The 2013 Coroners Master Directory on the FRONT page has been updated. It now contains the contact information for the County Coroner only, and we should be more effective in keeping that information up-to-date.
Under HB 1, you are required, by statute, to report drug-related deaths to the KSP and Vital Statistics.
If your case has been examined by a Kentucky Medical Examiner, this is already done for you.
If you submit a toxicology sample without an autopsy being conducted, the State Chief Medical Examinerwill review all AIT toxicology reports. If that review indicates it may be a drug-related death, you will receive a request for a copy of the death certificate.
If you provide the State Medical Examiner with the death certificate, we will report the case for you. If we receive no response, you will be responsible for reporting the case to KSP and Vital Statistics.
RTI International, in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice,provides free on-line continuing education in subjects such as death investigation, crime scene investigation, SUIDI investigations, forensic toxicology and much more. For Coroner Investigators current material available include:
Administrative Management of a Coroners (MDI) Office
Advanced Medical Imaging in Medicolegal Death Investigations
Death Investigations in the Elderly
How to be a good Expert Witness
Investigating Sudden Death: Cause of Death Scenarios that Mimic One Another
Recreational Asphyxia- Chemical
Recreational Asphyxia- Mechanical
CODIS for Missing Persons: Using DNA for Identification of Remains
To look at or sign up for any of these courses, go to www.forensiced.org , click register for online forensic courses, click training, select Medicolegal Death Investigation.
Governor Beshear signed Senate Bill 52 on March 12, 2013. This law requires that all death certificates in Kentucky are to be filed electronically through the KY-EDRS system beginning January 01, 2015. This affects funeral homes, physicians, and coroners.
The 46th Annual Kentucky Coroner's Conference is just around the corner on April 16-19,2013. Kentucky Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Tracey Corey, the State Medical Examiner's Office, KCA Secretary/Treasurer Brian Ritchie, and your KCA Board of Directors have worked hard to provide a quality opportunity for training and fellowship at this years Conference. Keep in mind that most of these topics will be presented this year only!
Some of the presentations include:
"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"
Dr. Gregory Wanger- KY Medical Examiner- Madisonville Office
"Heroin in Kentucky"
Dr. Tracey Corey- Kentucky Chief Medical Examiner
"Update on House Bill 1"
Van Ingram- Executive Director of ODCP
"Heroin in Kentucky- A Law Enforcement Perspective"
Detective Mike Halbeib
"Why Child Fatality Review is Important for your Community"
Susan H. Pollack, MD, FAAP, Sherry Rock, MPH
"Cases from Hardin County, KY"
Dr. Bill Lee- Hardin County Coroner
"Comparing Coroner/M.E. Programs of Mississippi and Kentucky
Dr. Mark LeVaughn
"Electronic Death Registration System"
Christina S. Stewart- Administrative Branch Manager, Office of Vital Statistics
"Interesting Cases from Ohio"
Dr. Bill Ralston, Chief Deputy Coroner, Hamilton Co. Ohio
"Death in Custody"
Dr. W. Ashton Ennis, Pathologist II with the Philadelphia M.E. Office
"U.K Body Bequeathal Program and Coroners"
Gary Ginn, Coordinator and Fayette County County Coroner
"Mystery of the Dreamcaster"
Forrest Hicks, Wayne County Coroner
"I Think I May Have Been Here Before"
David Jones- Kentucky Coroner/M.E. Consultant
"Some of the Problems Coroner's Have in Other States"
David Jones- Kentucky Coroner/M.E. Consultant
With Eric White's departure from AIT Labs, here are some important contact information you may find useful:
Client Development Manager
Business Unit Manager
Forensic Client Services
The 2013 Coroners Training Schedule has been updated with course numbers and is now complete.
We regret to announce the death of former Fayette County Coroner Dennis Penn, who died Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Dr. Penn practiced pediatrics in Lexington for 35 years and had served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Central Baptist, St. Joseph, Good Samaritan, and Shriner's Children's hospitals in Lexington. He served two years as assistant to Fayette County Coroner and then served as Fayette County Coroner from 1990-2002. During his service, he was instrumental in starting a program to prevent teen suicide named Stop Youth Suicide. He was a navy veteran of WWII, serving in the South Pacific. He was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Brenda Watson Penn, four children, and eleven grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 4-8 PM at Milward Man-0-War in Lexington. Funeral services will be 12:30am Saturday at the Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY.
STANTON - Carl Wells Sr, 80, husband of Virginia Prewitt Wells, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013, at his home. He was born May 25, 1932 in Perry County, Kentucky, the son of the late William H. and Scytha Drake Wells. On March 29, 1952, he married Virginia Dare Prewitt in Hazard, Kentucky and from that union had two sons, Paul Wayne Wells and Carl Wells, Jr. In January of 1956, he received his Funeral Director's License from the Kentucky Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors and in May of 1961 he graduated from Kentucky School of Embalming. He truly loved his community and dedicated his life to serving the needs of his fellow Powell Countians through the Wells Funeral Home and Wells Ambulance Service. He also served as Powell County Coroner for forty four years. He was a member and deacon of Stanton Christian Church, longtime member of Stanton and Clay City Lions Clubs, member and Past Master of Stanton Masonic Lodge F&AM 352, member of the Oleika Shrine Temple of Lexington and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a charter member of both the Powell County Flying Club and Beechfork Golf Club and was a former Boy Scout Leader of Troop #351. He also served on the Powell County Board of Directors of Whitaker Bank. Survivors include; wife of 60 years, Virginia Prewitt Wells; son, Carl Wells, Jr.; grandchildren, Joshua Wells, Stanton, Megan and husband, David Davis, Stanton, Heather and husband, Shannon Combs, Richmond, and Rebecca Wells, Stanton; great-grandchildren, Josh Davis, Virginia "Jenna" Davis, Grant Wells, Whitley Combs, and Braeden Combs; sister, Catherine Pennington, Hazard; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held at 1pm Friday, January 25, 2013, at the former Wells Funeral Home, 375 West College Avenue, Stanton. Visitation Wednesday and Thursday after 4pm with Masonic services on Thursday. Burial will be in the Stanton Cemetery.
For those coroner and deputy coroner investigators needing to take the Coroner's Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course, it has been scheduled for February 11-15, 2013 at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort. Be sure to get your Form 29-1 submitted to DOCJT as soon as possible! A complete listing of the 2013 Training Schedule is now posted on the Coroner Training page.
Mother and Grandmother of Simpson County Coroner and Deputy Coroners passes away
Helen Vance Crafton, age 87, of Franklin, KY., passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Medical Center in Franklin. She was the mother of Simpson County Coroner Gary Crafton, Simpson County Deputy Coroner Thomas Crafton, and grandmother of Simpson County Deputy Coroner Patrick Crafton.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 2, 2012 after 1 pm CST, (2 pm EST) in the chapel of Crafton Funeral Home in Franklin. Funeral Services will be Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11 am CST, (Noon EST) in the chapel of Crafton Funeral Home in Franklin, KY.
