Sunday, February 18, 2001

Local Digest

Cleves man accused of raping girl, 13

        Thomas C. Dozier, of Cleves, was indicted last week on four felony counts of rape involving a 13-year-old girl. Police say the rapes took place over a three-year period.

        If he is convicted, Mr. Dozier could face up to life in prison because of the girl's age.

        Detectives will continue to look into the case to make sure there are no other victims.

        Police say they are worried because Mr. Dozier's connection to several youth activities, including girls' soccer and volleyball teams, brought him close to dozens of children.

        Mr. Dozier is a foster parent, but Capt. Hendrick said the children were removed from his home after his arrest. He remains free on a $50,000 bond.

        Capt. Hendrick said the investigation began when the victim came to police in September to complain about abuse.

Union Institute plans degree meeting

               The Union Institute will hold an informational meeting on its doctoral and baccalaureate programs 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at its Cincinnati headquarters, 440 E. McMillan Street. The meeting will cover degree programs as well as Ph.D. programs in the schools of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Professional Psychology.

        Information: 861-6400, (800) 486-3116 or

Parks' surplus wood available for bids

               The Hamilton County Park District has surplus wood available at five parks: Miami Whitewater Forest, Sharon Woods, Shawnee Lookout, Winton Woods and Woodland Mound. Logs are cut in various lengths and divided into large piles.

        Bid documents will be available at the maintenance buildings of the above listed parks. Wood may be viewed weekdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m. through March 8. Bids are due by noon March 9 at the Winton Centre, 10245 Winton Road. Information: 825-8537, Ext. 101.

Ohio's new slogan: "So Much To Discover!'

               COLUMBUS — With five little words, state tourism officials are hoping to show that Ohio is much more than the heart of it all.

        “Ohio So Much To Discover!” will become the state's new slogan and the centerpiece of a new logo this spring, replacing the 17-year-old “Ohio The Heart Of It All!”

        “The new one is much more inviting,” said Jim Epperson, director of the Ohio Bureau of Travel and Tourism.

        The bureau spent $2.6 million this budget year to hire Akron-based STP Communications to develop and design the slogan, logo and an accompanying advertising campaign.

        Surveys and interviews revealed that people inside and outside of the state think of Ohio mainly as a great place for amusement parks. Research also showed that people believe Ohio doesn't have many historical landmarks or unique scenery.

        The new campaign will highlight Ohio's wealth of history and nature to change that perception, Mr. Epperson said.

Cross-dressing, theft a rush, suspect says

               A man who said fleeing in a stolen car while wearing women's clothing gave him an “adrenaline rush” is in jail and faces 12 charges in two counties.

        William Locklear, 25, was taken to the Franklin County jail Friday after his arrest at his uncle's home after being indicted on 10 charges in Franklin County and two charges in neighboring Union County.

        He is accused of not returning five cars he took on test drives from four dealerships.


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