Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Boone sheriff sets up citizens academy

        BURLINGTON — In one of the first initiatives of the expanded Boone County Sheriff's Department, deputies have organized a citizens sheriff academy.

        The 10-week program is designed to provide residents with an in-depth understanding of law enforcement in the county, said Deputy Josh Quinn.

        The academy will cover topics using real-world examples. Areas include use of force, firearms decision-making and an opportunity to use a gun-range simulator. The Firearms Training System is a video simulator that is used to train officers on when it is appropriate to use lethal force.

[photo] LOW-SPEED CHASE: Cold Spring Police Officer Brian Messer shows off the department's new bike Tuesday with Megan Gregory, 9, of Highland Heights, at National Night Out festivities in Highland Heights. Communities around the Tristate and the nation held the police-community events.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        With the recent consolidation of county police and the sheriff's department, the Boone County Sheriff's Department became one of the largest police forces in Northern Kentucky. Its more than 100 deputies have jurisdiction over 256 square miles and 90,000 residents.

        Academy classes will be held every Tuesday from 6p.m.-9p.m. starting Sept. 18. Participants must 18 or older and have no felony convictions.

        Space is limited, so students will be chosen on a first-come basis. Applications can be picked up in the sheriff's office at the Boone County Administration Building in Burlington. Information: (859) 334-2175.

Chamber to honor Rodger Bingham

        FORT MITCHELL — Rodger Bingham, the Grant County farmer and teacher who found fame on the reality television show Survivor, will be honored at this year's Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

        Mr. Bingham will receive the chamber's ImageMaker Award during the dinner, scheduled for Sept. 25 at Turfway Park in Florence. Television host and Cincinnati Post columnist Nick Clooney will serve as master of ceremonies and hand out the Walter R. Dunlevy and Walter L. Pieschel awards.

        More information and reservations are available on the chamber's Web site,, or by calling the chamber at (859) 578-8800, Ext. 355.

450-mile sale starts in Covington

        COVINGTON — The 13th annual World's Longest Outdoor Sale, featuring 450 miles of booths from Covington's MainStrasse Village to Gadsden, Ala., will be Aug. 16-19 along U.S. 127.

        Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        In Covington, setup is free, no permits are required and no sales tax is collected.

        The sale route extends to Chattanooga, Tenn., where shoppers can take U.S. 27 and follow the signs for Lookout Mountain Parkway to Gadsden.

        Information: Call (859) 491-0458 or check

Taste of Edgewood signing up vendors

        EDGEWOOD — The city is seeking food and arts and crafts vendors for the ninth annual Taste of Edgewood.

        The event is scheduled for Sept.29-30 from noon to 7 p.m. In addition to food and arts and crafts, there will be rides, entertainment and fire and police open houses.

        Anyone interested in booth space can call Kim Wolking at (859) 331-5910.

Sale will benefit Baker-Hunt Foundation

        COVINGTON — Members of The Friends of Baker-Hunt are seeking donations for an “Old Treasures and Stuff Sale” to benefit the preservation of Victorian artifacts at the Baker-Hunt Foundation here.

        The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 18 at Mertack's Furniture store building at Fifth Street and Scott Boulevard.

        The Mertack's building will be open to accept donations from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday and Saturday, or call event chairwoman Jane Purdon at (859) 291-7967 to arrange for pickup of goods.

        Furniture, glassware, household items, art, hardback books, linens, cameras, computer equipment and other miscellaneous items will be accepted, but because of limited space, no clothing will be accepted.

Workshop teaches floor painting

        BURLINGTON — The Dinsmore Homestead will offer a floor cloth painting workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday taught by Dinsmore volunteers.

        Participants will learn how to create an old-fashioned type of floor covering using canvas and paint. All supplies are included. There is a $30 fee, and advanceregistration is required.

        The Dinsmore Homestead is 6 1/2 miles west of Burlington on Ky. 18. For information or to register for the workshop or other programs, call (859) 586-6117.

Man hits head on pool bottom, dies

        LEBANON, Ky. — A Marion County man who dove headfirst into a backyard swimming pool struck his head on the bottom and died, police said.

        Mark Anthony Brockman, 35, of Lebanon, apparently slipped and lost his footing while diving into the above-ground pool, Marion County Deputy Coroner Dick Moraja said.

        The accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Brockman, who had a faint pulse after he was removed from the water, was pronounced dead at about 9 p.m. at Norton Springview Hospital in Lebanon, the deputy coroner said.

        Mr. Brockman's head struck the bottom of the 4-foot-deep pool, which caused a spinal injury. An autopsy showed that the spinal injury caused him to drown.

        The accident occurred as Mr. Brockman was swimming with his two children and another child in the pool behind the home of his ex-wife, Anita Harmon Brockman.

Grant recipients inspire more giving

        LOUISVILLE — A local lawyer and philanthropist has pledged an additional $500,000 to continue a scholarship program he started for disadvantaged girls at a suburban private school.

        Nick King said he was moved to extend the two-year-old program at Sacred Heart Academy because he's been impressed by how well grant recipients are doing.

        “These 18 girls have been an inspiration to me, and I've just been overjoyed with the results Mr. of their time at school,” said King, a former Kentucky Supreme Court justice whose late wife, Carol, graduated from Sacred Heart.

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