Sunday, May 13, 2001

Local Digest

Man charged in rape of girl, 10

        SHARONVILLE — A 36-year-old Detroit man was charged with raping a 10-year-old girl Friday night at the Preston Hotel, in the 2200 block of Sharon Road.

        Erik J. Earhart, a bus driver with a tour group, and the young girl, a Sharonville resident staying at the hotel with her family, were in a hot tub when the rape allegedly happened, Sharonville police said in the arrest report.

        Mr. Earhart was taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center, where he remained Saturday.

Drowned man's body recovered from river

               NEWPORT — Boone County and Cincinnati water rescue units Friday night recovered the body of Michael P. Haney, 24, of Newport from the Licking River.

        Mr. Haney was fishing with three other men Friday afternoon when he tried to swim across the river. Halfway there, he called for help. One of his fishing mates, whose name was not available, was able to reach Mr. Haney but was unable to bring him to shore, Newport Police Sgt. Jerry Roy said.

        Mr. Haney went under and drowned, he said. Water rescue units were called about 6 p.m. They retrieved Mr. Haney's body about 11:15 p.m., Mr. Roy said.

Two hospitalized after gunfight at bar

               Two men were taken to University Hospital after a fight that ended in gunfire early Saturday at Schuster's Inn, 2212 Langdon Farm Road, Bond Hill.

        Cincinnati Police said the men left the bar about 1:30 a.m., began fighting and one shot the other.

        The shooting victim, Demarco Browner, 25, of College Hill, was in critical condition Saturday night. Jonathan White, 25, of Cincinnati, was in stable condition.

Man, 21, in serious condition after shooting

               A 21-year-old man was shot shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday at 12th and Vine streets.

        Tony Lee of South Fairmount was listed in serious condition at University Hospital.

        Police were still investigating the incident Saturday evening and were releasing no other information.

Drive-by shooting worries area residents

               COLUMBUS — The random drive-by shooting of an Ohio State University student in an off-campus neighborhood has residents concerned about the area's safety.

        Ryan Morbitzer, a 20-year-old sophomore English major from Grove City, who friends say had no enemies, was walking on 11th Avenue at 2:39 a.m. Friday when he was shot in the chest. He died in surgery three hours later at the OSU Medical Center.

        Police say there appeared to be no reason why Mr. Morbitzer was killed.

        “I want to know why it happened,” said Melissa Lilburn, who witnessed Mr. Morbitzer's shooting as she and some friends drank beers on her apartment balcony, which overlooks 11th Avenue.

        Ms. Lilburn said she watched as shots were fired at Mr. Morbitzer from the driver's-side window of a passing red sport-utility vehicle. Mr. Morbitzer remained standing after he was shot, Ms. Lilburn said.

        “He was like, "I got shot in the back and in the leg!' He yelled, "Call 911!'” she said.

        Mr. Morbitzer then took a few steps into the street and collapsed, said Anne Bartoszck, who also witnessed the shooting from Ms. Lilburn's balcony.

Accused killer gets 8 years for other crime

               McARTHUR, Ohio — A man accused of killing two people has been sentenced to eight years in prison on an unrelated crime that led to the discovery of the two victims.

        Gregory McKnight, 24, was given the maximum penalty on charges of complicity to commit burglary and receiving stolen property. He was convicted of the charges last month and was sentenced Friday by Vinton County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Simmons.

        The body of Kenyon College student Emily Murray, 20, was found Dec. 9 after a sheriff's deputy went to Mr. McKnight's trailer to serve a summons.

        She had been shot in the head and her body was wrapped in a carpet in Mr. McKnight's trailer near Ray, about 60 miles south of Columbus.

        Four days later, authorities found human remains on the property. The remains later were identified as those of Gregory Julious, 20, of Chillicothe.

        Ms. Murray and Mr. Julious were last seen with Mr. McKnight. Mr. McKnight worked at a pizzeria with Ms. Murray, a graduate of Shaker Heights High School in suburban Cleveland who lived in Cold Spring, N.Y.

Dead student's family may sue Indiana U.

               BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The parents of a New Jersey teen-ager who died from a skull fracture he suffered during a fraternity party may be preparing to sue Indiana University.

        Seth Korona's parents have filed legal notice with IU that is the necessary first step in a potential lawsuit holding the university responsible for the 19-year-old's death.

        Mr. Korona of Marlton, N.J., died Feb. 4 from a skull fracture he sustained when he fell at a rush party after a night of drinking.

        IU, Theta Chi Fraternity and Bloomington Hospital are named in a notice of tort claim sent by the Korona family to IU. The April 17 letter says the family will seek in excess of $1 million in damages for their son's wrongful death.

        IU counsel Dorothy Frapwell said the university was reviewing the claim and had no comment.


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