Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

St. Patrick's Day Mass on Thursday

— The 11th annual St. Patrick's Day Mass sponsored by the Fenian Division of Northern Kentucky, Ancient Order of Hibernians, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 12th St. and Madison Ave.

        The celebrant of the Mass will be the Rev. William Neuhaus, concelebrated by The Most Rev. William Hughes, retired bishop of Covington, and the Rev. Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh. Music will be provided by Aniwa of Covington, soloist Maureen Grady Gerrein and The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club.

        The Mass is dedicated to the late the Rev. John J. McGuire, co-founder of the Fenian Division of Northern Kentucky Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Covington woman's death called accident

— The death of a woman whose body was found Monday night in a Madison Avenue residence is being treated as an accident, police spokesman Lt. Col. Jim Liles said.

        Lucia Lewin, 32, of Madison Avenue was found dead at 8:45 p.m. Monday. The owner of the building was called to investigate water coming through the ceiling and found Ms. Lewin in the bathtub. Police said the door to the apartment was locked.

        An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Bunning accuses Patton of rumors

        FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Paul Patton of spreading false rumors that he is fatally ill.

        Mr. Bunning, 69, said his staff members in Washington and Kentucky have been getting calls from people asking if he is sick and dying.

        “Who better to be served by that, than my potential opponent in 2004?” Mr. Bunning said.

        Patton spokesman Mark Pfeiffer said the governor did not start the rumor, was unaware of it and had more important things to do. “The governor is focusing on the final days of this legislative session and other government business,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.

        Mr. Bunning's term expires in 2004, and Mr. Patton, whose term expires in 2003, has been suggested as a possible opponent.

        On Aug. 15, 2000, Mr. Bunning had surgery at the Mayo Clinic to remove his gallbladder and a benign mass from his left adrenal gland.

        Mr. Bunning said he recovered well from surgery in August.

Study bans trucks on Pine Mountain

        WHITESBURG, Ky. — A study showed that trucks were involved in most of the wrecks on Pine Mountain since 1996, prompting the state to ban tractor-trailers and other large vehicles from a stretch of U.S. 119, effective Tuesday and lasting indefinitely.

        Strict enforcement won't begin until March 26, the state said Monday.

        The move came as the state announced results of the six-month traffic study on the 7.2-mile stretch of road between Ky. 932 near Oven Fork and Whitesburg in Letcher County. That study showed trucks were involved in more than 60 percent of all crashes on the mountain since 1996 but account for only 3 percent of daily traffic.

        Last fall, local leaders asked the Transportation Cabinet for a ban on the stretch between Oven Fork and Whitesburg. The state required a study before deciding on a course of action.

Judge deliberates ruling in Patton case

        PIKEVILLE — A Pike County judge said he has heard enough evidence to make a ruling in a property dispute between first lady Judi Patton and a former neighbor.

        Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman, who heard testimony from Ms. Patton and the neighbor, Almedia Adkins, on Thursday, said in a two-paragraph order Monday he will rule on who has legal title to the land based “on proof already heard.”

        The trial had been scheduled to resume Monday. Mr. Coleman gave no indication when he would issue his ruling.

        Ms. Patton sued Almedia Adkins in 1996 to establish legal ownership of a 27-acre tract after Ms. Adkins shooed away a road contractor who wanted to spread free dirt on the property. She told the Pattons that she owned it.

Club owner among ecstasy arrests

        OWENSBORO — The co-owner of an Owensboro teen club was among five people arrested in connection with an alleged ecstasy ring, investigators said.

        Frank Brannon Taylor, 19, a freshman at Western Kentucky University and co-owner of under-21 nonalcoholic nightclub Rockafellas, was charged Saturday with first-degree criminal conspiracy to traffic controlled substances.

Johnny Depp sells horse farm

        LEXINGTON — Johnny Depp has sold the horse farm he bought for his mother five years ago, a story in Tuesday's Lexington Herald-Leader said.

        The 43-acre farm was bought by Herman and Hedwig Van Den Broeck for $1 million, the newspaper said.

        Mr. Depp, who was born in Owensboro, reportedly paid $950,000 for the property in 1995 for his mother, Betty Sue Palmer.


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Patrol to crack down along death-prone road
SAMPLES: 'Social capital' sustains rally
Contractor to retrieve fallen span from river
M.U. to add new accent
Montgomery may be brighter
Child's play serious for organization of certified therapists
Activist heads to N.Ky.
12 arrested in alleged illegal Freon ring
Arson device found in law office
Crackdown on young smokers
3 generations go to state
Henderson council repeals ordinance protecting gays
Income tax for schools opposed
Ky. meeting today targets OxyContin
Stuck trucks to close Reading railroad crossing
Survey opposes changes in school times
Suspect was on parole
Vote tolerates same-sex unions
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