Wednesday, March 03, 1999


Gas leak found at Oakley group home

        A natural gas leak forced rescue workers to evacuate an Oakley group home Tuesday afternoon.

        Cincinnati firefighters were called to the We Care group home in the 4800 block of Ridge Road about 1:44 p.m. to a reported gas leak. The leak was outside the home, firefighters said. The center was ventilated and residents were allowed to return Tuesday night, District 4 Fire Chief Keith Burkert said.

        No other buildings in the neighborhood were affected, Chief Burkert said.

        Most of the group home residents were at a disabilities workshop and not home. Those that were home were taken to another group home until they were allowed to return.

        The leak was apparently coming from an underground natural gas line and seeped into the group home, Chief Burkert said. Cinergy crews were on the scene Tuesday night to repair the leak.

No verdict yet in sex abuse case
        HAMILTON — A jury in the sex-abuse retrial of a Middletown minister has deliberated for more than 11 hours without reaching a verdict and is expected to reconvene today in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

        Jurors heard five days of testimony and arguments before deliberating four hours Monday evening and almost continuously for 71/2 hours Tuesday.

        They are considering whether the Rev. Darrell S. Bell, 44, molested his daughter from the time she was 10 until she turned 18 and moved to attend Bowling Green State University.

        His daughter, Dawn Renee Bell, 21, testified she disclosed the alleged abuse to a boyfriend in spring 1997, then talked to her therapist, her father and her family about it. She went to the police in January 1998, saying she wanted to prevent anyone else from being abused.

        The Rev. Mr. Bell faces decades in prison if convicted of the 11 charges he faces: three counts of rape, three counts of felonious sexual penetration and five counts of sexual battery.

        Last fall, a jury was hung on 13 charges but it acquitted him of a single rape charge. Judge H.J. Bressler dismissed two more charges last week.

N.Ky. man jailed in drug trafficking
        UNION TOWNSHIP — A Covington man was arrested in Clermont County on Monday after he sold 8 ounces of cocaine to undercover agents, police said.

        Timothy Wayne Brearton, 32, of the 800 block of Main Street in Covington faces a felony charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs. A stipulation of the charge states Mr. Brearton sold the cocaine with children present, said Clermont County Chief Deputy Rick Combs.

        The arrest followed a three-month investigation by the Clermont County sheriff's office, the Union Township Police Department and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Task Force.

$1 million to go to inner-city schools
        Eight Catholic inner-city schools will receive $1 million — the most ever raised by the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education (CISE) Fund — in a presentation Thursday.

        CISE Corporate Campaign Co-Chairmen Robert Hodge and William Moll and CISE Advisory Board Chairman Harry H. Santen will present the check to Sister Kathryn Ann Connelly, superintendent of archdiocesan schools, and Cincinnati Auxiliary Bishop Carl K. Moeddel.

        A luncheon hosted by William R. Burleigh, chief executive officer of the E.W. Scripps Co., will follow to honor the campaign's leaders.

Health program at Kenwood Kroger
        Women can get more information about heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis and other health concerns Thursday at the Kroger store next to Kenwood Towne Centre.

        The information is part of a “One-Stop Shopping” program on women's health sponsored by Procter & Gamble, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Kroger.

        Health screenings will be provided from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For appointments, call the YWCA Breast and Cervical Health Network, 241-9990.

Drug conference at convention center
        Parents, volunteers and professionals will attend the 1999 PRIDE World Drug Conference April 8-10 at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center downtown.

        The conference is the largest meeting on drug use in the United States.

        Sessions will feature a number of national authorities, including Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Congressman Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, president of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati.

        Organizers expect more than 7,000 to attend the three-day meeting, conducted annually for 22 years by the National Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE), based in Atlanta.


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