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The Lexington Herald from Lexington, Kentucky • 3

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Lexington Herald 11 Wednesday November 17 1982 A3 CityState Sloane Collins running neck and neck in UK poll By Gloria Millner ornta HaraM Staff Louisville Mayor Harvey Sloane and Lieutenant Governor Martha Layne Collins two unannounced Democratic gubernatorial candidates running neck and neck In popu- according to a statewide poll by the University of Kentucky Research Center The survey also indicated that US Rep Larty Hopkins of Lexington could walk off with the Republican nomination if he chooses to run for the highest office Asked would you most like to see as the Democratic candidate for 392 percent of those polled Democrats and Republicans alike picked Sloane' who lost a primary bid for governor in 1979 Mrs Collins garnered 273 percent of the Former state Human Resources Secretary Grady Stumbo who announced his candidacy this week was chosen by only 76 percent of the 768 Kentuckians surveyed in the week-long telephone poll conducted last month Less than 2 percent of those surveyed chose former Transportation Secretary Frank Metis More than 30 percent said they know or didn't care who should fill the Democratic slot When the question was directed to registered Democrats the results were nearly the same Mrs Collins pulled slightly ahead of Sloane with 419 percent selecting her as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sloane garnered 398 percent while Stumbo and Metts pulled 88 percent and 18 percent respectively More than 50 percent of the registered Republicans surveyed selected Hopkins as the Republican gubernatorial candidate Jefferson County Judge-Executive Mitch McConnell came in second with 313 percent and Lexington attorney Larry Forgy the state's Republican national committeeman received 17 percent When Republican and Democrats were asked who they would like to see on the Republican gubernatorial slate 211 percent selected Hopkins 217 percent favored McConnell and 43 percent selected Forgy But more than 40 percent responded by saying they didn't care or know None of the candidates listed the Republican poll has officially entered the battle for the high office Forgy has said that not Interested in the race but would support Hopkins The congressman who is Europe inspecting NATO defenses with the House Armed Services Committee could not be reached for to SLOANE M) in in com-(Turn -(si --i Thornton free after spending 5 months in jail tr urn (ft a I My f' other coroners in the region see any problem at Hunsaker said in a telephone inter view from his Washington office am a different personality than Dr -i Hunsaker 40 a native of Ashland will receive a yearly salary of 850000 for his state Job He will also be an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Since departure virtually all the autopsies in major cases in Central and Eastern Kentucky have been performed in Louisville by the state medical examiner Dr George Nichols or his assistant This has meant that police coroners and ambulance drivers have lost many hours transporting bodies to Louisville Deputy Justice Secretary Eugene Feta- said Hager and other officials who met Hunsaker during the inter view process were impressed by his credentials Another day lucky old sun rises above the treetops as motorists on New photograph was taken yesterday from the Nicholasville Road ov-ijrcle Road get Into gear for the dawn of another workday The By Michael York Of The Herald Staff Andrew Carter Thornton II a Lexington lawyer commercial pilot and former police narcotics officer was released yesterday from the Federal Correctional Institution near Lexington after serving five months of a six-month sentence for a misdemeanor drug-conspiracy conviction Thornton 31 left the prism at 7:58 am yesterday prison spokesman Stephen Pontesso said and could not be reached for comment later in the day Prison records showed Thornton was released a month early because of earned toward his sentence Records also showed address as that of his father Carter Thornton of Paris father said yesterday afternoon he had not seen his son who is known as Drew but expected to see him last night Thornton was the last of three former Lexington police officers to be released after serving prison fences on drug charges stemming from a conspiracy to import marijuana from South America He entered FCI in June after pleading no contest to the drug-conspiracy charge a misdemeanor in US District Court in Fresno Calif in April At his sentencing hearing June 2 Thornton told US District Judge Dean Edward Price that he was innocent but lacked the money to battle the resources of the Justice Depart-l ment Thornton read from an indictment that described a far-flung drug conspiracy in which he was charged with flying a marijuana-laden cargo plane and said simply In addition to the six-month tence Price handed Thornton a five-year term of probation during which he must submit to searches without warrants and obtain prior approval before leaving the country Former officers Steve Oliver and Jack Hillard also received six-month sentences and were released from the Federal Prison Camp hi Terre Haute Ind earlier this month according to Ron Thompson an official at the camp The three -men were among nine Central Kentucky figures indicted by a Fresno grand jury for conspiring to import and distribute marijuana Those charges which are felonies were dropped when the men entered pleas to the misdemeanor charges (T Laxkigton HaraUChartM Baitram for 24 years said he knows the state well and understands its people and politics He studied pathology at UK when Hamilton was deputy medical examiner and there became acquainted with coroner system Hunsaker is a lawyer well as a physician and pathologist He graduated from the UK College of Law in 1967 He later served in an Army intelligence unit in West Germany In 1974 he earned a degree in German from UK He later graduated from College of Medicine and studied pathology He became a resident in forensic pathofogy in 1981 under the chief ical examiner in Washington His wife Ann Truitt Hunsaker is a native of Lexington and a graduate of Lafayette High School UK and the UK College of Law They have a son John Hunsaker IV Andrew Carter Thornton II The Fresno indictment described a lengthy complicated smuggling scheme that included a South Amer-ica-to-Lexington shipment of marijuana aboard a four-engine DC-4 cargo plane in December 1979 Thornton and Oliver who also is a licensed commercial pilot were charged with befog aboard the DC-4 a 1940s-vintage propeller aircraft Another Lexington figure 38-year-old Bradley Bryant was sentenced