- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014
Authorities investigating death of inmate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate in Louisville.

Louisville Metro Corrections said 49-year-old Robert W. Brown of Louisville was pronounced dead in his cell around 7:55 a.m. Sunday.

Brown was arrested Saturday night on several charges and transported to Metro Corrections. After a medical evaluation, Metro Corrections spokesman Jason Vincent said Brown was transported to University of Louisville Hospital for medical attention. Vincent didn’t elaborate on the reason for the medical care.

After being released from the hospital, Brown returned to corrections around 2:30 a.m. and was booked into the facility. Correction officials said Brown was standing in his single cell at 6:47 a.m. But about 20 minutes later, they said he was found lying on the floor unresponsive.

Attempts to revive Brown were unsuccessful. Officials say an autopsy is being performed.


Bracken County officials to hold heroin forums

BROOKSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Bracken County officials are hosting two forums to inform the public about the increased use of heroin in the area.

The Ledger Independent (https://bit.ly/1fnohZ8) reports the forums will be held March 3 and 17.

“I believe there is not a family in Bracken County who has not been touched by heroin use in some way. That is how bad it is,” said Bracken County Sheriff Howard Niemeier. “Parents have to start believing it is out there, and a threat to their children or we will never get a handle on it.”

According to Van Ingram, director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, statewide heroin overdose deaths increased by 650 percent last year.

Bracken County Coroner John Parker says he has seen heroin emerge as the cause of one death in the county this year, with previous drug-related deaths linked to prescription drug overdoses.

Officials say there were 1,567 heroin trafficking charges statewide from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2013.


Bodies found inside submerged car

Williamsburg, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say three bodies were found inside a car submerged in a Whitley County creek.

According to WKYT-TV (https://bit.ly/1bYV6wI), 39-year-old Shannon L. Kier, his wife, 29-year-old Susan Kay Kier, and their son, 2-year-old Lee Isaac Patrick Kier were pronounced dead around 10:30 Saturday morning.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley said the bodies were found in the flooded Jellico Creek, which flows into the Cumberland River.

Officials say deputies were searching for the family from Jacksboro, Tenn., after a relative called police Friday night and reported them missing.

Authorities say a relative discovered the vehicle after the creek waters receded.


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