Sunday, January 07, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Missing teen died of exposure

        EASTVIEW — The body of a 15-year-old Hardin County girl was found Saturday by volunteers who had been searching for her since she left home more than a week ago, Kentucky State Police said.

        Amanda Hardin was last seen Dec. 27 when she left the family's home about 3 p.m. without a coat, purse or money.

        Her body was found about 12:30 p.m. partially buried under snow in an area of thick trees about a mile from her home, state police said.

        The area had been previously searched by airplane and volunteers on the ground, said Steve Pavey, state police spokesman.

        Mr. Pavey said it appears she died of exposure to the cold; no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is planned to determine an exact cause of death, police said.

        Over a period of several days, about 1,000 people on foot, horseback and riding all-terrain vehicles helped search for the girl, said Larry Bratcher, who helped organize the search.
       head Gas leak forced residents from homes

        PADUCAH — A gas leak forced nearly 1,400 Western Kentucky Gas customers from their homes and buckled the asphalt on a street.

        The leak was discovered about 1:30 p.m. CST Friday. Firefighters discovered gas had seeped into the sewer system and caused the asphalt on a portion of Monroe Street to raise up to 4 inches, said Assistant Fire Chief Terry Denton.

        Residents were kept from their homes until about 8 p.m. Assistant Chief Denton said crews spent Friday and Saturday returning gas service to homes.
       head Security guard accused of rape

        LOUISVILLE — A security guard is accused of raping two women while posing as a police officer.

        Anthony Harvell, 43, was charged with two counts each of first-degree rape, kidnapping and impersonating a public servant and one count of sodomy. Mr. Harvell turned himself in to police Friday, said Capt. Steve Thompson, commander of the Louisville police Criminal Investigation Section.

        He is alleged to have raped a 24-year-old woman Dec. 10 after stopping her car, displaying a gun and forcing her into his vehicle. He is also accused of abducting and raping a 23-year-old woman after displaying a badge and threatening to arrest her if she didn't cooperate, police said.
       head TV news anchor dies of cancer

        LEXINGTON — John Lindgren, a veteran anchor at WTVQ-TV, died Saturday morning at his home following a 20-month bout with colon cancer. He was 55.

        Mr. Lindgren became lead anchor at WKYT-TV in Lexington in 1979 after two years as weekend anchor and reporter at WHAS-TV in Louisville. He joined WTVQ in 1989 after an 18-month stint as weekend anchor and reporter at WTVF in Nashville.

        Mr. Lindgren once entered a burning building for a special report on fire safety and spent a day-and-a-half on the streets to raise awareness of Lexington's homeless population.

        “I feel like what I'm really doing is just going into the home of a neighbor and telling them, "Hey, this is what's affecting our lives today,' ” Mr. Lindgren said in a 1992 interview with WTVQ.

        Mr. Lindgren waged a very public battle with colon cancer, announcing his diagnosis on air in April 1999. He continued to work while undergoing chemo therapy and shared stories of his diagnosis and treatment during broadcasts.

        He is also credited with speaking to numerous church congregations and community groups.

        The son of an Evangelical Free Church minister from northern Iowa, Mr. Lindgren began his broadcasting career in 1966 with the Moody Bible Institute's radio station, WMBI in Chicago.

        “His outward dedication to God, his family, and work all serve as a testimony of his life's passion,” said Bill Stanley, vice president and general manager of WTVQ.

        Mr. Lindgren is survived by: his wife, Suzanne; three children, John, Kirsten and Natalie; and his mother and sister, who live in Nebraska.

        Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Milward Funeral Home in Lexington. A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday at Porter Memorial Baptist Church. Details are pending.
       head Two dead after fire in motel

        PRESTONSBURG — Two people were killed after fire swept through a motel near here on Saturday, Kentucky State Police said.

        Clyde D. Williams, 67, was pronounced dead at the Highlands Regional Medical Center at 5:12 a.m., police said. He had apparently collapsed while fighting the fire, police said.

        The remains of a second victim were found inside the hotel. That person has not been identified. The State Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.

        The fire remains under investigation.
       head Millstone coffee plant to reopen

        HENDERSON — Van Houtte Inc., based in Montreal, plans to reopen the former Millstone coffee production plant here, the company said.

        The company plans to begin hiring production workers in about three months, said B.J. Jones, plant manager. Up to 15 people will be hired this year, and the work force could be up to 65 people in five years.

        In September, Procter & Gamble closed the plant, which produced 19 million pounds of coffee a year, and moved its production to New Orleans.

        Van Houtte expects to begin producing about 2 million pounds of coffee annually.

        Van Houtte is the largest gourmet coffee roaster in Canada, with sales last fiscal year of $250 million. Its stock is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

        Jean-Yves Monette, president of Van Houtte's coffee group, said the plant offers a central distribution point and a pool of experienced workers.
       head Police impersonator shot by officer

        LEXINGTON — Police said an off-duty detective working as a security officer shot and killed a man thought to be impersonating a police officer in front of Fayette Mall.

        The man, about 30, pointed a gun at Detective Chris White after being confronted on the sidewalk near the mall's main entrance about 8:30 p.m. Friday, Police Chief Larry Walsh said.

        Detective White, working off duty at the mall, drew his pistol and shot the man several times in self-defense, Chief Walsh said.

        “He's obviously quite upset, but he wasn't injured,” Chief Walsh said of Mr. White, who has been on the force about 10 years.

        The shooting is the first time in more than 1 1/2 years that a Lexington police officer has killed a suspect.


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