Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Regional Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Back to classes today for Kings students

DEERFIELD TWP. - Classes will resume at Kings Schools today after two days of cancellations due to storm damage.

Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday after windows were broken in nearly the entire Kings school bus fleet during last weekend's violent storm, which also damaged the Kings Junior High School in Warren County.

While not all the buses will be running today, said Kings spokeswoman Beth Wagner, there will be enough to assure the transportation of the district's nearly 3,800 students.

Wagner said that any student involved in a sport or extracurricular activity that requires after-school transportation should check with their coach or adviser while at school today.

Prostate cancer screening to start

Cincinnati officials announced plans Tuesday to launch a program in conjunction with the Barrett Cancer Center to increase prostate cancer screening, especially among African-Americans.

In addition to the University of Cincinnati and a church foundation opening a free prostate screening clinic this weekend at Jordan Crossing, health clinics run by the Cincinnati Health Department are stepping up testing for prostate cancer. The city also is increasing efforts to arrange treatment for people who test positive for cancer.

"We can do more testing. But we can't do the specialized follow-up care, so we've partnered with the Barrett Center to assure that people get care," said health commissioner Malcolm Adcock.

Lytle tunnel to close for cleaning, repairs

Fall cleaning on the Lytle Park Tunnel begins this weekend. Crews will wash the walls, clean the road, replace burned-out lights and complete other maintenance.

Northbound Interstate 71 will be closed from 12:01 to 5 a.m. Sunday.

Motorists will be directed to exit northbound I-71 at Second Street and follow Second to Main to Fifth streets, where they can re-enter the interstate at Columbia Parkway at Fifth and Pike streets.

Southbound will be closed at the same time on the following Sunday (Oct. 12) while crews complete the job on the other side of the tunnel, according to Steve Bailey, city traffic engineer.

The Traffic and Road Operations Division asks motorists to reduce their speed to 35 mph when approaching the work area.

Butler obscenity trial delayed at last minute

HAMILTON - A Butler County obscenity trial was postponed at the last minute Monday.

Jeffrey R. Busemeyer, 46, of Wyoming, had been scheduled to go on trial on four counts of pandering obscenity. As manager of the Pik Kwik convenience store in West Chester Township, he was accused of offering four obscene videos for sale.

Busemeyer's trial , the county's first obscenity case against a retailer in two years, has been rescheduled for Dec. 1 in Common Pleas Court.

His lawyers requested the delay.

Murderer wants to be sentenced to death

LEBANON - Rocky Lee Barton testified Tuesday that he should be sentenced to death for killing his wife.

Even so, a Warren County jury trying to decide whether to recommend he be executed deliberated Barton's fate for seven hours Tuesday before recessing for the night.

"He took the witness stand and said he believed in the death penalty, he deserves the death penalty and that putting him in prison for the rest of his life would be a drain on the taxpayers," said Greg Howard, one of Barton's lawyers.

The jury, which is being sequestered at a local hotel, recessed at 6 p.m. Tuesday and is to resume deliberations this morning.

After a weeklong trial, the Common Pleas Court jury on Monday convicted Barton, 47, of Wayne Township, of aggravated murder for the Jan. 16 shotgun-slaying of his wife, Kimbirli Jo, 44.

Man pleads no contest in rape, stabbing

HAMILTON - A Middletown man on Tuesday pleaded no contest to four charges in connection with the 2002 rape, robbery and stabbing of a 67-year-old woman.

Tim Engle, 41, had been set for trial Friday in Butler County Common Pleas Court on charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, rape and felonious assault. Assistant Prosecutor David Kash said Engle's plea means the victim will avoid the trauma of testifying.

The victim, a former landlord of Engle, had let him into her home in the 800 block of South Main Street so he could use the bathroom last November. When she discovered him rifling through items in her bedroom, Engle attacked her, police said.

Lawrenceburg football player improving

The condition of Jared Harrell, the Lawrenceburg High School football quarterback seriously injured during a Sept. 19 game, has improved.

A Children's Hospital Medical Center spokesman said Tuesday that the 17-year-old's condition had been upgraded from serious to fair. Harrell, who suffered a brain injury, doubled over and collapsed during the game after throwing a pass.




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