Thursday, August 31, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Man pleads not guilty in UC student's death

        The man accused of murdering a University of Cincinnati student said again Wednesday he's not guilty.

        Michael Price, 19, of Winton Place, entered that plea at his arraignment in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with aggravated murder in the death two weeks ago of David Peet, 19, of Springfield Township.

        A 17-year-old from Finneytown also is charged in the killing. Mr. Price claims the teen-ager is the one who shot Mr. Peet, whom they met at a Taco Bell and asked for a ride.

[photo] TWIN BABIES INJURED: Medical personnel board an ambulance to accompany twins Hannah and Morgan Ewing, 8 months old, to Children's Hospital Medical Center Wednesday. The infants were injured when the minivan they were riding in collided with a semi-tractor at U.S. 42 and Ohio 741. The twins were listed in fair condition Wednesday night.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Mr. Price is scheduled for trial Oct. 30. He remained behind bars Wednesday without bond.

Man gets life for killing his friend

        Despite the absence of an eyewitness and a juror, a Pleasant Ridge man who killed his longtime friend in January will still go to prison.

        Marcus Wilson, 17, was sentenced Wednesday to mandatory life in prison for shooting to death 17-year-old Christopher Parks on Jan. 29.

        “We're real happy about that, obviously,” said Hamilton county Prosecutor Mike Allen.

        Mr. Wilson will serve 20 years for the murder conviction, plus another three years because he used a gun to commit the crime. His first parole hearing won't be until 2023.

        The conviction marks the first time in Hamilton County that an 11-man jury was allowed to weigh a case, vs. the usual 12.

        “It's highly unusual,” said Mr. Allen, adding that the law provides for the practice if both sides agree. “The bottom line is the trial lawyers were able to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt.”

        Lately, prosecutors have had several cases in which they've had problems with witnesses not showing up. Mr. Allen said it is only coincidental.

        “We had a fairly strong case even without that witness,” Mr. Allen said.

Officer suspended in car wreck case

        Cincinnati Police Chief Thomas Streicher on Wednesday suspended an officer indicted over her role in the improper reporting of a 1996 car wreck.

        Lawana Barber, a member of the police division for almost 11 years, lost her police powers because of her indictment Aug. 21 by a Hamilton County grand jury on the misdemeanor charge of making a false alarm. The charge came after a criminal investigation by the division's Internal Investigations Section.

        She had been assigned to District One.

        If convicted, the officer could face up to 180 days in the justice center and be fined up to $1,000.

Prostate screening dates scheduled

        Registration begins Sept. 5 for prostate cancer screenings to be offered Sept. 18-21 by the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

        The $10 screenings will involve a prostate-specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal exam. Reservations for the screenings are required, but can be made only during a limited time.

        Registrations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 5-8. For information, call 584-LIFE.

        A previous notice about the screenings that appeared in Tuesday's Enquirer omitted the registration dates.

Trout recalled over salmonella fears

        A Minnesota company is recalling 260 pounds of smoked trout because it may be contaminated with salmonella, which can cause serious infections in certain people.

        Global Seafood LLC is recalling packages of Morey's Smoked Canadian Lake Trout sold in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin. The recalled packages bear the expiration date 9/16/00 and also bear the lot number 3616 and the “processed” number 225 on their front label. The trout has been in supermarkets since Aug. 15.

        Consumers should not eat the recalled trout, but return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

        Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and vomiting. Healthy people typically recover in a few days, but salmonella can cause serious, even life-threatening, infections in young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

        No illnesses have been reported.

        Customers may contact Morey's at 1-800-808-FISH.

Zoning rejected for horse park complex

        WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Congress Township zoning board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to reject plans for a $240 million horse park and entertainment complex alongside Interstate 71 in northeast Ohio.

        The board rejected the request by Kevin Vincent of Mansfield, president of the Wildwood Equestrian Center, for zoning changes that would clear the way for the complex between Mansfield and Medina.

        Mr. Vincent has proposed building a 330,000-square-foot convention center, a horse center with 1,500 stalls, a cross-country course, stadium, polo grounds, hotels, restaurants, golf course, campgrounds and 150 homes.

        The complex was envisioned as a host for horse, antique and car shows, and track and cross-country meets.

        More than 800 people in the mostly agricultural area, including about 500 Amish people, had signed a petition opposing the project.


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