WKYT News at 11 PM
WKYT News at 11 PM. Kentucky. And
unfortunately, the worst is yet to come. We'll track the tumbling temperatures, just ahead. it's going to be a cold morning.. For students waiting for a school bus. How people waiting for lextran buses 'tonight'... Stayed warm. "animal control: If we could, we'd rather have every animal on the inside where it's warm and safe." how animal control in lexington... Is making sure pets aren't suffering... In these bitterly cold temperatures. "Tracking. Alerting. Protecting. This is WKYT News at 11." GOOD EVENING... IT'S A DANGEROUS NIGHT.. TO BE OUTSIDE FOR VERY
LONG. TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS.. BUT 'BRUTAL' WIND CHILLS.. MAKE IT FEEL EVEN COLDER. 'DOZENS' OF SCHOOLS HAVE CANCELED CLASSES FOR TOMORROW.. BECAUSE OF THE COLD. CHECK THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN FOR THE LIST. AND WE'VE DECLARED A FIRST ALERT SEVERE WEATHER DAY. WE BEGIN OUR TEAM COVERAGE TONIGHT.. WITH CHIEF METEOROLOGIST CHRIS BAILEY. Evening temps are already down into the single digits in many areas with wind chills well below zero. Both of those numbers
continue to drop this evening into early Thursday. Wind chill numbers will range from -10 to -20 and that's in the danger category. Actual low temps should range from -5 to 5. Frozen pipes are a good bet with this kind of cold! Another arctic front arrives late Thursday night into Friday and that may bring another round of snow showers and flurries. The air behind that continues to show up colder and colder. Highs on Friday may not get out of the teens with low temps by Saturday morning dropping close to 0. Wind chills will be below zero again Friday into Saturday. AS WE MENTIONED...
'MANY' SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE ALREADY CANCELED CLASSES FOR TOMORROW. BUT FAYETTE COUNTY.. IS 'NOT' ONE OF THEM. FAYETTE COUNTY SCHOOL LEADERS SAID TONIGHT... THEY EXPECT TO OPERATE ON A NORMAL SCHEDULE TOMORROW. THEY SAY THEY FELT THE FORECAST TEMPERATURES.. AND WIND CHILLS... FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE... WERE 'NOT' COLD ENOUGH TO CLOSE... OR DELAY SCHOOL. "Mary Wright/Chief Operating Officer, Fayette County Schools: We want to be very sensitive to the needs of the kids and
to the experiences that they're having, waiting for buses and walking to school, but at the same time we don't want to be frivolous in terms of taking a weather day if we don't absolutely need to." FAYETTE COUNTY SCHOOL LEADERS SAY... THEY'LL CONTINUE TO KEEP AN EYE ON TEMPERATURES.. AND THE FORECAST OVERNIGHT. IN A STATEMENT... INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR MARLENE HELM SAID THEY'VE HEARD FROM MANY FAMILIES ABOUT THE COLD WEATHER.. AND QUOTE "THERE IS NO UNANIMITY WHEN IT COMES TO WINTER WEATHER DECISIONS." ENDQUOTE
SO THAT MEANS 'THOUSANDS' OF FAYETTE COUNTY STUDENTS... WILL HAVE A COLD WAIT FOR THE SCHOOL BUS IN THE MORNING. AND THEY'LL HAVE TO BUNDLE UP TO STAY SAFE! GARRETT WYMER TALKED TO SOME FOLKS AT A LEXTRAN BUS STOP TONIGHT.. ABOUT HOW THEY TRY TO STAY WARM.. WHILE WAITING ON THE BUS. HE'S LIVE TO CONTINUE OUR FIRST ALERT WEATHER TEAM COVERAGE. GARRETT? NO SURPRISE THAT IT'S COLD OUT HERE AND JUST GETTING COLDER. NOT A NIGHT THAT YOU WANT TO BE OUTSIDE. BUT SOME PEOPLE I
TALKED TO TONIGHT WHO WERE OUTSIDE AT BUS STOPS AROUND TOWN TOLD ME, FOR THEM THERE WAS JUST NO WAY AROUND IT. IF YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT... YOU BETTER BUNDLE UP. Antoinette Faulkner"I put on my long johns, wear my overalls and socks - like two or three pairs of socks - and keep my head covered." ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR FOLKS SITTING AND WAITING FOR THE BUS. SEVERAL BUS STOPS AROUND TOWN WERE PRETTY EMPTY. "...crazy enough to be out here." ONE RIDER I TALKED TO SAID SHE WOULDN'T BE OUT
HERE EITHER IF SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO BE. BUT SHE SAYS SHE JUST STARTED A NEW JOB AND DOESN'T HAVE A CAR. THANKFUL AT LEAST FOR THE ENCLOSURE TO BLOCK SOME OF THE WIND. AND EVEN MORE GRATEFUL WHEN THE BUS COMES. SO WHAT'S THE SECRET? Antoinette Faulkner"...and gloves and everything I got to do." ANTOINETTE FAULKNER SAYS SHE'S KEEPING PRETTY TOASTY WITH ALL OF HER LAYERS. HER ADVICE FOR WHEN YOU'RE AT THE BUS STOP ON COLD, COLD NIGHTS? Antoinette Faulkner"Stay warm.
