- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015
Sheriff: Baby sitter doesn’t remember shooting at children

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) - The Whitley County sheriff says a woman who fired shots at two 8-year-old twins she was babysitting doesn’t remember doing it.

WLEX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1IRyhWe) the children ran to a nearby house at about 11:15 p.m. last Sunday, saying their baby sitter had threated to kill them and fired shots.

Sheriff Colan Harrell says when a deputy arrived to investigate Lorie Cornett came to the door with a loaded and cocked pistol. Harrell says the gun had two spent cartridges, and three empty cartridges were found nearby.

Harrell says Cornett told the deputy she was on medication and drinking. She did not remember the children being with her.

She is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment and is free on bond. A phone number listed for Cornett was disconnected.


2 children, father injured in crash with buggy, cement mixer

LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) - Two children and their father were injured Friday after their family’s horse-and-buggy collided with a cement truck in Casey County.

Volunteer firefighter Loren Martin told WLEX-TV (https://bit.ly/1DVbXy0) it was about 1 p.m. and he was working nearby when he heard the squeal of tires and “an awful thump, thump.”

He rushed to the scene on state Route 910 where he says the horse-and-buggy had been carrying two young girls, a baby boy and their father.

“Let me just put it this way, it was terrible,” Martin said.

Casey County Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle said witnesses told him the horse was spooked by the approach of the cement mixer. The horse reared up and then ran in front of the truck, where it was killed.

The two injured girls were flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where they are doing well, Weddle said. The father suffered a fractured leg and was driven to the hospital. The baby was unhurt.


Trifecta Steel investing $3 million in Owensboro facility

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Trifecta Steel plans to invest $3 million and add about 30 workers over the next three years at a steel fabrication and welding facility in Owensboro.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1KnLG8B) Trifecta is a new manufacturing company that designs and fabricates steel building components. It recently purchased an existing 17,000-square-foot facility and plans to add 21,600 square feet by November.

Trifecta Steel is an outgrowth of Owensboro-based Kentucky Building Systems.

Friday’s announcement comes on the heels of preliminary approval of tax incentives of up to $345,000 to the company by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

Madison Silvert, president and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp., says Owensboro will also be asked to provide tax incentives.


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