Monday, June 11, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Father and son shot to death

The Associated Press

        HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — A father and son were shot to death and a third man was critically wounded outside a home Saturday night, police said.

        Harvey Sanders Sr., 56, and Harvey “Trey” Sanders III, 24, were found dead near the driveway of the house about 8:15 p.m. , said Hopkinsville police spokesman Mike Wood.

        David R. Brown, who lived in the house where the shootings took place, was charged Sunday with two counts of murder.

        Mr. Wood said police believe the Sanderses went to Mr. Brown's house Saturday night and an argument ensued. Mr. Brown shot Harvey Sanders Sr. and Trey Sanders with a handgun, Mr. Wood said. Harvey Douglas Sanders, 20, the son of one victim and brother to the other, then shot Mr. Brown with a second weapon, Mr. Wood said.

        Mr. Brown was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He was in critical but stable condition Sunday night, said hospital spokeswoman Nancy Humphrey.

        Harvey Douglas Sanders was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. He was lodged in the Christian County Jail.

        The shootings occurred in the front yard of the home, which is “less than a block” from where the Mr. Sanders lived, Mr. Wood said.

        Mr. Wood said authorities have recovered the two guns used in the shootings.

        Authorities were still investigating the motive for the shootings, Mr. Wood said.

Woman survives after car lands on her
The Associated Press

               HENDERSON, Ky. — A 20-year-old woman survived a crash after the car she was thrown from landed on top of her.

        Keicia Howard, of Philpot, was driving east on Kentucky 144 near Knottsville when her car left the road and overturned shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Kentucky State Police.

        Ms. Howard was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of an open alcoholic beverage, police said.

        “When I arrived, the only thing you could see was her left leg sticking out from beneath the vehicle,” said State Trooper Brenton Ford. “She was screaming for help. ... I've never seen anything like it before.”

        An Owensboro Mercy Hospital spokeswoman said Ms. Howard was treated and released early Sunday.

        Knottsville Volunteer Fire Chief Terry Johnson said his son was up watching television when he heard the crash about a quarter of a mile away. “He heard tires screech and then a big bang,” Mr. Johnson said.

        The car was about 80 feet away from the road and partially hidden from view, Mr. Johnson said. “She could probably say my son was an angel.... There was no telling how long she could have been there before someone had seen it.”

        Ms. Howard was pinned beneath the roof of the car for about 53 minutes, Mr. Johnson said, while emergency workers tried to raise the 1995 Pontiac from where it had landed.

        “I tried talking to her the whole time,” Mr. Johnson said. “I kept saying,"We are going to get you out. Everything is fine. You're doing good.' She calmed down a little bit.”

Applied Card Systems doubles Ky. employees
The Associated Press

               HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Applied Card Systems, which processes Visa and MasterCard accounts, plans to expand its West Virginia operation and also double the number of people it employs in Kentucky.

        The company hopes to double its total employment nationwide from 4,000 to 8,000 before the end of 2002, Rocco Abessinio, president of Applied Card, said Friday.

        Jim Purgerson, president of the Ashland Alliance, said he has had some talks with Abessinio and other Applied Card officials about expanding the operations in the former Ashland Inc. and Ashland Petroleum buildings at Russell, Ky.

        Applied Card has 750 employees in Russell, said Ron Dyke, Huntington's human resources manager.

        In Huntington, the company employs about 960 people in the former Arch Coal building, Mr. Dyke said.

        “In Huntington, we're kind of maxed out in that building, but you can always look at additional facilities. We have room to expand at Ashland and Beckley,” he said.

        Applied Card opened an office in Beckley in September that has about 500 employees.

        Applied Card, based in Wilmington, Del., employs more than 4,000 workers in Florida, Kentucky and West Virginia.

        On Thursday, the company also announced plans to build a new operations center in Pennsylvania.

Presbyterians pray for McVeigh, victims
The Associated Press

               LOUISVILLE — The day before Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was scheduled to die, Kathy Lancaster and about a hundred other Presbyterians gathered in a chapel to pray for his victims.

        And pray for Mr. McVeigh, too.

        Ms. Lancaster was one of nine people who read the names of the 168 victims in the chapel at the Presbyterian Center, where about 3,000 members have gathered this week for the church's annual general assembly. It is the church's first general assembly in Louisville since it moved its national headquarters here in 1988.

        Ms. Lancaster said Mr. McVeigh was included in the prayers because the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is opposed to the death penalty.

        “I would like to see all people under the sentence of death removed from it,” said Ms. Lancaster, a minister who works in the church's criminal justice division. “No one should be executed at all.”

        The crowd listened to prayers led by Chris Moore-Keish, a pastor at a church in Henryville, Ind.

        “No one is ultimately incorrigible and no one is beyond the reach of (God's) redemptive power,” Mr. Keish told the gatherers.

        Presbyterians have opposed the death penalty since 1959, when the general assembly passed a resolution that said it couldn't be condoned based on the church's interpretation of the Bible.

        Other religious groups — from the American Jewish Committee and the Quakers to Catholic bishops andalso have anti-death penalty resolutions.


               Government and schools

        Edgewood: City Council meeting, 7 p.m., administration building, 385 Dudley Road.

        Crescent Springs: City Council, 7 p.m., city building, 739 Buttermilk Pike.

        Fort Thomas: Special meeting of Fort Thomas Forward Committee, 4 p.m., city building, 130 N. Fort Thomas Ave.

        Park Hills: City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., city building, 1106 Amsterdam Road.


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