Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Dayton council hires attorney

        DAYTON — City Council members will meet at 7 p.m. tonightwith an attorney to determine the next step in a battle with Mayor Bobby Crittendon over charges of nepotism.

        City Attorney Jack Fischer said Monday that council had decided to discuss the issue with a private attorney rather than have the city attorney involved. Council voted two weeks ago to look into accusations that Mr. Crittendon showed favoritism to his son-in-law, Dayton Police Officer David Halfhill. State law prohibits nepotism — favoritism to relatives — in public office.

        Mr. Fischer said council members plan to make a decision on whether to pursue the allegations after the meeting. They may call for a hearing. It would require a unanimous council vote to remove the mayor or merely censure him.

Ramsey to fill out
Gronefeld's term

               CRESCENT SPRINGS — Dale Ramsey, a newcomer elected to Crescent Springs City Council in Tuesday's election, was appointed to council Wednesday to fill the remaining 1 1/2 months of Larry Gronefeld's term.

        Mr. Gronefeld resigned from council Sept. 29 because of health reasons. Last Tuesday, Mr. Ramsey was elected to a two-year term on the nonpartisan City Council. He will begin serving that term Jan. 1.

Winning ticket
sold at popular spot

               LOUISVILLE — The lone winning ticket in the $9.2 million Lotto Kentucky drawing Saturday night was sold at a convenience store along the Tennessee border, a lottery official said Monday.

        The ticket was purchased at Pal's Shop Ezy in Oak Grove, near the Fort Campbell Army post, said Kentucky lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Cunningham.

        The winning ticket holder has not yet stepped forward to claim the prize, she said. The winner chose the cash option, making the prize worth $5.48 million, Ms. Cunningham said.

        The winning numbers were 4, 13, 20, 28, 34 and 40.

        Pal's will receive $92,000, or 1 percent of the jackpot, for selling the winning ticket, lottery officials said.

        Store owner Rich Gingrich said this is the first time a winning Lotto Kentucky ticket has been sold there.

        “We've had thousands of significant size prizes won here over the years, but never had been able to get that Lotto jackpot winner,” Mr. Gingrich said.

        Pal's is the site where Kent Miller of Madison, Tenn., bought a winning $89 million Powerball ticket in January 1996, the largest prize given away by the Kentucky Lottery, lottery officials said.

        “We're thrilled for Pal's because it has consistently been our No. 1 selling retail location in the state,” Arch Gleason, president and chief executive officer with the Kentucky Lottery, said in a statement.

Festival's focus is
healing spirituality

               LOUISVILLE — A festival coming to Kentucky's largest city this week will focus on the role of spirituality in healing. The fifth annual Festival of Faiths will run Wednesday through Sunday at Louisville Gardens. It will include seminars, talks and exhibits by practitioners of alternative healing ap proaches. Recent studies have given credibility to the concept of spirituality in healing, showing some medical benefits to prayer, meditation and worship attendance.

Pawn shop employee
charged with murder

               LOUISVILLE — A pawn shop employee has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a co-worker with a pellet rifle.

        Clayton Maurice Lashley, 49, of Louisville is accused of killing 28-year-old Anthony Gilder Sr. Saturday at Zeke's Pawn Shop.

        Police said Mr. Lashley was handling the gun when it went off, shooting Mr. Gilder in the chest about 5 p.m., said Louisville police spokesman Det. Bill Keeling.

        A pellet lacerated Mr. Gilder's heart, said Jeff Moody, a Jefferson County deputy coroner.

        Witnesses said Mr. Gilder didn't collapse until about 20 minutes after he was shot, Detective Keeling said.

        Mr. Gilder was taken to the University of Louisville Medical Center because he was having seizures. He was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m. Mr. Lashley turned himself in and is cooperating with the investigation, Detective Keeling said.

History commission
celebrates 25 years

               LEXINGTON — Former Gov. Julian Carroll and two journalists will be honored today for their work in establishing a state commission dedicated to compiling an oral history of Kentucky.

        The Kentucky Oral History Commission will hold a dinner in Frankfort as part of its 25th anniversary celebration.

        Journalist Al Smith, host of Kentucky Education Television's Comment on Kentucky and editorial writer and columnist John Ed Pearce will also be honored.

        Mr. Smith and Mr. Pearce are credited with requesting such a commission in the summer of 1975. Mr. Carroll established the commission in 1976.

        Since then, more than 350 people and universities have been awarded grants to gather more than 20,000 interviews, establishing the commission as a national leader in the field of oral history, said Kevin Graffagnino, executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society.

        “No other state in the country has a program dedicated to the comprehensive, statewide collection of historical interviews,” Mr. Graffagnino said.

        “The commission has made a significant contribution in achieving the objectives Al Smith and John Ed Pearce had in mind,” said Thomas D. Clark, Kentucky's historian laureate. Mr. Clark said the project has “filled in a lot of chinks in the historical record.”

        Mr. Smith is also a former newspaper owner and editor. Mr. Pearce, a former columnist and editorial writer with the Louisville Courier-Journal, is a columnist at the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Klan leader jailed
before Indiana rally

               AUBURN, Ind. — A Ku Klux Klan leader arrested on the eve of a rally in Elkhart pleaded innocent Monday to charges that he held a television news crew captive in his home last year.

        Jeffery L. Berry, leader of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, also pleaded innocent to other charges, including five counts of being a habitual offender. He was ordered held on $100,000 bond.

        Mr. Berry requested a bond reduction, but DeKalb Circuit Judge Paul Cherry said that issue should be taken up by a court-appointed lawyer.


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Thumbs up for hand counts
Arrests made in pharmacy break-ins
County to pay mentors for at-risk children
Health-care access problems described at forum
Jail security under review
Jailers talk tough to young people
More elderly will get help from levy fund
Alexandria chosen for sewage plant
Mayor won't be indicted for check
Anti-drug effort begins
Lebanon, ODOT agree on rebuilding part of Main
Norwood police want jobs filled
Police work: Not like on TV
Driver in fatal student shooting gets probation
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