SHORT HANDED AFTER SEVERAL OFFICERS WERE SUSPENDED WE WILL TELL YOU WHY COMING UP “Three university presidents from across the commonwealth say they have a plan to help the state’s doctor shortage.” FIREFIGHTERS ARE STILL PUTTING OUT HOTSPOTS TODAY FROM A FIRE THAT DESTROYED THREE BUSINESSES IN EASTERN KENTUCKY. “This is WKYT News at 5:30.” GOOD EVENING… SIX OFFICERS, INCLUDING THREE LIEUTENANTS, WITH THE PARIS POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY…OVER WHAT THEIR CHIEF SAYS WAS CONDUCT UNBECOMING OF AN OFFICER. ONE OF THOSE SIX OFFICERS HAS SINCE RESIGNED.. THE OTHER FIVE INTEND TO FIGHT THOSE CHARGES IN A HEARING ON MONDAY… HILLARY THORNTON HAS MORE FROM PARIS IN OUR TOP STORY AT 5-30. they all received a letter like this one informing them of numerous disciplinary charges … charges attorneys for the officers say stem from allegations of hanging out too much in the dispatch center SOT Luke Morgan/ Attorney for Officers dispatch is right next to headquarters, it is all part of the same police station in downtown paris which is centrally located … it is where these officers have to go to file their reports officers that are now suspended without pay SOT all are decorated officers, not just from paris but other departments, these are career law enforcement officials each serving the public for no less than 5 years, with some goign on 20 years of service. attorneys say in december the entire department did receive a memo asking officers to cut down on time spent in dispatch SOT they did and their records show that everything seeming okay, until receiving those letters of suspension SOT it went from zero to fired STANDUP We did speak with the city attorney for Paris, he says under a state statute anytime a disciplinary action is filed against a law enforcement officer, the city is not allowed to comment and there are certain procedure that must be followed part of the procedures, a public hearing before the city commission … scheduled for monday morning SOT something these gentlemen are entitled to and is something they are looking forward to a hearing they hope results in getting theses officers back on the streets SOT this job they do they do it because they enjoy it it is a calling but they rely on the salary they get as do their families and this has been very difficult SOT Daniel Whitley, Sr./ Attorney for Officers public is always second guessing what they do, you never imagine that their own would attack them the way they are being attacked right now in paris ht wkyt AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE STATE STATUTE THE POLICE CHIEF AND MAYOR ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMMENT AT THIS TIME. FIREFIGHTERS WERE BACK OUT AT THE SCENE OF A HUGE FIRE IN EASTERN KENTUCKY TODAY… THE FIRE BROKE OUT LAST NIGHT AT THE TRADEMART SHOPPING CENTER IN FRENCHBURG. IT DESTROYED TWO OTHER BUSINESSES ON MAIN STREET.. FIREFIGHTERS FROM THREE COUNTIES BATTLED THE FLAMES FOR HOURS LAST NIGHT, AND ARE STILL BATTLING HOTSPOTS TODAY..SAM CORNETT OWNED A MILITARY SURPLUS STORE THAT WAS ALSO DESTROYED. HE TALKED ABOUT WHAT THE TRADE MART MEANT TO THE COMMUNITY.. “This place had quite a bit of traffic, there were good people here. It was a small place in a tight community. People talk, you know, I’d just as soon they come in and talk than buy anything, it was neat.” FIREFIGHTERS ARE INVESTIGATING…. WHETHER THE FIRE BEGAN AS AN ELECTRICAL FIRE, BUT THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE HAS YET TO DETERMINE A CAUSE. A WOMAN ACCUSED OF HIDING HER BOYFRIENDS BODY IN A FREEZER TODAY PLEAD NOT GUILTY… OUR