Thursday, October 19, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

Schools meet date for sports reports

        FRANKFORT — No Kentucky high schools will lose their sports programs because their reports on equity between girls' and boys' teams were late.

        All schools met Tuesday's deadline for completing a state report on their compliance with Title IX, federal regulations that seek to equalize girls' and boys' sports offerings.

        The Kentucky High School Athletic Association cited 107 schools, including 13 in Northern Kentucky, in early October for not turning in all or part of a report that outlined their sports programs. Those schools were told they'd be declared ineligible to compete if they didn't get in the missing paperwork, which was due in June.

        “Everybody has a better understanding now of what's required,” said Brigid DeVries, assistant commissioner of the athletic association.

        Over the next few years, KHSAA will use the reports, coupled with site visits, to audit all schools and monitor their compliance with the federal laws.

Police catch burglary suspects

        FORT THOMAS — A suspected burglary at a North Fort Thomas Avenue tavern was foiled by police early Wednesday after a neighbor reported three suspicious-looking men in the area.

        Police said two were attempting to get into the Inverness Tavern through a broken window when Officer Chris Goshorn arrived shortly after 3 a.m. He caught one man, while the other fled in a waiting car with a third man.

        The car drove away with its headlights off, reaching speeds of 100 mph before it was stopped at 10th Street in Newport by Southgate Police Lt. Keith Reinhardt.

        Police charged James Edward Minshall of Bellevue with burglary and charged Larry Holtz of Fort Thomas with burglary, fleeing, driving under the influence and wanton endangerment, all felony charges. Mr. Holtz was also charged with operating a vehicle on a suspended license and speeding.

        The third suspect was being held by police but had not been charged as of Wednesday afternoon. The continuing investigation has led Bellevue police to bring additional burglary charges against Mr. Minshall. Police allege he has burglarized two Bellevue bars within the last month.

Drug charge against former athlete dropped

        COVINGTON — A federal drug charge filed against Todd Clark, a former Northern Kentucky University basketball player, has been dropped.

        U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Gregory Wehrman filed a court order this week to dismiss the charge.

        Mr. Clark's attorney, Burr Travis of Florence, has been meeting with federal prosecutors since Mr. Clark and three other men were charged with conspiring to possess and distribute Ecstasy, “the club drug.”

        The September arrest stemmed from Mr. Clark receiving a package from his brother, Anthony. He admitted to knowing about its arrival.

        He consented to a search, which led to the discovery of 501 Ecstasy tablets.

        His brother and two others — Louis Brockhoeft and Jason Merrill — have been indicted. They face 20 years if convicted.

Ex-spouses settle suit over son's injury

        COVINGTON — He sued his ex-wife for $1 million over injury to their child but settled for $100,000.

        The son of Jeffrey Bothen of Virginia and Jamie Bothen of Florence was critically injured on July 2, 1998, by high-powered fireworks that exploded in his mouth.

        Benjamin Bothen, then 10, was taken to St. Luke Hospital West and later Shriners Burns Institute.

        The child lives with his father. He had been visiting his mother in Northern Kentucky when the injury happened.

        Mr. Bothen sued in June 1999, alleging that the explosion happened because of parental negligence.

        According to court documents, the parents settled last week.


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County seeks plan input
Covington wins honor for historic preservation
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Former doctor says he poisoned patient
Ft. Washington Way widens
Golden Galaxy winners selected
Judge accepts case of Gallatin pollution
N. Ky. golfer strikes gold
No-pay parents taken in roundup
Police officer dismissed
Restaurant bill argued at trustee meeting
Senator refuses to debate for cable
Trailer park might relocate
Two rallies offer support for victories over violence
Women learn self-defense
In the Schools
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