Tuesday, April 18, 2000

AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH


Suspect sought in Covington shooting

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Covington police Monday were attempting to identify the suspect in an overnight shooting that left a Covington man in critical condition at University Hospital in Cincinnati with multiple gunshot wounds.

        Investigators were not able to interview 32-year-old Harvey Holliman, who suffered wounds to the chest and leg from a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

        Police said Mr. Holliman, of West 10th Street, apparently was involved in an altercation with another man outside Visions bar at 10th and Madison streets. When officers responded to a fight call about 2:30 a.m., they found the victim but the suspect had fled.

        Police are looking for a white male in his late 40s, with brown hair and glasses. Witnesses said the assailant was wearing cutoff shorts and a V-neck shirt, and was last seen driving a black pickup truck.

        Anyone with information concerning the shooting should call Covington police at 292-2222.

Man lying on tracks is struck by train The Cincinnati Enquirer
        NEWPORT — Police hope to interview 43-year-old Frederick Downing at University Hospital in Cincinnati today to determine why Mr. Downing was on the CSX railroad tracks near 11th and Washington streets Sunday night, where he was struck by a train.

        Mr. Downing, of East 7th Street in Newport, was listed in serious but stable condition Monday following surgery on both legs.

        CSX officials told police that the train's engineer saw Mr. Downing lying on the tracks and sounded his horn, but was unable to stop the train in time to avoid striking him.

Mayoral forum planned for May 4 The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COVINGTON — A group of Covington community organizations has scheduled a forum for the city's four candidates for mayor.

        The free forum will be held May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Holmes High School. It is sponsored by the Covington Business Council, The Covington Neighborhood Collaborative and the Friends of Covington.

        The four — Jim Eggemeier, Butch Callery, Ray Murphy and Bernie Moorman — have been invited to attend. They will take questions from reporters from The Kentucky Enquirer and INC6 Insight Communications. Members of the audience can also submit written questions for the candidates to answer.

        A reception will be held afterward.

        For more information contact the business council, 431-1500, or the neighborhood collaborative, 491-2220, ext. 28 or 29.

Jessamine Co. has lowest jobless rate The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — Jessamine County's unemployment rate of 1.5 percent was the lowest in Kentucky for 1999, according to a state report Monday.

        The highest rate was 15.6 percent in Taylor County, an area hard hit by Fruit of the Loom plant closings.

        The report by the state Department for Employment Services said Taylor County was one of 13 counties with a double-digit unemployment rate for 1999.

        Others: Elliott and Lewis, 13.9; Green, 13.7; Magoffin, 13.3; Carter, 12.8; Martin, 12.5; Monroe, 12.2; Russell, 11.8, Harlan, 11.1; Fulton, 10.8; Lawrence, 10.7, and Hancock, 10.1.

        Others among the lowest: Woodford, 1.6; Fayette, 1.9; Oldham and Scott, 2.0; Bourbon, Franklin and Shelby, 2.4; Madison, 2.6, and Garrard, 2.7.

Teen hurt in fall from minivan dies The Associated Press
        OWENSBORO — An Owensboro teen-ager died from injuries he received after falling from the rear of a moving minivan.

        Johnathon Early, 14, was pronounced dead at Owensboro Mercy Health System Sunday morning.

        Police said Johnathon and Gerald Payne, 14, apparently climbed onto the back bumper of a 1995 Ford Windstar operated by Gerald's mother, Greta A. Payne, as she was pulling away from a residence at 10:35 p.m. Friday.

        Gerald jumped off before the van had picked up much speed and was not seriously hurt. But Johnathon remained aboard until he fell off about half a block away, as the vehicle was moving an estimated 15 to 20 mph, police Capt. Ed Ricke said.

        The woman said she did not know the boys were on the bumper and clinging to her vehicle.

Owensboro High picks principal The Associated Press
        OWENSBORO — An Alabama educator has been hired as the next principal of Owensboro High School, following complaints that a black administrator at the school wasn't a finalist for the job.

        The Owensboro High School Council held meetings for four straight days until deciding Sunday to extend a contract offer to K.C. Thomaskutty, principal of Demopolis (Ala.) High School.

        Mr. Thomaskutty, 61, accepted the offer late Sunday. Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Carolyn McGaughey said she hopes Mr. Thomaskutty will join the staff before July 1.

        The council, a panel of the school's administrators, teachers and students' parents, selected Mr. Thomaskutty over one other finalist. A third finalist withdrew from consideration.

        Some had hoped that the council would reject both remaining finalists in favor of Tom Purcell. Black leaders rallied last week to protest that Mr. Purcell, 39, was not a finalist despite his nine years as assistant principal at Owensboro High.

        The Justice Resource Center, a civil-rights group based in Shelbyville, recently filed complaints with the Kentucky Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Kentucky School Boards Association and the U.S. Department of Justice.

DAYBOOK
        Cold Spring: City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., city building, 120 E. Alexandria Pike.

        Covington: Board of Commission meeting, 7 p.m., city hall, commission chambers, first floor, 638 Madison Ave.

        Covington: Devou Park Advisory Board meeting, 7 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Devou Park, 1600 Montague Road.

        Dayton: City Council meeting, 7 p.m., city building, 514 Sixth Ave.

        Highland Heights: City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., city building, 175 Johns Hill Road.

        Ludlow: Ludlow Board of Education meeting, 7:30 p.m., board office, 525 Elm St.

        Villa Hills: Crescent-Villa Fire Authority, 5:30 p.m., municipal building, 719 Rogers Road.

        Florence: Florence Women's Club meeting, 1 p.m., Evelyn Kalb Gathering House, Florence Nature Park, Banklick Street.

       



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