Thursday, January 1, 2004

Tristate Briefs

Mega Millions winner hasn't come forward

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - Officials were waiting to find out who will turn in the state's first winning ticket for the Mega Millions jackpot since Ohio joined the multistate lottery more than a year-and-a-half ago.

One ticket for the $162 million prize from Tuesday's 11-state drawing was sold at a convenience store in this Cleveland suburb, Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen said.

The winner may choose between an immediate cash payout of $95 million before taxes or $162 million over 26 years, Cohen said Wednesday.

The lump-sum payment would be about $67.9 million after taxes.

Jagdish Shah, co-owner of Quick Shop Food Mart, learned his store sold the ticket when he arrived at 7 a.m. Wednesday and the parking lot was full of reporters and television station trucks.

Goodyear blimp will skip Rose Bowl game

AKRON - The Goodyear blimp will be conspicuously absent from the Rose Bowl game in California today.

The blimp started providing television footage of the Rose Bowl in 1964, when it was shown on NBC, said Goodyear spokeswoman Jennifer Arnold.

The Spirit of America was damaged in a Dec. 3 crash in Southern California, Arnold said Wednesday.

Unlike in previous crashes, Goodyear has let several weeks pass without saying what it would do about a damaged blimp.

Goodyear has three air ships.

BellSouth loses DSL service ruling

LOUISVILLE - A federal judge has ruled that BellSouth can't refuse to provide high-speed DSL Internet access to customers who receive phone services from a competitor.

"A Kentucky customer must be able to obtain DSL service regardless of the voice carrier he chooses," U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood said in his ruling Tuesday in Frankfort.

BellSouth, which sells Fast Access digital subscriber line service to its customers, also sells DSL wholesale to resellers and to independent Internet service providers. The ruling applies only to wholesale sales.

Volunteer fire unit out of service

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - An eastern Kentucky volunteer fire department has been disbanded because firefighters lacked training, some equipment was faulty and firetrucks weren't operational.

The Pike County Fiscal Court seized the Upper Pond Creek Volunteer Fire Department's building and equipment after an unfavorable state audit.

Fire departments from other communities will respond to calls.

Ind. diocese discloses abuse complaints

Eighteen Roman Catholic priests serving in north-central Indiana's Diocese of Lafayette have been accused of sexually abusing 26 minors since 1950, Bishop William L. Higi said Wednesday.

Accusations against 11 of the priests, two of them priests from outside the diocese, were deemed credible and they were removed from the ministry, Higi said in an article in The Catholic Moment, the diocesan newspaper.

None of the priests has been charged criminally, he said. Two lawsuits were filed, one of which was dismissed, he said.

Foster daughter pleads to murder

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. - An 18-year-old woman has agreed to plead guilty to murder in the strangulation death of her 73-year-old foster mother.

If a judge accepts Sara Elizabeth Mills' pleas to murder, robbery and burglary, she would receive a 100-year sentence with the possibility of parole.

Mills admits in her plea agreement that she strangled Virginia Walker during a robbery and burglary at Walker's Jeffersonville home on Nov. 19, 2002.

Revelers ring in 2004 under tight security
Direct help coming for sewer woes
Health Alliance, Anthem talks failing
Plan takes on 'black-on-black' crime
2004: Looking Ahead

Addyston losing stalwarts
Warren County ballot sparse
From the state capitals
SUV, city house combed for clues
She spends her life helping those who need it the most
Inspector moved on complaint of conflict
History teacher focuses on role of bystanders during events of note
Knowledge game played on local TV
Mason store manager gets police award
Neighbors briefs
Drunken driving statute toughened as 2004 begins
New Year's Day closings
I-270 shootings clues sought
A year of weird headlines puts Ohio on the map
Fertility expert may run for coroner
Former hunters, they focus now on conserving species
Nuns' pizzeria gets breather
Tax repeal try is thorn
Public safety briefs
Discussion, workshops open to community
Tristate Briefs

Good Things Happening
Crowley: Restaurants want helping from levee

Carol Easton Fox, planner, analyst
James Williams' pastry showed artistry

New crib, playpen law takes effect
Mother, 2 kids killed in blaze
N.Ky. chamber counts ways to find road money