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April 3, 2019


WALTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ruled against a student who sued after he wasn’t allowed to play basketball because he wasn’t vaccinated for chickenpox.

In the lawsuit against the Northern Kentucky Health Department, 18-year-old Jerome Kunkel claimed the vaccine is against his religious beliefs.

WXIX-TV in Cincinnati reports Boone County Circuit Judge James R. Schrand yesterday denied Kunkel’s request to return to school activities.

A health department statement said it must protect the whole community, particularly those most susceptible.

Kunkel’s lawyer contended he faced discrimination because of his religious beliefs. Attorney Chris Wiest said Tuesday that Kunkel is disappointed in the ruling and will review his options.

An outbreak of 32 chickenpox cases at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Assumption Academy prompted the ban. Kunkel has been out of school since March 15.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — State officials say a man recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer has won $250,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery.

News outlets report that the last of four Carolina Black tickets was a winner for Charlotte resident Richard Beare. The retired mechanic says he rarely plays the lottery and had only stopped at a QuikTrip because his wife asked him to get a Powerball ticket since the jackpot was so high.

However, it was the scratch-off ticket that got Beare the money. He admits he had to get the store clerk to explain how to play the scratchers. The game netted him $176,876 after taxes.

Beare also says in a statement that he plans to take his wife to Italy while he can still enjoy himself.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Animal control officers in Kansas City, Missouri, are investigating how the dismembered remains of a horse ended up in a city park.

A man playing disc golf found the remains Monday evening in Kessler Park.

Police spokesman Capt. Tim Hernandez says the horse appeared to have been prepared for consumption. After the meat was removed, the carcass was placed in a barrel and dumped in the park.

The horse’s head, hooves, legs, entrails, ribs and lungs were scattered in the area.

Hernandez said in a news release that a veterinarian will determine the time and cause of the horse’s death.

Animal control will lead the investigation unless it is determined the horse was stolen.


WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Possible electrical fumes in the cockpit spurred an American Airlines flight to make an emergency landing in North Carolina.

Authorities tell news outlets that American flight 809 from Philadelphia to Orlando landed yesterday afternoon at Wilmington International Airport. Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton said the flight crew detected the odor in the cockpit of the Airbus A321 and deployed oxygen masks before asking to be diverted to Wilmington.

The aircraft had 178 passengers and a crew of six on board.

The plane taxied to the gate and passengers were allowed to leave the aircraft through the jet bridge. Emergency personnel were deployed but no injuries were reported.

An American Airlines maintenance crew was inspecting the aircraft Tuesday afternoon.


HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman whose 15-year-old son took a handgun to school has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The 40-year-old Hartford City woman was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty last month to dangerous control of a child. The charge refers to cases where a parent or guardian permits a child to possess a firearm.

The Star Press in Muncie reports she acknowledged to investigators she was aware her son had a firearm, but never discussed the matter with him.

The boy had been in trouble related to guns before. He took the weapon to Blackford High School on Oct. 30, resulting in a lockdown and a delay in dismissal of students.

The Associated Press isn’t identifying the woman to avoid identifying her son.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for a baseball fan on life support following a weekend assault outside Dodger Stadium say the team hasn’t done enough to improve security since a similar attack eight years ago.

Los Angeles police are searching for a man who punched Rafael Reyna during an argument following Friday night’s game between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Christel Reyna says her husband sustained a skull fracture in a fall after being struck.

Attorneys Carl Douglas and David Lira said yesterday that the attack on Reyna occurred in a parking lot not far from where Giants fan Bryan Stow was assaulted in 2011. Lira, who secured an $18 million judgment against the Dodgers for Stow, called the two incidents “eerily similar.”

The Dodgers didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment yesterday.