Friday, June 23, 2000

Kentucky Digest


Kenton Republican is alternate delegate

By
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Hayes Robertson, a Republican campaign strategist and consultant, has been named an at-large alternate delegate to this summer's Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

        Mr. Robertson is a member of the Kenton County Republican Executive Committee and has worked on the campaigns of several Northern Kentucky GOP officials, including Congressional candidates Rick Robinson and Gex (Jay) Williams, Kenton County Jailer Terry Carl and Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery.

        Mr. Robertson is also a member of Don Bell's campaign team. Mr. Bell, an Oldham County Republican, is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas of Boone County in the November election.

NKU students win biology awards The Cincinnati Enquirer
        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Biology students from Northern Kentucky University won four awards for presentations on their research at the recent national convention of the Tri-Beta Honor Society: Brian Harris, Fort Thomas, won a first for best paper in its session; Olivia Whitford, Cold Springs, and Dan Kijinski, Independence, won third-place awards for oral presentations; Doug Millay, Independence, also won a third for the best poster/display; the chapter won a third-place history award for its record of the group's activities over the past two years.

Confiscated guns to be auctioned The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — Some 200 confiscated weapons being held by Kentucky State Police will be auctioned to dealers on June 29, state officials said.

        Bidders must have a federal firearms dealer's license, and some guns may be bundled for sale, a Finance Cabinet statement said.

        The General Assembly enacted a law in 1998 to require police to auction guns used in crimes. The law contained no deadline, and many departments were still holding guns when the legislature this year amended the law to impose a 45-day deadline.

        The law does not take effect until July 15. State police asked for an auction to free up storage space, the Finance statement said.

        The auction is to begin at 9 a.m. at the state police supply post in west Frankfort. Weapons will be sold “as is” and by lot number, which may include more than one. Full payment must be made within one hour of the sale of the last lot, the statement said.

        An auction of 214 weapons last year brought nearly $34,000, part of which was used to buy protective vests for local police departments.

Nitrogen blast under investigation The Associated Press
        BRANDENBURG — Portions of a nitrogen plant in Meade County were closed and two workers remained hospitalized Thursday, one day after an explosion at the site sent seven to the hospital, plant officials said.

        The explosion at the Arch Chemicals Nitrogen Unit on Ky. 933 near Brandenburg happened at about 3:30 p.m. The two flown to the University Hospital in Louisville had burns on 20 percent of their bodies and were listed in serious but stable condi tion.

        Arch issued a statement that said the plant's nitrogen unit remained closed but the remainder of the facility was operational Thursday. An internal investigation is under way. The explosion is also being investigated by the state fire marshal's office and the Labor Cabinet's Occupational Safety and Health Compliance division.

Man denies charges of medical imposture The Associated Press
        MIDDLETOWN — A physician's assistant at a dermatology office has pleaded not guilty to charges he practiced medicine without a license.

        Corey John Richardson, 32, of Jeffersontown, was arrested Tuesday.

        According to court records, Kay VonHoven, an insurance company executive, had gone to Middletown Cosmetic Surgery Institute. Mr. Richardson took her to another building, administered a local anesthetic, performed incisions on her back and neck, removed growths and provided stitches.

        Police in Madera County in central California issued a warrant for his arrest. Mr. Richardson was sentenced to five years' probation in 1998 for involuntary manslaughter after he injected a man with diphenhydramine, which, combined with the alcohol the man had been drinking, caused respiratory failure.

Slain prosecutor's job won't go to his wife The Associated Press
        BURKESVILLE — Gov. Paul Patton has not yet indicated who will succeed slain Commonwealth's Attorney Fred Capps, but Mr. Capps' wife, who was assistant prosecutor, says she does not want the job.

        “I've given enough to the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Catherine Capps said Wednesday.

        Fred Capps represented Cumberland, Casey, Adair and Monroe counties. He was killed June 5 when Eddie Vaughn, a man he was scheduled to prosecute on child-molestation charges, burst into his home and opened fire.

        Gwenda Wond, a spokeswoman for Mr. Patton's office, said the governor is on vacation and won't be back until June 29.

State investigating gas-price increases The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — The Kentucky attorney general's office is joining the growing list of government groups investigating gas prices. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and others have all begun looking into skyrocketing gas prices.

Officials discuss arena proposal The Associated Press
        LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville and Kentucky State Fair Board are discussing the possibility of a new basketball arena, but nothing definite has emerged from the yearlong talks.

        Fair Board President Harold Workman said the discussions were preliminary and the project was not on the board's current agenda.

        He said it won't be until the university comes to him with a solid proposal.

DAYBOOK
        Walton: St. Joseph Academy 10th Annual Pigfest, 5 to 11 p.m., 48 Needmore St. Festival will include a silent auction, children's games, bingo, and roasted, pulled pork sandwiches and dinners, and pizza.

       



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