Saturday, July 22, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Judge to reconsider divorce payment

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ordered Kenton Circuit Court Judge Douglas Stephens to take another look at his decision requiring an ex-husband to pay “maintainance” to his former spouse in a 1998 divorce settlement so she can attend law school.

        Judge Stephens, ruling in the divorce of Diane St. Onge and Richard St. Onge, ordered Mr. St. Onge to pay $1,200 monthly child support for two children, and $3,300 per month maintainance for four years to enable Ms. St. Onge to attend law school.

        Mr. St. Onge appealed the maintainance order, claiming the combination of payments makes up more than two-thirds of his net income. The appeals court agreed, reversing Judge Stephens' ruling and remanding the case back to his court.

        The appeals ruling said that Judge Stephens was wrong to decide that Ms. St. Onge's earning capacity was unknown. She has bachelor's and master's degrees, the appellate panel said, and she is qualified for several positions.

        The trial court must reconsider its finding of Ms. St. Onge's earning capacity and, if maintainance is still considered appropriate, the court must take into account Mr. St. Onge's income and his ability to meet his own needs, the appellate ruling said.

$65M Powerball brings average sales
        FT. MITCHELL — A $65 million Powerball jackpot isn't big enough to interest many area residents, ticket sellers said Friday.

        About 2 p.m. Friday, the Shell gas station on Buttermilk Pike reported only $81 in ticket sales for the day, which a cashier characterized as about average. Lines for Powerball tickets don't usually form until the jackpot reaches about $100 million, he said.

        A cashier at Remke's in Crescent Springs also reported average sales.

        The drawing will be tonight. If there is a winner, that person could opt for a lump-sum payment of $34.3 million.

Judge-executives to present address
        CRESTVIEW HILLS — The region's three judge-executives are to present the 10th annual State of Northern Kentucky Address Tuesday at the Four Seasons Country Club in Crestview Hills.

        The event, sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as part of its “Eggs and Issues” breakfast series, costs $15 for members, $20 at the door, and $40 for non-members.

        The main address will be delivered by Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery and Kenton County Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd. It begins at 7:15 a.m. For more information call 578-8800.

Lawsuit follows hospital layoffs
        VERSAILLES, KY — Seven former workers at the Woodford Memorial Hospital filed a lawsuit on behalf of 300 former employees who allege they were not given the federally mandated 60 days' notice before they were laid off.

        The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, is the latest in a string of litigation filed against the hospital, which closed in February for financial reasons. More than a dozen lawsuits claim the hospital owes more than $1.6 million for unpaid goods and services.

        The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, known as the “plant-closing act,” requires companies with 100 or more employees to give workers 60 days' notice of plant closings. If not, a company must pay the affected workers for each day of inadequate notice, up to 60 days' pay, plus benefits.

        The suit claims the hospital let insurance coverage lapse and employees suffered loss and denial of benefits. The hospital also didn't inform employees that it had stopped making deposits of the promised employer match money, which goes toward retirement and thrift plans, the suit says.

Patton to co-chair convention in L.A.
        FRANKFORT — Kentuckians who tune in to the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 14-17 may see a familiar smiling face — Gov. Paul Patton.

        Mr. Patton on Friday was appointed one of three co-chairmen of the convention in Los Angeles. Mr. Patton is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. Other co-chairman will be Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, of South Dakota, and House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, of Missouri.

        The governor was to leave today on a trade mission trip to Israel that extends through July 26, then travels to England for a four-day tourism development mission.

Deputy jailer arrested, 2 quit
        MAYFIELD, KY — A deputy jailer was arrested and two others resigned after a Kentucky State Police investigation into alcohol and drug smuggling at the Graves County Detention Center.

        Jailer Jimmy Coltharp requested the state police probe.

Kentucky events
        Erlanger: What You See Is What You Get, play presented by The Erlanger-Elsmere Family Resource Center, 7 p.m., Dietz Auditorium, Lloyd High School, Bartlett Avenue. Free.

        Florence: Boone County Jaycees Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saddlebrook subdivision, 72 Belmont Court.

        Florence: The Know Theatre Tribe performance of rhythm, movement, words and comedy, “Navigating The Mind Fields,” 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7663 Mall Road.


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