Saturday, November 9, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Dry Ridge man killed in car wreck

RICHWOOD - A 34-year-old Dry Ridge man was killed when his vehicle ran off the roadway on northbound Interstate 75 at the 175-mile marker at 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Carl Allen Kidwell was ejected from the Chevy Lumina he was driving after the car left the right side of the freeway and rolled two and a half times. Mr. Kidwell was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Atlanta policeman hurt in I-75 accident

FORT MITCHELL - A 29-year-old police officer from Atlanta was in serious condition Friday at University Hospital after his pickup was struck by a driver who police say was drunk on northbound Interstate 75 past the Buttermilk Pike exit just after 1 a.m. Friday.

Jeffrey Davidson was ejected from and pinned beneath his Ford pickup after his truck was struck from behind by a car, sending the pickup into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. Mr. Davidson was flown by helicopter to University Hospital.

The driver of car, 26-year-old Stephen Woodruff of Price Hill, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and first-degree assault.

Mr. Woodruff told authorities he was driving his girlfriend's 2002 Hyundai Accent home from TJ's Sports Bar Cafe in Florence when he hit the vehicle in front of him. The accident caused northbound I-75 to be closed completely for about three hours, and partially after that for an additional two hours. Mr. Woodruff was injured with facial lacerations from striking his windshield, but was otherwise uninjured.

The driver of the tractor-trailer which Mr. Davidson's truck was pushed into was 52-year-old John Kuch of Erie, Mich. Mr. Kuch was not injured.

Crisis Center gifts stolen from car

COVINGTON - Almost $900 worth of toys were stolen from a parked car outside the Women's Crisis Center on 9th Street and Madison Avenue Thursday evening from a staff member's car.

Except for the driver's side, the four-door car was stuffed almost to the ceiling with toys in the back and front seats, said Mary Jo Davis, executive director of the Women's Crisis Center.

While the staff member attended a meeting between 5:30 and 7 p.m., the car was parked with the doors locked. After the meeting ended staffers went out to unload the toys, but they were gone.

The thieves were able to steal the toys without breaking the windows of the car.

"We are already starting to get phone calls today from folks who want to give toys, and some have sent checks for the Holiday House," Ms. Davis said.

The Holiday House program allows women and children who have been in the shelter in the past year or are currently in the shelter to select Christmas gifts for one another.

Women are allowed to pick up four or five gifts for their children and wrap them while their children wait in a lounge. The children are allowed to do the same for their mothers, and are able to choose one or two gifts for their mothers.

Monetary donations can be made to The Holiday House program and mailed to 835 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

To get further information on donating toys visit the center's website at; or by phone contact Joyce McNeely at (859)-655-2644.

Emissions testing closed for holiday

COVINGTON - Northern Kentucky Emissions Check stations will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. They will reopen Tuesday.

Normal hours for the testing stations in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The stations are closed on Sundays and holidays.

The Vehicle Inspection Program identifies and encourages repairs of vehicles emitting high levels of pollution. Cars and light trucks are responsible for almost half of ozone pollution.

For information on the Northern Kentucky emissions check, call the toll-free number, (877) 291-8787.

Santa's mailboxes will soon appear

COVINGTON - Santa Express mailboxes for Kenton County's Letters to Santa program will be installed at several locations in the county Friday.

All three branches of the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, Erlanger and Independence will accept letters to Santa.

Both Kenton County courthouses also will have special Santa Express mailboxes where a child can mail a letter to Santa. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at the courthouse at 303 Court St. in Covington and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the courthouse in Independence, except for Wednesdays, when the Independence courthouse stays open until 6 p.m.

No postage is necessary, but children must include their full name and address to receive a reply mailed to their homes. All letters must be received by Dec. 13.

For information on letters to Santa or other programs of the Kenton County Parks and Recreation, call (859) 525-PLAY (7529) or visit the Web site at, scroll down and click on Parks & Recreation.

New phone numbers for Kenton libraries

COVINGTON - All three locations of the Kenton County Public Library have new phone numbers. The new numbers are (859) 962-4060 for the Mary Ann Mongan branch in Covington; (859) 962-4000 for the Erlanger branch; and (859) 962-4030 at the Independence branch.

The library system will keep its regular 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. hours on Veterans Day.For directions to any Kenton County Public Library location, visit the library's Web site at

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