Thursday, September 07, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

Grant covers 12 cops for schools

        Twelve new police officers will be working in Kentucky schools under a $1.39 million grant announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

        Sheriff departments in Boone, Jackson and Ohio counties, as well as police departments in Owensboro and Shelbyville, will be getting new school officers.

        Kentucky was one of 45 states that benefited from the grant, part of the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS). The grants provide up to $125,000 per officer to pay for salary and benefits over three years.

        The Boone County Sheriff's Department will receive five new officers and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department will get four. The Ohio County Sheriff's Department, the city of Owensboro and the Shelbyville Police Department will each get one new officer.

[photo] MOM AND SON ART SHOW: Martha E. Weber hangs her oil paintings and the mixed media work of her son, Thomas E. Weber, in the Nordheim Gallery in Covington's Holmes High School. The exhibit opens Friday. Mr. Weber teaches at Newport's A.D. Owens Elementary.

(Patrick Reddy photo)
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TANK meeting moved up to today

        FORT WRIGHT — Because of out-of-town meeting conflicts, the Sept. 13 board meeting of the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. today. The meeting will be in TANK's conference rooom at 3375 Madison Pike.

        Information: 814-2124.

Owners gone as fire damages home

        TAYLOR MILL — An early morning fire Wednesday caused about $80,000 in damage to a two-story, single-family home at 4504 Church, said Fire Chief Dennis Halpin.

        Residents Tim and Amy Anderson were not there when the blaze broke out about 1 a.m. Mr. Anderson was out of town, and Mrs. Anderson was staying elsewhere.

        Mrs. Anderson's sister, who lives next door, made the 911 call, Chief Halpin said.

        When firefighters arrived, they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from a first-floor bedroom window. They had the fire under control within 35 minutes, the chief said.

        Smoke, water and fire damage were limited to the bedroom and basement.

        The cause of the fire remains unknown.

        The Taylor Mill Fire Department and Kenton County Fire Investigation Task Force are handling the investigation.

Man charged with attempted murder

        DRY RIDGE — Michael K. Auton, 46, of 107 Aaron's Way, was indicted Wednesday by a Grant County grand jury on six counts of attempted murder, which stem from the gunshots he fired while keeping police at bay during a 23-hour standoff that occurred less than two weeks ago, said Kentucky State Police Trooper Mike Keeney.

        The standoff ended when a trooper shot Mr. Auton through a window. Mr. Auton had been barricading himself inside a trailer home and had just fired at another police officer when he was shot, injuring an arm, police have said.

        The standoff began about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 28, when Kentucky State Police troopers and deputies from the Grant County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a domestic situation. Mr. Auton's wife, who had fled the residence, made the call.

        Officers heard several gunshots upon arrival. Mr. Auton shot himself in the leg during the standoff. He was alone in the trailer.

Unclaimed winnings go toward housing

        LOUISVILLE — More than $8.6 million in unclaimed lottery money has been transferred to the Kentucky Housing Corporation Affordable Housing Trust Fund in the program's first two years, lottery officials said.

        Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason made the announcement Wednesday during a ceremony. The lottery gave the housing authority $2.8 million in fiscal 2000.

        Last year unclaimed lottery money built more than 2,300 housing units in Kentucky, lottery officials said.

        Also on hand for Wednesday's ceremony was state Rep. Jim Wayne, who sponsored a bill that passed in 1998 to turn over surplus unclaimed lottery winnings above $6 million to the housing authority.

UofL president, lawmaker honored

        LOUISVILLE — Kentucky's first lady, Judy Patton, presented awards to University of Louisville President John Shumaker and state Rep. Joni Jenkins for their efforts to stop violence against women.

        Mr. Shumaker was cited for his support of Prevention Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community, a UofL program funded through a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

        Ms. Jenkins, a Democrat, sponsored legislation that led to the establishment of rape crisis centers in Kentucky.

820-mile walk planned to combat diabetes

        BARDSTOWN — Professor Catherine Ann Moore of Spalding University plans to walk to Orlando, Fla., to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

        Ms. Moore, 44, a marketing and management teacher, will begin her 820-mile walk on Saturday and hopes to arrive in Orlando by Sept. 14.

        Ms. Moore said her 14-year-old daughter, Kaitlin, has the disease.

        She plans to walk the interstates and main roads during the daylight hours and spend the nights in motels.

        Pledges in support of Ms. Moore's walk are being mailed to: American Diabetes Association Walk, 1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 110, Louisville, KY 40216.

Service set for man trampled by elephants

        HOPKINSVILLE — A memorial service will be held today for a retired high school teacher trampled to death by elephants while on safari in Africa.

        Don F. Hall, 68, was killed after several elephants charged him during a tour in Namibia, Africa. The incident happened as he was photographing the elephants this weekend.

        Mr. Hall, an avid photographer, retired after 30 years as an industrial arts and drafting instructor at Hopkinsville High School. Today's service will be at the school.


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City filling deadly pool
Girl's lawyer blasts police
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New Fenwick High planners get go-ahead to raise money
Report critical of port authority
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Daughter stands in for Gore
Economists deride Gore's plan for 'rainy day' fund
Ag society fair game in lawsuit over prize pig
Boone backs off ban on underground mining
Burglary suspect caught within hours
Cost grows for flood plan along Duck Creek
County group has new leader
Couple faces gun charges
Dad's statement in baby's death allowed
Engineer staff complains to county
Father loses bid to squelch statement
Halls overflow with potential pets
Hamilton County GOP endorses city school levy
High court asked for new Justin ruling
Ind. town awash in arts, crafts, fun events
'Inherit the Wind' debate fresh again
Key Foundation celebration to be benefit, too, as usual
Lunken charter jet firm backs off threat to leave
Mules and Model A cars join Harvest Home Fair
N. Ky. boosters raise money
New Middletown sirens wail on cue
Runway study won't be ready this year
Second Street delayed again
Taft challenges community to help students learn to read
Turfway effort boosts betting
Vandals get probation, must pay $80K for damage
Village contracts garbage pickups
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