Thursday, May 10, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Chamber schedules night at the ballpark

        FORT MITCHELL — The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a “Chamber Night at the Reds” May 16 at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati.

        The cost is $30 for chamber members and $40 for non-members. The package includes tickets to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks as well as food and beverages served in the Stadium Club area.

        Three chamber members will also be selected to go down on the field and participate in a pre-game event.

[photo] MISSION OF PEACE: Reaching out to touch the clapper of the World Peace Bell in Newport on Wednesday are Shuhei Miyamoto, Natsuki Morishima, Ryo Yokojima and Yukari Izumiyama. They are among 14 people from Japan who are walking from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco to mark the 50th anniversary of Japan's return to the international community after World War II.
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        Reservations are due by May 14 and can be made online through the chamber's Internet Web site,; through e-mail to; or via fax to 859-578-8802.

        For more information contact Pam Allen, director of special events at the chamber, 859-578-6384.

Lucas planning speedway fund-raiser

        SPARTA — U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat representing Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, has scheduled a May 19 campaign fund-raiser at the Kentucky Speedway in Gallatin County.

        The event, billed as a family picnic and fund-raiser, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25 a person and $50 a family.

        Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be served. Kentucky Speedway tickets and race car rides will be raffled off. Music will be provided by the group Tanner Hill.

        No Republicans have entered the race against Mr. Lucas, who won a second term to Congress last year. But Geoff Davis, a Boone County Republican and business owner, has said he is close to getting in the race.

        State Rep. Jon Draud, R-Crestview Hills, and Florence resident Michael Wiley are also considering running.

        “We are expecting a tough race in 2002 and will continue to broaden our support base across the district by holding low ticket grass roots events,” Mr. Lucas said in a statement.

        “With the upcoming Kentucky Speedway event designed for the entire family we hope to involve as many people as possible in our campaign and feel this is a good way for individuals to get involved in the political process,” he said.

        For more information contact Mr. Lucas' Northern Kentucky campaign in Erlanger office at 859-342-0800.

Verst raises $18,000 for re-election

        NEWPORT — Campbell County Attorney Justin Verst raised $18,000 for his re-election campaign during an April 30 political fund-raiser at the Southgate Community Center.

        Mr. Verst, a Cold Spring Democrat in his first term, said more than 300 people attended the event.

[photo] ALL OK IN CRASH: Erlanger firefighter/emergency medical technician Teresa Garrison, center, comforts truck driver Michelle Olivier, 41, after an accident Wednesday on Interstate 75. At left is Michelle Cora, 18, who was a passenger in the car driven by her grandmother, Lucy Rice. Erlanger police say Ms. Rice, of Marion, Ind., didn't see the truck and changed lanes, colliding with it. No one was injured.
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        “The crowd included many elected officials, many prominent Democrats, Republicans, business owners and labor union representatives ... from throughout all parts of Campbell County,” Mr. Verst said in a statement.

        Mr. Verst is not expected to be challenged in the May 2002 Democratic primary and no Republican candidates have entered the race.

        However, Campbell County Republican Party Chairwoman Barb Haas has said she does expect the party to field a candidate to run against Mr. Verst in next year's election.

        In Kentucky the county attorney prosecutes misdemeanor crimes and provides legal advice to the county fiscal court.

Infant's kidnapping planned, police hint

        LEXINGTON — A Lexington woman charged with kidnapping a 7-day-old baby may have planned the crime weeks in advance, telling people she was pregnant and gathering baby clothes, police said.

        Police also are looking at evidence indicating that the woman had passed herself off as a social worker, offering clothes and other items to mothers at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

        “We do believe there was planning involved, and this was not a random, isolated incident,” Lexington police Detective Steve Auvenshine said at a news conference Tuesday.

        Anna Pemberton, 41, was charged with one count of kidnapping. She is being held at the Bourbon County Detention Center.

        According to Detective Auvenshine, University of Kentucky police had been investigating a complaint that involved Ms. Pemberton about a week before the kidnapping. UK Hospital spokeswoman Mary Margaret Colliver referred questions about the complaint to police.

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Deerfield fires worker who had been demoted
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Fairfield schools to tighten staff
Florence cautious on ballpark idea
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Young helpers honored
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