Thursday, March 29, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Kenton changes meeting schedule

— Kenton Fiscal Court has changed all of its regularly scheduled meetings for 2001 to business meetings, so that action can be taken.

        The next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenton County Courthouse in Independence.

Antique show set for April 8

— The year's first outdoor show of the Second Sunday Antique Marketplace will be April 8 along the Sixth Street promenade in the MainStrasse Village neighborhood.

[photo] FIRE BURNS 5 ACRES: Covington Firefighter/EMT David Kampsen uses a “fire broom” to extinguish a grass fire in the 11000 block of Ky. 17, Independence. The blaze burned about 5 acres and came within a few feet of a storage shed. Covington firefighters were called because Independence firefighters were busy extinguishing another grass fire on Banklick Road.

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        Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free, and there is no admission charge.

        Future shows will be May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, and Oct. 14.

        Anyone interested in participating in a show can contact Cindy Scheidt at (859) 341-3390 or Donna Kremer at (859) 491-0458.

        One doesn't have to be a dealer to set up for a show.

Hospices join in grief conference

— Hospice of Northern Kentucky and St. Elizabeth Hospice will join more than 2,000 organizations across the United States and Canada next month in co-hosting a national Living with Grief teleconference.

        Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs Professional Responses, a live satellite video teleconference, will examine ways that professionals can better understand and respond to the needs of family caregivers.

        The free teleconference will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 18 at the Campbell County Extension Office, 3500 Alexandria Pike in Highland Heights.

        The program will offer insight and practical suggestions for those assisting family caregivers as they respond to the challenges of caregiving, make end-of-life decisions, and cope with grief.

        The program will be moderated by Cokie Roberts of ABC News and will feature a panel of experts, with a special message by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

McConnell to donate $1,000 contribution

        WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has decided to give an old, $1,000 campaign donation to the Treasury Department to pay down the national debt, according to his chief of staff, Hunter Bates.

        The money equals a 1989 campaign contribution Mr. McConnell received from political fund-raiser Maria Hsia.

        Ms. Hsia was implicated in an illegal fund-raising event five years ago at a Buddhist temple.

        Former Vice President Al Gore attended the event and his videotaped appearance was used by the Republican Party to highlight his role in the 1996 campaign fund-raising controversy.

        Mr. Bates said neither the Justice Department nor the Federal Election Commission alleged impropriety or illegality regarding the 1989 contribution to Mr. McConnell.

[photo] WHAT'S NEW IN NEWPORT: Plans for the South Shore luxury apartment complex were shown in detail Wednesday to members of the Newport Business Association. Newport City Manager Phil Ciafardini said the 120-unit complex will be on the riverfront at the east end of Riverboat Row. Occupants will have panoramic views that include the Ohio River, downtown Cincinnati and Mount Adams. The developer, Dennis Back, has not set a beginning construction date. No financial details were available.
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Trial begins in laser surgery case

        LOUISVILLE — Kim Estes wanted a small tattoo on her chest removed in time for her wedding, and instead received a large scar the shape of an “H.”

        Frank Keeter needed more than 30 stitches to close the incision made by a man who was first introduced to him as a doctor.

        For Edward McGill, it would take a skin graft to fix the damage done after a skin cancer treatment went bad.

        All were among 117 former patients of the Advanced Cosmetics & Laser Surgery Institute who allege Corey J. Richardson injured them by performing procedures he was not licensed to perform.

        Mr. Richardson and his employer, Dr. James W. Green, went on trial Wednesday each charged with 117 counts of assault or wanton endangerment. A jury will be asked to convict them of either charge in each instance but not both, said Joe Gutmann, assistant commonwealth's attorney.

Warrant issued in Chicago man's death

        LOUISVILLE — A murder warrant has been issued for a Chicago-area man in connection with the death of another Chicago man whose severed limbs were found on a Bullitt County hillside.

        Police believe Matthew Bryan Adams, 21, of Chicago, was killed in Jefferson County, said police spokeswoman Stacey Redmon.

        A murder warrant was issued Wednesday for Joshua Ade Askeland, 18, Ms. Redmon said.

        The crime occurred Friday at a residence on Blue Lick Road in southern Jefferson County, Ms. Redmon said.

        “We removed some items out of that address Tuesday that we took to test for possible evidence,” Ms. Redmon said. “We're keeping that house secured until Thursday morning. The Kentucky State Police evidence people are going to come up here and assist us in processing some more stuff in the house.”

        Ms. Redmon would not disclose what was removed from the house.

        A dog carried one of the victim's arms to a trailer in Bullitt County about 5 p.m. EST Monday.

        Searchers used trained dogs to find the other arm and two legs in a cardboard box, police said.

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Police chief silent on abuse allegations
Artworks portray black women
Bill seeking state standards, testing overhaul passes Senate
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Clermont jail to be renovated
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Fidelity considers Covington expansion
Fiery killing described at hearing
Fired police chief, clerk back on job
Firetruck parking draws complaints
Guilty plea expected in slaying
Head of Fairfield schools vows to do better
Insurers pushed for coverage in rural areas
Krupp Hoesch Suspensions to close Hamilton plant
Lawrenceburg feud worsens
Many Ohio tornado sirens vulnerable to power failure
Mason can proceed with tower
Money donations pour forth on behalf of disabled Scouts
Schools look into bus case
Separate trials sought; 3 charged in pilot's slaying
Sex education overhauled to promote 'abstinence only'
Tobacco leaders recommend evaluations for contracted leaf
UK library adds $62 million gift
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