13 Remington rifles and 16 case knives during an auction on May 5th. The were specially engraved and intended as gifts for state agriculture commissioners and their top aides. Proceeds will help fund an urban garden project to be announced later this year.
A man who admitted to driving drunk and causing the death of a young Pulaski County man was sentenced to prison Thursday. William Wesley was back in court for his sentencing after admitting to manslaughter in the death of Jacob Ebenstein. Wesley was sentenced to 12 and a half years after pleading guilty to manslaughter and criminal mischief charges. 19-year-old Ebenstein had just left work and was on his way home. He was killed after his motorcycle collided with Wesley's vehicle. Evidence would have come out in the trial that Wesley's blood alcohol level was way over the legal limit. Per Kentucky law, Wesley will only have to serve 20 per cent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
Fruit Of The Loom has announced it will close its plant in Jamestown, Kentucky. They plan to move operations to Honduras. The closure will result in 600 jobs lost in Russell County. The phase out is scheduled to begin in June. Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson said, "It hurts, it's going to be tough." The Judge-Executive says the effect will go much deeper when you consider the economic impact to the area. Robertson says he has already reached out to Govenor Steve Beshear, looking for a solution and hoping for a replacement. Fruit Of The Loom says they have given all of the affected employees a 60-day notice.