Thursday, June 22, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Man charged with sexual abuse of two

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — An Erlanger man was arrested by Kentucky State Police in Burlington and charged with two counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance, which allegedly took place in Gallatin County.

        Adam Johnson, 20, was being held Wednesday in the Carroll County Detention Center. He also faces charges of indecent exposure and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

        Police said the victims were a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, both from Gallatin County.

        Police say the crimes took place Saturday or early Sunday in a vehicle driven by Mr. Johnson.

Aquarium now has 3 penguin hatchlings The Cincinnati Enquirer
        NEWPORT — A third Gentoo penguin hatched Wednesday at the Newport Aquarium after working for 27 hours to break out of its shell.

        It will join two other hatchlings that “pipped” from their shells over the past three days in the aquarium's penguin nursery.

        The aquarium received four Gentoo eggs from the Wildlife Conservation Society of New York last week, but one of the eggs proved to be infertile. Aquarium officials expect to receive at least one fertile replacement egg from New York soon.

        The three hatchlings will grow rapidly, according to senior aquatic biologist Crystal Philips, and should be on display with the adult Gentoo and King penguins by August.

Kenton libraries to open an hour earlier The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COVINGTON — The Kenton County Public Library System will open its three libraries an hour earlier starting July 3.

        Library director Wayne Onkst said the system's libraries in Covington, Erlanger and Independence will open at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, starting July 3.

        Mr. Onkst said the libraries' opening was pushed back an hour 20 years ago because of budget cuts. Now, the library system “always has people standing in line when we open our doors,” he said.

        Library hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The Mary Ann Mongan Library in Covington also is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Lucas puts missing children on envelopes The Cincinnati Enquirer
        FORT MITCHELL — Photographs of missing children are now on envelopes used by the office of U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat who represents Kentucky's 4th congressional district.

        The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, working with Kentucky law enforcement agencies, provided the pictures and information on the missing children, Mr. Lucas said.

        He said he hopes people who receive mailings from his office recognize the children.

        “We must use every avenue available to locate missing children,” Mr. Lucas said.

Mary Crank joins Newport school board The Cincinnati Enquirer
        NEWPORT — Mary J. Crank, a volunteer in Newport's school system, has been named to the Board of Education. She will be sworn in June 21.

        Mrs. Crank succeeds Carl Baker, who resigned for health reasons.

        Mrs. Crank, 52, has lived in Newport for 30 years. Her children attend and graduated from Newport schools.

        Mrs. Crank works in accounting for Wendling Printing Co. in Newport. In her free time she serves on PTA and site-based decision-making school councils.

        Mrs. Crank will fill Mr. Baker's term for the rest of the year. She will then have to run for re-election in November.

NKU names director of student life The Cincinnati Enquirer
        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Betty Mulkey, a resident of Taylor Mill, has been appointed director of Student Life at Northern Kentucky University.

        Ms. Mulkey has been at NKU since 1988. She was interim director for the past 18 months and assistant director and student organization coordinator in the Student Life office.

        She also is the National Director of Collegiate Membership for Kappa Delta Sorority.

At least five hurt at chemical plant The Associated Press
        BRANDENBURG — An explosion at a chemical plant in Meade County on Wednesday afternoon injured at least five people.

        The explosion was at the nitrogen plant supplying Arch Chemical on Ky. 933 near Brandenburg, according to a plant statement and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. The plant statement said the incident happened about 3:30 p.m. EDT.

        The injured were taken to local hospitals, and two were flown to University Hospital in Louisville, according to Division of Emergency Management spokesman Ray Bowman.

        Ludlow: City Council meeting, 7 p.m., council chambers, 234 Oak St.; or Ludlow Senior Center, 808 Elm St.

        Covington: Opening reception for “Fiber,” 6 to 9 p.m., Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd.


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