Thursday, April 13, 2000


$5 million bail set for slaying suspect, 15


        A 15-year-old boy was sent to jail Wednesday with one of the highest amounts of bail ever set in Hamilton County.

        Marcus Wilson of Pleasant Ridge was ordered held in lieu of $5 million bail pending his trial on charges of aggravated murder. He is accused of shooting to death 17-year-old Christopher Parks on Jan. 29.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Wilson approached Mr. Parks at 11 a.m. on a busy street in Kennedy Heights, pointed a gun at his back and pulled the trigger.

        After Mr. Parks collapsed, they say, Mr. Wilson fired another shot into his head.

        At a hearing Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, Judge Mark Schweikert granted the prosecution's request for the $5 million bail.

Ex-Red Kal Daniels gets 2 years probation
        Former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Kal Daniels was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday for failing to pay child support to his 8-year-old son.

        Mr. Daniels, now retired from baseball and living in Georgia, pleaded no contest to the charge last month. He has since paid off the nearly $58,000 he owed.

        Mr. Daniels, 36, had made regular payments until 1997, when the payments stopped during a dispute with the boy's mother over visitation.

UC's role in economy is subject of seminar
        The University of Cincinnati on Monday will hold a seminar called “Preparing for the New Millennium: The role of research and higher education in the economic development of Greater Cincinnati.”

        The program is UC's response to the challenge issued to the university in the report released last June by urban planner Michael Gallis. In the report, Mr. Gallis urged UC to be “an economic driver of the region.”

        Mr. Gallis will speak at the program along with William J. Keating of the Metropolitan Growth Alliance, UC President Joseph A. Steger and others.

        The program includes lunch and is free to the public, but space is limited. It will be held 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Westin Hotel downtown.

        To attend, make reservations by 5 p.m. Friday by calling Lillian O'Neill at 556-2018 or e-mail her at

Girl, 10, perishes as house engulfed in fire
        GREENVILLE — An early morning house fire Wednesday in this western Ohio city claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl and sent four members of her family and a firefighter to a hospital.

        Firefighters were called to the two-story, frame house about 1 a.m. and found the structure engulfed in flames. Four members of the family had escaped the burning home, but the girl remained inside, said Greenville Fire Chief Steve Birt.

        Chief Birt said an off-duty firefighter who lives across the street put a ladder up to a second-floor window to try to rescue the girl, but could not get into the burning house.

        Firefighters later found the body of Brittany Laufer in a second-floor bedroom.

        The four other family members and the off-duty firefighter were taken to Wayne Hospital. The firefighter and two of the family members were treated and released. The other two family members, a man and a woman, were listed in fair condition. Their names were not released.

        Chief Birt said the fire started in the kitchen and there were no smoke detectors in the house.

        Greenville is about 30 miles northwest of Dayton.

Antioch forum on cop killer blasted
        YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — An offer by Antioch College officials to hold a public forum on the choice of a convicted murderer to be commencement speaker is “a pretense to cover up shameful behavior,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham.

        Her office secured a death-penalty conviction against Mumia Abu-Jamal in the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner, who had stopped Mr. Abu-Jamal's brother for driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

        “They're embarrassed about what they've done, and rightly so,” said Cathie Abookire, a spokeswoman for Ms. Abraham. “They're trying to cover up and legitimize what they've done here, which is inviting a convicted murderer to speak to them.”

        Supporters of Mr. Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and radio journalist, claim he was railroaded by a racist justice system. Mr. Abu-Jamal is black; the slain officer was white.

        Officer Faulkner's widow, Maureen, and law-enforcement groups say the evidence against Mr. Abu-Jamal is overwhelming and irrefutable.

        The decision by Antioch's senior class to invite Mr. Abu-Jamal to speak via audiotape has triggered a flood of outrage. Antioch officials have received the six-minute audiotape from Mr. Abu-Jamal.

        Mrs. Faulkner, who has urged Antioch seniors to reconsider, said Tuesday she would not participate in a forum if it were scheduled the day before graduation.

Despite woman's plea, rapist to be freed
        COLUMBUS — A 60-year-old woman made an emotional but unsuccessful appeal to the Ohio Parole Board to keep a man who raped her 18 years ago behind bars.

        “I'm devastated,” the woman said after the board decided Tuesday that John Burkey, 41, could be released on parole. “I feel numb.”

        Mr. Burkey, who pleaded guilty to raping and robbing the woman at gunpoint in her home in 1982, could be free as soon as June 5. He will have served 18 years of an 11- to 50-year sentence.

        Mr. Burkey tried 13 times since 1989 to be paroled. A panel last month voted to grant parole, but the woman appealed the decision.

        The board deliberated for more than an hour before a majority voted to allow Mr. Burkey's release, with conditions: He can never again enter Summit County, must get sex offender treatment, be under supervision for two years and must register as a sexual predator wherever he lives every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Sousa concert slated for Middletown
        MIDDLETOWN — A 30-piece concert band will perform Sousa at the Sorg 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the old Sorg Opera House, located at 57 S. Main St.

        Band director and John Philip Sousa impersonator Marcus Neiman will be the conductor.

        Tickets for the concert, presented by the Middletown Historical Society, can be purchased at the door for $12 for historical society members and $15 for nonmembers.

Cops, firefighters team in hoops game
        MIDDLETOWN — The city's safety forces will face off against the World Famous Harlem Road Kings in an entertainment basketball game Saturday.

        The event, featuring local police officers and firefighters, is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Wade E. Miller Gym.

        Advance tickets, which may be obtained by calling 420-4618, cost $7 for adults and $6 for those under 18. All tickets purchased on the day of the event are $7.50.

        MALACHI (Middletown/Monroe Adolescent Leaders Achieve Inc.), a nonprofit group, is presenting the event.


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Students' parents complain to police
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