WKYT News at 5:00 PM on 1-19-16

WKYT News at 5:00 PM on 1-19-16


it is a wicked week of winter weather unfolding across the commonwealth of kentucky. two winter storms to track… just ahead. searchers raced against the cold this morning… as they looked for man who wandered away from home. “The temperatures went up, the sun came out, but it appears snow is on the way. Road crews in Somerset say they are ready for it.’ “Tracking. Alerting. Protecting. WKYT News begins with Weather.” IT’S TIME TO DIG OUT THE SHOVELS AND SALT… AFTER A BLAST OF BITTER COLD… WE’RE TRACKING SNOW TAKING AIM AT OUR AREA. OUR WKYT FIRST ALERT SEVERE WEATHER DAY CONTINUES… DUE TO THE SYSTEM HEADING OUR WAY. LET’S GET TO CHIEF METEOROLOGIST CHRIS BAILEY FOR AN UPDATE… Two winter storms are set to strike the bluegrass state before the week is over. The first arrives with a modest snowfall late tonight into Wednesday. Much of central and eastern Kentucky can expect 1″-4″ of snow. Areas to the south west toward Lake Cumberland and Bowling Green can expect up to 6″. The next storm them begins to impact our region by Thursday night with a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. That will change to all snow from northwest to southeast on Friday. Several inches of snow will be possible as winds gust to 35mph. Snow will then carry us into Friday night and early Saturday before tapering off. THIS MORNING… FIRST RESPONDERS RACED TO FIND A MAN… MISSING IN THE EXTREME COLD. THE 77-YEAR-OLD WANDERED AWAY FROM HIS HOME IN THE RALEIGH COURT AREA OF LEXINGTON… WEARING ONLY A T- SHIRT… LONG JOHNS… SOCKS AND A COUPLE OF BLANKETS. FORTUNATELY… SEARCHERS TRACKED HIM DOWN… BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE. WKYT’s HILLARY THORNTON SHOWS US THE HAPPY ENDING… IN OUR TOP STORY AT FIVE. It was a tense hour in the neighborhood off eastland parkway.Kate Jefferson/ Neighbor: “Sad… really sad.” As neighbors watch police and fire search in the bitterly cold temperatures for 77 year old william henry cook. “Scary especially when it is this cold.” Cook was reported missign by his wife around 8:30 this morning. Alyce casey/ niece: “He’s been confused since his stroke last summer and every once in awhile he gives his wife a slip and today she was in the bathroom and told him she would only be in there a few minutes … when she came out he was gone.” The search of the neighborhood going on for about an hour when his next door neighbor headed out to join the search. Albert chenault/ found missing man: “I started up the truck and a i saw a head moving in the back and it kind of scared me because i thought there shouldn’t be anybody in my truck then it all kind of hit me what if thats mr cook and thats who it was it was mr cook.” We were there as first responders helped him out of the vehicle where he was taking shelter from the cold, wearing only a tshirt, long johns and socks wrapped in several blankets. officers say they were checking cars but because he was laying down and covered up in blankets … he was hard to see inside of his neighbors car. Casey: “Just thank you lord, thank you lord …. its very hard on his wife because she has him 24/7 and he is confused. we are just thankful god worked it all out like he did.” In Lexington, Hillury Thurntun, WKYT. COOK WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL TO BE CHECKED OUT. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY HE IS EXPECTED TO BE OKAY. ACROSS KENTUCKY… ROAD CREWS HAVE STARTED GETTING READY FOR THE SNOW. FROM CHECKING SALT SUPPLIES… TO PLANNING THEIR SCHEDULE… CREWS HAVE PLENTY OF WORK TO DO BEFORE THE SNOW ARRIVES. WKYT’s PHIL PENDLETON SHOWS US THE PREPARATIONS… IN PULASKI COUNTY. PHIL: There are more than 100 miles of city streets here in Somerset, the sun may be out now, but city road crews know weather can quickly change. They say they are ready for whatever happens in the next 24 to 48 hours. Snow plows are on the trucks.and the salt dome is filled to capacity. Tonight it could be all hands on deck as road crews get ready to tackle whatever falls from the sky. DAVID HARGIS/Somerset Street Dept.: “we will be on notice. They know when they go home this afternoon, it is very likely they will get a phone call from me at some point during the night. Whether it is 3 or 4 o’clock or whatever.” Across town at the state highway garage, crews were busy fitting a grater with tire chains. Inside their salt dome sits more than 16- hundred ton of salt. Workers have been told to come in at