(LONDON, KY.) – On Saturday July 06, 2014 at approximately 9:48 PM the Pulaski County 911 center received a call of a reckless driver on KY, HWY 80 in Somerset. The vehicle was described as a white BMW convertible. Shortly after a Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement Officer observed the BMW operating in a reckless manner on KY, 80 and activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle and the operator of the BMW later identified as Lonnie S. Walls, 50, of Smyrna, TN accelerated and continued traveling west on KY, 80.
A vehicle pursuit was initiated and Walls continued traveling west on KY, 80 for approximately (2) miles were he lost control of his vehicle and struck another motorist traveling in the same direction causing Walls to strike the concrete curb damaging his vehicle. After his vehicle came to a rest Lonnie Walls exited his vehicle armed with a handgun and shot himself in the head.
Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroners Office from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
KSP Detective Billy Correll is continuing the investigation and was assisted by KSP Detective Ryan Loudermilk, Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement, Somerset Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.
Altro, KY- (KSP Press Release) On Thursday July 3rd, 2014 KSP Post 13 was notified of a single vehicle collision which occurred at 1032 Miller Branch Barwick Rd in the Altro community of Breathitt County.
Trooper Randall Coots was dispatched to the scene and through his investigation determined a 1993 Ford Explorer which was operated by Jordan White, age 20 was traveling north bond along Miller Branch Barwick Road when the vehicle dropped off the right shoulder of the road, the driver 0vercorrected and lost control striking a tree causing the vehicle to overturn. The operator of the vehicle along with a passenger Felix Randolph White were airlifted to the Pikeville Medical Center. A second passenger Ashley Herald, Age 19 was transported to the Hazard ARH. Felix Randolph White, age 47 of Altro, KY who was not wearing a seat belt later died at Pikeville Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased by the Pike County Coroners Office. Trooper Randall Coots is in charge of the accident investigation.
Wildcats to play three international opponents over six games in Nassau
NASSAU, Bahamas – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, the 2014 NCAA Division I national runner-up, will face international teams from the Dominican Republic, France and Puerto Rico during a foreign tour – named the Big Blue Bahamas tour – from August 10-17 in the Bahamas.
Kentucky will play the Dominican Republic national team, the Puerto Rico national team reserves and French first-division club team Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket, twice each over an eight-day span at Nassau’s 2,500-seat Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium, recently renovated in the spring of 2014. The Dominican Republic team will use the games against Kentucky as a tune-up for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which begins in late August. The Dominican Republic is No. 26 in the current FIBA World Rankings.
NCAA rules allow for a foreign tour by an intercollegiate team once every four academic years. Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas tour is a joint venture between Complete Sports Management and the Bahamas Basketball Federation.
“We are thrilled to bring together top basketball teams from all over the world and showcase it at such a beautiful setting,” said Complete Sports Management President Lea Miller. “It is always a pleasure working with the Bahamas Basketball Federation, and we are very appreciative of their support. The University of Kentucky is truly one of the most dominant programs in college basketball, and it will be fun to watch them compete on this global stage against teams from the Dominican Republic, France and Puerto Rico.”
The Wildcats, 29-11 a season ago, will open the tour on Sunday, August 10 against the Puerto Rico reserves at 5 pm ET. The next day, UK will face Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket at 1 pm ET. Tuesday, August 12, Kentucky will play the Puerto Rico reserves for the second time at 1 pm ET.
After a day off on Wednesday, August 13, Kentucky will face the Dominican Republic on August 14 at 5 pm ET. The second game against Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket will be played either August 15 or 16 (date to be determined) at 1 pm ET. Kentucky will finish the tour on Sunday, August 17 against the Dominican Republic at Noon ET.
“We are excited to make the trip to the Bahamas for our foreign tour,” said Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who will begin his sixth season as the Wildcats’ head coach. “Working with Lea and Mason Miller has been a pleasure. My goal is for our team to grow together, to learn about one another, to have fun and to compete against teams that will stretch us out. These teams should be a challenge that will let us really see where we are at this point. But again, learning and having fun will be the emphasis of the trip. It’s another opportunity for us to fail fast.”
“The Bahamas Basketball Federation is delighted to have a team such as Kentucky embrace our shores,” said Bahamas Basketball Federation Vice President Mario Bowleg. “We know that Kentucky will bring a high level of basketball performance with lots of excitement for our Bahamian basketball fans to experience. We take this opportunity to thank Ms. Lea Miller and her team, whom have worked closely with the Federation, to bring such an elite group to our shores, not just to play basketball but to bond as a unit and experience paradise all at the same time.”
