Friday, September 08, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

From Enquirer news sources

N.J. man pleads not guilty in death

        BURLINGTON — The New Jersey man charged with kidnapping a man later found dead was arraigned Thursday in Boone Circuit Court.

        Gregory J. Marcinski, 23, of Brick, N.J., entered a not guilty plea to the capital kidnapping charge. A pretrial hearing was set for noon Sept. 26.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Marcinski impersonated an FBI agent at a Florence hotel so he could speak to Paul Jeffrey Gale, 28, who was dating Mr. Marcinksi's ex-lover and visiting Northern Kentucky for business purposes.

        The two left the hotel together. Hotel employees have said they saw Mr. Marcinski handcuff and frisk Mr. Gale before putting him in the car.

        Two weeks later, Mr. Gale's burned body was found in a shallow grave within two miles of Mr. Marcinski's home.

Lucas seeks vets from Normandy

        FORT MITCHELL — U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat representing Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, wants to help honor World War II veterans who participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy.

        The Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty was originally presented by the Provincial Government of Normandy to U.S. veterans who were able to return to France in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the invasion.

        The government is now offering the medal to veterans unable to attend the anniversary ceremony.

        Mr. Lucas is seeking veterans of the invasion still living in the 4th District. He plans a ceremony to award the medals.

        For information, veterans can call Mr. Lucas' Northern Kentucky field office at 426-0080. Mr. Lucas' congressional district covers 22 counties, including Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Grant, Gallatin and Pendleton counties.

Volunteers target 3 creeks for cleanup

        For the second year, Northern Kentucky organizations have organized a massive creek cleanup, scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 16.

        The creeks on the cleanup list are: Elijah Creek in Boone County (cleanup crew meets at Mt. Zion Temple of Praise), Four Mile Creek in Campbell County (crew meets at Morscher Field in Silver Grove) and Banklick Creek in Kenton County (crew meets at Sanitation District No. 1).

        Last year, volunteers collected 19,000 pounds of garbage.

        “There is not another event like this that takes ownership of our creeks that I know of,” said Nate Sturm, solid waste coordinator for the three counties. “It was an eye-opener last year when we saw all that garbage.”

        The event — CRIK (for Creek Restoration in Kentucky) — is organized by the Campbell County Jaycees, Northern Kentucky Waste Management and Sanitation District No. 1.

        Corporate support includes Sam's Club Foundation, Quickstop Oil Change, Cold Spring Roadhouse, Shipp Insurance, Toyota, Ameristop, Parsons Insurance and the Koors Group. Lunch, T-shirts and prizes are free. Call 689-5815 for details.

Ludlow to update billing process

        LUDLOW — Council has authorized the acting city clerk to spend $20,000 for computer hardware and software designed to bring municipal billing operations into the 21st century.

        Acting Clerk Paul Weekley said the change will enable him to integrate a number of functions, which will reduce the time it takes to send out bills and make it easier to pull up comprehensive billing and tax information on individual addresses.

        “(With the change), I won't have to run to three different computers and two different filing cabinets,” Mr. Weekley said. “I can just hit one button on the computer and have all the information (for an address) pop up on the screen.”

Long-distance firm fined $400K

        FRANKFORT — A Georgia long-distance company was fined $400,000 by Kentucky regulators Thursday for illegally switching phone customers' long-distance services without permission.

        The practice is known as “slamming.” The company, America's Tele-Network Corp., also was ordered to refund costs incurred by 40 customers who complained that they were slammed, according to an order by the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

        “The commission takes the matter of slamming seriously and will not allow Kentucky's telecommunications customers to become victims of unfair business practices,” the order said.

        The commission fined the company $10,000 for each count, the maximum under Kentucky law. The commission also imposed a $2,500 fine after no one from ATN appeared at its hearing Tuesday.

Rock kills worker in mine accident

        SIDNEY — A Pike County man was struck by a rock and killed while working on a machine in an underground mine.

        Gary Cochran was trying to fix an electrical problem with a continuous mining machine when he was struck by the rock about 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals.

        The accident occurred at Rockhouse Energy Mining Co.'s No. 1 mine, where Mr. Cochran worked as an electrician.

        The mining accident — the 10th such fatality in Kentucky this year — is being investigated by the Department of Mines and Minerals and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

State innovation panel introduced

        FRANKFORT — A commission with the assigned task of helping Kentucky reshape its economy and its way of thinking about jobs was introduced by Gov. Paul Patton on Thursday.

        Legislation creating the 15-member Kentucky Innovation Commission was enacted by the General Assembly this year.

        The idea was to begin moving Kentucky's economy off its historical pillars — coal, tobacco and textiles — onto a knowledge-based foundation.

        “The key to wealth and job growth ... is knowledge, innovation and technology,” Mr. Patton said at a news conference.


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