Friday, May 10, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

N. Ky. contractor sentenced to prison

        Fort Thomas contractor Daniel A. Schneider was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution for defrauding his former business partner and cheating 17 others out of more than $1 million.

        The 49-year-old admitted that he created a false contract with Dow Chemical, then stole money from his former business partner, Craig Roberts of Corporate Construction & Contracting, claiming expenditures under the fictitious Dow contract.

        Mr. Schneider also admitted deceiving 17 other victims in similar schemes involving phony real estate projects.

        He was sentenced in Cincinnati by U.S. District Court Judge Herman J. Weber.

Prison ordered for man in double killing

        BROOKSVILLE — Douglas E. Baker Jr., who had pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the December deaths of two Dixie Heights High School graduates, Wednesday was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

        The sentence imposed by Judge Robert Gallenstein followed the recommendation of prosecutor Stockton Wood in a plea bargain.

        In April, Mr. Baker, in his early 20s, of Covington's Latonia neighborhood, signed guilty pleas to two counts of murder and four counts of tampering with evidence in the deaths of Ryan Eric Matchison, 22, of Florence and Adam C. Harvey, 20, of Elsmere. Their bodies were found Dec. 17.

        Both had been shot and their bodies were wrapped in sleeping bags and a tarpaulin.

        Mr. Baker, one of four people charged in the two deaths, is expected to testify in the trial of two others charged in the case.

Huntington Bank robber gets away

        ELSMERE — A man robbed a Huntington Bank branch shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday at Turkeyfoot and Industrial roads.

        The robber wore a blue ski mask and was described as white, 17 to 22 years old and 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-8.

        The bank was temporarily closed. The branch serves customers in Independence, Erlanger, Florence and Elsmere.

More suits filed against archdiocese

        LOUISVILLE — Five men and one woman filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Louisville Thursday, alleging it was aware of sexual misconduct with minors but did nothing about it.

        A total of 38 people have filed suits against the Roman Catholic archdiocese since April 19.

        The victims each claim they reported the alleged incidents, but the diocese did not take appropriate disciplinary action. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for psychological treatment.

        Three men claim the Rev. Louis E. Miller sexually abused them while he was assigned to Holy Spirit Church and St. Leo the Great during the 1960s and 1970s. Father Miller has been accused of sexual misconduct by 15 other victims.

TV audience down for Derby this year

        NEW YORK — Without the benefit of an attention-grabbing favorite, the Kentucky Derby had a 12 percent drop in TV ratings.

        NBC Sports' telecast Saturday drew a 7.1 national rating, meaning an average of 7.1 percent of television households were tuned in from 5-6:45 p.m. It's the highest-rated sports event since the final round of the Masters on CBS on April 14.

        War Emblem, a 20-1 shot, won a race that was considered among the most wide-open in race history.

        Last year's broadcast drew an 8.1 national rating, the highest for the race since 1992. Point Given drew a lot of attention before the race but finished fifth, then wound up winning the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

ATM employee threw away $4K

        CAREFREE, Ind. — Investigators believe someone servicing an automatic-teller machine lost more than $4,000 in cash that was found Thursday in a convenience store trash barrel.

        State police were called just after midnight when an employee discovered the money at the Carefree Food Mart, near Interstate 64 west of Louisville.

        She found a clear bag that police said contained $4,330 in $10 and $20 bills.

        Investigators used transaction papers and receipts in the bag to trace the money to ATM Solutions Inc., a company based in Forest Park. Investigators believe that an employee accidentally threw the money away Wednesday after picking it up from an ATM machine in Owensboro.


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Anderson Twp. woman dies in I-275 crash
DeWine: Cut city employee travel
Drums and bells and love
Four boys face charges in sex assault
Gospel choir cancels Jammin' gig
Group offers church advice
Nation watching, prof says
Obituary: Frederick T. Suggs Sr., magazine publisher
School ordered to pay
Security eased at Kings Island Grad Night
SWAT shines in limelight
Teacher union: Memo unfair
Tristate A.M. Report
BRONSON: Beanbag limbo
HOWARD: Some Good News
SMITH AMOS: Dueling coalitions
WELLS: Sex abuse
Balloon will give idea of tower height
Tot critical after falling in pool
City dedicates picnic grove to officer's memory
Courthouse tests find no asbestos
Girls find strength in lifting
Old house new home for tourism
Town to tax incomes
Barge company will pay $10M to injured worker
Bush visit could give Taft $1M
Governor's descendant donates $2 M
Ohio welfare population hits plateau at 200,000
Ohio women can get Medicaid for cancer
Edgewood narrows police chief list to 7
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