From staff reports
Bicyclist struck, driver arrested
FLORENCE - A 26-year-old man was injured Thursday when he was hit by an allegedly drunken driver while riding his bike.
Nathan Conner, of Florence, was crossing Kentucky 18 at Utz Drive on his bicycle about 1:45 p.m. when he was struck by a westbound minivan, said Florence Police officer Steve Kuhlman. The minivan did not stop and sped north on Interstate 75. A witness followed the minivan and called police. A Fort Wright officer caught up to the van at Interstate 275 and Kentucky 17 where the driver was arrested. Ralph Cheesman, 40, of Alexandria, was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, said Florence Lt. Tim Chesser. Charges are pending in the accident.
Conner was flown to University Hospital.
Fire departments getting federal funds
WASHINGTON - Three area fire departments are receiving federal funds for training and equipment, U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas announced Thursday.
The money is coming through the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program, which allocates funds to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, emergency medical service programs and fire prevention and safety programs.
The departments and amount each received are:
Owen County, $52,209.
"These funds help rural, urban and suburban fire departments better train, prepare and equip themselves," said Lucas, a Boone County Democrat and member of the Select Committee on Homeland Security. "This program is a great asset to fire departments across Kentucky for enhancing their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of firefighting personnel who put themselves in harm's way."
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