Thursday, January 11, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Two men indicted on drug charges

        COVINGTON — Two men recently arrested for drug possession were indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

        They are:

        • Luis Miranda, 49, on a charge of possessing and planning to distribute 4.9 kilograms - or almost 11 pounds - of heroin.

        Mr. Miranda was arrested Dec. 15 at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport during a layover. Airport officers asked to search his luggage and found several bricks of brown substance in one of his bags, they said. The bricks contained heroin.

        Law officers said the amount indicated that Mr. Miranda planned to distribute the drug. He will face up to life in prison if convicted of the charge.

[photo] TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF: Tommy Williams is part owner of S&W Greenhouse, Carrollton, which is growing about 8,800 strawberry plants as part of a plan to diversify from a concentration on tobacco. The strawberries were planted in October, and harvesting began last week.
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        • Buckie L. Cullum, 26, of Newport, was indicted on a charge of possessing, with intent to distribute, about 70 pounds of marijuana.

        Police said they arrested Mr. Cullum Nov. 28 after finding him in possession of two large duffel bags, which contained the marijuana. They seized about $85,000 and a 1992 Lexus from his 423 W. Ninth St. residence, according to the indictment.

        Mr. Cullum faces up to 10 years in prison.

Music-playing clock on new schedule

— The city's year-old clock in Presidents Park will soon be playing a song three times a day.

        “It'll be effective as soon as I set the clock, hopefully before the week's out,” Edgewood Administrator Roger Rolfes said Wednesday.

        When the three-faced clock was erected a year ago, its chimes played hourly between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week.

        Some residents complained last summer that the songs were annoying. City officials agreed to play them only during holidays and special events, Mr. Rolfes said.

        “Then, we had some people call and say, "How come the clock doesn't play songs any more?'” he said.

        During the recent Christmas season, the clock played hourly from early December through the New Year's holiday.

        City Council agreed Monday to have a melody played three times a day.

Bunning assigned to Senate panel

        U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning of Southgate landed a spot on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

        “I am extremely excited to assume that seat, because I believe that Kentucky needs a voice on the committee in order to protect and enhance the missions of Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, as well as the Bluegrass Army Depot and the Old Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville,” Mr. Bunning said in a statement.

        The Republican said his priorities include authorizing funding for new training facilities at Fort Knox and construction of barracks and family housing units at Fort Campbell.

        Mr. Bunning serves on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and the Energy and Natural Resources committees.

Risk of exposure at plant estimated

        PADUCAH — A study released Wednesday identifies areas at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant where workers in past years were most at risk for exposure to radiation.

        “It will serve as a basis for further study to ensure that workers made sick at Paducah get the compensation they deserve,” Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said.

        From 1952-1991, 2,500 to 4,000 employees worked in areas where their potential radiation exposure was beyond that expected elsewhere in the plant, the study said.

Lexington hires hometown architect

        LEXINGTON — Internationally known architect E. Verner Johnson is coming home to Lexington to help transform the downtown courthouse building into a museum.

        A city committee selected Mr. Johnson's Boston-based firm to restore the building and organize exhibits.

        Fayette district and circuit courts will move to a new building later this year. That will make way for the Lexington History Museum and the University of Kentucky Art Museum to move into circuit court.

        Mr. Johnson grew up in Lexington.

[photo] ACCIDENT CLOGS INTERSTATE 75: Jack Lane (left), owner of Jess & Sons Towing, and Bryan Tomlin work to right an overturned truck on Interstate 75 at Kentucky's “cut in the hill” Wednesday. The 4 p.m. accident closed I-75.
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Black group critical of police shooting

        LOUISVILLE — Black leaders expressed outrage Wednesday over the fatal shooting by police of a black man and pledged their own investigation.

        The Rev. James Tennyson of the Justice Resource Center said volunteers would canvass the neighborhood where 18-year-old Clifford Lewis was shot Tuesday, seeking witnesses. “One way or another we are going to get the full details. We can't trust the police department,” the Rev. Mr. Tennyson said.

        Mr. Lewis and his girlfriend 18, were stopped by seven plainclothes detectives while Mr. Lewis was driving a van owned by his cousin, Aubrey Lamont Walker. Mr. Walker, 26, was wanted for allegedly pushing an officer into traffic and other charges.

        Mr. Lewis allegedly put the van in reverse, pinning Detective Kevin Bowling against another car, said Officer Bill Keeling, police spokesman. Detective Johann Steimle fired at the van as it drove away and again when Mr. Lewis was seen reaching for his waistband after the van had struck a house.

Baby girl in foster care after drop-off
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Runway study due within month
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CROWLEY: Bring on the crow and ketchup
OK sought for charter schools
Acquitted man faces charge
Alexandria site approved for regional sewage plant
Labs whet taste for science
SAMPLES: Readers react
Annual hikes to observe Martin Luther King Day
Chiquita testimony ordered
CPS considers private-run schools
Judge approves inmate abortions
Motorist faces charge of murder
New kids find a friend
Newport building will be moved, not razed
Pollster may test support for levy
Small businesses get tax refunds
Suspect: “Shoot me, shoot me!”
W. Chester may ask more for police
Winburn: Shirey deserves a pay raise
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