Wednesday, November 24, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


p8 Ind. school practice illegal, group contends

        INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit in Marion Superior Court on Tuesday, saying a practice called dual enrollment illegally funnels state money to parochial schools.

        Dual enrollment occurs when public school teachers are hired to teach classes at parochial schools, said Kenneth Falk, an ICLU spokesman.

        Because students at private schools are being taught by public teachers, they can be counted as public school students by area school districts — a move that boosts the amount of state funding a school district can receive.

        The practice violates the state constitution, Mr. Falk said.

        “It's basically a funding mechanism. The parochial schools are looking a gift horse in the mouth,” he said. “The Indiana Constitution is clear. No money means no money, and the dual enrollment practice results in substantial sums going to benefit religious and theological institutions.”

E. coli outbreak tied to ill restaurant worker
        TROY, Ohio — An ill employee working in a restaurant's salad preparation area is the probable source of an E. coli outbreak that hospitalized 17 people, a health official said Tuesday.

        Jim Luken, commissioner of the Miami County Health Department, said the employee at C.J.'s HighMarks likely became infected from eating undercooked meat. Mr. Luken said the meat did not come from the restaurant, but he did not know where it came from.

        Mr. Luken said 39 customers who ate salad at the restaurant between Oct. 27 and Nov. 4 became ill. Seventeen customers, who came from as far as Kentucky and Ontario, were hospitalized.

        An 8-year-old boy remains hospitalized. He was listed in fair condition at Children's Medical Center in Dayton, which is south of Troy. Mr. Luken said it is unlikely any more cases will surface.

Boy, 17, held in abduction of girl
        FAIRBORN, Ohio — A 16-year-old girl was apparently abducted Tuesday from a high school parking lot in this Dayton suburb and held for several hours before being released, police said.

        Police Sgt. Mike Pardun said police were called to Fairborn High School at about 10 a.m. on a report of a disturbance.

        Witnesses told police that a 17-year-old boy forced the girl into a car and drove away, Sgt. Pardun said.

        “A teacher said she was kicking and screaming as she was pushed into the car,” he said.

        About four hours later, school officials called police and told them the girl was back at school. Police said they found the boy at a Fairborn filling station and arrested him.

        Sgt. Pardun said the boy and girl are students at the school and know each other. Their names were not released.

Four school closures likely in budget crunch
        DAYTON — Administrators of the city's public schools are proposing to close four schools as soon as next year to reduce a budget deficit.

        The proposal came out of the district's economy and efficiency plan released Monday night. The plan is in response to a state audit in May that criticized Dayton schools for inefficiency and revealed a budget deficit now estimated at $19.8 million.

        Administrators said they did not yet know which schools will be closed. A plan to be released in January will recommend what buildings will be closed.

        The proposal must be approved by the school board.

Clerk booted under dereliction-of-duty law
        TIFFIN, Ohio — A judge has removed a village clerk from office, the first time that a state law enacted in 1985 has been used to remove a public official for dereliction of duty.

        Linda Stoldt, the Attica clerk-treasurer since 1994, did not keep this year's financial records for the village and failed to produce financial records for 1997 and 1998 when the state auditor sought them for a routine audit, according to court records.

        Judge Steve Shuff of Seneca County Common Pleas Court ordered Ms. Stoldt on Monday to return all records and equipment to the village.

Ex-official sentenced, agrees to aid inquiry
        CLEVELAND — A former Mahoning County prosecutor was sentenced Tuesday to four years and one day in prison and fined $2,500 for taking bribes to fix cases.

        James Philomena, 52, of Canfield, pleaded guilty Sept. 21 to conspiracy to violate federal racketeering law. He agreed to help an ongoing investigation of organized crime in the Youngstown area.

       



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