Thursday, October 14, 2004

Public safety briefs



Basement fire spreads to most of house

ANDERSON TWP. - A two-alarm fire partly destroyed a home in this eastern Hamilton County suburb Wednesday, but no injuries were reported, firefighters said.

The owner of the home at 6741 High Meadows Drive returned from visiting down the street and discovered his house ablaze, Anderson Township firefighter Don Ober said.

No damage estimate was available. The cause of the blaze, which began in the basement, was under investigation late Wednesday but arson was not suspected, he said.

Ex-minister denies child sex charges

LEBANON - The former minister of Maineville Baptist Church pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition in cases involving two boys.

C. Steve Harmon, 57, is being held at the Warren County Jail on $500,000 bond. He was also ordered not to have any contact with the two boys or any other juvenile, Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said.

Harmon was indicted on the charges by a Warren County grand jury last week. The two gross sexual imposition counts involve sexual contact with a person under 13, while the sexual imposition charge involves a person age 13-16.

The case unfolded Sept. 29 when the parents of a 12-year-old boy went to police to report that Harmon had sexual contact with the child.

Man's death in car due to natural causes

HAMILTON - A Mason man whose body was found in a vehicle at a highway rest area died of natural causes, the Butler County Coroner's Office has ruled.

Jeffrey M. Cory, 43, died of complications of diabetes, according to a death certificate signed Tuesday.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper had found Cory's body last Friday. Cory was inside a parked vehicle at the northbound Interstate 75 rest stop at Ohio 63.




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PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
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ELECTION 2004
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Fire union disputes cost-saving plan
Museum faces cutbacks
Frist: Doctors leaving Ohio
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Witness: Mom not hysterical, though fire trapped her infant
Local news briefs
Mayor of Madeira retires, is moving to Warren County
Man ruled insane in murder of activist
Milford police chief resigns, halting property misuse case
State audit faults Morrow
Neighbors briefs
Killer who blamed his victim is executed at Lucasville prison
Public safety briefs
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Sierra Club pushes renewable energy
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OT for Bush rally covered

THEATER REVIEWS
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ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
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KENTUCKY STORIES
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