Saturday, December 08, 2001

Kentucky Digest


Forum addresses need for foster care

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The Community Collaboration for Children is sponsoring a forum Tuesday on keeping Covington's children safe.

        The forum will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at John G. Carlisle School, 910 Holman Ave.

        The Department for Community Based Services is partnering with community leaders and concerned citizens to gather ideas about increasing foster and adoptive homes in the Covington community.

        The department is interested in keeping children close to home, school, church and family when foster care is needed.
       

Drawbridge site of antiques show

               FORT MITCHELL — Second Sunday Antiques Marketplace will have a special holiday show and sale this Sunday at the Drawbridge Inn's London Hall.

        The show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $2.

        Dealers will offer virtually every aspect of antiques and collectibles, organizers said. There also will be gift items, drawings throughout the day, a children's Christmas corner and registration for a poinsettia from the Delhi Garden Center.

        For show information, call (859) 341-3390.
       

Engrave your name on a library brick

               ERLANGER — The Kenton County Public Library offers several gift-giving opportunities this holiday season.

        From now until June 1, bricks and granite pavers can be purchased with a personalized inscription and will be located around the foundation in the Reading Garden of the new Erlanger branch library, scheduled to open next fall.

        For $25, a brick can be inscribed with three lines of text. Also available are 8-inch square granite pavers with six lines of text for $150. There are only 120 pavers available and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

        For a $20 donation, a roll of microfilm containing the 1930 Census can be purchased by the library in your name or in a loved one's name.

        The library hopes to acquire the microfilm so that researchers can learn more about their families while visiting the library's local history department.

        The library system also has a gift book suggestion guide, available at all branches and on the Web site, www.kenton.lib.ky.us.

        Information: (859) 491-7610.
       

Candy cane hunts come to Covington

               COVINGTON — Children ages 3 to 12 can take part in a candy cane hunt at two locations Dec. 15 and 16.

        The first hunt will be at the new sports complex at 43rd Street and Decoursey Pike on Dec. 15. Children also can hunt for candy canes at Goebel Park, Fifth and Philadelphia streets, on Dec. 16. Both hunts begin at 2 p.m.

        Children can attend both events and should bring a bag to collect the candy canes. Santa Claus will drop by both hunts. There also will be farm animals provided by Honey Hill and hot chocolate and cookies.

        Information: (859) 292-2151.
       

Real estate agency collecting toys

               FLORENCE — Huff Realty is sponsoring its annual toy drive to benefit patients of Shriners Hospital.

        Through Dec. 31, Huff will collect new toys at its nine neighborhood offices in Ohio and Kentucky.

        People who want to contribute toys can drop them off during regular business hours. Cash donations can be sent to Huff's corporate offices at 60 Cavalier Blvd., Florence, KY 41042.

        Toys are needed for infants to teen-agers. School supplies also are sought. Shriners requests that they be new and unwrapped. No dolls or stuffed animals are needed.

        In Kentucky, toys can be dropped off at the following locations: Huff Realty's office in Florence, the Fort Mitchell office at 2332 Royal Drive and the Fort Thomas office at 1227 S. Fort Thomas Ave.
       

Covington man charged in scam

               JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Eighteen more people, including a Covington man, have been indicted on conspiracy charges in the $20 million scam of McDonald's promotional games, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday. In all, 51 have been charged.

        Originally, 21 people were indicted in September for the theft and distribution of high-value game pieces from McDonald's promotional games such as Monopoly and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

        In November, an additional 12 people were indicted.

        “It's not over yet, either,” said Steve Cole, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. “The only thing I can say is, it's an ongoing federal investigation but by no means is it wrapped up.”

        The 18 new suspects are accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution.

        Prosecutors allege that as far back as the late 1980s, Jerome Jacobson, director of security for Simon Marketing Inc., embezzled more than $20 million worth of high-value winning McDonald's game pieces from his employer.

        The indictment also alleges he then distributed the winning game pieces to individuals who personally redeemed the game or recruited others to redeem the game pieces for prizes, some valued at as much as $1 million.
       

Disabled driver sues police officer

               LOUISVILLE — An Oldham County teacher with multiple sclerosis has sued a police officer, claiming that she was wrongfully arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs.

        In her suit, Amy Shackleford says that Oldham County police officer Aaron Gutermuth forced her to submit to field-sobriety tests after she explained that her medical condition wouldn't allow her to pass the tests.

        Ms. Shackleford, 30, of Pewee Valley, is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees and a jury trial in the suit filed last month. She is a teacher at Crestwood Elementary.

        Officer Gutermuth stopped Ms. Shackleford about 11:15 p.m. July 20, after he saw her cross the center line on Ky. 22 in Crestwood at least three times, according to the arrest citation. Her pupils were dilated and didn't respond to light, she was unsteady on her feet and she failed field-sobriety tests, he wrote.

       



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