Our sincere condolences to her family and all the members of the Simpson County Coroner's Office.
We are sad to announce the passing of former Scott County Coroner Marvin Yocum.
Marvin Seay Yocum, age 82, husband of Dorothy Yocum, passed away on November 26, 2012 at his home. He retired as owner of Tucker-Yocum-Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown, KY. where he was a Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 20 years. He was a member of Georgetown Baptist Church, former President of the Kiwanis Club, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, former owner of Georgetown Monument Company, as well as a retired Scott County Coroner.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy, children Steven Yocum and Sandra Hatton, 1 brother-Morris Yocum, 2 sister Margaret Sexton and Mildren Yates, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from Noon-2:30 PM in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will also be Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at Tucker-Yocum-Wilson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Georgetown Baptist Church.
A question has come up recently concerning the new continuing education requirements from the Kentucky State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, and whether the State Board will still accept our Kentucky Coroners/Deputy Coroners mandatory training in meeting those funeral director continuing education requirements.
In a recent letter from the State Board to Kentucky Coroner's Association Executive Secretary Brian Ritchie, the Board has re-affirmed that our yearly mandatory training requirement will satisfy the funeral director continuing education requirement in full.
A copy of that letter can be viewed here:Funeral Director Continuing Education
On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, and all coroners and deputy coroners across Kentucky, we extend our deepest sympathy to Association President Jimmy Pollard on the passing of his mother. Her obituary is as follows:
Minnie (Atchison) Pollard, age 87 of Pleasureville, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Masonic Home of Shelbyville, surrounded by her loving family. Daughter of the late Elmer and Clara Belle (Terrell) Atchison, she was a homemaker and a member of Pleasureville United Methodist Church. Minnie was an avid seamstress. She loved to quilt and do all sorts of needle point. She also enjoyed china painting.
She is survived by a son- Jimmy Pollard and his wife Debbie of Pleasureville, Ky.; a daughter: Shirley Robinson of Gainsville, FL.; 2 brothers-Charles Atchison of Shelbyville, Ky. and Marvin Atchison of Smithfield Ky.; 2 Grandsons: Joey Pollard and Josh Merritt; and several Step-Grandchildren and Step-Great-Grandchildren.
She is was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Pollard, two brothers, Ray and Owen Atchison; and her son-in-law, Elwyn Robinson.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 after 5 PM in the chapel of Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Pleasureville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Pleasureville United Methodist Church.
According to Christina Stewart, Administrative Branch Manager for the Office of Vital Statistics, the KY-EDRS system is becoming more and more popular with coroners offices across the state. Nearly half of the coroners offices across the state now using electronic death registration as their primary method of registration. In the month of July, 36% of all death certificates were filed electronically. These numbers continue to rise with each passing month.
The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics offers funeral facility training and medical certifier face-to-face training sessions on how to register and file death certificates through the use of KY-EDRS. The following training dates are currently scheduled:
September 12, 2012 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
October 10, 2012 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
November 14, 2012 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
December 12, 2012 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
January 9, 2013 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
February 13, 2013 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
March 13, 2013 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
April 10, 2013 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
June 12, 2013 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
The Office of Vital Statistics offers two-hour training sessions that are available to all funeral facility staff, medical certifiers and medical certifier assistants. Training will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the CHR Building located at 275 East Main, Frankfort, Ky. Though KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for participation, certifiers may find it helpful to take part in one of these face to face training sessions with OVS staff. Please call toll free 1 (866) 451-3781 to enroll.
Autopsy Form Letter 2012
According to preliminary data received from the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's Coroners and Deputy Coroners conducted 9,282 medicolegal death investigations across the state in 2011. The State Medical Examiner's Office was requested to perform autopsies in 2,378 of those deaths, or in approximately 25.6% of all medicolegal death investigations.
Today also added the 2011 Kentucky ME Office Annual Report to the Forensic Library.
Have created a new page highlighting photos from the 2012 Kentucky Coroner's Conference. There are more photos to come.
A death investigator with the Torrance County, New Mexico Medical Examiner's Office was injured while responding to investigate a fatality auto accident. His vehicle was struck from behind at the scene and rolled at least once from the impact. The local TV news crew caught the incident on tape. It is a reminder of the hazards our coroners and deputy coroners are exposed to during the performance of our duties. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
At last count, the Coroner's Office Administration course scheduled for July 24-25 has only 9 persons signed up for the class. If you have any interest in signing up for the course, you are encouraged to sign up right away in order to avoid the course being canceled for this year.
Just got word of two new DOCJT Training Courses. September 11-12, 2012 a course on Forensic Pathology will be taught in Louisville, and October 30-31,2012 a course on Child Death Investigations will be conducted at General Butler SRP in Carrollton. Please refer to the Coroner Training page for additonal information.
Added two new documents to the Forensic Library. One is a 3-page document titled "Dissemination of Public Information in Medicolegal Investigations"; the other is a document of 21 pages titled "Principles for Communicating with Next of Kin during Medicolegal Death Investigations".
The CORONERS MASTER DIRECTORY is now back up and running on the FRONT page. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
The Kentucky Coroner's Association has open positions on its Board of Directors. Bonded and sworn Coroners and/or Deputy Coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for open positions on the Association Board of Directors should submit a letter stating their interest to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrencburg, KY. 40342 on or prior to April 1, 2012.
Also, the Kentucky Coroner's Association position of Executive Secretary/Treasurer will be elected by majority vote at the General Membership meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Any active coroner/deputy coroner, associate member, or anyone with knowledge and understanding of the Kentucky Coroner's Association may apply for the position. The position is a yearly contracted position and applicants need to submit their nomination to the nominating committee through President Jimmy Pollard, 771 Main Street, Pleasureville, KY 40057. firstname.lastname@example.org on or prior to April 1, 2012.
Below you will find the agenda for the 45th Annual Kentucky Coroner's Conference. It is also listed on the Front Page. If you haven't made early registration and motel reservations we encourage you to get that task done right away!
"Death Investigation Case Notes: A review of several death investigations including the Caylee Anthony case, along with a look inside the dramatization of a case for TV."
Steve Hanson, Chief Investigator(retired), for the District 9 Medical Examiner's Office, Orlando, Florida
Electronic Death Certificates- Update
Office of Vital Statistics
"Why Child Fatality Review is important for your community"
Teddy Slone, MPH
Child Fatality Review/Injury Prevention, Health Program Administrator
Child and Family Health Improvement Branch
"Mechanism of Drowning and the Use of Search Dogs"
Dr. Barbara Weakley-Jones, Jefferson County Coroner
Tao Martinez, ArchAngels Bio Recovery Inc., Illinios
"Fire Death Investigations"
Major Henry Ott, Louisville Fire Depaprtment
"Narcotic Pills and Meth Labs in Kentucky"
"How can Coroners and Law Enforcement work together to fight this epidemic?"
