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Lexington mother, others want to raise awareness for heroin
Seth Wasilkowski, 19, was taking heroin. Wasilkowski died Dec. 3rd, 2014. He was one of the 108 overdose death last year in Fayette County. This year's numbers aren't trending any better. As of mid-July, there have been 82 overdose deaths in Fayette County.
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WKYT Exclusive | Convicted for dealing, family reacts to historic sentence
- "Patty Smallwood would be very unhappy if she knew what had been done to me," Terry Smith told WKYT's Miranda Combs by phone. Smith went on, "Patty was a dear friend of mine. She rented off me for years. She had all kinds of medical issues."
WKYT Investigates | School leaders fear new juvenile discipline law will lead to classroom disruption
- Massive overhauls are reforming Kentucky’s juvenile justice system. Many school administrators say their greatest fear is the new discipline policies will lead to more disruption in classrooms.
New Kentucky law to stop gas leaks makes it easier to cite those at fault
- "It's frustrating that it ties up resources that can be used for something else, a preventable incident." Battalion Chief Mark Blankenship with Lexington Fire said they make 200 runs a year on gas leaks. One way to prevent the runs is to call 8-1-1 before you dig.
WKYT Investigates | Hookers at the Kentucky, Tennessee line
- Police say it is common for them to receive reports and complaints about prostitution along the exits in Southern Kentucky, but they rarely make any arrests.
Authorities: 4 dead after small plane crashes in Wisconsin
- Authorities say four people have died after a small plane crashed in a field in rural western Wisconsin.
Clay Co. man sentenced to life in prison for overdose death, first in state history
- A federal judge has sentenced a Clay County man to life in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs that caused the death of another person, the first such case in Kentucky.
WKYT Investigates | Testing the water at Lexington's pools
- There are 350 to 400 pools, both indoor and outdoor in Lexington. There are 12 inspectors charged with monitoring them monthly, during swimming season.
Miranda Combs | Rebuilding after the Johnson County flood
- Lanny Brannock, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, said last week's flood was an event that happens once in every 500 years. However, he said the state will not recommend that residents move back to the flood plain area.
WKYT Investigates | Animal lives, not standards, top priorities at Perry animal shelter
- In 2004, the state passed a law that set minimum standards for animal shelters, but it's not clear how many shelters are in compliance with the law, University of Kentucky Professor Cynthia Gaskill said.
WKYT Investigates | US Attorney wants overdose deaths handled as criminal investigations
- "Our coroners are a key piece of this puzzle," said U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey. Harvey and his team have been meeting with coroners and other county officials this summer, in hopes of forming coalitions with counties to treat overdose deaths as crime scenes. "The victims of these drug trafficking offenses deserve justice," Harvey said.
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