Saturday, May 11, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Villa Hills teacher on Ky. Board of Ed

        FRANKFORT — A Villa Hills educator has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education.

        Four members of the Kentucky Board of Education were replaced Friday by Gov. Paul Patton, who also reappointed two members, including Chairwoman Helen Mountjoy.

        Among the new members is Jeffrey Mando of Villa Hills, who served a previous term on the state board that oversees elementary and secondary education. Mr. Mando will replace Craig True of Fort Thomas, who is taking a job out of state.

        Other new members:

        • David Tachau of Louisville replaces Laken Cosby of Louisville.

        • Hilma Prather of Somerset replaces Jane Venters of Somerset.

        • Dorothy Combs of Richmond replaces Lydia Carol Gabbard of Richmond.

        Also reappointed to the state board was Bill Weinberg of Hindman.

        All appointments are for terms that expire April 14, 2006.

Receipt dip renews fear of budget cuts

        FRANKFORT — Receipts to Kentucky's General Fund fell in April, further heightening the likelihood of another round of budget cuts before the end of the fiscal year June 30.

        Receipts in April were $716.7 million, which was 0.2 percent less than the same month a year ago. Through the first 10 months of the fiscal year, revenue receipts are off 0.7 percent.

        Revenue must grow by 0.9 percent to meet current estimates, which have been revised downward from the original budget. And with only two months to make up the difference, the likelihood of a dramatic turnaround seems slim.

        Budget director James Ramsey said the primary reason for the shortfall is Kentucky's corporate tax system. Both corporate income and license taxes are down from last year, a total of more than $100 million.

        Receipts to the Road Fund were up in April, as they are for the year. Strength in vehicle sales and motor fuel sales were cited as the reasons for increased revenue.

Tenn. man charged with raping girl, 13

        HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee man has been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl from Kentucky he first contacted through an Internet chat room.

        John A. Huth, 33, also is charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor involving the Kentucky girl and a 13-year-old runaway girl from Virginia.

        Mr. Huth was arrested Tuesday. He remained in the Sumner County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond on Friday. A General Sessions Court hearing is set for Wednesday.

        FBI Special Agent John Moeller said the Kentucky girl told him she met Mr. Huth on the Internet and that Mr. Huth went to Kentucky to pick her up, then took her to his Hendersonville home.

        Investigators said the girl told them Mr. Huth began “messing with her” at his house.

        “She said that the defendant told her she owed it to him for what he'd done for her,” according to an affidavit.

        The affidavit says she continued to tell the suspect “No,” and to stop, but that Mr. Huth had sex with her against her will.

        The girl said that afterward, she traveled with Mr. Huth to Virginia, where they picked up the other girl.

        Police said Mr. Huth claimed he thought the girl was 18 when he met her on the Internet.

        Police said he admitted going to Kentucky to pick her up, but said he thought she was being kicked out of her house and did not have a place to stay.

        Police said Mr. Huth admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl, and to taking her to Virginia to pick up the second juvenile.

WKU increases fund-raising goal

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University has increased a fund-raising goal to $90 million after it reached its previous goal a year early.

        “I'm pretty excited about reaching that goal 14 months early,” President Gary Ransdell said. The campaign has raised $78,875,834 so far.

        Tom Hiles, vice president for institutional advancement, said most of the money has gone to endowments for faculty and scholarships.

        “We feel the number one priorities for competing are to recruit quality faculty and students,” Mr. Hiles said. “You can't do that without private support in today's higher education.”

        A slow economy has affected the campaign a little, as some donors extended the time period for paying the gifts, Mr. Hiles said.

        But “we had enough momentum built up that the recession didn't have a large effect,” he said.

Dad, son accused of insurance fraud

        VERSAILLES — A father and son accused of pocketing more than $31,000 in insurance premiums paid by customers have entered pleas on fraud and theft charges.

        Gary Wayne Wooten, 37, of Versailles, entered an Alford plea Thursday in Woodford County Circuit Court to six counts of insurance fraud and 16 counts of second-degree forgery.

        In an Alford plea, a defendant admits the evidence may lead to a conviction but denies actual wrongdoing.

        Later in the day, Gary Wooten's father, Bill Wooten, 77, of Lexington, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition.

        In their plea agreements, Gary Wooten would receive seven years in jail, and Bill Wooten would get four years in jail.

        In addition, the two men agree to share in the restitution of $31,375 to customers who paid premiums but did not receive insurance.

        The Wootens had operated a family insurance agency in Versailles for years until the state revoked their licenses in 1998.

        Judge Isaacs scheduled sentencing for July 3.

Driver, passenger killed in collision

        CANNONSBURG — Two people were killed in a head-on collision in northeastern Kentucky, authorities said.

        Kentucky State Police said a car driven by Janice Blevins, 60, of Sandy Hook, collided at 2 p.m. Thursday with a dump truck on U.S. 60 near Cannonsburg.

        Ms. Blevins and her passenger, Sharon Brickey, 57, of Grayson, were killed in the crash. The driver of the dump truck, Woodrow Conley, 58, of Ashland, was taken to King's Daughter's Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

        Both women were wearing seat belts and Mr. Conley was not, officers said.


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