Bret Kirkland, KSP Detective/Drug Enforcement Special Investigations East Branch
"Patterns of Injury and Evidence"
Dr. Tracey Corey, KY Chief Medical Examiner
"Current Trends in Postmortem Toxicology"
Josh Gunn, Ph.D, Forensic Toxicologist AIT Labs
Long-time Floyd County Coroner Roger Nelson died Friday, February 17, 2012 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, WV. at the age of 62 years. He was a retired Coroner and current Deputy Coroner of Floyd County, Former President of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, Pi Sigma Eta, Member of Board of Directors of Left Beaver Rescue Squad, Member of Odd Fellows, NRA, Kentucky Peace Officers Association, Kentucky Colonel, and Owner of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife Sandra; two sons- Roger Gene Nelson II of Prestonsburg and Gregory Scott Nelson of Dwale, Ky.; 1 daughter- Christina Leigh Nelson (John) Goble of Martin, Ky.; 1 brother, 2 sisters, and 5 grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Monday, February 20, 2012 after 6 PM at the funeral home in Martin, Ky. and all day on Tuesday, Februaury 21, 2012. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1 PM at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, Ky.
The 2012 Training Schedule has been updated and is complete as of today's date.
Also, keep in mind that it will soon be time for the 45th Annual Kentucky Coroner's Association Conference! This year's conference will be held April 17-20, 2012 at the Holiday Inn- Hurstbourne in Louisvlle, Kentucky. To make reservations please call 502-426-2600 prior to March 29th to get the conference room rate of $84.00 (Ask for Block Code AKC). Make your reservation ASAP!
Below you will find applications for Conference registration and 2012 KCA Annual Dues. Coroners and Deputy Coroners may take the conference training annually for credit with DOCJT (remember you must submit form #29-1 to DOCJT prior to the conference date).
2012 Kentucky Coroners Conference Registration
2012 Kentucky Coroners Association Annual Dues
We are planning an exciting agenda which will include Steve Hanson, Chief Investigator for the Orlando/ Orange County, FL Medical Examiners Office. Steve was the lead death investigator in the Casey Anthony case. Once complete the conference agenda will be posted here on the website.
Those applying for Career Development Awards (Advanced or Master Coroner) need to submit their information to Brian Ritchie by March 20, 2012. The requirements are posted on the Career Development page.
The 2012 Training Schedule for the 40 hour Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course at Saint Louis University School of Medicine has been added to the Training page.
The 2012 Coroner's Training Schedule is now listed on the Training page.
For those coroner and deputy coroner investigators needing to take the Coroner's Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course, it has been scheduled for February 20-24, 2012 at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort. Be sure to get your Form 29-1 submitted to DOCJT as soon as possible! A complete listing of the 2012 Training Schedule will be placed on the Coroner Training page in the near future.
The Coroner's Directory Database on the Front page is now back online.
We regret to inform you of the death of former five term Elliott County Coroner Carl H. Eldridge.
Carl H. Eldridge, age 63, of Bayou Lane, Salt Lick ,Ky., passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at his residence. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from 1968-1970 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was an EMT with the Elliott County EMS during the 70's and served five terms as Elliott County Coroner. He was a 1992 honor graduate of Mid-America College of Mortuary Science and was a member of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity. A former employee of Lewis and Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook, Henderson Funeral Home in Olive Hill, and Sparks Funeral Home in Grayson, Ky. Carl founded the Eldridge Funeral Home in Sandy Hook in 1994.
Survivors include two sons- Jonathan (Heather) Eldridge of Morehead, and Joshua Eldridge of Sandy Hook; their mother Patricia; a brother- Robert Eldridge, Jr. of Magnolia, Ky.; and two sisters- Wilma Hutchinson of Sandy Hook and Charlotte Morgan of Fairborn, Ohio.
Visitation will be Friday, January 6, 2012 from 9-11 AM at Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals in Morehead, Ky. Funeral services will also be Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11 AM at Northcutt and Son. Burial will follow in the Eldridge Family Cemetery in Sandy Hook, Ky.
The Coroners Directory Database is currently down and unavailable. We are working with the State IT people to find the problem and will have it fixed as soon as possible.
It is not too early to begin planning to attend the 45th Annual Kentucky Coroners Conference on April 17-20, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. For registration and dues renewal forms please see the Front page.
We regret to announce the death of former Harlan County Coroner Joe Mahan. Mr. Mahan, age 73, of Harlan, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 17th at VA Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He was a US Army Veteran and a Kentucky Funeral Director and Embalmer. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Rich Funeral Home in Harlan. Visitation will begin after 11:30 AM on Tuesday until the funeral time.
The Kentucky State Coroner/Medical Examiner Incident Response Team recently conducted training at the State Medical Examiner Facility in Frankfort. The delivery of four inflatable shelters along with associated lighting, climate control, and generator units required familiarization and training of the TEAM members in the setup and potential uses for the equipment. A new 24 person MERC cooling unit was also introduced, and the Equipment and Command Post trailers from across the state were brought in to update and add new equipment and supplies to their inventory.
As issues may come up from time to time regarding coroners and KODA, some of our Coroners and Deputy Coroners may not be familiar with the specific KRS statutes that address the issue. You will find a link to the statute here at KRS Organ Donation Statute. This will also be posted in the Forensic Library section
The link to the 2011 Kentucky Coroner Master Database on the FRONT PAGE has been updated as of 11/01/2011.
According to data received from the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's Coroners and Deputy Coroners conducted 9,566 death investigations across the state in 2010, with the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office assisting in 2,452 investigations, or 25.6% of these cases. This compares with 8,953 death investigations in 2009, with the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office assisting in 2,373 investigations, or 26.5% of these cases. This data represents an increase of almost 7% in the workload of Kentucky's coroner death investigators from 2009 to 2010, and a 3.3% increase in workload for the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office in the same time period.
Have recently added four more articles to the Forensic Library. They are:
2010 Kentucky State Medical Examiner Annual Report
SIDS- Sleep-Related Deaths
NAME SUIDI Investigations
NAME Mass Fatality Plan 2011 (Updated)
Added two new documents to the Forensic Library, one being the NAME 2011 Mass Fatality plan, and the other os the NAME paper for SUIDI Death Investigations. This brings the Forensic Library up to 27 documents with 707 pages of information, along with 4 videos totaling 121 minutes. Have 1 more video to add to the library that is about 1 hour in length to be added in a few days.
For those of you still needing to sign up for Electronic Death Certificate Registration, here is some additional information for you:
REF: Kentucky Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS) trainings.
FROM: Paul F. Royce, Kentucky State Registrar email@example.com
The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics (OVS) is pleased to announce that we are now offering face-to-face training sessions on how to register and file death certificates through the new KY-EDRS.
