Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Kentucky A.M. Report

Apparent suicide follows shootings

Enquirer staff and news services

        LEXINGTON — Two men were killed and a woman was wounded in a series of shootings Monday morning, police said.

        One man was found shot in a parking lot and the other two were found later at a nearby residence, city police Lt. Gerald Ross said.

        Officers discovered Butler Norris IV, 35, of Lexington, in the parking lot of the Central Kentucky Processing plant with a gunshot wound to the chest, Lt. Ross said.

        Mr. Norris, an employee at Central Kentucky Processing, later died at the University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington police Lt. John Dixon said.

        A passer-by witnessed the shooting and gave police the license plate number of a vehicle that was seen leaving the scene, police said.

        Officers then tracked the alleged gunman, Anthony Frye, 38, of Lexington, to the house where his estranged wife, Annette Frye, was living, Lt. Ross said.

        Lt. Dixon said the Fryes were divorced.

        Inside the house, police found Annette Frye, 39, with a gunshot wound to her leg, Lt. Ross said.

        Anthony Frye was found a short time later, also in the house, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

        Police believe Anthony Frye shot his estranged wife before turning the gun on himself.

        “There was a relationship between the victims, but we're not prepared to comment on that at this point in the investigation,” Lt. Ross said.

        Annette Frye was discharged early Monday evening from UK Hospital.

        Lt. Dixon said there was a history of domestic violence calls from the residence.


Parish has new priest to lead it

        DAYTON, Ohio — A Roman Catholic parish whose pastor resigned after allegations of sexual abuse will be getting a new pastor.

        The Rev. P. Del Staigers will take over at Queen of Martyrs Church later this summer, Dan Andriacco, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, said Monday. Father Staigers also will retain his duties as pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Dayton.

        Queen of Martyrs' former pastor, the Rev. Thomas Hopp, resigned as pastor in April after being accused of sexually abusing a boy in 1980 in another parish. Archdiocesen officials said Father Hopp, 61, acknowledged the report was substantially true when he was confronted with the accusation.

        Sunday night, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk attended a service at Queen of Martyrs and took questions about Father Hopp from parishioners. About 110 people were at the service.

        “They had some prayer, they had some questions, they had some more prayer,” Mr. Andriacco said. “I would say there were a small number of people who were vocally upset.”

        Father Staigers, 42, has been pastor at Our Lady of Mercy since March 2000.


Actor files to run for governor in 2003

        FRANKFORT — The first slate of gubernatorial candidates has filed to run in the 2003 election.

        Sonny Landham, a character actor in action movies who lives in Ashland, has filed as a Republican candidate. His running mate is Roger Thoney of Highland Heights, who won 22 percent in the GOP primary for the 4th District Congressional seat in the May primary against Geoff Davis.

        The Committee to Elect Landham-Thoney was filed with the Registry of Election Finance on June 20.

        Several other Republicans and Democrats have created exploratory committees to look into gubernatorial campaigns.


Downtown workers can donate blood

        Just as the Tristate blood supply starts to dip again, downtown workers will be asked to roll up their sleeves Thursday.

        The Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and WLWT Channel 5 are co-sponsoring a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Hyatt. Donors will be eligible for prizes from several downtown merchants.

        The event comes as Hoxworth Blood Center reports that it has fallen 370 units low on type O-positive blood and just weeks after the blood bank issued an emergency appeal for donors.

        Walk-up donors are welcome, but appointments are preferred. For information, call 451-0910.

        Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Hoxworth needs to collect 325 units a day to maintain supplies for 24 hospitals in 14 area counties.


Police describe bank holdup suspect

        The man who robbed a Westwood bank Saturday morning wore things police hope are unusual enough to lead to an identification: a bright orange T-shirt and light blue hat with Chinese lettering.

        The man went into the U.S. Bank on Glenway Avenue about 10:15 a.m., showed a black handgun and told the teller to hurry up.

        The T-shirt read BHPC, for Beverly Hills Polo Club. The hat was a University of North Carolina Tar Heels cap, but with Chinese lettering.

        It was the 20th bank robbery in Cincinnati so far this year, but different in that the suspect displayed a gun. In many, the robbers imply they have a weapon, but don't show it.

        Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.


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