Friday, September 28, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Girl, 15, killed crossing train tracks

        ELSMERE — A 15-year-old girl was killed Thursday night when she was struck by a train near her home.

        The victim, whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, was on her way to a grocery store in the Allendale Trailer Park with two other youngsters when she was struck by the Norfolk Southern train, Police Chief Timothy Green said.

        The victim's two companions made it across the tracks safely as the train approached, but the girl stumbled and fell, the police chief said. She got up and fell again as she tried to join her companions on the other side of the tracks.

        The incident occurred about 9:45 p.m in the 100 block of Edwards Road.

        The train conductor told police he saw the girl stumble and was hoping she wouldn't get up and try to make it across before the train arrived, Chief Green said.

Convicts get chance to show jury-tampering

        FRANKFORT — Two death-row inmates Thursday were granted a hearing to present evidence of their claim of rampant jury tampering during their trial in Letcher County.

        They also claim their own attorneys were under investigation and actually cooperated with the prosecution to save themselves.

        Roger Dale Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge were sentenced to death for killing Tammy Dee Acker during a $2 million burglary in Whitesburg in 1985.

        They claim, among other things, that jurors were supplied with alcohol and newspapers; given access to television; and had improper, daily contact with the prosecution throughout the trial in Letcher Circuit Court.

        Writing for the Supreme Court, Jutice Martin Johnstone said Letcher Circuit Judge Samuel T. Wright III used the wrong standard in denying the defendants' request for an evidentiary hearing.

        “Instead of examining whether the record refuted the allegations raised, the trial court focused on whether the record supported the allegations,” Justice Johnstone wrote.

        The inmates' new attorneys, from the Department of Public Advocacy, say a former court bailiff will vouch for their allegations.

        Mr. Epperson was defended by Lester Burns Jr. and Mr. Hodge by Mr. Burns' partner, Dale Mitchell. Both attorneys were charged with taking their $175,000 fee in stolen money. Mr. Burns was convicted and sent to prison.

Linnemann takes top funeral home award

        ERLANGER — Linnemann Funeral Homes has been awarded a 2001 National Funeral Directors Association Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award for outstanding community service, professional integrity and dynamic public relations programs.

        “The Pursuit of Excellence program is the premier standard for the funeral service (industry) and the Eagle award is one of the highest levels of achievement,” said NFDA Acting Chief Executive Officer Christine Reichelt-Pepper.

        There are approximately 24,000 funeral homes in the United States, and 99 of those will receive Eagle awards this year.

        “It was a team effort by all our dedicated full- and part-time associates,” said Guy Linnemann, a fifth-generation funeral director.

        There are Linnemann funeral homes in Erlanger, Covington and Burlington.

Library to tell story of Johnny Appleseed

        INDEPENDENCE — The players of Theatre IV will present the free program “Johnny Appleseed” Saturday at the Independence branch of the Kenton County Public Library.

        John Chapman became known as Johnny Appleseed after he spent 49 years filling about 100,000 square miles with the fruit's seeds.

        The presentation features Johnny and his friends as they trek across the American frontier, dedicated to covering the land with apple trees and ensuring that no one goes hungry.

        No registration is required for the 2 p.m. program.

        For directions, visit the library's Web site at

Grocery employees to bake for rescuers

        FLORENCE — Employees at Thriftway's store at 9950 Berberich Drive, near Mount Zion Road, will hold a bake sale from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the store.

        Proceeds go to the Hero Relief Fund, which sends money to rescuers in New York City and Washington.

        Information: (859) 647-6117.

Fake fur show to aid cancer patients

        Fabulous Furs, the mail-order fake fur business in Covington, will donate half the proceeds of its fall show to a nonprofit foundation benefiting cancer patients.

        The show will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at The Madison, 601 Madison Ave. in Covington.

        Fabulous Furs' new line of fake fur coats will be featured in a fashion show. The event also will include a gourmet lunch and a speech by Channel 5 news anchor Lisa Cooney.

        Tickets are $30, and $15 of each sale will be donated to The Lemonade Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in 1998.

        The foundation helps cancer patients pay for prostheses, wigs and other products offered by Image In-Sights, a Covington company that works with cancer patients.

        To reserve a seat at the show, call (800) 848-4650.

City celebration pulls out all the stops

        VILLA HILLS — Celebrate Villa Hills, an event to recognize recent projects in the city, will be Oct. 21.

        The program begins at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the newly renovated Villa Hills Sports Complex on Amsterdam Road. Shuttle buses at Villa Madonna Academy will take people to and from the celebration.

        City officials will rededicate the Tom Braun and Bud Cunningham Fields. They also will celebrate the completion of a new water line and sidewalk projects, and initiate the Karen Foltz Tree Program.

        A ribbon-cutting ceremony and balloon launch sponsored by Christman Family Realtors will mark Villa Hills' progress in 2001.

        Other features include a free hot dog for every child wearing a sports uniform, and popcorn and candy apples.

        Sunrock Farm will bring its petting zoo, Behringer-Crawford Museum will have an exhibit, and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (DARE) will pass out information.

        There also will be balloon animals and storytelling.


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Kenton units get computers
- Kentucky News Briefs