Saturday, August 11, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Ft. Mitchell lawyer on federal board

        FORT MITCHELL — A Northern Kentucky attorney has been appointed to a federal employee review board by President Bush.

        Rick Robinson of Fort Mitchell, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, is serving on the Presidential Rank Awards Review Board. The board evaluates senior executive federal employees nominated for the Distinguished Executive Award.

        “To use sports vernacular, these are the most valuable players among federal employees,” said Mr. Robinson, who is active in local, state and federal Republican Party politics.

        The board met last month in Louisville to review and make its selections. The awards will be announced later this year.

        For Mr. Robinson, the appointment was special because his father, Robert, a former Internal Revenue Service executive, was a finalist for the award in the 1970s.

Burlington man faces sex charge

        BURLINGTON — A Boone County grand jury has indicted a Burlington man accused of distributing child pornography via the Internet.

        Daniel L. Webster, 47, is charged with one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. The indictment alleges that on or about Jan. 31, Mr. Webster sent the material to an undercover police officer.

        If convicted, Mr. Webster faces one to five years in prison.

Shrout leaving General Assembly

        FRANKFORT — State Sen. Dale Shrout, D-Mount Sterling, is resigning from the General Assembly to take a full-time position in the Transportation Cabinet.

        Mr. Shrout was appointed commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation by Gov. Paul Patton on Friday.

        Mr. Patton's office said a special election to fill Mr. Shrout's seat will be called for later this year. Mr. Shrout is in his first term representing the 28th District of Bath, Clark, Estill, Fleming, Montgomery and Powell counties.

        The special election could prove to be an early electoral battleground for control of the state Senate, which is now in Republican hands 20-18. Half the 38 seats in the Senate will be up for election in 2002 and anyone elected in a special election this year will have to run again for a full term next year.

        Mr. Shrout's term would have expired next year. One Democratic opponent, state Rep. R.J. Palmer of Winchester, has already announced plans to run for the seat.

        Mr. Shrout, a retired state probation and parole officer, won a hotly contested race in 1998 with 54.7 percent of the vote against David Lanier of Winchester, who was president of a home schooling association.

Backward bullet likely saved teen-ager's life

        ASHLAND — An 11-year-old boy was charged with attempted murder after he pointed a loaded gun at a teen-ager and pulled the trigger, police said. The gun failed to fire because the bullet had been loaded backwards.

        Ashland Police Sgt. Ken Adams said the boy was arguing Thursday with a 17-year-old who tried to stop the 11-year-old from playing with a lighter outside an Ashland residence.

        Sgt. Adams said the 11-year-old went to his home nearby and retrieved his mother's handgun. The gun had a loaded magazine, Sgt. Adams said.

        “Just when you think you've seen everything,” Sgt. Adams said. “If it had not been for that malfunction, we would have had another murder.”

        The teen-ager grabbed the gun and called for help.

        The child was taken into police custody and placed into the care of social services.

        Boyd County Commonwealth's Attorney J. Stewart Schneider said there is no provision in the law to charge the boy as an adult in this case.

        Police withheld both names because the boys are juveniles.

Proposed drug courts on track for 2002

       GREENUP — Proposed drug courts in three Kentucky counties should be operational by mid-2002, said the judges who are overseeing them.

        Teams made up of judges, prosecuting and defense attorneys, law-enforcement and probation officials and others involved in criminal drug cases have been to two training sessions and will attend at least one more, the judges said.

        Circuit Judge Lewis D. Nicholls, who presides over courts in Greenup and Lewis counties, started planning a drug court there about a-year-and-a-half ago, while Boyd Circuit Judge Marc I. Rosen initiated his last September.

        The courts are an alternative to prison time for drug offenders, Judge Nicholls said. “It's a very intense form of prohibition.” Offenders sentenced to the program undergo frequent court sessions and urinalyses in addition to counseling and drug education.

Lexington officers on short list for chief

        LEXINGTON — Two senior officers have been selected as finalists in the search for the city's next police chief.

        Both finalists chosen by an advisory committee to Mayor Pam Miller are assistant chiefs: Kenneth Hall, 45, is in charge of investigations; Anthany Beatty, 50, runs the bureau of patrol.

        The job comes open Monday when outgoing Chief Larry Walsh's promotion to public safety commissioner takes effect.


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Residents adamant on Job Corps
Tristate A.M. Report
UC, faculty finding some common ground
HOWARD: Neighborhoods
MCNUTT: Warren County
Abuse case tests policy
Chalk one up
Council votes to save Lebanon's oldest building
Ex-teacher admits abuse
Fire destroys church but not faith
New schools prepare to join area roster
Argosy looking for a new model
Goals are be green and clean
Kelleys Island on auction block
Low water level likely caused tractor to blow
Mayors reach accord after long dispute
Attorney: Evidence should be suppressed
Blue mold could jeopardize China tobacco deal
Cathedral on schedule
Center gives out food despite cuts
Children today are different
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