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/ *** ..... ****HIXED ADC 400 - 134 08-08-00 58P 46S "" NEWS FILE HC 65 BOX 201 **H065 OARK AR 72852-9501 Bath This award-winning newspaper is invited into homes in Bath, Rowan, Montgomery, Menifee, Nicholas, and Fleming Counties 2oo4 Your sentenced MSU students won't dotime dorm sex that took place in 2002 has ruled Students who were an alleged rape case will not but will be sen- years of diversion Circuit Judge heard testi- state police detec- father of the girl the case. Attorney amended the of employing a 20, 2002, guilty of facilitation a minor in a sexual before sentencing the four males to a lesser charge. "I think it's important that the facts of this case be heard so that I know the facts and the public knows the facts," Judge Maze said. The Commonwealth had to agree to the diversion before Judge Maze could use it in the sentence. If the defendants are not charged with another offense in the next two years, they felony will not be on their permanent records. Kentucky State Police Brian Bowling took the stand and read statements from the defendants. According to the statements, the males bought the liquor but the female paid for it, and after several drinks, the female asked who wanted to have sex. After several sex acts with some of the males while other males watched, the female used the liquor bottle in a sex act. Sometime later, the female went to a clinic for treatment but health officials refusetl to treat her without her parents' consent. A few days later, she want to a northern Kentucky hospital and a rape kit was per- formed and she told them she had been damaged. Bowling said the female ini- tially reported she didn't know what happened and said she stated she had been drinking and remembered only bits and pieces of the event. According to law, a person to testimony at Sentencing heating, an indictment the female sex with several other males Were not charged said they didn't age, which The female away from her and the males time of the inci- from the Judge Maze testimony nice duds--This young cowboy at right, looking over his competition in Friday's Stick at the "Relay for Life" Horse Show at the Lions Seemed pretty interested in his vest and chaps wondering just exactly where this cowboy apparel. (News-Outlook photo, Ken Metz) can consent to have sex at the age of 16. In regard to the law concern- ing the use of a minor in a sex- ual performance, it mentions nothing about consent, but does imply that using a minor in a sexual performance is illegal, which applies to someone pay- ing a minor to be in pornogra- phy or in a sexual act. According to Moore, the defendants did not have to par- ticipate to be guilty but that the law deals with whether the group of males stood and watched the juvenile have sex. Under an agreement with the prosecution, Nathan Blackburn, 20, of Pikeville; Jordan Tackett, 21, of Jenkins; Calvin Roach, 20, of Louisville; and Quinton Martindale, 19, of Louisville; pleaded guilty to facilitation of the use of a minor in a sexual performance. Charges are expected to be dismissed against Trevor Duncan, 20, of Owingsville, as the Commonwealth stated he was seeking leniency for his cooper- ation with police and prosecu- tors from the beginning of the case. Board approves tentative budget for 2004-2005 By Kirby Haskins Nawe.Outlook staff writer Bath C0tty School Board vice-chairman Vearl Pennington took the helm of the regularly scheduled school board meeting on May 26, in lieu of Board Chairman Sandy Crouch's absence. After dismissing for 30 min- utes for an executive diipli- nary hearing, the board recon- vened to discuss salary sched- ules. Bath County High School Librarian Ginny McKenzie was in attendance to ask school board members to reconsider cutting extended days for county school librarians. McKenzie stated that the school library services are being hindered by the cut. McKenzie had presented Superintendent Nancy Hutch- insert with a letter signed by all librarians in the school system earlier that day. The letter which discussed their inquiry, was not made available for board mem- bers in time for the meeting. Pennington suggested approving other scheduled salary items until board mem- bers received and reviewed a copy of the letter. Board member Gayle Crouch addressed the issue, citing sever- al positions, in addition to librar- ians, whose service days were cut due to budget constraints. --Turn to SCHOOL BOARD, Page A-14 i] ' the official dedica- World War II Memorial Igton, D.C., over the Memorial a few Bath County veterans reminisce about the war and their lives defending red from left to right are: Gordon Hart, Ewell Maze, Lon S. Wells, Ray Bailey, Earl Snedegar, and Ewell Penick standing in front of the War Memorial on the Bath County Courthouse lawn. These are just a few of the countless Bath County men who did their part for the Allied Forces in WWII. (News-Outlook photo, Kirby Haskins) ' ls00 Obituaries .... A-2 Features ...... A-3 Lifestyle ...... A-4. Courthouse ... A-6 On the Farm ..A-7 Forum ....... A-8 Opinion ...... A-9 School ....... A-5 Grads get swards--Bath County High school careers at BCHS. At left is BCHS School graduate Dustin Bailey, walked principal Paul Prater, Bailey, Tamela Porter, across the stage last Thursday night to get Melissa Cook, and John Baber. (News- an award, along with many other of his class- Outlook photo, Chdsty King) mates, as they prepared to finalize their high Cycle of cicadas returns with shell-shedding