Friday, February 23, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Housemate says he helped bury victim

        TRENTON, N.J. — The housemate of an Ocean County man accused in a fatal Kentucky kidnapping admitted in court Thursday that he helped his friend burn and bury the victim, a British computer consultant.

        In pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge, Preston C. Foray Jr. also said he later helped dispose of handcuffs used to bind Paul Jeffrey Gale at the request of the accused kidnapper, Gregory J. Marcinski, who called him from jail.

        Mr. Foray's role in aiding Mr. Marcinski had been known since Mr. Gale's body was recovered April 27, when the FBI said he helped agents locate the body.

        Mr. Foray made a new disclosure Thursday, however, stating that he and another Ocean County man, Robert A. Norcia III, agreed to dispose of the handcuffs together, and that Mr. Norcia tossed them off a bridge.

        Mr. Norcia pleaded guilty several hours later, admitting that he knew about the fatal kidnapping and helped conceal evidence of the crime by throwing the handcuffs off a bridge.

        Meanwhile, Mr. Marcinski, 24, remains in custody in northern Kentucky, awaiting trial in the kidnapping. Investigators charge that Mr. Marcinski pretended to be an FBI agent when he took Mr. Gale from a hotel room there on April 17.

        Authorities believe Mr. Gale, 28, a native of Birmingham, England, and a resident of Mount Laurel, N.J., and Naples, Fla., was strangled because he was dating Mr. Marcinski's former girlfriend, Darla Guida.

        At the time, Mr. Foray was living with Mr. Marcinski in Brick. Mr. Gale's body was found in a swampy area of the township about two miles from their residence, where they lived with Mr. Marcinski's grandmother.

        Mr. Foray, 22, appeared in federal court with his parents. He faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and an order of restitution.

Questions invited on condo project

        LUDLOW — Residents who have questions or concerns about the proposed Chateaux Devou condominium project can attend a town meeting Monday.

        The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Ludlow Senior Center, 808 Elm St.

        Grand Communities Ltd., part of the Fischer Group, wants to build 293 condominiums on a vacant hilltop overlooking the Ohio River. The 33-acre site is at the end of Uphill Drive and is bordered by the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky on the east and Covington's Devou Park on the south.

        Representatives of Fischer Homes, Inc. will attend Monday's meeting to answer questions.

        Chateaux Devou, costing $30 million to $40 million, would be the first large residential project built in the city since the 43-unit Highpoint Apartments for senior citizens opened in 1981.

Dispute flares over nursing proposal

        FRANKFORT — A bill to remove any doubt about the authority of nurses in health departments touched off a debate Thursday about their confidential treatment of minors, including the dispensing of contraceptives.

        The bill, approved by the House Health and Welfare Committee, would allow registered nurses and advanced registered nurse practitioners to hand out prescribed drugs.

        Rep. Bob Heleringer attempted to amend it to forbid nurses to treat unmarried minors without a parent's permission.

        His issue was parental authority, not birth control, said Mr. Heleringer, R-Louisville. “I don't care what the treatment is for. ... Parents and families come before government,” he said.

        Opponents included Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a nurse in Louisville, who said teens with sexually transmitted diseases often go without treatment rather than confront their parents.

Lawmaker has hang-up about state voice mail

        FRANKFORT — Hello. You have reached the giant state government agency. There are hundreds of people who work here, but none is answering the phone right now. If you want to talk to a real human being, you'll have to wait for a few minutes.

        Rep. Howard Cornett, R-Whitesburg, doesn't think taxpayers should have to listen to recordings like that when they call state government offices, and the House on Thursday agreed by a 97-0 vote.

        Mr. Cornett's legislation would require a human being to answer the phone during regular business hours in state government offices that have six or more employees. If there is a voice mail answering system, the option to be referred to a human being must be the first choice.

Commandments bill clears panel

        FRANKFORT — State legislators Thursday began a new push to get the Ten Commandments back on the walls of public schools.

        The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to allow display of the commandments in schools as part of classroom studies.

        The bill would permit posting of the commandments along with other religious, historical or literary documents. The displays would aid in elective courses on history, civilization, religion or literature. The classes would allow use of the Bible or other scriptural texts.

Committee says it's OK for blind to carry guns

        FRANKFORT — A House committee, amused by boasts about the marksmanship of a blind gun enthusiast, defeated a proposal Thursday to disqualify the blind from carrying concealed weapons.

        Opponents opened their assault on the bill's restrictions by bragging about Joe Stewart, a retired state chemist blind since birth. Despite his impairment, Mr. Stewart is so adept with a weapon that he could hit any of the committee members seated in the room, said Shelby Riggs, a member of the Kentucky Coalition for Concealed Carry.

        The hearing erupted in laughter. Mr. Riggs quickly added Mr. Stewart is law-abiding and would only use a gun for protection.

        The Judiciary Committee soon shot down the bill, which would have limited carry-concealed permits to those with good enough vision to drive.

Blue Grass Airport not always 1st choice

        LEXINGTON — The Blue Grass Airport is generating $132 million in revenue a year, but still losing about 41 percent of its potential passengers to the airports in Louisville and Cincinnati, a new University of Kentucky study said.

        The high percentage of potential customers who choose other airports “illustrates the need for improvement in the services at this airport,” board member Robert Mudd said.

        The survey found ravelers are willing to drive more than an hour to airports in Louisville or Northern Kentucky if they can fly cheaper.


Nursing homes fighting to keep funds
Heart transplant program might stop
Home's sweet in Norwood
Blackwell ponders job offer
Family learns letter signed by Washington a real steal
Light rail called boon to economy
RADEL: Sky-high fares Maybe it's time for a new airport
WELLS: Child support
Bearded man admits holdups
Cinergy teams up in anti-pollution effort
Agents swoop down on Covington
Covington faces drug trade
Task force formed to battle illicit 'Oxy' trade
AIDS agency's donations seized
Bill would require hearing before sewer rates go up
Environmentalists, Chabot in league
Farm tradition alive
Five Lakota school buses in accidents
Giving up nudity for Lent? Ky. touts dry T-shirt contest
'Hero' inspires runner
In case of emergency, county will call you
3 locals accused of gun running
Lucas pushes Rx drug benefits
New tower to aid police
Runway study is in the mail
Students need not redo work
Teen faces lengthy prison term for slaying
Tobacco growers vote to keep quota system
Wrong checks add to agency's support payment troubles
- Kentucky News Briefs
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