Sunday, September 28, 2003

Regional Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Car crash in Butler kills one, injures two

HANOVER TWP - A Hamilton man was killed early Saturday when the Jeep he was riding in went off Ohio 27, struck two mailboxes, then came back on the road and collided with another vehicle.

Stephan J. Alfrey, 26, of Hancock Avenue was pronounced dead at the scene. Justin Davis, 22, of Rockford Drive in Hamilton was also riding in the Jeep and was transported to University Hospital.

It was unclear who was driving the Jeep.

The Jeep was traveling south at 2:30 a.m. when it collided with a northbound car driven by 22-year-old Mark McMillen of Shreve, Ohio. McMillen was also transported to University Hospital.

The conditions of Davis and McMillen were not available.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the accident. No charges have been filed.

Help wanted to maintain preserve

Volunteers are needed by the Nature Conservancy to help remove cedars from prairie openings at the Edge of Appalachia nature preserve system in Adams County, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 11.

Volunteers should wear comfortable work clothes, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants and gloves. They should also bring a sack lunch and something to drink.

To register for this work project, call Julie Boreman, (877) 862-6446, e-mail jboreman@tnc.org. or visit www.nature.org.

Officer shoots at car; no injuries reported

SILVERTON - A Silverton police officer fired a shot at a fleeing car Saturday night in an attempt to stop a suspect.

No injuries were reported, and one man was arrested, officials said.

The incident occurred at about 7:25 p.m. along a dead-end street in this eastern Hamilton County suburb.

According to broadcast reports, the individual fled down Kennedy Lane, just off Montgomery Road.

Police made an arrest a short distance away.

At 8:20 p.m., a woman who answered the police department phone said there were no commanding officers present to comment on the incident.

Funeral directors' licenses revoked

TOLEDO, Ohio - The state has revoked the licenses of the owners of a funeral home where eight decomposing bodies were found this summer.

The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors on Friday revoked the licenses of Henry Harden, his wife Sandra Harden, and the Sherrill Harden Funeral Home. The revocations took effect on Friday.

The licenses were suspended on June 26. A separate order shut down the home, which the Hardens already had closed after the eight bodies were found on June 20 - a day after the state received a tip that there were several decomposing bodies that had not been properly disposed of in the funeral home.

Some bodies had been gnawed by rodents and were left for months. One was left since 1996; another has not yet been identified.

On Sept. 12, Henry Harden pleaded no contest in Lucas County Common Pleas Court to charges of abusing a corpse and theft. He faces up to nine years in prison at sentencing Oct. 10.




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