Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Warsaw man charged with 23 sex felonies

From Enquirer news sources

        WARSAW — 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 related charges. He was also charged with one sex-abuse misdemeanor. The charges stem from events involving two girls during the early 1970s. 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.

Phone companies balk at tax on fees
        FRANKFORT — Telephone companies said Tuesday the Revenue Cabinet has no authority to impose a tax on the fees they impose on each other for use of local lines to complete long distance calls.

        The tax has an obscure history and has never been regularly collected by the state. Instead, it grew from a quiet agreement among leaders of the 2000 General Assembly and Gov. Paul Patton's administration to find money to balance the budget.

        The administration said it would begin imposing the tax unless the legislature specifically prohibited it.

        Under an emergency regulation, the cabinet ordered the phone companies to begin accounting for the 6 percent tax starting June 1.

        “We should change the law rather than issue a regulation,” said Kendall Coyne, director of tax policy for Sprint Corp. “The Kentucky legislature has provided no statutory change.”

        The legislature did vote to impose a new 6 percent tax on long distance calls from Kentucky to other states. That tax goes into effect January 1.

Concert to embrace pop culture, tradition
        COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Symphony's newest group, Band on the Run, will fuse traditional instrumentation with pop culture as part of its summer concert on Aug. 5.

        Selections include Michael Daugherty's salute to American icons — Dead Elvis and What's That Spell? — and the premiere live performance of Randall Woolf's ballet, Where the Wild Things Are, based on the Mau rice Sendak children's book.

        The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Devou Park bandshell. Admission and parking are free. For information, call 431-6216.

Judge-executive files countersuit
        CORBIN — A countersuit has been filed that rebuts allegations that former Knox County Judge-executive Carnell Sprinkles sexually harassed and discriminated against four former employees of M&D General Contractors Inc.

        On April 11, four employees from the payroll and accounts receivable department filed suit in Knox Circuit Court alleging Mr. Sprinkles and M&D, the company where he serves as president, engaged in sexual harassment and discrimination.

        The countersuit, filed Friday, claims one employee was fired for missing work, a second was fired for tardiness, another was laid off and the fourth quit.

Idea could keep weapons from auction
        LOUISVILLE — A member of the Board of Aldermen says he has an idea that could keep weapons police are holding, some of which have been used in crimes, from being auctioned later this year.

        Steve Magre wants the city to keep the weapons for possible issue to Louisville police or for educating children about the dangers of firearms. A law passed by the General Assembly this spring beefed up a 1998 statute requiring police departments to give Kentucky State Police weapons that have been found, confiscated or turned in. State police then auction the weapons to licensed dealers, who can then sell them back to the public.


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