Thursday, September 11, 2003

Kentucky Briefs

Garbage fee stays same, tax rate drops

LAKESIDE PARK - Residents here will pay the same for garbage collection, but the property tax rate will drop.

City council recently adopted a new property tax rate of $2.30 per $1,000 assessed valuation. That's down from last year's $2.39 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The new rate will generate about $20,000 more than last year because of increased property values.

Lakeside Park's annual waste collection fee will remain $148.80.

Bills for property taxes and waste collection will go out in early October and are due by Dec. 31.

Contests, fireworks planned for Park Fest

TAYLOR MILL - Hot air balloon rides, contests and a fireworks display will be featured at the fifth annual Park Fest at Pride Park this Saturday.

The festivities will be from 2 to 9 p.m. at the city's Pride Park, 5606 Taylor Mill Road.

Shuttle service will be provided to Pride Park from the parking lots of Scott High School and Allison & Rose Funeral Home.

The event features food booths, carnival rides, door prizes, corn hole and pie-eating contests, clowns and jugglers, hay rides, music, a fire safety house and a mechanical bull.

Man indicted in July bank robbery

COVINGTON - A man was indicted Wednesday on charges he robbed a Highland Heights bank this summer.

A federal grand jury indicted Gregory Fife on one count of armed bank robbery. Fife is accused using a gun to rob the Fifth Third Bank at 2805 Alexandria Pike in Highland Heights on July 21. Fife allegedly got $12,319 from the tellers. If convicted, he faces 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

10 indicted on 32 counts of bank fraud

COVINGTON - Ten people were indicted Wednesday on charges they stole $1 million from banks using fake checks.

A federal grand jury indicted the group on 32 counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and 55 counts of aiding and abetting.

The group is accused of cashing fake checks in the name of real businesses from July 2001 to April 2003. The group cashed the fake checks at banks in Boone and Kenton counties, Louisville, Tennessee and Ohio.

The group is: Gary Pride, Dexter Wayne Crawford, Roger Laws Jr., Christine Washington, Torrance Johnson, Rodney Stallings, Anthony Stallings, Steven D. Jones, Rhonda Renee Milford and Mia Renee Weaver-Ison.

Johnson, an employee of a check-cashing business, provided the names and account numbers of businesses to Pride, the indictment states. Stallings made fake IDs, and Washington forged the signatures, the indictment states. Crawford, Stallings, Laws and Jones recruited people to cash the checks and paid them a percentage of the money.

Each person faces 30 years in prison and fines of $1 million if convicted.

Cincinnati remembers in solemn prayers, reflective moments
Schedule of local events
Updates on today's memorials across the country
Emotional impact of 9-11 blunts as world changes
PULFER: Still grieving? Blame the media
9-11 aftermath stays with Loveland man
How Greater Cincinnati marked the first anniversary
Profiles of area victims in the 2001 attacks
3-D graphic of plans for the World Trade Center site
Photos of the attacks on the World Trade Center
Photos of the attacks on the Pentagon
Photos of Flight 73
Special multimedia coverage from Gannett News Service

Strong at first, volunteer spirit has waned
Here's how to get involved
Profiles of local volunteers:
16-year-old helps kids get the chance to dance
Dad impresses by going fishing
Arthritis can't keep her from job
Helping others helps heal
Math tutor gets lesson
When disaster hits, he responds
Mentors ease the teen years
Variety is the spice of giving

Two years later, we must not forget
Other voices on the lessons of 9/11

Drug suspect a wholesaler, police say
Morgue photographer's appeal refused
Kroger gets its garage, but not before debate
Developer tells plan for mixed complex
ODOT asks $155M for I-75
City rejects $20M condo project in E. Price Hill
1-dose tumor center opens
Regional Report
West End to get new YMCA

Amos: 2-year steppingstone to college lost in UC shuffle
Howard: Good Things Happening

Kings waits to broach tax hike
Monthly Chamber lunch like honey for candidates
Wastewater requests have some crying foul
Monroe Police Chief Howard sidelined by heart problems
Oxford half-marathon already draws hundreds
Suspect arrested in day-care purse snatching
'New' Harrison celebrates arts
Other riverfest has a lot to offer
Sewer overflows spout in Warren Co.
Officials at odds over cost of renovating court center

Coach helped soccer get a start
Billie Garnett, St. Henry mainstay
Kentucky obituaries

Woman charged in death of alleged abductor
Ohio moments

Independence ex-councilman on probation
Kentucky Briefs
Florence official who stole sued
Boone school board member running for state House seat
Illness strikes N.Ky. schools
Park's reputation undergoing change