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THE COURIER-JOURNAL LOUISVILLE, KY. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1991. METRO I 'i I II 111 -a im: i Jurors hear Ignatow on tape demanding ex-lover's silence Backers of open biasji show gay need law; JIM ADAMS METRO COLUMNIST By LESLIE SCANLON Staff Writer COVINGTON, Ky. A Kenton County jury heard a tape recording yesterday in which Melvin Henry Ignatow repeatedly and forcefully instructs Mary Ann Shore-Inlow, his former girlfriend, not to take a lie detector test or talk to the police. Shore-Inlow, 41, testified Tuesday that Ignatow strangled his 36-year-old fiancee, Brenda Schaefer, on Sept.

24, 1988, during what he referred to as a sex-therapy class at Shore-Inlow's former home in Louisville. Ignatow has consistently proclaimed his innocence, and his lawyer has suggested to the jury that Shore-Inlow may have killed Schaefer herself out of jealousy. If convicted of kidnapping and murdering Schaefer, Ignatow could be sentenced to death. The tape was made Jan. 9, 1990, when Shore-Inlow met Ignatow in the parking lot of an Ehrler's ice cream store.

She was wearing a hidden microphone for the FBI. That same day, Shore-Inlow gave police their big break. She led them to the woods behind a home she formerly rented on Poplar Level Road, where police dug for hours until they found Schaefer's body the next day, bound with four ropes and buried in garbage bags. With the playing of that 13-minute tape, Jefferson Commonwealth's Attorney Ernest Jasmin closed his case against Ignatow, 53, after calling 39 witnesses. Ignatow's lawyer, Charles E.

Ricketts presented four witnesses for the defense yesterday, including a woman who once lived with Ignatow and former co-work- See IGNATOW Page 7, col. 3, this section i i 1 niT)itfiiiWTfiiiMirm' "nttr-Ti -iiiiiiiifirtttrimMiMiNMWiiiMiaitiariiiiMMiriiiiiifiMiaii'w STAFF PHOTO BY KEITH WILLIAMS GOODBYE BUDDY, HELLO HOME: Vincent LoGrasso, facing camera, gave George Weller a goodbye hug yesterday at Standiford Field before both Fort Knox soldiers caught planes home for holiday leave. LoGrasso Is from New York and Weller from Ohio. Checking his airline ticket at left was Henry Gonzalez, who was headed for Texas. Meat plant threatened with closure over 'gagging' odor One after another after; another they came, each tightly clutching a Bible, or notes, -or a typed speech, maybe a briefcase here and there.

They were us: a preacher, a proper silver-haired woman, a young mother, a preacjvej, a middle-aged businessman) "a property owner, a doctor, a preacher, a young On and on. The salt of the corrmiu-nity. '4 For the most part, they.were forceful, full of conviction devout, insistent, sometimes ven vehement and almost-panicked. Doing their civic duty. Speaking up against the city's proposed gay-rights ordinance.

And, by any rational measure, depositing irrelevancy upon irrelevancy. This was called a public debate, and supporters of tha ordinance did a fair job of providing the city's lawmakers with relevant materialC-real faces of real people, claiming real examples of discrimination in jobs, housing and public accommodations. But the other side? The other side was more a sad, painful exposure of sad, painfuKlruth: There's a very deep reservoir of dislike for homosexuals in Louisville, and some who chink from that reservoir see nothing wrong with denying them these basic rights. As a man stood at the lectern telling the Human Relations Commission, relevantly; ihat he was fired from a teaching job because of his sexual jori-entation, a muffled voice from By ANDREW MELNYKOVYCH Staff Writer Jefferson County air pollution officials are prepared to shut down the Monfort Inc. pork slaughterhouse unless the company quickly takes steps to end the odors that are angering its neighbors in Butcher-town.

"The odors would gag a maggot, to say the least," said Robert Offutt, director of the county Air Pollution Control District. "It's not a health hazard, but it is clearly obnoxious." Offutt was responding to Stuart Miles of the Butchertown Neighborhood Association, who brought the group's complaints to the Air Pollution Control District board yesterday. Miles said Butchertown residents have been complaining about the odors for at least 18 months. The problem has worsened since Monfort took over the plant in April from Armour Food Miles said. Both companies are owned by agricultural giant ConAgra Inc.

of Omaha, Neb. Butchertown residents are angry that nothing has been done to end the odors, Miles said. "We are certain that if this problem were to happen in the East End, it would have been alleviated immediately," he said. "It has reached a level of unacceptability that no person should be subjected to." The odor, which often resembles the smell of very rancid bacon, drifts over Interstate 64, giving travelers a whiff of what Butchertown residents face daily, Miles said. Monfort spokesman Ron Lamb-den said the company is committed to correcting the problem and will cooperate with the Air Pollution Control District.

"There's no way we're going to get into a fight with these guys," he said. The plant at 1200 Story Ave. employs about 600 people. Pigs are slaughtered there and the meat is sent elsewhere for processing. What remains blood, entrails, feet and other non-consumable parts is rendered into animal feed additives by drying the blood and cooking the rest in giant kettles.

