Tuesday, February 15, 2000

AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH


Florence lawyer indicted on tampering charge

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A Florence lawyer was indicted Friday for the second time in three weeks, this time for allegedly tampering with court documents filed after his arrest on a drug possession charge.

        William D. Fausz Jr., 46, now faces a felony charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument. That indictment accuses him of changing information on a report written in December by a Ludlow officer who stopped him and found what was thought to be cocaine and methamphetamines in his car.

        Officials said he changed the paperwork to make the circumstances of the arrest less severe, but was caught with the original documents by courthouse clerks who figured out what he was doing.

        Mr. Fausz was indicted Jan. 21 on the original offense, possession of a controlled substance. He was released on bond.

123 pounds of marijuana seized; 3 women arrested
        COVINGTON — Three women in federal custody face charges of possessing and conspiring to distribute more than 123 pounds of marijuana, according to a complaint filed Mondayin U.S. District Court.

        Ana Hilda Robles, Sara Jean Ewers and Angela Marie Baird were arrested Friday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after getting off a plane originating from Phoenix.

        All three had the same itineraries — booked by the same travel agency — and they had picked up their tickets three minutes apart, the federal complaint said. They had been intending to take the same connecting flight to Toledo.

        The airport's narcotics team checked their baggage, which smelled strongly of marijuana, and found bags of the illegal substance, the complains said.

Boone, Florence near water district agreement The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COLD SPRING — Boone County and the city of Florence are expected to ratify a settlement agreement with the Northern Kentucky Water Service District regarding the two governmental bodies pulling out of the district.

        Ron Barrow, interim general manager for the water district, said the agreement, when approved by all concerned, would minimize the impact on water customers in Kenton and Campbell counties.

        He also said the loss of Boone and Florence almost certainly will mean a rate increase, but no timetable has been established.

        Florence Mayor Diane Whalen said City Council had not yet studied or discussed the document from the water district.

        Florence and Boone County will be buying water from the Cincinnati Water Works, probably within two years, after a new water line is built under the Ohio River.

Parents will get shot at state school tests The Cincinnati Enquirer
        ERLANGER — Parents of fourth- and fifth-grade students at Arnett Elementary can take a crack at the state's assessment tests Thursday night.

        Parents will get a chance to see what types of questions their children must answer on the Kentucky Core Content exams. Most of those questions are open response or essay questions.

        The students will administer the questions to their parents. Students and parents will then score the answers according to state rules. Parents can then compare their responses to those completed by their children earlier.

        Principal David Palmore said the evening is designed to answer parents' questions about the exam and make them more familiar with what their children are required to do in school.

Camping changes asked for Red River Gorge The Associated Press
        WINCHESTER — Visitors in the Red River Gorge will be charged for nighttime parking beginning April 1, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday.

        Visitors will also be assessed a fee beginning in January to use some of the campgrounds and recreational areas in the southern portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest in the Stearns and Somerset districts.

        The fees range from $3 for a one-day pass to $30 for an annual pass for visitors to hang in a vehicle while in parts of the forest.

        Twenty percent of the revenues generated will be used for administrative costs and materials for the program. The remaining money will be used for trail maintenance and improvement, education programs and facility improvements.

        The Forest Service also is proposing a temporary restriction on camping and fire building within 100 feet from the base of the clifflines or rock shelters at the Red River Gorge.

Patton wants companies to pay for farm waste The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — Companies that pay farmers to raise livestock on a large scale would share liability for environmental violations under rules Gov. Paul Patton issued Monday.

        It was a necessary step to ensure the environment is protected while at the same time allowing existing animal feeding operations to continue, he said.

        The Patton administration has been regulating large hog farms since 1997. Under the new rules, poultry farms also would be regulated, as would — in theory — beef and dairy operations.

        Officials of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet said it would apply to about 250 hog and poultry farms classified as “concentrated animal feeding operations.”

        That means the animals are kept confined and generate at least 1,000 “animal units” of waste. That would be the volume of waste produced by 2,500 feeder pigs, 100,000 hens or 1,000 beef cattle.

        No beef or dairy farms in Kentucky would be regulated because none meets the definition, the officials said.

Burley average price up from last week The Associated Press
        LEXINGTON — Kentucky burley growers sold 2.4 million pounds of leaf on Monday for $4.4 million, an average of $187.70 per hundredweight, the Federal-State Market News Service said.

        The average is 6 cents higher than the previous sales Thursday.

        Mount Sterling growers received $189.34 per hundredweight for their leaf, the highest price of the day among the eight markets reporting sales.

        The lowest price, $185.96, was in Mayfield.

       



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