Fan travel packages for Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas tour will be available. For more information, visit ukfantravel.com. To book travel packages, please call 1-855-UKBBALL (1-855-852-2255). Only those who book through the Big Blue Bahamas tour travel company will have access to tickets.
KENTUCKY BIG BLUE TOUR SCHEDULE
(all games at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium)
Sunday, August 10: Puerto Rico Reserve Team…………………………….. 5 pm ET
Monday, August 11: Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket……………… 1 pm ET
Tuesday, August 12: Puerto Rico Reserve Team…………………………….. 1 pm ET
Wednesday, August 13: OFF DAY
Thursday, August 14: Dominican Republic National Team………………. 5 pm ET
Friday, August 15 OR: Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket……………… 1 pm ET
Saturday, August 16:
Sunday, August 17: Dominican Republic National Team………………. Noon ET
About Complete Sports Management: Complete Sports Management is an all-encompassing sports marketing agency, led by founder and president Lea Miller. The core capabilities of the agency include the creation of sporting events, event management, sponsorship and hospitality package sales and ticket promotion.
Through Miller’s global connections, she seized the opportunity to take collegiate sports outside of the United States by putting together a preseason college basketball tournament, Battle 4 Atlantis, held in Paradise Island, Bahamas. In its first three years, Battle 4 Atlantis has turned into the most successful preseason men’s Division I college basketball tournament in history, while providing unprecedented exposure for both the Atlantis Resort and the Bahamas. Miller has also negotiated sponsorship agreements and media contracts with ESPN, NBC Sports Network and AXS TV.
In 2014, Complete Sports Management will bring the Bahamas’ first college football FBS postseason bowl game, the inaugural Bahamas Bowl on December 24, 2014, featuring teams from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. For more information on Complete Sports Management, visit www.cs-mgmt.com.
(Winchester, Ky.) — On May 7, 2014 at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Linville Strange, 45, of Winchester, Ky., on charges related to child pornography. Strange is charged with 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor- 1st offense.
This arrest was the result of an ongoing, nation-wide Internet Crimes Against Children investigation by HSI and the KSP Electronic Crime Branch. HSI agents in Arizona began investigating in January after they discovered a suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation.
Investigators contacted Strange at his residence in Winchester. After an investigation, Strange was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Clark County Detention Center. A full forensic examination of the evidence is pending and the investigation is ongoing by KSP Det. Josh Lawson and HSI Special Agent Mike Romagnoli.
Fans who were disappointed in this years Wildcats, that is until they made their NCAA Tourney run, will have yet another Calapari team loaded with talent and high expectations from BIG BLUE NATION. UK was expected to lose as many as 6 players to the NBA this year, but only Randle and Young decided to forego their college careers and move on to the NBA.
The Harrison twins were the final piece to fall into place in next years star studded team filled with McDonalds All-Americans. Along with the “Twins”, Willie Cauley Stein, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee & Alex Poythress all are coming back. That coupled with big man Karl Towns, Guards Ulis and Booker along with Trey Lyles, Dominque Hawkins & Derek Willis, UK is as deep as anyone in the country and have the tournament experience to beat anyone in the Country.
Kentucky will be one of the biggest if not the biggest team in the country with Johnson, Stein and Towns up front and the Harrison twins in the back court. How many teams in the NCAA would like to have Ulis, Poythress, Lee, Booker, Hawkins, Willis or Lyles starting for them, lit alone coming off the bench? UK has at least 12 players than can start for 95% of the teams in the country.
Calipari’s biggest problem next season appears to be how to play everyone and who to fit in with Stein, Johnson and the twins. The Wildcats have been in 2 Championship games, won one of those, 3 Final Fours and one Elite Eight, all in 5 short seasons at UK. No other team in the Nation can even come close to those lofty achievements. Once again, UK is expected to make a deep Tournament run and quite possibly their 9th NCAA Championship.
Below are Press Releases for UK players making announcements on their future with the Wildcats.
Harrisons to Return for Sophomore Seasons
Freshman guards join Cauley-Stein, Lee, Johnson and Poythress among returnees
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, they announced Friday.
Aaron Harrison started all 40 games for the Wildcats during the 2013-14 season and averaged 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He knocked down three of UK’s all-time most memorable shots in three consecutive games in helping UK past Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament to reach the national championship contest.
“I’m coming back for a second season in large part because last year’s title run was special, but we still have unfinished business,” Aaron Harrison said.
Andrew Harrison started 39 games for UK and poured in 10.9 points and added 4.0 assists per game. He dished out three or more assists in seven of UK’s final nine games. His-20 point performance led all Wildcat scorers in an upset of No. 1 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m returning for my sophomore season because I want to win a national title.” Andrew Harrison said.
