Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Local Digest


Police quiet on death of Iowa man in river

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        Investigators are waiting for more information before they reveal what they think happened to an Iowa man whose body was found floating Monday in the Ohio River.

        The Hamilton County coroner's office had not yet performed an autopsy, leaving Cincinnati police without a cause of death, said Lt. Mike Jones, homicide commander.

        The man was identified as Craig Homeister, 35, of Coralville, Iowa.

        Workers at Hilltop Basic Resources Inc. on West Water Street found the body behind a barge a little before 9 a.m.

Man gets 15 years for fatal beating
        An Over-the-Rhine man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for his role in the fatal beating of Anthony Isaacs last year.

        Martez Dixon, 19, had agreed to the sentence earlier this year as part of a deal with prosecutors. The deal required Mr. Dixon to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Dixon and two others robbed and beat Mr. Isaacs, 30, of Maineville, on Aug. 28 after pulling him from a car parked on Lang Street.

        Hamilton County prosecutors say the three also attacked Glenn Brayton. Mr. Brayton, 30, of Loveland, survived.

        Mr. Dixon was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Arthur Ney.

Father admits he shook son to death
        A Forest Park man pleaded guilty Monday to shaking to death his 8-week-old son.

        Christopher Heery, 28, entered the plea to child endangering and involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors agreed to a maximum prison sentence of 12 years.

        Mr. Heery was accused of shaking and squeezing his son, Ian, last November at his apartment. Prosecutors have said the child's injuries included 14 broken bones.

        Mr. Heery will be sentenced July 18 by Judge Thomas Crush in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

Cincinnati State buys Evendale site
        Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has purchased the former General Motors Training Center in Evendale for the school's corporate training programs.

        The $1,287,500 deal adds 33,000 square feet for instructional use and, after remodeling, will free space on the main Clifton campus for other programs.

Anti-drug abuse panel OKs contracts
        The Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board (ADAS) has awarded more than $16 million in contracts to 13 local agencies to provide treatment and prevention services to county residents.

        Much of the funding will go for the continuation and expansion of existing services. That funding includes: Talbert House ($2.9 million), Crossroads Center ($1.8 million), Central Community Health Board ($950,000), Center for Chemical Addiction Treatment ($978,000), and Alcoholism Council of the Greater Cincinnati Area ($829,768).

        More than $500,000 is earmarked to start a new program called Treatment Alternatives to Street Crimes (TASC). The program identifies nonviolent offenders who are chemically dependent then makes referrals for the most appropriate treatment.

Appeal of sentence rejected in sex cases
        MIDDLETOWN — The 12th District Court of Appeals upheld on Monday the maximum prison sentence that had been handed to Michael A. Azan for sexual crimes involving boys.

        Mr. Azan, who lived in Fairfield, pleaded guilty in 1996 to three counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of disseminating material harmful to juveniles and one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

        Judge Anthony Valen, who then served in Butler County Common Pleas Court, gave Mr. Azan the maximum sentence of 13 to 15 years.

        On appeal, Mr. Azan argued that Judge Valen should have sentenced him under amended Ohio laws that took effect July 1, 1996, 10 days before he was sentenced.

        But the appeals court ruled that the amended sentencing laws applied only to crimes committed after July 1, 1996. Mr. Azan's crimes occurred before that date.

        Judge Valen, who now sits on the 12th District Court of Appeals, did not participate in the appeals court's decision.

Mason annexation upheld on appeal
        MIDDLETOWN — The 12th District Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court's decision to deny Deerfield Township's effort to block annexation of 101 acres into Mason.

        Judge James E. Walsh ruled the township failed to prove by “clear and convincing evidence” that: the annexation would negatively affect the township, county commissioners' decision was unreasonable or the land in question was unreasonable large.

        Mason City Council is now free to accept the parcel, known as the Batsche farm, on the east side of Mason-Montgomery Road. The Mason Board of Education, which bought the land in April 1997 for $1.62 million, sought to annex it to Mason to get water and sewer services.

       



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