Sunday, April 18, 2004

Kentucky briefs



Snakes, otters join aquarium soon

NEWPORT - Endangered Asian small-clawed river otters and Burmese pythons are taking up residence at the Newport Aquarium at Newport on the Levee in a new permanent exhibit, Hidden Treasures of the Rainforest Islands, starting May 29.

It is part of the aquarium's $4.5 million expansion.

www.newportaquarium.com or (859) 491-FINS.

HealthPoint gets $10,000 donation

A gift of $10,000 to HealthPoint Family Care by Citigroup will help fund health education services for Northern Kentucky's growing Hispanic population. HealthPoint, which has four community health centers, in Covington, Bellevue and Bracken County, as well as Covington's Pike Street Clinic for the Homeless, has seen an increase in Hispanic patients from 200 to more than 1,800 in three years.

NAACP conducts annual job fair

COVINGTON - The fourth annual Diversity Job Fair, sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will be from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at Holmes High School's fieldhouse, 2500 Madison Ave.

For more information, call the Northern Kentucky branch of the NAACP at 442-7476, or e-mail nkybranchnaacp@aol.com or bowlejs@yahoo.com.

TRAFFIC WATCH

Watch for lane closures on the I-71 "Big Mac" Daniel Carter Beard Bridge. A northbound lane will close beginning at 9 a.m.and a southbound lane will close 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily until further notice.

• At 9 a.m. Monday, 10th Street/Memorial Parkway in Newport will be closed between Monroe Street and the Interstate 471 ramp for six months. Follow posted detours.

Dad, missing daughter found in Louisville

LOUISVILLE - A man accused of kicking his way into a Knox County home where he allegedly took his infant daughter was caught by police Saturday. The 3-month-old baby was unharmed and being reunited with her mother.

The suspect, Jorge Guerrero, had made prior threats of taking the baby to Mexico, and authorities feared he was on his way to a Louisville airport before he was apprehended, Kentucky State Police said. Police issued an Amber Alert that prompted a statewide search for the baby that ended in Louisville.

Guerrero, the girl's 34-year-old father, was charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault, police said. Additional charges could be filed after police consult with prosecutors Monday, said Sgt. Phil Crumpton, a state police spokesman.

Man charged with setting fire to woman

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - A Bowling Green man was charged with dousing his girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire, police said.

Ronald Hibbitt II, 27, is accused of setting Charlie C. Pratt on fire during an argument at his home Thursday night, Kentucky State Police said.

Hibbitt was charged with first-degree assault. He was being held in the Warren County Regional Jail.

Pratt, 27, was taken to Greenview Hospital and then transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. She was in stable condition Saturday, a hospital spokesman said.

Couple found dead in shooting at home

BARDWELL, Ky. - Kentucky State Police said Saturday that they are investigating the shooting deaths of a couple in their home.

Lavoy Jenkins, 74, called a relative and said he had accidentally shot his 73-year-old wife, Nancy, state police said. He said he was so upset that he was going to shoot himself, police said.

State police got a call about 8:50 p.m. Friday night.

Police arriving at the home found Nancy Jenkins dead and Lavoy Jenkins wounded from a self-inflicted gunshot. Lavoy Jenkins was taken to Lourdes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:42 a.m. Saturday.




CPS ENROLLMENT
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More parents turn to charters
$1B school construction project under way

IRAQ HOSTAGE
Support, optimism pour forth for hostage
Yellow ribbons, flags fly off shelves in support of soldier

TOP STORIES
Police reach for the skies in tech wave
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IN THE TRISTATE
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Township battles growth
Columbia Twp. commits to a plan for the future
Colleges plan graduations
County program keeps eye on kids
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Neighbors briefs
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17-year-old injured as car flips on I-74

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Media, Dems running amok like Woody
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Jackie Cox, 69, was 'Mom' to customers
Lou Eves, Mason's longest-serving mayor
Margaret Kling, 82, interested in politics

KENTUCKY STORIES
Lakota to host regional kid 'Idol'
Family saying goodbye to farmland, way of life
Teen gives homework help
Fund open to help Ludlow schools
Murphy gunning for Clooney
Schools enduring delayed budgeting
Family, friends eulogize fallen soldier
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