Sunday, April 16, 2000

A.M. REPORT



$200,000 bond set in murder case

        A Hamilton County judge set bond at $200,000 for an Over-the-Rhine man accused of killing his daughter.

        Michael I. Cooper, 24, was arraigned in municipal court Saturday morning before Judge Cheryl D. Grant. He had been arrested the day before by Cincinnati Police Division homicide investigators. He was being held in lieu of bond Saturday afternoon at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        He is charged with murdering his 9-month-old daughter, Mica. His arrest came nine days after Cincinnati firefighters found Mr. Cooper's daughter not breathing in their East 13th Street apartment.

        An autopsy later revealed that Mica had suffered blunt trauma to her head and body.

Middletown pair hurt in 1-car crash


        A Middletown couple was injured Saturday in an early morning crash that split their vehicle in two.

        Rebecca A. Harpe, 28, was apparently thrown from the vehicle after it crashed into a utility pole. Another occupant, Darian K. Miller, 30, was freed from the wreckage by Middletown rescue workers.

        Information on the type of vehicle and who was the driver was not available Saturday afternoon.

        Ms. Harpe was in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Miller was treated and released from Middletown Regional Hospital.

        According to Middletown police, officers were called to Roosevelt Boulevard just east of its intersection with Breiel Boulevard about 3 a.m.

        Investigators say the vehicle had been speeding westbound on Roosevelt when the driver apparently lost control. The vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole, shearing the vehicle in two.

        The accident is under investigation.

Hydrant testing ahead in Sycamore


        SYCAMORE TWP. — The fire department will be flow testing fire hydrants in the north areas of the township during April and May. Beginning Monday, through Friday, , the areas between Montgomery Road and Reed Hartman Highway and the Highpoint and Millwood subdivisions will be tested.

        After each test, water may become rusty for up to four hours. Homeowners are advised to run cold water until the rust clears

        Call the fire department at 792-8565 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to learn the day of testing in your area.

Hamilton County health office moving


        Effective Monday, the Hamilton County General Health District will move its headquarters from an office on Chester Road to a building at 250 William Howard Taft Road in Corryville.

        The county health depart ment provides a variety of public health services for residents outside the cities of Cincinnati, Indian Hill, Norwood, Reading, St. Bernard, Sharonville and Springdale (each has its own health department). The new office will offer a central location and more space while still providing free parking, said county Health Commissioner Tim Ingram.

Low-cost childhood vaccinations given


        The Hamilton County General Health District is offering childhood vaccines for $5 as part of National Immunization Week, April 17-23.

        Although most vaccines are required by the time children enter school, public health officials say 80 percent of vaccines for tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, measles, polio, hepatitis B and other diseases should be given before age 2.

        For information about county vaccine sites, call 946-7882.

Anti-cancer group seeking runners


        People interested in running marathons with Team in Training, a program that raises money for leukemia research, can learn more at a series of information meetings starting Monday.

        Nine meetings at locations around the Tristate will be held through May 8. For information, call the Southern Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (513) 772-5503.

Couple accused of abusing girl, 11


        COLUMBUS — A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a Prairie Township couple, accusing them of using an electric cattle prod on the woman's 11-year-old daughter.

        Karla Hayner, 37, and Frank Loring, 44, were indicted Friday on three felony counts each of child endangering.

        Franklin County sheriff's detectives said the abuse happened at least a couple times over a two-year period.

        Detective Al Judy said the girl had burns and bruises from being hit with a belt and from the cattle prod.

        Ms. Hayner and Mr. Loring were arrested at their home Friday.

        The 11-year-old is staying with her grandmother. She has two older sisters. One is a teen-ager who is staying with a family friend and the other is an adult living on her own.

Reckless homicide charges filed in fire


        CALDWELL, Ohio — A man was charged Friday in an apartment complex fire that killed his live-in girlfriend and a neighbor.

        William Skeens, 36, of Caldwell, faces two counts of reckless homicide and was in the Noble County jail on Saturday.

        Mr. Skeens' girlfriend, Katty Williams, 53, and neighbor Charlotte Larrick, 39, died.

        Although the fire was an accident caused by smoking, Mr. Skeens was charged because he did nothing to put out the fire or warn other residents, officials said.

       



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