Sunday, October 3, 2004

N. Ky. week in review

Newport sergeant charged with driving under influence

NEWPORT - A county prosecutor has charged a Newport police sergeant who was stopped in August on suspicion of driving drunk but then allowed to go home without taking a sobriety test.

Sgt. Mark Crank was arraigned Thursday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. It carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for 1 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Campbell District Court.

Campbell County Attorney Justin Verst said he made the decision after viewing a cruiser video of the stop that shows the sergeant repeatedly refusing to take a field sobriety test and being uncooperative.

Columbus-area boat owner sentenced in river collision

NEWPORT - A Columbus-area car dealer was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for driving a speedboat over a smaller craft on the Ohio River last year, injuring several people, and fleeing.

Glenn Colann, 55, of the Columbus suburb of Gahanna, will be eligible to appear before Kentucky's parole board in two years.

As part of his plea agreement, Colann didn't admit guilt. He acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him on four counts of second-degree assault, three counts of fourth-degree assault and seven counts of wanton endangerment. He must also pay $8,400 in restitution.

Commonwealth's Attorney Jack Porter said Colann was piloting his 40-foot Baja Outlaw speedboat, named Snap Decision, on the Ohio River on June 27, 2003, when it ran over the top of a pleasure boat half its size near the city of Dayton.

Teachers, school employees protest insurance increases

COVINGTON - A few thousand teachers and other school employees rallied at Holmes High School and paraded through their city streets to protest Gov. Ernie Fletcher's proposed health care plan for 229,000 state employees.

Fletcher's plan cuts insurance benefits and raises premiums by about 7 percent overall. But Fletcher said he had to make the cuts to avoid a premium increase of 25 percent.

Fletcher has called a special session of the General Assembly for this Tuesday to discuss the health care issue.

Young Abe arrives to honor library's history collection

COVINGTON - A young Abraham Lincoln arrived at the Mary Ann Mongan library Saturday.

The 61/2-foot bronze sculpture, created by Northern Kentucky artist Matt Langford, honors the library as the first recipient of Covington's Art of Discovery Award.

Ella Brown-Frye, Covington's director of economic development, said city officials and local organizations including the Baker-Hunt Foundation, the Behringer-Crawford Museum and the Carnegie Arts Center conceived the idea.

Library community relations director Robin Klaene said the statue emphasizes the local history collection at the branch.

Bush mocks 'Kerry Doctrine' on global policy
Fernald waste still needs home
6 boys admit to year of thefts

Southwest Ohio has few contested House races
Superintendent stops student film
Dog bites in decline
Local news briefs

Campus politics revive
Write-in ballots pose logistical issues
No swing, just rock 'n' roll at pro-Democrat concert
Clermont Co. Democrats rally
4th District race draws nation's eye
Tax puts voters in driver's seat
Campaign calendar
Campaign notes
Election 2004 page

Crowley: Health-care plan dogs candidates
Bronson: Imagine secret excogitation of Kerry, Bush
Good Things Happening

Katherine 'Kay' Corwin was longtime volunteer
Dr. Albert Sapadin was internist, consultant
Harold B. Sterneberg, 84, WWII Navy pilot

State workers raise pressure on insurance
Ft. Mitchell tough on political signs
Preservationists want to protect old cemeteries
Zoning disputes question Campbell County custom
Florence kids run in support of PTA
Lawsuit disputes judicial silence
N. Ky. week in review
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