Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Rep. Draud to hold Covington fund-raiser

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — State Rep. Jon Draud, R-Crestview Hills, is holding a campaign fund-raiser tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Covington home of builder Ray Beil.

        Mr. Draud is a first-term lawmaker, the former superintendent of Ludlow schools and an instructor at Northern Kentucky University. He is challenged this year by Fort Mitchell Democrat Jeb Holbrook.

        Mr. Draud represents the 63rd House District in Kenton County. Cities in the district include Crescent Springs, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, Lakeside Park, Park Hills and Villa Hills.

        Kentucky House Minority Caucus Chairman Jeffrey Hoover is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. The suggested donation is $100. For more information, call 341-3831.

Jury: 6-year prison term for former chief

        LOUISVILLE — A Jefferson Circuit Jury recommended former Pioneer Village Police Chief Kevin Lee Smith serve a six-year prison term for assaulting a male friend of his estranged wife.

        Chief Smith, 37, was convicted of one count of second- degree assault Friday. The charge carries with it a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

        He was arrested Jan. 3 after a confrontation with Dr. Jerry Ulfe, a friend of Chief Smith's estranged wife, Tracy M. Smith. He was accused of hitting Dr. Ulfe with a pistol as Dr. Ulfe was trying to get out of his car.

Program to detain drunks approved

        LEXINGTON — A program allowing police to detain people drunk enough to require medical treatment was approved by an Urban County Council committee on Monday.

        The council's Intergovernmental Committee voted 8-0 for a resolution allowing the Fayette County jail to accept intoxicated people who are still conscious but have a blood-alcohol level that requires medical treatment.

        Five registered nurses would be added to the jail staff under the program.

        A task force was created six months ago to address the problem of drunken people draining the resources of area hospitals. Those people have blood-alcohol levels of 0.30 but still can walk and talk. In some cases they roam hospital halls or abuse workers.

        But the program lacks a necessary $275,000 funding.

Ragland indicted in DiGiuro's death

        LEXINGTON — The man accused of killing former University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro was indicted Tuesday on one count of murder.

        Shane Ragland was arrested July 14 and charged in connection with Mr. DiGiuro's shooting death six years earlier. Mr. DiGiuro was struck by a single bullet from a rifle July 17, 1994, as he sat on the porch of his home near campus.

        Mr. Ragland's arraignment was set for Friday in Fayette Circuit Court. Mr. Ragland, 27, remained free on a $1 million cash bond posted by his father, Jerry Ragland, a prominent contractor and developer in Frankfort.

        Police were stymied by the murder for nearly six years. But according to court records, investigators were led to Mr. Ragland in January when a former girlfriend told police that he con fessed to her in 1995 that he killed Mr. DiGiuro.

Attorney sorting through evidence
The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — Jefferson Commonwealth Attorney Dave Stengel is poring over evidence compiled by Louisville police in their investigation into the death of Rodney Abernathy, who was shot by officers.

        Mr. Stengel hasn't decided if he'll present the evidence to a grand jury. Four officers were at the scene when Mr. Abernathy was killed June 25 in Chickasaw Park.

        Mr. Stengel last week received a 2-inch-thick binder of statements, two boxes containing tape-recorded interviews, three videotapes, photographs and other evidence from homicide detectives who investigated the shooting.

        Mr. Stengel said Monday he has read all the statements once and is halfway through reading them again. He has yet to listen to or view tape-recorded evidence.

        “Nothing glaringly jumps out” that points to criminal wrongdoing on the part of the officers who shot Abernathy,” he said.

        Mr. Abernathy was hit 15 times.

Resolution affects 40,000 acres

        PARK CITY, Ky. — The Environmental Quality Commission unanimously approved a resolution Monday night calling for the sale or transfer of 40,000 acres of mineral rights owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority to either the state of Kentucky or the U.S. Forest Service.

        “The environmental impacts to the Daniel Boone National Forest as well as to private surface lands could be significant and major from the sale of these minerals,” the resolution said.

        The resolution also called for an environmental impact statement to be done on the sale, in order to ensure a complete review of the situation.

        Nearly all of the 40,000 acres exist underground in the Daniel Boone National Forest — primarily in Clay and Leslie counties in eastern Kentucky.

Carroll to reunite his administration

        PADUCAH — Former Gov. Julian Carroll expects a big turnout and plenty of reminiscing at a reunion of his administration.

        Mr. Carroll, elected governor 25 years ago, said the reunion Sept. 30 in Frankfort will be a chance for former members and friends of his administration to renew acquaintances and swap stories.

        Mr. Carroll said he had been thinking about a reunion for some time. The event began to take shape after he talked to several former aides this year at the funeral of Bill Scent, who served as secretary of his Cabinet.

        “We decided we should get together and have some fun before it is too late,” said Mr. Carroll, who turned 69 in April.

        Bill Cox, formerly of Madisonville, will serve as master of ceremonies at the reunion.


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Bush visits, but only the well-heeled will see him
Segment of Second St. delayed
Windsor, Bond Hill reborn as 'redesigned' schools
Schools open, so do books
Oversight group to cost $2.1M
Priest asks for probation
'Spokesphone' voice sounds funny and familiar
SAMPLES: Goebel Park
A family that screams BIG!
Bloody boots checked in slaying
Boone commissioners reject mining proposal
Boy's killer denied parole
Chabot, Cranley argue conservatism
Gore scrambles to visit state
Houseboats give front-row fireworks seats
It's sneezin' wheezin' season
Justin's case now moves to Oprah's show
Man innocent in girl's death, girlfriend says
Man is charged in window incident
Mason fire chief quits after 5 years with city
Move to Centre Pointe looms
Newport fast-tracks senior housing rehab
Schools link pay to achieving goals
Shopping the LASIK market
Teen to be tried Oct. 26 in baby's death
Two councilmen won't support charter change
The hit king and the king of hype
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