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October 29, 1877, Patrolman Martin Roth, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when he was assaulted by a subject he was attempting to arrest for being drunk in public near the foot of Clay Street, near the Ohio River. During the arrest the subject struck Patrolman Roth in the head with a rock, causing severe lacerations. Patrolman Roth developed tetanus as a result of the wounds and died on October 29th, 1877. The subject who murdered him was acquitted of manslaughter.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Mt. Victory native Vermont Garrison, born in 1915. Vermont participated in three wars and was consistently older than his peers; in World War II at the age of 28, in Korea at 37, and flying Rolling Thunder missions at 51 in Vietnam. For this and his renowned gunnery expert, his nickname was “The Gray Eagle.”
October 29, 1927, Chief of Police John E. Miller, Jackson Police Department and Constable Henry Spencer, of the Breathitt County Constable’s Office, were shot and killed while raiding a home on the outskirts of town that was suspected of having illegal liquor. Two men were arrested inside the home and taken out front, where Constable Spencer stood guard over them. Chief Miller re-entered the home to arrest a third man but was shot several times while inside. The man then exited the home and exchanged shots with Constable Miller, striking him multiple times. Despite his wounds, Constable Spencer returned fire and wounded the subject. The man, along with the other two, fled into the nearby hills. The 40-year-old shooter was identified but never apprehended. Constable Spencer was taken to a local hospital where he died of his wounds on November 2nd, 1927.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Roark native Sonny Osborne, born in 1937 on Jack’s Creek in Leslie County. He is a master of the style developed by Earl Scruggs, called the “Scruggs style” and is best known for his collaboration with his brother Bobby Osborne as the Osborne Brothers. In the video below, Sonny is in the middle.
October 29, 1940, Turnkey Joe R. Tuggle, Whitley County Detention Center, was shot and killed by a prisoner in the Whitley County Jail as he brought the man out of his cell to talk to a visitor. The prisoner suddenly grabbed Turnkey Tuggle’s pistol from its holster and shot him twice, killing him. The suspect escaped from the jail but was arrested seven hours later after a bloodhound tracked him to a mountain 15 miles from the jail. The 21-year-old prisoner, who was awaiting transfer to the state penitentiary to begin serving a 21 year sentence for robbing a gas station, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. In 1945 Governor Simeon S. Willis commuted his sentence to life. He was paroled July 15, 1954. Turnkey Tuggle was survived by his wife and son.
October 29, 1960, Muhammad Ali makes his professional debut in his hometown of Louisville. He won a six-round unanimous decision over Tunney Hunsaker, whose day job was Police Chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia. Hunsaker’s eyes were swollen shut by the end of the fight, and afterward he said, “Clay was as fast as lightning. I tried every trick I knew to throw at him off balance, but he was just too good.” In his autobiography, Ali said Hunsaker dealt him one of the hardest body blows he ever took during his career. Ali and Hunsaker became good friends and stayed in touch through the years. Hunsaker said he did not agree with Ali’s decision to refuse military service, but he praised him as a great humanitarian and athlete.
October 29, 1975, the Francis M. Stafford House located at 102 Broadway Street in Paintsville was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The house was added not only for its architecture but for its family’s importance in the founding and development of Paintsville. In 1843, John Stafford, the original owner of the house, helped establish Paintsville’s city. In the 1930s, the Stafford family sold most of their 1,000 acres farm to the town, doubling it in size.
October 29, 1981, less than a week before he planned on getting re-elected, former Judge-Executive Carroll Fugate was sentenced to years in federal prison for stealing $14,000 from Perry County. Fugate’s lawyer requested federal prison over county jail on the grounds of “taste and dignity” than out of fear.
October 29, 1985, the remains of Hart County native Arthur Thomas Finney, an Air Force Colonel shot down over North Vietnam in 1966 and listed as missing in action, was returned to America. Finney was one of 26 American servicemen whose remains were returned to the U.S. by Vietnam in August of 1985. Finney’s final resting place is the Arlington National Cemetery. His hometown of Canmer provided a memorial service in his honor.
October 29, 1992, Governor Brereton Jones who has advocated preventive care as part of his health reform efforts announced that he plans to restrict smoking in all state offices, to designated areas, by January 1. This would be the first time a smoking policy has been implemented throughout state government. Governor Jones grows tobacco on his Woodford County farm.
October 29, 1993, the Jury of seven women and five men began deliberation in the Federal bribery trial of State Senator David LeMaster. U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood gave the case to the Jury at 12:07 p.m. LeMaster, 44, D-Paintsville, was charged with extortion, interstate travel in aid of racketeering, and lying to the FBI. He was one of fourteen defendants charged in the FBI’s investigation of public corruption known as BOPTROT. The thirteen prior defendants had been found guilty.
October 29, 1996, offshore apparel manufacturing took another bite out of Kentucky employment as OshKosh B’Gosh, Inc. announced it would close its children’s clothing plant in Columbia. The 411 jobs lost are 5.5% of all the jobs in Adair County. The plant employed 800 a few years ago. The state has lost 4,000 apparel jobs in five years.
October 29, 1996, a Moore High School football player was arrested on a Fourth-degree assault charge after he allegedly hit an official during a Friday night game. The referee of the Class AAA district game took out the warrant against the 18-year-old who was released on a $5,000 bond.
October 29, 2005, the 22nd Breeders’ Cup was held at Belmont Park for the fourth time. Jockey Garrett Gomez won his first two career Breeders’ Cup races, in the Juvenile and the Mile. Intercontinental dueled defending champion Ouija Board in the Filly & Mare Turf. The first German horse to win a Breeders’ Cup race, won the Turf. The winner of the Classic was later named Horse of the Year. It was Bailey’s 15th and final Breeders’ Cup win, retiring the following year as the all-time leader in Breeders’ Cup victories.
October 29, 2007, Chief of Police Randy Wells, Forest Hills Police Department, was killed when his patrol car was rear-ended by a box truck on the Snyder Freeyway, near La Grange Road. He was blocking traffic for a maintenance crew when the truck crashed into the back of his stopped vehicle, despite having all of his emergency equipment activated. Two of the maintenance workers were also seriously injured. Chief Wells had served as chief for 16 years and was the 500-person town’s only police officer. He is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren, and mother.
October 29, 2019, Murray Energy Holdings Company, the largest underground coal mining corporation in the United States declared Chapter II bankruptcy, another sign of the industry’s continued economic decline. There are three Murray subsidies in Kentucky; the Muhlenberg County Coal Company, the Western Kentucky Coal Company and the Western Kentucky Resources that employee 367 workers. Murry Energy was $2.7 billion in debt.