Offutt said the odor problems have worsened since Monfort took over because it handles more carcasses while employing fewer people, leading to more odor-producing malfunctions and other problems. Monfort has been cited twice for odor-related violations and was cited for installing a new blood dryer which is supposed to reduce odors without obtaining the necessary permits. "The company has not been the most cooperative," Offutt said. "All we've heard from them is that they don't have the money" to fix the problem. Nearby Fischer Packing Co.

See MEAT Page 7, col. 1, this section CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS Charges over Jones' 1987 campaign dismissed See BIAS-PEDDLERS. Page 7, col. 1, this section lyO VJ Vxfu Jessamine aZjS JosoMartinX Henderson Vy V1" KJH T55fc'r I JC Daviess 7 Hardin yv. I--S-AMad 'W Estill JTO 1 A Union l8ovHATw.

rlM Flmd Maze backs seat-belt law for By TOM LOFTUS Staff Writer FRANKFORT, Ky. The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance yesterday dismissed state Republican Party Chairman Robert Gable's charges that Brereton Jones' corporation, Airdrie Stud made illegal corporate contributions to Jones' 1987 campaign for lieutenant governor. The registry, in a voice vote, unanimously approved the 17-page opinion of its special audit committee, which found no cause to take action against Jones. The opinion generally concluded that because Jones is Air- likely passage By SHELDON SHAFER Staff Writer drie's top official and sole owner, the extensive services Airdrie provided to his campaign did not Campaign gift leads to questions about engineer's involvement. Page 3.

Ohio V6'150" Cm fvoJ Knott rWenJpkln)? A-r Hart Casey jy'lVH A ButlA VlJGrMnT Clay 7wch.r Ivfdai7v Pulaskl Jkman Grave agaB8jiZ-ni mimmmmmwi SENATE DISTRICTS RP JEFFERSON COUNTY owv Ml WEE KCHGAH I "WQ1 31 2 T7 a 32X, r4KVmM I-t rvrE" aayVp-i (-tt III WW ill (am STATE HOUSE Ef gT69 9EC0UNTY Jefferson County Commissioner Irv Maze said yesterday that he will support an amended countywide seat-belt ordinance, which is scheduled for a first reading in Fiscal Court tomorrow. The passage of a seat-belt ordinance is now virtually assured, although it probably won't -Be enforced for some time. The seat-belt ordinance would allow violators to be fined up io $25 for not being buckled up. check would occur only; whcp the vehicle is stopped for sohiff OtrH er violation. Several changes to the; original ordinance will be proposed! tomorrow.

One will be Commissioner Darryl Owens' proposal to gifle disabled people some flexibility i producing proof that they have doctor's exemption from having lo use seat belts. Another addition will be Maze's proposal for the county to post signs on major highways leading into the county notifying motorists that seat belts are required. The other amendment would set the date on which the ordinance would take effect. Armstrong's original measure, as introduced in November, callfcd for it to be in force upon passage. Armstrong yesterday proposed enforcement be delayed until March 1, to allow time for a public-education campaign.

Maze yesterdayi-talled for enforcement to be delayed until July, or until after the General Assembly has a chance to consider a statewide seat-belt Maze said he and Armstrong will work out a compromise enforcement date before a final vote Qn the amended ordinance is takeii. One possibility is June 1. The delayed also might give the city time to amend the seat-belt law it passed earlier this year to make it consistent with all the details in the amended county version. constitute a corporate, and thus illegal, contribution. The registry's opinion did find "probable cause to believe" that the 1987 Jones campaign violated the law by failing to report in a timely and appropriate way $186,948 in services Airdrie provided to the campaign.

(The campaign did not disclose that services had been provided until after Jones won the election, and even then didn't specify what the services were.) But the opinion said the registry could take no action because Gable had not filed his complaint within two years of the violations, which the registry's regulations require. Gable, who filed the complaint during this year's general election for governor in which Jones ran against Republican Larry Hopkins, said after yesterday's meeting: "They were determined to cop out on this deal and they copped out as fast as they could go. One wonders, with the cop-out being this complete, why they didn't do it before the election." He continued: "This agency is a joke. It's been a joke before. It proved itself a joke today." Jones said late yesterday in a statement released through his spokesman, Bill Griffin: "The election registry had already done an audit prior to the Gable complaint which said there were no problems.

It seems obvious now that Gable has been playing politics with this, and I am not at all surprised that they See CHARGES Page 7, col. 3, this section Corrections clarifications A story Tuesday incorrectly said New Albany-Floyd County schools pay $38 per day for substitute teachers. The school corporation currently pays $36 per day. STAFF MAPS BY JOANNE MLSHEW New congressional, state Senate and state House districts for Kentucky are shown in maps above as approved by the General Assembly, which wrapped up Its special session for redisricting yesterday. Story, Page A 1.

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