Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Kings Island visitor faces cocaine charge


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The Enquirer

LEBANON - An Indiana woman is accused of bringing cocaine to Paramount's Kings Island in Mason, then scuffling with a security officer.

Charlene Robertson, 42, of Brookville, is charged with possession of cocaine and assault in an indictment that a Warren County grand jury released Monday.

Prosecutors say the charges arise from a July 5 incident at Kings Island. Security officers found "a small quantity of cocaine" in her fanny pack.

Then, officials allege, Robertson assaulted a security officer who was trying to arrest her.

As of Monday evening, Robertson had not been booked into the Warren County Jail and no court date had been set.

Mallory calls for hearing on girls' jail

State Sen. Mark Mallory is calling for a special hearing of an Ohio Senate committee to discuss abuse allegations at the state's only juvenile jail for girls.

Mallory, D-Cincinnati, said Monday the Aug. 17 meeting is needed to address accusations of physical and sexual abuse of teenage girls at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility.

The jail is the focus of two investigations and was recently accused in a lawsuit of failing to provide lawyers to victims of abuse.

Mallory, chairman of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, said his committee will question officials at the Department of Youth Services about the allegations. The meeting will be in Columbus.




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