Saturday, June 01, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Indictment made in fatal stabbing

        COVINGTON — Prosecutors say an argument over a fact in a war documentary on television led to a fatal stabbing earlier this year.

        Pasquale Rejrat, age and address not available, was indicted by a Kenton County grand jury Friday on a charge of first-degree manslaughter. The felony is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

        Covington Police say he stabbed Dennis Lee Vodde, 50, on March 24 in an apartment in the 1800 block of Madison Avenue. Authorities said that Mr. Rejrat didn't intend to kill his drinking buddy. A kitchen knife was used in the killing.

        Mr. Rejrat is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center on no bond. He will be arraigned June 6 in Kenton County Circuit Court.

        It is Covington's only homicide this year.

Shooting at car leads to charges

        COVINGTON — A Piner man was indicted by a Kenton County grand jury Friday on a charge of attempted murder and five counts of wanton endangerment.

        Layne O. Catron, of the the 15000 block of Carlisle Road, is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center on $100,000 cash bond. He will be arraigned June 6 in Kenton County Circuit Court. If convicted of all the charges, he could face 45 year in prison.

[photo] CAR SHOW: Jim Bradley of Independence views some of the 300 custom cars on display at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Burlington through Sunday.
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        Kenton County Police say during Easter weekend Mr. Catron, 36 at the time, fired shots at a vehicle occupied by his wife, the couple's two children, ages 9 and 11, and three other adults. Bullets struck the vehicle.

        Mr. Catron then barricaded himself in the home. After a five-hour standoff, he surrendered and police recovered a 9 mm pistol.

Western Kentucky U. makes spending plan

        BOWLING GREEN — Western Kentucky University's Board of Regents has approved a $193.2 million budget for next year.

        The budget approved Friday is contingent on an approved Kentucky budget for 2002-04. The General Assembly failed to enact a budget during this year's regular session and an eight-day special session that followed.

        Western's total budget represents an 11.1 percent increase over the 2001-02 budget and is based on $70.4 million in state appropriation, a figure used in budgets considered by lawmakers.

        Growth is possible because of record enrollment, university President Gary Ransdell said. Tuition and fees account for more than $50 million of the projected revenue.

Feds approve aid after two disasters

        LONDON — The federal government has given Kentuckians affected by two separate storms this year about $20.5 million in relief money.

        Two disaster declarations — March 17-21 and April 27-May 10 — were announced after tornadoes, hail and flooding throughout the state.

        During the first batch of storms, heavy rains in eastern Kentucky caused severe flooding that resulted in the declaration for 30 counties. About $15.7 million has been approved for housing, individual family grants or low-interest loans.

        The second wave of storms hit hardest in western Kentucky. Tornadoes devastated areas of Webster and Breckinridge counties, while heavy rains and hail fell in eastern Kentucky. About $4.6 million has been approved for people in that area.

Industrial park backers win round

        BOWLING GREEN — Backers of a controversial industrial park scored a victory when its first plot of land was rezoned after a lengthy public battle.

        After about 24 hours of testimony during a public hearing that began three weeks ago, the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County narrowly approved the rezoning of the first 153 acres of the proposed Kentucky TriModal Transpark. The vote Thursday was 6-5.

        Plans for the $100 million park, which includes an airport, has caused plenty of fighting since its unveiling in 1998. The planned 4,000-acre park has been widely criticized by environmentalists and residents who say the project is wasteful and could end up polluting nearby Mammoth Cave National Park.

        The approval of the land was a boost for the transpark's supporters, who have said that a “major Japanese corporation” is considering the site just north of Bowling Green. They have declined to name the company.

Losing candidate wants vote reviewed

        FRANKFORT — Paducah businessman Tom Barlow, who stunned the establishment by finishing about 1,000 votes short of Lois Combs Weinberg in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, asked Thursday for a recanvass of the vote.

        Mr. Barlow's request arrived by fax in the office of Secretary of State John Y. Brown III, a spokeswoman said.

        In a canvass completed Thursday of all 120 county clerk offices by the Associated Press, Ms. Weinberg's lead over Mr. Barlow was 716 votes. While the AP showed Ms. Weinberg with 230,404 votes to Mr. Barlow's 229,688, the secretary of state's office reported Ms. Weinberg with 230,337 votes toMr. Barlow's 229,348, or a 989-vote difference.

        The State Board of Elections is scheduled to meet on June 14 to certify the vote, which will remain unofficial until that time.

        Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said in most Kentucky counties, a recanvass is a simple undertaking. “You just check the math, that you put the right number on the consolidated form.” Mr. Barlow said he would not pursue a recount of the vote, a much more involved and expensive procedure.

Trucker leads 150-mile chase

        COLUMBIA, Tenn. — An Alabama truck driver led authorities on a three-hour, 150-mile chase along Interstate 65 through Tennessee and Kentucky on Thursday night. The chase ended in Maury County with the driver, Shante Lemonn Ford, 31, of Gadsden, Ala., facing multiple charges.

        He was spotted driving erratically in Sumner County north of Nashville, said Department of Safety spokeswoman Beth Tucker Womack.

        No one was injured in the chase, but cars were forced to swerve to avoid the rig, which had no trailer connected to it.


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Bishop named to Covington diocese
Conlon becomes Steubenville bishop
Ad campaign aims to fill Brown stadium
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Group: rewrite plan
Obituary: Dr. Raymond Krause a pioneer in vascular surgery techniques
Residents cheer demolition
Retiring FBI man would stay
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Teens enjoy U.S. visit
Tristate A.M. Report
143 want on police panel
What is that yellow weed?
MCNUTT: Around town
RADEL: Closing St. Saviour
SAMPLES: Pro soccer
THOMPSON: Faith Matters
17 arrested in prostitution sting
Charges against teens dropped
Man pleads guilty in robbery, beating death
One brother convicted in pole barn scheme
Warren Co. group unveils Web site
Woodward school among honored sites
Columbus-area noise ordinance to remain
Democrats ask for probe of Deters' campaign funding
Ethanol production urged
Students classified correctly
Tax bill includes indexing
Commute to work getting longer
GOP has eye on Fletcher
Grandparents raising kids
- Kentucky News Briefs
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