Thursday, July 20, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

Butler bank heist suspects arrested


        The FBI arrested three Lawrenceburg, Ind. men in connection with the robbery of a Fifth Third Bank Tuesday morning in Butler, Ky.

        The three — 19-year-old Adam Miles and 18-year-olds Michael Farmer and Adam Christopher Brown — were picked up by Campbell County police during a traffic stop Tuesday evening in Alexandria.

        Mr. Miles and Mr. Farmer were charged in U.S. District Court in Covington with robbery and use of a dangerous weapon. Mr. Brown was charged with helping the two flee the scene. The three are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

        The FBI says a man who disguised himself by wrapping a silk scarf around his head robbed the bank at 9:30 a.m. He displayed a gun and demanded money. The FBI wouldn't release the amount taken or say if it was recovered.

        Witnesses said the man's speech was slurred, as if he were drunk.

        Police say the robbery was not connected with the robbery of the Bank of Kentucky in Covington on the same day.

Records missing at slain pilot's home
        Desk drawers and a file cabinet appeared to have been searched and financial records, including deeds, were missing from the Edgewood home of a Delta Air Lines pilot found shot to death last week.

        According to a search warrant filed by Edgewood Police in the Kenton County Courthouse, one possible motive for the death of 38-year-old Stephen Craven is related to the Craven family's finances.

        “This is just an avenue being explored,” Kenton County Police spokesman Capt. Ed Butler said. “We are still trying to determine a motive.”

        The father of two boys was found shot in the head last Wednesday in the basement of his Carimel Ridge home.

        Capt. Butler said an arrest in the case doesn't appear imminent. He said they have no suspects, although police have interviewed co-workers, family members, neighbors and fellow church members.

New EKU students invited to picnic
        EDGEWOOD — Boone, Kenton and Campbell County students planning to attend Eastern Kentucky University for the first time this fall can attend a picnic in Edgewood this month.

        The picnic will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 31 at the Madison Shelter in Presidents Park on Dudley Road.

        It will give students and their families a chance to meet campus officials and alumni from the school in Richmond, as well as other EKU students from the area.

        Call Becky Melching, EKU's admissions counselor for Northern Kentucky, at (859) 331-4856.

Opening arguments made in drug trial
        HAZARD — Former Perry County Attorney Mark Barger turned to drug trafficking to pay for the foreclosure on his house and to cover legal expenses, a prosecutor said Wednesday in the opening arguments of the trial.

        But defense attorney Ned Pillersdorf countered claims made by prosecutor Stephen Tackett. Mr. Barger never set out to sell drugs, but instead was entrapped by authorities and Barbara Brewer Spencer, a drug informant, Mr. Pillersdorf said, adding that no real drug deal took place.

        During testimony, Perry County sheriff's deputy Tony Eversole said he did not intend to investigate Mr. Barger until he was urged by Ms. Spencer. Deputy Eversole said he then wiretapped a Hazard motel room that Mr. Barger and Ms. Spencer were using.

        “The quantity of pills were shown to Mark, she told him she had sold this many, this was how much they made, and the subjects began counting the money and splitting the profit,” Deputy Eversole said.

        Mr. Barger was charged last year with felony charges of trafficking in prescription drugs — two types of painkillers, Tylox and Lorcet.

TVA might sell mineral rights
        LEXINGTON — The mineral rights for thousands of acres of eastern Kentucky coal could be sold by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The TVA is seeking public comment on a proposed sale of mineral rights under about 40,000 acres of mostly national forest land.

        The area, in the Redbird District in Bell, Clay, Harlan and Leslie counties, is “surplus to TVA's needs” and the agency did not intend to mine it, said Gil Francis, a TVA spokesman in Knoxville.

        Although most of the mineral rights are under land owned by the U.S. Forest Service, some are under privately owned land, he said.

        A sale could resurrect several environmental issues, including a debate over whether federally owned surface can be strip mined to remove the coal, said Don Kash of Ashland, a member of the environmental group Kentuckians For the Commonwealth.

        But Mr. Kash said under current U.S. Forest Service policy on valid existing rights he does not think the buyer would be permitted to surface mine.

Woman killed when pipe strikes car
        HENDERSON — A woman was killed when the car she was riding in was struck by a pipe that fell from a passing truck, Kentucky State Police said.

        Marianna Owen, 70, of Greenville, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday by an official with the McLean County Coroner's office.

        Ms. Owen was riding in a car driven by her husband, 69-year-old Roy H. Owen, when a 3-foot-long piece of pipe fell from a passing truck on U.S. 431, state police said. The driver of the truck was identified as Ray L. Turner, 38, of Owensboro, state police said.

        Roy Owen was treated for minor injuries at Owensboro Mercy Health Systems and released.

        The crash happened at 5:40 p.m. CDT about 11/2 miles south of Livermore, Ky.

        An investigation into the crash continues.

Body found in car parked in field
        SOMERSET — The body of a Caucasian woman was found in a car in a rural Pulaski County field, Sheriff Sam Catron said. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

        The body was taken to the state Medical Examiner's lab in Louisville where an autopsy was to have been performed.


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