Originally created 06/12/04

Across the Southeast



President declares disaster in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, KY. - President Bush declared a disaster for storm-weary Kentucky, freeing up federal assistance for recovery from an onslaught of tornadoes, floods and mudslides.

The declaration issued Thursday night makes assistance available in 67 of Kentucky's 120 counties, said Stacy Floden, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Emergency Management.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher requested the disaster aid earlier this week as Kentucky cleaned up from storms that wreaked damage in the millions of dollars.

"So many of Kentucky's families and communities were greatly affected by the recent severe storms and tornadoes, and federal assistance is crucial to ensure that needed infrastructure and homes are restored," Mr. Fletcher said in a statement.

Police warn residents after three killings

PORT SALERNO, FLA. - Nervous parents are keeping a closer eye on their children in the coastal town of Port Salerno, where the strangled bodies of three women have been found during the past 10 weeks.

Police warned residents to be cautious and to keep their doors locked, but said the killings did not appear to be completely random: All the victims had visited woods where drug users are known to camp.

The body of Jackie Bradley, a 43-year-old homeless woman, was found near a canal March 31. Last week, the body of Carrie Caughey, 18, was discovered at a nearby pond.

Alzheimer's patient is transferred from jail

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - An Alzheimer's-stricken man who repeatedly violated a judge's instructions to stop driving was jailed for eight days before he was ordered transferred Friday to a secure nursing home.

Albert Brenner, 75, thinks he has a job as a traveling salesman peddling 1970s-era rotary telephones, his lawyer said.

Mr. Brenner was jailed June 3 after he was caught driving. He has previously been ordered to give up his license and car keys, and the man's family and lawyers have tried to keep him from getting behind the wheel.

On Wednesday, Judge Geoffrey D. Cohen ordered Mr. Brenner sent to a state mental hospital for criminals until his mental health can be "restored" and he can stand trial on battery charges involving a scuffle with his companion.