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Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Firefighters responded to a burning tanker trailer yesterday in Laurel County. The fire was called in initially as an illegal burn on Fariston Road. Firefighters from Lily Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and located the burning semi tanker trailer. Personnel determined the tanker had once been used to transport asphalt and was being cut up for scrap metal when the fire accidentally ignited due to residual asphalt that remained in the trailer. Firefighters battled heavy fire and smoke before they eventually put out the blaze. No injuries were reported in the fire. State Police did make one arrest at the scene for drug-related charges unrelated to the fire.



A Knox County woman will face fraud charges relating to a stolen card. Deputy Claude Hudson investigated after a woman reported the theft of her debit card. Deputy Hudson learned the card had been used to purchase items from several stores and had also been used to purchase a calling card for an inmate of the Clay County Detention Center. Phone records showed the call to order the calling card for the inmate came from the victim’s residence. Deputy Hudson learned the daughter of the victim was living in the home and had the opportunity to steal the debit card. 42-year-old Tina Mary Tuttle, of Girdler, was arrested and charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit or Debit Card. She was also wanted on two Knox County Arrest Warrants: One for Theft by Unlawful Taking and the other for Assault. Tina Tuttle was taken into custody and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.



A new partnership with two Kentucky universities will strengthen the state Medical Examiner’s Office, a vital step amid the deadly opioid epidemic and a national shortage of forensic doctors. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced the partnership with the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. Under the agreement, the Justice Cabinet will contract with the universities for forensic pathology services, combining resources for both autopsies and medical education. The move is expected to boost salaries for doctors, help improve recruitment and retention and help the cabinet avoid charging counties a fee for autopsies. Kentucky, like many other states, has struggled to recruit forensic pathologists in recent years due to the national shortage. Only about 500 forensic doctors are currently practicing across the country. At the same time, overdose deaths have continued to climb over the past decade, driving up demand for autopsies and toxicology tests. More than 1,400 Kentuckians died from an overdose in 2016.

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