Saturday, April 21, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Newport gets $200K to study brownfields

        NEWPORT — The city has been approved for a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot to study six possible redevelopment sites that may be environmentally hazardous.

        Newport officials have identified six brownfields that have potential as redevelopment sites for the Hope VI project, backed by a $26 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that eventually would move families from 202 units of federal public housing on Fourth Street to scattered single-family and multi-family sites around the city.

        The brownfield sites in Newport are old or underused industrial facilities and abandoned commercial properties that pose potential environmental or health concerns because of possible water and soil contamination.

        The city will use the $200,000 to conduct environmental site assessments and prioritize the sites for development.

Nordheim gallery plans closing reception

        COVINGTON — The Nordheim Art Gallery on the Holmes High School campus, 25th Street and Madison Avenue, will host a closing reception April 27 for artist Sara Jurewicz.

        The reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

        The gallery is open to the public at other times by calling Dr. Crickette Todd at (859) 292-5980, Ext. 1323.

Burst water main closes Highlands

        FORT THOMAS - Highlands High School was closed Friday after a city water main burst outside the building on Memorial Parkway late Thursday night.

        “Water was just pouring out all over the place,” Superintendent Larry Stinson said. “It was like a river running down the street.”

        The water supply to the school was shut off.

        The school was not damaged, and city workers fixed the pipe around noon Friday. Classes will resume Monday.

Used-book sale to benefit library

        COVINGTON — The Friends of the Kenton County Public Library have set a used-book sale for May 4 at the Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd.

        The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Books, videos and CDs will be sold to benefit the library, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $4.

        If weather permits, this will be a sidewalk sale, with thousands of books set up on eight to 10 tables. It will be moved to the library lobby if it rains.

        The Friends of the Kenton County Public Library is a volunteer organization that raises money for the library though memberships and book sales.

        Upcoming book sales are: June 1, Covington library; Aug. 9-11, Independence branch, 6477 Taylor Mill Road, Oct. 1-6, Erlanger branch, 3130 Dixie Hwy., and Nov. 9-10, Covington.

Investigators check plane crash death

        LA GRANGE — Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials have begun investigating a plane crash that killed a student pilot in front of his home in Oldham County.

        The pilot killed in Wednesday's crash was identified as Ronald D. Dunaway, 44, of La Grange.

        Investigators began documenting conditions at the site and interviewing potential wit nesses Thursday.

        The NTSB will release a preliminary report in 10 to 14 days, said Paul Cox, an investigator with the board. A final report, including the group's assessment of what probably caused the crash, could take up to a year to complete, he said.

        Mr. Dunaway was flying solo in a Cessna 152, which he rented at Bowman Field, when it crashed about 8 p.m. EDT in a field owned by the Roederer Correctional Complex.

        The plane came to rest upside down, with its nose down and tail above its wings, a little more than 100 yards from the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex and just across a road from Mr. Dunaway's home.

State wants member of school board to quit

        LEXINGTON — The state attorney general's office is seeking the resignation of a Bath County school board member, claiming she violated state laws by taking a county job.

        Sandra Crouch resigned the job she took in 1999 as secretary to county Judge-executive Ray Bailey. But her resignation in January is not good enough for state officials.

        “By Crouch's acceptance of county employment while a sitting board member, she has effectively vacated her first office and is subject to immediate ouster proceedings,” the Office of Education Accountability said in a letter to Assistant Deputy Attorney General Scott White.

        Officials say that by holding the county job, Ms. Crouch violated the state laws prohibiting school board members — who are considered state officeholders — from working in county and city governments.

        Ms. Crouch was asked to step down in a March 20 letter from Mr. White.
       Mr. White's letter gave Ms. Crouch until March 28 to resign from the school board or face ouster proceedings in Bath Circuit Court.

Acquitted lawyer still faces charge

        FRANKFORT — A Louisville lawyer acquitted of charges she helped in bribing a police officer to fix a drunken driving charge may still be tried on charges of evidence tampering, the Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

        Connie Runner represented the son of a Transportation Cabinet official who had been charged with DUI. The allegations were that Ms. Runner, Motor Vehicle Enforcement official Harry Hupp and others conspired to pay the arresting officer $100 to not appear in Jefferson District Court so the charge against Kevin Hupp would be reduced.

        A trial in Jefferson County Circuit Court found all the defendants not guilty.

        Special prosecutors from the attorney general's office, though, alleged that Ms. Runner “contrived” handwriting samples that were used during her bribery trial. She is scheduled to be tried on that charge in July, but asked the Court of Appeals to dismiss the case.

Man is accused in shooting death

        LEXINGTON — A Lexington man was arrested and charged with murder in the death of a man whose body was found in a park, police said.

        The body of Timothy Wayne Owsley, 19, of Lexington, was found Sunday afternoon in a field behind Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Mr. Owsley died of a gunshot wound, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

        Steven Darnell Chenault, 19, was arrested and charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence Thursday night, police said.

        Mr. Chenault was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.

EKU committee named to aid in search for new president

        RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky University officials have formed a committee to assist the Board of Regents in its search for a new president.

        Bob Kustra announced in February that he was leaving the presidency at the end of his contract, which expires June 30, 2002.

        C. Fred Rice, of Naples, Fla., will be chairman of the 13-member committee. Mr. Rice is also chairman of the EKU Board of Regents. The Presidential Search Committee includes student, faculty, staff, alumni and community representatives.


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