Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

From Enquirer news sources

Wandering toddler's parents charged
        LUDLOW — Police have filed child-endangerment charges against the parents of a toddler found wandering in the street at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

        A woman called police after finding a boy, about 18 months old and wearing only diapers and shorts, in the street near the intersection of Latta and Euclid streets, according to Ludlow Police Lt. Col. Benny Johnson.

        Police have charged the parents, Jeff and Theresa Chipley, with a misdemeanor, punishable with up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

        The child, who was not injured, has been placed in foster care while children's services investigates, Lt. Col. Johnson said.

        The parents reported the child missing nearly two hours after the toddler was found about a block away from his home on Euclid Street. Lt. Col. Johnson said he believed the parents were asleep when the child got out of the house through an unlocked door.

Plans for schools discussed at forums
        COVINGTON — The public can hear the Covington Schools' superintendent's plans for the coming school year and learn about the state's recent scholastic audit at three forums next month.

        Jack Moreland, Covington Schools superintendent, has scheduled open forums to discuss the Kentucky Department of Education's report on the school system's scholastic audit. He also will share his goals for the 2000-01 school year, and will take questions.

        The Covington Schools' audit reports are available at each school, or can be accessed on the Covington Schools' Web page:

        The forums will be Aug. 3 at the Holmes High School auditorium, 25th Street and Madison Avenue; Aug. 8 in the second floor conference room of the Kenton County Public Library at Fifth Street and Scott Boulevard.; and Aug. 15 in the John G. Carlisle School cafeteria, 910 Holman St. Each forum is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

GOP candidate Bell names county chairmen
        FORT MITCHELL — Republican congressional candidate Don Bell of Oldham County has named campaign chairmen and chairwomen in 21 counties of the 4th Congressional District.

        Mr. Bell, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas of Boone County in the November election.

        The Northern Kentucky chairmen include Boone County GOP Chairman Ed Moore, Grant County Republican Chairman Greg Kennedy and Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn.

        Others are: Campbell County, Julie Reinhardt; Gallatin County, Bill LeGrand; and Owen County, Marc Carey, the 4th District Republican chairman.

Eye care available for schoolchildren
        LOUISVILLE — Kentucky children who need eye care, but who lack KCHIP coverage and cannot afford it, can get care through Prevent Blindness America.

        The program identifies children needing eye care services and refers them to one of 325 Vision Service Plan doctors for a free eye examination and eye glasses when prescribed.

        Starting with the 2000-2001 school year, Kentucky requires children entering public school for the first time must get an eye examination from an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

        For information, call (800) 828-1179.

Judge blocks ACLU from joining suit
        HENDERSON — A judge has ruled against the American Civil Liberty Union's request to help defend the city's gay-rights law.

        Judge Stephen Hayden ruled last week that the request did not meet all the legal requirements for such an intervention. The ACLU can appeal the ruling.

        The American Center for Law and Justice, on behalf of landlords Rick and Connie Hile, is seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of the “fairness ordinance.”

Man indicted in death of jogger
        TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. — A Spencer County grand jury indicted a Lawrenceburg man on murder and other charges in connection with a hit-and-run collision that killed a jogger last month.

        William D. Drummond, 26, was indicted Monday on charges of murder, wanton endangerment, drunken driving, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident and receiving stolen property.

        He had been arrested June 28 and charged with stealing a flatbed truck that police believe struck and killed Sean Wilkinson, 30, of Taylorsville.

        Mr. Wilkinson was killed June 25 as he jogged on Kentucky 44 east of Taylorsville.

Jurors recommend death sentence
        LA GRANGE — An Oldham County jury recommended the death sentence Tuesday for a man who shot his in-laws to death and then attempted to kill his ex-wife.

        Miguel Angel Soto, 29, was convicted Friday on two counts of murder and other charges.

        Armott Porter, 65, and his wife, Edna Porter, 58, were killed June 29, 1999, at their Oldham County home. Armotta Porter, now 34, was shot in the back and knee but survived.


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$610,000 settlement approved
Car cell phones are handy, and that can be a problem
Group fights Lunken proposal
Ballpark designs not all decided
Briton found not guilty of ducking child support
Ex-councilman denies fraud in Fairfield voting
Mill Creek flows from gritty reality to surprising beauty
KIESEWETTER: Miller brings fan's view to football booth
Aid seekers need close eye
Bush plans Covington tour stop
CROWLEY: Closer to home
County bows to law on mobile homes
Death of inmate in cell investigated
Fans head to derby day
Fixes for Garrison St. in works
Flier wrong on forming police force, trustee says
Florence plans to annex Turfway
Grease, oil fueling buses
Mariemont boathouse is being restored
New school district has staff in place
Robber hits bank near Covington police station
Rural roots revisited
Schools hiring five administrators
Study looks at Wal-Mart concerns
Talawanda voters again will face levy
Unattended kids, stiffer penalties?
Victim stabbed more than 40 times
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