Saturday, April 22, 2000

AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH




The Cincinnati Enquirer

Man gets two years for e-mail harassment
        LONDON, Ky. - Randall Cope, 41, of Benton would have spent only two years in prison for sending harassing e-mail messages in the name of his ex-girlfriend, Ryle High School teacher Sarah K. Jackson, if he hadn't also plotted to kill her.         On Friday, U.S. District Judge Jennifer B. Coffman of London sentenced him to 24 months in prison and ordered him to pay Ms. Jackson $2,100 in fines for sending messages that implied Ms. Jackson had been having sexual relations with her students. They were sent to her friends and colleagues.

        Mr. Cope had pleaded guilty to 13 counts of Internet harassment and was awaiting sentencing when he plotted with his brother — Terry Cope, 44, of Hendersonville, Tenn. — to have Ms. Jackson killed. They had hired a contract killer who actually was an undercover police officer when their plot was stopped.

        A federal jury found them guilty in February of hiring someone to kill Ms. Jackson and Elizabeth and Ronald Nimmo, Terry Cope's ex-wife and her new husband, of Tennessee.

        The Copes face up to life in prison when Judge Coffman sentences them May 11.

Bicyclist in critical condition after crash
        FLORENCE — Bicyclist Juan Saucedo, 27, of Florence remained in critical condition Friday at University Hospital, suffering from head and internal injures suffered when he crashed into a car.

        Florence Police Lieut. Tim Chesser said Mr. Saucedo's bike was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by Patricia Hogan, 59, of Florence Thursday afternoon in the 7200 block of Turfway Road.

        Ms. Hogan was not injured. No charges have been filed. An investigation continues.

Water department warns of impostor
        FLORENCE — Water and sewer officials in Florence said Friday at least one resident has received a phone call from someone posing as a city water department employee asking questions for a survey.

        The caller asked about bottled water use, and about how many people were in the household and how many of them worked.

        The Water Department has no knowledge of any such survey, officials said.

        Anyone receiving such a call should contact the Water and Sewer Department at 371-5714, or, if after office hours, contact the police department at 639-7850.

Retirement home to hold egg hunt
        FLORENCE — Colonial Heights Retirement Community will hold its annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. today for children throughout Northern Kentucky.

        Eggs are filled with candy and certificates for additional prizes. There is no charge.

Officers to collect racial profiling data
        FRANKFORT — State law enforcement agencies will begin collecting information about arrests, stops and searches to determine if race is a factor under an order issued Friday by Gov. Paul Patton.

        Mr. Patton said the information will be compiled to deter mine occurrences of “racial profiling,” a practice among some law enforcement authorities wherein they base their actions in part on the race of an individual. A bill that would have required the compilation of such information was defeated in the 2000 General Assembly session.

        The information will be used by the Justice Cabinet and the state law enforcement council to craft a policy that prohibits racial profiling, Mr. Patton said.

Ex-sheriff acquitted on sex-abuse charges
        FLEMINGSBURG — A jury dropped seven of 12 sex abuse-related charges against a former sheriff and failed to agree on the five others.

        Jerel Purcell, 53, a former Flemingsburg police officer, Fleming County sheriff and longtime businessman, was charged in 1998 and 1999 with preying on young boys for nearly 30 years.

        An indictment said Mr. Purcell “engaged in deviate sexual intercourse” with a child who was younger than 12 at the time. The abuse began in 1979 and continued until 1985, the indictment said.

        In 1993 or 1994, Mr. Purcell persuaded another child under 16 to “engage in a sexual performance” while posing nude for a photograph, the indictment said.

        During the trial, three men took the stand and testified that Mr. Purcell had sodomized them at local fishing spots.

        Mr. Purcell was convicted last April by a Fleming County jury in connection with the photograph. Mr. Purcell was sentenced to 10 years in prison for promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

Historic mansion infested by termites
        BARDSTOWN — One of the state's signature landmarks is fighting off an infestation of termites.

        Officials at My Old Kentucky Home, a brick mansion built in 1818, discovered the pests about six weeks ago. Last week, they installed a system to poison them.

        My Old Kentucky Home, also known as Federal Hill, was built for John Rowan, a jurist and congressman. The Rowans were distant cousins of Stephen Collins Foster, who supposedly visited the home in 1852. In 1853, Mr. Foster wrote “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” which became the state song in 1928.

DAYBOOK
       
Alexandria: Car show, “Cruisin',” presented by Kentucky Tech, noon to 6 p.m., South lot campus of Campbell County Middle School, 8000 Alexandria Pike. A $5 donation is required for each car.

        Covington: Easter egg hunt, 11 a.m., Madison Avenue Christian Church, 1530 Madison Ave. The hunt is open to children ages 2-10.

        Fort Thomas: Easter bonnet parade for dogs and owners, registration at noon, Tower Park, S. Fort Thomas Avenue. A donation of $5 per dog is required to parade sponsor Animal Welfare of Northern Kentucky.

        Independence: Car show, presented by Country Cruisers Car Club, 4 to 9 p.m., Hometown Pizza, 1972 Walton-Nicholson Pike. All pre-1975 cars and trucks welcome. Registration will be $3 per car.

        Lakeside Park: Easter egg hunt, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Lakeside Park City Building, 9 Buttermilk Pike. The event will also feature pictures with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts for various age groups, an egg toss, jelly bean guessing contest, live bunnies and door prizes.

       



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