Thursday, January 24, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Concert to feature noted musician

        COVINGTON — Sergei Polusmiak, artist in residence at Northern Kentucky University, will headline an evening of classical music on Feb. 1.

        The free concert begins at 8 p.m. at the newly renovated Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption at 12th Street and Madison Avenue in Covington. It's sponsored by the Thomas More College International Student Society.

        Mr. Polusmiak was given an award by the president of Ukraine and most recently was the recipient of the Tom and Christine Neyer Family Professorship of Music at NKU.

        He has gained acclaim through his appearances with orchestras, as a soloist and as a chamber music performer in Russia, France, Belgium, Germany, Mexico and the United States.

Woman falls after manhole cover flips

        DAYTON — A pregnant Bellevue woman was treated at St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas on Wednesday after she fell in a manhole at Fifth and Vine streets.

        Dayton police said the cover was not secure and when Shirley Stull, 24, stepped on it, it flipped up and she fell knee-deep in the hole about 2 p.m.

Domestic violence bill makes gains

        FRANKFORT — A bill championed by Kentucky's first lady that would warn domestic violence victims when their abusers attempt to purchase guns won approval from a Senate committee Wednesday.

        Advocates said such notification would again put Kentucky at the forefront of using technology to protect abuse victims.

        First lady Judi Patton promoted the bill in comments to the Judiciary Committee.

        She said the goal is to protect women and children and to maintain vigilance against their abusers.

        The bill would create a more automated system to notify women under protection orders when their attackers try to buy firearms.

        “That means immediate access to information at a very critical time,” said Carol Jordan, executive director of the governor's Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services.

        The state Justice Cabinet would set up the notification system, with the help of about $50,000 in federal funds, Ms. Jordan said.

        Ms. Jordan said the bill continues Kentucky's tradition as an innovator in protecting abuse victims.

        Kentucky was the first to set up a statewide system to notify domestic violence victims when their abusers are released from jail, she said.

Plan pushes rights of tobacco growers

        LOUISVILLE — A proposal crafted Tuesday by agriculture commissioners and representatives from tobacco-producing states would give growers more rights in raising tobacco.

        State Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith said the proposal is the basis for the development of federal legislation.

        “The plan, if enacted, would put the production of burley and flue-cured tobacco where it belongs — in the hands of the producers,” Mr. Smith said. “This would eliminate the cost of leasing quota, which would make U.S. tobacco more competitive in the world market and also would give growers the opportunity to increase profits.”

        Mr. Smith said the proposal would also compensate current quota owners and growers who want to leave the tobacco business. Quota is the federally granted permission to grow a certain amount of tobacco.

Home burns after store mixes up fuel

        HYDEN, Ky. — The state fire marshal's office has given the all-clear signal at a Hyden store, where gasoline and kerosene got mixed up in storage tanks last week.

        A mobile home at Thousandsticks was destroyed, two other Leslie County homes were scorched and residents suffered minor burns after the fuel-delivery mix-up at Pennington Tire Service in downtown Hyden.

        An owner of the store said a new fuel-truck driver accidentally filled a kerosene storage tank with gasoline and, at the same time, pumped kerosene into an underground gasoline tank.

        James Price's kerosene heater burst into flames when he got up in the middle of the night to put more fuel in it and instead put gasoline in, Leslie County firefighters said. Mr. Price's mobile home was destroyed.

        A few motorists filled their tanks with kerosene and went sputtering home after the switch.

        “They were fortunate they didn't have any more problems here than they've had,” said Adrian Hall, a deputy state fire marshal.

Copter plot dies in crash of craft

        JUNCTION CITY, Ky. — A gyro-copter crashed near the Danville-Boyle County Airport, killing the pilot, police said.

        Police identified the pilot as Casey C. Stiles, 41, of Harrodsburg. He was president of a statewide flight enthusiast club.

        The gyro-copter, a vertical takeoff and landing craft with a single rotor, crashed about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in a field on the Warbec farm, about a half-mile north of the airport, where it took off, police said.


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