News Center 22 10/19/17

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WYMT News reports
Ice cream sticks will soon be “Made in America”, specifically in Corbin, Kentucky.

The French company, Smart Wood, previously known as Euro Sticks is opening it’s first U.S. manufacturing plant in Corbin. The company started selling sticks in America a few years ago, which is important as Americans use up ten billion ice cream sticks per year.

The sticks are made from beech wood, which is found in Eastern Kentucky.

So, not only will 90 jobs be created within the plant, but other industries are expected to benefit as well.

The sticks made at Smart Wood’s facility in Corbin will be sold locally and throughout the U.S.


The father of a man shot to death in in August 2016 in Harlan County has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

Ali Sawaf is suing the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government along with several individuals involved in the fatal shooting.

Mark Sawaf was arrested in June 2016 for allegedly placing explosive devices in trail cameras and hiding them in the woods in Harlan County. One of the explosives injured at least one person.

On the day he was killed, Sawaf was leading investigators to other explosives in a wooded part of Harlan County. A judge approved the deal. Speaking to WKYT days after the death of his son, Ali Sawaf said Sawaf was upbeat.

Sawaf was handcuffed an accompanied by an ATF agent, along with Captain Brad Dobrzynksi of the Lexington Fire Department, and Lieutenant Matt Greathouse, with the Lexington Police Department.

A report released by Kentucky State Police says during the search, Sawaf tried to escape. Dobrzynksi and Greathouse apprehended him, and a struggle ensued. Sawaf was eventually shot once in the back of the head.

In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, Harlan County attorney Doug Asher claims Sawaf was left to die and that the investigators did not do enough to try and save his life.


Local 8 News reports

William Riley Gaul appeared in court Wednesday. His trial date on charges related to the death of 16-year-old Emma Walker was set for April 30. It had initially been scheduled for December 4.

Gaul was previously indicted on charges of first degree murder, especially aggravated stalking, theft, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, employing a firearm during a dangerous felony, and felony murder charges.

Investigators said that on November 21, 2016, Gaul fired a gun into Walker’s bedroom while she was asleep, killing the Central High School cheerleader.


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Updated: October 18, 2017 — 9:53 PM
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