Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Man charged with stabbing half brother

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — An argument over a bottle of vodka ended with a man being stabbed Sunday morning, Covington police said.

        Ronald Baurle, 54, of Covington was charged with second-degree assault after he stabbed his half brother, police said. John Bennett, 52, of Covington was released from University Hospital after treatment for a stab wound to his upper chest.

        The stabbing was reported at 11:48 a.m. in the 1200 block of Scott Street. Mr. Baurle is being held at the Kenton County jail.

        Police didn't release further details.

Conference topic:
domestic violence

               LOUISVILLE — The U.S. attorney's office and the University of Kentucky School of Medicine will hold a conference this week on crimes against women and children.

        Hundreds of doctors, nurses, prosecutors, police officers, mental-health professionals and victims' advocates will meet to talk about how they can work together to combat domestic violence.

        One topic is how to identify and report cases of suspected domestic violence and child abuse. Participants also will learn how to document such abuse in a medical record, how to preserve physical evidence and how to deal with the physical and psychological trauma of abuse.

        The conference is to be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville today through Thursday.

Man dies after
rescue confrontation

               LEXINGTON — A Berea man died after he resisted help from officers who found him tearing off his clothes and fighting off imaginary snakes in the middle of a downtown street, police said.

        John Kenneth Porter, 40, was “discovered in distress by emergency personnel” about 2 a.m. near Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Short Street, a Fayette County Coroner's report said. “During attempted administration of aid, subject became unresponsive,” the report said.

        Lexington Police Chief Larry Walsh said Sunday night that Mr. Porter was not injured by any of the emergency personnel.

        They included two University of Kentucky police officers, two Fayette County Detention Center employees, a crew of emergency medical technicians from the Lexington Fire Department and at least three Lexington police officers, Chief Walsh said.

        The cause of death is pending autopsy and toxicology results, the coroner's office said.

        Mr. Porter was taken to Samaritan Hospital, where he died shortly before 3 a.m. Friday.

        Mr. Porter had a history of illegal drug use and a criminal history that landed him in prison until November 1999, said his brother, James Porter. He isn't questioning that his brother might have been under the influence of drugs or that he struggled with officers trying to help him.

        But James Porter said he wants to know exactly how his brother died and whether he was restrained.

Actor leads march
for Down syndrome

               OWENSBORO, Ky. — Chris Burke, the first actor with Down syndrome to have a leading role in a prime-time television series, led about 100 marchers Sunday in the “Buddy Walk,” an event designed to raise awareness for the chromosome disorder.

        Mr. Burke, now 35, played Corky on the ABC series Life Goes On during the show's four-year run. He has recently appeared in episodes of Touched By An Angel and The Commish.

        The walk was sponsored by Reaching Upwards With Downs, the local chapter of the National Down Syndrome Society. A similar event in Bowling Green two weeks ago drew about 300 participants.

        Before Sunday's march, Mr. Burke mingled with marchers and had his picture taken with several children. He also talked and sang to the crowd.

        Mr. Burke was scheduled to perform in a concert for students at two area elementary schools on Monday. He was also scheduled to be a guest Monday on Around Owensboro, a local cable access show.

Gunman escapes
extensive search

               SCIENCE HILL, Ky. — A man who fired at a Kentucky State Police trooper remained at large Monday morning in Pulaski County, despite a search involving tracking dogs and a helicopter, State Police Sgt. Joey Barnes said.

        A driver was speeding Sunday night when trooper Mike Ashley attempted to stop the car and the man opened fire, Sgt. Barnes said.

        Trooper Ashley began chasing the driver at about 9:15 EDT Sunday in Lincoln County. The pursuit continued into Casey County and when it reached Science Hill in Pulaski County, the gunman abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.

        Police said they know the identity of the driver and were seeking warrants for his arrest.

Gunshot kills
Hartford man

               BEAVER DAM, Ky. — An 18-year-old Hartford, Ky. man was killed when a shotgun being carried by someone else discharged.

        William H. Turner was shot about 9:15 p.m. CDT Sunday as the gun was being carried to a vehicle, state police said. An autopsy was planned for Monday, said Trooper Mark Applin, a Kentucky State Police spokesman.

        State police would not release further information Monday. Ohio County Coroner, Larry Bevil, said the gun was being carried by a companion of Mr. Turner's.

        The shooting was also investigated by the Beaver Dam and Hartford police departments and the Ohio County Sheriff's Department.

Cigarette plant
to go on hiatus

               MACON, Ga. — Citing continued weak demand for cigarettes, Brown & Williamson said Monday it will close its Macon manufacturing plant for eight days this month.

        The Oct. 21-28 hiatus will idle about 2,000 employees, including some salaried workers, spokesman Jim Teague said. The Macon plant has had other such “down days” this year to help adjust inventory.

        “It's a matter of business,” Mr. Teague said. “There continues to be a weakness in demand for the product.”

        Last month, the company announced plans to offer early retirement packages to about 500 salaried workers at its Macon and Louisville operations. The Macon plant produces Brown & Williamson's Kool, Lucky Strike, Carlton, Capri and Misty brands.


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