“I’m excited about Aaron and Andrew’s decision to return for next season,” head coach John Calipari said. “Their postseason play was a result of the improvement they made all season and displayed what they’re capable of doing on the court. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with them during the summer and watch them lead next year’s team.”
Sophomores Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and fellow freshmen Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee have already announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season.
With the announcement of the Harrisons, Kentucky is set to return 67 percent of its assists (300), 65 percent of minutes played, 59 percent of its scoring (1,773) and 54 percent of its rebounds (872) produced from its Final Four squad.
Additional returnees include freshmen Dominque Hawkins, Derek Willis and EJ Floreal, who all saw action this season. The Wildcats will also welcome the No. 2 rated recruiting class in the nation that sports four McDonald’s All-America and Jordan Brand Classic players in Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis.
Johnson to Return for Sophomore Season
Freshman center joins Cauley-Stein, Lee and Poythress among returnees
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman center Dakari Johnson will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday.
“After looking at the information provided to me by Coach Cal and the NBA committee, my family and I made the decision for me to return to UK for my sophomore year,” Johnson said. “Returning to school allows me to build on my leadership skills, improve my individual basketball strength and conditioning skills, and have another opportunity to accomplish one of my individual goals: winning an NCAA national championship in college.”
The 7-foot center started 18 of Kentucky’s last 20 games, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game during that stretch. Johnson tallied nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds in UK’s postseason-opening win over LSU in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
“I’m happy to have Dakari back with us for next season,” head coach John Calipari said. “Despite being the youngest player on the team this season, he continued to improve every day on the court and it showed. We look forward to seeing his improvement over the summer and throughout next year.”
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native grabbed six or more rebounds four times during UK’s postseason run, while shooting better than 62 percent from the field during the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomores Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and fellow freshman Marcus Lee have already announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season.
Poythress to Return for Junior Season
Sophomore forward joins Cauley-Stein and Lee among returnees
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore forward Alex Poythress will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday.
“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I’m NBA-ready before I make that jump,” Poythress said. “By coming back, I’ll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level.”
The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in helping lead the Wildcats to the NCAA title game. He shot better than 68 percent from the field in the NCAA Tournament, including an eight-point, seven-rebound performance in the Final Four against Wisconsin.
“I’m excited for Alex and the decision he’s arrived at,” head coach John Calipari said. “I’m proud of the work he committed to this past season, on and off the floor, and think he’s ready to take that next step and lead this team next season.”
The Clarksville, Tenn., native tallied a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) in UK’s season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down 12 rebounds two games later against second-ranked Michigan State.
Fellow sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman Marcus Lee announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season last week.
Lee to Return for Sophomore Season
Freshman forward joins Cauley-Stein among returnees
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman forward Marcus Lee will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, it was announced Friday.
“I’ve really enjoyed my college experience and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player,” Lee said. “Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year.”
The 6-foot-9 forward was called upon in Kentucky’s Final Four run and he answered the call with a 10-point, eight-rebound, two-block performance in the Elite Eight against Michigan. He finished the tournament shooting 70 percent from the field and was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team.
“I’m excited for Marcus and think he’s barely scratched the surface of what he’s capable of,” head coach John Calipari said. “In addition to his athleticism and the energy level he brings, the experience he gained in the NCAA Tournament this year will be immeasurable for us next season.”
The Antioch, Calif., native tallied 17 points in UK’s season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down a then-career-high six rebounds against Northern Kentucky.
The NBA Early Entry deadline is at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, April 27.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2014) — Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in a sweepstakes being held through Facebook in May. The contest runs from 12 a.m. on May 1 through 12 a.m. on June 1.
To enter, a Kentuckian must click on the orange graduate icon on the KHEAA Facebook page, answer one question about college, and “like” KHEAA on Facebook. KHEAA will not share or sell any personal information to a third party.
Only Kentucky residents are eligible. Prior winners are not eligible. Employees of KHEAA or its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), and their immediate family members are not eligible.
The drawing will be held in early June, and the winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond by email within three calendar days to receive the iPad. If no response is received within three days, another winner will be drawn.
By: Tyrus York – The #3 seeded UK Hoops team accomplished something Monday night that was a first for the program. By defeating #6 seed Syracuse 64-59, they advanced to their 3rd straight Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
The win did not come easy for the Cats, especially after their near 50 point romp over Wright State on Saturday. The offense slowed to a near halt Monday night, shooting only 36.2% behind 21-58 shooting.
The good news was that the Kentucky defense stepped up and limited Syracuse to only 33.3% from the field. The Wildcats also forced Syracuse into 23 turnovers which included 15 steals.
The Orange presented a different matchup for the Cats with more size down low than Kentucky seemed to be ready for. Many of their misses came from inside the paint on missed layups. Syracuse was also able to out rebound the Cats 41-38.
