Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Kentucky News Briefs



Four cars, one house hit by careening truck

ALEXANDRIA - Two people were hurt when an Alexandria man lost control of his Dodge Ram pickup truck Monday night and hit four vehicles before crashing into a house.

Jeffrey Watts, 46, the driver of the truck, was treated at University Hospital in Cincinnati for minor injuries and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Also injured was Mary Negich, 41, who was on a couch in her ranch-style home when Watts rammed his truck into her home in the 200 block of Washington Street. Negich suffered a sprained ankle and chest bruises in the accident, police said.

Alexandria Police Sgt. George Schreiner said Watts was pulling a trailer behind his truck on southbound Washington Street at 6:43 p.m. Monday when he apparently sideswiped two vehicles, rear-ended a third and drove about 36 feet before hitting a fourth vehicle.

"From there, the truck made an abrupt right turn into a house on Washington Street,'' Schreiner said. "Three-fourths of the truck was inside the house.''

Taylor Mill residents should boil water

TAYLOR MILL - Because of a water main break Monday, the Taylor Mill Water District has issued a boil-water advisory for customers from the Claiborne subdivision and all areas south to Rickey Lane.

The advisory was issued as a precaution and will remain in effect until the line break has been repaired, the water distribution system flushed and bacteriological samples tested and found negative for total coliform bacteria.

Water Department personnel recommend that users boil drinking water for at least two minutes at a rolling boil.

For information, contact the Taylor Mill Water District at (859) 581-3234.

Edgewood hikes tax, waste collection fee

EDGEWOOD - City Council approved a new property tax rate and waste collection fee Monday.

The new property tax rate is $2.60 per $1,000 assessed valuation, an increase from last year's rate of $2.52 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The new rate is within the 4 percent revenue increase allowed by the state without subjecting it to voter recall.

The city's new waste collection fee for a year is $150.06, up from last year's $132.80.

The increase includes a new state tipping fee for all waste haulers. More than double the normal tipping fee is included in the new waste collection bill because Edgewood bills for waste collection a year in advance and was halfway through its fiscal year when the state approved the tipping fee.

Police to move back to refurbished offices

PARK HILLS - The $115,000 renovation of the city's police headquarters is nearing completion.

Police should be moving back into their offices by week's end.

The project includes a new entrance foyer, evidence room and kitchen area; and modeled offices for the chief and other officers at the police station at 1106 Amsterdam Road.

During the renovation, police worked out of the council chambers across the hall, and Park Hills City Council met at the firehouse.

Taylor Mill cancels commission meeting

TAYLOR MILL - Because of scheduling conflicts, tonight's Taylor Mill City Commission meeting has been cancelled.

The next regular meeting will be Sept. 24.

Patton's ex-mistress claims to be destitute

LEXINGTON - Gov. Paul Patton's federally indicted former mistress, Tina Conner, told a federal judge Tuesday that she is a pauper.

Conner was in federal court in Lexington for a pretrial hearing.

Thomas E. Clay of Louisville, Conner's attorney, said he also wanted U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood to decide on a potential conflict of interest.

Clay said he had previously counseled two former employees of the Transportation Cabinet's office of minority affairs: Norris Beckley and Ron Derricks. Clay said he had consulted with both of them previously, and thought they might be witnesses for the prosecution.

Hood also changed the date of Conner's trial from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, Clay said.

Designation as a pauper would allow Conner to have the court issue subpoenas and take other actions on her behalf.

Conner does not have the money for those types of expenses, Clay said.

Clay also represents Conner in a lawsuit against Patton.

Conner alleged that, after she ended their two-year relationship, Patton used his power to retaliate against Birchtree Healthcare, a state-regulated nursing home she owned at Clinton in Hickman County.




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