Thursday, June 3, 2004

Kentucky news briefs



Pot plants destroyed in Grant County

CORINTH - Narcotic agents destroyed nearly 1,000 marijuana plants found Wednesday morning in rural southern Grant County.

The marijuana was planted in small patches over a 50-acre area off Williams-Baker Road, said Jim Liles, director of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force.

He said some patches only contained 5 plants while other patches contained up to 25 plants.

Liles estimated the crop was planted in early April and would have been ready to harvest in August. He said the plants were 10 inches to three feet high.

A full-grown plant reaches 12 feet and produces about a pound of marijuana.

Liles said with a pound of marijuana selling for an average of $1,800, the crop had a potential of being valued at $1.8 million when fully grown.

When agents showed up, Liles said one man took off running from the field.

Billy Joe Gilbert, 48, of Oneida was apprehended and charged with cultivating marijuana and fleeing and evading police.

The plants were pulled, taken to the county public works area and burned.

The Grant County Sheriff's Department assisted.

Police seek tips in Tuesday shooting

COVINGTON - Police continue to investigate a shooting earlier this week on York Street.

They responded to reports of shots fired at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday. A 21-year-old East Price Hill resident, who had been shot several times, was found nearby at the Anchor Grill, 438 W. Pike Street.

Sgt. Teal Nally, spokesman for Covington police, refused to release the name of the man shot, citing the federal health privacy act. The man's condition was not available.

Nally said police had no suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police crime bureau at (859) 292-2234 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Man shot by police remains hospitalized

HEBRON - Lee Murphy remained at University Hospital Wednesday after being shot by a sheriff's deputy earlier in the week.

He was shot by Sgt. Jim Hill after pointing a gun at the deputy, the Boone County Sheriff's Department said. Deputies had responded to Murphy's home on Elijah Creek Road after a report of a domestic dispute.

His brother said Murphy was shot once in the chest with the bullet going through the lung and out the back.

Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Tally Smithand Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig have said a preliminary investigation indicates the shooting was justified.

Old paint wanted for recycling, sale

COVINGTON - Wanted: Old paint to be recycled or sold.

The Covington Neighborhood, Parks and Recreation Department and Nu-Blend Paints Inc., a non-profit group, are sponsoring an Environmental Day on June 12.

People can bring unwanted paint cans to one of two locations in the city between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Paint cans can be dropped off at the Covington MainStrasse parking lot on Fifth Street across from Frisch's and the Bill Cappel Youth Sports complex at 43rd and Decoursey below the water park.

All paints must be latex with the original label. Cans must be at least one-third full, in liquid form and in usable condition.

All paint will be recycled or sold.

Information: (859) 292-2151.

New fire truck for Taylor Mill

TAYLOR MILL - This Kenton County suburb will get a new fire truck/rescue pumper next summer to replace two pieces of equipment that are 20 years old.

Taylor Mill City Commission has awarded a $385,000 bid to American LaFrance for a fire truck/rescue pumper.

The city is scheduled to accept delivery of the new fire truck next June.

Homeless event set for Goebel Park

COVINGTON - The plight of Northern Kentucky's homeless will be the focus of Homeless Awareness Day on June 12 in Covington's Goebel Park.

People who are or have been homeless will be invited to speak out during the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. City officials also have been invited to speak.

Homeless people will be referred to local agencies that can help them and clothing and personal-hygiene items will be distributed.

Four selected for Kenton boards

Four people were selected to serve on two prominent governing boards by Kenton County Judge-executive Ralph A. Drees Wednesday . Formal appointments were made to the Kenton County Airport Board. Edgewood oral surgeon Dr. Michael Robinson, and Nancy Beil, a Covington resident and the director of Interior Designs for EGC Construction, will replace Bert Huff and John Domaschko beginning July 1.

Drees nominated Crestview Hills developer Henry Fischer and Fort Mitchell CPA Jan Steinman to serve on the Sanitation District 1 board of directors. Fischer and Steinman would replace Kathleen Collins and David Chadwick on July 1 if approved by the Kenton County Fiscal Court.

Rear admiral to give lecture

Rear Adm. T.L. McCreary, a 1978 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, will talk about the military's embedded reporters program at a June 17 dinner lecture at the Montgomery Inn on 9440 Montgomery Road. McCreary has been the Navy's Chief of Information since July.

A social period starts at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., and McCreary's speech at 7:45 p.m. Tickets ($15 individual or $120 per table of eight) are available through the Navy League. Send checks by June 10 to Greater Cincinnati Council, NLUS, attention Kerri Vanlandingham, P.O. Box 145496, Cincinnati, OH 45250. For information, call Robert W. Saul with the Navy League at (513) 793-8240.




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