Police officer killed during traffic stop by impaired driver on Christmas Eve

LMPD(LOUISVILLE, Kentucky) — A police officer in Kentucky was killed by a driver allegedly under the influence while she was conducting a traffic stop on Christmas Eve.Detective Deidre Mengedoht, 32, pulled over a pickup truck in Louisville and was subsequently hit by a different semi-truck.“The semi pushed the police car into the truck she had stopped,” Louisville police chief Steve Conrad said in a news conference Monday.“There were four people in the pickup truck. None of them were seriously injured. Unfortunately the detective’s car caught fire. The damage to her vehicle was catastrophic,” Conrad said.Conrad said that Mengedoht, who has a young son, had been on the police force for more than seven years. “Deidre — DeeDee, as she was known to her friends and colleagues — gave her life serving the community which is something she loved to do. Those who knew DeeDee would tell you that in her 32 years of life, and her seven and a half years with the police department, she always went above and beyond of what was asked of her or required of her,” Conrad said on Monday.“This is a tragic, tragic day, for everyone: for DeeDee’s family, for the men and women of the Louisville Metro police department, and quite frankly for everyone she touched in this community. I can’t imagine what her family is going though today, today of all days,” he added The man who crashed into Mengedoht’s vehicle was apprehended and arrested Monday.Conrad said that the suspect, who he identified as 60-year-old Roger Burdette, faces charges of murder and operating under the influence. Burdette is an employee of the local Metropolitan Sewer Department and was driving one of their semi trucks at the time of the accident, The Courier Journal reported.An MSD spokesperson called it a “tragic accident” and extended their condolences to the detective’s family and the community, according to a statement obtained by ABC affiliate WHAS. Burdette allegedly admitted to responding officers that he was “taking multiple prescription drugs,” according to his arrest citation obtained by WHAS.The arrest citation states that Burdette was unable to maintain balance and had difficulty following the officer’s instructions, according to WHAS.Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted about the “heartbreaking news” and urging motorists to stay safe on the roads over the holidays.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted his condolences and praised the work of law enforcement officers like Mengedoht. “My heart is breaking today as we mourn the tragic death of @LMPD Detective Deidre Mengedoht. When Deidre joined LMPD, she committed herself to service on behalf of our city, and her death is a painful reminder of the sacrifices that our public safety professionals make every day,” he wrote in the tweet. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. read more

Utah Baseball Falls in Second Game of Series to Arizona

first_img Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTUCSON – The Utah baseball team dropped the second game of the series to the Arizona Wildcats 8-0 on Saturday, March 16 at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Arizona.Arizona struck early building a 3-0 lead in the first and then scored four more runs in the third to push that lead to 7-0.The Utes had base runners through the first four innings trying to cut into the Wildcats lead, but couldn’t get any runs across. Arizona’s starter settled in eventually, pitching a complete game holding Utah to no runs on six hits.On the night offensively, Rykker Tom went 2-4 at the plate with two singles. Four other Utes had one hit.Jacob Rebar came in from the bullpen and pitched 4.2 innings and had five strikeouts for the Utes. He only gave up one run on three hits. The 4.2 innings was a season high for Rebar.Riley Pierce took the loss on the night moving his record to 1-3 on the season. He only gave up three hits against Arizona, but two of those hits were home runs.The Utes will go for the series win against Arizona on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. MT. March 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Falls in Second Game of Series to Arizona Tags: Arizona Wildcats/Pac 12/Utah Utes Baseballlast_img read more

Adults Must Be Accompanied by Child When Attending Drag Queen Story Hour

FEBRUARY 19TH, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library says due to capacity constraints, adults wanting to attend Drag Queen Story Hour must be accompanied by a child.The story hour is intended for children 11 and under and will feature a local drag performer reading stories chosen by library staff.Library officials say there is a safety plan in place that includes the safety of staff members, the public performers and anyone who supports the event.“This storytime is not just for library cardholders. We want as many children who would like to attend the event to be able,” says EVPL Engagement and Experience Officer Heather McNabb.EVPL staff will be on-site Saturday to make sure the room’s limit is not exceeded.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare read more