The following training dates are currently scheduled with more to come:
October 13, 2011 Thursday 9:00 – 11:00
November 9, 2011 Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00
December 14, 2011 Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00
January 11, 2012 Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00
February 8, 2012 Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00
March 14, 2012 Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00
April 11, 2012 Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00
These two-hour training sessions are available to all medical certifiers and medical certifier assistants. Trainings will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services located at 275 East Main, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Though KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for medical certifiers or assistants to participate in the on-line system, certifiers may find it helpful to take part in one of these face to face trainings with OVS staff. Please call 1-866-451-3781 to enroll.
The KY-Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS) is a web-based system allowing funeral homes and medical certifiers to complete certificates of death electronically in our new web-based application for on-line submission to the Office of Vital Statistics (OVS).
Benefits of the KY-EDRS are:
· Saves time and effort by enabling death certificate completion electronically.
· Incorporates edits for enhanced accuracy in completing death certificates.
· Improves the timeliness and quality of death data.
· Improves fraud prevention by causing electronic authentication of medical certifiers.
KY-EDRS is available to all Kentucky medical certifiers and funeral homes.
If a medical facility, medical certifier or medical certifier assistant is interested in becoming an active participant, please contact the Office of Vital Statistics at 866-451-3781.
We are sad to report the passing of Joe Kelly and Joe Grantham:
Joseph O. Kelly, age 84, of Frankfort, KY., passed away on Tuesday, August 23,2011 at his home in Marion, Indiana. He was a long-time funeral director and Franklin County Deputy Coroner, serving four generations including Coroners Michael L. Harrod and William C. Harrod until his retirement. He was an active church deacon, sunday school teacher, and Gideon International member. Services were held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Crestwood Baptist Church in Frankfort.
Jonathan "Joe" Grantham(seen at left with David Jones), age 42, of Wiggins, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011 in Wiggins. Joe served as Division Director of the State Medical Examiner's Office from 2003-2004. He was selected to replace retiring Division Director David Jones. Joe began his career as a medical examiner investigator for the Lafayette County Medical Examiner's Office in MIssissippi. He later received an associate degree in chemistry in 1988, and completed coursework in the Forensic Science Program at the University of Mississippi in 1996. Before coming to Kentucky he was the chief medical examiner investigator for the Brown and Door County Medical Examiner's Office in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was Board Certified with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
Services were held at 11 AM Saturday in Wiggins, Mississippi at Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins.
An additional training class has been added to the DOCJT training curriculum for 2011. Mass Fatality Response will be held November 1-2, 2011 in Owensboro at the Daviess County Public Works Building on Hwy. 81. This course is a prerequisite for new members wishing to serve on the Kentucky Coroner/Medical Examiner Incident Response Team.
Governor Steve Beshear signs House Bill 34 into law, which will take effect June 8, 2011.
Full text of HB34
Standing from left to right behind Gov. Beshear (Consultant John Cooper, Henry County Coroner James Pollard, Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt, Scott County Coroner John Goble, State Rep. Marie Rader)
Added two new Job Opportunities on the Front page.
(1) A Forensic Investigator position is open in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland. Application deadline in July 11, 2011. Salary range is $28,434-$44,520.
(2) A Chief Investigator position is open in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. No application deadline was listed. Salary range is $48,000-$55,000.
Added information on the Front page and in the Forensic Library regarding the KRS statute that address organ donation between coroners and KODA.
The State Medical Examiner's Office has asked us to address the issue of submitting lab samples for toxicology with the coroners. A growing number of coroners are submitting these items with missing barcode labels on vials and/or missing signatures. These have been processed up until now in the interest of minimal delays in your getting test results. However, any future samples submitted will be delayed in obtaining test results without the required documentation. Please double check your documentation before packaging!
We are sad to report the death of former McCreary County Coroner Milford Creekmore. He passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the Saint Mary's of Scott County Hospital in Oneida, Tennessee. He was 59 years of age.
He was McCreary County Coroner for 9 years, and a Deputy Coroner for 9 years. He was also a licensed funeral director, rescue squad member, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star member, and served his community on numerous boards and positions.
Survivors include 2 sons- Milford Burl Creekmore II and Ethelbert Burl Creekmore, 2 daughters- Rebecca Ann Jones and Opal Marie New, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends after 6 PM EDT on Thursday, April 28th at McCreary County Funeral Home in Whitley City, Ky. Funeral services will be Friday, April 29th at 2 PM EDT in the funeral home chapel.
Dr. Corey has asked that the following information be distributed to all Kentucky Coroners regarding a potential child choking hazard.
This is in reference to a recall of Monkeez and Friends wrist rattles and baby booties made by Midwest-CBK on Union City, Tennessee. They are made of knitted yarn and have a monkey head and a pom-pom attached, all in multiple color combinations. The recall is based on a report of the pom-pom detaching from the wrist rattle resulting in a potential choking hazard for infants. More than 10,000 wrist rattles and 11,000 pairs of baby booties have been sold in the U.S.
For more information and pictures of the items go HERE
Added a photo on the Front page of Governor Beshear signing House Bill 34 allowing coroners and coroners to operate emergency lights and sirens with the permission of their local governing authority. The full text of HB34, which takes effect June 8, 2011, is also available as a link.
We are sad to report the death of Lee County Deputy Coroner Clayton Edward Spencer. Deputy Spencer died March 19, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. after a long fight with cancer. He was 57 years of age and was the husband of Phyllis Sue Napier Spencer. He had served many years in law enforcement as a police officer, former coroner and current deputy coroner. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 6-9 PM at Newnam Funeral Home in Beatyville, KY. Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the funeral home chapel.
Have added a new training opportunity to the Training Page in the ONLINE Training section.
(SUIDI) Sudden, Unexplained Infant Deaths Investigation: Death Scene Re-creation
NAME (the National Association of Medical Examiners), in association with RTI International, has produced a Web-based training course for coroners and other medicolegal death scene investigators.
This SUIDI module will be a live web-based course scheduled for 2 PM (EDT) on May 10th, 2011 and will be repeated on June 14th also at 2 PM (EDT). It will be presented by subject matter expert Kathleen Diebold-Hargrave. This course will review the goals of the death scene investigator, including how to conduct a thorough death scene re-creation and how to explain the re-enactment process to the family member/caregiver. This couse is being offered free-of-charge and will take app. 90 minutes. Documentation of attendance will be provided. Sign up at https://forensiced.org/alltraining.htm
Have added the agenda for the 44th Annual Kentucky Coroner's Conference to the listing on the Front Page. It is also listed below. If you haven't made early registration and motel reservations we encourage you to get that task done right away!
Have added a Coroner Homicide Investigations class in Louisville on Sept. 7-8, 2011. This was on the final calendar I received from Lew at DOCJT, but was inadvertently left off the website listing.