Put on everything you can put on." WITH THE TEMPERATURES RIGHT NOW, THAT'S PRETTY GOOD ADVICE NOT JUST FOR TONIGHT...BUT ALSO FOR STUDENTS HERE IN FAYETTE COUNTY AT THEIR BUS STOPS IN THE MORNING, AS WELL. LIVE IN LEXINGTON... GARRETT WYMER... W-K-Y-T. BECAUSE THE CITY'S, EMERGENCY WEATHER PLAN IS IN EFFECT... LEX-TRAN IS OFFERING FREE RIDES TO SHELTERS... FOR THOSE WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION. ON BITTERLY COLD NIGHTS LIKE THIS... YOU DON'T WANT TO FORGET ABOUT YOUR PETS... ESPECIALLY IF THEY NORMALLY STAY
OUTSIDE. IN LEXINGTON... A CITY ORDINANCE 'REQUIRES' PETS.. TO BE BROUGHT INSIDE... WHEN IT GETS THIS COLD. TONIGHT... JERRIKA INSCO WENT ALONG WITH ANIMAL CONTROL... AS THEY CHECKED UP ON COMPLAINTS... OF PETS LEFT OUTSIDE. Jerrika: "If you don't want to be out in this cold for long, then it's safe to assume your pets don't either. So Lexington- Fayette Animal Care and Control officers are out making sure animals have proper shelter to stay warm." When the temperatures get this low... Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control officers get
calls... "2-29"About pets outside... During this winter blast. Officer Timothy Brown: "even though she's a husky and sometimes they are bred to withstand this type of weather, it's getting below zero. so she's definitely got to be inside in some type of environment."There are different standards for whether a dog can stay outside... In single digit temps. "you should have some type of organic bedding which is hay, straw, or wood shavings."Officer Timothy Brown tells us that proper bedding... Can go a long way. Officer Brown: "so what we'll have to do is the dog will have to be put inside until
the shelter does get better."But it was the same story... Officer Brown: "well, the issue is we got a complaint obviously that they were outside without proper shelter."At every stop that we made with Officer Brown... Officer Brown: "alright, so we're done with this one. want to go to the next one?"On Wednesday night. Officer Brown: "i'll be right back. i'll be right back."But obviously... These officers would love to not have to come back out in the cold... Issuing written courtesy warnings while checking on these animals. Officer Brown: "if we could, we'd rather have every
animal on the inside where it's warm and safe."Jerrika: "To report animal abuse and neglect in these frigid temperatures... Call animal care and control. We've got contact info on WKYT.com. In Lexington, Jerrika Insco, WKYT." IF PETS ARE IN BAD ENOUGH SHAPE WHEN OFFICERS ARE CALLED TO CHECK ON THEM... THEY ARE REMOVED FROM THE HOME... FOR FURTHER CARE. THE COLD WEATHER MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE IN A POWER OUTAGE IN BEREA TONIGHT. BEREA UTILITIES OFFICIALS SAY AROUND 12- HUNDRED