COUNTY BY COUNTY COVERAGE AT 5-30 BEGINS IN PULASKI COUNTY… TERESA OWENS FACES SEVEN COUNTS INCLUDING ABUSE OF A CORPSE… EVIDENCE TAMPERING AND THEFT. AUTHORITIES FOUND THE BODY OF GARY JENKS IN A FREEZER AT THE COUPLE’S HOME IN SEPTEMBER. ACCORDING TO THE COMMONWEALTH JOURNAL, OWENS PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES… A JUDGE DECLINED TO REDUCE HER BOND BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUENESS OF THE CASE… OWENS IS DUE BACK IN COURT MARCH 17TH. A HARDIN COUNTY WOMAN HAS ESCAPED FROM A WESTERN KENTUCKY PRISON… KENTUCKY STATE POLICE SAY 40 YEAR OLD LOSTIA SHREVES WAS REPORTED MISSING FROM THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX LAST NIGHT… POLICE SAY SHREVES MAY BE TRAVELLING IN A MAROON 19-97 FORD F-1-50, WHICH WAS REPORTED STOLEN FROM A HOME NEAR THE PRISON AROUND THE TIME SHE WAS REPORTED MISSING. AND IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY A CAR CRASHED INTO A GAS STATION THIS MORNING. IT HAPPENED AROUND 7-30 WHEN POLICE SAY THE VEHICLE’S BRAKES FAILED, CAUSING IT TO CRASH INTO A SHELL STATION IN CAMARGO. A WINDOW WAS BROKEN IN THE CRASH. THE DRIVER WAS NOT HURT. AN EMPLOYEE ESTIMATES THE DAMAGE WILL COST CLOSE TO ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN REPAIRS.. WE FINALLY HAVE A BREAK FROM THE COLD WEATHER HERE IN KENTUCKY… TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE MID 40’S, AND WARMER AIR IS ON THE WAY… WKYT CHIEF METEOROLOGIST CHRIS BAILEY JOINS US… WITH AN EARLY LOOK AT THE FORECAST. We have a weekend of March weather on the way to central and eastern Kentucky. This is some very good news to those of us ready to shake off the snow and ice and look toward spring. Highs on Friday will surge toward 60 degrees on a gusty southwesterly wind. Those winds may reach 45mph at times. Saturday will bring the chance for a shower with highs hitting the low 60s. A much better rain chance blows in for Sunday as a cold front sweeps into the region. That front introduces us to a colder brand of air next week. That cold may be accompanied by snow chances as by Tuesday or Wednesday. UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY PRESIDENT ELI CAPILOUTO SAYS THE STATE DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH DOCTORS. BUT U-K…WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY…AND MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY…SAY THEY HAVE A PLAN TO HELP FIX THAT. AT A NEWS CONFERENCE IN LEXINGTON THIS AFTERNOON, THEY ANNOUNCED THAT PLAN. W-K-Y-T’S GARRETT WYMER HAS THE DETAILS IN A STORY THAT’S NEW AT 5-30. PRESIDENT ELI CAPILOUTO SAYS U- K’S COLLEGE OF MEDICINE CAN HELP FILL A HOLE ACROSS THE STATE…LEFT BY A LACK OF DOCTORS. “Through our partnership we can do more and be more than is ever possible alone. That’s the powerful idea at work here today.” AS PART OF THEIR PLAN…U-K, WESTERN KENTUCKY AND MOREHEAD STATE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO HELP…ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS. “The importance of this is that we know that if students are educated in rural communities in medicine, they’re far more likely to return to a rural community to practice.” U-K PLANS TO LAUNCH A SATELLITE PROGRAM IN BOWLING GREEN… …AND EXPAND AN EXISTING PROGRAM IN MOREHEAD. “UK says the College of Medicine has a lot of people applying – but they just can’t expand without their partners in western and eastern Kentucky.” “All this coming together makes this possible. Because we’ve been gridlocked here in Lexington. We can’t train any more students than we can here in Lexington.” ADMINISTRATORS SAY