Friday, July 06, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Police investigate ill woman's death

        COVINGTON — Police are investigating the death of Margaret Fields as suspicious after a television and microwave turned up missing from the woman's Jacob Price Homes apartment.

        The 62-year-old woman, who had a history of health problems, was found dead June 21. A neighbor who checked on Ms. Fields found her on the kitchen floor.

        Police say it appears she could have hit her head in a fall, but a daughter believes her mother might have been beaten. An autopsy was done Sunday, but the results have not been released. Police were continuing their investigation Thursday.

NKU police chief to stay on until '03

        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Jeff Butler has agreed to stay on as chief of the Northern Kentucky University police through Jan. 31, 2003.

        The retired Kenton County police chief was named interim director of the public safety department in January. At the time, university officials said they expected to name a permanent chief by July 1.

        Another new hire is Lt. Col. Jeff Martin, who will become operations commander in August. Mr. Martin recently retired from the Boone County Police Department after 26 years on the force. He also served as interim director of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force.

        The personnel changes come after the Southern Police Institute in Louisville recommended management changes in January.

Kenton clerk leads statewide group

        COVINGTON — Kenton County Circuit Clerk Mary Ann Woltenberg has been elected president of the Kentucky Circuit Clerks Association.

        Mrs. Woltenberg, a Fort Wright Democrat re-elected last year, will serve a one-year term. She said she wants to work to improve the technology in the state's court system.

        “Technology will lead to more efficiency and make our offices run more effectively,” Mrs. Woltenberg said. “Ultimately the public gets better service and the taxpayers get more for their dollar.”

        Mrs. Woltenberg said the clerks' association will work with the Kentucy Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort to present its agenda and proposals for consideration in the 2002 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

        Circuit clerks handle all the paper work and records of a county's court system, including issuing driver's licenses.

Hospital gets device for use in rape cases

        COVINGTON — The Covington Police Department has provided a colposcope, a high-powered camera used for collecting evidence and medical information, to St. Elizabeth Medical Center North in Covington.

        The colposcope is an important tool in the Sexual Assault Response Team program that was launched across Northern Kentucky in January.

        When adult rape victims arrive at any Northern Kentucky hospital, specially trained professionals respond to provide compassionate and timely collection of forensic evidence and advocacy for the victim.

        St. Luke West was the first emergency department in Northern Kentucky to obtain a colposcope, with the help of Boone County. The police departments from the other Kenton County cities are working on funding for a colposcope for St. Elizabeth South in Edgewood.

Fireworks watcher falls to his death

        SOUTH PORTSMOUTH — An Ohio man fell to his death Wednesday from an Ohio River bridge while watching a fireworks display.

        Kentucky State Police said William J. Williams Jr., 25, of Otway, Ohio, lost his balance and fell about 50 feet to the Ohio River bank below. Mr. Williams was preparing to watch a fireworks display and pushed himself up onto the Carl Perkins Bridge railing about 9:50 p.m., state police said.

Peregrine falcons back at river gorge

        RED RIVER GORGE — The peregrine falcon, the world's fastest bird with diving speeds starting at 200 mph, is back from the brink of extinction and back in the Red River Gorge.

        More than 80 falcons have been released in Kentucky during the last several years. But until last month, they had all been placed at structures that resemble cliffs, such as tall buildings in Lexington and Louisville, bridges and smokestacks at power plants.

        Now a dozen birds live in and around the natural cliffs in the gorge, where their ancestors were last seen in the 1930s and 1940s.

        At the falcon's low point in the 1970s, only 39 breeding pairs existed in the continental United States.

        In 1999, when it was taken off the Endangered Species List, there were an estimated 1,650 breeding pairs in North America.


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Fuller lags Luken in money for race
Officer hurt in crash while aiding in chase
Butler County sues Shell Oil
DCI drops its backing for study of gay issue
New park is looking up
RADEL: Cyclist's zeal
Ohio Guard requests duty: Repair Hillcrest Cemetery
Baby's mother gets probation
Blue Ash airport: bids vs. dibs
Breeder loses top mare, other horses to lightning
City's designation angers owners
Driver-licensing chief fired
Ex-Bengal out of prison
Ex-firefighter sues Mason, claims rights violated
Group hopes suit is roadblock to road
Kids, adults hurt by fireworks
Local trucker charged as meth seized
Man accused of killing woman met on Internet
Man's appeal hinges on treaty
No-hoops law crashes boards in streets of Woodford County
Office seekers love a parade
Ohio's top court backs death sentence for killer
State's busiest library to start on new home
Suspect captured in latest bank heist
UK reduces chain of command
- Kentucky News Briefs
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