Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

From Enquirer news sources

Siblings may be tried as adults
        HILLSBORO — A Highland County judge is expected to make a decision late this month whether a 14-year-old girl and her 16-year-old brother should be tried as adults for the attempted murder of their adoptive parents.

        Lawyers for the teens on Monday waived a hearing to review whether there is sufficient evidence to support charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson.

        Sheriff Ron Ward said Tuesday the siblings will next be evaluated by a psychologist to determine if they can be rehabilitated in the juvenile justice system. That process may take weeks, he said.

        Consequently, Juvenile Judge Kevin Greer has not yet set a court date for his decision, the sheriff said. The siblings remain jailed at the Ross County Juvenile Detention Center.

        They are accused of setting fire to the Clay Township home of Gladys and Charles Bocook on July 18 in an attempt to kill the couple. Police said the teens wanted the couple dead so they could live with their birth mother in Wellston.

        The Bocooks escaped the blaze, but Mrs. Bocook was hospitalized for nearly a week, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

11-year-old pleads to lesser sex charge
        HAMILTON — An 11-year-old Middletown boy on Tuesday admitted to a sex charge involving a 7-year-old boy.

        The 11-year-old, who appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court, had originally been charged with a delinquency count of rape, but he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of gross sexual imposition, Middletown Police Detective H. Fredrick Shuemake said.

        It was at least the second Middletown case this year involving a preteen accused of sexually assaulting a younger child. Earlier, an 11-year-old boy was charged with raping a 7-year-old girl in a closet at his home.

        The latest assault occurred in a wooded area of the Ayreshire subdivision on June 3. The 6-year-old disclosed the incident to his parents about four weeks later; the parents then went to police.

        The 11-year-old, who has been held on home incarceration, is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 7. Authorities are considering what type of treatment and/or incarceration would be appropriate, Detective Shuemake said.

Man charged in shooting sentenced
        SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A man accused of shooting and wounding a policeman pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 441/2 years in prison.

        Thomas Lemaster, 50, pleaded guilty to all charges — attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon under disability, tampering with evidence, aggravated burglary and burglary.

        The sentence was imposed by Clark County Common Pleas Judge Gerald Lorig.

        Police said Springfield Officer Douglas Pergram had stopped Mr. Lemaster's car July 8 for having no license plates. A scuffle broke out between the two, and several shots were fired.

        Officer Pergram, who was on patrol alone, was wearing a bulletproof vest but was wounded in the neck and abdomen. He was able to broadcast a radio message saying he had been shot. Mr. Lemaster was arrested a few minutes later inside a vacant apartment.

        Officer Pergram, 28, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He has since been released and continues to recover at home.

Meeting held for position finalist
        SPRINGBORO — The Springboro Community City School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting today beginning at 5:30 p.m. to interview one of the finalist candidates for superintendent.

        The public is welcome to attend a reception to meet the candidate at 8 p.m. in the Springboro High School cafeteria commons.

Dead uncle's corpse beheaded in casket
        ROCKFORD, Ohio — A man has been accused of beheading the embalmed body of his uncle while it lay at a funeral home, the Celina Daily Standard reported Tuesday.

        Mercer County Prosecutor Andy Hinders said John Hawk, 43, of Celina, has been charged with abuse of a corpse. The incident occurred Saturday at the Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in this western Ohio village.

        Mr. Hinders said Mr. Hawk came to view the body of William Hawk, 81, about 7:30 a.m. Mr. Hinders said he believes Mr. Hawk was alone with his uncle when the incident occurred.

        According to an affidavit filed in Celina Municipal Court by Mercer County Sheriff's Deputy Michelle Miner, Mr. Hawk asked to privately view his uncle before the funeral. Deputy Miner said Mr. Hawk then beheaded the body with a handsaw and left the funeral home with the head.

        Mr. Hawk was later taken into custody at his home, where he gave law enforcement officers the head and it was returned to the funeral home, Deputy Miner said.

Cleanup of tires estimated at $30M
        SYCAMORE, Ohio — It will cost at least $30 million to clean up the state's largest tire dump, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

        The EPA believes it will take about 15 years to shred and remove about 20 million tires at the dump, agency spokeswoman Heather Lauer said Tuesday.

        The cost includes $2.4 million to $7.6 million to clean up contaminated soil that remains from a fire that burned there for five days last summer.

        The fire destroyed an estimated 7 million tires.

        The dump outside Sycamore, about 50 miles north of Columbus, has been a chronic environmental hazard, with safety violations dating to 1993, according to government records.


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City may improve retiree benefits
CONCERT REVIEW: Crowd, Walker combine for good show
Death puts shadow on park image
Coach will form religious group
Columbus school board member sues colleagues
Commissioners blast 2-tier water rate plan
Dayton's top cop retires suddenly
Gray goes beyond Mars and Venus
Hamilton Co. fair under way
Hospital closing causes concern
Ludlow road paving stopped
Middletown schools seek $71M for plan
Organizations benefit from $13.2 million gift
Park to mark history of VOA
Residents try to keep their chief of police
Teen mom may be tried as adult
Trial in teen sexual-assault case to be conducted in secret
Workers find dead woman
Get to it
Pig Parade: Jimmy Boar-fett
- Tristate A.M. Report