- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014
Police: 9 bodies recovered after Ky. house fire

GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say they have recovered nine bodies from an early morning blaze in the western part of the state.

Trooper Stu Recke said a father and daughter who survived the blaze are at a hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He didn’t know their conditions.

A relative says a couple in their 30s lived in the house with their nine children.

Recke said the adult who fled the fire about 2 a.m. CST in the Depoy community of Muhlenberg County told first responders that most of the family remained inside the house.

Investigators were working to determine the cause of the blaze.

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Prosecutor to seek death penalty in pawn shop case

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty for a pastor accused of murdering three people at a Danville pawn shop in September.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1ebKnyMhttps://bit.ly/1ebKnyM ) reports Boyle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms filed notice Thursday that he will seek a death sentence against 48-year-old Kenneth Allen Keith of Burnside in Pulaski County. Keith has been in the Boyle County jail in Danville without bond since being charged Oct. 9.

Keith is charged with three counts of murder and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment in the deaths of 35-year-old Michael Hockensmith and his wife, 38-year-old Angela Hockensmith, of Stanford, and 60-year-old gold broker Daniel Smith of Richmond. The fatal shootings happened in a pawn shop co-owned by the Hockensmiths.

Keith was pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside at the time of the shootings.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.comhttps://www.kentucky.com

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Telecommunications bill clears Ky. Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at spreading wireless and high-speed broadband service by allowing telecommunications companies to cut back on landline investments.

Sen. Paul Hornback said his measure seeks to encourage investments by telecommunications companies to upgrade services in underserved rural areas, where residents want wider cellphone coverage and faster Internet service.

“Technology is moving very quickly … all over the world,” Hornback said. “And if we don’t keep up, we’re going to be left behind.”

The Senate voted 34-4 to send the measure to the House, where similar versions died the past two years.

Current Kentucky law requires “carriers of last resort” to extend landline service to every home and business in the state. The measure would give telecommunications companies the freedom to provide wireless or voice over Internet services in some areas.

The bill’s supporters include AT&T;, which says the measure would give it the flexibility to spread newer technology to underserved areas.

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Central Ky. woman dies in apartment fire

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) - Officials say a 72-year-old central Kentucky woman has died in an apartment fire.

Mercer County Coroner C. David “Sonny” Ransdell told the Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1loDwWDhttps://bit.ly/1loDwWD ) that 72-year-old Suzanne Coullias was pronounced dead at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg, where she was taken after the fire. Ransdell said a preliminary investigation indicates Coullias died of smoke inhalation.

The fire was reported at about 12:30 a.m. EST Thursday.

Firefighters found Coullias in the apartment where the fire began.

The cause hasn’t been determined.

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