Friday, March 19, 2004

Kentucky briefs

Officer injured in head-on crash

VERONA - An officer with the Boone County Sheriff's Department was injured Wednesday when his car collided head-on with a vehicle whose driver was charged with driving under the influence.

Sgt. Gary Peace was released from St. Luke Hospital West in Florence after being treated for back pain.

Police say Raymond Burns, 32, of Verona lost control of his 1989 Honda Civic at 8:50 p.m. on Lebanon-Crittenden Road (Ky. 491).

Burns narrowly missed a cruiser driven by Sgt. Dave Robinson, also of the Boone County Sheriff's Department, before striking the vehicle driven by Peace.

The collision caused Burns to drive off the roadway and through a fence before coming to a stop in a field.

Burns was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after registering a blood alcohol concentration of 0.116. A person with a reading of 0.08 is considered intoxicated under Kentucky law.

Boone County Sheriff's accident reconstruction team is investigating.

Fletcher dispatches Stanton to visit region

As part of a campaign promise, one of Gov. Ernie Fletcher's regional representatives visited Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties Thursday.

John Stanton, Northern Kentucky's regional representative, will regularly hold office hours in a 15-county region, which spreads along the Ohio River from Henry and Trimble counties to Lewis County. Stanton, former deputy Boone administrator, will relay concerns and questions to Frankfort, he said.

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