Friday, November 1, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs



From staff and wire reports

Two local teachers get Ashland award

TAYLOR MILL - Two local teachers were among the 19 honored Wednesday with Ashland Inc. Achievement Awards by the Department of Education and Ashland, Inc.

Melissa E. Gardner, a teacher at Woodland Middle School, and J. Maureen Motsinger, a teacher at Scott High School, were honored in Frankfort Wednesday by the governor and other representatives within state government. Each teacher received $5,000 from Ashland, Inc.

A total of $24,000 was awarded to 19 teachers including Ms. Gardner and Ms. Motsinger by Ashland Inc.

Man slightly hurt exiting moving car

FLORENCE - A man fell out of a moving car on Hopeful Church Road at 2:48 a.m. Thursday, Florence police said.

Police estimate the 1988 Oldsmobile was going 35 to 40 mph when the 31-year-old man from Independence unbuckled his seat belt and climbed out the window. Lt. Tim Chesser said police did not know why the man was hanging out of the car window.

Officers found the man in the middle of the roadway bleeding from the head. He was flown by Air Care to University Hospital in Cincinnati where he was treated and released. His injuries were described as minor.

Florence Police and University Hospital would not release the man's name.

Halloween provides the wedding theme

ASHLAND - It was a dark and damp night and threatening skies loomed. But the bride and the groom didn't seem to care.

Flatwoods residents Regina Hall, 23, and Daniel Meeks, 30, exchanged vows during a Halloween-style spectacular Wednesday night in Central Park.

Both donned Renaissance-period costumes - the bride wearing a cream-colored gown with burgundy and gold accents and the groom in all black with a sword strapped to his side.

"We just decided that this is what we wanted," said the bride, who added that both she and her husband have always loved Halloween.

The eastern Kentucky couple, who have been together for about seven months, met while both were nurse's aides at Wurtland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

The reception at the Raceland City Building included a black and white wedding cake decorated with spiders.

"I guess you would just have to know them to understand," said Missi Marshall, the groom's sister, who wore a clown costume for the ceremony. "I don't think any of us cared about what type of wedding they had. As long as they are happy."

Courthouse fire setter freed on parole

FRANKFORT - Ted Spiegel, the man who pleaded guilty to starting a fire that destroyed part of the Franklin County Courthouse, is out on parole.

Franklin County Circuit Court records show Mr. Spiegel served eight years of a 23-year sentence before being released on parole Monday. Mr. Spiegel had pleaded guilty to starting the 1994 fire.

Mr. Spiegel, now 28, was accused of starting the fire in an attempt to hide his criminal records. The fire destroyed written records of DUI offenses in Franklin District Court as well as other documents. Mr. Spiegel was also charged with setting fire to the Franklin County High School Field House on the same day of the courthouse fire.

In addition to serving time at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville for arson, Mr. Spiegel was imprisoned for six counts of third-degree burglary, trafficking in a controlled substance near a school, theft by unlawful taking over $300, second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Mr. Spiegel was originally indicted for burglarizing a number of Franklin County businesses as many as 65 times.

Gunman gets away after killing two

LOUISVILLE- A gunman opened fire in an inner-city market Wednesday, killing two adults and critically wounding a girl, police said.

Investigators had no suspects and few apparent leads in pursuing the shooter, said Louisville police spokesman Bill Keeling.

"Robbery appears to be the motive," he said.

Police don't know how many people were involved in the shooting.

The owner of the Corner Market, Abdel-Razzaq Allan, 31, and a customer in the store, Landers Douglas Boyd, 41, were killed in the shooting, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jo-Ann Farmer said.

A 10-year-old girl, Rachel Barr, was critically wounded in the shooting, Mr. Keeling said. He said the girl was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital, where a spokeswoman referred questions to police.

Ms. Farmer said the girl is expected to recover.

The girl apparently was not related to the two victims, Mr. Keeling said.

Mr. Keeling said investigators had not been able to find anyone else who was inside the store when the shootings occurred about 10:30 a.m. EST.

"Everyone that was inside was a victim," he said.

Police also could not find any witnesses outside the store.

Investigators did not have a description of the gunman, Mr. Keeling said. He would not say what type of weapon was used.

The gunman apparently fled on foot, he said.

"We are appealing to the public, to anyone who would have information to help with the case," Mr. Keeling said.

The market, a three-story wood frame structure, had been robbed at least twice in the past year, Mr. Keeling said. The store is near Shelby Park, which has been known as a gathering place for drug dealing, he said.

The store changed ownership a couple of months ago, Mr. Keeling said.

Earlham to use gift for ministry

RICHMOND, Ind. - A $1 million gift to Earlham College from the brother of a retired dean at the school will be used to support a ministry of writing project he started.

Tom Mullen founded the Ministry of Writing Program, which encourages students to minister through the written word, while he was professor and dean of the Earlham School of Religion. He retired in 1997.

Frank Mullen's gift of property in New York City is a start for the ultimate goal of a $1.5 million endowment for the program.

Jay Marshall, dean of the Earlham School of Religion, said the gift would help improve the program's visibility and outreach.

Plans include creating an endowed professorship in writing, starting a writer-in-residence program, expanding a trial writing program and adding some additional writing fellowships.

Tom Mullen said part of the endowment would pay for one professional per year or per semester to teach writing.

"Once the money becomes available, we'll be able to have writers-in-residence," Mr. Mullen said Thursday. "We can get the best people in the country who are religious writers."

Frank Mullen said he wanted to contribute to Earlham because of its unique program and to show his pride for his brother's creations.

"The idea of having a ministry of writing is very important because much of what we do in society is at least influenced to a certain degree by writing," he said.




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