Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs




Man gets 10 years in auto fatality

        COVINGTON — Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Summe has sentenced a 22-year-old man to 10 years in prison on manslaughter charges in connection with a July car wreck that left a Cincinnati man dead, according to assistant Kenton County Commonwealth attorney Jim Godsey.

        Brandon Brumett, of Morning View, was sentenced after pleading guilty to manslaughter in connection to the July 28 accident on Interstate 275 in which his passenger Daniel J. Emmitt, 21, was killed and a woman, Dolores Hunley, was severely injured. Mr. Brumett received 10 years for manslaughter and a combined 20 years for three additional counts of assault but is a serving concurrent 10-year sentence.

        The prosecution argued that Mr. Brumett was racing when he lost control of his car, which flipped over a median and hit the vehicle carrying Ms. Hunley and her two children.

        Mr. Godsey said that a witness saw Mr. Brumett's car and another jockey side-by-side and then speed up. The other car was never seen again.

        “We felt that 10 years was reasonable,” Mr. Godsey said. “The young man who was killed was the best friend of Mr. Brumett and certainly that's going to be on Mr. Brumett's conscience. It wasn't our intent to destroy this young man's life, but to extract a punishment for what he did.”
       

Couple face charges of drug trafficking

        FLORENCE — A husband and wife are scheduled to be in court Friday on charges of drug trafficking, according to the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force.

        A 10-week investigation led to the search of Thomas and Cheryl Schwartz's home on Hazel Drive in Florence.

        A NKDSF sergeant said nearly seven ounces of cocaine were seized. He said the cocaine, which was found with marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun and $1,000, was packaged for sale and had a street value between $10,000 and $15,000..

        Cheryl Schwartz, 48 and Tom Schwartz, 46, were each charged with one count of drug trafficking, a class C felony in Kentucky punishable by 5-10 years in prison. They were also charged with misdemeanors in connection with the marijuana and paraphernalia.

Smoke-free homes purpose of pledge

        NEWPORT — The Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky is sponsoring a “Smoke-Free Home Pledge” event on Sunday in front of the AMC Theaters' ticket counter at Newport on the Levee. Everyone who signs a pledge card will receive a gift and a packet from the Environmental Protection Agency and will be eligible to win other store donated prizes.

        “The main thrust of the pledge is to go outside your home or car to smoke and not to allow others to smoke around your children,” said Stephanie Creighton, senior health educator of the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

        For anyone who can't attend the event, call Ms. Creighton at (859) 578-7660 to receive the pledge and gift by mail.
       

Host families needed for exchange students

        FORT MITCHELL — Host families from Fort Mitchell are being sought for foreign exchange students scheduled to arrive soon.

        Students from the Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE) program are between the ages of 15 and 18, speak English, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance and are eager to share their cultural experiences with their host families in the U.S.

        PIE area representatives match students with host families by finding common interest and lifestyles through an informal in-home meeting.

        Families who host students for PIE also are eligible to claim a $50 a month charitable-contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.

        For information on hosting a student, call PIE toll-free at (800) 631-1818.
       

Tree board scrubs Thursday meeting

        FORT MITCHELL
— The Fort Mitchell Tree Board has canceled its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday.

        The next tree board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. The meeting will be in the council room at 2355 Dixie Hwy.
       

McConnell honored by Farm Bureau

        RENO, Nev. — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Farm Bureau in recognition of his work on agricultural issues.

        Mr. McConnell, a Louisville Republican, is the second Kentuckian to receive the award. The first was the late Sen. John Sherman Cooper.

        Since 1928, the award has been presented annually by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's second largest farm organization.

        The Kentucky Farm Bureau nominated Mr. McConnell, citing numerous achievements in service to American farmers, especially on tobacco and trade issues.

        Mr. McConnell has been a member of the Agriculture Committee during his 17 years in the Senate. He has been a key player in the crafting of national farm policy, in reforming farm labor programs and in securing federal funding for agriculture research, education and development in Kentucky.
       

DUI clarification faces court challenge

        LOUISVILLE — Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze's attempt to clarify a DUI law facing a state Supreme Court challenge is adding to the confusion of what penalties drunk drivers could face for refusing to take a blood-alcohol test.

        State law requires authorities to give people suspected of drunken driving a warning before they take a blood-alcohol test. The warning says that by refusing the test, convicted offenders could receive twice the mandatory minimum jail sentence.

        But there is no mandatory minimum jail sentence for first-time offenders, unless there's an aggravating circumstance — a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent or higher, for example.

        So Mr. Maze added this sentence: “The Jefferson County Attorney's Office has determined there is no mandatory minimum jail time for a DUI first offense.”

        Those words are being challenged by Emerson Baynard of Louisville, whose blood-alcohol level was tested at 0.18 on Sept. 2. If convicted, he would serve a mandatory four days in jail because of the alcohol level in his blood — even though he was a first-time offender.

       



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