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Police: Shooting suspect went to Rockfield house to retrieve gun

A man accused of killing a Rockfield father and critically wounding his son told police he went to the property to retrieve a gun that had been taken from him, according to a detective’s testimony.

A grand jury will take up the case against Daniel Moore, 35, of Greensburg, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Russell Heard, 75, who was shot Feb. 14 outside his home at 995 Galloways Mill Road in Rockfield.

Heard’s son, Bradley E. Heard, 35, of Rockfield, was shot multiple times during the altercation.

Kentucky State Police Detective Courtney Milam testified at a preliminary hearing Friday in Warren District Court that police were called about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14 to the Galloways Mill Road address regarding a shooting.

The caller, Troy Jones, reported that multiple people came to his camper on the Heards’ property and asked where Bradley Heard was located.

Jones told police he saw Moore go toward Russell Heard’s house and saw him pull out a gun and hold it in front of his waist, Milam testified.

Nathan McKinney, who Milam said was a friend of Moore’s who traveled to the property in a separate vehicle, told police Russell Heard came out of the house and met Moore in the driveway, Milam said.

“Moore stated that he went to the property to obtain a gun that had been taken from him,” Milam said.

Russell Heard reportedly attempted to get his son out of the house to resolve the issue, but at some point a verbal argument ensued between Moore and Russell Heard. Bradley Heard then emerged from the residence.

Moore told KSP that Bradley Heard was armed with two knives.

“Bradley came out of the residence charging at (Moore) with a knife in each hand,” Milam said. “(Moore) said he fired a warning shot toward the ground to deter him, but Bradley kept advancing with those knives so he shot Bradley three times.”

Bradley Heard was taken to The Medical Center, where Milam said Friday he remained in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit, unable to communicate.

Russell Heard was found dead outside the house by KSP, with a gunshot wound to the chest.

“(Moore) stated he did not shoot Russell Heard and Russell was alive on the porch as he was leaving the residence,” Milam said. “However, witnesses on scene stated Moore intentionally shot Russell Heard.”

Moore was located by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in a red Ford Ranger with his sister on Russellville Road near Interstate 165 and was taken to The Medical Center for treatment of a knife wound to his shoulder.

Police recovered two hunting knives, one with evidence of blood droplets on the tip, along with five .45-caliber shell casings, a bullet and two fragments from the crime scene.

KSP also took samples from two pools of blood found at the scene, one from the walkway leading to the porch and one on the kitchen floor just inside the house, Milam said.

After being released from the hospital, Moore was taken to Kentucky State Police Post 3 for an interview, where Milam said he was cooperative while giving his statement.

Warren District Judge Brent Potter found probable cause to send the case to the grand jury and kept Moore’s bond at $50,000 cash.

Moore remains in the Warren County Regional Jail.

– Follow courts reporter Justin Story on Twitter @jstorydailynews or visit bgdailynews.com.

Bowling Green native Mills making mark in music industry

Raised in Bowling Green, singer-songwriter Mills found his way to Los Angeles in 2019 and refined an R&B and pop music vibe rooted in the diversity and ingenuity of one of Kentucky’s oldest cities.

Tagged as “promising” and “heartfelt” by Ones to Watch in 2019, Mills has been climbing the music scene for a few years. After accompanying ROLE MODEL on tour in 2019 and being featured on Justin Bieber’s Instagram story in 2020, Mills appears set for a breakout in 2021.

Mills Turner, who goes by Mills when writing, recording and performing, grew up in Bowling Green and graduated from Bowling Green High School in 2018 after playing football and lacrosse for the school.

Long before graduating from BGHS, Mills found an interest in music after joining choir in the seventh grade.

“I was like 13 years old, and I kind of just joined (choir) to get an easy ‘A’ and goof off and make people laugh and not really try to sing,” Mills said. “Once I actually tried to sing, I fell in love with it. I got into performing and singing itself, and then I stayed in choir all through school.”

Mills began writing his own songs in his freshman year of high school. After graduation, he moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., and attended Middle Tennessee State University as a commercial songwriting major for a year.

