Tuesday, June 04, 2002

Kentucky A.M. Report


Reception welcomes new city employees

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — New Covington City Housing Director Aaron Wolfe-Bertling and City Planner Annalee Duganier will be welcomed at a reception Wednesdayat Chez Nora restaurant, 530 Main St.

        The reception, hosted by the Covington Business Council and the MainStrasse Village Association, will be 5-7 p.m.

        Ms. Duganier will soon begin working with about 40 to 50 residents and business owners to update the city's zoning code.

        For information, contact the Covington Business Council at (859) 431-1500.

       

Seminar for teens offers girls activities

        ERLANGER — The Holly Hill Young Women SOAR program is holding “Catch Your Wave,” a free one-day conference for girls ages 11 to 16 on Thursday at Receptions Conference Center.

        The event will provide cultural, educational and social activities for girls.

        Guests include the “Dating Doctor” Dave Coleman, juggler and self-esteem coach Curtis Zimmerman, and life choices and change expert Judson Laipply.

        The conference will feature hands-on workshops with arts and crafts, physical fitness, health, beauty, relaxation and food. The Mistics will play.

        Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The conference workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch and snacks also will be served.

        The event is sponsored by Holly Hill Children's Services. Although the event is free, pre-registration is suggested.

        For information about SOAR or to register for the conference, call Kathy Howard at (859) 635-0500.

       

Garden tour includes Licking River homes

        COVINGTON — The Licking-Riverside Historic District will present its annual Garden Tour from noon to 5 p.m. June 22 and 23.

        The tour includes more than 20 gardens, speakers discussing various topics and vendor booths and exhibits selling garden-related items. Each garden is tucked among the homes of Licking-Riverside, and many gardens feature live music and table settings.

        Tickets are $10 and can be purchased the day of the event at the George Rogers Clark Park at Garrard Street and Riverside Drive in Covington. Children under 12 are free.

        For information, call (859) 581-0165 after 6 p.m.

       

Race Days includes concerts, duck races

        RACELAND, Ky. — The eighth-annual Race Days celebration begins Thursday.

        The three-day event honors the Million Dollar Oval, a horse-racing track in operation from 1924 to 1929 considered at the time to be one of the finest tracks in the world, said Raceland Police Chief Don Sammons, a Race Days committee member.

        Events scheduled include gospel and bluegrass concerts, carnival rides, a silent auction, pet shows and lawnmower and duck races.

       

School advocates cut most of staff

        BEREA, Ky. — The pain of a declining economy is being acutely felt by an education advocacy group in eastern Kentucky.

        Forward in the Fifth, so named because it was created to boost education in the 5th Congressional District, cut most of its staff in April.

        Like other private, nonprofit groups, it relies heavily on foundation and governmental grants. Money did not come through this year, so the organization used its small savings and then cut staff — from five full-time and two part-time employees to one of each.

        Executive Director Ginny Eager said applications are pending for three more grants, two of which are through the U.S. Department of Education.

        Ms. Eager said she is confident Forward in the Fifth will get enough to continue operating and even rebuild its staff, though without significant commitments by the time school resumes, it could be forced to close.

        “That is absolutely the worst-case scenario,” Ms. Eager said.

       

Supreme Court refuses new trial for Ky. man

        FRANKFORT — An appeals court's decision to grant a new trial to an inmate charged in a mass escape from the Kentucky State Penitentiary was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

        The justices ordered the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the ruling.

        The inmate, Derrick Quintero, was among eight inmates involved in a breakout from the maximum-security penitentiary in 1988.

        Mr. Quintero also was convicted, with inmates Billy Hall and James Blanton, of murdering an elderly couple in the course of a fugitive flight through Tennessee. The rulings in the escape case did not affect Mr. Quintero's murder conviction, for which he is on death row in Tennessee.

        A three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled last June that Mr. Quintero's right to an impartial jury was violated in his trial on the escape charge because seven of his jurors earlier convicted some of his fellow escapees. Mr. Quintero's lawyer should have objected, the panel said.

        But the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the case reconsidered in light of its ruling last week that a defender's silence may be a strategic move, not bad lawyering.

        In Mr. Quintero's state-level appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court and Kentucky Court of Appeals declined to address the jury-prejudice claim.

        Mr. Hall, like Mr. Quintero, is on Tennessee's death row. Mr. Blanton died of a heart attack in 1999.

       

Man, 19, dies in crash with police cruiser

        NEW CONCORD, Ky. — A 19-year-old from Murray was killed on Saturday after his car crashed into a state police cruiser responding to a call.

        State police said the cruiser was going south on Ky. 121 with its sirens and lights on as a car driven by Joshua Owen approached the Ky. 444 intersection. Mr. Owen lost control and broadsided Trooper Russell Boyd's cruiser around 9:30 p.m., police said.

        Trooper Boyd was responding to a call about a fight at Cypress Springs Resort in New Concord, police said.

        After the two collided, the car driven by Mr. Owen overturned and came to rest in a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calloway County coroner.

        Trooper Boyd, 30, who works out of State Police Post 1 in Mayfield, was taken to the Murray-Calloway County Hospital, where he was treated and released.

        Both men were wearing seat belts.

       



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