midnight. AMBER HALE/Ky. Transportation Cabinet Dist. 8 : “the will continually switch out until the roads are clear and the snow stops.” PHIL: Road crews are in much better shape this year than last year, when they had to order salt from out of state. Much more on the state of the salt supply coming up at 6. In Pulaski County Phil Pendleton. PULASKI COUNTY CREWS WILL BE SALTING AND PLOWING 1- THOUSAND MILES OF STATE HIGHWAY. IN JESSAMINE COUNTY… ROAD CREWS SAY THEY’RE READY TO GO. AS WKYT’s GARRETT WYMER SHOWS US… THEY’VE SPENT THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS MAKING SURE THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO STAY AHEAD OF THE SNOW. Here at the street department in Nicholasville, employees have been working to get equipment ready and load up with salt. Now they say they’re just waiting for the snow to start falling. They’ve got a barn full of salt and all hands on deck. The public works superintendent here says it’s been a busy week – and it’s likely about to get busier. He says they’ve been watching the forecasts so they have an idea of what to expect and when to expect it. “We’ll wait till it snows pretty good and gets a good cover on it till we start.” Superintendent David Brown says they’ve done what they can to get ready – checking and testing their equipment, loading up that salt, continuing to track the coming snow. Now everything – and everyone – is ready to go when they’re needed. DAVID BROWN / NICHOLASVILLE PUBLIC WORKS SUPERINTENDENT:”Pr etty much. Pretty much. You know, we just wait, get a call, we all come out, throw together and get it done.” Brown reminds folks just to be careful and give them time to treat and clear the roads. In Nicholasville, Garrett Wymer, WKYT. IN LEXINGTON … CREWS ARE PREPARING FOR ALL THE SNOWFALL THIS WEEK. STREETS AND ROADS CREWS HAVE LOADED UP THEIR SALT TRUCKS … AND THEY’LL GET THEM OUT ON THE ROADS STARTING AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT THAT FALLS IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS … CITY LEADERS SAY THEY’LL SEND A SECOND CREW OUT SOMETIME BETWEEN FOUR AND SIX TO KEEP PRIORITY ROUTES CLEAR. WE DO HAVE SCHOOL CLOSINGS COMING IN ALREADY FOR TOMORROW. YOU CAN FIND A COMPLETE LIST… ON WKYT DOT COM. REMEMBER… YOU CAN TRACK THE WINTER WEATHER WITH THE WKYT, “WEATHER PLUS TRAFFIC” APP. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE OR TABLET. PROSECUTORS HAVE DECIDED ‘NOT’ TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST A MAN… ACCUSED OF KILLING A RETIRED SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. OUR COUNTY BY COUNTY COVERAGE BEGINS IN SCOTT COUNTY. POLICE SAY NICHOLAS WILLINGER BEAT SUE JONES TO DEATH AFTER BREAKING INTO HER HOME IN 20-10.THE NEWS- GRAPHIC REPORTS… HE WILL NOW FACE EITHER A LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT PAROLE, OR 25 YEARS IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE. IN CLARK COUNTY… WE WILL LEARN TONIGHT WHETHER THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL RESIGN HIS POST. MICHAEL KUDUK ADMITS HE VENTED HIS ANGER OVER THE SUPERINTENDENT’S NEW CONTRACT ON A YARD SIGN… AFTER A MEETING IN DECEMBER. HE SAYS… LAST WEEK… INVESTIGATORS TOLD HIM HE MUST RESIGN HIS POST OR FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES. HE’S EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE HIS FINAL DECISION DURING TONIGHT’S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 6-30 AT THE BOARD OFFICE. ONE OF THE U-S GETTING HOME. AMIR HEKMATI ARRIVED IN GERMANY… WHERE HE TALKED ABOUT HIS RELEASE. HE AND THREE OTHERS WERE RELEASED LAST WEEK… AS PART OF A PRISONER SWAP. AS MARLIE HALL SHOWS US… HEKMATI SAYS HE FEELS LUCKY AND CAN’T WAIT TO GO HOME. :06 to :10 :51 to :54 amir hekmati told reporters in germany he is in good spirits and can’t wait to go home to michigan. i really want to see my family and be back in the land of the free 15:30 hekmati was one of four americans released as part of a prisoner swap with iran. the former marine spent 4 and a half years in an iranian prison on spying charges charges he denies. “i was at a point where i had just sort of accepted the fact that i was going to be spending 10 years in prison, so this was a surprise a swiss military plane carrying hekmati, washington post reporter jason rezaian and pastor saeed abedini arrived at a u.s. millitary hospital in germany sunday where they underwent medical checkups. rezaian who spent 18 months behind bars met with family members, his editors and his