CUSTOMERS LOST POWER AROUND SIX TONIGHT. THEY BLAMED A PROBLEM AT A SUBSTATION.. THAT MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY INCREASED USAGE, DUE TO COLD WEATHER. THEY SAY POWER WAS RESTORED TO EVERYONE... BY SEVEN-30. STAY WITH WKYT FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE ARCTIC BLAST. YOU'LL ALSO FIND UPDATED CLOSINGS, DELAYS, AND WEATHER INFORMATION... ON WKYT-DOT-COM. ON THE 'FIRST' DAY OF THE 20-15 LEGISLATIVE SESSION... POLICE ARRESTED A KENTUCKY STATE
SENATOR! POLICE SAY THEY CHARGED SENATOR BRANDON SMITH WITH D-U-I... AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP LAST NIGHT IN FRANKFORT. THEY SAY, THEY ORIGINALLY STOPPED HIM FOR SPEEDING.. BUT THE ARRESTING OFFICER SMELLED ALCOHOL ON HIS BREATH. POLICE SAY SENATOR SMITH BLEW A POINT-ZERO-EIGHT- EIGHT ON HIS BREATHALYZER TEST.. WHICH IS ABOVE KENTUCKY'S LEGAL LIMIT. BUT HE WAS BACK AT WORK TODAY... SO WE ASKED HIM ABOUT THE ARREST. SENATOR SMITH ACKNOWLEDGED IT... BUT SAID HIS ATTORNEY ADVISED
HIM TO STAY QUIET. "Sen. Brandon Smith/ Hazard: Stuff like this is sensational and it makes news. It's not very comfortable for our families but we don't really get to choose that." SMITH IS A REPUBLICAN FROM HAZARD. HE REPRESENTS THE 30TH DISTRICT.. WHICH COVERS MUCH OF SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY. TONIGHT... GOVERNOR BESHEAR GAVE HIS 'FINAL' STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH ADDRESS. AND HE SAYS... KENTUCKY IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE... FOLLOWING THE GREAT RECESSION. IN HIS ADDRESS... THE GOVERNOR SAID
KENTUCKY IS A NATIONAL EXAMPLE OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS. HE CREDITS LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, NEW BUSINESSES, AND HEALTH CARE REFORM. THE GOVERNOR SAYS KENTUCKY HAS RECOVERED ALL OF ITS LOSSES FROM THE RECESSION... AND MOVED INTO ITS HIGHEST-EVER ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. "Gov. Steve Beshear/ Kentucky: In other words, our economy had hit bottom, bounced off that bottom, and now has so much momentum that we've bounced higher than we were when the struggle started." THE GOVERNOR ALSO
SET OUT HIS AGENDA FOR THE COMING YEAR... WHICH INCLUDES A STATEWIDE SMOKING BAN, REQUIRING MORE CHILDREN TO RIDE IN BOOSTER SEATS, AND SLOWING DOWN THE STATE'S HEROIN PROBLEM. INVESTIGATORS CALL IT A TERROR ATTACK... GUNMEN KILL A DOZEN PEOPLE AT THE OFFICES OF A FRENCH NEWSPAPER. IN NINE MINUTES.. NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEARCH.. FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE. AND THEN... A CENTRAL KENTUCKY SCHOOL BOARD MAKES A DECISION TONIGHT... ABOUT A CONTROVERSIAL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT.
