Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Zoo cheetah to visit libraries

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The Kenton County Public Library will welcome a cheetah from the Cincinnati Zoo at two programs on Sept. 22 at the Covington and Erlanger libraries.

        The program at the Mary Ann Mongan Library in Covington, 502 Scott Blvd., will be at 11 a.m., while the one at the Erlanger branch, 3130 Dixie Highway, will be at 2:30 p.m.

        Zoo representatives will bring a live cheetah to the programs and share information about the cats, their habitats, and how they survive in the wild.

        Once found throughout Africa and Asia, the cheetah is now found in pockets of Africa and a there is a small population in Iran.

        For information about library programs, call (859) 491-7610. For directions to any library, visit www.kenton.lib.ky.us.

Deputy wounds fleeing shoplifter

               LOUISVILLE — An off-duty Jefferson County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a shoplifter who tried to hit the deputy with his car as he was trying to flee a grocery store parking lot, police said.

        Michael D. Williams, 31, was working as a security guard at the Kroger on 27th Street and Broadway when he confronted Ruben Royster, 43, of Louisville outside the store, about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, said Louisville police Detective Bill Keeling.

        Mr. Royster was trying to smuggle 25 bottles of aspirin out of the store, Detective Keeling said.

        The confrontation turned into a scuffle, and Mr. Royster was able to escape into a waiting car, Detective Keeling said.

        Mr. Royster tried to run over Deputy Williams, but the guard avoided injury and fired his gun, wounding Mr. Royster, Detective Keeling said.

        Mr. Royster fled the scene but was later admitted to University of Louisville Hospital after a relative drove him there, Detective Keeling said.

        He was expected to be released Monday from the hospital, Detective Keeling said.

        Mr. Royster is charged with attempted murder, second-degree robbery and third-degree assault on a police officer.

        Deputy Williams does not face charges, Detective Keeling said. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations by both the city police department and the county sheriff's department, Detective Keeling said.

Mother-daughter class set at St. E

               EDGEWOOD — St. Elizabeth Women's Wellness Center is offering a class for mothers and daughters ages 9 to 14 to open the discussion on changes in puberty and the beginning of menstruation.

        The "Mother to Daughter" class will be offered Sept. 22 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center's south unit in Edgewood.

        The cost is $10 per family. For reservations, call 344-3939.

        Registration is required.

Ky. tax payment deadline unchanged

               FRANKFORT — The Revenue Cabinet on Monday issued a reminder: The tax-rebate law included a new deadline for making payments on estimated federal income taxes but did not affect Kentucky payments.

        Kentucky's payment deadline, Sept. 15, is set by statute.

        This year, that is a Saturday, so payments can be postmarked by Monday to avoid penalties and interest, a statement from the agency said.

        The new law — the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act — shifted the due date for corporations to make federal payments from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1.

        The cabinet's general counsel, Alex W. Rose, said the agency had been fielding questions from corporations about the law's effect.

2 teens killed, 3 hurt in collision

               MONTEREY — A two-vehicle, head-on auto collision on U.S. 127 killed two teen-agers and left three others injured, Kentucky State Police said.

        Sandra Hurst, 16, of Dry Ridge, and Randy Cobb, 18, of Owenton, died as a result of the crash just over a mile south of Monterey in Owen County, said Sgt. John Bradley in a report of the crash.

        Ms. Hurst died at the scene of the 6:23 p.m. Sunday collision, and Mr. Cobb died after being transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

        Listed in serious condition Monday at the medical center was Robert Smith, 16, of Owenton. Johnna Harney, 19, of Owenton, was in fair condition. Chad Perkins, 17, of Sanders, whose condition was not available, was in surgery Monday.

Tags to track butterfly migration

               HENDERSON — Tags the size of a dot will be stuck on migrating butterflies Saturday by participants in a Monarch Migration Mystery field trip at the Sauerheber Wildlife Refuge.

        The adhesive tags will help researchers at the University of Kansas studying the butterfly's annual trek south.

        “It doesn't look like they're flying anywhere, that they're just fluttering around, but they actually have a course and a mission,” said Brian Gasdorf, naturalist at the Audubon State Park.

        Each fall beginning in late August, millions of monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains migrate to Mexico.

        The butterflies then return the following spring to the United States.

        Most butterflies have a lifespan of two or three weeks. But monarch butterflies can have lifespans of eight or nine months.

        Instead of mating right away, their bodies prepare for the strenuous flight.

        They stop to consume nectar, cluster at night and by day conserve their fuel in flight by gliding on air currents.

        Most of the monarchs that leave Mexico in March will be dead before they get out of the southern United States.

        Their offspring continue the journey back home, reproducing as they move northward.

        The tag numbers from Saturday's event outside Henderson will be sent to the University of Kansas.

        That way, once volunteers catch the insects and record the numbers in Mexico, it is possible to determine where the butterflies have been.

        Saturday's event is free and open to the public.

        Nets and adhesive tags will be provided.

        Mystery trips are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the state park and then car pool to the wildlife refuge.


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