Wednesday, May 24, 2000

AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH




The Cincinnati Enquirer

Three TB cases confirmed in Grant
        WILLIAMSTOWN — The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department has confirmed three active cases of tuberculosis diagnosed in the Grant County area.

        Of those cases, one person has died, although officials do not know if the infectious disease was the cause.

        Health officials say the cases are not considered an outbreak and that there is no cause for community alarm. However, they have sent out a communicable disease alert to physicians in the four-county area the health district serves — Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Grant.

        Dr. Susy Kramer, medical director for the health district and the tuberculosis physician, said there were eight cases of the infectious disease in 1998 and nine in 1999 in the four counties. So far this year there have been four cases diagnosed, including the three in Grant County.

        Peggy Patterson, a spokeswoman for the district, said the three people diagnosed in Grant County are not relatives but two have been in contact with each other socially.

        Those who are homeless, foreign born citizens from countries where tuberculosis is more common than in the United States and those who participate in recreational drug use are more susceptible than others.

        Those who have been in contact with a person who has active tuberculosis and who think they have TB symptoms should make an appointment with their doctor for a skin test.

Murder suspect indicted in Boone
        BURLINGTON — The man accused last month of arguing with his landlady over a phone bill and then killing her was indicted on murder charges Tuesday.

        Police say Shawn William Ernst, 28, told investigators he moved into the home of Sandra Kay Roberts, 59, of Florence in mid-March and that they had been arguing over a $145 long-distance phone bill.

        Investigators said their arguments led to Mr. Ernst strangling Mrs. Roberts the night of April 2, taking her body to a Gallatin County farm and using lighter fluid to ignite her remains.

        Mr. Ernst, though, has said that she merely collapsed in front of him and died. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

        Mr. Ernst still faces charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in Gallatin County. He is being held in the Boone County Jail.

Norwood man's death ruled a suicide
        COVINGTON — The death of David Trautman, who plunged 15 stories at the Marriott Hotel on May 13, has been ruled a suicide.

        Police say the ruling is in conjunction with the Kenton County Coroner's Office and that their own investigation resulted in the discovery of a will and note from Mr. Trautman.

        Mr. Trautman, 40, of Norwood, was the hotel's night auditor. He fell from the Marriott's 15th-floor atrium just before his shift was to begin at 11 p.m.

Sewer service plan gets public hearing
        HEBRON — Sanitation District No. 1 will hold a public hearing tonight on its revised draft of the regional facility plan. The draft is part of a comprehensive planning process started by the district in 1993 to identify and address problems in the Northern Kentucky sewer service area.

        The study includes recommended rehabilitation and capital improvements programs for the next 20 years.

        The hearing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Conner Middle School. Any comments will be included in the draft that must eventually be approved by the district's board, the county judge-executives in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties and the Kentucky Division of Water.

Bank deposit bag found in Kroger cart
        LEXINGTON — On a normal day, Harlan Bryant finds nothing more exciting than purses and sunglasses in shopping carts he retrieves from the Kroger store parking lot.

        Monday was not a normal day for Mr. Bryant, a 10-year employee. In one cart was a bag with $7,000 cash.

        “I was pretty happy that I found somebody's money that way,” said Mr. Bryant, 30. “If somebody else found it, they could've kept it.”

        It turned out that a customer at Kroger's National City bank branch had left a deposit bag inside the cart. Mr. Bryant couldn't believe it when he brought the money inside and bank employees gave him the final tally.

        “When the bank told me that it was $7,000 — wow,” he said.

        “Wow” is exactly the reaction store managers had to Mr. Bryant's rescue mission.

        Mr. Bryant received his 10-year service award earlier this month, and he has always been an exceptional employee, assistant manager Danny England said.

        Store managers plan to honor him with a special service award.

UK chancellor to remain in job
        LEXINGTON — University of Kentucky Chancellor Elisabeth Zinser will continue as head of the campus instead of taking a new vice president's position.

        In February, President Charles Wethington asked Ms. Zinser to take the job overseeing the school's outreach mission and international affairs.

        Ms. Zinser would have begun July 1, with a new chancellor named at the same time.

DAYBOOK

Government and schools

       Bellevue: City Council, 7 p.m., council chambers, 616 Poplar St.

        Burlington: Boone County Planning Commission public hearings, 7 p.m., administration building, 2950 Burlington Pike.

        Dayton: Dayton Independent Board of Education, 7 p.m., Dayton Board of Education office, 200 Clay St.

        Fort Wright: City Council, 6 p.m., city building, 409 Kyles Lane.

        Newport: Newport Independent Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., 301 E. Eighth St.

        Taylor Mill: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city building, 5225 Taylor Mill Road.

        Kentucky events

        Burlington: Northern Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association program: “Gang Violence: Awareness and Prevention,” 9:30 a.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service Center, 6028 Camp Ernst Road.

        Florence: Evangelical concert, “The Young Continentals,” 7 p.m., Florence Baptist Church, 7111 Dixie Highway.

        Union: Fiction writing and writer's market lecture by James Sherburne, author of Write When You Get Work: The Struggles of a Kentucky Novelist, 7:30 p.m., Boone County Library, 8899 U.S. 42.

       



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