The Kentucky Coroner's Association has open positions on its Board of Directors. Bonded and sworn Coroners and/or Deputy Coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for open positions on the Association Board of Directors should submit a letter stating their interest to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrencburg, KY. 40342 on or prior to April 1, 2011.
Added a new job opportunity in Sarasota, Florida to the Front page.
Medical Examiner Investigator- Entry Level
District 12 Medical Examiner's Office
$35,000-$40,000 negotiable, plus benefits
The position is that of a full-time medicolegal death investigator in an office with an app. yearly workload of 1400 investigations, including 680 autopsies and 250 external examinations. The investigator will perform process duties related to conducting medicolegal death investigations.
Education and Experience:
A minimum of an Associate's degree in biological or physical science. forensic sciences, criminal justice, or a related field is required (a Bachelor's degree is preferred). The ideal candidate will have a background in forensic anthropology, nursing, paramedical response, or law enforcement; or will have experience conducting death-related investigations or pathological assistant duties.
District 12 ME Office
Attn: David Winterhalter, F-ABMDI
The position will remain open until filled
Added a new training opportunity to the Training Page under the Non-DOCJT section. The 2011 Spring Continuing Education for Forensic Professionals Program will be held March 28-April 2, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. This is sponsored by West Virginia University and the National Institute of Justice. The courses are FREE, the lodging is FREE, and for the first 100 people to register they will also pay for your flight or pre-approved mileage to New Orleans. For more information see the Training Page.
Have updated the 2011 Coroners Master Directory on the Front Page. This is the most up-to-date information as of today.
Added a new training opportunity to the Training Page under the Non-DOCJT training section. The Masters 14 Conference in Saint Louis will be held July 25-28, 2011. For more information see the Training Page.
The 2011 Kentucky Coroners training schedule is put up on the Coroner Training page. Be sure to sign up early as some of these classes fill up quickly due to popularity and/or limited class size. For those of you who waited until the last minute in 2010, note that the last class in 2011 is the same as last year. REMEMBER- that class won't count toward your mandatory training hours again for three years! You will need to pick an earlier class to get your hours!
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Front Page today. Opening for a Deputy Medical Examiner(Medicolegal Death Investigator) in Clackmas County, Oregon (Portland area) Salary Range is $46,324-$59,300. See the Job Opportunity section for more information.
Added a new form to the Forms page titled "Kentucky Medical Examiner Brochure". This is for those instances where you wish to provide information to a family on the various services of the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office.
It is not too early to begin planning to attend the 44th Annual Kentucky Coroners Conference on April 20-22, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. For registration and dues renewal forms please see the Front page.
David Jones, who was the Executive Director of the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office from 1972 to 2002 has been appointed the Medical Examiner/Coroner Liason Consultant. David will begin his duties on January 3, 2011. He will be working out of the Frankfort Medical Examiner's Office.
Any coroner or deputy coroner needing assistance or wanting information regarding the operation of the coroner office can contact David by calling: (502)564-4545, (502)545-2709, (502-223-3055, or email at: dwjones @fewpb.net.
David said that he is glad to be working with the coroners and medical examiners again.
In the event of all child deaths under the age of 18 years, a Child Fatality Reporting Form is required to be submitted to DPH. You will find this form already listed on the FORMS page, with the submitting instructions approximately one-third of the way down the first page of the document.
We are sad to report the death of former Shelby County Coroner Tommy Sampson. For more information please see the FRONT Page.
Added the 2008 and 2009 Annual Reports from the Office of the Kentucky State Medical Examiner in the Forensic Library. This brings the Library up to 4 videos totaling 121 minutes, and 24 articles totaling 536 pages.
Dr. Tracey Corey has announced that the FBI will be providing Anthropology Consultative Services to Kentucky's Medical Examiners and Coroners. To request forensic anthropology services in your death investigations you need to coordinate the request through your regional ME office.
Updated the 2011 Training Schedule for the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Forensic Pathology Division. This 5 day course is being offered in 2011 beginning the weeks of January 10, March 14, and August 15 respectively.
Congratulations go out to the Caldwell County Coroner's office for recent upgrades to their offices and vehicle fleet! Coroner Dewayne Trafford recently acquired a surplus ambulance that has been converted into a coroner's investigation unit. Coroner Trafford and his staff also have recently moved into a new office in the Caldwell County courthouse on the main floor.
Added information about the upcoming 2011 40 hour Coroners Basic Training courses to the Front Page. These courses will be January 17-21 and March 21-25, 2011 respectively at the State Medical Examiner Facility in Frankfort.
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Front Page. A position of Medicolegal Death Investigator in Nashville, Tennessee. Salary is listed as $37,000 minimum.
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Front Page. A position for a full-time Forensic Investigator in the District Five Medical Examiner's Office in Leesburg, Florida. Starting salary is $40,000 or above plus benefits, commensurate with level of education and benefits.
Added some new information to the Front Page regarding the number of death investigations that coroners conducted across the Commonwealth in 2009, as well as the number of cases where services were requested from the State Medical Examiner's Office. Coroners and Deputy Coroners in 2009 conducted almost 9,000 death investigations, and requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,373 cases, or approximately 26% of all cases.
Made one new addition to the Forensic Library today. This is a 51 minute video titled "Pandemics, Epidemics, and Earthquakes" featuring Mark Malcolm, the full-time coroner of Little Rock, Arkansas for nearly 20 years, discussing new mass fatality preparation and planning. Enjoy!
Have three new additions to the Forensic Library today, and these are our first videos in the library. Botany, Bugs, and the Art of Forensic Science Part One is a 25 minute presentation on Forensic Entomology, Part Two is a 19 minute video on Forensic Botany, and Part Three is a 26 minute video on Forensic Anthropology. Enjoy!
Executive Director Mike Wilder was laid off from the State Medical Examiner's Office effective Friday, August 20, 2010 reportedly due to budget cuts. For more information please see the Front page.
To those of you who are scheduled for the Homicide Investigations class in Louisville, be aware that the dates have been changed to September 8th and 9th. It was the 7th and 8th but rescheduled due to the statewide furlough plan.
Added 2 new Full-Time Job Opportunities to the Front Page today, both in Manassas, Virginia. Salary schedule is $43,000-$48,000 each. For more information see the Front Page.
Added a new Full-Time Job Opportunity in Reno, Nevada to the Front Page. Salary Schedule is $62,379-$81,057. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the front page.
Long-time Caldwell County Coroner and Master Coroner Eddie Pennington announced his retirement effective July 31, 2010. For more information see the Front page.
Added a notice on the Front Page announcing Dr. Emily Craig's retirement as of November 30, 2010. For more information see the Front Page. During the time between now and November 30 I hope you will take the opportunity to express your appreciation to Dr. Craig for all she has done for us here in Kentucky!
Added a new Full-Time Job Opportunity to the Front Page today. A position as a Medicolegal Investigator with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. Salary Range is $92,048-$118,598. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.
