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January 29, 2004

Driver flees scene of accident

LIBERTY - A driver fled the scene after a two-vehicle injury traffic accident on Ky. 1649 eight miles south of here, state police said.

Jeremy Watson, 23, of Liberty, fled the scene prior to when state Trooper Jeremy Johnson arrived. Watson reportedly was not wearing a seat belt.

The second driver, Andrew L. Randolph, 17, of Liberty was transported to Casey County Hospital where he was treated and released.


The accident occurred as Watson's 1992 Nissan was headed south on Ky. 1649, crossed the center line, and struck the Randolph vehicle which was headed north. Randolph was wearing a seat belt.

Police arrest man in shooting deaths

LOUISVILLE (AP) - Police charged a Louisville man Wednesday in the shooting deaths of two college students earlier this week.

Isiah Tamele Fugett, 22, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said there is a "strong possibility" the shooting was drug-related.

Mitchell said Fugett confessed to the shootings. He said Fugett likely knew the victims, Robert Robbins, 18, of Prospect, and Eric Ray, 19, of Louisville. The two friends graduated from Trinity High School in 2003.

A citation describing Fugett's arrest said there was an altercation before the shooting, which occurred at 11:20 p.m. Monday.

Ray and Robbins were shot in the parking lot of the Clarion Motel in downtown Louisville. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner R.D. Jones said.

Baby drowns in toilet

LONDON (AP) - A 10-month-old girl drowned Wednesday after falling into a toilet in her family's home, police said.

Brianna Morgan, who had just begun learning to crawl and walk, apparently got into the bathroom, then pulled herself on top of her mother's jewelry box that was on the floor of the bathroom, police said. She apparently leaned over and fell headfirst into the toilet, which held just 6 inches of water.

Brianna's 10-year-old brother discovered her and pulled her out of the toilet as an 11-year-old brother dialed 911, WLEX-TV reported. Their mother, who had been in the basement, rushed upstairs and tried to do CPR, but was not able to revive her daughter, the station reported.

Man pleads guilty in double killing

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) - A man charged with the shotgun murders of a Hardin County couple has pleaded guilty but mentally ill.

Prosecutors are recommending a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years for Gregory Scott Wright of West Point.

Hardin County Deputy Sheriff Bill Collins and his wife, Peggy, were ambushed in 2001 as they walked near their home. Wright was arrested a short time later as he rode a bicycle. He still had a shotgun with him.

Wright pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder and one count of wanton endangerment for pointing the shotgun at an officer.

Wright's sentencing was set for Feb. 27.

Wright could have faced the death penalty if the case had gone to trial.|1/28/04***

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