U.K.’s Drax plant to be coal-free by 2021, three years ahead of deadline

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:British power producer Drax Group Plc said in its full-year results on Thursday it will end coal power generation at its North Yorkshire plant, ahead of Britain’s 2024 deadline.Drax, which has the capacity to provide electricity for around 13 million homes, has converted four of its six former coal-fired units in the past decade to use biomass wood pellets.Although almost 50 years of coal-fired electricity generation at Drax power plant is expected to come to an end in March 2021, the firm said it will ensure its two remaining coal units stay available until September 2022 under a government scheme to provide back-up electricity at short notice.The firm said the coal generation market has been challenging as power prices weakened last year due to a mild winter and high levels of gas storage. The cheapness of natural gas, coupled with strong carbon permit prices, meant gas was more competitive than coal in power generation in much of Europe.Drax said the end of coal generation will lead to a reduction in staff at the plant of around 200-230 employees from April 2021. Trade unions and employee representatives will be consulted over the coming months, the company said. It also expects a reduction in operating costs at the plant of around 25-35 million pounds ($32.5-$45.5 million) per year when the coal phase-out is complete.Drax plans to build a new combined cycle gas turbine at its power plant to replace the two remaining coal-fired units. However, approval for the project is subject to a judicial review, it said.[Nina Chestney]More: Britain’s Drax to end coal power generation in 2021 U.K.’s Drax plant to be coal-free by 2021, three years ahead of deadlinelast_img read more

