The Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, June 14, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 165
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CRIME COMPUTER MISUSED, PANEL RULES
HAMILTON — A state probe has found that a Butler County prosecutor's investigator misused Ohio's crime information computer when he ran checks on his boss' political opponent.
COVINGTON SCHOOLS FALL SHORT
COVINGTON — At Holmes Junior High, some teachers' lack of knowledge have made for monotonous classes, full of bored students who sometimes misbehave or are apathetic.
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Local Headlines for  Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Accused as a teen-ager, suspect to be tried as adult
        In 1963, Michael Wehrung was a 15-year-old suspected of an adult crime — beating his girlfriend to death. Today, Mr. Wehrung is charged with second-degree murder in the case, but his guilt or innocence will be judged in an adult court.

Accused fighter felt threatened
        MASON — Dennis Rock told police that he punched his neighbor Gary Kretzer after Mr. Kretzer threatened him with fighting words and a balled-up fist over a parking dispute June 3.

Readers want Ramona gone from CBS 'Survivor' show
        Asked to “vote” one of the 14 remaining inhabitants of CBS' hit Survivor show (8 p.m. today, Channels 12, 7) off the island, Enquirer readers picked Ramona, 28, the New Jersey biochemist.

$2.4 million to battle drug abuse
        Many organizations and politicians say efforts to prevent alcohol and drug abuse should be expanded. On Tuesday, the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati backed up its talk with more than $2.4 million.

Carlisle picks new police chief
        CARLISLE — Robert Pieper can drop the “acting” from his police chief title.

Cleanup runs into problems
        The city of Cincinnati's cleanup program has hit a snag after some residents and outsiders were accused of abusing the program by using it to get rid of household garbage.

Coroner has high standards
        HAMILTON — In his 20 years as coroner, Dr. Burkhardt has done thousands of death notifications — and still isn't used to it.

Diaries, cruel calls linked
        HAMILTON — A Hamilton man has chronicled most of his life — and, police say, a series of cruel telephone-harassment crimes — in more than 230 diaries that authorities seized Tuesday.

Fixing roads' danger spots can be challenge
        Reconfiguring dangerous roads to prevent the kind of tragedy that struck Delhi Township recently involves a delicate balance of factors — from crash frequency and severity to traffic counts and drivers' conduct.

Law aimed at secondhand stores
        HAMILTON — City Council is considering a law that would regulate the hours of swap shops and secondhand merchandise dealers, and prohibit them from buying items from minors.

Main St. discussion planned
        LEBANON — Residents' frustration over plans to rebuild Main Street was raised at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

N. Ky. braces for race day traffic
        SPARTA — Leave early and stay late. Y'all come.

Neighbors heard baby screaming
        HAMILTON — Oma Rutherford will never forget the screams of the infant across the street.

6 plant workers injured in blaze
        BLUE ASH — A flash fire Tuesday morning sent six workers from the Xomox Corp. to area hospitals for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Police force to address own tension
        Racial tensions among Cincinnati police officers have been bottled up for years, and a racial slur by Cincinnati's police chief last month caused the cork to blow.

School ready to expand
        Hoping to ride the national wave of increasing enrollment at private schools, Purcell Marian High School is breaking ground this summer on a $5 million expansion at its East Walnut Hills campus.

1st-year college student missing
        He's just not the kind of kid to disappear.

Terra cotta school roof preserved
        When Hyde Park parents found out the Cincinnati Public Schools could not afford to repair the 100-year-old distinctive terra cotta roof of the elementary school, they raised $42,000 rather than see it replaced with asphalt shingles.

Pig Parade: A Pig in the Garden

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Tristate A.M. Report

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
Outdoor concert guide
Check our schedule of summer music events at more than 10 Tristate venues.
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Three cheers for Fountain
The Genius of Water was unveiled May 6 at a rededication celebration that mingled citizen protest and spurts of rain with fun and enthusiasm for the refurbishing of Cincinnati's landmark.
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Son of Beast 'awesome'
“I waited five hours to get on this thing and it was worth every minute,” said Mike Heller, 15, of Mason. “This is the most awesome ride at Kings Island.”
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Summer Camp Guide
The Enquirer Summer Camp Guide provides information about hundreds of camps sponsored by Tristate schools, businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations.

Our city in pictures
A new book from The Enquirer features 121 photos of people, places and events that have shaped Greater Cincinnati this century. Each photo's story is told by award-winning columnist Cliff Radel.
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School confronts cancer
In a compelling three-part series, reporter John Johnston tells how students and staff at Finneytown High School face death and find strength in each other.

Make your plans for 2000
Check our FREETIME section for a calendar of the year's best entertainment events in the Tristate. Also, get movie, dining and music reviews.
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Focal Point
We're proud to showcase the work of Enquirer photographers at enquirer.com/focalpoint Click through 60 images from the past year.
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