Thursday, November 02, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Man charged in attempted bank heist

        FORT THOMAS — FBI agents arrested an Elsmere man Wednesday on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted bank robbery.

        Charles Leroy Woods, 55, was arrested at 704 S. Grand Ave. in Fort Thomas by FBI agents and Fort Thomas police officers.

        After a search of the residence, agents found a device that appeared to be an explosive. The Cincinnati bomb squad determined it was a hoax bomb. A second search was conducted at Mr. Woods' home on Park Avenue in Elsmere. Details of that search were not available.

        A federal warrant was outstanding against Mr. Woods, alleging he violated his federal parole.

        He is being held in the Campbell County Jail and will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Greg Wehrman at 1:30 p.m. today in Covington.

for sports center

               COVINGTON — Groundbreaking for a Youth Sports Complex at 43rd Street and DeCoursey Avenue will be at noon Saturday. The complex will include five baseball fields, six soccer fields, restrooms, concessions and a walking/jogging path, as well as additional parking.

        The project is being undertaken by the city in partnership with Kenton County and the state.

        The city also will host an opening ceremony for the Peaselburg Little Peoples Playland at the Covington Firefighters Hall, 23rd and Howell streets, at 4 p.m. Saturday. The project is undertaken by the city in partnership with the Covington Firefighters Local 38 and the Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association.

$20K grant to help
kids with dental care

               ERLANGER — A charitable nonprofit group has received a $20,000 grant to provide emergency dental care prescriptions and medical co-pays for low-income children in Boone County and much of Kenton County.

        Co-trustees of the Jack J. Smith Jr. Charitable Trust awarded the grant to Erlanger-Elsmere United Ministries so that the 17-year-old agency can help meet the needs of children whose families can't cover these emergency expenses.

        “These funds will greatly extend our ability to meet the emergency health needs of children,” said Pat Slater, the agency's executive director.

        Erlanger/Elsmere United Ministries helps lower-income people pay their utility bills and works toward making them more self-sufficient.

        For more information, call (859) 727-0300.

Special Olympics
bowling Saturday

               NEWPORT — Almost 150 Special Olympics bowlers from a 10-county Northern Kentucky region will compete at the Saturday Area 7 Bowling Tournament at Bellewood Lanes, 1211 Water Works Road.

        Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Competition should go through 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

        The top competitors will receive ribbons. They all can advance to the Kentucky Special Olympics Bowling Tournament in December. It will take place in Lexington.

        For more information, contact staff at (800) 633-7403.

Christmas open house
at MainStrasse Village

               COVINGTON — The historic MainStrasse Village will host a Christmas open house on Nov. 11 and 12 and 18 and 19.

        Customers can visit with St. Nicholas and tell him their holiday wishes. St. Nicholas also will be available for photos.

        Main Street Memories will offer hot apple cider, while customers at Mini Splendid Things can enjoy a Christmas cookie when they register to win a dollhouse kit.

        Musical entertainment also will be provided at The Goose Girl Fountain. The Show Biz Kids will perform at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12, and the St. Augustine Junior Girl Scout Flag Team will perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19.

State education chief
slates public forums

               FRANKFORT — Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit will hold open forums across the state this month for educators and citizens, his agency announced Wednesday.

        Each of the eight forums is planned for 5 to 7 p.m., local time. The schedule:

        • Nov. 9: Pikeville — Pikeville High School Auditorium.

        • Nov. 14: Louisville — Gheens Professional Development Center.

        • Nov. 15: Murray — Curris Center, Murray State University.

        • Nov. 21: Bowling Green — University Hotel and Conference Center.

        • Nov. 27: Erlanger — Deitz Auditorium, Erlanger-Elsmere Schools.

        • Nov. 28: Lexington — Kentucky Horse Park.

        • Nov. 29: Somerset — Center for Rural Community Development.

        • Nov. 30: Ashland — Plaza Hotel.


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Downtown crisis: no Xmas tree
Schools to use dogs in searches
Charters will cost CPS $21 million
City hopes development compromise helps Over-the-Rhine
Hard work and one last panic attack
PULFER: Does Mom influence character?
Big crowd expected for Barbara Bush visit
Bush-Gore much too close to call
Freedom Center issue in congressional race
'Liberal Portune' TV ad a stretch
Taft hits road for Issue 1
Covington mayoral race gets rougher
Parole board reverses decision to free rapist
Police suit over pay disputed
SAMPLES: Scholars squabble over guns
Snowden's new job draws judge's fire
3 teens in ecstasy sale remain in detention
Coroner: Gun was pressed to skull
County settles suit over stolen file for $460,000
Delayed flights cleared
Driver ejected from car in chase dies
Alzheimer program for caregivers
Council to weigh mayor's removal
Firefighters spend 2 days battling grass/tree blaze
Burley growers reject plan
Grant aids treatment study for cocaine, heroin addicts
Green Twp. levy would fund parks program
Heather French Henry to attend Henson rally
Judge refuses to unseal file about former TV host
Kentucky becomes bystander in presidential race
- Kentucky Digest
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