Sunday, September 24, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

The Associated Press

Drowning provokes safety questions

        LOUISVILLE — Questions are being raised about whether safety measures are being taken along the riverfront after a man died when he jumped into the Ohio River while running from police.

        David Morris of the city law department has been taking questions from residents and officials about the safety measures.

        Mr. Morris said that people know it's a hazard and they keep a safe distance from the riverfront. He said they've had many events at the riverfront and no one has ever died.

        Louis Wade Hermann drowned last Saturday near Joe's Crab Shack. Along the waterfront where Mr. Hermann jumped there are no rails or barriers to stop someone from falling. Before fleeing from police Mr. Hermann had been charged with alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct for allegedly harassing vendors at a waterfront country-music concert.

Community leader Barr dies at 79

        LEXINGTON — Well-known Lexington community leader Robert Daniel “Dan” Barr died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 79.

        Mr. Barr taught at Transylvania University for 26 years before retiring about 10 years ago. While at the school he received many honors, including being inducted into Transylvania's Pioneer Hall of Fame.

        Mr. Barr also was a graduate of the school. He went on a football scholarship and played for the school's last team in 1942. He was then recruited to play in the National Football League by the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. He joined the Navy instead, serving as a lieutenant during World War II.

Contract OK'd; walkout ends

        OWENSBORO — Earthgrains Co. workers ended their sympathy walkout after fellow union employees in Alabama accepted a contract.

        Owensboro members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union had walked off the job early this month.

        The Owensboro workers were expected to begin returning to work right away, said Bill Danhauer, an international union representative.

        “It's a good step,” said union member Brian Keith, a dough molder operator. “We'll see where we go from here. We got our message across.”

        Meanwhile, negotiations for a contract for Owensboro workers are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, said Dennis Howard, business agent for Local 280 of the union.

        Company spokesman Matt Hall would not comment on the financial impact of the strikes. Nor would he say if any of the temporary employees hired in Owensboro during the strike would be retained.

Trial delayed for dorm fire suspect

— A judge has delayed the trial of a man accused of starting a fatal fire at Murray State University more than two years ago.

        Calloway Circuit Judge Dennis Foust said Friday the trial of Jerry Walker of Mayfield would not start Oct. 2 to give special prosecutor James A. Wethington time to prepare. Mr. Walker is charged with murder and arson.

        Mr. Wethington, the Daviess County commonwealth's attorney, was appointed prosecutor after Mr. Foust ruled in June that Mr. Walker's attorney could subpoena Calloway Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Ward as a potential witness.

        Mr. Wethington said Friday he has read only some of the reports from the fire case, in part because he had been preparing for a murder case.

        “I'll get to this dorm fire case as soon as I can,” said Mr. Wethington.

Plant cited for hazardous waste

— State environmental regulators have accused the U.S. Department of Energy of storing hazardous waste in 150 unlicensed areas at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

        A Sept. 5 citation against the U.S. Department of Energy says the government failed to characterize the wastes and neglected to tell the state about them.

        State regulators directed the Energy Department to stop storing hazardous waste in unlicensed areas, to inventory and report all unlicensed sites and to report the types and quantities of waste.

        The sites contain about a million cubic feet of materials, including old production equipment, scrap metal, railroad cars and empty storage tanks, The Paducah Sun reported in a copyright story Saturday.

Court to hear records appeal

— A newspaper's attempt to gain access to police disciplinary records will be argued before the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

        The dispute began in April when the Messenger-Inquirer filed an open records request with the city for the personnel files of six members of the Owensboro Police Department.

        City officials denied the request, saying the records were not open for inspection. The newspaper appealed to the attorney general, but before an opinion could be issued, attorneys for three of the officers sued to keep the records closed.

        In August, Daviess Circuit Judge Henry M. Griffin III ruled that a disciplinary charge against Jeff Palmer, by then a former police officer, must be released to the newspaper. But Judge Griffin sealed the documents for 30 days to allow Mr. Palmer time to appeal the ruling.


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Council wants to improve teamwork
Despite rain, folks take shine to town's Applefest
Enquirer takes three state Best of Show awards
Fire destroys Springfield Twp. home
Girl put in state custody
1 killed, 4 hurt in weekend accidents
Mason deputy fire chief resigns
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Protective form result of meeting
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'Wrong marriage' to end
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