Midday Live News Report Headlines - April 2, 2007

ATV Crash Leaves One Dead

A crash involving three ATVs in Ohio County claims two lives and leaves a third person hospitalized.

The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. on Kentucky 85, one mile west of Centertown, Ky. Kentucky State Police said 18-year-old Justin Daugherty was driving a Chevy truck when he came up behind the three ATVs. Police said he didn't see them until the last moment and attempted to avoid the ATVs by steering to the right. Daugherty struck two of the four-wheelers and his truck rolled over three times, landing on at least one ATV operator.

Police said 65-year-old Allen Bratcher of Beaver Dam, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene. Jessica Casey, 48, of Centertown was pronounced dead on arrival at Ohio County Emergency Hospital. Her husband, 45-year-old Danny Casey, was transferred to Daviess County Hospital where he's in the intensive care unit.

None of the ATV riders were wearing helmets.

Moped Accident Leaves Man in Serious Condition

An accident reconstructionist remains on the scene of a moped crash that left a man in serious condition.

The accident happened around 7 a.m. this morning, March 26, 2007, at the intersection of Chesnut Street and the 31-W Bypass. Bowling Green Police said 27-year-old Wilson Neal Chapman of Bowling Green was making a left turn onto Chesnut Street when he pulled into the path of a pick-up truck.

Chapman was taken to the Medical Center where he's listed in serious condition. Police said he was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Mya Miracle Benefit Huge Success

A weekend benefit to help a Bowling Green baby battling leukemia is being called a huge success!

Mya's Miracle benefit was held March 24, 2007, at Phil Moore Park. Organizers of the event said $25,000 was raised to help Mya's family pay for medical expenses. Eight month old Mya Henderson was diagnosed with two types of leukemia lat month. The little girl is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Vanderbilt awaiting a bone marrow transplant.

A New Amish School to be Built on the Site of Tragedy

There's a fresh new beginning today for an Amish school in Pennsylvania that was terrorized by a shooting rampage last year.

In October 2006, a milk truck driver shot 10 girls inside an Amish school in the Nickel Mines. Five of them died.The man then took his own life. The one room schoolhouse was torn down shortly after the shootings. The new school, which is now named, The New Hope Amish School opened today.

Four of the five survivors have returned to school. The fifth, a six-year-old, needs a feeding tube and isn't able to communicate.

John Couey Denied New Trial

A Florida judge said John Couey will not get a new trial. Couey is convicted in the kidnapping, rape and murder of Jessica Lunsford.

One of Couey's next avenues of appeal is to prove he is mentally challenged, a claim that if proved true would spare him the death penalty. His defense team, though, is having difficulty finding experts, so that hearing is yet to be set.

Mary Winkler's Request Custody of Children

A juvenile court judge in Jackson, Tenn., has not made a decision regarding Mary Winkler's request for custody of her children.

Winkler, who's accused of killing her preacher husband Matthew last year, has requested custody of her three children despite the charges.

Lawyers for Winkler arrived at court last week, but Winkler was absent. Her trial is scheduled to begin April 9, 2007. She's currently free on bond, and living in McMinnville, Tenn., where she works at a dry cleaning shop.

Meanwhile, Winkler is being sued for $2 million by Matthew's parents on behalf of the three young daughters.

Tax Time Running Out

Time is running out to file your 2006 taxes, and officials are urging you to complete returns in a different way.

The Finance and Administration Cabinet's Department of Revenue encourages tax-payers to file individual returns electronically. Filing electronically allows taxpayers to receive refunds in five to 10 business days, which is faster than paper filing. You can also choose the direct deposit option, which can mean getting your money even faster.

Processing returns online also saves the state money, because all of the paper returns must be opened, sorted and manually entered into computer systems. In fact, Kentucky has saved more than $6 million on processing tax returns since 2001.

If you haven't filed your taxes there's still time. The deadline for filing is April 17, 2007. More than one million Kentucky taxpayers may be eligible for e-file. To find out if you qualify visit www.revenue.ky.gov/freefile.

Big Ballet

Have you heard about the next big thing in ballet? Classical dancers have long been known for their slender, athletic bodies. But for one unique ballet troupe - thin is most definitely out and wide is in.

Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," as it has never been seen here before. These Russian ballerinas weigh 222 pounds . each, on average. Their company, known as the Big Ballet has a combined weight of two tons.

The company has a rule. If you lose weight, you're out. The dressing room is like a fast food counter.

"They must be eating and eating and eating," said Natalia Liensky, director of the Big Ballet Company.

The big ballet dancers train three times a week to keep themselves supple. They're not professionals. They all have day jobs back in Russia as doctors, nurses and engineers. This is just a hobby. No-one here has any complex about her size or the laughter in the audience.

"I'm not ashamed of what i am," said Tatiana Gladkih, prima ballerina, who at 200 pounds is the slimmest dancer in the company.

To watch the Big Ballet company rehearse and perform is a unique experience. The dancers are not afraid to strip off either. The second half of their program is pure slapstick, when the girls are paired with male dancers a fraction of their size.

Of course the Big Ballet company takes big liberties with the classical repertoire and that doesn't impress the professionals.

"Do we really need to have "Swan Lake" performed so badly? That's the bottom line," asked choreographer Julia Simonne.

For this company, the bottom line is to change public perceptions about big people, and make audiences laugh. The Big Ballet company just wrapped up performances at 27 theatres in just 30 days.

Race for Child Abuse Awareness Has Great Success

Nearly 3,700 cases of child abuse were reported in our area in the last year. That's why the Family Enrichment Center teamed up with Total Fitness Connection to put on the Run and Walk for Children.

The races kicked off bright and early Saturday morning, March 24, 2007, at Basil Griffin Park. Participants could choose from the mini-marathon, the 5-k run or walk, pump and run or the Fun to be Fit one mile children's race.

The small registration fee for the event went to benefit the Family Enrichment Center in its mission to empower families.

"It helps to prevent child abuse. It's something that's overlooked a lot so i figured the entry fee was worth it with it being a good cause," participant Julie Wilson said.

Runners of all experience levels took part in the race, including Midday's Whitney Ray and Brandon Lokits.

Easter Egg Hunts

The beautiful weather, along with Easter eggs and ice cream made it a wonderful Sunday afternoon for area children as they prepare for the Easter holiday.

Chaney's Dairy Barn, along with Hughes and Coleman sponsored their second Easter egg hunt. Hundreds of children hunted for Easter eggs filled with candy and other prizes. Event Organizer, Micki Love, said the egg hunt was so successful that next year they'll need more eggs.

"We had 4,000 eggs and they were gone in three minutes. Next year, we have to double the amount of eggs we anticipate on hiding," Love said.

In addition to the Easter egg hunt, there was a hay-slide and drawings, and of course the Easter bunny was also on-hand to take pictures with the children.

Another Easter egg hunts going on around the area was a special hunt held for the families of deployed soldiers. The Family Support Group in Bowling Green, Ky., is made up of family members and friends of soldiers. They held an Easter egg hunt to support the families of these soldiers, and to prove the community is behind these military men and women.

"that they have support in other areas besides just in their immediate family and they feel loved and cared for while their fathers are away," said Tracey Cline from the Family Support Group.

The Family Support Group's Easter egg hunt is an annual event. Children were able to play games, participate in an egg hunt and see the Easter bunny!