Thursday, September 19, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs



Judge sets bond at $10,000 for teen

        WILLIAMSTOWN — A Grant County judge set bond at $10,000 for a 19-year-old Crittenden resident who police said was drunk when he wrecked his car, killing his best friend and critically injuring another woman.

        Christopher Brooks of the 300 block of Russell Drive is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday before District Judge Stan Billingsley at the Grant County Courthouse in Williamstown.

        Mr. Brooks, who remained in custody at the Grant County jail Wednesday evening, was arrested a day earlier and charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He had previously been cited for driving under the influence under 21 with aggravating circumstances. The two wanton endangerment charges are felonies that carry a penalty of one to five years in prison.

        Mr. Brooks was driving his 1991 Toyota Celica north on U.S. 25 in Crittenden when he crossed the center line Monday evening and crashed head-on into a car driven by Shirley Scarritt, 51, of Sparta, according to state police.

        Mrs. Scarritt was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati where she remained in fair condition Wednesday evening.

        Nathan C. Mann, 17, of Crittenden was trapped in the car and died at the scene. He was home-schooled in Grant County.

Special grand jury called for Chapman

        WARSAW — Gallatin County officials will convene a special meeting of the grand jury to hear the case of accused killer Marco Allen Chapman.

        The grand jury, made up of 12 Gallatin County residents, will meet Sept. 25. They must decide whether there is enough evidence to indict the 31-year-old Union man on several charges, the most serious being two counts of murder. Commonwealth Attorney Linda Tally Smith said she would probably present the grand jury with the option of indicting Mr. Chapman on several additional charges than what he is currently charged with.

        Mr. Chapman is being held on a $50 million bond at the Carroll County Regional Detention Center.

        State Police accuse Mr. Chapman of entering the Warsaw home of Carolyn Marksberry on Aug. 23 and stabbing to death her two youngest children. The oldest, 10-year-old Courtney Sharon, survived the attack by playing dead. Mrs. Marksberry was stabbed 15 times, but also survived. Police attribute Courtney and Mrs. Marksberry with providing a description of their attacker.

        Police apprehended Mr. Chapman the same day of the attack 270 miles away in Shrewsbury, W. Va. Detectives have said they have recovered a blood-covered knife, but have been mum on a possible motive for the attack. Warsaw residents and friends of the family have said Mr. Chapman was angry with Mrs. Marksberry for advising a friend to break off a relationship with him.

Police find Fort Mitchell man's truck

        FORT MITCHELL — Police late Wednesday found the truck of a local businessman who disappeared after leaving his home for work earlier this week.

        Fort Mitchell police said the truck belonging to John Lytle of Burdsall Avenue was found in rural Campbell County about 10 p.m. and there was a body inside. It was not immediately known if the body was Mr. Lytle.

        “At this time, all we know is there is a male deceased inside,” said Sgt. Jim Bussman of Fort Mitchell at about 11 p.m..

        Mr. Lytle left his home on Tuesday and dropped his children off at Beechwood School. At 8:30 a.m. he called his wife, Cathy Lytle, and told her he would be spending the day visiting sales clients in the local area. Police said that was the last time anyone heard from him.

        When Mr. Lytle failed to return home at the end of the day, his wife called police and began checking local hospitals. Fort Mitchell Police have entered Mr. Lytle into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer system. Police said a check of accounts showed no credit card transactions, bank account withdrawals or calls from his mobile phone.

        Mr. Lytle is 49, 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, black to gray hair, brown eyes and a mustache. He was driving a white 1998 Toyota Tacoma with Kentucky plate 2845-HE

        Anyone with information about Mr. Lytle's whereabouts is asked to call Fort Mitchell Police at (859) 331-2823 or (859) 356-3191.

Bee-threat beetle found in Scott County

        FRANKFORT- A beetle whose larvae feed on honey and pollen, sometimes driving away entire bee colonies, has been found in a hive in Scott County, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

        The state apiarist's office is scheduling hive inspections and offering technical assistance to beekeepers, a department statement said.

        The hive beetle, native to South Africa, caused widespread damage in 1998 and 1999 to hives in the Southeast, where beekeepers knew little about the pest and were unprepared for an infestation, the statement said.

        Adult beetles invade bee colonies and lay eggs. The larvae burrow through combs, feeding on honey and pollen.

Cancer patient homes to be on UK land

        LEXINGTON - The American Cancer Society plans to build housing for cancer patients on the University of Kentucky campus.

        The university is providing the land - 1.76 acres near Commonwealth Stadium. The site is about three blocks from University Hospital and the Markey Cancer Treatment Center, according to UK officials.

        The building is to contain 37 suites and is expected to cost $4 million. The cancer society is responsible for raising all the money, Ken Clevidence, an associate vice president of the university, told legislators.

        The university is leasing the land to the cancer society at $1 per year for 30 years. The agreement includes two 15-year renewal options, Mr. Clevidence said. The university would own the building at the end of the lease period.

Hugh Downs says he counts by decades now

        LEXINGTON - Former 20/20 co-anchor Hugh Downs sees each decade of his life as an improvement upon the last.

        Mr. Downs, 81, spoke to journalism and gerontology students Wednesday at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, one of 10 original Alzheimer's Disease research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health.

        The former newsman's interest in geriatric issues has increased as he has gotten older. He holds a post-master's degree in gerontology from Hunter College and a Certificate in Geriatric Medicine from Mount Sinai Medical School.

        “I look forward to the day when American culture sees the words "old man' as a compliment,” he said.BrooksChapmanLytle

       



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