Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Neighbor pleads innocent to murder

        COVINGTON — Bill Chambers pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and was returned to the Kenton County Jail Monday, a day after the beating death of neighbor on Perry Street.

        Police said Mr. Chambers, 24, apparently had an altercation with 47-year-old Barry Bailey, who lived in the same apartment house at 801 Perry early Sunday. Mr. Bailey was beaten severely with a baseball bat; his body was discovered in the basement of the building.

        Covington police are interviewing in the neighborhood near MainStrasse as the investigation continues. Mr. Chambers is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Kenton District Court Oct. 3.

Council candidates to debate in Elsmere

               ELSMERE — Eleven candidates for Elsmere City Council are expected to debate issues and discuss political platforms during a 7 p.m. public forum tonight 9/19 at the Elsmere Senior Center.

        The two-hour forum will be broadcast on cable access channels 21 or 22 Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 8.

        Running are six incumbents, Ralph Fields, Betty Wehner, Robert Northcutt, William Buerger, Don Koop and Bonnie Sage; and five challengers, Marty Livermore, Neva Collins, Beth Wulfeck, Don Buckley and Joe Pannunzio.

New T-com board chairman named

               COVINGTON — Timothy Broering of Fort Thomas will take over as executive director of the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky in early October and be paid an annual salary of $46,500.

        He will oversee the board and public access programming. The cable system in Kenton and Boone counties serves about 40,000 customers.
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Ordinance would raise court fees

               OWENSBORO — The Daviess Fiscal Court is scheduled to hear the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would raise several court-related fees.

        Under the new fee system prescribed in House Bill 577, $25 will be added to the court costs in civil and criminal cases in circuit court and when a civil case is appealed from Daviess Circuit Court to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

        A cost of $10 will be added to the court costs for each traffic offense, filing fee for probate cases, small claims cases and civil cases in Daviess District Court.

        The new fees will generate a little more than $200,000 a year in Daviess County.

        The ordinance is scheduled for adoption on Oct. 3. If passed, it will go into effect Nov. 1.

Police bolster school-zone patrols

               LA GRANGE — Police in Oldham County have stepped up patrols of school zones.

        The number of citations issued by county police from Jan. 1 to Aug. 30 jumped to 5,478, from 3,413 during the same period last year.

        Tickets written to drivers between 16 and 18 account for almost half of the increase. From Aug. 1, 1998, to July 31, 1999, 460 teen-agers were cited, Way said. That number jumped to 1,479 for the year that ended July 31.

        While the number of tickets has increased, the number of accidents has dropped.

        However, the number of injury accidents has increased from 91 to 110 this year.

Arrested man drowns in river

               LOUISVILLE — A man who had been handcuffed and charged with alcohol intoxication ran from police, jumped into the Ohio River and drowned, officials said Sunday.

        Louis Wade Hermann, 24, of Louisville, was pulled from the water at 12:19 a.m., 47 minutes after Louisville Fire Department scuba divers were called to the scene, according to Sgt. Ronel Brown, the department's spokesman.

        One witness, who described himself as an experienced competitive swimmer with training in CPR, offered to rescue Mr. Hermann but said police held him back.

        The incident occurred after a country music concert at Waterfront Park. Mr. Hermann had been charged with alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct and was arrested after repeatedly “harassing vendors.”

Tenn. man dies in truck accident

               OAK GROVE — A Tennessee man was killed Sunday and another injured when the pickup truck they were in was hit by a tractor-trailer, Kentucky State Police said.

        Timothy L. Ray, 38, of Decherd, Tenn., was killed 9 a.m. just west of Oak Grove on Interstate 24, police said. Jerry Harper, 55, of Winchester, Tenn., was in stable condition at a Nashville hospital.

        Tractor-trailer driver Marty L. Kennison, 39, of Crystal City, Mo., was uninjured. Police said he looked away to change radio stations and when his eyes returned to the road, he hit his brakes too late.

Ky. cities make "dreamtown' list

               FRANKFORT — Frankfort and five other Kentucky communities are “dreamtowns,” in the opinion of Demographics Daily, an Internet-based newsletter.

        Berea, Bowling Green, Danville, Elizabethtown and Murray also made the list.

        The newsletter, part of bizjournals.com, rated the quality of life in 632 cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000. Factors included support for schools, cost of living, freedom from stress and connections to a cultural mainstream. Another factor was “small town character” and a community's chances of retaining it.


               Kentucky events

        COVINGTON — Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Don Buring, a Villa Hills Democrat, will hold a campaign kickoff Sept. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Devou Park Memorial Building. Donation is $25 a person. Food and drinks will be served.

        FLORENCE — The Boone County Democratic Women's Club will meet Sept. 25 at the Ground Round restaurant on Mall Road. Dinner will be 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. meeting. Call 283-2082.

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — State Rep. Jon Draud, R-Crestview Hills, will hold a re-election campaign fund-raiser Tuesdayfrom 5 to 7 p.m. at the home of Ludlow Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Grause. Donation is $50. Call 442-6533.


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