Friday, August 18, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

Showing video to boy brings guilty verdict

        COVINGTON — A Fort Mitchell man was found guilty of a charge of distributing obscene material to a minor in a case that stemmed from a November 1999 incident in which he showed a 16-year-old boy a pornographic video, court officials said.

        Larry Howell, of Fort Mitchell, was convicted of the charge in Kenton District Court, with Judge Frank Trufty presiding, Asst. County Attorney John Middleton said Thursday.

        Mr. Howell was found not guilty of two other charges — possession of marijuana and possession of obscene material. The items were found in Mr. Howell's apartment, Mr. Middleton said, but another party, who has not yet been charged, claimed ownership of them.

        Mr. Howell, who works in carnivals and at a store in Covington, was fined $500 for the distribution charge, Mr. Middleton said.

        Mr. Howell was arrested after the boy told a grandparent about seeing the video, Mr. Middleton said.

Spiel for Wild Turkey sets city folks straight

               LAWRENCEBURG — Wild Turkey bourbon comes from Kentucky, as all true bourbon does, and Austin, Nichols Distilling Co. is poking fun at some “big city” trends to emphasize those down-home origins.

        Accompanied by country/Bluegrass music, a voice on the one-minute radio spot explains that Wild Turkey comes from a small town deep in the heart of Kentucky called Lawrenceburg, and then continues ...

        “Which is about as far as you can get from them chardonnay-sniffin', double mocha-skimmed latte-sippin', cell-phone worshippin,' cyber-datin,' hip-hop techno retro-ravin,' underwear-showin,' private-part-piercin,' sprout munchin,' voice-mail forwardin,' goatee-sportin,' hair gel-wearin,' folk who wouldn't know a fine bourbon if they was swimmin' in it.”

        The campaign is being launched in Austin and Houston, Texas, New Orleans, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and the Greater Cincinnati market beginning next month and running through December.

Virginia officials OK highway to abut Ky.

               Virginia state officials have approved the route of a new $1.1 billion highway that will cut through the rugged southwest Virginia counties of Wise, Dickenson and Buchanan, which abut Eastern Kentucky towns in and around Pike County.

        Legislators from the southwest Virginia region praised the initiative and said the new four-lane highway, the Coalfields Expressway, will boost the area's lagging job market and its tourism industry.

        “It's a tool for economic development,” said Delegate Clarence E. “Bud” Phillips, D-Dickenson County.

        Mr. Phillips said the expressway will generate at least 1,500 construction jobs, bring in new businesses and draw tourists to Breaks Interstate Park, which is operated jointly by Kentucky and Virginia on the border of the two commonwealths.

        The new highway will serve as a welcome alternative to the twisted and narrow mountain roads that now confront drivers.

        The expressway will begin at Route 23 near Pound in Wise County, travel north through Clintwood and Haysi in Dickenson County, and continue north near Grundy in Buchanan County.

        It will then connect to West Virginia's Coalfields Expressway at the state line near Paynesville, W.Va.

Searchers find body of boy killed on ATV

               MUNFORDVILLE — Searchers on Thursday found the body of a 9-year-old Hart County boy who was the object of an intensive overnight search.

        Coroner Doug Brooks said Willis Clay Eldridge of Munfordville died about 8 p.m. CDT Wednesday of multiple injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

        Mr. Brooks said the boy's family became concerned when he did not return home from a ride on his ATV and called the Hart County Rescue Squad, which began searching.

        State police in Bowling Green said searchers found the boy's body about 1 1/2 miles from his home around 12:50 a.m. Thursday. Police said the ATV flipped over on a logging road and the boy suffered a broken neck.

Agencies probe cause of fatal small-plane crash

               PRINCETON — Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were in western Kentucky on Thursday, a day after a small plane crash killed two people and gravely injured two others.

        The identities of the two who died were not released pending autopsies that were scheduled Thursday at the West Kentucky Regional Forensic Center in Madisonville, said Caldwell County Coroner Eddie Pennington.

        The two who were injured, Nathaniel Wilborne, 23, of Bloomfield and Jackie Lamont Neal, 28, of Louisville, were in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

        The Cessna 182 went down in the yard of a mobile home shortly after takeoff Wednesday afternoon and caught fire, officials said.

        The single-engine plane took off about 4 p.m. CDT from the Princeton-Caldwell County Airport, said airport board member Kerry Creasey.

Authorities hunt suspect in holdup

               CORINTH — Police and the FBI are investigating the robbery of a northern Kentucky bank.

        The Eagle Bank in Corinth was robbed about 12:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday by a man who displayed a small-caliber handgun, the FBI said.

        He fled the bank on foot.

        The man was described as white, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a stocky build, dark hair and a salt-and-pepper mustache. The man wore a dark green work uniform and a black mask, authorities said.

Physician charged with fondling women

               MOUNT STERLING — Police arrested a Mount Sterling physician on charges that he fondled female patients during physical examinations.

        Police allege Lowell G. Arnett Jr., 30, kissed and fondled female patients — ranging in age from the early 20s to 30s — during physical examinations from January to the beginning of August.

        “There was no medical reason for this contact,” said Sgt. David Charles, a detective with the Mount Sterling Police Department.

        Police arrested Dr. Arnett on Tuesday and charged him with 10 counts of misdemeanor sex abuse, each of which carries as much as a year in jail.


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