Friday, August 04, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Georgia man linked to Florence rape

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — A woman who was robbed and raped five years ago in the Florence Mall parking lot was “very happy” when she recently learned that her alleged rapist, a Georgia trucker, could be facing charges for a series of rapes that include her own, said Florence Police Sgt. Bruce Graham.

        Richard Joseph Porcelli, 29, of Sugar Hill, Ga., allegedly committed the rapes in 1995 and 1998 at outlet malls along interstate highways in Georgia, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

        He was in a Georgia jail on an unrelated charge when investigators connected him to the crimes through DNA.

        The Florence attack allegedly happened around 8 a.m. on Jan. 9, 1995. The woman, then in her twenties and living in Highland Heights, was reporting to work at one of the mall's department stores, Sgt. Graham said.

        She was walking through the parking lot when a man wielding a stun gun approached her, put her in a van and raped her. He took her to an ATM machine and made her remove money for him. She was then placed in a car trunk.

        Florence police notified her Wednesday that Mr. Porcelli had been linked to her rape.

        “She showed a lot of appreciation and is grateful that he's not out there any more,” he said.

        Mr. Porcelli already has been charged with one rape in Georgia and two others in Wisconsin. Charges in the Florence crime are pending.

Edgewood looking for Taste participants
        EDGEWOOD — The city of Edgewood is seeking participants for its eighth annual Taste of Edgewood from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Presidents Park.

        The Taste of Edgewood includes food and craft booths, all day entertainment, carnival rides and open houses at the Edgewood Fire Department and city building.

        For information contact Kim Wolking, recreation director, at 331-5910 by Sept. 22.

Kenton Fiscal Court cancels Aug. 22 meet
        ERLANGER — Kenton Fiscal Court has canceled its Aug. 22 caucus meeting here, for lack of a quorum.

        The fiscal court's next caucus meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the county courthouse in Independence.

        Kenton Fiscal Court will hold its next town meeting at the Crestview Hills city building on Sept. 26.

Resentencing ordered in preacher molestation
        LOUISA — A Lawrence County preacher who was imprisoned for molesting boys who attended his church will be resentenced next month.

        Gallie Isaac, 83, is now being held in a geriatric unit at the Kentucky State Reformatory at LaGrange. He suffered a stroke shortly after his conviction and now uses a wheelchair.

        Lawrence County Circuit Judge Stephen “Nick” Frazier, who presided in Mr. Isaac's trial, ordered a resentencing, scheduled for Sept. 14.

        The move was at the direction of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed Mr. Isaac's conviction on six counts of sodomy and sexual abuse involving one of the alleged victims.

        In an opinion on May 4, a four-judge panel ruled Mr. Isaac should either be released from prison or re-sentenced, minus six counts involving a victim identified as J.J. in the court proceedings.

        Mr. Isaac, who pastored a church on his farm south of Louisa, has served four years of a 25-year sentence.

KSU board of regents receives orientation
        FRANKFORT — An unusually large turnover of regents at Kentucky State University has prompted a state orientation for the school's entire board.

        The regents have been deeply divided over President George Reid. In addition, the university's finances have been in turmoil.

        Six of the 11 regents are new — four appointed by Gov. Paul Patton and two elected by faculty and students since June — but divisions were evident at the new board's first meeting last week. A budget was adopted by a single vote and election of officers was deferred.

        The orientation is scheduled Wednesday at the Council on Postsecondary Education in Frankfort. Aides to Mr. Patton and state Auditor Ed Hatchett are to take part.

Sullivan College now University instead
        LOUISVILLE — Sullivan College, Kentucky's largest independent four-year institution, has upgraded to university status and officially changed its name.

        The name switch to Sullivan University was announced Thursday. It will enable the school to more effectively market its programs to students from around the world, said school president Dr. A.R. Sullivan. University officials also announced the school has added a master's program in hospitality management and expanded its information technology programs.

        Sullivan was founded in 1962 as a one-year business school by Dr. Sullivan and his father, A.O. Sullivan. The school's initial enrollment of seven students has grown to more than 3,600. This fall's enrollment is expected to exceed 4,000 students from 38 states and some international markets.

EKU to offer tuition break to some students
        RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents approved a plan Thursday to cut out-of-state tuition by 45 percent for some out-of-state students.

        The tuition break, which will take effect with the fall 2001 semester, applies to three groups. They must meet the criteria for full admission to the university before qualifying. The groups are:

        • Out-of-state students who live in any of the first three tiers of counties in southern Ohio and Indiana, southwestern Virginia and West Virginia, northern Tennessee, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.

        • Students who are the children of alumni who received a master's, bachelor's or associate's degree from Eastern, regardless of state of residence.

        • Any high-ability student who has a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and has a composite ACT score of 25 or higher, regardless of state of residence.

        Based on an anticipated 7.5 percent increase in tuition for the 2001-2002 academic year, the targeted out-of-state students will pay $1,928 a semester, compared to $1,167 for in-state students and $3,500 for other out-of-state students, the university said.


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