Thursday, December 21, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Insurance may cover sexual abuse settlement

        COLUMBUS — An insurance company may have to pay part of an undisclosed settlement the Catholic Diocese of Cincinnati gave a Glendale couple to end a 7-year-old sex abuse lawsuit.

        Claire and Joseph Busam sued in 1993 after learning their retarded adult son, Joe, had contracted AIDS after he was abused for years at Good Shepherd Manor in Wakefield, Ohio. Mr. Busam died in 1996 at age 44.

        Though the Busams collected the money and are now using it to help other retarded Ohioans, the diocese never closed its books on the case.

[photo] Marsha Turner of Over-the-Rhine packs a box of food at the FreeStore/FoodBank downtown, helping the organization with its annual holiday food giveaway.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that the diocese's policy with Interstate Fire and Casualty Co. can cover the abuse Joe Busam suffered.

        Interstate had argued it should not have to pay because its policies cover accidents and sexual molestation is a deliberate act.

Police-custody death case being presented

        Members of a Hamilton County grand jury continue to hear testimony about the death last month of a man in police custody.

        Because grand jury proceedings are secret, prosecutors will not reveal how many witnesses have been called to testify nor who has been subpoenaed.

        No one would confirm that any of the five officers involved in the Nov. 7 arrest have testified. All were expected to be subpoenaed. They initially declined to talk to investigators, and they remain on administrative leave.

        Roger Owensby Jr. died of asphyxiation Nov. 7 after being arrested by Cincinnati officers in the parking lot of a Roselawn gas station.

City Council OKs police contract

        Cincinnati police officers have a new contract that increases their pay by 3 percent this year and next.

        City Council adopted the contract Wednesday. The contract's changes also include an increased death benefit, from $20,000 to $35,000, and some tuition reimbursement for college courses.

        The Cincinnati Police Division includes more than 1,000 officers. The last contract, which expired Dec. 9, provided 3 percent increases for 1999 and 2000.

College offers program on caring for seniors

        Registration will begin Jan. 8 for a geriatric activities coordinator certificate program at the Harrison campus of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

        Students will learn how to plan and implement activities for geriatric clients and be eligible for employment at residential facilities, such as nursing homes.

        Entrance requirements for the program include an application, high school transcripts or proof of GED, and a healthy medical history and physical exam from within the last year.

        The three-term program consists of eight credit hours, at a cost of $59.50 per credit hour.

        For more information, call Claudia Miller at 569-1598.

Area colleges offer financial-aid advice

        A free financial-aid workshop for high school seniors and their parents will be Feb. 18 at Thomas More College, co-sponsored by eight regional schools.

        The program, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hollbrook Student Center, will include advice on completing student aid applications.

        Speakers will be drawn from Thomas More, the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati Bible College, Xavier and Northern Kentucky universities, the universities of Cincinnati and Kentucky, and Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.

        Students need not be considering one of those schools to attend.

Ohio high court rejects killer's appeal

        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a former Akron police captain's appeal of his aggravated murder conviction for killing his ex-wife.

        The court rejected the appeal 6-1, with Justice Paul Pfeiffer dissenting without comment.

        Former police Capt. Douglas Prade is serving a life sentence for killing his ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade, on Nov. 26, 1997, in her car at a parking lot outside her office building. Mr. Prade claims he's innocent.

        In August, the 9th District Court of Appeals affirmed Mr. Prade's conviction and rejected claims that the trial should have been moved from Akron because of extensive news coverage.

Serious crime drops in Cleveland

        CLEVELAND — Serious crimes are down 2.7 percent so far this year compared with 1999, Mayor Michael White said Wednesday.

        The city compared the number of murders, thefts, vehicle thefts, arsons, burglaries, robberies, felonious assaults and rapes from January through Wednesday.

Toledo student suspensions up

        TOLEDO — Student suspensions increased in the first part of the school year in the city's public schools.

        A report showed 2,116 students were suspended from school for misbehavior or non-attendance during the quarter that ended Nov. 3 — a 50 percent increase over the same period last year.

        Student attendance in the district was 92.5 percent for the quarter, the second-lowest rate of daily attendance over the last five years.


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- Tristate A.M. Report