Highlights and photos from the 2010 Kentucky Coroners Conference are now available on the Front Page of the website. Look for the blue tab "2010 Kentucky Coroners Conference". Enjoy!
Added a new job opportunity to the front page today. A position as Forensic Investigator 1 with the District One Medical Examiner Office in Pensacola, Florida. Salary schedule is $32,240-$33,218 per year. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.
Added two new Job Opportunities to the front page today, both positions as with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. These Part-Time Positions will average 20 hours per week with a salary range of $19.69-$21.50 per hour with no benefits. For more information go to the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.
Added a new Job Opportunity to the front page today, a position in Youngstown, Ohio with a salary of $24,000. Deadline to apply is July 16, 2010.
Also, remember the Dr. Baden presentation scheduled for Wednesday, June 30th, at the FDAK Conference in Louisville.
Added a new Job Opportunity to the front page today, our first Kentucky job opportunity since this website was started. A position for a Forensic Autopsy Technician for the Frankfort ME office is posted with a closing date of 06/24/2010. Salary schedule is a Pay Grade 11, being $26,483.04-$35,080.56. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.
Added a new resource to the Forensic Resources page. Unclaimedpersons.org will assist the coroner or medical examiner in trying to locate next of kin or any other family members for your unclaimed bodies. They represent over 400 volunteer genealogists willing to help locate next-of-kin. For more information see the Forensic Resources page.
Added a new training opportunity to the Non-DOCJT section of the Training Page. The 37th Annual New England Seminar in Forensic Sciences will be held August 8-12, 2010 on the campus of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Our own Professor Gregory J. Davis, M.D. from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine and the State Medical Examiner's Office is one of the Co-Directors of the Seminar. For more information see the Training Page.
Added a new training opportunity to the Non-DOCJT section of the Training Page. Dr. Michael Baden will be a guest speaker at the FDAK State Convention on June 30, 2010. A reduced registration fee of $35 is being offered for Kentucky Coroners and Deputy Coroners to attend. For more information see the Training Page.
Daryl French, one of the autopsy technicians operating out of the Frankfort ME Office, has resigned effective 05/28/2010. If we receive any job opportunity information we will post it in the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.
Added 3 new articles to the Forensic Library today. Two are 1-page forensic diagrams, male and female respectively. These will be handy for documentation during your postmortem exams(also included them on the Forms page). The third article is titled "The Medicolegal Death Investigator" by Deputy Coroner Emil Moldovan of the L.A. Coroner's Office.
Added two more job opportunites to the Front Page. One is in the Hillsboro County Medical Examiner's Office in Tampa, Florida with a salary range of $31,512.00 to $50,044. The other is in the Macon County Medical Examiner's Office in Dry Branch, Georgia with a salary range of $32,418.30 to $49,028.40 per year.
Added two new job opportunites to the Front Page. One is in Orlando, Florida with a salary range of
$33,904 to $42,786. The other is in Leesburg, Florida with a salary of $40,000 plus.
Added a new training opportunity to the Non-DOCJT section of the Training Page. Introduction to Natural Death Surge Planning and Response. This 2-day course is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Public Health, will be held May 4-5 in Frankfort, June 14-15 in Bowling Green, and June 28-29 in Morehead. Cost is free.
Added a new training opportunity to the Non-DOCJT Section on the Training Page. The 37th Annual Florida Medical Examiners Educational Conference will be held July 28-30, 2010. The Conference is open for ME's, Coroners, Law Enforcement, Lawers, and Forensic Medicine Students. For more information see the Training Page.
Added a new subject to the Forensic Library titled "HIPAA Exemption for Coroners". This document is in the form of a sample letter containing information you might use when requesting medical records from a medical provider.
The Agenda for the Kentucky Coroners Conference, April 20-23, 2010 is now posted on the Front Page for all to see. It will be an exciting and educational experience, and it will be the only time this material will be presented. See You There!
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Home Page. This is for an Investigator position with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Home Page. This is for a Medical Investigator position with the Snohomish County ME Office in Everett, Washington. Salary listed is $53,460-$64,956 plus benefits. Application deadline is April 7, 2010.
Added a new Non-DOCJT Training Opportunity for the 23rd Annual Forensic Anthropology Conference at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia. For more information see the Training Page.
Added a new Online Training Opportunity to the Training Page. The University of Florida now offers an online Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation course through their Department of Anthropology and the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine. This program is approved for 15 college credit hours. Upon completion of this program the student will receive a University of Florida Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation. For more information see the Training Page.
Added an additional resource for Crime and Trauma Scene Cleanup- ICON Environmental Group LLC. For more information see the Forensic Resources Page.
Added a new Job Opportunity to the front page. The Office of the District 21 Medical Examiner in Fort Myers, Florida is seeking applicants for the position of a Forensic Investigator(Medicolegal Death Investigator). The Office covers Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the front page.
It is time to begin making plans to attend the 43rd Annual Kentucky Coroners Conference in Lousiville, KY. April 20-23, 2010. We will post agenda and subject matter as soon as it is avvailable. Remember that if you are attending and wish to receive credit for your continuing education hours, you must sign up in advance with DOCJT Registration.
Added a new subject in the Forensic Library section titled "Expert Witness; Effective Courtroom Testimony".
Also upgraded the 2010 Coroners Master Directory on the Front Page. It is now in a more attractive format, and contains contact information for all deputy coroners as well as coroners. It is a much large file, but all is still listed alphabetically by county name. Thanks to Brian Ritchie and Deanna Douthitt for their work on this.
Added a Non-DOCJT Training Opportunity in Indianapolis, Indiana on the 4th Annual Indiana WMD Preparedness and Anti-Terrorism Conference. Dates are April 27-29, 2010. See the Training Page for more information.
Training Date Change !
Please note that the date for Coroners Firearms training has been rescheduled from 10/7-8 to 10/21-22. This change has been made to avoid conflict with the World Equestrian Games.
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Home Page. A Death Investigator position in Kansas City, Missouri is available. No salary description is listed, but more information can be found on the Home Page.
The 2010 Kentucky Coroners Training Schedule has been added to the Training Page. We don't have course numbers yet but as soon as we have them they will be added to the list.
Added two new Job Opportunities to the Front Page. The first listed is the Hamilton County Coroner's Office in Cincinnati is looking for a full-time Coroner Investigator, with salary range from $39,184 to
$53,303 per year. The 2nd is a full-time Death Investigator (titled Deputy Medical Examiner) position in Hillsboro, Washington Co., Oregon with a salary range of $48,000 to $58,332 per year.
We are sad to announce the death of former Bourbon County Coroner Mason Hart Forsythe, who passed away on December 7, 2009 from cancer. For more information see the obituary listed on the Front Page.
Added a new job opportunity to the Front Page. It is a Staff Forensic Investigator position working for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland. Salary Range is $28,800-$43,407 per year.