THEY EXPECT A 30 PERCENT BOOST IN CLASS SIZE THANKS TO THE SATELLITE LOCATIONS. “It strengthens our abilities as colleges and universities to better serve Kentucky. It is important as a next step that we take together to make our state a healthier place.” IN LEXINGTON… GARRETT WYMER… W-K-Y-T. U-K SAYS, THEY HOPE TO START THE NEW PROGRAMS IN TWO- YEARS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE TODAY ANNOUNCED HE HAS NO PLANS TO RETIRE ANYTIME SOON… ACCORDING TO THE COURIER JOURNAL, PRESIDENT JAMES RAMSEY SAID THAT WHILE HE HAS THOUGHT ABOUT RETIRING, HE PLANS TO STAY ON AS U- OF-L’S PRESIDENT UNTIL HIS CONTRACT EXPIRES IN 20-20… RUMOR’S OF RAMSEY’S RETIREMENT BROKE AFER REPORTS HE HAD MET PRIVATELY LAST WEEKEND WITH UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES AT HIS HOME… TODAY RAMSEY BLASTED THE REPORTS AS A QUOTE “BLATANT LIE” A NEW RULING FROM KENTUCKY’S SUPREME COURT BRINGS A MAJOR CHANGE TO THE STATE’S JUDICIAL ELECTIONS. ACCORDING TO THE RULING, IT IS NOW PERMISSIBLE FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH A POLITICAL PARTY… CANDIDATES CAN NOW SAY IF THEY ARE DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS.. BUT THERE AR SOME RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT THEY CAN SAY. FOR EXAMPLE THE CANNOT CLAIM TO BE THE OFFICIAL CANDIDATE FOR THEIR PARTY… THE RULING STEMS FROM A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE’S STRICT CONDITIONS ON CAMPAIGNING IN NONPARTISAN JUDICIAL ELECTIONS. GOVERNOR BEVIN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT FLAGS WILL BE FLOWN AT HALF- STAFF BEGINNING TOMORROW AND CONTINUING THROUGH SUNSET ON SATURDAY, IN HONOR OF THE LATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA.. TOMORROW… SCALIA’S BODY WILL LIE IN REPOSE AT THE SUPREME COURT. WHILE HIS FUNERAL WILL BE HELD SATURDAY AT THE BASILICA OF THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. KENTUCKY IS EXPERIENCING ANOTHER WEEK OF WIDESPREAD FLU ACTIVITY… 63 CASES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED THIS WEEK, THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL TO 169 REPORTED CASES FOR THE SEASON THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAY THE SINGLE BEST WAY TO PREVENT SEASONAL FLU IS TO GET VACCINATED EVERY YEAR.. POLICE OFFICERS OFTEN HAVE A PARTNER WITH THEM…. THAT IS ALSO PUTTING ITS LIFE ON THE LINE . TONIGHT OUR GOOD QUESTION IS ABOUT POLICE DOGS AND THEIR SAFETY. A WKYT VIEWER SAYS…”AFTER LOSING TWO OF OUR WONDERFUL K9 POLICE DOGS WHILE IN THE LINE OF DUTY, I WAS WONDERING, HAS A BULLET PROOF VEST EVER BEEN INVENTED FOR POLICE DOGS? I KNOW THEY MAY NOT PROTECT A DOG COMPLETELY, BUT IT WOULD GREATLY INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS.” THIS IS A PICTURE OF OFFICER HENRY HICKS AND HIS K9 GARIK. GARIK, IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, IS WEARING A VEST. LEXINGTON POLICE OFFICER CHAD KARSNER SAYS, EVERY DOG IN THE LEXINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT’S, K9 UNIT HAS A VEST TO WORK AND TRAIN WITH. THE DOG’S VESTS ARE VERY SIMILAR TO THE ONES THAT HUMAN OFFICERS WEAR, AND THE VESTS ARE ALSO RATED AGAINST… “EDGED” WEAPONS LIKE KNIVES. HE SAYS, WE USE THE VESTS ON THE DOGS IN ANY TRACKING OR BUILDING SEARCH DEPLOYMENT…. WHERE WE KNOW THAT A SUSPECT IS ARMED OR IS REPORTED TO BE ARMED. THE VESTS ARE A TOOL, THAT WE AS HANDLERS AND POLICE OFFICERS, CAN GIVE THE DOGS TO HELP PROTECT THEM AND BETTER SERVE AND PROTECT THE COMMUNITY. THE VEST GIVES THE DOG A FIGHTING CHANCE AT SURVIVAL…. IN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS. A K9 VEST COSTS