Sunday, October 22, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

2 killed in crash that shut down I-64

        FRANKFORT — Two people were killed in a crash on Interstate 64 on Saturday that shut down eastbound lanes for three hours.

        Both victims were passengers in a westbound vehicle that lost control and crossed the median into the eastbound lanes, crashing head on into an eastbound vehicle, according to Kentucky State Police. Authorities did not know what caused the vehicle to cross the median.

        The drivers of both vehicles were injured and taken to area hospitals, police said. The names of the two people killed were not immediately released, pending notification of family.

        Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.

        The crashed occurred at 4:30 p.m. about five miles east of Frankfort.

Owensboro airport to get $1M from Feds

        OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport will receive $1 million in federal entitlement funds for qualifying as a priority airport under the FAA Reauthorization Bill, said officials.

        Tim Bradshaw, the airport's manager, said the funds are awarded to airports that embark more than 10,000 passengers every year. Last year, the airport carried 10,229 passengers.

        Earlier this month, Congress appropriated $3.2 billion in funds for the airport improvement program.

        Mr. Bradshaw said the funds will not be released until the president signs the FAA Reauthorization Bill into law, which aviation officials expect to be within the next few weeks.

        With news of the funds, the airport is already soliciting bids for several projects, which include improvements to runways and parking lots.

        As of Sept. 30, the airport had logged 6,800 embarkments, which is about 400 below last year's average.

Jewish Hospital No. 1 in Louisville

        LOUISVILLE — Jewish Hospital has won the 2000 Consumer Choice Award as the most preferred hospital in Louisville for the second year in a row.

        The annual award was presented to the top hospitals in 103 markets across the country by National Research Corp. of Nebraska.

        Spokesman Phillip Richmond said the selections are based on each hospital's composite score from a set of four questions. Surveyors asked 543 Louisville-area households which hospital has the best doctors, the best nurses, the highest quality and best overall image.

        Jewish Hospital spokeswoman Linda McGinity Jackson said the hospital is flattered to receive the award.

        “We believe we're in great company,” she said. The list of winners includes such health- care facilities as Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital.

        Baptist Hospital East won the award from 1996 through 1998.

Juvenile detention facility cleared

        NEWPORT — The Campbell County Regional Juvenile Detention Center has been cleared of any wrongdoing in three cases involving youths, but the center has disciplined two employees for other incidents.

        Ralph E. Kelly, commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, said this week that an internal investigation and state police have cleared the Campbell facility in the three cases reported to Judge Wil Schroder, an appellate court judge who was substituting in Kenton County juvenile court last month when the cases were heard.

        In one case, a girl told Judge Schroder that a staff member had exposed himself to her. Mr. Kelly said the matter was investigated and no crime was committed.

        In another case, a boy told Judge Schroder that he got a chipped tooth in a scuffle at the center. However, police learned that the boy had a bloody mouth because he had pulled out a loose tooth while waiting in a holding cell before court.

        In the third case, Mr. Kelly said that a juvenile who appeared in court with a black eye had been in an altercation with school officials and police before he had been placed at the Campbell juvenile center.

        The Campbell County Regional Juvenile Detention Center opened in Newport in August 1999.

        The 52-bed center, which houses juvenile offenders age 12 to 17, serves 15 counties.

        The state has investigated eight allegations stemming from staff conduct at the detention center since the facility opened. Of those, three cases of misconduct involving two workers were substantiated, said Kym Newcom, a spokeswoman for the Department of Juvenile Justice.

        Ms. Newcom said one staff member was suspended for five days for physical misconduct, while another staff member was placed on administrative leave for violations that Ms. Newcom said she couldn't reveal because the employee has appealed his case.

        The Campbell facility houses about 2,000 youths a year.


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- Kentucky News Briefs
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