“I just wanted to give school a try,” Mills said. “I felt like I owed it to my parents. They wanted me to go to school for a year and try it out, and I did. I just found out it wasn’t for me. I wanted to be in the industry and working instead of learning about it.”

While he was in school at MTSU, Mills found time to visit Los Angeles, hoping to make music and put together a project before returning to school. After playing a show in Los Angeles, Mills was on his way to a record deal with Keep Cool/RCA Records.

“I ended up playing a show out here,” Mills said. “It caught the attention of some people that were well-respected in the music industry, and it just made sense to stop going to school and pursue this full time.”

Mills solidified his record deal with Keep Cool/RCA Records in August after a year and a half of living in Los Angeles.

RCA Records describes Mills’ songwriting as “poetic storytelling” with a melodic glimpse into “the 1970s era of Laurel Canyon.” Mills’ label calls him a “troubadour for the modern age,” according to a press release.

Mills’ second EP, “Train of Thoughts” is set to release in April. The EP, his first project released under a record deal, features songs that Mills said he is really excited about.

“I love all my music,” Mills said. “It’s like picking a favorite kid because there’s all these different moments in my life that I’m trying to synchronize into one song, but the one I’m most excited about releasing is ‘Creations.’ ”

“Creations” is an anthem for humans and the acceptance of other humans as they are, Mills said.

“Slide Thru,” another song from Mills’ upcoming EP, releases Tuesday. The first song from the upcoming EP, “Hollow,” was released in January and is more acoustic than the upcoming single, Mills said.

“ ‘Slide Thru’ is a feel good, R&B, pop song, but the lyrics are not orthodox for that style,” Mills said. “I feel like I’m creating my own lane of songwriting in this vein of music, and I feel like this is a good introduction to that.”

The first EP that Mills released, “Clashing Thoughts,” was produced independently and featured singles like “Lovely” and “Call It a Night.” The EP makes references to the “water tower town” where Mills was raised.

Regardless of the city where the music was produced, Mills’ music has strong connections to his childhood and teenage years in Bowling Green, he said.

“It’s an uplifting place,” Mills said. “The connections and relationships I’ve made my whole life and the lessons I’ve learned, that’s going to naturally find its way into my music.”

Most of Mills’ family still lives in Bowling Green, including his parents and one of his older brothers. His other older brother lives in Nashville and they make music together when Mills comes to town, he said.

“I just want them to know that I love them and to thank them for supporting me and getting me to where I am because they’re responsible for all of this as well,” Mills said.

Kentucky to expand vaccine rollout starting March 1

Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that Kentucky’s local health departments and regional coronavirus vaccination centers – including the Bowling Green location at Greenwood Mall – are gearing up to launch Phase 1C starting March 1. People who are high-risk for severe COVID-19 will continue to be a priority, he said.

“Keep masking up. We’ve got cases going down and vaccines going up, and that’s a good thing,” Beshear said. “It’s going to be a big week for vaccinations.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Phase 1C includes people 65 to 74 years old and people 16 to 64 years old who are at-risk for severe COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions.

In Kentucky, Beshear said Phase 1C will also prioritize anyone 60 years old or older, regardless of whether they have underlying health conditions putting them at risk for severe COVID-19.

Phase 1C also includes all other essential workers, namely those who work in “transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety and public health,” the CDC said.

Kentuckians can find a vaccine by going online to vaccine.ky.gov or by calling 855-598-2246. The number for those who are hearing impaired is 855-326-4654.

Kentucky has administered initial vaccine doses to at least 583,754 people, Beshear said Monday. Last week’s winter storms slowed Kentucky’s rollout of the vaccine, Beshear said.

“We were expecting about 71,000 doses. We received 6,825,” he said, adding that prompted the state to use up nearly 98.5% of all the initial doses it has.

The state expects to get many more doses this week, Beshear said.

The news came as Beshear announced the sixth straight week of declining COVID-19 cases in the state. He reported 530 new cases Monday, but last week’s winter storms could have influenced that number.

Beshear called it the lowest single-day increase in cases he’s reported since Oct. 5.

