Saturday, November 29, 2003

Regional Report

Fund-raiser to help ice-skating siblings

Compiled from staff and wire reports

WEST CHESTER TWP. - The Mafazy siblings are trying to make Olympics figure-skating history.

Luke and Raya Mafazy, natives of Kenya and residents of Blue Ash, are nationally ranked figure skaters with their eyes on the 2010 Olympics.

Luke, a freshman at Miami University, is competing for the United States Figure Skating Association in freestyle and ice dance. Raya, a senior at Sycamore High School, competes in every skating discipline, including freestyle, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating.

Their father, Khalid Mafazy, brought the family to the United States more than 13 years ago. He is head chef at Wetherington Golf & Country Club in West Chester.

Members of the club are hosting a fund-raiser today at the Wetherington Clubhouse to help the family defray training costs.

To donate to the Mafazy Skaters' Fund, call: (513) 755-2582.

Woman sentenced in theft of 2 horses

BATAVIA - A year after the Thanksgiving thefts of a pair of Goshen Township horses, the case is closed.

Amee L. Burton of Preble County was sentenced in Clermont County Court this week to 18 months in prison for two counts of receiving stolen property - a pair of Arabian mares.

The horses were returned to their owners, Tim and Diane Waechter, after police traced paperwork filed with an Indiana auctioneer.

Burton's accomplice, Steven L. Hall, 27, began serving a one-year prison term in March.

Burton and Hall also were prosecuted in Butler County for the theft of a horse trailer and related property.

Last month, a Butler County judge sent Hall to prison for 17 months on that charge. Burton was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, pay a $2,500 fine and remain under probation officers' supervision for five years.

Man, 56, dies during Thanksgiving race

DOWNTOWN - A 56-year-old Cincinnati man died Thursday while participating in the city's annual 10K Thanksgiving Day Race.

Police were called at 12:10 p.m. to assist the man, whose name was not released. He had recently moved to the city, according to Police Lt. Kurt Byrd.

Event director Julie Isphording said all precautions are taken to prevent injuries and deaths.

Several medical units were at the race site, as well as bikers with two-way radios, and police and fire personnel. Hamilton County Coroner Carl Parrott was unavailable for comment Friday on a possible cause of death.

Canned goods or toy will buy drive-in ticket

HANOVER TWP. - Take two canned goods or a new toy to the Holiday Auto Theatre in Hanover Township at 6 p.m. today for a free movie and help two local charities.

The Hamilton-area theater on Old Oxford Road will show the movie Shrek on its outdoor screen in exchange for nonperishable food items and toys.

All canned goods will be donated to the Shared Harvest Food Bank in Fairfield. People donating new toys will be assisting the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.

Bull-riding event to help widow, son

GOSHEN TWP. - Friends of Cory Seigla, a 30-year-old Goshen Township man who died Sept. 9, are sponsoring a bull-riding event in his honor to benefit an education fund for his young son.

Seigla, who left behind his wife, Jen, and their 4-month-old son, Olathe, was active in the rodeo and a bull rider.

"We all just wanted to help her," said Lisa McCoy of Hamilton, one of the event's organizers. "The rodeo is just like a family, and we wanted to help."

The event is 6 p.m. today at Fox Hollow Ranch, 1909 E. Ohio 73, Waynesville. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children five and under are free.

There are 39 riders entered, but late arrivals are welcome until 5:45 p.m. with a $40 entry fee.

For more information, call (516) 887-9171.

Competency hearing in shooting spree case

HAMILTON - Tom West, the suspect in a West Chester Township shooting spree that killed two men, is scheduled for a Dec. 19 competency hearing.

West, 50, said he wouldn't cooperate with a competency evaluation unless he gets a new attorney, said Assistant Prosecutor Craig Hedric. West has said he either wants to represent himself, or get a replacement for Greg Howard, his court-appointed lawyer.

Howard has said that West is refusing to discuss his case with him.

Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth also set a May 10 trial date for West on two counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, plus four counts of attempted aggravated murder. The charges relate to the Nov. 6 shooting spree at Watkins Motor Lines Inc.

Authorities have said West, who surrendered at an Indiana truck stop 50 miles away, harbored a grudge against Watkins, for whom he formerly worked in Atlanta.

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