Saturday, May 22, 2004

Ky. News briefs

Ex-Applebee's worker indicted in murder

CRESTVIEW HILLS - A former Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill employee was indicted Friday for allegedly killing his former boss.

David Parsons is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. He remains in the Kenton County jail without bond.

Authorities say Parsons fatally shot Mark Smith, 36, in April 2003 in the parking lot of the Crestview Hills Applebee's.

Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Crockett said Parsons was upset with Smith, a manager at the restaurant. Smith wanted to fire Parsons after patrons complained about him.

Judge Steven Jaeger will arraign Parsons at 10 a.m. June 1 in the Kenton County Justice Center.

Woman admits guilt in fatal DUI wreck

LUDLOW - A 23-year-old Ludlow woman admitted Thursday to killing her best friend in a DUI wreck.

Tiana M. Hammons pleaded guilty to a felony manslaughter charge. Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Crockett said he would recommend the maximum penalty of 10 years. She will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of her sentence.

Hammons was driving from a Crescent Springs bar in April 2003 when she wrecked a 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier in the 600 block of Bromley Crescent Springs Road. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.209, more than double the legal limit in Kentucky.

Amy Hunt, a passenger in her car, was killed in the wreck.

Kenton Circuit Judge Greg Bartlett will sentence Hammons at 1:30 p.m. June 28 in the Kenton County Justice Center.

More charges filed

DRY RIDGE - A Northern Kentucky woman is facing additional animal cruelty charges after nearly 50 dogs and cats were found in her home.

Annette Dorsey, 50, of Dry Ridge, is charged with eight counts of cruelty to animals and one count of endangering a minor. Kentucky State Police say they found three teenagers living in filth among nearly 50 cats and dogs at a home in the 500 block of Frederica Lane. Grant County social services were called to the home, and the children were taken into protective custody.

Additional animals were confiscated at a Fort Wright home of a relative of Dorsey, according to state police. Dorsey was convicted of three counts of animal cruelty in April 2003 after animal control officers found 21 sick or dead dogs in her home the previous October.

Covington attorney arrested at airport

LOUISVILLE - A Northern Kentucky attorney was arrested for alcohol intoxication and resisting arrest at Louisville International Airport earlier this week.

James Gray, whose law office is in Covington, was on a Delta Air Lines flight to Cincinnati Wednesday when he shouted an obscenity that made the crew uncomfortable, airport police said.

When asked to leave the plane, police said Gray refused and got into a shoving match with officials.

An airport officer was treated and released from a Louisville hospital after complaining he hurt his left knee while arresting Gray.

Crescent Springs alters meeting dates

CRESCENT SPRINGS - Council's informal caucus meeting regularly scheduled for Monday has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict.

The next Crescent Springs caucus meeting will be 7 p.m. June 1 at the city building, 739 Buttermilk Pike.

The regularly scheduled public works committee meeting also has been rescheduled. It will be at 6 p.m. June 1.

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