Tuesday, December 05, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Recommendation on top cop expected

        COVINGTON — Kenton County Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd will announce his recommendation for the county's new police chief this morning.

        Last week, the county's four-member police merit board forwarded the names of five finalists to Mr. Murgatroyd. All five have extensive law enforcement experience in the Tristate.

        Mr. Murgatroyd will present his nominee to Kenton Fiscal Court, and the new chief could be on the job by January.

        The finalists for Kenton County police chief are Covington police Lt. Col. William Dorsey, Kenton County Police Capt. Ed Butler, Crescent Springs Police Chief Mike Ward, former Independence Police Chief Ed Porter and Florence Police Lt. Tom Dusing.

        The new chief will replace Mike Browning, who retired Sept. 1 to take a job at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

        The police chief's job will pay between $53,248 and $62,400 a year, with the exact figure based, in part, on the candidate's experience.

Missing woman
telephones home

               EDGEWOOD — A 38-year-old woman who had been missing since Thanksgiving Day was found Monday.

        Edgewood Police said Victor VanHorne, the husband of Juana “Juanita” VanHorne, received a call from his wife about 2 p.m. Monday, acknowledging that she was safe. Mr. VanHorne was leaving for an undisclosed location in Florida to pick up his wife, police said.

        Mr. VanHorne had reported his wife missing on Nov. 24. Police said the couple's van was found parked outside Mr. VanHorne's place of employment in Fort Mitchell with the keys inside, and no sign of Mrs. VanHorne.

Tobacco exec assesses
direct buy vs. auction

               LOUISVILLE — A high-ranking tobacco executive said Monday that rival methods of selling tobacco through auction warehouses or directly to tobacco manufacturers can coexist.

        David L. Milby, a senior vice president for Philip Morris U.S.A., said the company has been pleased with its new approach of buying burley tobacco directly from farmers, bypassing the traditional auction system.

        “It's running extremely well,” Mr. Milby said after speaking at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's annual convention. “The auction market seems to be running fine, as well. I think the two can coexist.

        “I think we've got to go through some growing pains and see what it looks like in the next couple of years.”

        Philip Morris, the world's largest cigarette manufacturer, continues to fill some of its burley demand by buying at auctions, Mr. Milby said.

Ky. State president
sues prof, newspaper

               FRANKFORT — The president of Kentucky State University on Monday sued a former colleague and a newspaper, alleging libel.

        The case arose from an accusation by the former colleague that George W. Reid's resume contained misrepresentations when he was a dean seeking tenure at the University of Cincinnati in 1994.

        Mr. Reid's suit, filed in U.S. District Court at Louisville, claims the accusation is part of a “vendetta” by L.J. Andrew Villalon, whom Mr. Reid declined to recommend for early tenure in 1995.

        Mr. Villalon, a history professor, has published his claims about Mr. Reid on the World Wide Web. The State Journal published a story Oct. 27 about Mr. Villalon's allegations.

        Mr. Reid has denied wrongdoing. His suit asks for unspecified damages.

        The newspaper's editor, Carleton L. West, declined comment on the suit. A telephone message left at Mr. Villalon's office at the University of Cincinnati was not returned.

Most roads clear
after first snow

               LOUISVILLE — Roads are largely clear across the commonwealth, but some schools were closed in the wake of the season's first significant snowfall.

        State Police at the London Post in eastern Kentucky said main roads are clear after 6 inches of snow fell on that area over the weekend. Up to 8 inches of snow fell on other portions of eastern Kentucky.

        “We've probably still got 3 or 4 inches,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Craig Sutton said. “There are still some slick, hazardous places.”

        State Police there were recommending that motorists use caution on secondary roads.

        Western Kentucky received between 1 and 2 inches of snow during the weekend, and central Kentucky received between 4 and 6 inches. Schools in Adair and Cumberland counties closed on Monday due to slick roads.

        Over the weekend, one of the heaviest early season storms in 20 years dumped a half-foot of snow across the Appalachian foothills to the Tennessee border.

        In Fayette County, where 4 inches fell, Lexington police said they were called to more than 50 accidents between 10 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday.

        “That initial snow we had ... was melting, and then when the sun went down, it formed a nice layer of ice under the new snow,” Lexington police Sgt. Garry Sennett said.

        The snow that's left in some parts is expected to melt in the coming days as forecasts for the rest of the week call for high temperatures in the mid-30s to mid-40s with little precipitation. headDAYBOOK

        Government and schools

        Dayton: City Council meeting, 7 p.m., city building, 514 Sixth Ave.

        Erlanger: City Council meeting, 7 p.m., city building, 505 Commonwealth Ave.

        Florence: Ockerman Middle's School-Based Decision Making Council meeting, 2:45 p.m., 8300 U.S. 42.

        Highland Heights: City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., city building, 175 Johns Hill Road.

        Highland Heights: Campbell County Fiscal Court special meeting, 7:30 a.m., Campbell County Extension Office, 3500 Alexandria Pike.

        Independence: Kenton County Fiscal Court, 7 p.m., courthouse, 5272 Madison Pike.

        Kentucky events

        Burlington: Teen Mothers of Preschoolers meeting hosted by First Church of Christ, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., 6080 Camp Ernst Road. Fee is $2 per meeting based on ability to pay; no one will be turned away.

        Covington: “A Covington Neighborhood Christmas,” presented by the Covington Neighborhoods, Parks & Recreation Department, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Latonia Elementary, Huntington Avenue. Will feature a puppet show, magic and balloon animals, face painting, punch and cookies and a visit from Santa Claus.


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Proposed pet limit sidetracked
Olympic bidders seek $500,000 from county
PULFER: Drug court might offer live lesson
Man arrested on Web sex charges
Ohio will review voting methods
School board updates building plans
Teacher slowdown negligible
Woman referee breaks barrier
Bengals will get better grass next spring
Cisco's CEO to bring his talk here
Clinics' aim: Improve care
Pearl Harbor survivors meet
Teens shop to help needy
How to help the needy
What next for Lucas?
Area closer to unified dispatch center
Duck Creek flood-control project balloons
Mayor testifies funds going to charity
Police withdraw from Klan cross display
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