Saturday, May 17, 2003

Kentucky News Briefs

Florence Freedom has debut today

FLORENCE - The Florence Freedom minor league baseball team will take the field for the first time today.

It has an exhibition game against the Richmond Roosters at 3 p.m. at Foundation Field in Hamilton, Ohio, at Miami University's Hamilton campus. Admission is free.

The Frontier League team's first season will be played in Hamilton because winter weather delayed the construction of the team's $5.5 million ballpark in Florence.

Prison ordered for funeral account fraud

HODGENVILLE - A former funeral home owner was sentenced to 14 years in prison for bilking thousands of dollars from customers' prepaid funeral accounts.

Bobby Brownfield, 56, will be eligible for release after 2.8 years. He received credit for the 744 days he already has been in custody.

Brownfield pleaded guilty in March to 69 counts of fraud and theft. He was sentenced Thursday by LaRue County Circuit Judge Larry Raikes.

At his sentencing, a sobbing Brownfield apologized to his victims and said his crimes stemmed from personal financial difficulties.

Brownfield said he had been trying to sell his funeral home three years ago when he saw the trust funds as a means to tide him over until he found a buyer.

Art museum 'free' policy begins today
No indictment in bar shooting
Voinovich feeling heat for tax vote
She was 'Here' - 2,340 times
Lunsford quits race for governor

Tristate A.M. Report
Ted Berry's message lives in new city park
Bengals, league sued over PBS
Truck ban on I-75 promoted
Obituary: Charles Squeri, built food service empire
West side will be featured
Calling top high school seniors
School celebrates birthday with song

McNUTT: Neighborhoods
Faith Matters: Panel will discuss race

Judge called 911 to get officer sent
Ricketts' daughter doubts beating
Two men jailed for Clermont house fire
Lebanon 'ramps up' phone installations
Nearby schools get extra classrooms

State to stay with cards for food
Flowers last sign of Case rampage
Court ends Ohio school funding case
Ohio Moments

Influential teacher is honored today
Grant Co. jailer on the defense after lawsuits
Four days to the primary, candidates stump in N.Ky.
Advocate for disabled winds up degree pursuit
Richards asks feds for fraud hotline
No bond for 2 in WKU death
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