Thursday, February 15, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Speedway gets award for attracting crowds

        FORT MITCHELL — Kentucky Speedway was selected by the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau as the recipient of the 2000 Dream Catcher Award presented at the bureau's annual meeting Wednesday.

        The $153 million, 1.5-mile tri-oval track opened in June 2000 and drew more than 300,000 people to three racing events and a rock concert.

        The Dream Catcher award is given each year to an individual or organization that turn dreams into special events, in turn creating a positive economic impact by attracting visitors to the region.

        Speedway chairman and co-owner Jerry Carroll, who accepted the award, said creating a positive impact in the community “is what I do, and I will keep doing the rest of my life.”

Emergency dispatch merger talks resume

        COVINGTON — For the third time in two years, Kenton County and Covington officials are discussing the feasibility of merging their emergency dispatch systems.

        In the past, merger talks in Kenton County have made little progress, because officials in each of three agencies — Kenton County, Covington and Erlanger — wanted to keep control.

        Scott Kimmich, Kenton County's deputy judge-executive, said he will meet with Covington City Manager Greg Jarvis by the end of the week to discuss the issue.

        “We would certainly invite Erlanger, but the primary discussion would be with Covington,” Mr. Kimmich said.

        Staff from the two governments will discuss how to pay for, and move forward with an analysis of, a joint emergency dispatch center. Gerald Newfarmer, whose Cincinnati consulting firm has done management studies for the two governments, would likely be chosen to analyze the pros and cons of a joint dispatch system.

Suspect indicted in bank robbery

        COVINGTON — A man has been indicted in connection with a downtown bank robbery last fall.

        Steven C. Cisco, 44, of the 1200 block of Scott Street, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday in the robbery of the Firstar Bank on Madison Avenue on Nov. 13.

        If convicted, Mr. Cisco could be sentenced to no more than 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Pair face charges in crime spree

        COVINGTON — A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted two men in a string of crimes — including stealing $100,000 from an armored car — that ended with the crash of a Nissan Pathfinder during a short police chase in Highland Heights.

        Shane M. Satterfield and Robert L. Carpenter, addresses not available, are each charged with one count of bank theft, armed bank robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, attempted bank robbery; and two counts of aiding and abetting.

        The two are accused of stealing $100,000 from an armored car on Aug. 25 in Brooksville, Ky., according to the indictment. They are also charged with taking $15,500 from First National Bank in Brooksville during an armed robbery Dec. 29.

        The crime spree ended dur ing a botched robbery of a United Kentucky Bank in Pendleton County on Jan. 30. During the getaway attempt the vehicle wrecked in Campbell County and they were arrested, officials said.

State senator arrested for DUI

        FRANKFORT — A state senator who voted in favor of a bill to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving was arrested last week by Frankfort police and charged with DUI, police records show.

        At the time of his arrest, Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20, or more than twice what is legally considered drunk, police records said.

        Mr. Pendleton, 54, a Democrat, was stopped by a Frankfort police officer a week ago for driving erratically.

        In Kentucky, a driver is considered drunk with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08. It was lowered from 0.10 by the General Assembly last year.

        Mr. Pendleton voted for the bill but was not considered a staunch supporter.

More money asked for Fort Campbell

        WASHINGTON — Kentucky and Tennessee residents who live near Fort Campbell urged members of Congress Wednesday to boost funding for the Army post that straddles the two states.

        About 50 members of the group Citizens for Fort Campbell went door-to-door on Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to support projects they say are needed now.

        The projects are not expected to be included in the 2002 budget President Bush plans to send to Congress at the end of the month, because they were not originally slated to be funded for a few years.

        But the residents highlighted about a dozen construction projects totaling about $180 million they would like to see added to next year's budget.

        Some of the items are: $55 million for barracks construction, $43 million for family housing, $22 million for a centralized command and control center and $9.4 million to improve power generation on the base.

Two arrested in theft of OxyContin

        SOMERSET — Police have arrested two Mount Vernon men on charges of stealing the prescription painkiller OxyContin from a Somerset pharmacy last month.

        Eric Philbeck, 30, and Johnny Saylor, 19, were charged this week with the armed robbery of College Drugs, the Commonwealth-Journal of Somerset reported.

        Somerset Police Chief Larry Wesley said two men, armed with a handgun, handed a pharmacy employee a handwritten note asking for OxyContin and Tylox. The pharmacy was robbed on Jan. 11.

        Chief Wesley said more than 100 40-milligram OxyContin pills were taken from the pharmacy.


Stadium tax revenue slowing
Winter's ills blitz children, caregivers
Mad cow disease not a problem here
New road will help speedway, casino
Lottery linkup promoted
PULFER: Morgue photos
Furniture store destroyed
Hamilton considers tax breaks to keep paper mill
Hamilton visitors die on plane
Hearing focuses on charge of kickbacks for Butler Dems
14 Patton nominees donated $47,000 to Democratic Party
2 council members press for ordinance on profiling
Appointment brings city, schools closer
Eastern Ky. University president to resign in 2002
Gun locks distributed free in Clermont Co. recalled as ineffective
Ky. House backs hemp research
Ky. Senate to vote on bill to eliminate emission testing
Lawmakers castigate Family Services Dept.
Milford schools to ask for levy
New light shed on ancient poems
Officer not indicted after hitting suspect with cruiser
Pickett's mental competence questioned
Residents sad, frustrated as they vacate trailer park
Schools leader won't be back
Senator charged with DUI
Six finalists interviewed for probation job
Students get break on redoing portfolios
Teacher accused of assault resigns
Township police levies on ballot
Voting diversity likely to stay
- Kentucky News Briefs
Tristate A.M. Report