Wednesday, April 04, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Villa Hills council meets to fill vacancy

        VILLA HILLS — The Villa Hills City Council has called a special meeting for tonight to fill a council vacancy.

        Council will conduct 10-minute interviews with each of the six candidates starting at 7 p.m. at the Dennis M. Stein Municipal Building, 719 Rogers Road.

        Applicants for the position are Ed Niewahner, Mike Augur, Greg Kilburn, Jim Cahill, Steve Kramer and Thom Vollmar.

        At 8:15 p.m., council will meet in the cafeteria at River Ridge Elementary School to choose the new council member. There will be a citizen forum and council discussion before the vote.

        The council member will fill the vacancy created last month when Mike Sadouskas was appointed mayor.

        Mr. Sadouskas replaced Steve Clark, who resigned as mayor March 9.

Madison celebrates 10th anniversary

        COVINGTON — The Madison, a full-service catering and banquet business, will mark its 10th anniversary from 3 to 10 p.m. today with a fund-raiser benefiting the Covington Business Council Foundation.

        The fund-raiser will be at The Madison's facility at 700 Madison Ave.

        The $10 ticket includes appetizers and dessert. There also will be tours of the facility built as a Woolworth's dime store in 1939.

        Jim Salyers bought it in 1986, and converted it into a banquet facility several years later when the Woolworth's closed.

        Proceeds will go to the CBC Foundation, a tax-deductible community development corporation that serves as a catalyst for economic development in Covington.

        Information: (859) 431-1500.

Mattel closing plant, to lay off 980 workers

        MURRAY — Mattel Inc. said Tuesday it will shut a plant in western Kentucky and move the work to plants it operates in Mexico.

        The Murray plant's 980 workers will be laid off in the next 18 to 24 months beginning in June, said Don Myers, plant manager.

        The plant shutdown is part of the toy company's effort to lower production costs and streamline the company's U.S.-based operations, according to a company news release.

        “It really has to do with global economic pressure,” Mr. Myers said.

        Mattel, based in El Segundo, Calif., acquired the plant in 1993, when it bought Fisher-Price. Mr. Myers said the plant was opened in 1973.

        The plant has made preschool toys under the Fisher-Price brand.

        At its peak employment last year, 1,300 people worked at the plant, Mr. Myers said.

        The workers will be given severance benefits and outplacement assistance.

Man gets 39 years for molesting kids

        LOUISVILLE — A Lyndon man was sentenced to 39 years in prison by a Jefferson Circuit judge Tuesday after he admitted to molesting as many as 15 children.

        Under a plea agreement, William Raymond Dempsie, 26, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual abuse, eight counts of sodomy and one count of possessing child pornography.

        Before sentencing by Circuit Judge Lisabeth Hughes Abram son, Mr. Dempsie delivered a tearful apology to his victims. He said the children were as young as 2 years old.

        Mr. Dempsie would be eligible for parole when he is 65 years old under the plea agreement.

Student charged in death of infant

        MURRAY — A Murray State University freshman was charged with murder Tuesday in the death of an infant girl found in her dorm room.

        Angelita R. Turner, 19, of Hazel, has been in the Calloway County jail since Friday in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond, state police said. She was charged last week with tampering with evidence after authorities found the infant in her room in Hart Hall, police said.

        Court records say university and state police “received information she'd had a child but refused to acknowledge she'd had one,” said Calloway County Attorney Randy Hutchens.

Defective device blamed in fatal fall

        LOUISVILLE — A defective hooking device caused a worker to fall 100 feet to his death while constructing a cellular telephone tower in Moss Point, Miss., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruled.

        OSHA cited the worker's employer, MCS Telecom Inc. of Louisville, for six serious violations related to the Jan. 12 fall and recommended a $25,300 fine.

        “This employer failed to provide workers with proper safety equipment, and did not inspect safety equipment that was supplied by the workers. In addition to being defective, the hook involved in this accident was not designed to be used with personal protective equipment,” said Clyde Payne, a spokesman for OSHA.

        John William Holland, 42, was pronounced dead by Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus.

        Among the violations, OSHA said, the company did not provide fall protection training for employees and had no one at the site trained in first aid.

Dance team stays national champions

        GREENUP — Greenup County High School's dance team has returned as a seven-time national champion. The 12 dancers returned Monday night with five first places from a national dance competition at the University of Texas in San Antonio.

        The group of Greenup County teens won first-place titles in novelty, modern, jazz, all-star and lyrical dance categories, along with four choreography awards, “Best in Class” and a Winners Circle award given to the competition's top 10 teams in overall points, said Tammy Jo Edge, dance team coach.


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Jefferson Davis portrait removed
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UK's health-care costs rise up to 45% for faculty, staff
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