Saturday, August 12, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

From Enquirer news sources

Covington may open school buildings early

        COVINGTON — School buildings may be opening a bit earlier this fall.

        School begins at 8 a.m., and most buildings open each morning between 7:30 and 7:45, said Lester Gamble, the district's pupil personnel director.

[photo] BOUNTY FROM THE SEA: Alma Sims of Covington enjoys a lobster Friday at the Great Inland Seafood Festival at Sawyer Point. Hours today are noon-11 p.m.
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        The district is considering a plan to open the buildings as early as 6:45 to 7 a.m. for working parents who need to get their children to school earlier each morning. To offer the morning care program, however, schools would have to reassign staff. The district is trying to gauge interest among parents, asking them to contact their schools' family resource or youth services centers if they're interested.

        The idea came out of a public forum with interim Superintendent Jack Moreland about the assortment of changes the district is undertaking in response to a state review.

        “If we've got a large enough need, we're going to try to respond to that,” Mr. Gamble said. “We're trying to be a more accommodating, user-friendly school district.”

Tournament honors late Newport student

        NEWPORT — Spectators and players are welcome at the annual Petey Greene Memorial Scholarship basketball tournament this weekend at the outdoor courts behind Newport High School.

        Mr. Greene, a standout basketball player at Newport High, was killed in July 1999 when he was shot while trying to stop a fight.

        Play for the two-day tourney begins at 11 a.m. todaywith winning teams continuing play Sunday. Teams of five to 10 players can register by coming and paying the $150 registration fee; all proceeds will go to a memorial scholarship fund that is awarded in memory of Mr. Greene each May. There is no cost for spectators, said Vanessa Greene, Petey's mother, who will be at the tournament with other family members. Fourteen teams have pre-registered for play, she said.

Children's center hosting fund-raiser

        COVINGTON — For those who want to watch Riverfest fireworks in a family atmosphere, the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky is opening its grounds on Sept. 3 for its annual festival/fund-raiser.

        Games and activities start at 6 p.m., with dinner and soft drinks available for a nominal charge. Advance reservations are required for admission, at a cost of $15 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under. There is no charge for infants, and parking is free.

        All proceeds benefit the Children's Home programs. Last year's festival drew a crowd of 450 and netted $3,700.

        The Children's Home of Northern Kentucky is at 200 Home Road in Devou Park.

        To make reservations, or for more information, call the home at 261-8768, or learn more by logging on to the Children's Home Web site at and click on “events.”

Conservation Board meeting rescheduled

        BURLINGTON — The Kenton County Conservation District Board has rescheduled its meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

        The meeting will be at the Ellis Cooperative Extension Building in the Kells meeting room.

        Information: 586-7903.

Workers suspended for not refilling tank

        LOUISVILLE — Three firefighters and three paramedics have been suspended without pay for allowing an ambulance to run out of gas during an emergency trip to a hospital in May.

        Paramedics Charles M. Simpson, Todd A. Davison and Albert W. Oliver, along with Louisville firefighters Amy M. Nelson, Jason W. Brandt and Chad A. Long, were each suspended for 29 days last week. A seventh employee also faces discipline for the incident but is on vacation.

        The ambulance ran out of gas as it raced north on Interstate 65 toward Kosair Children's Hospital, carrying a 22-month-old girl with a serious head injury.

        Crew members radioed for help, and another ambulance finished the trip. The run was delayed at least four minutes, and the child died from her injuries.

        The delay, however, had nothing to do with her death, Jefferson County Coroner Richard Greathouse said.

        Although only two employees were in the ambulance when it ran out of gas, all seven are being disciplined because the gas gauge apparently was not checked during their four consecutive shifts, Fire Dept. Col. Walter Lage said.

Patton might be called to court

        LEXINGTON — Gov. Paul Patton might be called as a witness in the case of three men who are charged with spraying him with a Super Soaker water gun during this city's Fourth of July parade, an attorney for one of the men said.

        Justin Perry, 21, and two others were charged with disrupting a procession in connection with the July 4 incident. Mr. Perry appeared in Fayette District Court on Thursday. He is scheduled to be tried by a jury on Sept. 18.

        And he just might exercise his legal right to compel Mr. Patton to appear as a material witness.

        “We'll subpoena all necessary witnesses,” said Mark Rucker, Mr. Perry's attorney. “And if necessary, that would include the governor.”

        One of Mr. Perry's companions, Richard Puckett, 28, was the actual shooter, Mr. Rucker said. Mr. Puckett pleaded guilty last month and paid a $175.80 fine. The other, Benjamin Beckett, 21, has a court date Wednesday and is expected to enter a diversion program that will leave his criminal record clean after he performs community service.


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