Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Driver faces charges in fatal traffic crash

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Boone County Police on Monday charged Jimmy D. Good, 21, with one count of second-degree manslaughter in the traffic death of Jeremy Alford, 21, following a crash July 17 on U.S. 42.

        Mr. Alford, of Ludlow, was a passenger in a car driven by Mr. Good. Police said Mr. Good tried to pass a tractor-trailer on U.S. 42 near Union and collided with a minivan, injuring four people in the van.

        In addition to the manslaughter charge, Mr. Good was arraigned in Boone District Court on nine counts of second-degree assault and one count of wanton endangerment. He is being held in the Boone County Detention Center. Bond has been set at $100,000.

Police sergeant completes course

               COVINGTON — Neil Gilreath of the Covington Police Department recently graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety's School of Police Staff and Command.

        The 10-week program is designed to prepare top- and mid-level law enforcement managers and supervisors for senior agency positions.

        The program covers four broad areas of study: management and its environment, organizational theory and behavior, human resource administration and skills for planning and analysis.

        Sgt. Gilreath attended the 157th class, whose host was the center for public safety in Evanston, Ill. He is a nine-year veteran with the department, now assigned as the traffic supervisor.

Sister City group elects officers

               The Munich Sister City Association of Greater Cincinnati, which promotes exchanges between Cincinnati and Munich, Germany, recently elected new officials.

        Ingrid Thomas, a University of Cincinnati employee and former Sister City vice president, was elected president.

        A.M. Kinney was elected vice president, Nada Huron was elected secretary and Ann Hemmer was elected treasurer.

        The group's goal is to promote business, cultural, educational, legal and sports exchanges between the cities.

Housing ministry seeks volunteers

               COVINGTON - Northern Kentucky Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to expand its nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.

        Construction volunteers are always needed to work Saturdays, but the group particularly needs volunteers now to assist with family nurturing, property maintenance, church relations and special events.

        The Northern Kentucky chapter, which has worked with more than 30 families, is building two homes and planning a blitz build in Covington.

        To volunteer, call Melissa Koehler at the Tristate Habitat office at (513) 942-9211.

NKU creates school of interior design

— An upsurge in students interested in pursuing interior design, merchandising, apparels and textiles careers has prompted the University of Kentucky to create a School of Interior Design.

        The school will be affiliated with the Department of Merchandising, and will allow added emphasis on teaching, research and service in related fields.

        A news release said the university had 125 students signed up in the spring for interior design classes. An additional 123 were signed up for merchandising-related programs.

        “As our students go out into careers, we want them to have the best education possible so they can enter the world and field prepared for what's ahead,” said Laura Jolly, chairwoman of the UK Department of Interior Design, Merchandising and Textiles.

        UK's interior design program is one of four in Kentucky and is one of only two accredited by the Foundation of Interior Design Education and Research.

        Acceptance into the program comes only after a portfolio review at the sophomore level.

Fugitive con artists taken back to prison

               LOUISVILLE — A couple convicted of bilking millions from investors in a gold coin investment scheme returned to Kentucky in shackles Monday to face prison sentences they evaded by vanishing 4 1/2 years ago.

        David and Martha Crowe were captured by federal marshals this month at a waterfront mobile home park in the Florida Keys. Police said they were living under aliases and had tried to change their appearances. A neighbor tipped authorities after recognizing them on the television program America's Most Wanted.

        The couple was flown to Lexington on Monday, then taken to the federal courthouse in Louisville for fingerprinting and other processing.

        On arrival, the two emerged from an unmarked government van, their hands and legs shackled and escorted by deputy U.S. marshals.

        David Crowe, who grew a beard as a fugitive, was clean-shaven and wore a white T-shirt and jail-issue tan slacks. His wife also wore a tan jail clothing. She had blond, shoulder-length hair that was dark and curly in the '90s.

        The Crowes were convicted in Owensboro in 1996 of using their company, Gold Unlimited Inc., to soak millions of dollars from 96,000 people in a pyramid scheme that reached across the country and into Canada.

Vehicle division chief resigns amid inquiry

               FRANKFORT — The commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation is taking unexpected retirement in a move that appears related to an investigation of the agency.

        Ed Logsdon's retirement was announced late Friday in a brief statement issued by the Transportation Cabinet.

        Cabinet spokesman Mark Pfeiffer declined to comment about Mr. Logsdon's retirement, but made reference to a continuing investigation of the Division of Driver Licensing by the cabinet and state police.

        The retirement is effective Aug. 1, but Mr. Pfeiffer said Mr. Logsdon “turned in all of his state-owned equipment” last week and was not expected back at work. The person answering the phone in Mr. Logsdon's office Monday said he is on vacation this week.

        Deputy Commissioner Ed Roberts will serve as interim commissioner of the department.

        Mr. Logsdon is a veteran state employee and was the elected commissioner of the Department of Agriculture from 1992 to 1996.

        He was also judge-executive of Edmonson County.


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