ONE OF 'THREE' MEN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING THE OFFICES OF A FRENCH NEWSPAPER... HAS TURNED HIMSELF INTO POLICE. BUT A MANHUNT CONTINUES FOR THE OTHER TWO. TWELVE PEOPLE DIED IN THE ATTACK... IN PARIS. FRANCE'S PRESIDENT SAYS IT WAS CLEARLY AN ACT OF TERROR. OMAR VILLAFRANCA HAS THE UPDATE. SCRIPT: FRENCH POLICE CONVERGED ON THE TOWN OF REIMS EARLY THURSDAY MORNING - ABOUT 90 MILES EAST OF PARIS. THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THREE MEN, WANTED FOR THE TERROR ATTACK ON A NEWSPAPER OFFICE
THAT LEFT 12 PEOPLE DEAD. FRENCH OFFICIALS IDENTIFY THE SUSPECTS - ALL FRENCHMEN - AS 34- YEAR OLD SAID KO- ASH-EE, AND HIS 32- YEAR OLD BROTHER CHERIF... BOTH WELL KNOWN TO FRENCH POLICE. THIRD SUSPECT, 18-YEAR OLD HAMYD MOURAD, HAS REPORTEDLY TURNED HIMSELF IN TO POLICE. NATS GUNFIRE THE BRAZEN LATE- MORNING ATTACK FILLED THE PARIS STREETS WITH THE SOUND OF AUTOMATIC GUNFIRE WEDNESDAY. INSIDE THE OFFICES OF SATIRICAL NEWSPAPER 'CHARLIE HEBDO,' TEN JOURNALISTS WERE
KILLED DURING AN EDITORIAL MEETING, INCLUDING FOUR OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN FRENCH PUBLISHING. "it was a very terrific scene, with no electricity, with everything broken inside, and many bodies inside." THE LAST MINUTES OF THE ATTACK WERE RECORDED FROM A NEARBY ROOFTOP. THE GUNMEN'S FINAL ACT - WOUNDING, THEN EXECUTING A FRENCH POLICE OFFICER. NATS FRENCH FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOISE HOLLANDE CALLED THE MASSACRE AN ACT OF TERROR, AND THAT THE GUNMEN WOULD BE PUNISHED. NATS MOURNERS
THOUSANDS OF FRENCH FILLED THE STREETS TO MOURN THE DEAD AND THE ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH. AND AROUND THE WORLD, MANY TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO ECHO THE SENTIMENT, POSTING THE HASTAG, "JE SUIS CHARLIE," OR "I AM CHARLIE." OMAR VILLAFRANCA, CBS NEWS. WEDNESDAY'S ATTACK WAS THE 'DEADLIEST' IN FRANCE... IN HALF A CENTURY. TONIGHT... THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTED 'NOT' TO RENEW.. THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT. THE MOUNT STERLING ADVOCATE REPORTS... THE BOARD
ALSO SUSPENDED JOSH POWELL... 'WITH' PAY. POWELL DREW CRITICISM LAST YEAR... FOR THE DISTRICT'S POLICY THAT DID 'NOT' ALLOW CRITICAL COMMENTS DURING SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. TONIGHT... POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A 13-YEAR-OLD OHIO GIRL THEY THINK 'COULD' BE WITH A RICHMOND MAN. POLICE SAY KAITLIN WALTERS HASN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE DECEMBER 30TH. SHE LIVES IN WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO. POLICE THINK SHE COULD BE WITH 27- YEAR-OLD WALTER DUNN, OF RICHMOND. HE'S BEEN NAMED A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE CASE.
RICHMOND POLICE SEARCHED DUNN'S HOME YESTERDAY.. BUT SAY IT APPEARS TO BE ABANDONED. THE F-B-I SAYS INVESTIGATORS FOUND DUNN'S CAR IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE TODAY... BUT THE KENTUCKY LICENSE PLATE ON IT HAD BEEN REMOVED. TONIGHT... POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A BURGLARY SUSPECT THEY SAY... LED THEM ON A HIGH-SPEED CHASE. BURGIN POLICE ARRESTED THOMAS COMBS THIS AFTERNOON... AFTER THEY SAY HE RETURNED TO HIS HOME. THEY SAY THEY FOUND HIM HIDING UNDER INSULATION IN HIS ATTIC.
EARLIER THIS WEEK... POLICE SAY THOMAS LED THEM ON A CHASE IN MERCER COUNTY.. BEFORE GETTING AWAY. THEY THINK COMBS BROKE INTO A HOME.. AND STOLE JEWELRY BEFORE THE CASE. TONIGHT WE'RE TRACKING THE INVESTIGATION INTO A CRASH.. THAT DAMAGED A BUILDING IN LEXINGTON. IT HAPPENED AROUND SIX TONIGHT... AT THE CORNER OF NORTH BROADWAY AND WEST SECOND. POLICE SAY ONE CAR HIT ANOTHER CAR.. CAUSING ONE OF THE CARS TO HIT THE BUILDING. NO ONE WAS INJURED.. AND POLICE SAY THE BUILDING
HAD MINOR DAMAGE. POLICE THINK ONE OF THE CARS RAN A RED LIGHT... CAUSING THE CRASH. THE CATS SHOWING