Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Woman killed after train strikes her car

        WALTON — A 25-year-old Newport woman was killed Tuesday night when her car was struck by a train at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing on Locust Street.

        Christina E. Male was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival at University Hospital following the 7:20 p.m. crash, the Boone County Sheriff's Department said.

        A preliminary investigation indicated that her 1995 Ford Contour failed to stop at the railroad crossing. The vehicle was struck at its right rear door. The collision caused the car to spin and the train dragged it several feet down the tracks, the sheriff's department said.

        The train engineer said he sounded the whistle before and after the car went onto the tracks. The train was traveling at an estimated 40 mph.

Body of man sought in boating accident

        WILLIAMSTOWN — Rescue workers were continuing to search Tuesday evening for the body of a 19-year-old Demossville man believed drowned following a boating accident on Williamstown Lake.

        Rodney “Rod” Denny was on the lake in a 10-foot johnboat with Eric Lee Willoughby, 30, of Dry Ridge when the boat sank about a half-mile from the dock about 5 p.m. Monday, witnesses told Kentucky State Police.

        Mr. Willoughby swam to shore, but Mr. Denny went under the water and didn't surface, police said. Mr. Willoughby was taken to St. Luke Hospital West, where he was treated and released.

        Emergency crews from Grant and adjacent counties were participating in the search.

Villa Madonna names new president

        VILLA HILLS — Villa Madonna Academy has named a former Procter & Gamble executive as its new president.

        Michael Whelan, of Villa Hills, will start next month.

        The school's board of directors cited Mr. Whelan's business and educational experience as key assets that will help him lead the elementary and high schools at 2500 Amsterdam Road.

        The academy is holding a reception for Mr. Whelan 6-8 p.m. Aug. 16 in the school gym.

        The academy's former executive director, Sister Victoria Eisenman, retired at the end of the school year after 15 years with the school.

Speedway sales for a single day reach high

        FORT MITCHELL — Kentucky Speedway's ticket office experienced its biggest single day of sales Tuesday, with more than 4,800 tickets sold for the Kroger 225 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday.

        Speedway president and part-owner Jerry Carroll said the sales Tuesday “were more than any single day we've had, including any single day for the (NASCAR) Busch race (June 16). This is really impressive.”

        Mr. Carroll said fan response to the truck race and the Blue Grass Quality Meats ARCA 200 race on Friday has been steady, but ticket sales closer to the race dates have been gratifying.

        “With the economy the way it is right now, people are more selective about how they spend their money for entertainment,” he said. “I think people are learning what a great show they can see at the speedway, and with weather reports predicting a really good weekend, we're seeing a big upswing in ticket sales.”

        Speedway officials had been anticipating a crowd of about 40,000 for the truck race and about 20,000 for the ARCA stock car event. Mr. Carroll said with sales increasing this week, the 40,000 mark for Saturday should not be a problem.

Boy, 12, killed when scooter, truck collide

        LEXINGTON — A 12-year-old boy was killed Tuesday when the nonmotorized scooter he was riding collided with a garbage truck, authorities said.

        Justin Robbins was on a two-wheeled scooter in the Hartland subdivision just before noon, police said. The garbage truck, driven by William Richards, of Winchester, was making a left turn when it struck the scooter, police said.

        Justin was taken to the trauma unit at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where he died from head and chest injuries.

        No charges have been filed against Mr. Richards.

Scamming couple from Ky. caught in Florida

        MIAMI, Fla. — Clint and Ali Jackson fit right into a life of leisure in the Florida Keys at their waterfront mobile home community.

        Right up until federal marshals arrested them Monday for disappearing from their Kentucky home five years ago instead of reporting to federal prison for fleecing 96,000 consumers in a gold coin scam.

        A tip came in after they were featured on America's Most Wanted.

        The Jacksons, really David and Martha Crowe, were brought to court in Miami on Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff ordered them to be sent to Kentucky for either another court appearance or imprisonment.

        Hundreds of dollars, gold coins and weapons were seized inside the Crowes' trailer.

Task force warns of rise in club drug use

        LEXINGTON — A local task force is alerting parents about the rapid rise of dance club drug use among teen-agers.

        Lexington police have confiscated 1,500 Ecstasy tablets this year, compared with 10 in 1999. Overdoses of mind-altering club drugs treated at the University of Kentucky Hospital emergency room have more than tripled in the past year from 15 to 50.

        Their growing popularity prompted the Lexington Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse to launch information campaigns.

Murder case witnesses recant statements

        WILLIAMSBURG — Murder charges against two Tennessee men will be dropped after two key witnesses recanted statements connecting the men to a double-murder.

        Whitley County Commonwealth Attorney Allen Trimble said he had no choice but to ask for dismissal of cases against Wayne Mount and Ronnie Kitts Jr.

        Mr. Mount, 50, of Knoxville, was the only defendant at a hearing Monday. Mr. Kitts, 29, is in federal prison on drug charges. They were suspects in the slayings of Robert “Tweet” Williams, 28, and Duane Jody, 27. The two men were fatally shot in 1997 and found in a mobile home north of Williamsburg.


Some fail to keep tax-break promises
Flurry of shots punctuates call to end violence
Numbers of 'super seniors' double nationwide
Warren County to forgo property taxes for 2001
RADEL: High court case
Housing agency pay defended
Man found shot to death at home
New Fenwick High gets nod
All in one
Costs increase to seek assembly
Ft. Thomas drops idea to close school
Ground broken for new Erlanger branch library
Man dies after struggle with police, firefighters
Some sweating power failure
Center set for swingin' seniors
Charge: Stalker broke probation
Drug companies target of study
Fifth-lane plan for Winton Road open for comment
Guide promotes Ohio farmers' markets
Hospitals: We aid poor at loss
Money crunch squeezes police
Morgue-case discovery ordered
Private group steers car show back home
Rock hits driver; boy charged
Sales jumpin' for $54 million jackpot
UC faculty to request pay raises
Waiter saves mother of 3
- Kentucky News Briefs
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