News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Police in Kentucky say a toddler has drowned in a backyard swimming pool. Boone County sheriff's spokesman Maj. Tom Scheben says in a news release 2-year-old Emmitt Lay was pronounced dead Saturday night at a hospital in Florence. The statement says the boy was with other family members at the home in Burlington when he apparently slipped out the rear door and made his way up the ladder to the pool. Foul play isn't suspected.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man has been convicted of setting a house fire that led to a firefighter's death. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a federal jury in Bowling Green convicted 44-year-old Steve Allen Pritchard on Thursday of charges of mail fraud and arson that caused a death. Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief Charles Sparks had a heart attack while inside a burning house on June 30, 2011. He died eight days later.
INEZ, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky jail inmate accused of assaulting a deputy jailer and escaping in a stolen police car has been captured in West Virginia. News outlets reported Saturday that authorities said Mark Allen Crouch was apprehended in Wayne County, West Virginia. The sheriff's office in Martin County, Kentucky, said Crouch escaped from a jail transport on July 9.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - Mike Smith became the 12th jockey in history and the only one from New Mexico to win the Triple Crown after flying across the finish line atop 3-year-old Justify in June to a roar of cheers at Belmont Park in New York. Smith was born in Roswell but forged his love of horse racing while growing up in the farming community of Dexter. He returned to New Mexico earlier this month to celebrate his historic feat.
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