Despite the size of Syracuse, Kentucky’s DeNesha Stallworth was very effective, going for 13 points and 6 rebounds. She gave the Wildcats consistency down low while the other post players struggled offensively.
Samarie Walker was one of those players that struggled, scoring only 1 point, but she made her presence known on the glass grabbing 7 rebounds.
Bria Goss was the leading scorer for the Cats with 17 points as she overcame a 3-7 shooting performance by knocking down 11-12 from the free throw line. Most of those free throws were down the stretch to put the game away for Kentucky.
Senior Kastine Evans provided a much needed lift on the otherwise cold shooting night for the Cats hitting 3-4 from the three point line.
Syracuse was without their leading scorer in Brittany Sykes as she went down with a knee injury in the first round on Saturday. That no doubt limited the Orange, but players like Brianna Butler (15 pts), Briana Day (13 pts), and Alexis Peterson (12 pts) all stepped up to keep the game close.
Kentucky will play Baylor in the Sweet 16 in what will be a rematch of one of the most epic games in women’s basketball history. The two teams met on December 6 in a 4 overtime game that ended up being a 133-130 Kentucky win.
That game is scheduled to tip off Saturday at noon in South Bend, Indiana in the Notre Dame region.
If you feel that you are running a million miles an hour and it is exhausting you, you may not have learned the art of pacing yourself. A marathon runner learns that it is pointless to try to run at top speed throughout the race. Life should not be a marathon, but it can seem like one if we never take time to rest.
Unless our lives are incredibly simple, there is probably more for each of us to do in a day or a week than we could ever hope to accomplish. If we always focus on what we did not accomplish, as opposed to what we did do, then we create inner turmoil – everything from stress and anxiety to lowered self-esteem. The pace of modern life makes it easy to forget that the purpose of life is to BE, not to DO.
If things are getting hectically out of hand, it might be a good idea to call a time out. Leave the laundry or the paperwork, and just take a relaxing bath with or without a good book. If you are overscheduled in the evenings and weekends, take a week off from all commitments. If you were sick, you would have to miss things, and taking some pre-emptive rest and relaxation might avert that. If you are tired, go to bed two hours earlier than usual. It will produce the same result as if you were able to sleep in.
If you have become too serious about life, go out with friends and have fun. You see, the end of life will come, and we STILL won’t have everything done. It’s not about how fast we go, or how much we do – it is truly about how much we enjoy.
So pace yourself, and sprinkle plenty of enjoyment throughout your days.
Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist. For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca
(Frankfort, Ky.) —On April 1, Kentucky State Police telecommunicators started providing dispatching service to 131 Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Conservation Officers throughout the state.
According to Lt. Col. Jack Miniard, director of the KSP Operations Division, KDFWR approached KSP last fall regarding the new arrangement. “Conservation officers across the state were being dispatched from a central location in Frankfort,” he said. “They wanted to dispatch their officers from local KSP posts to enhance local law enforcement interaction and enhance safety for their officers.”
With a proven network of telecommunicators already in place at 16 posts throughout the state and one headquarters location, KSP was a logical and economical choice to provide communication services for KDFWR’s nine districts. “Communication distances are shorter and since KSP dispatchers live and work in the areas, they have better knowledge of the specific areas,” explains Miniard.
A pilot program initiated at KSP Post 15 in Columbia during February of this year to evaluate the arrangement went well. With a little extra training on KDFWR codes and procedures, KSP telecommunicators rose to the challenge and post technicians installed radios and vehicle repeaters in 140 KDFWR trucks and 60 boats.
“The new arrangement is a big win for all,” notes Miniard. “It enhances conservation officer safety and provides more situational awareness between KSP and KDFWR in the field, which has mutual benefits for officers of both agencies.”
KDFWR is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. Its officers patrol fields, forest lands, streams, lakes and rivers enforcing state and federal hunting, fishing and boating laws throughout the Commonwealth for resource protection and public safety. They also conduct drowning investigations, investigate and reconstruct boating accidents and perform rescue duties.
KSP employs 163 telecommunicators throughout the state. In 2013, they answered a total of 529,179 requests for assistance. Often called the “unsung heroes of public safety,” these men and women provide a lifeline to both citizens in need and officers in the field. They serve as an unseen, but vital link in keeping law enforcement officers and the public safe at all times of the day or night.
Raymond Joseph Gutt, 94, Jackson passed away Thursday, April 3, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Lillie Gutt of Jackson; one son, Ray Gutt of Florida; Marilyn Kontol of Florida. Memorial services Sat., April 5, 11:00AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Father Reynolds officiating. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.