Thursday, August 09, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Ex-coach pleads guilty to sex counts

        VILLA HILLS — A former girls basketball coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to six charges in connection with an April incident at his Rogers Road home.

        Thomas Rohrkasse, 37, was convicted of one count of illegal sexual contact and six counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

        Villa Hills Police Detective Joe Schutzman said that on April 28, Mr. Rohrkasse coached a girls' church league basketball team and invited six players ages 14-16 to his home. Mr. Rohrkasse gave the girls alcohol and had sexual contact with two of them, Detective Schutzman said.

        Mr. Rohrkasse will be sentenced Aug. 21 in Kenton District Court.

Tobacco firm claims legislation aids rival

        LOUISVILLE — Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. is accusing rival Philip Morris of supporting government control of tobacco to preserve its dominant position in the U.S. cigarette market.

        Louisville-based Brown & Williamson, in a newsletter sent to farmers, called legislation before Congress the “Marlboro Monopoly Act” because it would provide “enormous competitive advantage” to Philip Morris.

        Philip Morris, the nation's largest cigarette maker, broke ranks with the rest of the U.S. tobacco industry more than a year ago when it announced it could support some federal regulation of tobacco. The decision has been met with suspicion from the rest of the cigarette industry.

        Brown & Williamson said the bills “would impose a huge regulatory burden that would be difficult, if not impossible, for smaller manufacturers to sustain.”

Buses serve crowds at weekend events

        The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky's Southbank Shuttle will be available for the Great Inland Seafood Festival on Newport's Riverboat Row and Reds games this weekend.

        Hours will be 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Southbank Shuttle fare is 50 cents per trip. For more information call (859) 331-TANK.

Used book sale aids Kenton library

        INDEPENDENCE — The Friends of the Kenton County Public Library will sponsor a used-book sale at the Independence branch today through Saturday.

        Books, videos, and CDs are priced from 50 cents to $4. Sales benefit the library at 6477 Taylor Mill Road.

        On Aug. 17 and 18, the Friends will host a book sale at the Erlanger branch at 3130 Dixie Hwy.

        Sale hours are the same as the library's regular hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

MainStrasse again holds antiques sale

        COVINGTON — More than 50 vendors will display and sell vintage collectibles at the Second Sunday Antiques Marketplace this Sunday in Covington's MainStrasse neighborhood.

        Show hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and parking and admission are free.

        If you have items to sell, call for a first time discounted setup fee of $25. Contact Cindy Scheidt at (859) 341-3390 or Donna Kremer at (859) 491-0458 for information. Sellers need not be dealers.

        Future shows will be Sept. 23 and Oct. 14.

"Animated kid' contest coming

        COVINGTON — The “Search For the Most Animated Kid in America” comes to this city's MainStrasse neighborhood on Monday.

        Children between 4 and 14 are eligible for the “Most Animated Kid in America” competition.

        From noon to 5 p.m., a video camera will capture kids' actions in front of a high tech green-screen background, while the image is run through a special effect processor, then shown on a giant plasma screen above the set.

        The performance lasts about a minute. Participants sign up the day of the function on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no guarantee that each child who signs up will perform.

        Participants can win Toon prizes and be eligible for a trip to California, where the “Most Animated Kid in America” will be drawn as a cartoon and shown on Toon Disney.

Dispute resolved in Wilkinson sale

        LEXINGTON — A dispute between two of former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson's companies over more than $800,000 worth of college textbooks has been settled with a deal to sell the books for about one-fourth of that amount.

        The dispute between Wallace's Bookstores and is part of the bankruptcy filings of the companies, founded by Mr. Wilkinson.

        Also as part of those cases, the buyer of, Book Acquisition LLC, will end up paying only $63,827 in cash for the company that investors poured $90 million into, according to filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Lexington.

Former veterinarian for Kentucky dies

        OWENSBORO — Dr. Tom Smith Maddox, a former Owensboro and Greenville veterinarian who went on to become chief state veterinarian for a decade, died Sunday. He was 81.

        The Mayfield native established his practice in Greenville after earning his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University in 1950.

        Eight years later, he and Dr. Donald Barnes, who had a practice in Calhoun, came to Owensboro to create Kentuckiana Animal Clinic.

        In 1972, Dr. Maddox was appointed chief state veterinarian, a post he held until 1981. When he retired in 1982, he began operating a cow/calf program in Muhlenberg County.

        He had served as president of the Kentucky Veterinary Medicine Association.

Map another step to county merger

        LOUISVILLE — The Jefferson County Fiscal Court approved a new Greater Louisville district map Wednesday, pushing the city a step closer to a merger of city and county governments.

        The map sets out 26 districts that would each be represented by a member of the new council.

        Last year, new legislation from the General Assembly cleared the way for the merger, which was approved by voters in November.

        The merger would take effect in 2003 and include, aside from the 26-member council, a new mayor of Greater Louisville. Merger supporters believe uniting the city and county will vault Louisville into the top 25 among the nation's most populated cities.


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