The 6 Best Rail-To-Trail Rides in the Southeast

first_imgBoth the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions are home to a plethora of amazing multi-use trails converted from defunct railways. Over the years, many of these “rail-to-trails” have developed into favorites for bikers across the region and the nation. Here are seven rail-to-trails you should put on your adventure list this Spring. 1. Virginia Creeper Trail, VirginiaThe Virginia Creeper Trail was adapted from the Virginia-Carolina Railway upon its removal in 1977 after nearly a century of failed railway management, unrepaired deterioration, and the replacement of steam engines by diesel powered engines. Today, it is considered by many to be the best rail-to-trail in the East. The 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail begins in Abingdon, Va., winds down through the state, passes a midpoint in Damascus, and reaches its terminus at the trail’s highest point in Whitetop Station near the North Carolina state line. The ride takes about five and a half hours to complete, including time for lunch and checking out the scenery. The region features both wooded and pastoral sections as well as a great number of picturesque creeks and rivers with 47 trestles along the way. The Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop in Abingdon provides shuttle service to any destination along the trail and a full-day bike rental for just $26 dollars. 2. Great Alleghany Passage, Pennsylvania The renowned Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is a combination of defunct corridors of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, the Union Railroad, and the Western Maryland Railway. The passage stretches 150 miles from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Cumberland, Md., where it connects with the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath to create a whopping 334.5-mile route connecting Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. There are tons of notable landmarks along the GAP, including Ohiopyle State Park, the East Coast’s most popular whitewater rafting destination. The route from Pittsburgh to Cumberland can be completed in three to five days, but if you decide to go all the way to D.C. you’ll need eight to twelve days. There are campgrounds scattered conveniently along the trail for overnight stays and access to chemical toilets. However, there is limited potable water since the National Park Service is no longer treating the pump water at the campgrounds, so be sure to carry plenty and restore your supply as you pass through towns along the way. Golden Triangle Bike Rental in Pittsburgh can provide you with bikes (at a base rate of $55 per day) and all other needed equipment as well as shuttle service to anywhere along the trail.3. New River Trail State Park, Virginia The New River Trail runs 56 miles down from Pulaski to Galax through Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands. For its southernmost 39 miles, the trail parallels the magnificent New River, which is one of the oldest rivers in the world geologically. This rail-to-trail was converted from the Norfolk Southern Railroad, which donated its land to the Commonwealth solely for the purpose of creating the state park, which opened in 1987. The New River Trail is rife with exciting points of interest, including three major bridges—Hiwassee, Ivanhoe, and Fries Junction—nearly 30 smaller trestles, two long tunnels, and a historic shot tower used to make ammunition over 200 years ago. The trail is fairly remote, so carry everything you need in terms of water, food and equipment. Take note of the four primitive campgrounds available for use along the trail, as the journey will take about two days to complete. Bike rentals are provided by Pulaski Bikes in Pulaski (starting at $24 per day). 6. Swamp Rabbit Trail, South CarolinaThe Swamp Rabbit Trail was built with funding for the Greenville Health System back in 2009. Since then it has become an indispensable staple of the Greenville Community, taking the city from moderately bike-friendly to a renowned cycling hub virtually overnight. To experience the best that the Swamp Rabbit Trail has to offer, start out at Cleveland Park near downtown. You’ll find ample parking here, and once you hit the trail, downtown is only a quick ride away. Before you encounter the heart of downtown you’ll have to bike through Falls Park, home of Reedy River Falls. This is where you’ll get a true sense of what makes Greenville’s downtown—a true revitalization success story—one of the best downtowns in the entire Southeast.For a healthy meal that will keep you moving swiftly, exit the trail near Main Street and bike over to Kuka Juice. Once there you’ll find a wide array of cold press juices and a few vegan friendly lunch and breakfast options. If you’re searching out pub fare near the downtown portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail check out Brazwells on Main Street, known for great brunch options and a wide selection of cocktails and craft beer.Continue on through downtown for a few miles and you’ll eventually come to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a beer, a great cup of coffee, or the best fresh baked stecca in the Upsate, this place is definitely worth the stop. From here, ambitious bikers might want to consider rounding off the ride by extending the trip all the way into nearby Traveler’s Rest where Swamp Rabbit Brewing awaits with award winning pints.For bike rental options check out Reedy Rides. 4. Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail,  Tennessee Also known the Ashland City Rail-Trail, the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail (CRBT) is a converted 6.7-mile segment of the Tennessee Central Railway. The trail begins just outside Ashland City, only 20 minutes northwest of Nashville, at the Marks Creek trailhead and runs alongside the Cumberland River towards the Cheatham Lock and Dam campground. The western four miles of the CRBT are paved and the eastern three are gravel, but the entire trail is fairly flat. Scenery along this rail-to-trail varies tremendously as it winds through shady forests with canopies of diverse vegetation, expansive green fields, marshy wetlands, and even a designated waterfowl area. Much of the path is bordered by limestone cliffs, and along the way you’ll enjoy views of trickling waterfalls, secluded lakes, and a plethora of the region’s creeks. With so much to offer, this rail-trail is not to be missed. Borrow some bikes from Green Fleet Bicycle Shop in Nashville (base rate of $35 per day) and get pedaling.5. Pine Creek Trail, Pennsylvania Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of north central Pennsylvania, the Pine Creek Trail extends 62 miles through a valley dubbed the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania due to its panoramic views of an immense ravine carved by Pine Creek which, contrary to its title, is actually a sizable river. Originally the Jersey Shore, Pine Creek and Buffalo Railway, the passage’s tracks were removed after about a century of use and the first section of the rail-to-trail was opened in 1996.The trail begins in Wellsboro and heads south on a subtle downhill through densely forested mountains towards its terminus in the town of Jersey Shore, Pa.—another misleading name (sorry, no spray-tanned reality TV stars here). Most portions of the trail are very remote but restrooms are available every few miles and the path passes through some small towns along the way. The Pine Creek Trail should take two days to complete, and you can stay the night in one of the numerous primitive campsites along the way. Bike rentals (starting at $25 per day, multi-day rate) and shuttle services to a number of destinations along the trail are provided by Pine Creek Outfitters in Wellsboro, Pa.last_img read more

