Saturday, July 29, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

The Cincinnati Enquirer

One killed, several hurt in I-275 crash
        CRESTVIEW HILLS — One person was killed in a five-car crash on Interstate 275 late Friday night, hospital officials said.

        At least five others were injured in the crash, which kept Interstate 275 eastbound closed hours after the 10 p.m. accident.

        An unidentified man in his 20s was taken by Air Care helicopter to University Hospital, where he was in serious condition. A 36-year-old woman was in critical condition, also at University.

        A woman and a minor were listed in fair condition at St. Elizabeth Medical Center South.

        An 11-year-old was reportedly being treated at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        As of 12:30 a.m. today, the Kenton County Police accident reconstruction team was on the scene, which occurred at the 81-mile marker near the Turkeyfoot exit.

Huelsmann named commission chairman
        FRANKFORT — Gov. Paul Patton on Friday appointed Martin J. Huelsmann chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, replacing B.J. Helton, who decided to work in the utility industry at the conclusion of her term.

        Mr. Huelsmann, an attorney from Fort Mitchell, is executive director of the commission, appointed to that post in January.

        A graduate of Salmon Chase Law School, Mr. Huelsmann was deputy liquidator for the Kentucky Central Life Insurance Co. and served as deputy secretary for the Justice Cabinet. Prior to that, Mr. Huelsmann was a law professor at Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He also served as assistant Kenton County attorney from 1978 to 1994.

Police say three men hospitalized
        COVINGTON — Three Lawrenceburg men were hospitalized after apparently taking some “club drugs” Friday morning at the Waterfront restaurant in Covington, according to police reports.

        Toby Denison, 27, and Adam Solar, 26, were treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center North and released. The hospital had no record of treating the third man, Lance Swango, 27.

        The three apparently took an overdose of the stimulant Ecstasy or the depressant GHB, according to Covington Police spokesman William Dorsey.

        Police said the case was under investigation, and Waterfront officials didn't return phone calls.

City commissioner holding fund-raiser
        COVINGTON — City Commissioner Jerry Bamberger is holding a fund-raiser for his re-election campaign Monday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club in Latonia. The course is at East 43rd Street and Michigan Avenue. For more information call 291-0581.

Prosecutors want girl in court
        LOUISVILLE — Jefferson County prosecutors want a judge to require a state agency to bring a 20-month-old girl to court next week for the trial of the man accused of shaking her to near-death.

        Brook Miller was 4 months old on March 11, 1999, when she stopped breathing and was hospitalized in critical condition on life support.

        Robert W. Meadows III, 21, who was baby-sitting Brook at the time, is charged with one count each of criminal abuse and assault. He has pleaded innocent and is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in Jefferson Circuit Court.

        In court documents, prosecutors Brian Butler and Paul Dzenitis argue that the jury has a right to see the extent of Brook's injuries.

Gun wound found to be self-inflicted
        FORT CAMPBELL — Evidence indicates the single gunshot wound to the head that killed an infantryman in his barracks was self-inflicted, the commanding general of Fort Campbell said Friday.

        Suicide, however, will not be ruled the official cause of Spc. Ian Nesbit's death pending an investigation, Maj. Gen. Richard A. Cody said.

        “The evidence strongly suggests his death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, however the Army will not rule out any possibility and the death is now classified as an 'undetermined death' and will be so classified pending completion of a thorough law enforcement investigation,” Mr. Cody said, reading a prepared statement.

        Mr. Nesbit, 33, was a recently divorced father of three children under age 10 who live in Golden, Colo. He had been in the Army 13 years and at Fort Campbell about three.

        His unit had returned from weapons training Thursday morning and Nesbit had checked out his weapon for cleaning, Mr. Cody said. After other soldiers in his unit heard a gunshot about 10 a.m. Thursday, they found Mr. Nesbit slumped over a chair with an M-4 rifle between his legs.

Man, 80, found naked, dehydrated
        SHADY GROVE — An 80-year-old mentally disabled man was found naked, dehydrated and suffering from breathing problems after being locked in an abandoned smokehouse, Kentucky State Police said.

        The man's son and daughter-in-law — Thomas Dunning, 55, and Sherrill Dunning, 40 - were arrested and are charged with first-degree criminal abuse. A juvenile also was taken into custody and charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

        Walter Dunning was taken to Crittenden Hospital.

        State Police Trooper Brent White said Mr. Dunning frequently was locked inside the smokehouse since May.

        “Apparently the elderly man was suffering from a mental impairment, and they just didn't know how to take care of him,” Trooper White said.


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