Thursday, July 04, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Cocktail hour at the aquarium

        NEWPORT — The Newport Aquarium will host cocktail hour Wednesday through Saturday through July.

        From 5:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday guests will be given one cocktail and admission to the aquarium for $10 per person.

        Ticket sales will end at 8:30 p.m.

        For more information, call the aquarium at (859) 261-7444 or visit

Therapy dogs will be at library

        COLD SPRING — Therapy Dogs, a nonprofit group that promotes the use of certified dog/handler pairs to visit patients in a medical setting, will be at the Cold Spring branch of the Campbell County Public Library at 7 p.m. July 18.

        The dogs will be at the library for people to learn more about the program.

        The library is at 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring. For more information, call the library at (859) 781-6166.

Music from '30s, '40s at library

        FORT THOMAS — The Fort Thomas branch of the Campbell County Public Library will host an afternoon of patriotic music at 3:30 p.m. July 13.

        Local trio “Raison D'Etre” will perform as “The Swing Canaries” in a 45-minute vocal program of 1930s and 1940s music, in period attire.

        This program is appropriate for all ages and free.

        The library is at 1000 Highland Ave.

        For more information, call the library at (859) 572-5033.

Girl, 4, struck and killed by truck

        MURRAY — Four-year-old Alexis Yearry, of Hazel, died Tuesday after being hit by a grain truck.

        Calloway County Deputy Sheriff Mike Clayton said the girl was visiting relatives. The child was crossing at the intersection of Old Shiloh Road and Kentucky 1551, 10 miles north of Murray, when the southwest-bound grain truck hit her Tuesday afternoon. The truck was driven by Gary Solomon, 45, of Murray.

        Sheriff Clayton said Mr. Solomon had made several trips on the road to transport grain Tuesday and was aware of the children playing, so he slowed every time he passed by.

        Alexis suddenly appeared out of some roadside plants while running back toward the yard, and Mr. Solomon, coming around a curve, was unable to stop in time, Sheriff Clayton said.

Flooding leaves town in muddy mess

        FLEMING-NEON — Heavy rains sent flood waters raging through this eastern Kentucky town and some outlying areas, damaging homes, closing businesses and coating city hall in mud.

        “I don't have any accurate numbers on homes and businesses damaged,” said Paul Miles, director of Letcher County Emergency Services. “It hit just about every building on Main Street.”

        The small town's only physician, Brenda Baker, spent Wednesday cleaning mud and water out of her office in hopes of reopening on Monday. Across the street, workers in the Family Drug Store planned to open Friday on an emergency basis.

        Some residents blame the severe flooding that has plagued the region in recent years on surface mining operations to remove coal from the mountains. In some instances, companies have removed entire mountaintops, leaving a treeless landscape that speeds the runoff of rainwater.

        Geneva Bentley, owner of Bentley's Discount Store, said the bare mountains had to contribute to the severity of the flooding.

        “It came so fast,” she said. “I know it didn't rain enough to do this if the mountains hadn't been mined.”

        Three to 4 inches of rain fell along a 20-mile stretch along northern Letcher County and southern Pike County late Tuesday, temporarily closing roads and damaging many homes.

Merger advances Louisville's rank

        LOUISVILLE — Louisville's expected growth spurt — courtesy of merger with Jefferson County — apparently will be even larger than predicted.

        Come Jan. 6, Louisville should shoot up 51 spots to become the nation's 16th-largest city, leaving in its wake Baltimore (17th), Memphis (18th), Boston (20th), Seattle (23rd), Denver (24th) and Lexington (65th).

        Local officials say they will tell the U.S. Census Bureau they want to include the 142,556 residents in Jefferson County's 83 suburban cities in Louisville's population.

        If that happens — and local officials are confident it will — Louisville will have 693,604 people.

        “We will be one community, and we ought to be counted that way,” said County Attorney Irv Maze, who will make the official recommendation.

        Local officials say the city's loftier status should improve outsiders' image of Louisville, or at least let them know that the city exists.

        Even with its elevated standing, Louisville likely won't be mistaken for a metropolis. The Louisville metropolitan area — which includes Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott counties in Southern Indiana — consists of 1,025,598 people, according to the latest census.

        That places Louisville no higher than 50th among the nation's metro areas.

Sniper victim's family sues

        LEXINGTON — The man convicted of killing University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro now has been sued by Mr. DiGiuro's family.

        The lawsuit claims Shane Ragland, the son of a wealthy Frankfort businessman, should be held responsible for wages that Mr. DiGiuro would have earned during his life, the cost of his funeral and burial and punitive damages. The lawsuit does not name a dollar amount.

        A jury found Mr. Ragland guilty in March in the 1994 sniper-style shooting. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

        “We have no expectation of ever receiving any money,” Mr. DiGiuro's father, Mike DiGiuro, said Tuesday. “It's just an effort to ensure Shane Ragland is denied the life of privilege he has enjoyed for the past 30 years.”

        The lawsuit was filed Monday in Fayette Circuit Court.

        “The acts of Shane Ragland were malicious, wanton, reckless and exhibited a total disregard for the life of Trent DiGiuro,” it claims.

        Guthrie True, one of Shane Ragland's lawyers at the trial, said Mr. Ragland has no assets.


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