Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Man robs bank on its first full day

        EDGEWOOD — The First Security Trust Bank was robbed Tuesday on its first full day of business.

        A man walked into the bank on Barnwood Drive at 3:30 p.m., covered his face and demanded money from a teller, said Edgewood police. The robber was described as a white man, 5-foot-10 between 25 and 30. He was wearing a turtleneck and an Army-green-colored coat.

        The bank robber said he had a gun, but didn't show a weapon, police said. No one was injured during the heist.

        Police said the robber was last seen walking west through a nearby parking lot.

        The FBI and the Kenton County Police crime scene unit are assisting Edgewood police in the investigation.

Exhibit shows WWII's impact on Kentucky

— “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition: Kentuckians and World War II” will be displayed at the Kentucky Haus Craft Gallery on March 3 and 4.

        The exhibit is part of the Kentucky Historical Society's Museums To Go Exhibit.

        Through photographs, the exhibit shows how Kentuckians' lives changed from 1941 through 1945, both on the home front and overseas.

        Kentucky Haus Craft Gallery at 421 Monmouth St. specializes in Kentucky hand-crafted items. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Panel advances bill requiring voter ID

        FRANKFORT — Election officers would no longer have to allow people without identification to vote under a bill approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday.

        The system, which requires only that the voter sign an affidavit swearing to his or her residency, invites fraud, two county clerks — James Lewis of Leslie County and Don Blevins of Fayette County — said in testimony to the committee.

        The bill by Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, would require the voter to produce some proof of identification.

        Sen. Ernesto Scorsone, D-Lexington, questioned why a change was needed. He noted that people who falsely sign affidavits can be prosecuted.

Legislator suggests upgrade of two parks

        FRANKFORT — A legislator who represents Harlan County wants the Department of Parks to consider upgrading and expanding Kingdom Come State Park.

        Kingdom Come, on top of Pine Mountain, would acquire cabins under the concept being advanced by Sen. Daniel Mongiardo, D-Hazard. Another area attraction, the Portal 31 Mine Park, would be added to the park. A county-run bed-and-breakfast, the Benham School House Inn, would become a park lodge.

        Mr. Mongiardo's resolution directs the parks agency to study the feasibility of the proposal and report to the General Assembly's leadership by September 2002.

Magistrate admits double-billing county

        WHITESBURG — A Letcher County magistrate pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of soliciting unlawful compensation for double billing the county for a hotel room.

        Special Prosecutor Henry Johnson agreed to the plea bargain for Robert N. Lewis and the dismissal of charges against another magistrate, Nolan “Junior” Banks.

        The case stemmed from a magistrates' conference that Mr. Lewis and Mr. Banks attended in April 1999 in Bowling Green. Mr. Lewis turned in several bills for reimbursement, including a bill for $270 for a room at the University Plaza Hotel in Bowling Green.

        Mr. Johnson said Mr. Lewis billed the Letcher County Fiscal Court for a room he shared with Mr. Banks, even though Mr. Banks had already billed the county and had been reimbursed.

        Authorities suspected the double-billing because the invoices the men turned in included a phone call to a Louisville massage parlor. That invoice listed the same room number for both men, The Mountain Eagle of Whitesburg reported Tuesday.

Legislator urges more breast-feeding

        FRANKFORT — A legislator from Louisville says Kentucky should do more to encourage mothers to breast-feed.

        Breast-feeding makes for healthier kids, and that's in the best interest of the public, Rep. Tom Riner told a House committee Tuesday.

        But it's not being encouraged by businesses, and that may subtly impel many women to bottle-feed, Mr. Riner said.

        Mr. Riner has a bill that encourages businesses to become “mother friendly” by providing private places where women can nurse their newborns. State agencies like the Department for Medicaid Services and the Department for Public Health would be encouraged to disseminate promotional information.

        Mr. Riner, a Democrat, said the impetus for his bill was philosophical. He said his wife, Claudia Riner, a former legislator, nursed all six of their children.

        Mr. Riner's bill was approved by the House Health and Welfare Committee.

DNA links suspect to series of rapes

        LOUISVILLE — A man arrested three months ago for burglary has been linked by DNA evidence to six rapes in what police have called the largest DNA case in state history and one of the largest in the nation.

        Joseph Cave, 31, was charged Tuesday with five counts of rape, four counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse, one count of attempted rape and eight counts of burglary.

        The “Flashlight Rapist” shined a flashlight in his victims' eyes to prevent them from giving accurate descriptions to police. Mr. Cave was arrested in November for various burglaries.


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Electronic voting touted
Fiber-optic cut disrupts business
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Lewis Co. wildlife preserve OK'd
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Taft endorses Bush's budget
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- Kentucky News Briefs
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