Tuesday, May 16, 2000

AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH


Police investigate fatal fall at hotel

By
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an employee at the Marriott Hotel over the weekend.

        Police said David Trautman, 40, of Norwood fell down the hotel atrium from the 15th floor Saturday just before his shift was scheduled to start at 11 p.m.

        He died at University Hospital Medical Center.

        Police do not suspect foul play.

        Mr. Trautman worked as a night auditor.

Boone to hear development plans The Cincinnati Enquirer
        BURLINGTON — Boone County Planning Commission members will hear presentations on two controversial development proposals this week.

        Commissioners will hear the request of Hilltop Basic Resources Inc., a company that wants to locate an underground limestone mine in Boone County.

        The zone change committee voted 3-0 to recommended approval to the full commission.

        The commission also will hear a planning staff presentation on the Union Town Plan.

        Union city officials want a development plan in place before the state starts construction of a 3-mile, five-lane U.S. 42 bypass in spring 2002.

        The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the county administration building.

Black empowerment is conference focus The Cincinnati Enquirer
        LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Attorney General's conference on Empowering the Black Community for the 21st Century will be Wednesday through Friday at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville.

        Fifteen public agencies and private companies are co-hosts of the conference, which will present ways African-American communities can become empowered in the education, economic development and criminal justice systems, and through technology.

        Prominent speakers include Julian Bond, national chairman of the NAACP and civil rights and legislative leader; Cleo Fields, the first African-American elected to the Louisiana Senate; and Muata Kiongozi, youth services director for the National Crime Prevention Council.

        The conference's youth component, 5-9 p.m. Thursday, will address access and preparation for college and other post-secondary education.

        For information, log on to the Web site www.empoweringky.com or call (502) 696-5462.

Jail threats prompt tighter security The Associated Press
        OWENSBORO — After receiving three bomb threats in 10 days, Daviess County Judicial Center is looking for ways to tighten security.

        Metal detectors are a possibility, said county Judge-executive Reid Haire, who also indicated guards might be hired to monitor the building's entrances.

        Within the next week, Mr. Haire hopes to bring together representatives from various law enforcement agencies and people who work in the building to discuss security issues.

        The judicial center was evacuated twice Wednesday.

        In each case, the caller was a female, and the call led to a search of the building, which turned up no bombs, said Lt. Jeff Jones, chief of investigations for the sheriff's office.

        Bomb threats also were made to the judicial center May 3 and Nov. 10.

Hackers vandalize state government sites The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — A computer hacker invaded Web sites of two state government agencies over the weekend, an official said Monday.

        Sites for the Transportation Cabinet and the Department of Libraries and Archives had to be taken down for repairs.

        At both sites, the hacker — or hackers — deleted information available to computer users, said Aldona Valicenti, chief technology officer for state government.

        There was no obvious motive.

        “It's hard for me to guess why people do this,” Ms. Valicenti said.

        “Basically they just hacked a lot of government sites.”

        Everything deleted from the Transportation and Libraries sites was stored on backup files and was being duplicated, she said.

Bush to campaign across Kentucky The Associated Press
        PADUCAH — Presidential candidate George W. Bush plans to make a campaign swing through Kentucky this week, beginning with a stop in Paducah.

        Mr. Bush's campaign officials said the Texas governor, a Republican, will travel by bus through the western and southern regions of the state Friday.

        Paducah was a stop on a bus trip President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore took in 1996.

        The stops on Mr. Bush's trip are still being worked out, but plans are for Mr. Bush to go as far east as Interstate 65.

        Mr. Bush was in Louisville nine days ago for the Kentucky Derby, but did not attend any political events.

        The vice president's wife, Tipper, made a campaign stop Thursday in Louisville.

Thieving couple released from jail The Associated Press
        LOUISVILLE — Jim and Patti Hearn, convicted of stealing more than $320,000 from the Jefferson County school district, were released from jail Monday.

        Each must perform 500 hours of community service as part oftheir 10 years' probation.

        The Hearns were convicted of stealing $322,485 earmarked to buy encyclopedias for Jefferson County schoolchildren.

        They pleaded guilty to state theft charges a year ago and still may face federal charges.

        The Hearns had been in custody since August, when Jefferson Circuit Judge Stephen Mershon ordered them to serve nine months in jail as a condition of probation.

        Mrs. Hearn, 52, was a deputy school superintendent. She retired in 1998 amid the allegations.

        Her husband, 56, is a former chairman of the school board.

        The couple will have to repay the money they stole, at a rate of $4,000 a month.

        They have so far paid about $92,000.

DAYBOOK
        Cold Spring: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city building, 120 E. Alexandria Pike.

        Crestview: City Council, 7:30 p.m., Cold Spring/Crestview Firehouse, 4113 Alexandria Pike.

        Dayton: City Council, 7 p.m., city building, 514 Sixth Ave.

        Highland Heights: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city building, 175 Johns Hill Road.

        Ludlow: Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., board office, 525 Elm St.

       



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