Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Child sexual abuse grant $2.5 million

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Kentucky will receive a $2.5 million grant to improve services and for victims and prosecution of child sexual abuse.1

        The grant will underwrite several initiatives:

        • Special training for state and local law enforcement, including how to interview sexual offenders.

        • Creation of a database for Kentucky children's advocacy centers.

        • Computer access to child protection files while on location at children's advocacy centers.

        Most of the money will be spread among the 15 regional centers.

        The grant will also help the state pursue a larger federal program to improve interviewing of victims of child sexual abuse. Only two states will be designated by federal authorities for the “Finding Words” program.

1,410 speeding tickets issued along AA

               FRANKFORT — Police issued 1,410 citations during five days of beefed-up patrols along the AA Highway in Northern Kentucky, the state Transportation Cabinet said Monday.

        Nineteen state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the cabinet's Operation Drive Smart Blitz from Alexandria to Ashland from April 23-27.

        Pat Melton, director of the Division of Driver Safety, said 996 of the citations were for speeding. The highest speed was 96 mph.

        Melton said that even though the campaign was finished, police would maintain a close watch of the highway.

        “Law enforcement will continue to be highly visible along the area,” Melton said. “We hope to give this area a reputation for being one of the heaviest patrolled, zero tolerance roadways in the state.”

$1.25M awarded for dumps cleanup

               LONDON — A government-funded environmental organization has awarded $1.25 million for cleaning up illegal dumps in eastern Kentucky.

        U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, announced at a news conference Monday that the grants from PRIDE will go to seven county governments:

        • Casey County: $150,000

        • Harlan County: $100,000

        • Jackson County: $500,000

        • Johnson County: $100,000

        • Knox County: $100,000

        • Pike County: $200,000

        • Wayne County: $100,000

        Mr. Rogers and James Bickford, secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, started Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment in 1997 to clean up 40 eastern Kentucky counties where illegal dumping has been a historic problem.

        Along with cleaning up dumps, PRIDE has also provided funding for educational initiatives to teach children the importance of a clean environment and for projects to cut the number of residents who pipe their untreated sewage into creeks.

Laurel man charged with killing wife

               LONDON — A Laurel County man was arrested after his wife's body was found at the bottom of an embankment, according to Kentucky State Police.

        Ronald L. Massagee, 46, of London, was charged with murder in the Saturday morning stabbing death of Margie Massagee, 54, according to a report by Detective Johnny Phelps.

Flight instructor, passenger not hurt

               HIGH GROVE — An officer and his flight instructor escaped injury when a Jefferson County Police helicopter crashed into a large Spencer County field, a police spokesman said.

        “Federal Aviation Administration-certified instructor Don Beach was flying our 1980 model helicopter and demonstrating auto rotation about 6:45 p.m. EDT Sunday night for Officer Paul Behnder,” said Detective Robert Biven.

        “That's where they shut down the engine to idle speed and land it.”

        After several of the maneuvers were practiced in a large field, the helicopter suddenly dropped about 10 feet to the ground, Detective Biven said.

        The site was about five miles south of the Spencer-Jefferson County line.

Accident that killed 1 under investigation

               DANVILLE — Authorities are investigating a traffic crash that claimed the life of a Leslie County woman, Kentucky State Police said.

        A 1986 Buick Century failed to stop at a stop sign a mile north of Danville on Sunday morning and was struck in the driver's side by a 1991 Ford Probe, a state police report said. The driver of the Ford was Eric Thompson, 20, of Stanford.

        The crash at U.S. 150 and Old Stanford Road killed Marilyn Simpson, 33, of Mozelle, the driver of the Buick. Her three daughters and the other driver escaped with non-life threatening injuries.

        The daughters were Tiffany Simpson, 12, Natasha Simpson, 13, and Deanna Simpson, 17, all of Mozelle.

Two die in pickup crash

               SHEPHERDSVILLE — Two men died when their pickup truck ran off the road and crashed into a tree early Sunday in Bullitt County, authorities said.

        Michael Gray Knapp Sr., 36, of Hillview, and Donald Lee “Boo” Hazelwood Jr., 23, of Shepherdsville, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Deputy Coroner Glenda Heath.

        Mr. Knapp was driving and apparently lost control of his Ford pickup truck about 2:30 a.m. on Blue Lick Road in Shepherdsville, Mr. Heath said.

        Ms. Heath wasn't sure if the men were wearing seat belts.

        The half-mile stretch of road where the accident occurred has been the site of several fatal crashes in the past few years, Ms. Heath said.

Pilot, passenger suffer minor injuries

               HODGENVILLE — A single-engine plane crash-landed Sunday about 30 minutes after taking off from Louisville.

        The pilot, Kevin Snary, 33, of Louisville, and the only passenger, a 14-year-old boy, suffered only minor injuries, said Capt. James Miller of the Buffalo Fire and Rescue Squad.

        The Cessna 172 took off from Bowman Field about 1:30 p.m. EDT, Capt. Miller said.

        Mr. Snary tried to make an emergency landing about 2 p.m. on a private airfield behind the Lincoln Jamboree, a country store and restaurant near the Abraham Lincoln birthplace.

        Mr. Snary couldn't keep the craft on the runway and it skidded into an earthen embankment and two trees, Capt. Miller said.


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