Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Kentucky Digest

St. Elizabeth opens wound center

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — St. Elizabeth Medical Center has opened a wound care center for people with chronic, non-healing wounds.

        People with diabetes, poor circulation or severe infections can suffer wounds that resist natural healing, even after receiving sutures. Such wounds can require special care such as skin grafting, compression therapy, revascularization and debridement (a surgery to remove dead or infected tissue).

        Dr. Barry Dick, a vascular surgeon, will serve as medical director for the four-physician staff. For information, call 859-815-1000.

Youth offenders needn't give DNA

               FRANKFORT — Juvenile offenders do not have to provide DNA samples to a registry of sex offenders because the law does not consider them to be convicted felons, the Court of Appeals has ruled.

        Even if a juvenile pleaded guilty to crimes that would be considered felonies under other circumstances, the statute seems to carve out an exception for juveniles, the court said in a unanimous ruling.

        After J.D.K. — the court's opinion identified him only by initials — pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and sodomy of his 9-year-old sister and her 8-year-old friend, prosecutors asked that he be required to provide a DNA sample. J.D.K. was 14 years old at the time of the plea.

        Lower courts agreed to the order and said the statute did not specifically exclude juveniles from coverage.

        DNA — deoxyribonucleic acid — is the genetic code for each individual contained within the cells. In the growing world of forensic use, DNA is the genetic equivalent to fingerprints.

        Like all states, Kentucky began compiling a DNA database for sex offenses. Since 1992, the law has required DNA samples from convicted sex offenders and from sex crime scenes.

        According to the Kentucky State Police, there are now about 3,200 samples in the database they maintain.

Inmate's request: freedom for heroics

               FRANKFORT — An inmate serving 70 years for killing three women in a car wreck has asked Gov. Paul Patton to commute his sentence because he rescued a corrections officer from an attack by another prisoner.

        The parents of the crime victims, the prosecutor and victim-rights advocates say the heroic deed April 5 hardly compensates for the crime on Jan. 8, 1994.

        Upon hearing an officer yell for help at the Kentucky State Reformatory at LaGrange, Robert Dale McCravy saw that another inmate — a rapist — had overpowered the officer, dragged her into his cell and pinned her on his bed.

        Mr. McCravy, of Ohio County, pulled the inmate away, allowing her to flee to safety, according to commendations from the officer and two of her superiors.

        “You responded to a call for help from a fellow human being with total disregard for your own safety or stopping to consider where you were,” one of the commanders wrote.

        In an Aug. 13 letter to Gov. Patton, Mr. McCravy's lawyer, Teddy Gordon, said that in coming to the aid of Officer Jesslyn Burch, “he clearly saved her from a brutal attack, probably sexual assault and possibly her death.”

        Mr. Gordon asked that Mr. McCravy's sentence be commuted to the seven years he's already served on three counts of wanton murder. He is not eligible to appear before the parole board until February 2006.

Day-old baby found at home

               CYNTHIANA — A day-old baby was found outside a home Saturday where two teen-agers were house-sitting for neighbors, the teens said.

        The newborn was wrapped in a blanket and left on a porch swing, where pillows had been tucked beside him apparently to keep him from falling.

        Josh Richie said a knocking at the window woke his sister, Megan, who had fallen asleep watching television at the home south of Cynthiana.

        “When we investigated right on the front porch, there was a newborn baby wrapped up in a blanket inside of a throw that was out there on the swing,” Josh Richie said. “... It completely blew my mind that there was a baby on the porch.”

        Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Fryman said authorities have checked with hospitals and neighboring counties but have turned up no leads as to who might have left the baby.

        The infant was put in temporary foster care.

Man, 47, drowns in Lake Cumberland

               SOMERSET — A 47-year-old Somerset man drowned Sunday during a swimming outing at Lake Cumberland, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department said.

        The body of Larry J. Russell was recovered at about 4:30 p.m.at Pulaski County Park, about an hour after friends saw the raft he had been on was floating freely and they were unable to find him, the sheriff's department said.

        Mr. Russell's body was found in about 20 feet of water, the department said.

Dentist to seek Shrout's old seat

               MOUNT STERLING — Mount Sterling dentist Kelly Johnson will be the Republican Party's choice to run for the 28th District Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Dale Shrout.

        Dr. Johnson was the unanimous choice Monday, officials said. The 28th District is made up of Bath, Clark, Estill, Fleming, Montgomery and Powell counties.

        Saturday, the Democrats chose state Rep. R.J. Palmer to run for the seat. The winner of the special election Sept. 18 will serve until January 2003.

        Dr. Johnson, 31, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky's School of Dentistry and practices in Mount Sterling. He has never run for public office.

        Mr. Shrout, a Democrat, was appointed to be commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicle Regulation. He was in his first four-year term in the General Assembly.

        The state Senate is now 20-17 Republican and both parties are expected to wage strong campaigns for the seat.

Ky. man dies in Bahamas accident

               FREEPORT, Bahamas — A Kentucky man working on Grand Bahama Island died when the rim on a tire he was inflating flew off and struck him in the head.

        Jim Martin, 45, of Princeton was using a compressor when the high pressure apparently blew out the rim, police Superintendent Basil Rahming said.


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