Thursday, March 01, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Police looking for samurai sword

        COVINGTON — Police are still searching for a samurai sword used to nearly slice a man's ear off during a late-night attack on two men.

        John Huber, 47, of Covington was in good condition Wednesday at University Hospital. Mr. Huber's left ear was almost severed, and his left leg, left arm and face were cut, said Lt. Col. Jim Liles, spokesman for Covington police.

        Randall Centers, 39, of Covington was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center North in Covington and released.

        The men were attacked about 11 p.m. Tuesday at 1030 Jackson St. by a man who threatened to kill them, Lt. Col. Liles said. He didn't know what instigated the attack.

[photo] A LONG ROAD AHEAD: The widening and rerouting of Ky. 17 in Kenton County continues Wednesday as Brian Lewis climbs a hill to install posts. The 3 1/2-mile stretch is to be finished in late 2001 or early 2002. Mr. Lewis, of Warsaw, works for Elmo Greer and Sons.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Danny Steinfort, 32, of Covington was charged with assault in connection with the attack. He was being held Wednesday in lieu of $10,000 bond at the Kenton County jail.

2nd citizen police academy to start soon

        ERLANGER — Police will soon hold the city's second citizen police academy.

        Anyone 18 or older who is interested in learning how police work can apply for admissions. Topics will range from patrol and special investigations to the court system.

        Applications,available Monday, can be picked up at the police department, 505 Commonwealth Ave.

        The academy, which will start in early April, will begin once applications reach classroom capacity. Those who are accepted will be notified by police of the exact start date. Classes will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks at the police station.

        Anyone who has questions or would like more information about the police academy should contact Officers Darryl Jouett or Dan Fern at (859) 727-2424.

Villa Hills council to meet tonight

        VILLA HILLS — City Council has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. today at the River Ridge Elementary cafeteria.

        Covington lawyer Phil Taliaferro will report on the results of his investigation into whether Mayor Steve Clark acted properly when he fired Police Chief Michael “Corky” Brown on Dec. 28.

        The majority of council hired Mr. Taliaferro as special counsel in January.

        Council also will consider payment of Mr. Taliaferro's bill.

Workers collect toy bears to give kids

— Employees of Fidelity Investments have collected about 2,000 stuffed bears to be given to area children by law enforcement agencies.

        On Friday, representatives of the Cincinnati, Blue Ash, Covington, and Boone County police departments will go to Fidelity's Midwest Regional office on Magellan Way at 12:30 p.m. to pick up the bears.

        Police who encounter children in emergency situations, such as fires or domestic violence, will give one of the stuffed bears to the child for comfort.

Urologist's license suspended over Oxy

        HARLAN — A local urologist accused of illegally prescribing the drug OxyContin has had his license suspended temporarily.

        The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure said its action against Dr. Ali Sawaf was prompted by his arrest Feb. 1 on several charges, including illegally prescribing OxyContin and bribing a public servant.

        Dr. Sawaf pleaded not guilty last week. He remains in the Harlan County jail.

        Dr. Sawaf's arrest came about a week before a wave of indictments involving more than 200 people across eastern Kentucky, stemming from alleged trafficking in OxyContin. Authorities say the prescription pain reliever is being widely abused in eastern Kentucky and nearby states.

        The suspension is temporary, pending a full medical board hearing.

        In its findings, the board said Dr. Sawaf had been charged with writing prescriptions for OxyContin and other drugs for undercover officers without conducting examinations or determining whether the drugs really were needed.

Arrest warrants target scofflaws

        COVINGTON — Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson signed arrest warrants this week for at least 30 individuals previously convicted in Kenton County.

        People receiving arrest warrants are in violation of their court-ordered sanctions.

        Mr. Edmondson said he had been monitoring the progress of individuals ordered to attend anger management or counseling programs. He said many failed to successfully complete treatment programs, placing victims of domestic abuse at risk for future violence.

Slaying suspect nabbed in Atlanta

        LOUISVILLE — A man charged with killing a bank teller during a robbery here two weeks ago was arrested in Atlanta after he was spotted outside a homeless shelter with his girlfriend, the FBI said.

        Tiffany Dominique Pennington, 27, and Jessica Lynn Lawrence, 24, attempted to flee when they were approached by FBI agents and Atlanta police officers on Tuesday, the FBI said in a statement. After a brief foot chase, officers used pepper spray to stop the pair and arrested them, the statement said.

        Mary Dell Kaelin-Brandenburg was killed and $3,760 was taken during the Feb. 13 National City Bank robbery.

        The FBI said earlier that Mr. Pennington and Ms. Lawrence were thought to have left town early on Feb. 14.

        David Beyer, supervisory special agent of the Kentucky FBI, said authorities had been monitoring homeless shelters in the Atlanta area on a tip.

Wilkinson given Chapter 11 extension

        LEXINGTON — Former Gov. Wallace G. Wilkinson has been given two more weeks to file lists of his assets and debts with U.S. Bankruptcy Court here, despite the objection of one of his creditors.

        Creditors forced Mr. Wilkinson into bankruptcy Feb. 5, when they filed an involuntary Chapter 7 liquidation petition in the Lexington court.

        They said they were owed nearly $235 million, that Mr. Wilkinson was in default on some of the debt and that he had refused to disclose financial data requested by the creditors.

        Mr. Wilkinson converted the involuntary filing into a Chapter 11 reorganization to get court protection from the creditors. He also disclosed debts of at least $340 million.

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Butler Co. men certified heroes
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Cop phony, but judge was real
Doctor says OxyContin raid just 'publicity stunt'
Ethnic threats lead to 2 arrests
FAA says airline failed to disclose cargo hazard
Harrison principal state's best
Kenton GOP rivals escalate war of words with new charges
Power plant issues to be aired
Sycamore Twp. pocket could get boost
Ten Commandments debated again
x4 N. Ky. schools in 'poor' shape
Yankee Road zoning on ballot
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