Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Ky. news briefs

Police say teen used sword to stab mom

ALEXANDRIA - An Alexandria teen is in jail for allegedly stabbing his mother with a replica of a medieval sword.

Seth Dragon, a 19-year-old who recently changed his last name from Courtier, was arraigned in Campbell District Court on charges of assault and terroristic threatening. He remained in the Campbell County Jail Tuesday evening on a $50,000 bond.

Alexandria police said Dragon stabbed his mother, Carol Smith, in her right shoulder Sunday morning after she tried to wake him up.

Smith was taken to University Hospital for treatment of a 2-inch stab wound. Her condition was not released, but police said the injury was not life-threatening.

Alexandria police said Dragon, who lived with his mother and stepfather, was an avid fantasy fan who collected swords.

Preservation board honors 6

BELLEVUE - The owners of six homes and businesses in Bellevue will be honored Thursday by the Bellevue Historic Preservation Board for keeping historic buildings in their original shape and architectural condition.

Being honored are: Leo and Eleanor Groeschen, 237 Washington Ave.; Lisa Woodbury, 313 Division St.; Carly Stavermann, 234 O'Fallon Ave.; Steve and Alla Guidugli, 247 Foote Ave.; Charles and Lisa Craig, 274 Ward Ave.; and the owners of the Bellevue Tavern at 343 Division St. The awards ceremony, open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center Park Retirement Center, 330 Center St., Bellevue.Edgewood votes on new city building

EDGEWOOD - Construction of a city building that will more than double the size of the present 22-year-old quarters should start next month, City Administrator Roger Rolfes said.

Council voted 4-3 Monday to award a $6,063,811 construction bid to Pilot Construction of Erlanger. The bid was the lowest for the plan council chose.

Construction of the 36,998-square-foot building is expected to start in early June, with completion 15 months later, Rolfes said. City offices are tentatively scheduled to move to temporary quarters on June 5 with no interruption in city services, Rolfes said.

"Probably the worst thing that will happen is that telephones may be down for an hour on Saturday morning when we move stuff," Rolfes said. "We're moving on a Saturday so that it doesn't interrupt the work day."

While the new building is under construction, the fire department will move to the public works building on South Loop Road, and police and administrative staff will move into a house next door.

The project is being financed through cash reserves and a bond issue.

Fort Mitchell park board plans meetings

FORT MITCHELL - The city's park and recreation board will meet at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month from June through September at Ormsby Mitchel Park at the end of Grandview Drive.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 2 at the park.

N.Ky. Chamber hosts periodic exchange

INDEPENDENCE - The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is hosting one of its periodic business/government exchanges here tonight.

It will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Independence Community/Senior Center on Jack Woods Parkway.

The program is to bring local businesses together with city officials to create dialogue between the businesses and city. This allows businesses to be well informed about the city's plans and activities, while providing city governments a chance to get feedback and to better understand the needs, issues and reactions of businesses.

Information: (859) 578-8800.

Caseworker finds mom owed $4,500

COVINGTON - A Kenton County child support caseworker has found a mother who was owed $4,500 in back child support.

Lori Brockell-Sims asked local police for help and found out where the woman's daughter worked. It turned out the mother worked at the same place.

Deborah Tweddell, administrative director for Kenton County Child Support, said the search took about a month. She noted that it's important for custodial parents to notify the local child support office whenever their addresses change.

Besides the $4,500 the Kenton County Child Support Office had already collected, the woman will receive $5,500 in delinquent support being garnished from the father's wages.

In 2000, Lori Brockell-Sims learned from a news report that Mack Wayne Metcalf of Florence had won a $65.4 million Powerball jackpot. She checked court records and found that the Florence man owed his ex-wife more than $31,000 in child support for their teenage daughter. Brockell-Sims also found the ex-wife, who was living in Corbin, Ky. and the child support attorney was able to secure a $1 million trust for the child.

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