The positivity rate is now 6.60%. Provided that cases continue to decline here, Beshear said it could precipitate easing back on some virus-related restrictions, Beshear said.

However, the coronavirus continues to exact a deadly toll both in Kentucky and nationally. Beshear reported 13 additional deaths Monday, bringing the statewide death toll to 4,460. He also noted that the nation has now passed 500,000 deaths to COVID-19.

The Barren River District Health Department announced Monday that it would be moving its reporting schedule to Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Allen County Health Department reported on four new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total there to 1,777 cases since the start of the pandemic. The death toll there is 22.

– Follow education reporter Aaron Mudd on Twitter @NewsByAaron or visit bgdailynews.com.

Land at Transpark slated for use as VA facility

Thanks to growth in the Kentucky Transpark, a suitable site for a Veterans Administration skilled nursing facility may have been found, and that could mean a long-awaited nursing home for military veterans in Bowling Green will soon become a reality.

The Inter-Modal Transportation Authority that oversees the Transpark – a nearly 1,200-acre industrial park in northern Warren County – voted Friday to donate a tract of about 25 acres to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs as a site for what will be the state’s fifth nursing home for veterans.

It’s the second parcel of land offered by the ITA after it agreed in 2015 to donate acreage in the Transpark as an inducement for the KDVA to build one of its facilities in Bowling Green.

The first – near the Alpla plant on Technology Way – was roughly 20 acres and would have been more in the heart of the heavy industry located in the Transpark.

Ron Bunch, president and chief executive of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, said the new site is in a newly acquired portion of the Transpark and is behind the Crown Holdings Inc. aluminum-can manufacturing plant being built on Mizpah Road.

“The VA felt like this site was a better fit, and it’s slightly larger,” Bunch said. “They wanted it a little more secluded.”

The donated acreage could be another piece of a puzzle that local officials have been trying to assemble for nearly a decade.

In March 2020, Gov. Andy Beshear signed House Bill 24 allocating $2.5 million in state funds for design and preconstruction of a veterans nursing home planned for Bowling Green.

That seemed to move closer to the groundbreaking stage a skilled nursing facility for veterans that the late Robert Spiller and other military veterans and public officials have been pushing for since 2012.

The Kentucky General Assembly in 2017 passed a resolution for $10.5 million in state bond funding needed to build the $30 million facility.

The rest of the money must come from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To make that happen, the General Assembly passed that funding measure to get started on design of the facility.

Now that a suitable site has apparently been found, supporters of the VA nursing home hope that design work can begin right away.

“This seems to be a more desirable site than the initial site,” said state Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville, who sponsored HB 24. “The state has contracted with a design firm.

“That’s in the process now. In the last conversation I had with the Department of Veterans Affairs, they still didn’t have a federal funding letter. But they’re hopeful that things will move forward.”

Waiting on the VA facility to start coming out of the ground is nothing new.

Over the years, Kentucky found itself behind other states on the federal priority list because the state already has VA nursing facilities in Hazard, Wilmore, Hanson and Radcliff.

Despite the presence of those facilities, one local veterans advocate said there is still a need in Bowling Green.

Malcolm Cherry, commander of Bowling Green’s American Legion Post 23, said the existing veterans nursing homes don’t cover southcentral Kentucky.

“They’re pretty well covered in eastern Kentucky,” Cherry said last year. “We have people from this part of the state in those nursing homes. Their families have a hard time visiting them. We have nothing in southcentral Kentucky.”

Although the prospects for a VA nursing home in Bowling Green appear to be better than ever after this land donation, Meredith said a groundbreaking is probably months away and a grand opening may not happen for a couple more years.

Bunch said the delay will probably mean that the facility will be scaled back from what was originally proposed.

“Because time has passed, what they had originally hoped to build probably isn’t affordable now,” Bunch said. “In the past, it was planned as a 120-bed facility.

“Now it might need to be 60 beds initially, with the ability to expand it to 90.”

– Follow business reporter Don Sergent on Twitter @BGDNbusiness or visit bgdailynews.com.