Thursday, March 22, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Group aims to halt expansion of jail

        COVINGTON — A group calling itself “Stop the Covington Jail Expansion” will meet in Covington City Commission chambers tonight to organize opposition to Kenton County's planned expansion of the jail on Court Street.

        The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the city building, Seventh Street and Madison Avenue.

        Business owners and residents of the Historic Licking Riverside Civic Association met last week to discuss how to organize citywide opposition to the $27.3 million jail expansion.

        Opponents say the larger jail would be more visible in the neighborhood and would hinder economic development in an area that has a number of upscale restaurants.

[photo] WIND DOWNS WORKER: A construction worker who was knocked from a lift by a stiff wind and hit his head Wednesday is lowered from the roof of the Natural Science Center being built at Northern Kentucky University. He was taken by helicopter from the Highland Heights campus to University Hospital in Cincinnati. Frank Bartolovick, 32, was treated for minor injuries and released.

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        They also cited concerns about the extra traffic the larger jail would generate and its impact on parking.

        “We will respond to every reasonable issue that is brought to us in the most timely manner possible,” said Scott Kimmich, Kenton County deputy judge-executive. “We are not going to engage in debates about this building versus prior sites, or debates about what NBBJ (architects) thought, or debates about what Southbank thought. What we will discuss with the neighborhood association is how to make this jail a good and viable part of the community.”

Driver in fatal crash seeks personal license

        A trucker whose tractor-trailer rig crashed into the rear of a church van on Interstate 275, killing four people, in 1999 wants a judge to grant him personal driving privileges.

        Clayton Kuehn, 41, of Cadiz, Ky., was sentenced last May to six months in the Hamilton County Justice Center. He could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison on his conviction for involuntary manslaughter.

        Judge Melba Marsh of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court also ordered Mr. Kuehn to serve five years' probation and not drive during those five years.

        Mr. Kuehn has asked the judge to allow him to drive for personal reasons and not commercially.

        The judge will rule on the request April 2.

        Mr. Kuehn was driving a 75,000-pound tractor-trailer when he crashed into the church van from Knoxville, Tenn., on Aug. 5, 1999.

        The crash killed Kenneth Sanders, 36; his daughter, Whitney, 11; Oshanna Upton, 16; and Bethany Hayes, 11.

        Prosecutors said Mr. Kuehn failed to maintain an assured clear distance.

        Mr. Kuehn said he tried to stop but his brakes locked up.

Man charged after bungled getaways

        A Florence man was charged Wednesday with robbing two elderly people at knifepoint in Cincinnati.

        William Pfeiffer, 57, was arrested on March 11 after he stole a standard shift car that he did not know how to drive, prosecutors say.

        A short time earlier, police say, Mr. Pfeiffer attempted to flee after another robbery but could not drive away because his victim locked him and the getaway car in her garage. He managed to flee the garage on foot.

        Prosecutors say the first victim, an 88-year-old woman, locked the garage after Mr. Pfeiffer took her car keys at knifepoint. The second victim, a 77-year-old man, was robbed of his keys in a supermarket parking lot.

        The charges against Mr. Pfeiffer include aggravated robbery, robbery and theft from the elderly. He faces up to 42 years in prison if he is convicted.

Musician to discuss area's swinging past

        COVINGTON — A local jazz drummer who played with Nat King Cole, Scatman Crothers and Jack Jackson and the Jumping Jacks will share his life's experiences in a free program this week.

        Nelson C. Burton will discuss the area's swinging musical past at a free program at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library.

        Mr. Burton was one of the house musicians at the Cotton Club in Cincinnati, and he performed on records released by Syd Nathan's King Records and witnessed the evolution of jazz music over several decades.

        No registration is required. For information, call Steve Rohs at the Kenton County Public Library, (859) 491-7610. For directions to the Covington location, visit the library's Web site at

Sheriff to address Republican women

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn will be featured speaker at Monday's meeting of the Kenton County Republican Women's Club.

        The luncheon meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons Sports Country Club, 345 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills.

        Reservations should be made by Friday by calling (859) 331-7605.

Neurologist to give lecture at NKU

        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — New York neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose patients were the basis of the films Awakenings and At First Sight, will inaugurate the College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series at Northern Kentucky University.

        His talk, at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in Regents Hall, will be open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are $8; alumni, $5. Tickets are free to NKU students, faculty and staff. Information, (859) 572 5400.

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