Thursday, April 1, 2004

News briefs

Pettus-Brown without attorney

LaShawn Pettus-Brown is in the market for a new lawyer. The developer of the failed Empire Theater project notified a federal judge Wednesday that his attorney, Ken Lawson, intends to withdraw from the case. Lawson did not cite a reason in a memo to the judge, and he did not return phone calls Wednesday. Pettus-Brown is accused of spending money from the city of Cincinnati on personal expenses when he was supposed to be renovating the Empire Theater in Over-the-Rhine. His case is scheduled for trial next week in U.S. District Court, but probably would have been delayed even without Lawson's request for removal.

Cleared officer in line for captain

Cincinnati Lt. Jeff Butler, cleared last week of accusations that he used a racial slur in an internal affairs interview in 1999, is in line to become a captain. Butler scored fourth of 17 on the promotional exam, according to results posted Wednesday. Councilman Christopher Smitherman wanted Butler punished for using the slur. Butler has insisted he did not use a slur. The city's expert couldn't be sure, and the case was closed.

Advisories to note possible overflows

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati will notify Hamilton County residents when existing or predicted weather conditions are likely to cause combined sewer overflows. The advisories will be issued by e-mail and recorded on a new telephone information line. The sewer district will issue an advisory when a rainfall of .25 inches or more is predicted or recorded for Hamilton County, or when area rivers and streams are at flood levels. Those who would like to receive notification by email can sign up by visiting The combined sewer overflow information is at 244-5116.


Walton Creek Road in Columbia Township will be closed at 9 a.m. Monday between Wooster and Muchmore roads until April 15.


James W. Cole lives in Green Township and David T. Cole lives in Clifton. Their residences were incorrect in an obituary of their father, Richard T. Cole, in Wednesday's editions.

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Public safety briefs
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Ludlow to lop school expenses
Murphy program pushes for jobs
New controls on body piercing