Wednesday, March 10, 2004

N. Ky. news briefs



Ex-clerk gets 15 years for stealing $364,000

COVINGTON - A former payroll clerk for Hosea Project Movers was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for embezzling from the Northern Kentucky company.

Marilyn Kay Schuster, 49, of Union, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft by unlawful taking and agreed to pay back the money she stole in exchange for her plea. She will be eligible for parole after three years.

Prosecutors say she stole $364,000 over nearly three years. The money reportedly went to cover her gambling losses at nearby riverboat casinos.

Assistant Prosecutor Kristy Muncy of the office of the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney declined to prosecute Schuster for bail jumping after she missed her first sentencing date March 2. Muncy said she didn't file additional charges in part because Schuster turned herself in a day later. She had been free on a $2,500 bond since her arraignment last April.

Sentencing near for 2 in Craven murder

COVINGTON - The hit man and lover in a triangle of love and betrayal will be sentenced later this month.

A Kenton County judge will sentence the lover, Russell "Rusty" McIntire, on March 15 and the hit man, Ronald Scott Pryor on March 22.

The two, in addition to Adele Craven, have pleaded guilty to a charge of murder and admitted their roles in the death of Stephen Craven. Craven, a Delta Air Lines pilot, was found beaten and shot to death in the basement of his Edgewood home in July 2000.

Craven was sentenced to life in prison Feb. 19.

Former Warsaw mayor charged with stealing

WARSAW - The former mayor of this small riverfront town in Gallatin County has been charged with stealing money from the Belterra Casino gift shop he managed.

Earl R. Wood, 57, was charged by Indiana State Police last week. Detectives believe he was making fraudulent sales and have linked Wood to a loss of $173.

Edgewood residents on humanities council

FRANKFORT - Gov. Ernie Fletcher has appointed two Edgewood residents to the Kentucky Humanities Council, a nonprofit group that awards grants to artists, musicians and others active in the humanities.

Appointed were:

•  Mary Farrell, a Web site designer and administrator for the Northern Kentucky Medical Society who has interests in piano and vocal and choral music.

•  Ellen Hiltz, an independent glass artist.




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