Saturday, September 01, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Woman found beaten outside apartment

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A 33-year-old Covington woman is in critical condition with head injuries after she was found beaten and partially nude outside her Madison Avenue apartment building Friday morning.

        Police officers found the victim in the 1800 block of Madison Avenue at 8:20 a.m.

        Covington Police Assistant Chief Jim Liles said she fell from her second-story window. The screen from the window was found on the ground near her, he said.

        Col. Liles said neighbors heard crying and moaning for several hours Friday before she was found. The woman was assaulted and sustained multiple injuries to her head and face, Col. Liles said.

        Her boyfriend, whom police declined to identify, was questioned Friday but is not a suspect.

Doctors indicted over prescriptions

               LONDON — A federal grand jury has returned an 18-count indictment against two physicians arrested last month in eastern Kentucky for prescribing painkillers, including OxyContin, without a legitimate purpose.

        Frederick Cohn, 69, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Yakov Gregorevich Drabovsky, 52, of Paintsville, Ky., were named in the indictments Friday, said Frances E. Catron, U.S. attorney.

        The doctors operated a pain-treatment practice in Paintsville. They were arrested on Aug. 2 on a criminal complaint and were released on bond.

        The indictment alleges that Drs. Cohn and Drabovsky conspired to distribute, dispense and possess controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose. In addition, the indictment claims that the doctors conspired to conduct financial transactions with revenue from their unlawful activity, and that they were involved in a scheme to defraud Medicaid.

        The indictment said Drs. Cohn and Drabovsky received $1 million in gross revenue from the alleged illegal activity.

        If convicted, Drs. Cohn and Drabovsky could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and be fined $1 million.

Ft. Wright cancels Wednesday meeting

               FORT WRIGHT — City Council's special meeting set for Wednesday has been canceled.

        At its next regular meeting Sept. 12, council will consider the appointment of a fire/EMS chief to replace Marc Muench, who recently left to take a job in the private sector.

        Officials also are expected to award bids for the Reeves Drive deceleration lane and for the Highland Pike sidewalks to be built along the same side of the road as the Fort Wright Nature Center.

        The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the city building, 409 Kyles Lane.

Teen's steer named reserve grand champ

               A Burlington teen's steer was judged to be the reserve grand champion (runner-up to the grand champion) last week at the Kentucky State Fair.

        Wesley Anderson, 17, saw his steer auctioned for a record price of $18,500 at the 2001 Sale of Champions to Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance and the Jefferson County Farm Bureau.

        Wesley, a Boone County 4-H member, has won multiple awards for livestock in previous fairs.

Senator to appear on CNN program

               U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Louisville Republican, is scheduled to appear noon Sunday on CNN's Late Edition.

        Mr. McConnell, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee Foreign Operations Subcommittee, will discuss tensions in the Middle East, among other topics.

Officials must wait to assess fuel spill

               PARK CITY — Officials with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and Mammoth Cave National Park are at a standstill in their effort to remove diesel fuel that seeped into an underground stream near the park.

        “The fuel is traveling underground and we just can't see what it's doing to the cave system,” said Maleva Chamberlain, spokeswoman with the state Division of Water. “Until the water surfaces, we just can't predict anything. We're just watching and waiting.”

        Thursday, a tanker truck traveling north on Interstate 65 veered off the road and turned over, dumping about 3,800 gallons of fuel into a rock crevice that leads underground to the park and the Green River. EPA officials consider the spill moderate to large, Ms. Chamberlain said.

        Officials are focusing their cleanup efforts on Mill Hole Spring, which is about 3.3 miles from where the spill occurred.

        “We're anticipating several days before the fuel reaches Mill Spring unless we receive heavy rainfall,” said Jim Carroll, a Mammoth Cave spokesman.

        Cleanup crews will use an absorbent material made to pick up hydrocarbons, Mr. Carroll said.

        Joe Meiman, a park hydrologist, said some fuel, which is known to have a toxic effect on underground aquatic life, will unavoidably make it into the cave and the Green River. “How fast the fuel moves underground depends on rainfall,” Mr. Meiman said.

        The nearest town water system that could eventually be affected is Brownsville, which receives water from Edmonson County. That county uses water from the Green River.

Presidents to teach at other's school

               FRANKFORT — Visiting professors, indeed.

        University of Louisville President John Shumaker and University of Kentucky President Lee Todd said Friday they each will teach a class at the other's institution.

        Dr. Shumaker, a classicist, will teach a class in ancient Greek at UK. The university's classics department approved an appointment for him on Friday.

        Dr. Todd, an engineer who created a pair of high-tech companies, will teach entrepreneurship at Louisville.

        Both said they planned to offer their classes next year. Dr. Todd, once a UK engineering professor, said he has been away from the classroom for years and needs time to gear up.

        Dr. Shumaker said he wouldn't have that problem, and not solely because he already teaches an advanced Greek seminar on his campus. “The benefit I have is that nothing much has changed about ancient Greece.”


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