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News in Brief – 3/19/10

Guard points gun at BWC meeting

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says a man working as a security guard at a state office entered an workers’ compensation bureau meeting and pointed a gun at participants before leaving.

Sixty-three-year-old Robert Montgomery of Beaver was arraigned at Portsmouth Municipal Court on Thursday on one count of misdemeanor inducing panic.

He was released from the Scioto County Jail after posting a $1,000 bond following his Wednesday arrest.

The Highway Patrol says Montgomery is a guard at the Ohio Industrial Commission office in Portsmouth in southern Ohio.

He’s accused of entering the meeting at the office at about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday and leaving after a short exchange of words. No one was hurt.

Men sentenced for killing bats

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Two men charged with killing endangered bats at Carter Caves State Resort Park in northeastern Kentucky have been sentenced in federal court.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 20-year-old Kaleb Dee Morgan Carpenter and 31-year-old Lonnie Wales Skaggs killed more than 100 Indiana bats in Laurel Cave in 2007 by crushing them with rocks, flashlights and their feet.

The men pleaded guilty in December to violating the federal Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Attorney said in a statement Thursday that Skaggs received eight months of prison time and one year of supervised release and Carpenter was sentenced to three years of probation.

The bats were hibernating at the time and were knocked from their perches and killed.

Scholarship aimed at non-traditional students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University and Marshall Community and Technical College have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to provide full scholarships of up to $8,500 annually to adult students with dependents majoring in either science, technology, engineering or mathematics for the next four years.

Applications are due by April 15. To be eligible, students must have financial need and be able to present previous academic merit.

For more information contact Jamie McClain at 304-696-3515 or mcclain7@marshall.edu.

Highlands Museum to host Gold Party

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Highlands Museum is hosting a gold party on March 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. by The Gold Refinery. The event is being held at the museum at 1620 Winchester Ave. You can bring in your unwanted real gold, silver and platinum only and get cash the same day.

The museum will receive a 15 percent commission from all the gold that is brought in, so therefore while you’re getting cash you will also be supporting the Highlands Museum.

For more information call 606-329-8888 or email Jennifer@highlandsmuseum.com.