Sunday, September 5, 2004

Northern Kentucky review

Pair plead guilty in cross-burning

COVINGTON - Two men who burned a cross in the Burlington front yard of a black family pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.

Matthew Scudder, 18, of Hebron, and Jimmy D. Foster, 19, of Independence, face 10 years in prison when they are sentenced Dec. 16.

They pleaded guilty to violating the family's civil rights, intimidating them and to aiding and abetting a juvenile who was involved in the crime.

On July 2, Frederick Mahone found a 3-foot tall charred cross on the lawn of his Rosetta Drive home. The next morning he found his car windows had been broken.

Federal prosecutors said Scudder and Foster conspired to intimidate the Mahones and that Scudder and a juvenile burned the cross in the front yard and threw bricks through the car windows. The teens wore white hoods and shouted racial slurs as they targeted the family, the FBI said. The juvenile has also been charged in federal court. That case is pending.

After the incident, the Mahones moved out of Boone County. The case was prosecuted in federal court as civil rights violations. Under Kentucky law the men would have faced only misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and criminal mischief and could only be sentenced to one year in jail.

More high school kids

pass advanced exams

More Kentucky high-schoolers are taking advanced-placement exams and passing them, the state announced this week.

This year, 9,688 public-school students in Kentucky took the exams, an increase of 13.3 percent over 2003. Of the 15,211 exams those students took, about 46 percent of students received a grade of 3, 4 or 5. Students with those scores usually earn credit toward college or are permitted by colleges to skip introductory courses.

Advanced-placement exams are given every May, and students pay $82 for each one they take. The program is administered by the College Board, the same company that operates SAT testing.

Sergeant facing

discipline in DUI stop

A Newport police sergeant who was stopped by a Fort Thomas police officer last month and captured on video talking his way out of an arrest for suspicion of driving drunk will be disciplined by his department.

Mark Crank will be suspended for three to five days without pay, Newport Police Chief Tom Fromme said last week.

Adam Brown, the Fort Thomas officer who stopped Crank for allegedly swerving, received counseling from his chief.

Fromme last week said he decided to take action against Crank before the police video of the Aug. 10 traffic stop was released to the public Aug. 26.

Council to consider

shopping center plan

CRESCENT SPRINGS - City council here will once again decide whether to approve a plan for a $56 million shopping center.

The Kenton County Planning Commission on Thursday recommended against a proposal to build the Buttermilk Towne Center, citing concerns over traffic and large signs.

However, Crescent Springs City Council is not required to follow the recommendation from area planners when it considers the plan on Sept. 13.

Council approved the plan last December, but a Kenton County judge voided that approval last month, saying that council should have approved the proposal by an ordinance, which requires two readings, instead of a municipal order requiring one vote. The plan was sent back to area planners for review.

Bear Creek Capital of Montgomery purchased the 46-acre site Tuesday.

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