Thursday, April 8, 2004

Kentucky briefs



Get certificates online now

Boaters in Kentucky can now get a safe-boating certificate online. The safety certificate is mandatory for children ages 12-17 before they can legally operate any watercraft with more than 10 horsepower by themselves. The course to obtain the certificate focuses on boating laws and how to operate a boat safely, and includes a test. More information is available through the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at www.fw.ky.gov under the subheading of boating and boater education.

Students can help clean up creeks

Creek Restoration in Kentucky, which removes trash from creeks, has a poster contest for fourth- and fifth-grade students who live in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. The theme of the organization's poster contest for a creek cleanup to be held on Sept. 18 will be "Our Goal is Clear." Prizes will be awarded to the creators of the first- and second-place posters from each county. Deadline is April 30. All posters must be on an 81/2-by-11-inch sheet of plain white paper. Mail or deliver submissions to Mike Madden at Sanitation District No. 1, 1045 Eaton Ave., Fort Wright, KY 41011. Information: (859) 578-6745.

I-75 north reopensafter deadly crash

LIVINGSTON - State police reopened the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 Wednesday more than 24 hours after a tractor-trailer loaded with an industrial chemical collided with a car in a fiery crash that killed two people.

Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling identified the dead as Charles Robinson, 55, and his wife, Margaret Robinson, 53, of Pelzer, S.C.

State police said they were employed as a husband-and-wife driving team.

The driver of the car was hospitalized in good condition.

The vehicles collided shortly before midnight Monday about 10 miles north of London, state police said.

The truck was hauling nine drums of sodium hydrosulfite to Oshkosh, Wis.

Former home manager indicted for abuse

FRANKFORT - A former Harrison County nursing home manager has been indicted on three counts of abuse, Attorney General Greg Stumbo said.

Stumbo announced Wednesday that a Harrison County grand jury indicted Darlene Neace on charges of knowingly abusing an adult.

Neace, who worked at Martin's Rest Home in Cynthiana, is accused of dragging, pushing and striking two residents of the rest home on three occasions in November 2003.

"Abusing some of our most vulnerable victims is a despicable crime that must be punished," Stumbo said.

Neace's arraignment was scheduled for April 20.

Two men indicted in homeless attack

LOUISVILLE - Two Louisville men have been charged in connection with a brutal attack on a homeless man sleeping outside a Salvation Army building, police said.

The victim, 53-year-old Clifton Dale Agnew, suffered severe head trauma, broken ribs, and a torn and lacerated anus, colon and rectum, police said.

Agnew was listed in serious condition at University of Louisville Hospital on Wednesday.

Tyreese D. Hall, 19, and Derek R. Edmonds, 40, were charged with robbery and sodomy, the police report said.

Police said the attack happened at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday when two men awakened Agnew.

They began to beat the victim with their hands, feet and a trash can. They then removed Agnew's wallet, money and clothing.

Bottles and sticks were used to sodomize Agnew, the report said, then Agnew was stabbed.




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