Thursday, August 16, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs




Boone Democrats to meet Monday

        FLORENCE
— The Boone County Democratic Party will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Florence Government Center on Ewing Boulevard.

        For information, contact party Chairwoman Phyllis Jones at 647-0465.
       

Kenton Republicans plan monthly meeting

        FORT WRIGHT
— The Kenton County RepublicanParty will hold its regular monthly meeting 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at county GOP headquarters, 1939 Dixie Highway in Fort Wright.

        For more information call 341-2017.
       

Class offers tips for online shopping

        INDEPENDENCE
— The Independence branch of the Kenton County Public Library, 6477 Taylor Mill Rd., will offer a free Shopping Safely Online class at 7 p.m. Aug. 21.

        Nick Rechtin of the Better Business Bureau will discuss how to protect yourself when shopping online. Internet auctions, privacy, security and e-mail scans all will be addressed. A handout with tips and other information from the Better Business Bureau will be available.

        The Independence branch is six miles south of the Interstate 275-Taylor Mill Road exit. No registration is required.

        Information: (859) 363-0200.
       

Survivor of attack shares grim story

        LEXINGTON
— A woman who survived an attack by the so-called “railroad killer” shared her ordeal with prospective sorority members at the University of Kentucky in hopes they might avoid a similar fate.

        The woman and her boyfriend, fellow UK student Christopher Maier, were attacked by Angel Maturino Resendiz, who is now on death row in Texas.

        The couple had decided to walk away from a party the night of Aug. 29, 1997, and spend some time alone by the railroad tracks.

        Hours later, the 21-year-old Mr. Maier was dead, and the woman was raped and beaten, becoming the only person known to survive an attack by Mr. Resendiz.

        “I don't like to think about what I did wrong,” the woman told the 650 prospective sorority members at a safety awareness seminar Tuesday night. “I like to think I did something right, because I'm here.”

        Speaking to such groups also helps her, she said. “This is my recovery, now,” said the woman, a 2000 UK graduate.

        “I'm telling my story because you never think something like this can happen to you, but it can,” the woman said. “They say don't walk alone — I wasn't. I was with a six-five guy.”

        She said she wants to forgive Mr. Resendiz, but at the same time she looks forward to the day he is executed.

        “It'll be a sigh of relief when it does happen,” she said.
       

Man faces sentencing in child-porn case

        LEXINGTON — One of two Kentucky men caught up in an extensive federal child pornography investigation is scheduled to be sentenced next week in U.S. District Court in Ashland.

        Randell L. Wells, 40, of South Shore, was indicted on three counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. Mark Wohlander, an assistant U.S. attorney, said Wells pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing today.

        The other man, Arthur Philpot, 35, of London, is scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 22. He faces three counts of receiving and possessing child pornography.

        Both men are accused of receiving sexually explicit photographs of children through the U.S. Postal Service and via the Internet.

        Mr. Wohlander said they were caught up in Operation Avalanche, a federal investigation into what authorities called the largest child pornography business discovered in the United States.

        The operators of that business, Thomas and Janice Reedy of Fort Worth, Texas, were sentenced to prison this month for conspiracy to distribute and possess child pornography.

        The two-year investigation centered around the Fort Worth business, which provided users who paid a monthly fee with links to child pornography Web sites. Subscribers also could place or respond to classified and personal ads for child pornography.

        Federal undercover agents took over the business and when subscribers ordered child pornography delivered to their homes, agents moved in with search warrants.
       

Judge issues order to protect witness

        LEXINGTON — A Fayette Circuit Court judge has prohibited associates of Shane Ragland from trying to find or contact Mr. Ragland's former girlfriend, who is expected to be a key witness against him and who has been in hiding and has said she is afraid of Mr. Ragland.

        Judge Thomas Clark's order Tuesday covers people associated with Mr. Ragland, other than lawyers in the case, in which Mr. Ragland is accused of the 1994 murder of University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro.

        Mr. Ragland, 28, was arrested last year and was released on bond last Aug. 18, when his father put up $1 million in cash.

        Judge Clark also warned Mr. Ragland that he cannot visit his girlfriend, go out to eat or go most anyplace else without prior court approval.

       



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