Compiled from staff and wire reports
Former bridal shop owner sets up hot line
MONROE - Hoping to cool off a controversy over undelivered bridal gowns, an ex-bridal shop owner has set up a hot line for dissatisfied customers.
The hot line is being established as The Bridal Shoppe at Traders World, now known as Charmain's Bridal, prepares to open today for the first time since the customers' complaints were publicized.
The shop's former owner, Jill Dixon, says the shop's sales agreement makes the new owner responsible for fulfilling prior customer agreements.
Nevertheless, Police Chief Ernest Howard said Dixon issued a statement urging unhappy customers to call the new hot line, (937) 372-8030 - and, "We will personally make sure that all orders are fulfilled with no extra out-of-pocket expense."
Drop off hazardous waste at 2 free events
Hamilton County residents can drop off their household hazardous waste at two free collection events this month.
The county's Solid Waste Management District will be at Winton Woods High School in Forest Park on Oct. 18 and at Coney Island in Anderson Township on Oct. 25.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, Hamilton County residents can drop off: automotive fluids, lawn chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, solvents, thinners, paint, batteries and cleaners. Residents also can trade in their old gas cans for a new, 2-gallon can while supplies last. The district will not accept garbage, fire extinguishers, appliances, electronics and some other items.
For more information, visit the district's Web site, www.hcdoes.org, or call 946-7734. Residents in other counties should contact their local solid waste district in order to participate.
Four policemen likely to face new charges
LAWRENCEBURG - Days after a judge dismissed an 11-count grand jury indictment against the city's former police chief and three police officers, the prosecutor said he likely will file similar charges.
Special prosecutor Mel Wilhelm on Friday said he will review the case and anticipates filing charges against former Chief John Agner, former Assistant Chief John E. Johnson Jr. and two officers, Scott McAdams and Morgan B. Hedrick. Filing the charges would mean bypassing another grand jury review of the evidence.
Dearborn County Superior Court Judge G. Michael Witte dismissed the criminal charges of falsifying employment records, destroying evidence and intimidating local business owners because an alternate juror made comments at the wrong time during grand jury proceedings.
Two gunman rob U.S. Bank in West Chester
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Two gunmen held up a U.S. Bank on Ohio 747 on Friday, the second bank robbery there this year.
No one was injured in the 9:15 a.m. heist.
The men walked into the bank, showed handguns and demanded cash. They left with an undisclosed amount of money, West Chester police said.
They were seen getting into a late 1980s or early 1990s tan or light gold Cadillac with a pink tinted cover over the rear license plate.
Greenhills diversity event kicks off Sunday
GREENHILLS - Winton Woods City School District and Greenhills Presbyterian Church kick off the first event of the 2003-04 Multi-Cultural Series at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church, 21 Cromwell Road, Greenhills.
Gene T. Harris, superintendent of Columbus City Schools, and Dr. and Mrs. Ian Yeboah, owners of the Akwaaba African Market in Forest Park, will share their experiences from Ghana.
The purpose of the occasional series is to share the rich diversity in the Winton Woods City School District. The series is sponsored by the district and community organizations.
Supplement firm moving to Fairfield
FAIRFIELD - Parrillo Performance Inc., a nutritional supplement company, is relocating from neighboring West Chester Township.
Parrillo is expanding quarters on Interstate Drive off Ohio 747 into a $2 million facility that should open this spring.
There's a new king of the pumpkin patch
CHARDON - Winston Wyckoff III's record for an Ohio pumpkin didn't last long.
The Wayne County farmer's pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,279.5 pounds on Sept. 24, breaking Ohio's previous record. But that's now 90.5 pounds too light.
Jerry Rose is now the king of pumpkins in Ohio.
He harvested his 1,370-pound pumpkin last weekend in Huntsburg Township, about 30 miles east of Cleveland.
The pumpkin fell just short of the 1,385-pound world record set by an Oregon grower last weekend.
Rose's pumpkin measured almost 15 feet around and is 45 inches tall. It barely fit into the back of his Chevy pickup, which carried the record-setter to a pumpkin weigh-off outside Youngstown.
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