Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Around the Commonwealth

Florence lawyer pleads guilty

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A Florence lawyer pleaded guilty Monday to possessing methadone and then tampering with court documents that stemmed from his arrest on a consequent possession charge.

        William D. Fausz Jr., 46, will face up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced July 10 in Kenton Circuit Court on felony charges of possessing a controlled substance and possessing forged instruments.

        At Monday's hearing, Kenton Circuit Judge Greg Bartlett noted that alternative sentencing, such as probation, is a possibility.

        Yet Judge Bartlett already has ruled out diversion, which allows some first-time offenders to escape a criminal record by successfully completing community service, anger-management courses, other forms of counseling or substance-abuse treatment.

        “Tampering with records strikes at the heart of the system,” the judge said. “If lawyers can't respect the processes of the court system, who else can?”

        According to court documents, Ludlow police cited Mr. Fausz in December after stopping him and finding what was thought to be cocaine and methamphetamine in his car.

        In the weeks after, he changed the citation to make the circumstances of the arrest appear less severe. He was caught with the original documents by courthouse clerks who suspected wrongdoing.

        The Kentucky Bar Association will take away Mr. Fausz's license to practice law. It can be reinstated after he fulfills any terms of probation.

Businessman to get Metropolitan Award The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COVINGTON — The sixth annual Metropolitan Award will be given to Otto M. Budig Jr. tonight at the Metropolitan Club's annual dinner.

        Mr. Budig is treasurer of Ohio Motor Carriers Labor Relations Association, board member and treasurer of Intermodal Association of North America, treasurer of North American Trucking and Industrial Relations Association and a member of the OKI Transportation Committee.

        He has also served as chairman of the board of trustees of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, president of the board of trustees of the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center, board member and past president of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, past president of the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau and numerous other civil leadership positions.

        This year's keynote speaker will be Oscar Robertson, retired basketball legend and former Olympian. Proceeds from the back tie awards dinner and silent auction will benefit the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Veterans' graves decorated for holiday The Cincinnati Enquirer
        For the 18th consecutive year, volunteers from community service organizations will decorate veterans' graves in Kenton County in observance of Memorial Day.

        Graves will be decorated Saturday.

        Last year, 80 volunteers from five organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol, Jobs Daughters, Holmes High School USMC Junior ROTC, Sons of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts decorated more than 5,000 veterans' graves in five Kenton County cemeteries.

        Because of the increased mortality rate of World War II veterans, volunteers expect to decorate nearly 6,000 graves this year.

        Volunteers will assemble at 9 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion, Latonia Post 203, 38th Street and Winston Avenue, to receive grave marker flags and cemetery assignments.

Registration open for junior archaeologists The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COVINGTON — The Behringer-Crawford Museum is accepting registrants for its 19th annual Junior Curator Program in Archaeology.

        The program, for youths ages 11 to 16, lets participants learn the ins and outs of being a professional archaeologist through hands-on experience. Participants dig, measure, sift, keep records and collect artifacts. After the field portion of the program, participants will clean, sort and prepare artifacts for display.

        Session one of the Junior Curator Program in Archaeology runs June 19-23 and June 26-28. Session two takes place July 10-14 and July 17-19. Each session begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The price per session is $140 for nonmembers and $125 for members.

        To register, call the museum at 491-4003.

Proposal for farms bypasses public input The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — A new proposal for large-scale farm operations could sidestep public outcry against them but force corporations to share in accountability for any environmental damage.

        The new regulations would allow farm operations to obtain an overall five-year water pollution permit for all feeding operations, eliminating requirements that allow public hearings on permits for specific farms.

        The process would make it more difficult for the public to scrutinize large-scale animal-feeding operations, said environmental attorney Hank Graddy, who is a member of the Sierra Club.

        The Kentucky Farm Bureau is concerned about a provision that holds companies that contract with Kentucky growers jointly responsible for pollution, said spokesman Gary Huddleston.

Course on English as second language The Associated Press
        LOUISVILLE — Teachers who work with foreign students will get help this summer from the University of Louisville, which plans an English as a Second Language Institute.

        Scheduled for six weeks, the institute is expected to draw up to 20 teachers from the Jefferson County Public Schools. They will hone skills needed to teach students with limited English and diverse cultural backgrounds.

        The training schedule comes in response to a call from Maxine Elliott, who coordinates the public schools' English as a Second Language program.

        Ms. Elliott said the schools are seeing more immigrant students, and they lack people qualified to teach them.

        Burlington: Boone County Fiscal court, 8:30 a.m., 2950 Washington St.

        Independence: Kenton County Fiscal Court caucus, 7 p.m., courthouse, 5272 Madison.

        Elsmere: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city building, 318 Garvey Ave.

        Florence: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city building, 8100 Ewing Blvd.


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