Saturday, May 22, 1999


Lawmakers renewing partial-birth ban

        COLUMBUS — One year after the U.S. Supreme Court led stand lower court decisions that struck down Ohio's ban on a late-term abortion procedure, lawmakers are trying to renew the law.

        Rep. Jerry Luebbers, D-Cincinnati, introduced a bill this week that would create a new offense he dubbed “partial birth infanticide.”

        The bill, which is co-sponsored by a majority of Ohio House members, would impose criminal and civil penalties on doctors who perform the procedure.

        Partial-birth abortions, while relatively rare in Ohio, should be banned because many of the fetuses can live outside the womb, Mr. Luebbers said.

        The bill's opponents say the legislation is another attempt to limit a woman's right to an abortion.

        In finding fault with the previous law banning the procedure, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled it would unduly interfere with that right.

UC football player indicted in rape
        University of Cincinnati football player DeMarco McCleskey was indicted Friday on charges of raping a UC student in her dorm room.

        Mr. McCleskey, 18, faces two counts of rape and one count of aggravated burglary. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison.

        Police have said the incident occurred May 9 when the woman's room was entered through an unlocked door.

        The 19-year-old woman filed a report with university police accusing Mr. McCleskey of attacking her between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. in Calhoun Hall.

        Mr. McCleskey, who has been indefinitely suspended from the team, was UC's top running back last season.

        The Oklahoma native joined UC last year and was named to Conference USA's all-freshman team.

Police search yields fetus in freezer
        The Cincinnati Police Division's homicide unit discovered a fetus in a freezer Thursday when detectives served a search warrant at a North Fairmount home.

        Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge David Stockdale issued the warrant based upon information from an informant who told police about the fetus.

        According to the search warrant, police searched the home on the 1500 block of Vinton Street for the body of a black female infant.

        Details about the fetus are unclear, said Sgt. Tony Carter, a homicide supervisor. Police must have the evidence examined to determine who the mother was and how long the fetus had been in the freezer.

        No charges have been filed.

7-year-old's death under investigation
        A 7-year-old Fairfield girl found dead in her bed by her mother Thursday morning did not die from injuries, according to a preliminary coroner's report.

        The body of Arielle Franklin, a South Elementary student who lived with her mother, Angie Barrett of Reswin Drive, has been examined by Butler County coroner's officials, Fairfield Police Sgt. Ken Colburn said Friday.

        He said coroner's officials are continuing their investigation and would not comment further.

        Police are investigating the death, but they have not classified it as anything other than accidental.

Public Works' future under discussion
        Disbanding Cincinnati's Department of Public Works and replacing it with a Department of Transportation and Engineering will be discussed during a meeting of the Public Works Committee Monday at 2 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.

        The new department would be responsible for regional coordination of transportation issues. It also would encompass the transportation planning, design, engineering, regulatory and construction mangement functions now handled by Public Works.

        City Manager John Shirey also would like to see the creation of a Department of Public Services to handle trash pickup and sanitation functions, maintenance of streets, traffic signals, streetlights and snow removal.

Retired prosecutor hired in abuse case
        AKRON, Ohio — The city hired a retired prosecutor Friday to review the internal police investigation of a wife-beating allegation against Police Chief Edward Irvine.

        Frederic Zuch retired in 1997 after a 30-year career as an Akron police officer and prosecutor for Akron and Summit County.

        He will be paid $200 hourly, Law Director Max Rothal said.

        The chief's wife, Geneva Irvine, was treated in October for injuries which she originally blamed on a beating at the hands of her husband.

        She later recanted the allegation and no charges were filed.


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