An Appeals Court judge from Hamilton County will be in Columbus today serving as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court in a high-profile disciplinary case against a Franklin County judge.
Judge Ralph Winkler of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals will sit in place of Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton. He and the other six Supreme Court justices will hear arguments in the case of Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Deborah P. O'Neill.
The Supreme Court's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline has recommended a two-year suspension of O'Neill's law license for improper and unprofessional conduct in her dealings with attorneys, defendants, litigants and court staff.
Stratton, who formerly served as a judge in the same court as O'Neill, recused herself from the case.
East Price Hill man admits abusing corpse
HAMILTON - Just after a jury convicted one of his accomplices, an East Price Hill man pleaded guilty Monday to tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse in a Butler County dismemberment case.
Anthony C. Ruffin, 44, is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 4 in Common Pleas Court following his plea to the charges. A co-defendant, Gary Benson, 50, of Hamilton, was convicted Friday of the same charges and is set for sentencing Oct. 18.
Both men face up to six years in prison for the mutilation of Jeffrey Glenn Watson, 41, of Hamilton. Watson's charred torso was found New Year's Eve along a rural road near the Preble County line.
Authorities accused Benson and Ruffin of helping Cardale A. Goens, 37, of Hamilton, dismember Watson. Authorities allege the dismemberment happened after Goens shot Watson to death in Watson's S. 11th Street home.
Hearing postponed on suspect in shooting
HAMILTON - A court hearing on psychiatrists' requests to force-medicate a Butler County homicide suspect has been postponed.
Lawyers for Tom West, 51, a drifter accused of six charges in a shooting that killed two people and injured three others at a West Chester trucking company, asked Judge Keith Spaeth for a delay.
West is to undergo a neurological examination on Thursday, and results of that examination are expected to be relevant to the debate over whether psychiatrists can administer drugs to West against his will. Spaeth rescheduled the hearing for next Monday in Common Pleas Court.
In June, Spaeth had found Tom West, also known as Joseph John Eschenbrenner III, was mentally ill and incompetent to stand trial. If West cannot be restored to competency within a year, laws may prohibit him from ever facing trial in the Nov. 6 shooting that killed two people and injured three others at Watkins Motor Lines Inc.
Colerain Twp. driver indicted in two deaths
COLERAIN TWP. - A woman behind the wheel of an SUV when it hit a couple on a motorcycle Aug. 7 on Harrison Avenue was indicted Monday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and child endangering.
Jennifer Weir, 28, of Colerain Township, could face more than 20 years in prison.
Authorities said she crossed over the center lane into traffic traveling the opposite direction and hit a motorcycle carrying James Bishop Jr. and his wife, Virginia, both 54 and also of Colerain Township. Mrs. Bishop died that night, and her husband died Sunday.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said Weir was coming from Stricker's Grove, where she had four or five beers. She had four children, ages 4-11, in the vehicle.
Deputies looking into stabbing at house
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP - Hamilton County sheriff's deputies are investigating a domestic incident late Sunday that left a 36-year-old local man stabbed.
Michael Creech was in serious condition at Bethesda North Hospital after suffering a stab wound in the center of his chest. Sheriff's deputies were called to the 7000 block of East Kemper Road shortly before 10 p.m. for a reported stabbing. Creech lives at the address.
Bronson: The Hoo-Ah survey trends presidential
DARE teacher receives award
PRESIDENT BUSH'S VISIT
I've worked for you, Bush tells veterans
Old soldiers expect word to be followed by action
Bush avoids demonstrators
Davis shares Bush spotlight
Powell: Reassigning troops is necessary
Powell, Bush tour Freedom Center
OTHER LOCAL HEADLINES
$2M grant to pay for Banks road
Plane wreckage being cleared
Fee may join tax bills
Fire chief studies fiscal cuts
Adult charges sought in attack
Man arraigned in park incident
Physician charged with Medicaid fraud
Porn case sparks volunteer worries
Beetle battlers can spare wood
Court examines injury case rules
Appeals Judge Winkler to sit with high court
Local news briefs
Freedom owner's debt woes multiply
Project's residents oppose razing it
Retail center plan on table
Racing board hires director
Finding lost black schools
Smarty Jones begins Kentucky retirement
Kentucky news briefs
City schools overspent $21.7M
School year opens with fresh features
Bigger store welcomes teachers, and it's free
Back to school section
Ceremony to celebrate Finneytown's new stadium
Subdivision access debated
Loveland roads close for resurfacing
Edward R. Royek, N.Ky. chiropractor for four decades
Sales manager warm, caring