congressman. “he continues to be in great spirits, his health is sound. hekmati says his marine training helped him through his ordeal. i tried my best to keep my head up and withstand all the pressures put upon me some of which were very inhuman and unjust. hekmati reunited with his sister in germany and hopes to return home soon to see his father who is ill. marlie hall cbs news, new york. THE FOURTH RELEASED AMERICAN DECIDED TO STAY IN IRAN… A FIFTH AMERICAN WAS RELEASED SEPARATELY. DONALD TRUMP PICKED UP A HIGH PROFILE ENDORSEMENT TODAY. SARAH PALIN IS THROWING HER SUPPORT BEHIND TRUMP. TRUMP MADE SEVERAL STOPS IN IOWA TODAY… WHILE HIS CLOSEST COMPETITOR… TED CRUZ… MADE SIX STOPS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. THE PAIR HAVE BEEN ATTACKING ONE ANOTHER ALONG THE WAY… EACH CLAIMING THE OTHER IS CAVING. 156-THOUSAND CHICKENS WILL BE EUTHANIZED… BECAUSE OF A BIRD FLU OUTBREAK IN SOUTHWESTERN INDIANA. THE OUTBREAK HAS HIT TEN TURKEY FARMS ABOUT 70 MILES WEST OF LOUISVILLE. THE CHICKENS ARE AT RISK BECAUSE THEY’RE HOUSED AT ONE OF THOSE FARMS. CREWS HAVE ALREADY BEEN WORKING TO EUTHANIZE MORE THAN 245 THOUSAND TURKEYS. THE NEXT TIME YOU GO TO THE GROCERY STORE… YOU MIGHT SEE BLUE BELL ICE CREAM ON THE SHELVES. THE COMPANY IS DELIVERING PRODUCTS TO PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST… INCLUDING KENTUCKY AND TENNESSE THIS WEEK. BLUE BELL PULLED ICE CREAM PRODUCTS LAST YEAR… FOLLOWING A LISTERIA OUTBREAK. and consumer news that impacts your life. as the nation’s heroin problem grows… so does the search for a way to stop it. there’s a new treatment more and more addicts have turned to for help. as kenneth craig shows us… it’s essentially a vaccine against heroin. sean lyman brings his family to his standing appointment at the doctor’s office. every 28 days the recovering addict is injected with a treatment drug he says has turned his life around. kc: when you look back at where you were two years ago? sl: it makes me sick literally the 25 year old vermont resident has battled addiction for years. in and out of jail and rehab programs that haven’t worked. now he’s among a small, but growing number of addicts embracing the drug ‘vivitrol. it is the first treatment that’s kept him clean. users go through detox first. then, the monthly injection stops cravings and blocks the body’s opioid receptors. so even if they try to get high, they don’t feel it. :50-:53 you actually sort of put it to the test? yeah, i tried it. at the time, i was angry i didn’t get high. but the next day i was so thankful. vermont governor peter shumlin has been candid and outspoken about the heroin problem in his state. he thinks vivitrol may be part of the solution. 1:04-1:13 the first thing we’re doing is approving it in all of our treatment centers. and we’ve been building out treatment centers like mad in vermont. so then we also want to try it in our prisons because that’s frankly a good place to do it. this state prison begins a pilot program this month, offering addicts the injection before they’re released. the drug maker believes vermont is the only state approving it for use statewide in treatment centers and eventually all prisons. let’s start providing treatment and medicines that can actually get people back to productive lives. lyman says he=is=doing just that. he has a full time job and baby daughter. she’s a constant reminder of why he’s fighting to stay clean. kenneth craig, cbs news, white river junction vermont vermont is using a three million dollar grant to roll out its pilot program. many insurance companies and medicaid cover vivitrol, which would otherwise cost more than a thousand dollars a month. the drug maker estimates it’s in use in one hundred programs in 30 states. from the looks of the forecast… it appears we’ll be shoveling snow over the next few days. the way you do it can make a difference in your health. experts say you need to dress in breathable layers and stay hydrated while working out in the cold. don’t wait until the snow is done falling before you try to remove it ‘and’ try pushing the snow instead of lifting it to avoid back strain. the tools you use… can make a difference as well. seth podolsky, m.d. / cleveland clinic: “an ergonomic shovel is often the best because it can relieve some of the pressure from your back, and then the type that you can push are very helpful.” doctors say it’s important to know your physical limts… you can still overexert yourself… even if you’re using a snow