Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs




Boone school board settles sports suit

        FLORENCE — A second settlement in a Title IX lawsuit involving the Boone County School Board was reached Tuesday.

        U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman accepted the settlement in the case, in which the parents of several Boone County High School fast-pitch softball players sued the district over what they felt were inequities between fast-pitch softball and baseball.

        Boone County Superintendent Bryan Blavatt said the school board is likely to approve the settlement at its Dec. 13 meeting.

        “I'm pleased we all got together on this,” Mr. Blavatt said. “It's time to move on.”

        The school board agreed to build a softball field on the part of the Sports of All Sorts complex that abuts the school.

        The first agreement was nullified after two of the plaintiffs, Patrick and Kimberly Egan, voiced concerns about who would control access to the field during the summer.

        The other plaintiffs, Raleigh and Barbara Lawrence and David and Lisa Gatewood, agreed to the earlier settlement.

        Judge Bertelsman said the newest agreement sufficiently clarified the outstanding issues.
       

City Christmas party is Saturday

        VILLA HILLS — The city hosts a community Christmas party Saturdayat 6 p.m. at the city building, 719 Rogers Road.

        Featured will be a Christmas tree lighting, hay rides, train display, carolers and a visit from Santa.

        For more information, call the city building at 341-1515.
       

County clerk pleads not guilty in death

        McKEE — Jackson County Clerk Jerry W. Dean pleaded not guilty to the murder of a former employee who had filed suit against him for sexual harassment

        Mr. Dean, 58, of Tyner, was arrested Nov. 18 in the shooting of Audrey L. Marcum in the garage of her house about three miles outside of McKee.

        He was arraigned Tuesday in the Jackson County Courthouse. Police allege that Mr. Dean, clerk since 1990, shot Ms. Marcum to death, then disposed of the gun in Laurel Lake.

        Ms. Marcum filed the sexual harassment suit in Jackson Circuit Court in August 2000.
       

Gay man's case moot, church says

        LOUISVILLE — A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) court Tuesday sidestepped a divisive issue within the denomination, refusing to rule whether a gay man was eligible to serve as a church elder.

        The denomination's highest court said the matter had become moot because the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, Conn., had chosen and installed another group of elders.

        Wayne Osborne, the gay man at the center of the dispute, was denied a chance to serve his term as an elected church elder because his case was tied up in ecclesiastical courts during his three-year term.
       

Garrard to fight for 10 Commandments

        LANCASTER — The Garrard Fiscal Court has decided to fight the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky in its civil suit to have the Ten Commandments display taken down from a wall in the county courthouse.

        In a special meeting Tuesday, magistrates went into executive session to discuss the suit — filed last week by the ACLU against County Judge-executive E.J. Hasty.

        “We're going to leave (the display) hanging,” said Magistrate Ronnie Lane in his motion.

        The vote by the five county representatives was unanimous.
       

Test on turning trash into fuel under way

        INEZ — An eastern Kentucky company began testing a Martin County plant on Tuesday that could turn garbage into fuel.

        The test will last three days, giving the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection a look at potential environmental impact of the Recycling Solutions Technology plant.

        The Allen company proposes to thermally oxidize up to six tons of municipal garbage a day using a process that applies extreme heat at low oxygen levels. The resulting gas could then potentially be used in various industrial applications.

        Recycling Solutions Technology wants to use the gas from the process to fuel electric generating equipment to run greenhouses and refrigeration units to store vegetables grown in them.
       

All new parents in state to get video

        LEXINGTON — A statewide advertising campaign and an intensive local education effort in 20 Kentucky communities are the highlights of a new initiative to improve the health of babies even before they are born.

        All new Kentucky parents will receive a copy of the video The First Years Last Forever, produced by the I Am Your Child Foundation. It stresses the importance of making healthy choices during pregnancy.

        The programs are financed with proceeds of Kentucky's portion of the national tobacco settlement.
       

Gov. Patton signs execution order

        FRANKFORT — Gov. Paul Patton has signed an order to execute death row inmate Randy Haight, but Mr. Haight has numerous appeals left and his execution is unlikely anytime soon.

        Mr. Patton signed the death warrant on Nov. 30, but it wasn't disclosed until Tuesday. The order directs Mr. Haight's execution on Jan. 8, 2002.
       

Jury selected in killer's perjury trial

        FRANKFORT — The second perjury trial of admitted killer Mel Ignatow began slowly with a day of jury selection Tuesday in Franklin County, where the trial was moved after an avalanche of publicity.

        Mr. Ignatow admitted he killed Brenda Sue Schaefer after photographs showing him torturing her were discovered. He was previously acquitted of the murder. That trial was in December 1991. In 1992, Mr. Ignatow pleaded guilty to lying to a federal grand jury and the FBI, which had been investigating Ms. Schaefer's disappearance. He spent about five years in a federal prison.

        The current proceeding charges Mr. Ignatow with lying at the trial of Dr. William Spalding, who had sent a threatening letter to Mr. Ignatow. Ms. Schaefer was Dr. Spalding's office assistant when she disappeared Sept. 24, 1988. In that trial, Mr. Ignatow said he and Ms. Schaefer had a loving relationship.

       



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