Saturday, July 15, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

From Enquirer news sources

Man won't be listed as high-risk offender
        The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed a decision made by Kenton Circuit Judge Greg Bartlett in one of the region's first tests of the state's new sex-offender law.

        In February, Judge Bartlett ruled that Roger Anthony Tucker, who sodomized a 4-year-old girl about 10 years ago, should be designated a high-risk offender upon release from prison.

        High-risk sex offenders have to register their addresses with police and the addresses can be released to the public. Also, county sheriff's departments can broadcast information about the offender to statewide media.

        But in its reversal decision, the state appellate court said Mr. Tucker's public defender didn't have enough time to prepare a defense against the classification.

Republican club has picnic meeting
        VILLA HILLS — The Kenton County Republican Women's Club will hold its annual picnic and meeting July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Devou Park Memorial Building in Covington.

        Participants are asked to bring a covered dish. The cost is $5 a person. Reservations are due by Thursday.

Burlington Elem. registration Tuesday
        BURLINGTON — Boone County's Burlington Elementary will hold registration for new students Tuesday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. For more information call the school Monday at 334-4440, Principal Bob Warnick said.

Man arrested in athlete's '94 death
        LEXINGTON — Lexington police said Friday they have made an arrest in the puzzling slaying of University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro.

        Mr. DiGiuro was shot once with a high-powered rifle. He had been sitting on the porch of his Lexington house on July 17, 1994, getting ready to celebrate his impending 21st birthday.

        Police said they arrested Shane L. Ragland, 27, of Frankfort on Friday. But no other details were released.

        Authorities believe the killer was a skilled marksman who set the rifle on a stand under a small bush in the darkness about 60 feet from where Mr. DiGiuro and other players were celebrating.

Incumbents have campaign cash lead
        WASHINGTON — Three members of Congress from Kentucky who are fighting hard to hang onto their seats each have at least $1 million on hand, according to information released by their campaigns Friday.

        Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-1st District, reported a little more than $1 million at the end of last month, according to a draft of a report that candidates must file with the Federal Election Commission by today.

        The latest filing period for Kentucky candidates ran from May 4 through June 30. Mr. Whitfield reported raising nearly $200,000 during that time.

        His Democratic opponent, Brian Roy, reported about $313,000 on hand. He raised a little more than $150,000 during the two months.

        Rep. Ernie Fletcher, R-6th District, had nearly $1.2 million, with $350,000 raised during the filing period.

        Mr. Fletcher is running against former Democratic Rep. Scotty Baesler, who did not release his filing documents Friday.

        Democratic State Rep. Eleanor Jordan is trying to unseat Rep. Anne Northup, R-3rd District. Neither released their FEC reports. But Ms. Northup's chief of staff, Terry Carmack, said the Louisville congresswoman had nearly $1.2 million on hand.

Body of drowning victim recovered
        HARRODSBURG — Authorities recovered the body of a 19-year-old man who drowned while swimming with friends in Herrington Lake. Brian Ross of Harrodsburg was found Friday near the Mercer County side of Kennedy Bridge. Mr. Ross disappeared about 6 p.m. Thursday.

        Mr. Ross and his friends were swimming off the rock cliffs near the bridge . The group was swimming to the dock at Pandora Marina and back to the cliffs when Mr. Ross went under.

Calumet owners' sentencing delayed
        HOUSTON — Sentencing in a federal court has been delayed for two men convicted of bribery and fraud as they drove their celebrated Lexington, Ky., stables into bankruptcy with lavish spending and faulty borrowing.

        Former Calumet Farm president J.T. Lundy and chief financial officer Gary Matthews were convicted Feb. 7 on four counts of conspiracy, fraud and bribery. Sentencing has been delayed three times for unclear reasons. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake pushed back Friday's scheduled sentencing date.

        Calumet's trophy case included eight Kentucky Derbies, seven Preakness Stakes, two Belmont Stakes and two Triple Crowns.


Heavy rains, furious winds lash Tristate
Parole granted in death of officer
Band 'NSync with fans
Concert review: 'NSync
Justin, Britney sighted
Ohio motto is back in court
Old covered bridge to get a face lift
RAMSEY: Violence 101
Ruling on city's sex laws buoys officials
Tobacco bought with no ID
Bush bus caravan to GOP convention scheduled to pass this way
Clowning around: Kids learn circus skills
Drug raid nets official's son
Ex-doctor linked to death of Ohioan
From welfare to homeowner
Fund for fixing pigs set up
Grant will help vets find jobs
Health center to bring dialysis to Silverton
2-story Kenton jail advised
More buses coming to W. Chester
MRDD may be out $700,000
Opera review: Pelleas et Melisande
Police can take tobacco from teens
Police seek motive in slaying
Road work closes north lanes of Brent Spence
New income guidelines for Cincinnati school meals
Schools can pay for buses, sports
Sparta could get a rodeo arena
MCNUTT: Waynesville
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