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Theheatindexwas91de-greeswhenLouisvilleMetroPolice pulled into a stripclubparkinglotonthenightofMay31andfounda1-year-old boy soaked in sweat, sit-ting alone in the backseat of acar,whilehisparentswereinside.Tendaysearlier,helphadcome too late for Kenton Brown, 2, who died after be-ingleftaloneinhismother’scar for several hours duringthe day. The coroner ruledhis death was consistentwith environmental hyper-thermia, most commonlyknown as heat stroke.And on June 4, two boys,ages9and12,werefoundsit-ting unattended in a hot caroutsideaPortlandneighbor-hood Kroger.Despite a wave of media attention to all three casesandotherslikethem,expertsand law-enforcement offi-cials say some parents stillaren’tgettingthemessage—children shouldneverbeleftalonein cars, especially in thesummer.
People need to under-standthattragedycanoccurin minutes,” said Sgt. Robert
Deaths fail to halt kids being left in vehicles
Hit panic button if child alone
By Patrick Sullivanand Jessie Halladay
By Joanne Meshew, The C-J
Children left in cars
Child “forgotten”by caregiver(253 children)
Child playingin anunattendedvehicle (150)Childintentionallyleft in vehicleby adult (86)Circumstancesunknown (5)An examination of media reportsabout 494 child vehicularhyperthermia deaths for theperiod of 1998 to 2010 showsthe following circumstances:
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An internal audit donethree years ago by the Met-ropolitanSewerDistrictwassharply critical of the busi-ness practices of its outsideattorney’s law firm at thetime,buttheaudit’sfindingsand recommendations wereapparently never shown tothe MSD board.Neither the MSD boardchairman, Arnold Celenta-no, who was on the board in 2008, nor the longtime out-side counsel who wasnamed in the audit, LarryZielke, could recall seeingtheauditdatedApril2008—until MSD officials made itavailable to The Courier- Journal last week under theKentucky open records law.The audit, done by for-merMSDin-ternal audi-tor ConnieDavis, saidthe law firm of Pedley,Zielke, Gor-dinier &Pence LLC,which didmajor work for MSD, lackedadequate corporate records,did not keep time sheets forbilling and payroll, and in some cases charged the rateofapartnerforworkdonebyan associate.
MSD auditcriticized law firm
Outside attorney disputes findings
By James Bruggers
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AUDIT AND RESPONSE
To read MSD’s internal audit of the Pedley, Zielke, Gordinier & Pence law firm and attorneyLarry Zielke’s responses, see theonline version of this story atwww.courier-journal.com
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OWENTON, Ky. — It didn’t takeKentuckyStatePoliceDetectiveSte-venGoodalelongtodecidewhathadhappenedat417CubbageAve.onthemorning of Jan. 24, 2009:Charlotte Burke, the Owenton city clerk, haddroppedbytovis-itherex-husband,Danny Cobb,about 9 a.m. thatSaturday.They chattedin the familyroom on the low-er level of hisbrick house.Withoutwarning,Burkepulledouta .32-caliberrevolverandshotCobbin theside,thenturnedthegunonher-self, firing a bullet into her chest.An attempted murder, followedby a suicide — that’s what the in-jured Cobb later told Goodale,according to court records. And thedetective saw no reason to disagree.
It looks pretty clear to me, but Istillhavetogothroughtheinvestiga-tion,” he told Cobb the next day,according to an audio recording of his interview with Cobb at the Uni-versity of Kentucky Medical Center,where Cobb was being treated.
Imay have some more questionswhenyou’rebetter.Thenwe’llputitbehind us and be done with it.”But not everyone agreed that theeventsatCobb’shousethatmorningwere as cut and dried as Goodaleseemed to believe. The foremostskeptics were Sharon and RussellLoaring,longtimefriendsofBurke’s,whoimmersedthemselvesinthede-tails of the case after becoming theco-executors of her estate.They became convinced the in-vestigation was shoddy, and in re-sponsetoadamageclaimCobbfiledagainst the estate in Owen CountyCircuit Court, they asserted he wasresponsible for Burke’s death.Cobbdeniesincourtrecordsthathe killed Burke. He did not return a half dozen telephone messages left
By Bill Luster, The Courier-Journal
Sharon Loaring and her husband, Russell, longtime friends of the late Owenton city clerk Charlotte Burke andco-executors of her estate, aren’t convinced the events of Burke’s death are as cut and dried as authorities believe.
By R. G. Dunlop
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By Joanne Meshew, The C-J