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Image 1 of The State Journal April 20, 2012

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FRIday First lady Fascinated by derby hat selection A P R I L 2 0 , 2012 FPb CustomeRs Get 3 NeW ChANNeLs, $3 suRChARGe A5 SMALLER HATS MAY BE TRENDY, BUT IN THE END, TRADITION WINS OUT • SEE JANE’S PICK A10 F r a n k F o r t, k e n t u c k y n 50c n s tat e -j o u r n a l .co m Residents cry cruelty, officials can’t help sheriff receiving calls about chained dogs, thin horses By LauRen HaLLow Franklin County animal lovers have bombarded local authorities and animal control officers with complaints about chained dogs and horses with their ribs sticking out at 3387 St. Johns Road. The horses, chickens, llamas and about a dozen pit Photo submitted bulls belong to Sandra and County residents are complaining about the condition of the William Coy, who have a horses at 3387 st. Johns Road. long history of animal cru- elty charges. Officials, however, say there’s nothing illegal about how the Coys are caring for their animals today. “We may not like what we see, but just because we don’t like it doesn’t mean we can act,” Sheriff Pat Melton told The State Journal Thursday, shortly after visiting the site. “That’s the thing – we got to follow the laws that are on the books … the way they are written today, it’s not at the point that it’s criminal.” Melton and his deputies, along with animal control officers and County Attorney Rick Sparks, have received several emails and calls relating to the St. Johns Road property. Deputies have made a few visits to the Coys’ home since January and determined there wasn’t anything wrong, according to the Sheriff’s Office call logs. Melton made that same assessment Thursday after he, animal control officer Todd Moore, Franklin County Humane Society Director Angie Stewart and a state livestock investigator toured the property. They found food and water bowls for the animals, and there was no evidence the pit bulls had been used in dogfights, as callers have suggested. And while the horses looked skinny, they weren’t too thin. The livestock investigator said they see anImaLs, a7 Williams’ vetoed road projects back Senate panel says Beshear’s cuts to rival weren’t fair By KevIn wHeatLey hANNAh ReeL / hReeL@ stAte-JouRNAL.Com Frankfort Fire d epartment Capt. John Redfern takes a few ceremonial swipes as sg t. d ee Wooley gets her head shaved at the fire station on second street t hursday. Wooley is starting her first round of chemotherapy for breast cancer. ‘Bald is beautiful’ Firefighter with cancer isn’t going to lose her hair alone By LauRen HaLLow Sgt. Dee Wooley of the Frankfort Fire Department was all smiles while a stylist ran a razor up and down her head. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, undergoing a double mastectomy, and starting chemotherapy all in the last few months, getting her head shaved wasn’t a big deal. “Hair isn’t everything – bald is beautiful,” Wooley said to the firefighters and friends gathered around her at the West Second Street fire station Thursday, waiting for their turns in the chair. About 25 officials from Frankfort Police and the Frankfort, Franklin County and Winchester fire departments walked away with bald heads to show support for Wooley in her fight against breast cancer. “I came to Frankfort (Fire The road projects Republican Senate President David Williams wanted for his district are back in the mix, at least for a while. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee amended House Bill 2, the Transportation Cabinet’s operating budget that pays for road projects, to secure $49.8 million in funding for projects in Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell and Wayne counties after Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed them from the two-year, $4.5 bil- lion road plan Wednesday. Russell County borders Williams’ district. HB 2 cleared the committee unanimously Thursday, setting up a vote on the Senate floor today. Sen. Bob Leeper, a Paducah independent who caucuses with Republicans and chairs the committee, said he had a “fit of conscience” late Wednesday to restore the vetoed projects. He cited a story in the Lexington Herald-Leader that showed spending in Williams’ district – about $700 per capita after the vesee Road pL an, a7 see BaLd, a9 Fire marshal, police investigating apartment fire By KatHeR an wasson The state fire marshal and Frankfort Police are looking into the cause of an apartment fire that happened Wednesday night on Meadowview Drive. State Fire Marshal Bill Swope said police called his office for help determining the cause and origin of the fire. An inspector visited the apartment building Thursday to investigate and conduct interviews, but Swope couldn’t comment on the results until a report is complete. That could take a few days WEEKLY POLL: Revitalization aid Which location is the better candidate for revitalization assistance, Bellepoint or the Old Y? Bellepoint, 70% Old Y, 29% Total votes: 215 Vote on or mark Bellepoint q Old Y q and return or a few weeks; there’s no typical turnaround time on a fire investigation, he said. “It could be three or four days if it (the cause) is obvious, but if we have to do a lot of digging, searching and interviewing it could take a week or two weeks,” he told The State Journal. If the fire marshal pinpoints arson, state or local police could pick up the case. Frankfort Police Maj. Fred Deaton said his office is waiting on the results of the report. The fire displaced several residents of the six-unit see FIRe, a9 >>SPORTS, B1 n UK spring game set for Saturday n Lady Flyers stomp FHS >>NATION, A3 Court in shock as Norway gunman describes massacre Photo submitted by LRC senate President david Williams, R- burkesville, from left; senate majority Floor Leader Robert stivers, R- manchester; senate transportation Committee Chair er nie harris, R-Crestwood; senate President Pro tem Katie Kratz stine, R-southgate; and senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Robert Leeper, i - Paducah; confer during a recess period in the Kentucky senate t hursday. TONIGHT’S WEATHER Slight chance for rain before 10 p.m. WEATHER, A10 CLASSIFIED, B6-8 | COMICS, B9 | EDITORIALS, A4 | OBITUARIES, A2 | SPECTRUM, A6 | SPORTS, B1-4 | TV NEWS, B10 | STATE AND LOCAL, A5 | CHURCHES, A8 CMYK CMYK

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