An important new H1N1 Reporting Guideline has been added to the Front Page. All Coroners and Deputy Coroners are asked to report all confirmed H1N1 coroner cases to T.J. Sugg at Tennis.Sugg@ky.gov
T.J. is a Deputy Coroner in Scott County and an Epidemiology Coordinator with the Cabinet for Health Services. He will add your case to a new database that will soon be viewable to coroners and others through a secure on-line network.
Added a new job opportunity to the Front Page. This is a Medical/Legal Investigator position with the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Added a new job opportunity to the Front Page. This is a Medico-Legal Investigator I position with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston, Mass.
Added Dr. Emily Craig's Osteology Handbook to the "Forensic Library" page. Reprinted by permission of Dr. Craig, and submitted by Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi.
Added a new topic in the "Forensic Library" page titled Novel H1N1 Influenza (Swine Influenza) Guidance for Coroners, This document was received from the Kentucky Department of Public Health just this afternoon. It is intended to assist coroners in conducting death investigations into potential H1N1 cases. Considering the times it might be advantageous to print off a copy and keep in your investigation case.
We are sad to report the death of Nicholas County Coroner Bill Clark. For more information please see the frint page of the website.
Added a new "How Would You Rule This Case?" to the Front Page of the website.
Today the Kentucky Coroners Association introduces a new page called "Forensic Resources". Located on the Left-Hand column at the bottom, this page is designed to assist Kentucky Coroners with contact information for providers of equipment, supplies, or services that coroners may need in the performance of their duties.
A new 'How Would You Rule This Case?" has been added to the front page in the the right hand column. Put your thinking caps on and consider your ruling if this was your case.
09/24/2009 Donald "Donnie" V. Oakley, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Donnie was the president of Wood-Oakley Funeral Home, Mayor of Milton, and a long time deputy coroner in Trible County. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 in Milton, KY.
09/23/2009 Walter C. "Tub" Hopper, Jr. of Barbourville, a former long time coroner of Knox County, died September 22, 2009. Mr. Hopper was a Past President and former Board member of the Kentucky State Coroner's Association. He was a W.W. II veteran, past President of FDAK, current KFDBA board member, founder and co-owner of Knox Funeral Home in Barbourville. Visitation is Saturday, Sept. 26th from 4 - 9 PM followed by funeral service 2 PM Sunday, Sept. 27th at Knox Funeral Home in Barbourville.
Today the Kentucky Coroners Association introduces a new page titled "Forensic Library". Located on the Left Hand column, this page is intended to provide information for coroners to study and reference topics that are relevant to your death investigations. This library of information is NOT intended to substitute for classroom training, but it should be viewed as a supplement on a variety of topics that we hope you will find useful. We will be adding more titles to the Library in the future.
If you like this new feature of the Association website, please feel free to let your Officers and the Board of Directors know. They work hard on behalf of the coroners and deputy coroners across Kentucky, and would welcome your feedback.
** Coroners and/or deputies coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for an open position on the association board of directors should submit their name in writing to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 on or prior to November 16, 2009.
** Any legislation related to Coroners needs to be presented to the Kentucky State Coroner's Association Legislative Committee before it is proposed. You may contact Chairman, Jimmy Pollard of Henry County, John Goble of Scott County, or Brian Ritchie, Ex. Sec. of Anderson County.
Added info on the front page about the the "new" last training class for 2009. This will definitely be your last chance!
Updated the training comment on the front page to reflect a last minute class to be offered in December. For more information see the front page.
It has been a while since we had checked the statistics as to how many people were visiting the Association webpage, so we checked today. WOW!!! the results were something, to say the least. In June 2008 we had 1,227 visitors, or about 40 per day. June 2009 recorded 2,331 visitors, almost 78 per day. So far in 2009 we have recorded 14,319 visitors to the website.
Added an Employment Opportunity in Kansas City. There are now 2 job positions posted on the front page.
Added an Employment Opportunity box to the right-hand column on the front page of the website. While full-time job opportunities for coroners in Kentucky are limited, we receive information on opportunities out-of-state on a fairly regular basis. As we receive these we will will post them on the front page.
Added a notice on the front page of the website about Bill Demrow's upcoming resignation as Lincoln County Coroner, and subsequent appointment as Lincoln County Judge-Executive.
The training notice on the front page has also been updated will new information about the new Mandatory Training CD dur to arrive on or about September 15th.
Added a small box on the right side of the Home page titled "How Would You Rule this Case". This is an actual death investigator case that was recently emailed to me, and I thought it had some merits to consider. We will update the case occasionally.
For those coroners attending the Office Administration class in Owensboro JUly 28-29, parking in the area of the training will require a permit. Permits can be picked up in the classroom before training begins, and are to be hung from the rear view mirror of your vehicle.
The remaining Coroner Training Courses for 2009 are full or nearly so. If you have not signed up for your mandatory training you are strongly encouraged to do so today. See the special notice on the front page for more information!
Added a new training opportunity on the Training Page in the Non-DOCJT section. It is regarding an NTSB course entitled: Transportation Disaster Response- Mass Fatality Incidents for Medicolegal Professionals.
Added info on the front page regarding Master 13 Conference in Saint Louis 07/26-07/31.
Added a note about Dr. Corey's presentation to the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners 11/2/09-11/6/09.
Added two new Non-DOCJT training courses to the Training Page. The 74th Annual Kentucky Peace Officers Association Conference July 19-22, 2009, and the 43rd Annual National Assocation of Medical Examiners September 11-16, 2009. For more information see the Training Page.
Added a new training course on the Training Page under Non-DOCJT course. The 36th Annual New England Seminar in Forensic Sciences dated August 9-13, 2009. This conference is co-directed by one of our own- Dr. Greg Davis of the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office and Professor of Pathology at the University of Kentucky. For more information see the Training Page.
We are sad to report the death of former Knox County Coroner Jerry Wayne Garland. For more information see the front page of the website.
Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart is reported to have suffered a stroke on Wednesday, April 1, and is in UK Medical Center in Lexington. We are unsure of his condition at this time, but will update this page as soon as we have more information.
Here are some of the topics that will be presented during the upcoming Kentucky Coroners Conference:
1. The D.C. Sniper cases
2. A.I.T. Laboratory presentation
3. Information on the newly developed Coroner
4. A special presentation by David Jones
5. Presentation on the new Firearms Training
6. Case presentations from several Kentucky
Coroners and Medical Examiners
We hope that those of you attending for the first time will find the 2009 Coroners Conference to be an enjoyable and positive learning experience, and for those of you returning again, WELCOME BACK!
Make plans to attend the annual Kentucky Coroners Conference April 21-24, 2009. Specific information as to class schedule and course topics will be sent out soon.
The 2009 DOCJT Training List has been added to the TRAINING page. Two new courses have been added to this year's curriculum; (1) A new Fire Death Investigations course in Morehead and, (2) A new Elder Abuse Death Investigation course at Lake Barkley. See the TRAINING page for more information.
