Friday, June 30, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Drunk-driver checkpoints planned during holiday

        Kentucky State Police and area law enforcement will be looking for drunk drivers at checkpoints around the state through the July 4 holiday period, officials said Thursday.

        As holidays go, July 4 usually is less deadly than Labor Day, but Lt. Col. John Lile said that because this holiday falls on Tuesday, many people likely will take off Monday as well, so state police expect a high volume of traffic.

        Five people were killed in highway crashes in Kentucky over the July 4 holiday period last year.

Dog shootings cited in wake of mauling
        BLAINE — People apparently wanting to avoid future attacks have been indiscriminately shooting dogs since the mauling of an 11-year-old girl.

        Leonika Allen, head of the Lawrence County Humane Society, said, “This is just a free-for-all.

        “They started randomly shooting anything that moved, and they're still doing it. One man let his dog out to use the bathroom and it was shot.”

        Heather Jarvis was attacked while riding her bicycle near her home June 2.

        Heather said seven dogs attacked her, one a pit-bull mix. The ones being held at the humane society's animal shelter south of Louisa include a lab mix and three other mixed breeds.

4 in family arrested in jewelry theft spree
        LOUISVILLE — Jefferson County Police arrested four family members in connection with a string of discount-store thefts that stretched over two years and across six states.

        Jose Castro III, 34, and his wife, Jerrie L. Kiser, both of Illinois, were arrested outside a Wal-Mart in South Louisville early Tuesday. Also arrested were Ms. Kiser's brother, Shawn Ashley Pena, 18, of Illinois, and Christina Kiser, 18, their niece. Jerrie Kiser's 15-year-old sister, 9-year-old daughter and 14-year-old niece were taken into emergency custody.

        Jefferson County Police Detective Steve Gruner said the family hit 45 Wal-Mart stores and other discount and grocery stores in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.

        Mr. Gruner said almost $300,000 in jewelry and cash was found in Christina Kiser's apartment. He estimated the family allegedly took in about $500,000 since the spree started in June 1998.

Earth gives way, leaving damage, dry lake
        MADISONVILLE — A mammoth sinkhole, estimated to be 150 feet deep and 40 feet wide, opened at a lawn and garden center, leaving the owner and nearby residents concerned about whether it could happen again. The collapse revealed a mine shaft that apparently was part of a mine abandoned in 1937.

        Other subsidence in surrounding counties also occurred Wednesday and during the weekend. An abandoned mine shaft underneath Bryan Lake in Graham opened up and took the water with it Wednesday, leaving the lake dry. A 20-foot sinkhole outside of Ruth and Bob's Cafe in Providence opened early Saturday, cutting gas lines and damaging the restaurant's interior.

        Outside Paducah, a small earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 occurred early Tuesday, but experts said they don't think there is any connection.

Ex-deputy accused of jail drug smuggling
        LONDON — A former Laurel County jail deputy was accused of trying to smuggle marijuana and prescription drugs into the county jail.

        Michael Lee Davis, 38, of East Bernstadt, was charged with first-degree promoting contraband, trafficking in marijuana under 8 ounces and trafficking in a controlled substance.

        Mr. Davis, who had worked at the jail about 14 months, was arrested May 2 while allegedly carrying marijuana and prescription pills to sell to an inmate.

        Covington: Board of Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, commission chambers, 638 Madison Ave.

        Covington: Sixth District Elementary Site Based Decision Making Council, 5 p.m., library/media center, 19th Street and Maryland Avenue.

        Ludlow: City Council special meeting, 7 p.m., Ludlow Senior Center, 808 Elm St.

        Newport: Campbell County Fiscal Court special meeting, noon, conference room, fiscal court building, 24 W. 4th St.


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