Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report




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Man indicted in car robberies, chase
        A College Hill man was indicted Tuesday on charges he had tricked people into letting him into their cars and then had robbed the drivers.

        Randy Blake, 36, was indicted on three counts each of aggravated robbery and robbery, and one each of kidnapping, theft and failure to comply with a police officer. Police say Mr. Blake, on July 10, 12 and 15, persuaded people to give him rides, then indicated he had a gun and either demanded money or ordered the drivers out of their cars.

        Mr. Blake was arrested after the last incident, when police say he led officers from Springdale, Glendale and Fairfield on a 20-minute pursuit. He failed to stop even after Fairfield tried to use stop sticks to flatten his tires, police said. He drove on the rims, eventually stopping when he hit a tree.

Man indicted on 23 sex charges
        WARSAW, Ky. —A Warsaw man was arrested late Monday night after a Gallatin County grand jury indicted him on 23 sex-abuse felonies, Kentucky State Police said Tuesday.

        Thomas R. Starks, 66, of Warsaw, has been charged with eight counts of rape, three counts of sodomy, six counts of sexual abuse and six other sexually related charges. He was also charged with one sex-abuse misdemeanor.

        The charges stem from events involving two girls during the early 1970s, police said. The victims were as young as 4 years old, police said. Maximum sentences for the various felony sex crimes range from 10 years to life imprisonment.

48 pot plants destroyed, police say
        DUPONT, Ind. — Indiana State Police eradicated 48 marijuana plants with a street value of about $50,000 Tuesday at a residence on State Highway 7, just north of Madison.

        Jesse Sizemore, 25, of the Jefferson County residence, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, Trooper Matt True said. After receiving a tip, a state police marijuana eradication team executed a search warrant at the property about 2:30 p.m. They found the 4- to 5-foot marijuana plants growing near the suspect's trailer home and a bag of processed marijuana inside the trailer, police said.

        The state police team used a helicopter to initially spot the marijuana.

UC receives $1.5M grant for business
        The Cleveland Foundation has given the University of Cincinnati a $1.5 million grant to develop playful innovations using technology to teach business administration.

        UC will get $500,000 a year for three years, said Ralph Katerberg, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, on Tuesday.

        It will be used for three experiments.

        Similar innovation-provoking grants went to Ohio State and Case Western Reserve Universi ties, Dean Katerberg said.

Regents approve paramedic program
        An associate of applied science degree in paramedic technology has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

        The degree program was developed by Cincinnati State in response to the growing need for training for emergency medical personnel.

        Graduates of this degree will be required to take the national certification exam for paramedics. Graduates will also be employed in agencies providing pre-hospital emergency medical care and hospital emergency rooms.

        For information, call 569-1690.

NKU provost accepts D.C. job
        Dr. Barbara Holland, associate provost at Northern Kentucky University, is leaving to direct the Office of University Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

        Her new job involves encouraging colleges and universities to work with community organizations to revitalize local economies, generate jobs and rebuild urban areas.

        In 1994, Dr. Holland helped persuade HUD to crate the Community Outreach Partnership Center, now part of the office she will head after Sept. 5.

Officer fired over alleged theft
        District 3 Police Officer Jamie M. Wigger was fired Tuesday for failure of good behavior.

        The decision came as a result of police internal investigation after her June 30 indictment for theft in office, police officials said.

        Officer Wigger was charged with stealing marijuana from a suspect's purse. Prosecutors said Officer Wigger, 24, took a small amount of marijuana during a routine search in March but never turned it in as evidence. She later gave it to a friend, they said.

        Officer Wigger, who had been suspended, graduated from the Police Academy in June 1999.

Judge bars posting of 10 Commandments
        FRANKFORT, Ky. — A federal judge Tuesday prohibited the state from erecting a monument to the Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds, ruling that a General Assembly directive to do so is unconstitutional.

        U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood said the monument — a dark stone tablet 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide that was supposed to go up behind the floral clock — would amount to a government endorsement of religion.

        “I think the purpose of this is not secular, but I think it is religious,” Judge Hood said after about an hourlong hearing.

       



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Americans with Disabilities Act law 10 years old
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Drought relaxes
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House OKs Freedom Center funds
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Ky. county votes to keep alcohol ban
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Mine proposal still a concern
N.Ky. feeling growing pains
Police funeral planned for Holcomb
Probation granted in theft from township
Roebling project under way
Sewer rate increases opposed
Tristate GOP says Cheney wise choice
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Warsaw man charged with 23 sex felonies
Get to it
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- Tristate A.M. Report