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Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Northern Kenton County E-mail: T h u r s d a y, N o v e m b e r 2 6 , 2 0 0 9 RECORDER W e b s i t e : N K. Y . c o m B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Volume 14 Issue 5 © 2009 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Giving back Saint Joseph School in Crescent Springs have upped their academy competition with two new teams for students in grades four through eight. Read about the teams and what they are accomplishing in debate. SCHOOLS, A8 JASON BRUBAKER/STAFF Thomas More student Bruce Johnson takes the stand during a mock trial as Kenton County Police Captain Greg Sandel, serving as the judge, looks on. Each year, the department partners with Thomas More for a Crime and Society course, which includes the mock trial. Students get full police experience By Jason Brubaker Got leftovers? As bellies fill and refrigerators become packed with leftover goodies local extension agent representatives and others give tips on safety and tasty recipes when it comes to those left overs. Read a long list of things to do the day after Thanksgiving with all of that food. NEWS, A2 Home sweet home The Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky celebrated the Nov. 13 opening of a local charity, Housing Opporunities of Northern Kentucky, which seeks to provide housing and assistance to residents. The ribbon cutting at the Ludlow house featured Mark Hubbard of Dragonfly Decorative Art Glass, Jim Stegman of Stegman Construction and Steve Lutkenhoff of HONK Inc. For more information, visit “Objection!” The shout startled Kenton County Police Detective J.J. Byrd, who whirled around to face Sgt. Larry Shelton, who was seated behind him and grinning broadly. “Hey- I didn’t say anything during your speech,” pointed out Byrd, drawing stifled laughs from the students assembled on the jury. “So can’t you just let me finish?” Byrd and Shelton were among the Kenton County Police Department members who took part in a number of mock trials at Thomas More College in late November as part of the Crime and Society Course. The course teaches students about all aspects of law enforcement, including traffic stops, crime scene investigations and how to handle a court appearance. For the trial, the students had to take the stand as Kenton County police officers and defend an earlier police report they had taken, with the reports ranging from simple traffic stops to theft. Shelton, who is also an attorney, played the role of the defense, trying to rattle the officers on the stand, while Byrd played the role JASON BRUBAKER/STAFF Kenton County Police Detective J.J. Byrd, playing the role of the prosecutor, gives his final argument to the jury during a mock trial at Thomas More College on Nov. 18. During the Crime and Society course, the students learn about all aspects of law enforcement, including how to handle a court appearance. of the prosecutor. Captain Greg Sandel served as the judge, while the students alternated serving on the jury. “The kids really enjoy this, because there’s a lot of hands-on learning,” said teacher Jim Schwartz. “It’s something new and different every day, and they really have fun with it.” Sandel agreed. “It’s fun to come in and interact with the kids,” he said. “This is all part of our community education program, and it’s something we enjoy doing.” During the trials, the students were called one by one to take the witness stand to recount their report and the alleged crime. Schwartz played the defendant, sitting next to Shelton and watching intently as his students tried to remember the facts and avoid any legal jargon traps. “Have you ever been tested for being color blind? ” asked Shelton while interrogating student Bruce Johnson, who wrote a report about running a red light. “If not, then I guess you can’t rule out the fact that you are, which means you don’t really know if that light was red.” Turning slightly red himself, Johnson grinned, looking toward Byrd for reassurance. “Umm...well I see colors and so I know I’m not color blind, and that’s how I know he ran a red light,” he said, gaining confidence as he spoke. “I know exactly what I saw.” After each case, the jury deliberated in the hallway before coming back in to announce their decision. At one point, two consecutive guilty verdicts caused Schwartz to take a sideways glance at Shelton on the defense stand. “Maybe I need a new lawyer,” he joked. Student Matt Klausing said that while the course has been fun, it’s also been incredibly valuable in terms of education. “I’m a criminal justice major, so this is great experience to see exactly what being in law enforcement means,” he said. “It’s been really in-depth, and I think we’ve all learned a lot.” Fire departments hosting fundraiser By Jason Brubaker The Crescent Springs/Villa Hills and Fort Mitchell Fire Departments are partnering for the second annual Gobble & Give fundraiser on Nov. 27. The event will be held at the Crescent Springs/Villa Hills Firehouse, located at 777 Overlook Drive in Crescent Springs. It will include drinks, live entertainment and door prizes, as well as visits from local celebrities like former Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Tom Browning and Channel 12 anchor Rob Braun. All of the money raised will go toward local organizations, including the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, Chick’s & Chuck’s Breast Cancer Awareness and the Local Autism Chapter. “This was a good time last year, and we did a terrific job of raising money,” said Scott Ringo, a member of the CSVH Fire Department board. “People can come out and give a little time and money and support some really wonderful organizations.” Ringo said the 2008 event raised nearly $2,700, which was donated to the Shriners Burn Hospital. “We’re hoping to top that amount this year,” he said. “We hope to see a lot of people out there supporting this.” Fort Mitchell Assistant Chief Chuck Dietz agreed. “We’ve gotten a lot of community support and local business support this year, so we think it’s going to be ever better this time around,” he said. “We’re just glad we can get together and do something like this.” The Gobble & Give will run from 8 p.m. until around 1 a.m., and is open to everyone. Admission is $10 per person, and tickets can be purchased at the door. Donations are also accepted, and checks can be made payable to CSVFD / FMFD Thanksgiving Fundraiser. For more information, contact the CSVH Fire Department at 3413840. To place an ad, call 283-7290. Crank up your car-buying knowledge. Go to and become a more confident car shopper. Use our research tools to compare makes and models. Read consumer and expert reviews. Even compare vehicle safety ratings and resale values. Find the new car that’s right for you. Car shopping confidence, isn’t that music to your ears? ©2009 Classified Ventures, LLC™. All rights reserved.


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