ATTENTION ALL KENTUCKY CORONERS!!!
Dr. Emily Craig is requesting that all Kentucky coroners that have investigating recent winter storm-related deaths to please contact her as soon as possible. Your information on these cases is urgently needed in order to document an accurate number of winter storm-related deaths across Kentucky these past several days!
We are sad to announce the death of former long-time Fayette County Coroner CHESTER L. HAGER. For complete information please see the front page of the website.
As you may or may not be aware, AIT has changed carriers for shipping. Beginning December 1, UPS is now the shipper for AIT. By now everyone should have received a supply of shipping labels and packaging supplies, along with a letter explaining the shipping instructions. IF NOT please give customer service at AIT a call. Your new shipping labels should be pre-printed with the coroner's office address on the return portion of the label. The lable should be pre-addressed to AIT. If not please call Mike Wilder to let him know.
Please note the following changes in procedures:
1. Since the pre-printed labels are addressed to AIT,
you will no longer need to send them to the
Central Lab in Frankfort. They can go directly to AIT.
2. Mike Wilder will need a copy of the Toxicology
analysis form. This form is enclosed in the
specimen box that contains the information
pertaining to the case and the tests requested.
Since the form is only in duplicate, you will need to
make a copy of this form and fax to Mike Wilder's
office. The next forms will be in triplicate. AIT
WILL NOT DO ANY TESTING UNTIL THE FORM HAS
BEEN RECEIVED IN MIKE'S OFFICE. This will serve
as our tracking mechanism for specimens. YOU
NO LONGER NEED TO SUBMIT THE TOXICOLOGY
REFERRAL FORM TO MIKE'S OFFICE.
3. The only tests performed on coroner cases will be
the Drugs of Abuse panel, 900 in the list.If you
have concerns about additional testing please
call Mike Wilder's office for clarification. Please
check only this test when filling out the request
form. PLEASE DISCONTINUE TO USE THE
KENTUCKY TESTING KITS, USE ONLY THE AIT KITS
FOR SPECIMENS. YOU MAY DISCARD THEM AND
KEEP THE NEEDLES AND SYRINGES.
4. Each Coroner's Office will be receiving new analysis
forms that are pre-printed with each county on the
form. This will help in billing as well as tracking.
AIT has asked that you include as much info as
possible on the form as needed and also that the
form is signed at the bottom by either the coroner
or deputy coroner.
5. Each coroner needs to share this information with
your deputies and make sure the address listed
in the most recent directory is correct. This is the
address that AIT uses to ship supplies and mail
results. If it is not correct please notify AIT and
the Frankfort ME office immediately.
Please feel free to call Mike Wilder, Dr. Corey, or Eric
White (AIT rep) with any questions or concerns.
Added a new training workshop to the "Training Page" under Non-DOCJT courses. "Serial Murder" will be presented on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. See the "Training Page" for more details.
We are starting to receive information on training opportunities for next year. A new class for 2009 has been added to the Non-DOCJT course list on the Coroner Training page. New classes will be added as we receive that information.
We have added a new page to the left-hand column titled "2008 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Disaster Drill". This page gives a brief description of the exercise and the Incident Response Team, and includes several photos of the event.
Executive Secretary Brian Ritchie spoke on September 16, 2008 at a proclamation for Child Safety at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Brian testified this past spring in support of the recent "Booster Seat" law that was enacted into law. With Gov. Beshear, Dr. Susan Pollock, and Chuck Geveden with KY Highway Safety in attendance, Brian shared his experience with the accident involving his daughter Lauren and how the booster seat saved her life.
To those members of the State Coroners/Medical Examiners Mass Fatality Team, remember the upcoming mock disaster exercise scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4th and Friday, Sept. 5. This will begin with a TEAM meeting at 5 PM on Thursday.
The 2008 Kentucky Coroners Master Directory on the front page has been redesigned. Instead of looking like the paper handout it is now in the form of an EXCEL file, which will be much easier for you to read, and for us to update from this point forward. It has been updated to this point with the April 2008 paper directory (I am sure there are errors by now, so please be patient as we get them fixed!)
A series of regional meetings have been scheduled to bring our Coroners up-to-date on the new toxicology lab. These meeting begin Monday, August 18th! For dates, times, and locations please see the lower right-hand information box on the front page of the website!
Today we added two new training courses to the "Coroner Training" page. Both are listed under the Non-DOCJT Training Courses section. The first is October 6-9 and is titled "Unidentified Remains Seminar", the second is "Investigation and Scene Management of Violent Death" to be held on October 22, 2008. For more information see the "Coroner Training" page.
The 2005 Kentucky Annual Child Fatality Review Report has been published. Most if not all Kentucky Coroners have received a copy of the report, if not an on-line copy can be viewed at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services website. The page address is http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/ach/mch/childfatality.htm
Some of the coroners have been asking how many people have been using the website. According to the people at ky.gov, a technical issue prevents a web counter from being installed so that everyone can see those statistics. However, those figures are available to the webmaster from ky.gov.
A total of 1,227 visits were made to the website during the month of June. This averages over 40 visitors per day. Since the site was introduced at the Coroners Conference late in April until June 30, a total of 1,964 visits have been made.
We will publish these figures occasionally on the ANNOUNCEMENT page. Meanwhile, thanks to all you coroners and deputy coroners for making this effort of your Association a success!
We are sad to report the death of Clark County Coroner David W. Jacobs. He was found dead on July 4, 2008. Further information can be found on the Association Home page.
ATTENTION all State Coroner/ME Response Team members! A meeting is scheduled on Monday, July 14, 2008 from 10 AM-4 PM for the Incident Victim Identification Section (IVIS). The meeting will take place at the Frankfort ME Office, and is open to all members of the Response Team.
Added information on the "Coroner Training" page about the 2008 Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association Seminar August 4-7, 2008. See the TRAINING page for more information.
Added a new page to the Left-Hand column titled "2008 Coroners Conference". There is some information and several photos from the conference.
Added a new form to the "FORMS" page. KSP Coroner Form 76 satisfies our motor vehicle death reporting requirements as specified in KRS 189.590.
Added information on the "Coroner Training" page regarding the 2008 Indiana Annual Coroners Conference to be June 21-24, 2008. See the Training page for more information.
Added information on a new seminar to the "Coroner Training" page. The Jefferson County Coroners Office will present Detective Tom Lang (LAPD retired) discussing "HIGH PROFILE HOMICIDES" on September 10, 2008 from 9-4 PM. See the Training page for more information.
We are sad to report the death of Carroll County Coroner James B. "Jimmy" Dunn. Jim has been a well-known and popular coroner for many years, serving as a deputy coroner from 1978-1980, and as the elected coroner from 1980 until his death. You will find more information on Jim's life, including visitation and funeral information, on the Association Home Page.