Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report




Man changes mind about early release
        A man convicted of molesting a 10-year-old girl changed his mind Tuesday about seeking an early release from prison.

        David Murphy, 35, had filed a request in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court for his release. He told Judge Robert Kraft he was not a threat to the community and should be allowed to return to his Montgomery home.

        But his neighbors filled the courtroom Tuesday to oppose Mr. Murphy's release, saying they didn't want him back. Mr. Murphy's attorney then withdrew the request.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Murphy was convicted last year of gross sexual imposition involving a 10-year-old girl.

        Mr. Murphy was sentenced to four years in prison and has served about seven months.

Mayor takes jog for organ donation
        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken took a jog Tuesday from City Hall to Fountain Square as part of a nationwide effort to promote organ donation.

        The mayor carried a baton as part of a symbolic relay race of 500 mayors involved in the “First Family Pledge Millennium Mayorthon,” an event co-sponsored by the American Red Cross and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

        The relay race began in San Francisco in mid-April and will end in Washington, D.C., on Labor Day weekend.

Children's insurance to expand eligibility
        Beginning July 1, Ohio's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will expand eligibility in several ways in a move that moves the program from less-generous than most other states into the middle of the pack.

        The program, which offers Medicaid-like coverage to the uninsured children of the working poor, will be expanded to include children up to age 19, some working uninsured parents, and to families with income up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($12,300 for a family of three).

        Like many states, Ohio's uninsured population has been growing as welfare reform pushed people off Medicaid and into part-time jobs with minimal or no health benefits. Advocates for the uninsured have long criticized Ohio for failing to offer all the benefits covered by federal matching funds while enjoying years of budget surpluses.

        Some paperwork that chased away potential enrollees also will be eased, such as requiring reapplication only once a year instead of every six months.

        For information, call the Ohio Healthy Start program's consumer hot line, (800) 324-8680.

Cincinnati State offering new degree
        A new associate of applied science degree in fire service technology will be offered this fall by Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. It is designed for men and women who need Ohio certification as emergency medical technicians, firefighters and fire inspectors.

        Cincinnati State already provides up to 36 college credits for Cincinnati firefighters for their training.

        The new program will allow them to continue through the two-year degree at Cincinnati State and transfer to the University of Cincinnati for a four-year degree in UC's Open Learning Fire Service Program.

Groups to address shortage of nurses
        Recognizing a statewide nursing shortage, the Ohio Board of Nursing and several other health organizations have agreed to form a collaborative group to address the issue.

        The group's first meeting will be July 5 in Columbus.

        In Cincinnati, the shortage has been severe enough to prompt some organizations to try recruiting nurses from the Philippines.

Suit filed after board closes meeting
        The Cincinnati Enquirer has filed suit to get the city of Cincinnati to permit public access to meetings of the Urban Design Review Board.

        Members of the review board advise the city manager on the appropriateness of building designs in the central business district. The review board has been studying the design of a new Reds ballpark on the riverfront.

        The Enquirer filed its suit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court after a reporter was told he could not attend board meetings.

        The lawsuit contends the board's work is part of the architectural review process established by City Council and should be done in public meetings.

        The city maintains the board is not a public body as defined by state law and therefore does not have to conduct meetings in public.

Man pleads guilty in murder case
        CANTON, Ohio — A 17-year-old who escaped the death penalty because of his age pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing a man for his stereo speakers.

        Natavius Carter, who had been living in an Alliance foster home, was sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole for 33 years in the Feb. 14 shooting death of Lawren Mates III, 19, of Alliance.

        Mr. Carter pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and evidence tampering.

        Assistant Stark County Prosecutor Jonathan Baumoel said Mr. Carter could not get the death penalty because he was less than 18 at the time. The guilty plea closes the investigation into the case, according to Mr. Baumoel.

2nd woman files suit against church group
        NEW KNOXVILLE, Ohio — A second person has sued the religious organization The Way International, accusing its former president of forcing her into a sexual relationship.

        January Parker said The Way leadership required her “to submit to sexual assault as a condition of her continued employment” with the group.

        She said they made her believe it was her duty to serve the Rev. L. Craig Martindale's needs.

        Mr. Martindale resigned as president of The Way International in April, nearly three weeks after another former member filed a lawsuit accusing Mr. Martindale of forcing her into a sexual relationship.

        Mr. Martindale admitted to having a “consensual” affair with Frances Allen, but denied illegal actions.

        The Way's board of trustees has hired a Cleveland law firm to investigate the allegations.

        Ms. Parker, who filed her lawsuit Friday in Shelby County Common Pleas Court, is seeking damages in excess of $25,000.

Wedding reception turns to blows
        WESTLAKE, Ohio — Fists started to fly when the bride's father introduced his new son-in-law by the wrong name at the wedding reception.

        A scuffle broke out Friday night at the Holiday Inn reception and ended when about 10 police officers from two Cleveland suburbs showed up.

        The groom's father and a friend of the groom were charged with drunken disorderly conduct.

        Gerard Corbo, 56, of West Orange, N.J., the father of the groom, apparently got upset when his son was introduced by the wrong first name.

        Police said Mr. Corbo got more upset when guest Philip Romano, 42, of Fairview Park, used an ethnic slur. Police Capt. Guy Turner said Mr. Corbo punched Mr. Romano, a chair was thrown and officers were called.

       



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