Friday, September 24, 1999


Mother sues show host over remarks about son

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The mother of a now-deceased Brooksville man has brought a lawsuit in federal court against talk-show host Montel Williams, claiming he falsely implicated her son in the October 1997 disappearance of Germantown teen Erica Fraysure.

        Linda Marie Mineer, in court documents filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages from Mr. Williams, the producers of his show and psychic Sylvia Browne.

        Christopher Mineer, 28, shot his fiancee, 24-year-old Carmen Moorhead, , and then himself in his home on Sept. 25, 1998 — the day after the psychic appeared on Mr. Williams' show and said Erica was in water.

        Court documents detail that Mr. Williams said in a later episode that the psychic “gave up the name (in the missing person case) ... and the next thing you know, the guy who probably commited the murder to begin with realized "the law is on my tail.' He killed himself and his other girlfriend. That's what the lieutenant told me, too.”

        Kentucky State Police Detective Robert Scott, the lead investigator in the missing-person case, has said Mr. Mineer was questioned in Erica's disappearance but that his alibi checked out. Erica is still missing.

Flu shots available in October at mall The Cincinnati Enquirer
        EDGEWOOD — The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department will offer flu shots next month.

        Shots will be given at the Crestview Hills Mall from Oct. 12 to 21. Cost is $10, part of which is covered by Medicare Part B and Medicaid. Those with such coverage must bring their cards.

        Shots are recommended for those 65 and older and those under 65 who are considered at risk. No appointment is necessary. Call the flu information line — — 578-7872, ext. 333 — for times.

        For further information, call 525-7329.

Kenton court clerk will seek re-election The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COVINGTON — Kenton Circuit Court Clerk Mary Ann Woltenberg, a Fort Wright Democrat who has served eight years in office, said Thursday she will run for re-election next year.

        Mrs. Woltenberg said she had planned to wait until next year to announce her campaign but Republican Steve Kramer, a two-term member of Villa Hills City Council, announced in late June that he would run for the office in 2000.

        “I thought I better get it out and let people know that I am going to run for another term,” she said. The clerk's office handles administration of the county district and circuit courts, including payment of fines, lawsuit filings and court documents.

Senator, husband fined for leaving kids in van The Associated Press
        LOUISVILLE — Sen. Julie Rose, a Louisville Republican, and her husband, Thomas G. Rose, will each pay a $100 fine and court costs in connection with charges they left their children unattended in a van while they toured a home show.

        Charges of wanton endangerment were dropped and the Roses pleaded guilty to reduced charges of leaving a vehicle unattended.

        They were cited July 31 by Jefferson County police for alleged ly endangering the welfare of her two children.

        According to the citation, the couple toured a housing development at Lake Forest and left their 9- and 11-year-old sons in their conversion van with the engine and the air conditioner running.

        Home show employees notified police. When officers arrived, one child was in the vehicle and the other was “coming out of a grassy area stating he needed to go to the bathroom,” the citation said.

        The children told police they had been in the car for about an hour. Officers noted on the citation that the evening temperature was 102 degrees.

        Mrs. Rose said the children never were in danger.

Chair: Ex-Democrats should quit, run again The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — Democratic Party Chairwoman Nicki Patton said Thursday two state senators who switched from Democrat to Republican should resign and seek their seats again in a special election.

        The statement is the strongest yet from the state party on the actions of Dan Seum of Louisville and Bob Leeper of Paducah that prompted the Democratic Party to go from a 20-18 majority to the 18-20 minority.

        The changes took place weeks ago, but Ms. Patton said the party wanted to be cautious. “We didn't want to make a bad situation worse,” she said.

        Both senators have previously refused to resign. Neither returned calls for comment Thursday.

Anniversary of shooting brings call for prevention The Associated Press
        LOUISVILLE — A union official marked the 10-year anniversary of a shooting at Standard Gravure in Louisville that killed nine by calling on state officials to create a task force to study workplace violence.

        Richard Street, president of Graphic Communications Union Local 619-M, said a better memorial to victims would be to develop a plan to prevent workplace violence.

        “We need to do something besides make plaques and ring bells and say people's names,” Mr. Street said.

        He spoke at a press conference Wednesday that was also attended by Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry; state Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively; and Carrie Donald, director of the University of Louisville Labor Management Center.

        The shooting occurred when disabled pressman Joseph Wesbecker killed eight co-workers and wounded 12 before killing himself.

        Mr. Henry said studies have been undertaken in the decade since the shooting. But “there really hasn't been any tremendous effort to change conditions that cause” workplace violence.

Louisville officer sues over release of report The Associated Press
        LOUISVILLE — A Louisville police officer is suing his department, the city and the Courier-Journal over an internal report released to the newspaper detailing the arrest of a man who died in custody.

        Officer Robert Ashenfelter, who took part in the Jan. 1, 1998, arrest of Adrian Reynolds, claims in a Jefferson Circuit Court lawsuit that a summary of the arrest report was improperly leaked to the newspaper. That report and a subsequent article contained false and defamatory information, he contends.

        He and fellow officers were cleared last March of allegations they used excessive force in arresting Mr. Reynolds, 34, who died a week later in a struggle with corrections officers at the county jail.

        The suit is demanding an investigation into who released the summary and criminal charges against those responsible.


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