Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Teen shot at Jacob Price homes

        COVINGTON — A man is in good condition at University Hospital after being shot in the face near Jacob Price housing complex in East Covington.

        Kermanuel Rice, 19, of Covington was shot under the left eye around midnight Monday at 331 Trevor Street, said Lt. Col. Jim Liles.

        Police were responding to a call of shots fired at Jacob Price when they got another call that Mr. Rice had been shot. They found shell casings on East Robbins Street.

        Police said they have a suspect, but officers wouldn't release any more information.

        This is the second shooting in Covington's east side this month, and the first two of the year. Two men were shot, one in the leg and the other in the thigh, on June 4th in the 1000 block of Greenup Street.

Second toddler falls out apartment window

— A 2-year-old girl is in serious condition after falling out a second-story window this weekend — across the street from where another child fell out an open window four days earlier.

        Police were called to Children's Hospital Medical Center at 11 p.m. Sunday after Tiana Powell was brought in with head injuries, said Lt. Col. Jim Liles.

        Her parents, Noel and Chandra Washington of 1529 Greenup Street, said Tiana was upstairs with her siblings, 6 and 3, getting ready for bed when she fell. Police said it looks as if another child might have pushed the girl out the window while roughhousing.

        Police were continuing to investigate the incident Tuesday, and didn't know whether a screen was on the window.

        Investigators have said the second-story window a 2-year-old fell from on June 13 did not have a screen or guard. Amirra Evans was treated at Children's and has been released, a nursing supervisor said. Police say the child might have been hurt more seriously if she hadn't landed on rain-softened dirt. No charges were filed in that incident.

Covington detective wins bowling award

— Detective David Hampton took home the silver medal in bowling last week (6-10) at the 2001 World Police and Fire Games in Indianapolis. Mr. Hampton, a 16-year veteran of the Covington Police, competed against more than 6,000 athletes representing police and fire departments throughout the world in Olympic-style events. His scores of 242, 233, 238, 195 and 205 were just seven pins shy of winning the gold medal. He said he has been an avid bowler for more than 20 years.

Nonmembers allowed alcohol at golf course

        ELIZABETHTOWN — Voters passed a referendum on Tuesday that allows a local golf course to sell alcohol to nonmembers.

        Voters in the Pine Valley Golf Course precinct who favored the alcohol sales barely edged opponents of the referendum, 179 to 170.

        It was the first time any precinct in Elizabethtown has voted wet since 1942.

        Pine Valley is owned by developers Bill, Jack and Tim Ridge. They also own Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville.

        Pine Valley had already been allowed to sell alcohol to club members. But the Ridges argued that allowing alcohol sales to nonmembers would create a resort destination for tourists.

        A state law passed last year allows voting precincts with golf courses to petition for a wet vote if at least one city in the county is partially wet. Radcliff became a partially wet city in a vote in November. The change stemmed from another new law, which allows local elections on by-the-drink alcohol sales at restaurants that seat at least 100 and make at least 70 percent of their gross receipts from food sales.

Truck fire closes Blue Grass Parkway

        BARDSTOWN — An 18-foot U-Haul rental truck carrying fireworks caught fire Tuesday, temporarily closing a portion of the Blue Grass Parkway, Nelson County Sheriff's officials said.

        There were no reports of injuries, said department spokeswoman Linda Klostermann. The name of the driver was not immediately available.

        Police were called at about 3:42 p.m. EDT and closed both lanes of the highway at mile marker 29, Ms. Klostermann said.

        Firefighters brought the fire under control after about an hour, Ms. Klostermann said. The highway was expected to open later Tuesday, she said.

        The truck was carrying Class C fireworks at the time of the incident, she said.

Schools to suffer from tax overpayment

        CATLETTSBURG — An oil refiner that overpaid its taxes is asking for $405,000 in credits. It will be at the expense of Boyd County schools, among others.

        “I'm just quite upset that children will be affected by this action,” schools Superintendent Bill Capehart said.

        The school district owes $121,000 in credits to Marathon Ashland Petroleum over three years, starting July 1. Revenue already was projected to drop by $500,000 next year, Mr. Capehart said.

        The fiscal court owes $39,866. Lesser amounts are demanded of England Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the county's library, health department, extension office and emergency ambulance service.

        At issue are taxes on the company's barges and boats on the Big Sandy River. Because Marathon Ashland Petroleum is headquartered in Ohio, its taxes are to be paid to the state, then divided among Big Sandy counties, Property Valuation Administrator Chuck Adkins said.

        Last fall, the company mistakenly made payments to both the state and county.

Woman's special plea averts death sentence

        LOUISVILLE — Shavonda Charleston will spend the rest of her life in prison for the suffocation deaths of her four children.

        Charleston entered an Alford plea Tuesday and was sentenced by Jefferson Circuit Judge Stephen Ryan. Under an Alford plea, a person does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.

        In entering the plea, Charleston escapes a possible death sentence had she been convicted.

        “There are no appeals from this and she will never have the opportunity to be around children again,” said Carol Cobb, the assistant commonwealth's attorney who prosecuted the case.

        Charleston, 22, was charged with four counts of capital murder for the deaths of her children.


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Local groups start OTR cleanup
150,000 expected at Ujima festival
GOP leaders admit they can't override Taft veto
Andrew Young next at podium
Book will spotlight unique UC architecture
Boomer boon for Children's
Bridge tumble injures boy, 12
Chesley next to sue maker of OxyContin
Cobb leaving early for Missouri
Covington schools to move buses
Girl drowns at state park
Heimlich proposes new maneuver
Home for addicts allowed
Kentucky crops outlook improves
Man charged with three murders
N. Ky. power plant still in works
Officer training adds simulator
One of two Covington sites favored for jail
Police led on I-71, 75 chase
Prosecutors: Sibling rivalry led to slaying
Scout camp promises fun
Township fills vacant position
UK budget approved; health-care hike blasted
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