Sunday, March 04, 2001

Kentucky Digest

FBI searching for bank robber

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — The FBI is searching for a man who robbed a Florence branch of Bank One at 9:48 a.m. Saturday.

        A man walked into the bank on U.S. 42 and handed a teller a note stating he had a weapon and wanted money, according to Florence Police Lt. Tim Chesser. A weapon was never displayed.

        After being handed an undisclosed amount of money, the robber left the bank and was last seen walking toward Hopeful Church Road.

        The robber is described as a white man between 20 and 25 years old. He was wearing a white or light colored baseball cap and a gray sweat shirt with the words “Polo Sports” in dark letters printed on it. He was wearing blue jeans and dark-colored tennis shoes.

        Anyone with information can call Florence Police Detective Chuck Lee at (859) 647-5427 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Erlanger man wins $100,000 on TV show

               An Erlanger electrician won $100,000 on Powerball's TV game show, hosted by Bob Eubanks of The Newlywed Game fame.

        Ronald Feder, 47, decided to keep $100,000 and not play for a chance at the grand prize, $1 million. He beat a contestant from Minnesota for a chance at the big money.

        This is the second time Mr. Feder has appeared on the show. He didn't win the $1 million on his first appearance either.

        Contestants can win a spot on the show by playing the multi-state Powerball scratch-off game.

        The show aired at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on WSTR-64. It was taped in October in Hollywood.

OxyContin crackdown yields two arrests

               PIKEVILLE — Two men were arrested for trying to obtain OxyContin illegally from the pharmacy at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.

        Franklin Bentley, 37, of Millstone, and Shawn Hibbitts, 30, of Thornton, were arrested Thursday for using fraudulent prescriptions to obtain the painkiller, said Detective Keith Justice.

        The arrests were the latest in a regional crackdown on abuse of the prescription drug that has been blamed by officials for dozens of fatal overdoses. State and federal investigators have arrested more than 200 people in the past month on OxyContin-related charges.

        Mr. Bentley and Mr. Hibbitts each face 16 drug-related charges, including trafficking in a controlled substance and forgery.

UK chancellor named head at Oregon

               ASHLAND, Ore. — Elisabeth Zinser, chancellor at the University of Kentucky, has been named president of the 5,800-student Southern Oregon University.

        The Oregon State Board of Higher Education announced the appointment Friday.

        Ms. Zinser, 60, also has served as president at the University of Idaho and at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

        “I'm very honored and very humbled,” she said. “We were expecting this and we're still a little numb.”

        Ms. Zinser replaces Sara Hopkins-Powell, who has been acting president since former president Stephen Reno resigned in April to head the New Hampshire University system.

Bill lessens AIDS education for workers

               FRANKFORT — A bill to reduce AIDS-related continuing education for medical professionals passed the Kentucky Senate on Friday despite complaints it signaled a retreat in vigilance against the disease.

        Attendance at the education sessions would be required once every 10 years under the bill. Health care workers now must attend every year.

        The bill passed 33-1, clearing its final legislative hurdle. The bill already passed the House and now goes to Gov. Paul Patton.

Kentucky events

        Covington: Art exhibit opening reception for Images Of Devotion, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Cathedral Art Gallery, 1140 Madison Ave.


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