Friday, March 12, 2004

News briefs

WCPO fires Hill amid allegations

WCPO-TV reporter Stephen Hill was fired from his job with the television station Thursday afternoon amid allegations that he sexually abused four teenage boys. Hill, 45, had been a reporter for WCPO-TV since 1989. Bill Fee, vice president and general manager for WCPO-TV, declined to comment on the timing or reasons for the firing. Hill was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury Monday on eight counts of sexual battery and four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He will be arraigned Thursday.

Greater Cincinnati gets high marks

The national nonprofit group Partners for Livable Communities has named Greater Cincinnati one of the most livable cities in the United States, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce said Thursday. The region will be among fewer than 10 to be honored at an April 20 event in Washington. Categories considered in the rating include number of new-economy companies, vibrancy of the urban core, regional cooperation, tourism strategies and quality of neighborhoods.

Parks opening for the season

Hamilton County parks are gearing up for the golf and fishing season. Miami Whitewater Forest Lake, Lake Isabella and Winton Woods Lake are all now open for the season, and Sharon Woods Lake will open Saturday. Also, the Vineyard at Woodland Mound and the Sharon Woods Golf Course have opened for play, and Shawnee Lookout Golf Course opens Saturday. Information (513) 521-PARK or


Work continues at various locations on Ronald Reagan Highway-Ohio 126 between Reading Road and Colerain Ave. Watch for lane closures in both directions.

Run that light and smile
Fans of symphony soon will pay more
Couple marries as judges debate
NFL denies acting as monopoly
Sumatran rhino pregnant again, this time without progesterone

Author says start singing - and diversify the church
Butler faces budget cut as soon as next month
Stoker seeks different vets site
68 children to perform in world premiere at UC
Man convicted in fatal beating of his mother
Police: 'Victim' lied in hidden gun case
Green Beer Day goes flat
Human Relations Commission hires Hispanics' liaison
News briefs
Two get maximums for murderous spree
Residents say creek contains sewage
Milford students charged after drug sweep at school
Neighbors briefs
Bill urges fighting drugged driving
Hall table days SO over; in-school stores the rule
Clogged pumps cause house flooding
Joy ride in field led to fatal crash

Downs: Cicadas to be toast of town with parties
Good Things Happening

William Crumes, civil rights pioneer
Ruby W. Rapp, 90, radio, TV personality

Kentucky briefs
Sierra Club to protest Cheney
Judge won't pursue state post
Financing set for new mall
Ky. 'no-knock' communities expanding