Friday, February 01, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Rape, slashing case goes to grand jury

        NEWPORT — A cab driver accused of raping, beating and slashing a woman and leaving her for dead in rural Campbell County waived a preliminary hearing Thursday in Campbell District Court and had his case sent directly to the grand jury.

        Edward L. Sanford, 37, of Newport, is charged with second-degree rape, sodomy, assault and robbery involving a 27-year-old woman.

        Police say Mr. Sanford picked up the woman in Newport Jan. 18 and instead of taking her home in his cab drove her to a spot off Licking Pike and began raping her. When she fought back, he beat her, cut her throat and left her lying in snow in below-freezing temperatures, police said. The victim crawled to a residence and was taken to a hospital.

        Mr. Sanford is in the Campbell County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000.

Bengals kicker in court today

        COVINGTON — Bengals kicker Neil Rackers arraignment has been continued on a misdemeanor fourth-degree assault charge in connection to an incident at a Northern Kentucky sports bar after a Bengals game last year.

        Kenton District Judge Douglas Grothaus continued the case Thursday until Feb. 12.

        Mr. Rackers got into an altercation with a customer at Willie's Sports Cafe in Covington, according to a criminal complaint filed at the courthouse.

Man jumps from Suspension Bridge

        COVINGTON — A man in his 40s jumped Thursday morning from the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

        Covington firefighters found his body floating west of the Brent Spence Bridge. Rescuers said the man, whom The Enquirer is not identifying, was in the 42-degree water for about 15 minutes.

        Workers from two office high-rises along the shores of the Ohio River in Covington called 911.

House approves bill on insurance addition

        FRANKFORT — The group health insurance plan for state employees, including teachers, would have to include an option for mail-order prescription drugs under a bill the House Health and Welfare Committee approved Thursday.

        People in the plan could get a three-month supply of medication at one time, requiring fewer co-payments. The potential saving for the group plan is $3.2 million a year, according to a Personnel Cabinet estimate.

        One-time and emergency prescriptions cannot be handled by mail order, Mr. Bouvette told the committee. However, mail-order drug sales could take away as much as 40 percent of the business of pharmacies, raising questions about how long they could survive, he said.

State to acquire Pine Mountain Trail

        FRANKFORT — The state will use federal money and a state fund for land and water conservation to acquire the rugged Pine Mountain Trail in eastern Kentucky, Gov. Paul Patton said Thursday.

        The trail, which traverses the summit of Pine Mountain from Elkhorn City to Pineville, is “a great asset that needs to be preserved,” Mr. Patton said at a news conference.

        The trail would become a “linear state park,” 120 miles long and 1,000 feet wide. Volunteers have restored and marked 28 miles of trail in Pike and Letcher counties. It eventually would be connected with the Cumberland Trail State Park being developed in Tennessee.

        U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers secured $1 million from Congress for the trail. Mr. Patton said $600,000 was available from the state conservation fund. No money from the state's general fund is being used, he said.

        Expansion of mining would be restricted in the area, as would oil and gas well drilling and logging.

Plan would speed death certificates

        FRANKFORT — People missing after a “catastrophic event” like the attack on the World Trade Center could be presumed dead under a bill passed by the Kentucky Senate on Thursday.

        The governor would have to declare that a disaster took place, and there would have to be a “diligent search” before a death certificate was issued.

Senate backs POW-MIA display

        FRANKFORT — A flag designed to commemorate prisoners of war and veterans missing in action would have to be flown every day at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Frankfort under a Senate resolution approved Thursday.

        Fourteen Kentuckians who went to Vietnam remain unaccounted for, Sen. Ernie Harris, sponsor of the resolution, said in a floor speech.

        A foundation board that oversees the memorial has objected to the mandate for daily display of the POW-MIA flag. A similar resolution has previously been passed by the Senate but not by the House. The resolution would have the force of law.

Bill would provide ID cards for children

        FRANKFORT — Parents could obtain photo identification cards for their youngsters under a bill approved by the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.

        The ID cards would be available for children ages 2 to 15. Parents deciding to participate would go to circuit court clerks' offices to get the cards. The voluntary program would be run by the state Transportation Cabinet. Each card would cost $4.

Further limits sought for OxyContin

        FRANKFORT — Prescriptions for OxyContin would have to include the diagnosis and the prescribing doctor's signature under a bill passed by the Kentucky House on Thursday.

        The bill would limit prescribing of the medication to diagnoses included on the manufacturer's labeling or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.


Hopes run high for empty GM lot
Asbestos found at Butler Co. offices
Butler rescinds sales tax boost
Ballpark's past 2nd base
Church campaign encourages safety
Cinergy: Stadium was underbilled
Man shot dead; another wounded
Police link suspect to three bank heists
School superintendent to retire
Tristate A.M. Report
Xavier will raise tuition 7.5%, hire more faculty
HOWARD: Some Good News
RADEL: Courthouse
DOE chief touts new plan
Driver faces homicide charge
Fairfield students play immigrant roles
Father found guilty of murder
Former Lebanon city auditor cleared in buyout case
Housing proposal turned down
Teachers union may run charter school
Universities warned to hold tuition
Assembly finally OKs redrawing districts
Board OKs draft of budget without contingency fund
Bus lanes advised for Kenton Co.
E-check station fires three workers
Eminent domain may be used to house needy in Newport
Gambling effort enlists help
- Kentucky News Briefs
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