Thursday, October 16, 2003

Regional Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Got hazardous waste? Free disposal offered

Get out into those garages and basements. Gather up dried up paint cans, cleaners, pesticides and gasoline and haul them down Saturday to Winton Woods High School.

The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services is sponsoring a free disposal of household hazard waste at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Countyofficials are asking that hazardous items be brought in their original containers.

The final collection event will be held Oct. 25 at Coney Island. The collections are open to people living in Hamilton County.

Red Cross smoke alarms show value

More than 60,000 smoke alarms given away to Greater Cincinnati residents since 1998 have saved at least 60 lives, according to the area's American Red Cross chapter.

The most recent case occurred in August in Gallatin County, Ky., where a mother and her two hearing-impaired children escaped a fire that destroyed their home.

The smoke alarm, equipped with flashing lights, that alerted them to the fire was donated through the Red Cross program.

The number of lives saved was issued as part of national Fire Prevention Awareness Month.

For information about the Red Cross smoke alarm program, call 579-3009 or call your local fire department.

Student arrested in Miami sex assault

OXFORD - A Miami University student was arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged sexual assault last weekend in his co-ed residence hall.

Jason Landis, a 24-year-old senior sports organization major from Troy, Ohio, was charged with sexual imposition and burglary.

According to Miami University police, Landis entered the room of a female resident of Scott Hall early Sunday morning.

He got into bed with the sleeping victim and began touching her under her clothing, fleeing when she woke up, police said.

This incident was the seventh report of a sexual assault this school year in Oxford.

Police search for two bank robbery suspects

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Police released photos Wednesday of two men suspected of robbing the U.S. Bank last Friday on Ohio 747.

The man pictured at left and a second man entered the bank about 9:15 a.m. with guns, demanding cash.

No one was reported hurt.

The two left with an undisclosed amount of money and were last seen getting into a late 1980s or early 1990s tan or light gold Cadillac with a pink tinted cover over the rear license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Chester police at 759-7263 or 759-7276.

Mason schools switch hospitals in new pact

MASON - By unanimous vote Tuesday evening the Mason Board of Education approved an estimated $300,000 pact with Middletown Regional Hospital that will bring new health equipment, instructors and medical personnel to the Warren County school system.

The agreement, which replaces a pact Mason Schools had previously with TriHealth's Bethesda North Hospital, begins immediately and will eventually include expanded health care and fitness resources for both Mason High School and the adjacent community recreation center.

District officials said the school system will incur no cost during the three-year contract.

One arrested in fight outside courthouse

A fight erupted Wednesday outside the Hamilton County Courthouse shortly after a 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a Christmas Day killing in Mount Healthy.

Stevie Stevenson, of College Hill, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery in the slaying of DeMarco Williams.

Stevenson and the Williams, 19, of Springfield Township, were playing a dice game in the basement of a house on Martin Street shortly before the killing.

Williams was fatally shot in the chest; Stevenson was shot in the leg.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh sentenced Stevenson to 10 years in prison.

Stevenson's plea came in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge of aggravated murder and possession of cocaine.

Williams' mother agreed to the deal. The fight between the suspect's family and the defendant's family ended in the arrest of one man, who was charged with disorderly conduct.

Photo gallery of Day 1
Water taxi is scenic route to Tall Stacks
Bell magicians do it again
Copter takes the high tour
Latin flavor spices up the night
Of white gloves and shady characters
Music doesn't end when festival closes
Underground Railroad alive at Sawyer Town
Admission a bargain, but extras do add up
Running low on cash stack at Tall Stacks? Check deals
McCoury Band bluegrass masters
Daily schedule
What you can do, see elsewhere around town
Tall Stacks gives push to ailing hotel business
Party Scene
Volunteer's journey to past

City Hall assailed over Chinese slur
2 plead guilty in 'flipping' case
Ads alert Ohioans to $500M decision

UC breast cancer researchers to explore nongenetic causes
Fire department reinstates chaplain
Construction begins on Evendale surgery center
High school football coach suing to get job back
Ex-Elder principal Kuhn charged in Montgomery Co.
Diverse group to guide UC future
Regional Report

Pulfer: Many pitching in - but it's not enough
Howard: Good Things Happening

Passenger guilty in crash that killed four teens
Township rejected in appeal on firing
Blackwell enters Warren Co. fray
School board, council candidates see critical growth, funding issues
Hamilton now owns hospital property
Modular classrooms ace test
Councilman quits over series of closed meetings
Culverts blamed in sudden floods
Trustees move on storage policy

F. Begnoche took pride in construction
Lloyd Ryan, 80, drove city buses for 44 years
Breathitt recalled as bold governor
Kentucky obituaries

Ballot language OK'd for tax increase repeal
Toledo Zoo sends one of two elephants packing
Senate: Let voters decide on video slot machines
Museum to chronicle history of funerals
Community joins to help reap late farmer's 90 acres
Ohio Moments

N.Ky. residents urged to sign up for flu shots
Fletcher distances himself from GOP attack commercial
Mentoring program plants seeds of success
Trial begins in death of woman
Kentucky News Briefs