Friday police news 112103

November 21, 2003

Search ends after missing girl is located

Police and emergency personnel spent several worried hours Wednesday looking for a female student reported missing from Bate Middle School, but the search ended when the girl was discovered at a friend's home.

Danville Police Chief Jeff Peek said his department responded to a report of a missing female student at Bate when the student didn't come home after school. Peek said the girl walked from the school but apparently went home with a friend.

Her parents became alarmed when she didn't come home, and units from the police department, Boyle County Sheriff's Department, Boyle Emergency Medical Service, Danville and Boyle fire departments, and numerous volunteers began an area search coupled with interviews of residents and students.


The search was called off after about three hours, Peek said, after it was learned the girl had walked to a friend's home in the area. Police did not disclose the name of the girl.

One person injured in Ky. 300 accident

One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 5 p.m. Tuesday on Ky. 300 in Boyle County.

State police said Kimberly Leffew, 37, of Danville, lost control of her 2000 Ford Mustang when it hydroplaned on the wet road. Her car struck a 1993 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by George Weldon, 72, of Junction City, traveling in the opposite direction.

Leffew suffered head and neck injuries and was transported by Boyle County Emergency Medical Service to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred, police said.

Hustonville Road accident injures two

Danville police investigated a two-vehicle accident at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday on Hustonville Road that sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

Police said a 1996 Plymouth Neon driven by Mitzi E. Hurt, 40, of Stanford, was traveling south in the left turn lane on Hustonville Road, moving to the light at U.S. 150 to make a left turn.

A 1995 Ford Windstar driven by Sherri J. Dunn, 30, of 218 North St., attempted to pull from the access road to Reno's across Hustonville Road into Danville Manor and struck the Neon. Dunn told police the two lanes of traffic closest to her stopped to let her out and she did not see the Neon.

Hurt and a passenger in her car, Samantha Lucas, 16, of Lancaster, were both treated by Boyle County Emergency Medical Service at the scene before being transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Officer David Prather investigated.

Former youth commissioner acquitted

NEW YORK (AP) - Kentucky's former juvenile justice commissioner, accused of groping a man in a New York City hotel room, was acquitted Thursday after a second trial on sex abuse charges. His first trial in April ended in a deadlocked jury.

A jury of three men and three women found Ralph E. Kelly innocent of misdemeanor charges of forcible touching and third-degree sex abuse following a three-day trial in Manhattan Criminal Court. He faced up to a year in jail if he had been convicted.

Kelly, 66, was accused of grabbing the private parts of a sleeping 21-year-old man, one of two who had accompanied him to New York City in fall 2002. Kelly was in the city to attend a football game and see friends, and the young men came along as tourists.

Kelly and the two young men testified at both trials. The former commissioner denied that he had done anything to his accuser.

In both trials, Kelly's lawyer, Stephen Flamhaft, argued that the complainant was drunk, nauseous and nearly asleep when he imagined Kelly had touched him in their Southgate Hotel suite, across the street from Madison Square Garden.

Assistant District Attorney Anne-Marie Whelan called Kelly a liar and said character witnesses who testified for him did not know his other side.

Kelly, who has worked in juvenile justice for nearly 40 years and has a national reputation, was forced to leave his $91,000-a-year position days after Kentucky Justice Secretary Ishmon Burks Jr. learned of the New York sex charges.


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