AROUND 830- DOLLARS. THE LEXINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS A FEW VESTS THAT WERE DONATED OVER THE YEARS BY VERY GENEROUS INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS. TO SUBMIT A GOOD QUESTION… SEND AN EMAIL TO GOOD QUESTION AT W-K- Y-T-DOT-COM. THE BREEDERS CUP WAS MAJOR TOURISM BOOST TO LEXINGTON..WE’LL GIVE YOU THE NUMBERS IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES. Bill: I’M BILL BRYANT…. THE GREAT DIVIDE OVER WHETHER PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD NOMINATE SOMEONE TO THE SUPREME COURT…. KENTUCKY HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERS TALK ABOUT CONSEQUENCES IF BUDGET CUTS GO THROUGH…. THE BOTTOM LINE IS TO JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA IS HEATING UP.. AND PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN KENTUCKY IS GETTING STRONG PUSH-BACK. BILL BRYANT HAS MORE IN TODAY’S BOTTOM LINE… A POLL OUT TODAY SHOWS AMERICANS ARE SHARPLY DIVIDED OVER WHETHER PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD APPOINT A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO REPLACE THE LATE ANTONIN SCALIA. IT’S A STORY WITH A STRONG KENTUCKY CONNECTION… BECAUSE IT WAS SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MC- CONNELL WHO HOURS AFTER SCALIA’S DEATH SAID THE PRESIDENT SHOULD ‘NOT’ MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND IF HE DOES…. MC-CONNELL INDICATES HIS SENATE REPUBLICANS WON’T ACT ON IT. A CBS NEWS POLL FINDS 47-PERCENT OF AMERICANS WANT PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GO AHEAD AND APPOINT A NEW JUSTICE. BUT 46-PERCENT THINK IT SHOULD WAIT ELEVEN MONTHS FOR THE ‘NEXT’ PRESIDENT TO MAKE THE CHOICE. AND IT’S IN LINE WITH ANOTHER NATIONAL POLL THAT ALSO SHOWED A RAZOR THIN DIFFERENCE ON THE ISSUE. IN FRANKFORT…. THE PRESIDENT OF THE KENTUCKY SYSTEM OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES TOLD LAWMAKERS TODAY THAT IF CUTS PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNOR GO THROUGH TUITION WILL BE BE RAISED FOR STUDENTS…. DOCTOR JAMES BOX WAS ONE OF SEVERAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS WHO TESTIFIED IN AT THE CAPITOL TODAY. GOVERNOR BEVIN IS SEEKING CUTS TO HIGHER EDUCATION AND SEVERAL OTHER AREAS OF STATE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE HE SAYS HE WANTS TO SHIFT MONEY TO STATE PENSION FUNDS THAT ARE WAY SHORT. UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS ARE COMMENDING THE GOVERNOR FOR CONTINUING A DIALOGUE ABOUT THEIR NEEDS. SENATOR RAND PAUL IS FOCUSSING MAINLY ON HEALTHCARE AND THE ECONOMY DURING HIS TOWN HALL MEETINGS THAT WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW AND SATURDAY. PAUL… A REPUBLICAN WHO IS SEEKING RE- ELECTION THIS YEAR IS HOLDING ‘OFFICIAL’ TOWN HALL MEETINGS. HE’LL BE IN BARDSTOWN, LAWRENCEBURG AND NICHOLASVILLE TOMORROW AND LEXINGTON… DANVILLE AND ELIZABETHTOWN ON SATURDAY. THE KENTUCKY SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE DELAYED A VOTE TODAY ON A BILL THAT FORBID PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM STARTING BEFORE THE MONDAY CLOSEST TO AUGUST 26TH. THE ‘SAVE OUR SUMMERS MOVEMENT’ IS GETTING RESISTANCE FROM SOME WHO SAY AN EARLIER START ALLOWS SCHOOLS TO BUILD IN SNOW DAYS. BILL BRYANT WKYT. THE BREEDERS’ CUP HELPED BOOST TOURISM IN LEXINGTON LAST YEAR…IN FACT IT SAW A DOUBLE DIGIT BOOST. KEENELAND HOSTED THE TWO-DAY RACING EVENT FOR THE FIRST TIME…IN OCTOBER. HOTEL ROOM REVENUE JUMPED 11 PERCENT. THERE WERE ALSO DOUBLE DIGIT INCREASES IN HOTEL ROOMS BOOKED THROUGH CONVENTION SALES. We have a weekend of March weather