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October 27, 1869, Sheriff Lewis C. Story, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject in Albany. A group of citizens lynched the subject. Sheriff Story was 29 years old and survived by his wife and one child.
October 27, 1914, Deputy Sheriff James F. Smith, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest in the Mills area along Stinking Creek. Deputy Smith was 35 years old and survived by his wife.
October 27, 1928, Kentucky hosted Centre College to play their 12th game against each other. Kentucky won 8-0. This football game would be the 11th time their games ended in a shutout. The following year would be the last time they met, finishing with eight wins for Centre to Kentucky’s five.
October 27, 1936, Marshal Meredith “Merdie” Wolford, Phelps Police Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while attempting to arrest a county constable. The constable had become upset because Marshal Meredith had arrested one of his friends the previous night. Upon speaking with the constable, Marshal Wolford became fearful for his life and returned to town. He deputized a citizen and then returned to the constable’s location to arrest him. As they approached, the constable opened fire, fatally wounding Marshal Wolford. The constable was also fatally shot during the battle. Marshal Wolford was taken to a hospital in Matewan, West Virginia, where he died two days later.
October 27, 1952, Marine Corps PFC Melvin E. Goldsmith from Louisville, Marine Corps PVT James C. Massie from Lexington and Marine Corps PFC from Brooksville in Bracken County, all died fighting in the Korean War.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Mary Terstegge Meagher Plant born in 1964. In 1981 she bettered her own existing world records in the 100-meter butterfly (57.93) and 200-meter butterfly (2:05.96). These times would stand as the respective world records for 18 and 19 years, and are considered to be among the greatest sports performances ever.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Fort Thomas native Jeffrey Jacob Walz born in 1971. Walz is the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Louisville. In his second year he guided his team to a national championship appearance at the 2009 NCAA Tournament and led the Cardinals to a second championship game appearance in 2013. He attended Highlands High School in Fort Thomas.
October 27, 1973, Fran Curci’s Wildcats take down the Georgia Bulldogs 12-7 in Athens. It would be the first of three straight wins, next was #14 Tulane and then Vanderbilt. Kentucky would finish the season 5-6.
October 27, 1987, Henry S. Vance Jr., takes the stand in his defense and vigorously denied having anything to do with the murder of a Florida prosecutor. It was to no avail. Two days later, a federal jury deliberated for 80 minutes after a two-week trial to convict Vance. When sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, some say, this put an end to the Bluegrass Conspiracy saga.
October 27, 1990, the 7th Breeders’ Cup and the first held at Belmont Park in New York was a day marked by tragedy and triumph. In the Distaff, the champion filly Go for Wand fell in the stretch against defending Distaff winner Bayakoa, and could not be saved. Just one race later, legendary English jockey Lester Piggott rode Royal Academy to victory in the Mile. In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled broke from the outside post in a 14 horse field. It was the third career Classic win for jockey Pat Day.
October 27, 1993, Lieutenant Floyd Cheeks, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while serving an emergency protective order sought by a woman against her half-brother. Lieutenant Cheeks and his partner went to the location after receiving an anonymous tip. He went to the rear of the house and his partner stayed at the front. Lieutenant Cheeks was shot once in the left side with a 9 mm round, about five inches below the armpit, and the bullet exited through his right side. The brother of the man named in the order was charged with his murder. In 2002 the suspect was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 to 20 years. Lieutenant Cheeks was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. He was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant.
October 27, 2001, Belmont Park hosted the 18th Breeders’ Cup Championship, and it was unlike any other in the series’ history. The destruction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, a horrific tragedy visible from Belmont Park’s roof, happened six weeks earlier. The uniformed police force was in sight continuously, all to watch arguably the greatest Classic.
October 27, 2003, Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. bought Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, taking Kentucky’s headquarters and 450 jobs to North Carolina. Brown & Williamson had been in Louisville since 1927; their 2002 net sales were $3.57 billion selling popular brands Kool, Pall Mall and Lucky Strike. The company’s economic impact was $500 million annually. The Federal Government had to approve the merger of the number two and three tobacco companies.
October 27, 2017, Ford Motor Company invited local press and local dignitaries to witness the first of two redesigned SUVs roll off the Kentucky Truck Plant; the new aluminum body for the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. This was the first redesign for both in nearly twenty years and included a $2 billion investment.