Friday, July 14, 2000

Armed robbers invade Newport home




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Two men with handguns forced their way into a Newport home Wednesday afternoon, held the owners at gunpoint and stole jewelry and cash.

        Shortly before 4 p.m., the masked men invaded a home in the 1000 block of Grand Avenue. The men ordered Paul Baker to lie on the floor, and Regina Baker on the couch.

        The suspects then fired a shot into the ceiling. After taking jewelry from Ms. Baker, the suspects ordered them into a bathroom and fled.

        The suspects are described as 18-23 years old. One was about 6 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds. The other was 5 feet and weighed 175 pounds.

Thomas More College promotes executive The Cincinnati Enquirer
        Dale K. Myers has been promoted to vice president for academic affairs and dean of Thomas More College.

        Dr. Myers, whose Ph.D. is in organic chemistry, has held various senior executive posts at the Crestview Hills college in the past 13 years. Before that, he was an assistant dean at the University of Cincinnati.

Rains damage roads in Letcher County The Associated Press
        WHITESBURG, Ky. — A state of emergency was declared in Letcher County after overflowing creeks from heavy rain damaged 20 roads and at least 18 bridges Thursday.

        Rains early in the day dumped more than an inch in some sections of the county and the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning. At least six of the damaged bridges have been deemed unusable. One home was reportedly damaged by a fallen tree and about 15-20 houses sustained water damage. No injuries were reported.

Judge dismisses suit on off-road restrictions The Associated Press
       

        LONDON, Ky. — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that sought to allow riders of four-wheelers and other off-road vehicles to travel anywhere in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

        The lawsuit contended the U.S. Forest Service violated federal rules in 1998 when it restricted off-road vehicles to 117 miles of designated trails. Before that, riders has access to about 800 miles of unregulated trails.

        The forest services restrictions came about after the agency determined the off-road vehicles were tearing up the more-than-600,000-acre forest and sending tons of dirt into streams. Officials concluded that 19 endangered species would be at risk if nothing were done. They decided to restrict riders to trails that could be monitored and maintained.

Penalties stiffen for leaving child in car The Associated Press
        WINCHESTER — Michelle and William Puckett lost their 11-month-old son, Bryan, to heat exposure after his babysitter left him inside a sweltering car at a Lexington shopping center last July.

        Today, a year later, Michelle Puckett said she will gain a measure of comfort when a law she and her husband helped introduce goes into effect. Dubbed Bryan's law, it applies stiffer penalties for those who leave children unattended in cars.

        For the first time, Kentucky law mandates that a person be charged with second-degree manslaughter if a child dies as a result of being left unattended in a car. When Bryan died there was no law addressing the issue.

$13.7 million OK'd for drought relief The Associated Press
        LEXINGTON — The Farm Services Agency has allocated $13.7 million for Kentucky farmers this year to help restore lands still recovering from last year's drought. The FSA will distribute $40 million to farmers in 22 states as part of its Pasture Recovery Program. The money will begin going out next month, said Thomas Howard, an FSA agricultural program specialist.

Suspect dies after crashing cruiser The Associated Press
        BRANDENBURG — A handcuffed drunken-driving suspect left unattended in a police car got into the front seat, drove off and collided head-on with another car, killing himself and the other driver.

        The patrol car traveled about 7 miles before crossing the center line and colliding with a car driven by 57-year-old Theresa Foltz of Brandenburg. Ms. Foltz and the suspect, identified as Timothy Blackwell, 33, of Meade County, were pronounced dead at the scene. “The police car caught on fire and a passerby pulled him out,” Brandenburg Police Sgt. Jeff Cox said. The Foltz car did not burn, he said.

Testimony cleared in sex-abuse case The Associated Press
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — A judge ruled that a girl is allowed to testify against her father, charged with sexually abusing her for more than a decade.

        The father, 40, was scheduled to go on trial in Fayette Circuit Court on Wednesday for two counts of incest. The trial was delayed and a short hearing was held in its place.

        The girl, now 15 and in foster care, is the mother of an infant son fathered by her brother.

        The girl's mother, 43, also faces an incest charge. She is to go on trial Aug. 28, and is accused of having sex with her son.

        The son, 16, is in juvenile detention for alleged sexual misconduct. His records are sealed because he is a minor.

        If convicted of felony incest, the parents could face prison sentences ranging from five to 10 years.

$147 million settles tranquilizer lawsuits The Associated Press
        PITTSBURGH — A drug company has agreed to pay $147 million to settle lawsuits by 32 states, including Kentucky, and the federal government that alleged that it unfairly dominated the market for two tranquilizers used mostly by the elderly.

        The federal government, the states, the District of Columbia and patients accused Pittsburgh-based Mylan Laboratories Inc. in the lawsuits of cutting off competition by reaching an exclusive deal with a key supplier, Profarmaco of Milan, Italy. Other suppliers could not produce adequate quantities of the drug, the lawsuits said.

        Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher said that Mylan increased the price of clorazepate 3,000 percent in January 1998 and lorazepam by 2,500 percent two months later.

DAYBOOK Kentucky events Erlanger: Karaoke in the Park, presented by Erlanger Parks and Recreation, 7 to 10 p.m., Erlanger Railroad Park.
       



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