creatures to be found in great abundance By Kirby Haskins News-Outlook ataff writer After a long vacation, those noisy little critters are at it again. Cicadas have returned after a 17-year hiatus, this time liv- ing in regions ranging from Georgia to as far north as south- ern Michigan, according to published reports. Having been seen last in 1987, the new batch of cicadas will complete their rather sim- ple life within the next month. These pesky little bugs live most of their lives burrowed underground, attached to tree roots, feeding off sap. Then for some relatively unknown rea- son, every 17 years they dig The critters are back after a 17-year hiatus Bath Grand Jury indicts seven in May 20 session, Bath Circuit Court The Bath County Grand Jury met on May 20 and returned seven felony indictments. In the case of the Commonwealth of Kentucky versus Natalie Royse, the grand jury charges that on or about March 12, 2004, in Bath being a persistent felony offend- or, second-degree, when now being more than 21 years of age, date of birth August 23, 1982, and at the time of prior offense was over the age of 18, he (A) on or about May 18, 2001, entered a plea of guilty to their way to the surface where they'll shed their exoskeleton and try their wings for the first time as adults. The cicada swarm should be in full force in June. By July, having mated and laid their eggs, they'll die. They will leave behind the groundwork for the next brood of cicadas that will appear in the year 2021. The majority of Kentucky residents can expect to experi- ence lower concentrations of cicada infestation. The city of Louisville and other areas near the Indiana border, will have higher number of swarms. Though cicadas are often confused with locusts, they are not harmful to crops. However, small trees and grapevines have been known to substain signifi- cant damage from the visiting swarlns. The cicada is more often seen and not heard with a dis- tinctive mating call, which can cause quite a stir. Despite the unpleasant nois- es they create, cicadas pose no threat to humans or their live- stock. County, the defendant commit- ted the offense of criminal pos- session of a forged instrument, second-degree, when she know- ingly and with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, did possess a forged check in the amount of $270 drawn on the account of John Highley at the Salt Lick Deposit Bank. Said amount on check having been altered and was passed at the Salt Lick Deposit Bank. In the case of the Commonwealth of Kentucky versus Michael Kruger, the grand jury charges that on or about August 8, 2003, in Bath County, the defendant commit- ted the following: Count One: committed the offense of crimi- nal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree, when he knowingly and with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, did possess a forged check in the amount of $850 drawn on the account of James Edward Collier at the Citizens Bank. Said check hav- ing been altered and was passed at the Citizens Bank; Count Two: committed the offense of Indictment No. 01-CR-00010 in the Rowan Circuit Court charg- ing him with escape second- degree and was on July 20, 2001, sentenced to a period of three years on said charge, and on or about May 18, 2001, he entered a plea of guilty to Indictment No. 01-CR-00019- 002 in the Bath Circuit Court charging him with burglary third-degree, and was on July 20, 2001, sentenced to a period of three years on said charge, and was to run concurrent with ;: Rowan County 01-CR-00010 for a total of three years and was released on parole August 2, 2002, and, (B) the Grand Jury :' further charges that the sentence received under (A) of this indictment was within five years of the commission of the *offense charged in Count One of the herein indictment. In the case of the Commonwealth of Kentucky versus Chris Meadows, the grand jury charges that on or about December 28, 2003, in Bath County, the defendant --Turn to BATH GRAND JURY, Page A-14 remember World War II vets reminisce about their call to duty; ! but say the real They are considered the "greatest generation" that has ever lived. They were young men barely old enough to drive, teachers who traded in the classroom for the frontlines, and farmers who took up arms during the world's most dreaded dilemma. Sent to the far reaches of the earth to fight during the second World War, these honorable men put their lives at risk to rid the world of fascism and guar- antee that liberty would endure. In what would become the most significant victory in U.S. history, 400,000 American ser- vicemen perished, making the ultimate sacrifice upon the altar local heroes perished in the battles of freedom. Fifty-five Bath County men gave their lives during the war. Their names adorn the W a r Memorial on the Bath County Courthouse lawn. They were sol- diers, sailors and $0,01 Roberts served in pilots to North Africa in WW II some; sons, brothers and fathers to many more. The world now recognizes them as heroes. On Saturday, thousands of WWlI vets gatliered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the official dedication of the National World War II Memorial. Sixty-years after storming the beaches of Normandy and re_ruing the tide of the war, ser- vicemen on both the Atlantic and Pacific fronts can see a memorial to those loved and lost. "It seems like a dream in a way," says Ray Bailey, one of the countless Bath County boys who answered the call to duty. --Turn to WORLD WAR II, Page A.14