Friday, November 5, 2004

N. Ky. news briefs



Mayor Junior presiding

RABBIT HASH - Election tail tallying has finished, and beating out a donkey, pig and a Brittany Spaniel for the mayor's job was Junior, a black Labrador Retriever.

The town had been without a mayor since 1998 when Goofy, a 15-year-old mixed-breed dog, was elected. Goofy died in 2001 before his term expired.

Results: Junior, 5,049; Rudy the Brittany Spaniel, 2,052; Higgins the donkey, 712. Results for Lulu the pig were not available because her owner conceded early.

Votes for each animal cost $1 and there was no limit on the votes a person could cast. The $8,300 raised went to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society for preservation of the town.

Dinner benefit aids homeless kids

COVINGTON - The Project Connect Homeless Children's Fund will host the eighth annual Children's Faces Without Places benefit from 7-11 p.m. Nov. 12 at Devou Park. The cost is $75 in advance or $80 at the door, which includes dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks and desserts.

The event also will have an auction, raffle packages valued at $500 each and entertainment by the Paul Otten Band. The Project Connect Homeless Children's Fund offers educational and social assistance to homeless children in Greater Cincinnati. For reservations, call (513) 363-1060.

Campbell County gets new police chief

ALEXANDRIA - A longtime police officer was tapped this week to lead the Campbell County police.

Lt. Col. Keith Hill, who has more than 22 years of experience in various roles with the department, had been interim chief since the retirement of David Sandfoss in July. He previously served as the assistant chief for 10 years.

Forty-one people applied for the job, and Hill was selected from three finalists. He will be paid $63,461 annually and oversee a department of 31 officers, one full-time clerk and a part-time clerk.

The 44-year-old is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and a 1996 graduate of the FBI Academy. Hill has been married for 20 years to his wife, Martha. The couple has two teenage daughters.

Attacker sought after robbery

WILLIAMSTOWN - Police are looking for the attacker of 88-year-old Wilbur "Bo" Woodyard, a longtime antique repair shop owner.

Police said Woodyard was assaulted Wednesday morning during a robbery of his Main Street shop. Officers said the robber fled with $300 and Woodyard's .22-caliber revolver. Woodyard was treated for numerous cuts to the head but didn't receive life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The robber is described as 5-feet-7, 150 pounds, with brown hair and a medium complexion. Detectives said he fled in a 1997 or '98 Oldsmobile Achieva with Ohio license plates.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Williamstown police at (859) 824-3353.

Drunken driving suspect in court

ALEXANDRIA - A southern Campbell County man accused of causing a double fatality while driving drunk made his first court appearance Thursday.

Scott D. Robinson, 34, of the 90 block of Golfview Drive, was arraigned in Campbell District Court on two counts of wanton murder. He was being held Thursday night at the Campbell County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in district court.

Robinson was extradited to Kentucky after his arrest in Cincinnati. Campbell County police say he caused a wreck Oct. 28 on U.S. 27 near Moreland Road. The wreck killed Randy Stevens III, 35, and Constantine Petrovic, 52, both of Falmouth.




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