Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Man charged in shaken-baby case

        ERLANGER — An Erlanger man was arrested Tuesday after doctors said his 3-month-old son was the victim of shaken baby syndrome.

        Police charged Brian Madden, 36, with first-degree criminal abuse.

        An officer responded to a residence on Mary Street about 2:25 p.m. following a report of a child not breathing, police said. While the officer was checking the infant's vital signs, the boy began moving and crying.

        The infant was taken to Children's Hospital Medical Center.

[photo] COVINGTON WRECK INJURES MAN: The injured driver of a pickup truck is wheeled to an ambulance Tuesday by Covington Fire Department workers. The truck was struck in an accident at Fourth and Bakewell streets, flipped on its side and knocked into a utility pole, crushing its roof.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Further investigation led to charges against Mr. Madden, police said.

        The infant was in serious condition late Tuesday, police said.

Jailers to be trained on pepper-ball gun

        Voluntary training on the use of a pepper-ball gun recently purchased by the Campbell County Detention Center will be available to 27 deputy jailers on this week.

        The pepper-ball gun will be used to help subdue unruly inmates, Detention Center Jailer Greg L. Buckler said.

        “This gives us a bigger buffer zone between the inmate and the deputy jailers,” Mr. Buckler said.

        Besides increasing the distance between inmates and deputies, the pepper-ball gun will confine the contents to a smaller area than does the pepper spray that the center uses, Mr. Buckler said.

        The semiautomatic pepper gun is a compressed-air device similar to the ones used by paint-ball players.

        The pepper-ball gun delivers a small plastic ball filled with oleoresin capsicum, known in liquid form as pepper spray.

        The training will be at the Campbell County Fire Training Center in Highland Heights and will only be mandatory for the eight deputies on the center's inmate response SWAT team, Mr. Buckler said.

Statewide test scores to be released today

        Kentucky's statewide results on the 2001 Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills will be released today.

        Third-, sixth- and ninth-graders were tested in April on reading, language arts and math.

        The standardized test given nationally accounts for 5 percent of the state's accountability system, which also includes other testing and factors such as attendance and dropout rates.

        The state legislature added the Basic Skills scores to the state testing system in 1998 as a way to compare Kentucky students nationally.

Letcher Co. rejects flood insurance

        WHITESBURG, Ky. — Residents of weather-ravaged Letcher County can't purchase flood insurance.

        County officials are standing in the way.

        The Letcher County Fiscal Court deadlocked 3-3 Monday night on a vote to join the National Flood Insurance Program, the second time in a year that the measure failed.

        The vote came nine days after flash floods devastated much of eastern Kentucky, including Letcher County.

        Judge-executive Carroll Smith said insurance companies can't provide flood insurance in counties that don't belong to the federal program.

        Magistrates Robert Lewis, Mack Fultz and Homer Rose voted against joining the program because of concerns that it would put restrictions on landowners in using their property.

        Mr. Smith, who voted for the flood insurance, along with magistrates Wayne Fleming and Nolan “Junior” Banks, said the program wouldn't add any restrictions.

Celtic concert part of museum series

        COVINGTON — Silver Arm brings Celtic music to the Behringer-Crawford Museum's Coffee Cup Concert series from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

        The $10 admission buys the concertgoer a series cup, limitless refills of nonalcoholic beverages, snacks from Raspberry's Catering and half off the admission price to subsequent concerts in the series.

        The museum is in Covington's Devou Park.

        Information: (859) 491-4003.

Missing yacht club worker's body found

        EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The body of a missing yacht club worker was found in the Ohio River about two days after he apparently fell in the water and drowned.

        Randy Williamson, 40, of Evansville, was last seen Saturday night by a friend who helped him to his houseboat, which is tied behind the Nu Plaza Yacht Club.

        Two of Mr. Williamson's co-workers from the yacht club found his body about 9 p.m. Monday, after search crews had spent hours scouring the river on Sunday and Monday.

        An autopsy on Tuesday confirmed that Mr. Williamson drowned, but how he fell into the river was still under investigation, said Steve Bequette, a Vanderburgh County sheriff's deputy.

        Investigators do not believe foul play was involved, despite a trail of blood in the houseboat and on a dock.

        Police are awaiting the results of tests on whether Mr. Williamson was intoxicated, Deputy Bequette said.

        Mr. Williamson received 52 stitches last week after slicing his hand with a box cutter.

        Scott Steiner, a co-worker and friend at the club, said Mr. Williamson had been drinking beer Saturday night, while also taking pain medication.

        Friends suspect Mr. Williamson ripped open his wound but did not make it to other boats in his search for help.

        “Instead of turning, he went straight into the water,” Mr. Steiner said.

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