Saturday, June 19, 2004

Kentucky news briefs



Police seek to identify body found in river

LUDLOW - Police are asking for help in identifying a body discovered in the Ohio River Thursday.

The body is described as a white man, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a stocky build and a nearly shaved head, said Lt. Col. Benny Johnson of Ludlow police.

The man was wearing a red, sleeveless T-shirt, with Miami Tae Kwon Do across the front, over a blue T-shirt with sleeves. He had on Wrangler jeans over a pair of Levi's jean shorts and was wearing black socks.

The body was spotted Thursday morning by a towboat crew and pulled to the shore in Ohio.

The Kenton County coroner was scheduled to do an autopsy, but the results were not immediately available.

Anyone with information about the man should call Ludlow police at (859) 261-8186 or police dispatch at (859) 356-3191.

Minivan crashes into church entrance

ERLANGER - Police are still investigating a crash that sent a minivan careening into the entrance of a local church Thursday evening.

The van was traveling eastbound on Commonwealth Avenue when it jumped the curve and smashed into the steps leading to Erlanger Baptist Church.

The wreck was reported at 7:36 p.m.

Don Peters, 35, of Covington, the driver of the van, was flown by helicopter to University Hospital and was later released.

Peters' son, who was a passenger, was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Erlanger police did not release the child's name, and his condition was not available Friday.

No other vehicles were involved in the wreck and no one at the church was injured.

Memorial service planned for police dog

DAYTON, Ky. - Officers here will hold a memorial service Sunday for their police dog who died Thursday.

The dog, named ERO, had just completed an eight-hour shift with his handler, Sgt. Joe Euton, when he became fatally ill. Police said ERO was alert right up to his death.

ERO has been a member of Dayton police since June 2002.

Police said ERO had assisted several area police departments with investigations ranging from locating illegal narcotics to tracking fleeing suspects.

The brief memorial service will start at 1 p.m. Sunday next to the police canine training course at 501 Dodd Drive.

For more information, call Dayton police at (859) 743-7339.




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