Thursday, April 13, 2000

AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH


Teeth might help ID woman's body

BY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Teeth were found along Mile Hill (Ky. 20) in Hebron along with the skeletal remains of a woman, , Deputy Daren Harris, spokesman for the Boone County Sheriff's Department, said Wednesday. The remains were found Monday by a cleanup crew of Boone County inmates.

        The Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office is analyzing the teeth in a continued effort to identify the body. It is thought to be that of a white person, between 20 and 30 years of age, of thin build and about 5 feet 5 inches tall. The woman probably had blondish, shoulder-length hair, Deputy Harris said.

        He said the body was dumped along Mile Hill after December. No clothing was found in the area.

        Deputies are not commenting on the possible cause of death, but they are treating the case as a homicide.

        They are gathering missing person data for the medical examiner's office. Many Tristate agencies are contributing to the data.

Sandfoss to direct N.Ky. Cooperative The Cincinnati Enquirer
        ERLANGER — Bernard Sandfoss, retiring Southgate Schools superintendent, was appointed the new director of the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services on Wednesday. The cooperative coordinates joint educational programs for the region's school districts, administers state and federal grants and operates alternative education programs.

        Mr. Sandfoss will earn a salary of $50,000 a year, plus benefits. He will begin July 1. He replaces Laura Thomson, who retires June 30.

Police look for accused rapist The Cincinnati Enquirer
        NEWPORT — Police have issued a warrant for Daniel Dickerson, 22, of Washington Street in Newport, on two counts of rape, one count of sodomy and two counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance, for allegedly having sex with two juvenile girls at his apartment.

        The girls, ages 13 and 14, allegedly met Mr. Dickerson in downtown Cincinnati at a pizza parlor after talking to an acquaintance of his on a telephone chat line. They eventually went to Mr. Dickerson's apartment, where each drank beer and had sexual intercourse with him, police said.

        Mr. Dickerson is white, 5-feet 4-inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and wears a mustache.

Magistrate must get abuse counseling The Associated Press
        RICHMOND — A judge has ordered counseling for a Madison County magistrate who is charged with hurting his wife during an argument last month.

        Madison District Judge John Paul Moore on Tuesday told Larry L. Combs he would dismiss the fourth-degree assault charge if Mr. Combs successfully completed the counseling by a May 16 court date.

        Mr. Combs, who also is the county's Democratic Party chairman, was arrested at his Berea home by Kentucky State Police on March 18 after police received two 911 calls from the residence. When police arrived, they found Mr. Combs' wife, Lora, bleeding. Lora Combs re fused to cooperate with police after they told her her husband would go to jail, police wrote on an incident report.

        Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Neal Martin said it's common for judges to order counseling when an alleged domestic-violence victim denies that an assault took place.

Intervention in DUI case questioned The Associated Press
        LIBERTY — The son of a city employee stopped for allegedly driving drunk was released after the mayor intervened in his case, a story published in Wednesday's Lexington Herald-Leader said.

        Gregory R. Rodgers, 18, was pulled over by Liberty police at about 5:30 p.m. on April 1, and tests allegedly showed his blood-alcohol level was more than the legal limit to be presumed driving drunk, the story said.

        Liberty Police Chief L.F. Bowmer said Mr. Rodgers — the son of City Clerk Sharleen Rodgers — was released without being arrested after Mayor Steve Sweeney talked to officers.

        “The mayor called me at home — asked me what could be done,” Chief Bowmer told the Herald-Leader.The chief said his response was: “You can't unarrest someone.”

        The chief also said Ms. Rodgers called him at home three times during the traffic stop to ask for help.

        Ronald Rodgers, Gregory's father, also said he saw the mayor appear at the scene of the traffic stop and talk to Liberty Police Sgt. Grant Vorbroker. Sgt. Vorbroker subsequently let the man go free.

        Mr. Sweeney declined comment on the case. Sgt. Vorbroker also declined comment.

        Despite the incident, DUI charges were filed against Gregory Rodgers on Tuesday.

House OKs bill for compensation The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — A bill to increase compensation for some work-related injuries won final passage Tuesday in the Kentucky House.

        The bill fell short of what pro-labor legislators wanted, particularly for coal miners.

        “You can't really make chicken salad out of chicken manure, but I'd say this is a step in the right direction,” House Majority Leader Greg Stumbo said.

        The vote was 97-2. The Senate passed the bill March 30. It had been negotiated by House and Senate conferees.

        The bill would increase compensation for workers who are permanently but not totally disabled. That would loosen a restriction Gov. Paul Patton got the General Assembly to enact in 1996.

DAYBOOK
        Crestview Hills: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city

        building, 50 Crestview Hills Mall Road.

        Erlanger: Erlanger-Elsmere Board of Education, 7 p.m., board office, 500 Graves Ave.

        Florence/Burlington: Boone County Board of Education meeting, 7:30 p.m., 8330 U.S. Highway 42.

        Ludlow: City Council, 7 p.m., Senior Services of Northern Kentucky Center, 808 Elm St.

        Southgate: Southgate Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., auditorium, Southgate Public School, William Blatt and Evergreen avenues.

        Burlington: American Sewing Guild, Northern Kentucky group meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road.

       



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