Wednesday, May 03, 2000

Around The Commonwealth

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Developer honored
        PARK HILLS — Bill Butler, a developer whose riverfront projects and suburban office parks have helped define the region's economic growth, has been named Northern Kentuckian of the Year by Covington Catholic High School.

        Mr. Butler, the president and CEO of Corporex Cos., will receive the award during a May 16 luncheon at the Drawbridge Inn and Conference Center.

        Mr. Butler developed Covington's RiverCenter complex along the Ohio River.

        His company has also built office buildings in Northern Kentucky. And he controls two other local firms: Commonwealth Hotels, which develops and operates several area hotels, including The Commonwealth Hilton in Florence and the Embassy Suites and Cincinnati Marriott in Covington; and Five Seasons Country Club, which is building 30 country clubs around the country and operates the Four Seasons Country Club in Crestview Hills.

        Mr. Butler is active in several organizations, including The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Family Services Foundation, The Tri-County Economic Development Corp. and the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

        Covington Catholic established the award in 1997 to recognize local citizens who have contributed greatly to the community.

        Past winners are Realtors Jim and Bert Huff of Fort Mitchell, Fort Thomas businessman Wayne Carlisle and banker John Finnan of Crestview Hills.

        For tickets to the May 16 awards luncheon call 655-4322.

Kidnapping suspect has court date here
        COVINGTON — The man who has been accused of kidnapping a British computer consultant at a Florence hotel and killing him will make his first appearance in Kentucky at 10 a.m. Friday in U.S. District Court.

        Gregory J. Marcinski, 23, is charged with impersonating an FBI agent, a federal offense. He is also charged in state court with kidnapping Paul Jeffrey Gale, 28.

        FBI officials have said that Mr. Gale apparently had been strangled and set afire. His body was found in a swampy area near Brick, N.J.

        The 28-year-old computer consultant, originally from Great Britain, worked for a New Jersey company, TRW Integrated Supply. He was working in Florence last month to help with the merger of two drug companies.

        Mr. Marcinski is the former boyfriend of Mr. Gale's girlfriend, Darla Guidie. He has maintained that he had nothing to do with Mr. Gale's disappearance.

        He said he drove from New Jersey to Florence only to talk to Mr. Gale face-to-face about the woman both dated. Ms. Guidie told authorities Mr. Marcinski once showed her how he made fake FBI credentials on his computer.

Raptors on display at park program
        COVINGTON — Wild Wednesdays, a weekly series of free programs running through Sept. 27 in Mills Road Park, kicks off today with a visit from Raptors Rehabilitation of Kentucky.

        The program, featuring a bald eagle and a great horned owl, begins at 10 a.m. at Shelterhouse 2, and lasts about 90 minutes.

        Future programs will feature visits from Cincinnati Zoo animals and songs and stories from Greg Jowaisis and Debbie Tuggle.

        The series is sponsored by Kenton County Recreation and Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service.

        For details and directions to the park, call 525-PLAY (7529.)

Boone Co. observes national prayer day
        BURLINGTON — The celebration of the National Day of Prayer in Boone County will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse gazebo.

        All churches, congregations and individuals are invited. This year's theme is “Pray2K ... America's Hope for the New Millennium.”

        For more information, contact Charlene Tipton or Paul Laite at the Hebron Church of Christ at 689-4341.

Engine problems end Delta flight
        HEBRON — Delta Flight 655, which was on its way from Cincinnati to Atlanta early Monday evening, encountered engine problems in mid-flight and had to return to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        Delta officials could not say what the specific problem was on the Boeing 757 but did say that none of the 150 passengers or seven crew members were injured. Coming back to Cincinnati was a precaution, said Dave Anderson, a spokesman for Delta.

        All passengers were put on later Delta flights to get them to their destinations.


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