Friday, March 23, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Baseball park for Florence on agenda

        FLORENCE — The Boone County Businessmen's Association is sponsoring a public forum at 7 p.m. March 29 at the Boone County High School auditorium to hear information about a proposed minor league baseball park in Florence.

        Cincinnati businessman Gary Enzweiler, who has secured a franchise in the Frontier League, and league commissioner Bill Lee will speak and take questions. They will discuss topics including possible location of the stadium.

        Mr. Enzweiler and Florence Mayor Diane Whalen have discussed the feasibility of a 4,000- to 5,000-seat stadium in Florence, most likely at U.S. 42 and Interstate 75. Total cost of a stadium and land acquisition could run $10 million.

[photo] Payton Govan, a first-grader from Silver Grove, studies a fossil through a microscope Thursday while classmate Austin Hubbard waits his turn. Northern Kentucky University held a science camp for elementary pupils from the district.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        The Frontier League, to have 12 teams competing this season, is a private professional baseball operation not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

Status of Henry inquiry disputed

        FRANKFORT — A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that Lt. Gov. Steve Henry's lawyer doesn't know anything about their case against Mr. Henry, or lack of it.

        Jack Smith said Wednesday he has gotten word that prosecutors have found nothing to implicate Mr. Henry in any wrongdoing. “There's been nothing uncovered thus far to indicate that he's done anything wrong, and I did get that message from the U.S. Attorney's Office,” Mr. Smith said.

        Hancy Jones, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Steve Reed, said his office has sent a letter to Mr. Smith disputing his version of events. “He knows we have not discussed evidence in this case,” Mr. Jones said.

        Officials in the U.S. Attorney's Office had previously refused to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation into Mr. Henry's activities.

        Mr. Smith, who is a former U.S. attorney, was out of his office late Thursday and unavailable for comment.

Spokesman: Student dies in spitting contest

        GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Furman University freshman fell from a second-story dormitory balcony and died early Thursday, a school spokesman says.

        Robert Austin Meythaler, 19, of Owensboro, Ky., apparently hoisted himself onto a 3 1/2-foot railing to get a better shot in a spitting contest with two other freshmen, spokesman Vince Moore said.

        Mr. Meythaler lost his balance and fell 22 feet from the balcony at about 1:45 a.m., Mr. Moore said. He died at Greenville Memorial Hospital about 6 1/2 hours later, the spokesman said.

Heart attack kills assistant prosecutor

        PIKEVILLE — Richard Lundy Elswick, an assistant commonwealth attorney in Pikeville and a former judge, died Tuesday at Pikeville Methodist Hospital of a heart attack. He was 52.

        Mr. Elswick was a district judge in Pikeville from 1981 to 1989. He also was a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge in 1989.

        Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Elkhorn City Church of Christ.

Man is charged in child-porn case

        LONDON, Ky. — A London man was indicted Thursday on child pornography charges after an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and Kentucky State Police.

        The indictment charges Arthur Philpot, 35, with three counts of receiving and possessing depictions of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

        U.S. Attorney Joseph Famularo said the alleged pornography had been distributed through the mail and the Internet.

        Mr. Famularo said Mr. Philpot, if found guilty, could spend up to 15 years in prison, be fined $250,000, and spend two years under supervision after his release.


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RADEL: Take action
Boone Co. GOP chief Moore running himself for fiscal court
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Battery tested that may thwart blackouts
Choices rare in judge races
Fairfield moves graduation event
House GOP plans to fight for vouchers
Ky. to get 'spring cleaning'
Lakota adds 13 to Hall
Med students on the move
Neighbors challenge water tower
Post-trial juror gag overruled
Schools put uproar behind them
Special women get their due
Student discipline records are public, justices say
U of L files suit against bookstore
Walnut Hills students walk out over newspaper
- Kentucky News Briefs
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