Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Ky. State Police show off new post

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CAMPBELLSBURG — The new $1.3 million Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg was dedicated Monday to a Henry County state police officer killed in the line of duty.

        State police held a public open house Monday afternoon to officially inaugurate the post, which became operational June 14 when the police post moved in from LaGrange, where it had operated for 43 years.

        The post is dedicated in the memory of Delano Powell, who was killed in the line of duty in 1965. A new building was badly needed because the old building in LaGrange had become outdated, said post Public Affairs Officer Trooper John Bradley. “The technology had outrun the place,” in LaGrange, Trooper Bradley said. “We didn't even have room for detective offices.” In addition to offices, Mr. Bradley said there are rooms at the new post to hold community meetings and other public functions.

Appalachian music featured at library

               COVINGTON — The third installment of the Kenton County Public Library's summer music series takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mary Ann Mongan Library.

        The free program is at 502 Scott Blvd. Uncle Mike Carr, a self-described player of “honest-to-goodness string music of the hills” helps promote an awareness of the Appalachian lifestyle with his traditional music and stories.

        Mr. Carr has played at festivals and concert halls throughout the South and he is a regular at Cincinnati's Appalachian Festival.

        Information: (859) 491-7610.

Remington's fire did $200,000 damage

               NEWPORT — Damage to Remington's Roadhouse on Riverboat Row caused by a Sunday grease fire was estimated at $200,000, fire officials said Monday.

        The fire, which started in the kitchen, spread through the ventilation system to the second floor just before noon Sunday. No one was injured.

        Fire Capt. Bill Ravenscraft said restaurant officials hope to be back in operation by Labor Day weekend.

Hospice volunteers offered training

               ˘FORT THOMAS — Hospice of Northern Kentucky is seeking compassionate adults to become Hospice volunteers. Assignments include working directly with terminally ill patients and their families.

        A free 12-hour training program is scheduled Aug. 13 and 14 and Aug. 20 and 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fort Thomas office, 1403 Alexandria Pike.

        For information, call Carol Skawinski at (859) 441-6332.

Noted restaurant victimized by fire

               LOUISVILLE — Fire on Monday gutted a building that was home to Cunningham's Restaurant, a Louisville mainstay since 1870.

        It took dozens of firefighters more than an hour to control the blaze, which appeared to have started in the kitchen, said Maj. Ron Webber of the Louisville Fire Department. The cause was under investigation.

        The fire was reported about 4:30 a.m., Maj. Webber said.

        No one was thought to have been in the building at the time, he said.

        When fire crews arrived, they found heavy flames on the first floor in the kitchen area. The blaze quickly spread to the second and third floors, which contained offices and storage space, Maj. Webber said. Although the front of the building was gutted, firefighters were able to save a two-story portion of the split-level building in the back, he said.

        A firefighter who cut his hand on glass was treated at University of Louisville Hospital and released, Maj. Webber said.

        Donny George, who owns Cunningham's, was out of town when the fire broke out, said his cousin, Kenny Elias.

        The family may consider rebuilding, but it was too soon to say for sure, he said.

        Dozens of former customers drove by the charred remains of the building.

Louisville ponders
use of Reverse 911

               LOUISVILLE — Louisville is pondering the proper use of a phone system that allows emergency officials to blanket a specific area of a community with informative calls, though the use of it could raise questions about privacy.

        Reverse 911 would allow Louisville and Jefferson County's Emergency Management Agency to pick a part of town, then dial every phone number in that area with a prerecorded message.

        Next month, Alderman Steve Magre says he wants the city to come up with criteria on how to use the system, which the city received in January.

        “The community needs to know we have this, and it's waiting so they're not totally surprised or put back if they get such a phone call,” Mr. Magre said.

Debris leads to site of double fatal crash

               AUBURN — Debris in the roadway led authorities to the wreckage of a car and the bodies of two men who were thrown from the vehicle and killed.

        Charles Anderson, 18, of Quality and Johnny Finn Jr., 21, of Bowling Green were killed about 2:50 a.m. CDT Sunday when a 1984 Ford Mustang driven by Mr. Anderson left the north side of Ky. 73 near Auburn, according to a report of the crash by Logan County Sheriff Dannie Blick.

        The car traveled down a field, crossed a creek and overturned at least twice before landing upside down in a ditch, 411 feet from the highway, according to Sheriff Blick.

Man dies after multiple stab wounds

               LEXINGTON — A man died after he was stabbed three times outside a home over the weekend, city police said.

        Juan Solis Martinez was found lying in the front yard of a home about 1:30 a.m. EDT Sunday. He died about four hours later at University of Kentucky Medical Center.

        Mr. Martinez was stabbed once in the chest and twice in the stomach, police said.

        Police issued an arrest warrant for Nicholas Morales Ramirez, who lives at the home where Mr. Martinez was found. He is charged with murder.

        Police said Mr. Morales, 27, may be driving a silver 1988 Oldsmobile with a Kentucky license tag.

        The death is Lexington's 10th homicide of the year.


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