in July to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony drug-conspiracy charge In addition to befog sentenced to prison Thornton has lost his license to practice law The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a temporary suspension order in October pending an investigation of drug conviction by the Kentucky Bar Association lawyer Frank Haddad of Louisville said yesterday that no hearing has been scheduled on the disbarment case against Thornton commercial pilot's license also may be in jeopardy Records of the Federal Aviation Airman's Certification Branch in Oklahoma City Okla show that Thornton retains his license which entitles him to fly multi-engine airplanes for hire in all types of weather But Jack Patrick an FAA official in Fresno said his agency has begun an investigation of Thornton that could lead to a revocation of his license Patrick said case also is being investigated Browning asks sheriffs for support By Jim Warren -Of The HaraM Staff Harlan County Sheriff Paul Browning Jr facing a Id-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit murder is asking his fellow Kentucky sheriffs for money to keep his department operating In a letter that was to be mailed to sheriffs around the state today Browning said that his department currently in dire need of and that am humbly asking that each of you fellow sheriffs who receive this letter contribute 8100 to the Harlan County Sheriffs Browning said the money would allow the department to keep operating until he is out of jail on appeal and to get the office back on its feet" The letter which is dated Nov 12 was written by Browning from the jail cell where he has been lodged since a Boyle Circuit Court jury found him guilty earlier this month of conspiring to murder two political foes Harlan school board chairman Johnny Blanton and Harlan County magistrate Elijah Buell An appeal in the case is being prepared (Turn to BROWNING A4) million in bonds to go -ffy Ray Cohn jjX lha HaraM Staff Dr John Hunsaker III Jnt medical examiner for the District Columbia was named yesterday as deputy suite medical examiner for 80 'bounties in Central and Eastern Kentucky IP? The appointment announced by ate Justice Secretary Billy Wellman the way for autopsies to be performed in Lexington for the first time £bice the' resignation of Drv William -JJamilton as deputy medical examiner two years ago Hamilton In leaving the post 'blasted many of the coroners qr what he said were shoddy and unprofessional death investigations Fay-'Ite County Coroner Chester Hager as among the targets of 'criticism But Hunsaker who is expected to Start his work in mid-February expressed confidence yesterday that he jwll be able to work with Hager and fJearly $163 The state has approved nearly -J9163 million in bonds to finance at mental fealth hospitals and prisons State Finance Secretary Robert aiTen described the bond issue as I'jui that will consolidate fcveral smaller proposals In addition the bond issue will fi-jnance about 41 million in economic development projects all over Ken-tjicky Bids on the 25year bonds are Jtp be opened a week from today Caan goM to grand ury: The rtjase of Vicky A Horseman a Lexing-Jtfcn woman charged with murder in 4Ue Oct 14 shooting death of Robert CTale Marshall was waived yesterday tb the Fayette County grand Jury Miss Horseman 20 of 675 North rLimestone Street is one of three peo- j)le charged in the death of Marshall lwhose body was found in an alley be- the Seventh and Lime Furniture Store The others are Ben Bingham fix 35 also of 675 North Limestone £and Gary Pete Lambert 32 of 1204 Devonshire Drive to- --A 51 PtodMaa gflHftHt MDMlda OVEKU-FM a public radio station at Miastem Kentucky University and yVKYU-FM its counterpart at West--ern Kentucky University are befog al Hunsaker acknowledged that working with the coroners to over come problems with the current system will help determine his success in his new Job am convinced that the system can be made he said Hunsaker said that he realizes there will be problems but that he thinks they can be this point I am willing to give it a good-faith effort" he said Reform legislation passed by the 1982 General Assembly should help he said Peter said one new law requires deputy coroners to take mandatory basic training courses certified by the state Justice Cabinet The law also re- quires coroners to take the courses a before they can participate in mortem examinations 5- Peter said 96 of the 120 coroners and 101 deputy coroners have completed the basic training Hunsaker who lived in Kentucky Shore a Duro Paper Bag Co executive from Covington on July 9 have been sentenced to 20 years each in a 1 federal penitentiary UJ5 District Judge William Berteismen handed down the maxi-mum sentences to Christopher Meyer 24 of Dayton and Bruce Pille 24 of Cincinnati i Rofld conScBCft Thft VVWtata Wflta W1 HIV WWI aftlif 7 state Transportation Cabinet has awarded Mago Construction Co of Bardstown a 17823 contract to resur-' face six-tenths of a mile of KY 1964 Clifton Road in Woodford County The road will be resurfaced from UJ 62 to just west of Linden Drive! Sinking church to gal haip: The cost of stabilizing the sinking ground under the Drakesboro Method-- ist Church will be well over (100000 said one federal official Keith Harrison an official with the federal Office of Surface abandoned mine lands diyision said 7 die money will come from a federal fond established to combat the kind of mine subsidence problems occurring in Drakesboro 7 Compiled by Harry Merritt lowed to double their service areas The Federal Communications Commission has awarded construction permits for stations to WEKU-FM and WKYU-FM The stations will carry broadcasts to about 500000 Kentuckians who do not now receive public radio programming Eastern's repeater station will be built near Hazard and will be built near Somerset Each will cost 1 about $150000 Fk hazard ramaina: Danger-ous conditions still exist in the state's forests because of insufficient rainfall according to forestry officials 1 The forest-fire season end until Dec 15 Since Oct 1 421 forest fires have already burned 8326 acres of timber according to the Division of Forestry of the state Natural Resources and Environmental Protec- tion Cabinet Kldnappara sentenced: Two men who admitted kidnapping Charles To the rescue Debbie Flynt of Lexington was assisted by fire department personnel yesterday after the auto she was driving collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Merle Spurlock From left are paramedic Kevin Kok firefighter Clarence Jones and paramedic Mac Whitnel Both drivers were taken to Central Baptist Hospital I.

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