Saturday, March 28, 2015

All state highways in county open

With floodwaters receding ever closer to below flood stage, all state highways and the Cave In Rock Ferry are now open in Crittenden County.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cave In Rock Ferry re-opening Saturday

This photo was taken the day the ferry
closed, earlier this month.
Floodwaters on the Ohio River have dropped sufficiently to allow the Cave In Rock Ferry to resume operation starting at 6 a.m., Saturday, March 28.

Rising floodwaters forced the ferry to halt operations March 12.  Ferry Operator Lonnie Lewis says the ferry crew has taken advantage of the break to perform maintenance and even do some painting on the boat and barge.

Trial recesses until Monday morning

Sgt. Matthew Jordan shows the jury
the claw-like weapon that police
believe Deckert used in an alleged
attack on his half brother.
Judge Rene Williams has recessed the Britt Deckert murder trial in Crittenden Circuit Court until 8:30am Monday.

Prosecutor Zac Greenwell rested the commonwealth's case against Deckert shortly before 5pm Friday after two days of testimony from a variety of witnesses and experts. Among those testifying on Friday were medical examiners and Matt Foster, the state police's lead detective.

Deckert's court-appointed attorneys began their defense late on Friday, calling three witnesses in fewer than 15 minutes, before the trial was put on hold until next week. Expected to testify for the defense on Monday are fewer than four people, among them the defendant's father.

Judge Williams told the jury on Friday that she believes the case can be wrapped up Monday, as previously scheduled.

Deckert, 28, is accused of killing his half-brother AJ Vasseur in August 2013 with what some have described as a Wolverine type claw – a reference to the fictional superhero of comic books and movies. He is also accused of assaulting Vasseur's wife.


UK seeking Final Four berth

The Kentucky men's basketball team tips off Saturday evening in Cleveland, Ohio, against Notre Dame in the Midwest Region championship game of the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats (37-0) are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, while the Fighting Irish (32-5) are a No. 3 seed. The winner advances to the Final Four next weekend in Indianapolis, Ind.

Kentucky is seeking the first perfect season in NCAA basketball since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. No team in NCAA history has gone a perfect 40-0.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:49 p.m. on TBS.

UofL Sweet 16 game tips off on TBS

The University of Louisville men's basketball team tips off this evening in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., against North Carolina State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals (26-8) are the No. 4 seed in the East Region, while the Wolfpack (22-13) are a No. 8 seed.

The game is scheduled to begin at 6:37 p.m. on TBS.

Ky. AG issues information to MCU students

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway today issued important information to current or former students of Mid-Continent University (MCU).

Within the next week, MCU is sending letters to students who did not anticipate the receipt of federal student loans. It is offering the students two discounted repayment options - a 10-year loan at a 20-percent discount and a single cash payment at a 30-percent discount.

If a student receives this letter and believes that he or she applied and qualified for federal student loans to cover any portion or all of the balance, the student should not complete the repayment paperwork. He or she should immediately inform MCU that he or she anticipated federal student loans to cover all or a portion of the MCU balance.  

Once the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General finalizes its agreement with MCU, students who anticipated the receipt of federal student loans will receive a separate packet offering the two discounted repayment options, plus the option of a loan matching the terms of federal student loans. Those terms provide consumer protections for students that include; in-school deferment, forbearance, and flexible repayment options. This packet will also include information about applying for closed school discharges of MCU balances.

If students have any questions about repayment or their obligations, they may e-mail the Office of the Attorney General at mcu3@ky.gov. They may also leave a message at (502) 696-5395. Students leaving a message should say and spell their full name and provide a telephone number and e-mail address. You may also mail the Office of Consumer Protection, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, KY  40601.

Please continue to check the Office of the Attorney General website at www.ag.ky.gov for more information.

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Day 2 of testimony to begin shortly

Detective Matt Foster (left) and Commonwealth
Attorney Zac Greenwell confer Friday morning
before testimony began.
Jurors were in their seats at 8am this morning at Crittenden County Courthouse, but some behind-the-scenes legal maneuvering by attorneys briefly delayed the start of the second day of testimony in the Britt Deckert murder trial.

Deckert, 27, is accused of killing his half-brother AJ Vasseur with what some have described as a Wolverine type claw – a reference to the fictional superhero of comic books and movies.

The prosecution put Vasseur's wife and step-daughter on the stand Thursday (each was witness to the alleged crime. Vasseur's wife was also allegedly assaulted during the altercation). On Friday, the state is expected to get into the meat of its physical and forensic evidence with state police detective Matt Foster expected to take the stand.

The trial is scheduled to wrap up on Monday.

Crash blocking Interstate 24

UPDATE: As of 11:10 a.m., the site had been cleared.

There is a semi crash blocking the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 at the 13-mile marker in McCracken County.

According to McCracken 911 Dispatch, the truck was hauling a large piece of equipment and has overturned. Some other vehicles hit the piece of equipment.  Removing the equipment from the roadway will require special recovery efforts.

The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m.

Eastbound I-24 traffic is being detoured off at Exit 11.

Traffic is backed up for miles. The road could remain blocked until late morning or mid-day.

Ferry remains closed

The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed this morning due to high water.