Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Kentucky Digest

Lost hikers found after cell-phone call

        BURLINGTON - The Boone County sheriff and the Hamilton County sheriff collaborated late Sunday night and early Monday to find four hikers lost in Boone Cliffs Park.

        Using a helicopter from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and searchers from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, officials found four Northern Kentucky teens who were lost in the park on Middle Creek Road.

        Sarah B. Roseman, 16, of Independence; Daryl Ray, 19, of Elsmere; Dwayne Pelley, 18, of Hebron; and Michael Pelley, 16, of Hebron called the sheriff's department by cell phone about 9 p.m. to report they were lost near the Dinsmore Homestead site and Belleview Bottoms. Deputies found the four and brought them out of the woods just after midnight Monday, the Boone County Sheriff's Department said.

Lt. Gov. Henry to attend fund-raiser

        RICHWOOD - Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and his wife, former Miss America Heather French Henry, are scheduled to attend an ice cream social and fund-raiser Wednesday evening for Boone County Commissioner Tim Hamilton.

        The event for Mr. Hamilton, a Democrat, will be at the home of businessman R.C. Durr, 1067 Richwood Road in Boone County, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Also scheduled to attend is U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat running for re-election.

        Teri Moore, a Union Republican, is challenging Mr. Hamilton in the fall.

Gatewood Galbraith files for spot on ballot

        FRANKFORT - Perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith will attempt to get on the ballot once again this fall.

        Mr. Galbraith, who first ran for commissioner of agriculture in 1979, filed a petition on Monday with the Secretary of State's Office to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for the 6th District seat in Congress.

        Mr. Galbraith has run as a Democrat for governor twice and under the banner of the Reform Party for governor in 1999 and Congress in 2000.

        Incumbent Rep. Ernie Fletcher, a Republican, has no Democratic opponent for a third term.

Boy plays with gun, fatally shoots himself

        PADUCAH - A 4-year-old boy playing with a revolver fatally shot himself in the head, authorities said.

        Austin Sullivan of Paducah died Sunday at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.

        “The child had found the gun and was playing with it and it accidentally discharged,” said Terry Long, chief deputy of the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.

        Deputy Long said several adults were in the house at the time of the shooting Saturday morning.

        No charges had been filed, but the investigation is continuing, he said.

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks in Louisville

        LOUISVILLE - Weaving the parable of sowing seeds from the book of Matthew into a message of personal responsibility, the Rev. Al Sharpton spoke before a standing-room-only crowd Sunday at St. Stephen Baptist Church.

        “Some of us only plant seeds in our houses. But if you ever want to have a garden, you're going to have to go outside,” the Rev. Mr. Sharpton said as the worshippers in the 1,700-seat sanctuary rose to their feet in applause and cheers.

        The Rev. Mr. Sharpton, a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist from New York, has earned a reputation for organizing protests across the country, one of which sparked a defamation suit against him and another, a 90-day sentence for trespassing arising from civil disobedience.

        He became active in Louisville politics in 2000, when accusations that city police were engaging in racial profiling were at their height.

        That year, the Rev. Mr. Sharpton threatened to shut down the 2001 Kentucky Derby.

        His guest sermons were delivered Sunday during all three morning services at St. Stephen and one later at Clarksville High School in southern Indiana.

Couple charged with baby girl's death

        SHELBYVILLE - A Shelbyville woman and her boyfriend were arrested and charged with complicity to murder in the death of the woman's baby girl, said Shelbyville Police Chief Stewart Shirley.

        Misty Irwin, 18, was originally charged with assault and criminal abuse, while Timothy Thacker, 19, was charged with assault, Chief Shirley said.

        The infant was taken to Jewish Hospital-Shelbyville on Saturday night, then was transferred to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, where she died early Sunday, Chief Shirley said.

        Both were being held in the Shelby County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond each.

        The bonds, based on the assault charges, were subject to change, according to a jail spokeswoman.

Appeals Judge Hayes dies of cancer at 71

        LOUISVILLE - John P. Hayes, who joined the Kentucky Court of Appeals when it was created in 1976 and served as its chief judge, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.

        Judge Hayes, who was born in Willisburg, Ky., was also a Circuit Court judge in Jefferson County. When a constitutional amendment created the intermediate Court of Appeals, Judge Hayes was elected.

        He served on the court until his retirement in 1993 and served as chief judge from 1979 to 1986.

        Survivors include his wife, the former Emily Kressin; two sons; and one daughter.

        Visitation will be Wednesday at Highland Funeral Home in Louisville. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Louisville, with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery.

        The family requested memorial gifts to Cedar Lake Lodge, 7984 La Grange Road, Louisville, or Our Savior Lutheran School.

Jehovah's Witnesses won't reinstate man

        DRAFFENVILLE - A western Kentucky man said Monday his appeal to return as a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses was denied.

        Bill Bowen of Draffenville contends he was unfairly excommunicated by church elders for claiming the church's policies protect child molesters.

        After being excommunicated or “disfellowshipped” from the church last month, he sought permission to be reinstated.

        Mr. Bowen has said he wants to remain a church member so members of the church who have been molested will feel comfortable coming to a support group he helped form called Silent Lambs.

        Mr. Bowen is the fourth person expelled this year after criticizing policies on child molesters.

        The church denies any wrongdoing.

        Mr. Bowen said Jehovah's Witnesses keep incidents of child molestation secret and refuse to let victims warn other members of predators in their congregations.

        Church leaders say they abhor child molestation, report cases to authorities in states that require such reports and allow members to report fellow members to police.


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