Thursday, June 15, 2000

Kentucky digest

Meat wholesaler facing federal charges

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Heringer Meats Inc., a wholesale meat company, and Raymond Niemeyer were indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court on charges that they prepared poultry and other meat products for purposes of fraud and adulterated and misbranded meats between December 1997 and March 1998.

        The company and Mr. Niemeyer face 52 individual counts, which also include aiding and abetting. The indictment does not indicate whether Mr. Niemeyer was a Heringer employee or not.

        The indictment indicates that Heringer prepared misbranded meats that went to various locations including Cincinnati Job Corps Center, Kenton County Jail, Northern Kentucky Head Start in Newport, Northern Kentucky Youth Development Center in Crittenden. and Country Grill in Dry Ridge.

        Each of the 52 counts carries a maximum punishment of three years' imprisonment and $10,000 in fines upon conviction.

Museum's kids camp includes grandparents The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COVINGTON — The Behringer-Crawford Museum will sponsor its fourth annual Grand Discovery Camps for children ages 3 to 6 and their favorite grandparent or adult.

        Grand Camp lets grandparents rediscover the excitement of camp through crafts, games, songs, skits and snacks, while children enjoy their first camping experience.

        Grand Camp Session one takes place June 29-30. Session two is July 5-6, and the final session will be Aug. 15-16. Each session begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon.

        Non-member fees per session range from $22 for one child and one adult to $40 for two children and two adults. For museum members, each session ranges from $18 for one child and one adult to $37 for two children and two adults.

        Register by calling the museum at 491-4003.

St. Luke West opens cardiac rehab center The Cincinnati Enquirer
        FLORENCE — St. Luke Hospital West has opened a cardiac rehabilitation center to help people follow diet and exercise plans while recovering from heart attacks or treatments for heart disease.

        The rehab center, located next to the hospital's cardiology center, has its own outside entrance. It will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Census counters prepare for follow-up The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COVINGTON — In three weeks, Northern Kentucky census workers will begin the final phase of the 2000 census count.

        Workers will visit homes and apartment buildings in the 16 Kentucky counties served by the Covington census office to confirm vacancies and new construction discovered by census workers in the field, or reported by local communities since the last round of census visits.

        On Tuesday, the Covington census office finished its follow-up of the 82,000 “non-response” addresses provided by the regional census office in Charlotte, N.C., said Marc Bergman, local census office manager in Covington.

        “We have now visited all 82,000 addresses and have gotten responses from each one,” Mr. Bergman said.

        Since then, however, census workers have discovered new addresses that were missed for various reasons, Mr. Bergman said. Those addresses will be visited three weeks from now, as part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Coverage Improvement Followup operation.

Patton signs raise for beginners' pay The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — Gov. Paul Patton on Wednesday signed an order to raise entry-level wages for state employees.

        Increases average 7.4 percent, according to a statement from Mr. Patton's office. Mr. Patton said during his State of the Commonwealth address in January that he wanted to adjust state government pay grades.

        His executive order moved some employees into higher pay grades, though still in grades lower than they should be, and standardized salary differences between pay grades at 10 percent, the statement said.

        It was not clear how many employees were affected.

Rapist's mother avoids prison time The Associated Press
        ELIZABETHTOWN — The mother of a convicted rapist pleaded guilty and avoided prison time for her role in the crimes.

        Darlene Miller, 49, of Sonora, had been charged with six counts of criminal complicity to facilitate first-degree rape. She accepted a plea bargain Tuesday offered by Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff England in exchange for his recommendation to Hardin Circuit Judge Janet Coleman that Ms. Miller be given probation instead of one year in prison.

        In September, Ms. Miller's son, Kenny Wayne Thompson, was convicted of raping a teen-aged female relative six times. A Hardin County jury sentenced Mr. Thompson to 100 years in prison.

        During the trial, the victim testified that when she told Ms. Miller about the first rape, Ms. Miller said they made a “cute couple” and did nothing to stop the subsequent rapes.

State takes over audit at Ky. State The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — State Auditor Ed Hatchett said Wednesday his office was taking over an audit of Kentucky State University.

        The school's accounting firm — PricewaterhouseCoopers, or PWC — pulled out last week, Mr. Hatchett said.

        PWC officials told him they had concerns about liability, given an embezzlement scandal on campus and continuing issues about internal financial controls, Mr. Hatchett said.

        A former assistant to the KSU comptroller, Janice Phillips, pleaded guilty May 17 to embezzling $800,000.

        The audit, which all state universities undergo annually, is for the fiscal year that ended June 30. It was due six months ago, Mr. Hatchett said.

Livestock groups sue over regulation The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — Kentucky Farm Bureau and groups associated with the livestock industry Wednesday sued the state over its regulation of large-scale animal feeding operations.

        The suit in Franklin Circuit Court seeks an injunction to stop the Natural Resources Cabinet from enforcing its regulation.

        The regulation deals in large part with water quality and the copious amounts of manure produced by animals in large, concentrated feeding lots.


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