Friday, January 19, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs


Man, 65, pleads guilty to drug charge

        COVINGTON — A member of a prominent Gallatin County family pleaded guilty Thursday to distributing 50.62 grams of methamphetamine Oct. 11.

        Aundis Davis, 65, of Glencoe, could get five years in prison when he is sentenced April 19 in U.S. District Court.

        He appeared in court Thursday morning, when his trial was set for Monday. But Mr. Davis decided to plead guilty later in the day.

        According to federal court documents, he told an FBI informant that he could sell him some “white stuff” and “crystals” for $1,200 an ounce or $300 for an “eight ball.”

        The complaint said that, on Oct. 11, the informant gave Mr. Davis $2,200 in marked $100 bills while under surveillance. The informant then received 50.62 grams of meth. Mr. Davis was arrested the next day.


[photo] VICTIM'S SUPPORTERS SPILL ANGER: Carolyn Brown (center) and other supporters and family members of Jessica Dishon, 17, react after seeing a police car carrying one of two brothers indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday in Jessica's September 1999 death in Shepherdsville, Ky. David “Bucky” Brooks, 42, was indicted on charges of murder, kidnapping and felony evidence tampering. His brother, Joseph “Tommy” Brooks, 36, was indicted on a felony charge of evidence tampering.
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        His brother is former Gallatin County Judge-executive Clarence Davis.
       

Cooperative efforts on water to be studied

        LEXINGTON — The Bluegrass Area Development District is in line for $300,000 to study intercounty cooperation among water utilities.

        The concept called “wheeling water” would allow a town that runs short of water to call a neighbor for help.

        The money for an engineering study on how it might work was added to an appropriations bill by U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher, R-Ky.

        The study will probably begin later this year or early next, said Don Hassall, the development district's assistant executive director.
       

Education chief to tour 8 schools

        FRANKFORT — Silver Grove will be one stop on a tour of schools that beat the odds.

        Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit is scheduling a tour of schools that have posted high test scores despite high poverty rates.

        Mr. Wilhoit plans to visit eight schools from each region of the state, his office announced Thursday.

        The tour is to begin Wednesday at Englehard Elementary School in Jefferson County. Other stops:

        • Jan. 25 — Silver Grove High School, Silver Grove Independent District.

        • Jan. 26 — Roundstone Elementary, Rockcastle County.

        • Jan. 29 — Western Elementary, Anderson County.

        • Jan. 30 — Lost Creek Elementary, Perry County.

        • Jan. 31 — Cravens Elementary, Owensboro Independent.

        • Feb. 1 — Carlisle County Middle School.

        • Feb. 2 — Wrigley Elementary, Morgan County.
       

Sweepstakes refund calls labeled a scam

       

        FRANKFORT — Consumers due refunds from a former sweepstakes company are getting “bogus” calls from a purported middle man, the attorney general's office announced Thursday.

        A caller claiming to be with United States Purchasing Exchange promises to get each consumer more than $200,000 in refunds — if the consumer pays several thousand dollars up front. “These calls are not legitimate,” Attorney General Ben Chandler said in a statement.

        United States Purchasing Exchange last year agreed to pay $20 million to settle deceptive-marketing complaints in Kentucky and 48 other states.
       

Officer indicted on perjury charges

        LOUISVILLE — A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a West Buechel police officer on perjury charges.

        John Rucker was indicted Wednesday on charges that he lied under oath while testifying before a 1992 grand jury when he was a Jeffersontown police officer.

        Officer Rucker, who was a key witness in a high-profile bribery case in Louisville last year, is charged with four counts of perjury.

        According to indictments, Officer Rucker lied when he testified that a suspect, indicted on 20 counts of theft, had been positively identified by fingerprints and photographs. The officer is also accused of lying when he told the grand jury that witnesses had identified the suspect.

        Officer Rucker is scheduled to be arraigned in Jefferson Circuit Court on Monday.
       

Radiation risk near plant down

        PADUCAH — A report released by the U.S. Department of Energy says the radiation risk for neighbors near the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has lessened in 1999 from the previous year.

        “We took more than 800 samples of various media, including ground water, soil, and air. We also took biological samples from deer and rabbit,” said Don Seaborg, site manager for the DOE. “We're very pleased with it.”

        Metals and chemical levels in deer and rabbit samples taken around the plant remained below the Food and Drug Administration limits for human consumption, the report said.

        It also found no trace of radioactive technetium-99 in water samples taken from the Ohio River. The DOE spends $70,000 annually to provide city water to residents whose ground water was contaminated by the substance, David Tidwell, DOE environmental engineer, told the Paducah Sun.

        The report also noted two Kentucky Division of Waste Management violations issued to the DOE during 1999. One involved unauthorized work at a landfill and another involved a failed water toxicity test.

        It also noted five instances in which DOE exceeded limits in its water discharge permit. Two of those involved failed toxicity tests and the others involved runoff of zinc from newly painted cylinders containing depleted uranium hexafluoride.
       

Services today for mayor of Barbourville

        BARBOURVILLE — The mayor died Wednesday at Knox County Hospital, apparently of complications from cancer.

        James E. Thompson Jr. was 76. He was appointed mayor in 1997 after serving two terms on the Barbourville City Council.

        The Pike County native was a retired executive vice president of Union National Bank and Trust Co. in Barbourville.

        Services are 2 p.m.today at Knox Funeral Home.

— From staff and wire reports
       

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