Saturday, September 09, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

From Enquirer news sources

Vehicle hits 3 girls; none injured seriously

        COVINGTON — Three girls escaped serious injury after being struck by a vehicle Friday.

        Mark Bodde, 51, of the 100 block of West 34th Street, was driving north on Madison Avenue on Friday morning when he turned east at West 12th Street and his vehicle hit the three girls, who were in the crosswalk, said Lt. Col. Bill Dorsey.

        The girls — Laura Duncan, 11, Heather Fugate, 13, and Heaven Fugate, 11 — were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for bruises and minor injuries and released.

        Laura was taken to St. Elizabeth North Hospital in Covington. The others were treated at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.

        Mr. Bodde was not cited. He had a green light and told investigators that he did not see anyone in the crosswalk, Lt. Col. Dorsey said.

Man pleads guilty to murdering landlord

        COVINGTON — Steve Berryman, 38, of Covington, admitted Thursday in Kenton Circuit Court that he shot his landlord, Estill Davidson, 67, in a January dispute over rent.

        He pleaded guilty to murder and will face 24 years in prison when he is sentenced before Kenton Circuit Judge Douglas Stephens on Oct. 9.

        According to police, Mr. Berryman and Mr. Davidson argued in the early morning hours of Jan. 26 at the apartment house on Russell Street.

        Mr. Davidson had gone into the bathroom when Mr. Berryman found his landlord's gun and shot him once through the bathroom door and leaned into the bathroom to shoot him again, police said.

        Mr. Berryman turned himself in on April 6 — the day after police asked for help in finding the person who shot and killed Mr. Davidson.

Discussions on dying linked to PBS series

        VILLA HILLS — Madonna Manor nursing home is hosting a discussion series in conjunction with the upcoming PBS series, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, which will feature Bill Moyers reporting on end-of-life experiences for more than a dozen individuals, families and caregivers.

        The free discussions will begin Thursday. They will take place on the three Thursdays thereafter, concluding Oct. 5.

        Refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m. Discussions will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

        For more information, call 341-3981.

McConnell second in Sunday TV spots

        FORT MITCHELL — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Louisville Republican, is the second most popular member of Congress when it comes to appearing on Sunday morning television news talk shows.

        Only U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who ran for the Republican nomination for president earlier this year, has appeared more than Mr. McConnell in 2000.

        A tally sheet distributed Friday by Mr. McConnell's Washington office shows Mr. McCain has been a guest on the five morning shows 22 times.

        Mr. McConnell is second with 11 appearances, followed by Nebraska Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel with 10.

        Here are the shows Mr. McConnell has appeared on and his frequency of being a guest: Fox News Sunday, four; CNN Late Edition, three; Meet the Press, two; Face the Nation, one;and This Week, one.

Kids can meet pigs and tour peace bell
        NEWPORT — Children are invited to celebrate pigs and tour the World Peace Bell from 2 to 4 p.m. today in Newport.

        The event is sponsored by the New School, a Montessori school in North Avondale, and the Greater Cincinnati Vegetarian Resource Group. Both organizations sponsored pigs in the Big Pig Gig. Visitors are asked to bring new or nearly new stuffed animals to donate to the Brighton Center in Newport.

        The bell is at Fourth and York streets. Information: 961-5555 or 281-7999.

Woman settles for $2M in suit against Humana

        LOUISVILLE — A Louisville woman who won a $13.1 million jury verdict against Humana Health Plan Inc. for its refusal to pay for her hysterectomy has agreed to settle the case for more than $2 million.

        An attorney for Karen Johnson said Humana ended up paying millions of dollars for a procedure that would have cost it $7,000.

        Janice Weiss, Ms. Johnson's attorney, declined to comment on the amount of the settlement.


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