Sunday, November 19, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs




Suit: Boy mistreated in two county centers

        COVINGTON — A lawsuit filed in federal court Friday claims a 17-year-old was mistreated at juvenile detention centers in Campbell and Kenton counties.

        The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Covington, claims Frank Catterton was beaten up at the Campbell County Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Newport and at the Northern Kentucky Youth Development Center near Crittenden.

        The boy suffered physical and emotional damage as a result of the beatings, which took place in the last six months, the lawsuit said.

        The lawsuit names as defendants both facilities and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, which operates the centers. The lawsuit also names five deputies at the Campbell County center and one deputy at the Northern Kentucky center, as well as unidentified staff members of both centers.

        The suit says Frank was struck multiple times in June in Campbell County.

        Stuart Brown, one of the boy's attorneys, said several deputies, while trying to restrain him in his cell, physically assaulted the boy. The attack resulted in back injuries and bruising, Mr. Brown said.

        The incident led to disciplinary action against some deputies at the center, Mr. Brown said.

        Frank was later transferred to the Northern Kentucky Youth Development Center. Mr. Brown is unclear on the circumstances there, but “it was another restraint situation,” he said.

        The lawsuit says the boy's federal and state constitutional rights were violated and that both the state and the centers were negligent and responsible for the actions of their employees.
       

Kenton jury wants election investigation

               COVINGTON — The Kenton County grand jury has ordered the sheriff's department to investigate possible “election irregularities” in Fort Mitchell and Villa Hills.

        County Clerk Bill Aylor testified before the grand jury Friday. He said the irregularities involve the arrest of a candidate for Fort Mitchell City Council and the distribution of campaign materials for write-in candidates for the Villa Hills City Council.

        Fort Mitchell Council candidate John Ellenbogen was arrested on Election Day and charged with interfering with the voting process by videotaping voters as they came to the polls.

        Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Ron Washington said Mr. Ellenbogen refused to stop his taping within 500 feet of the polling place, even after he was ordered to stop by Mr. Aylor and the Kenton County Board of Elections.

        The charge against Mr. Ellenbogen is a misdemeanor, but Mr. Aylor says it should be more serious.

        “I think he was trying to intimidate voters, which is a felony,” Mr. Aylor said. “I would like to get a felony indictment against the guy.”

        Mr. Ellenbogen placed 14th out of the 15 candidates on the ballot.

        In the Villa Hills case, Mr. Aylor said a woman dropped off what she said was information from the Board of Elections, but it was campaign material.

        The woman left the precinct with her fliers when asked to do so, said Mr. Aylor.
       

Gallatin Co. man pleads not guilty

               COVINGTON — A member of a prominent Gallatin County family pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of distributing marijuana and methamphetamines.

        Aundis Davis, 65, of Glencoe, whose brother is former Gallatin County Judge-executive Clar ence Davis, was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on two counts of marijuana distribution, two counts of methamphetamine distribution and one count of intimidation of a witness.

        He pleaded not guilty Friday at his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Gregory Wehrman of Covington.

        Judge Wehrman set a trial date of Jan. 22. U.S. District Judge Jennifer B. Coffman will hear the case in Covington. Mr. Davis remains in federal custody.

        Mr. Davis was arrested Oct. 12, a day after the FBI and Kentucky State Police said a witness, who used money with serial numbers recorded by police, bought $2,200 worth of methamphetamines from Mr. Davis.

        Mr. Davis is also charged with dealing methamphetamines Oct. 9, selling about 10 pounds of marijuana July 18 and 1 pound Sept. 5.

        He is charged with intimidating the witness against him Oct. 11. Mr. Davis faces five to 20 years in prison.
       

Teens charged in roulette death

               OAK GROVE, Ky. — Three teen-agers have been charged in the death of a 10-year-old boy after a game of Russian roulette Friday.

        Oak Grove Police Sgt. David Kitchens said the boy was shot in the back of the head at 4:53 p.m. CDT Friday at a house in Oak Grove. The victim, whose name was not released pending the investigation, was pronounced dead at Fort Campbell's Blanchfield Army Community Hospital about an hour later.

        The three suspects, two of them 15 years old and the other 14, lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting, and all four were friends, Sgt. Kitchens said.

        One 15-year-old is charged with murder. The other teens are charged with complicity to murder.

        Sgt. Kitchens said the shooter used a .38-caliber revolver from his parents' bedroom to play Russian roulette after the boys got home from school.

        All three boys charged are being held at a Juvenile Detention Center in Owensboro.
       

Indiana man soon may face Ky. court

               HENDERSON, Ky. — An Evansville, Ind., man indicted here more than a year ago on murder charges may be extradited within a month to face prosecution for that crime.

        Wayne Jerome Parks, 35, is in the process of serving a 40-year sentence at the Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton, Ind. He is “refusing to come back to Kentucky voluntarily,” said Commonwealth Attorney Bill Markwell.

        Mr. Parks was sentenced in May in Vanderburgh County, Ind., on several charges, including first-degree robbery.

        Mr. Parks has been charged with murder in Henderson for the death of 55-year-old convenience store clerk Juanita “June” Westerman Meadows.

        Mr. Markwell said the time Mr. Parks is serving in Indiana does not count toward any sentence he may receive in Kentucky.

        “We are bringing him back against his will,” Mr. Markwell said. “We've given him many opportunities, but he is refusing to come back voluntarily.”
       

UK student shot in attempted robbery

               LEXINGTON — A University of Kentucky student was shot in the foot Friday during an attempted robbery outside a campus dormitory.

        A student told police that a man tried to rob him early Friday outside a residence hall. A gun was fired, and the student was wounded in the foot.

        UK administrators wouldn't name the student injured.

       



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