Syracuse slogs through lackluster performance but pulls away from Clemson in 83-62 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Bria Day caught a pass running down the court in transition, set her feet and fired a shot into the bottom of the backboard. The ball bounced off the floor and back into Day’s hands, giving her a second chance. She went up again, this time getting shoved away from the basket, and stumbled along the baseline, trying not to fall, as the ball went through the hoop.It wasn’t pretty. The Orange shot just 33 percent in the first half — 29 percent from beyond the arc — and turned the ball over 10 times.With less than two minutes left in the third quarter, a lowly Clemson team searching for its first win in 10 games and first conference win in over a year was within striking distance, trailing by just nine points.And though Syracuse stumbled, it didn’t fall. Led by Brianna Butler, who scored a game-high 17 points, the Orange opened the fourth quarter with five 3s in the first five and a half minutes. The late baskets from long distance salvaged an otherwise largely lackluster performance as Syracuse (17-6, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) beat Clemson (4-18, 0-9), 83-62, at the Carrier Dome on Thursday night.“We won,” SU guard Brittney Sykes said, “but as always there were a lot of things we have to improve on and play clean basketball. A lot of our possessions were our fault, whether we lost the ball, we turned the ball over or we missed an assignment.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s first half was marred by missed shots, especially on layups inside, and turnovers. The Orange had three misses, two turnovers and two shots blocked in the first two minutes. SU’s 22 forced turnovers through the first 20 minutes were its only footing in a game that it held a 13-point lead going into the break.“It’s just natural for teams to play to the level of competition,” Clemson head coach Audra Smith said. “They just came off a big win against Miami,” referencing SU’s late win over the No. 16 Hurricanes on Monday night, “so they’re still excited about that and with us coming in with our record. They’re kids so they weren’t ready to play and I could tell.”On one possession, Hillsman called a timeout in the middle of an offensive set to stomp onto the floor and repeatedly yell, “What are you doing?” at Isabella Slim, who seemingly wasn’t in the right position.Less than a minute later, Sykes stood at the 3-point line furiously calling for a screen. When Briana Day finally came to her relief, Sykes traveled trying to get around the pick.“I’ve known Q for a long time,” Smith said. “He was really ticked off with them at how they were playing and allowing us to hang around and cut into that lead.”Only 13 points separated Clemson, which had lost by an average of 25.9 points in conference play prior to Thursday, and Syracuse, which beat a ranked team just three days earlier, to start the final quarter.But then Maggie Morrison hit a 3 in the right corner to start a 21-6 Orange run. Hillsman told his team he wanted it to up its intensity and it obliged. Four different SU players converted triples during the run and the damage was a game-high 28-point lead with four and a half minutes to play.Clemson, playing with just eight players, couldn’t keep up with the bombardment of shooters running off screens to the 3-point line.Hillsman said his team wasn’t suffering any sort of hangover from the Miami game and that Clemson, despite being winless in its last 25 conference games, isn’t a bad team. The ACC is just a tough conference, he said.Either way, it still took the Orange until the fourth quarter to put away a team that has won just four games all season. Commentslast_img read more

Aisling McCarthy reflects on player of the Year award

first_imgPhoto © @LadiesFootball McCarthy says winning the award – that was voted for by her peers – made it extra special… Cahir’s Aisling McCarthy says it’s a great feeling that other girls playing ladies football with her hold her in such high regard.She was named Intermediate Players Player of the Year recently – ahead of her Cahir teammate Aishling Moloney, and Tyrone captain Neamh Woods.The nominees were all selected by their fellow players, who could not vote for their own team-mates.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: ‘SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL HILLS’ – FORECASTERS

first_imgMETEROLOGISTS are forecasting snow for the hills of Donegal this Thursday.And high speed winds of more than 50 miles per hour are also set to hit the county as the remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia sweeps past the north west of Ireland en route to northern Scotland.No damage is expected from the storm at this stage. Peter O’Donnell, of irishweatheronline said of Thursday’s forecast: “It will be turning quite cool in westerly to northwesterly winds 30-50 mph, squally showers, lows near 7 C and highs near 12 C north to 14 C south. Risk of hail and even a bit of snow on higher summits of Connacht and Donegal.”The cold snap will bring a shuddering shivering end to what has been some of the mildest weather we have seen in Co Donegal in October for years.BREAKING NEWS: ‘SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL HILLS’ – FORECASTERS was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BREAKING NEWS: ‘SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL HILLS’ – FORECASTERSHurricane Ophelialast_img read more

Earnhardt Jr. replacement selected for No. 88 car

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS >> Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the replacement he wanted. Alex Bowman got his dream job.Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that the 24-year-old Bowman will replace one of the series’ biggest stars in the No. 88 car next season after Earnhardt retires.Bowman has big shoes to fill. Earnhardt was named NASCAR’s most popular driver each of the last 14 seasons and fans of his late father often tracked Junior’s results following Dale Earnhardt’s fatal crash in the 2001 season opener at …last_img read more

How’s DeMarcus Cousins handling the Warriors’ season-long soap opera?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON —- Well before he dominated most of his opponents with his 6-foot-11, 270-pound frame, his post presence and his passing, DeMarcus Cousins once entertained himself with a different kind of performance.He spent his childhood with his grandmother, who often watched the soap opera, “As the World Turns.” Cousins’ grandmother called the show “her story.” So …last_img read more