St. Jude Hospital is raffling off a dream home
DB Homes and volunteers for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital held a floor-signing party for the inaugural St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in the Tuscany subdivision on April 30.
A limited number of chances to win the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, valued at $450,000, and five other prizes are available for $100 by calling 1-800-382-7512 or by visiting Dreamhome.org. Free tours of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house will start Saturday.
Forum on drug abuse
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A Prescription Drug Abuse Community Forum will be 6:30-8 p.m. May 20 at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, 300 East Third Street. This free event will feature highlights from the national forum on Capitol Hill, a panel of experts representing prevention, treatment and recovery, and an audience Q&A. Call (859) 225-3296 for more info.
Alltech to honor Calipari
Alltech will honor University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari with its Humanitarian Award during the Alltech REBELation, a conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas May 17 to 20.
The Humanitarian Award is given annually to someone of strong character, who uses their accomplishments to positively influence and inspire other people.
On May 20, Calipari will share his insights on team building and leadership with attendees at the closing session of the Alltech REBELation. To register for the Alltech REBELation, go to Rebel.alltech.com or email email@example.com.
Efforts to reduce underage drinking recognized
Bluegrass Prevention Center recognized the Lexington Division of Police at the May 8 meeting of the Bluegrass Law Enforcement Regional Task Force for its dedication to keeping youth safe by enforcing underage drinking laws.
M.E. Kobes, director of Bluegrass Prevention Center, presented the Lexington Division of Police with an Outstanding Service Award in appreciation for its exceptional leadership and support of the Bluegrass Law Enforcement Regional Task Force. This award recognized the entire department for its commitment to the task force's mission to reduce underage drinking.
In addition to the award presented to the Lexington Division of Police, individual Outstanding Service Awards were presented to Bill Cruce, Mercer County Sheriff's Office; Bridgette Lester, City of Danville; Jason Whitaker, Georgetown Police Department; Josh Crain, Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Kevin Babcock, Powell County Sheriff's Department; Sharon Turner, Woodford County ASAP Board/Midway Council; Steve Newell, Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Tiffany Quarles, Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Department/Agency Outstanding Service Awards were presented to the City of Danville; Georgetown Police Department; Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Lexington Division of Police; Mercer County Sheriff's Office; Nicholasville Police Department; Powell Co. Sheriff's Department; Woodford County ASAP/Midway Council; and the Woodford County Sheriff's Office.
For information about the Bluegrass Law Enforcement Regional Task Force and alcohol illegal use and abuse prevention in Kentucky, go to Kyprevention.com.
Police hold awards banquet
The Lexington Police Department help its 2015 Awards Banquet on May 5 and recognized the following:
■ Zara Adil received the Citizen Service Medal. Adil fought off two suspects who attempted to rob the Tobacco Zone at 873 North Broadway on Feb. 27.
■ Brandon Weyhing also received the Citizen Service Medal. On Sept. 10, 2014 a female victim was using an ATM at the Chase Bank on Leestown Road when a robber approached her from the bushes, opened her car door and tried to steal her cash. The victim screamed and fought the suspect, getting the attention of Weyhing, a passerby. Weyhing came to the victim's aid and was able to subdue the suspect until officers arrived on scene.
■ Technician Scott Dawson received the Distinguished Service Award. In 2014, Dawson was contacted by federal prosecutors to assist with a child pornography investigation by examining the hard drive of the suspect's computer. Once the process was complete, the findings were presented to federal prosecutors; and the suspect received 15 years in federal prison.
■ Detective Matthew Evans was named Police Officer of the Year. In 2014, Evans uncovered a group of Lexington-based business owners that were involved in trafficking large amounts of heroin, marijuana and crystal meth between Lexington and various cities in Ohio. The investigation revealed the group was using multiple storefronts in Kentucky and Ohio to conceal its illegal activity.