on the way to central and eastern Kentucky. This is some very good news to those of us ready to shake off the snow and ice and look toward spring. Highs on Friday will surge toward 60 degrees on a gusty southwesterly wind. Those winds may reach 45mph at times. Saturday will bring the chance for a shower with highs hitting the low 60s. A much better rain chance blows in for Sunday as a cold front sweeps into the region. That front introduces us to a colder brand of air next week. That cold may be accompanied by snow chances as by Tuesday or Wednesday. LETS HEAD BACK LETS HEAD BACK ROB AT RUPP WHERE THE CATS ARE GETTING READY TO PLAY TENNESSEE… CATS AND THE VOLS TONIGHT… THE UK WOMEN’S TEAM IS PLAYING ON THE ROAD, WELL HEAR FROM MATTHEW MITCHELL… AND JOHN CALIPARI TALKS ABOUT JAMAL MURRAY.. WITH TYLER ULIS DOING WHAT HE’S DOING IS MURRAY TAKING A BACK SEAT… THAT’S NEXT IN SPORTS. EVERYBODY WHERE TONIGHT IT’S KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE… AND THE CATS A HEAVY FAVORITE TO WIN THEIR FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME… AND OVERALL MAKE IT 35 IN A ROW ON THIS COURT… IT’S NOT EASY ON THIS COURT FOR THE VISITOR. COMING OFF THIER WIN AT SOUTH CAROLINA THE CATS ARE PLAYING AS WELL AS THEY HAVE ALL SEASON…. AND IT’S BEEN TYLER ULIS AND JAMAL MURRAY LEADING THE WAY… ULIS IS GETTING MORE NATIONAL ATTENTION… CAL BELIEVES HE SHUOLD BE CONSIDERED FOR NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR… BUT MURRAY HAS ALSO BEEN TREMENDOUS… CALIPARI COMPARES HIM TO ERIC BLEDSOE AND HE SAYS THERE’S NO WAY HE TAKES A BACK SEAT TO ULIS: John Calipari: “It’s not really a back seat. The kid is probably one of the leading scorers in the country. That’s a heck of a backseat. Can I jump in there with you? He’s playing a lot like Eric Bledsoe played, when he played with John Wall. I can remember Eric hitting 32 against Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament. They play off each other. One game one does it, the other game the other does it. He’s still playing in pick-and-rolls. He’s playing as a scoring guard, which is helping him. The whole thing is not the position; it’s your decision-making” JOHN CALIPARI HAS A LOT OF RESPECT FOR TENNESSEE COACH RICK BARNES WHO’S IN HIS FIRST SEASON IN KNOXVILLE… SINCE BEATING KETNUCKY THE VOLS HAVE LOST TWO OUT OF THREE…. BARNES SAYS HIS PLAYERS ARE TOO QUICK TO SHOOT: Rick Barnes: “When you’re going one pass threes early in the game, those guys have to be like 45 percent 3-point shooters. Because we’re like 10 and 1 when we get tot he foul line more than our opponent. You can’t get to the foul line making plays like that and we want all guys to shoot the ball when they’re open but they have to udnerstand the possession.” IT’S THE CATS AND THE VOLS TONIGHT AT RUPP… TIP IS SET FOR 7 ON ESPN. IT’S ONE OF THOSE RARE NIGHTS WHERE THE UK MEN AND THE UK WOMEN ARE PLAYING AT THE SAME TIME. THE UK WOMEN ARE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE.COACH MATTHEW MITCHELL HAD MADE DEFENSE A PRIORITY OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. HE SAYS HIS YOUNG TEAM IS STILL LEARNING HOW TO PLAY UNTIL THE PLAY IS OVER. Matthew Mitchell: In this particular game you just have to play the whole possession because the possession is not over when they shoot the ball, the possession is only over if you get the ball because they are a great offensive rebounding team. We will always be stressing the details with them, but there is definitely an element with our young team to just keep playing until the play is over then you can kind of think about what just happened.