Sunday, June 02, 2002

Man faces 8 counts in sex abuse case

        PRICE HILL — A 58-year-old man is accused of repeatedly raping a boy during a seven-year period.

        Donald Miller of the 3900 block of West Eighth Street remained in the Hamilton County Justice Center on Saturday. His bond is $750,000 cash.

        In an indictment released Friday, Mr. Miller is charged with eight counts: four counts of rape, two counts of corruption of a minor and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, court records show.

        A 16-year-old boy, now in foster care in Hamilton County, came forward earlier this month and alleged that Mr. Miller, a friend of the boy's family, had been raping him since he was 9, said Jon Esther, spokesman for the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

Gun, crack found at site of homicide

               Cincinnati police found 457 grams of crack cocaine and a 9mm handgun on the roof of a Bond Hill apartment complex where the city's latest homicide victim died last week.

        District 4 officers responded to Huntington Meadows on Seymour Avenue on Thursday after maintenance employees found the drugs — more than 16 ounces — and weapon in a box on the roof.

        For comparison, two weeks ago, District 4 Officer Joe Lorenz found 0.62 grams of crack in the coin-return slot of a pay phone at Uncle Milt's, an Avondale bar. That alone was valued at about $60.

        Huntington Meadows was where a Pleasant Ridge man, Tony Johnson, 22, ran after he was shot May 25 across the street. He died in an apartment.

Three teens arrested at drinking party

               FAIRFAX — Police arrested three partygoers early Saturday after breaking up an underage-drinking bash attended by about 50 juveniles, most of whom fled.

        A police report says Diana L. Henry, 18, of Anderson Township, was arrested just after 1 a.m. in the 3900 block of Warren Avenue for disorderly conduct and underage alcohol consumption.

        The party was at her father's house. Police records show Ms. Henry was unruly and officers had to remove her from a Fairfax cruiser after she was taken to Terrace Park police department for a breath test. Ms. Henry's blood-alcohol level was 0.19, nearly twice the legal limit for driving.

        Police also arrested Brandon L. Wheatley, 18, of Fairfax, on a drug paraphernalia charge. Patrolman Jay Shelton reported seeing Mr. Wheatley and others smoking marijuana from a glass pipe.

        A juvenile was also arrested, but details were unavailable; more charges could be pending.

Ceremony postponed until June 17

               The groundbreaking ceremony for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has been rescheduled from June 10 to June 17.

        The evening event titled “Lighting Freedom's Flame” will take place on the north bank of the Ohio River, off Mehring Way at the foot of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge.

        A family festival of local entertainers, street performers, food vendors and booths with historic site information will begin at 7 p.m. National dignitaries and celebrities will speak at 8:30 p.m.

        At 9 p.m. a 500-member community choir will perform with lighted candles while crossing the Suspension Bridge from Kentucky to Ohio.

        The event is free to the public. To volunteer, contact Steve DeVillez of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 412-6900 or visit the Center's Web site at

Hospice to open in Butler County

               HAMILTON — Fort Hamilton Hospital plans to open its 14-bed hospice unit on Monday to serve terminally ill people in Butler County. A grand opening for the unit was held Wednesday.

        In general, people with cancer, heart failure, end-stage kidney disease, AIDS and other fatal illnesses become eligible for hospice care once doctors believe they have less than six months to live.

        Hospice services provide pain relief, counseling and other support once the patient decides not to seek aggressive medical care. Most hospice care is provided at a patient's home, but inpatient units are used when a person's condition becomes unmanageable at home.

        The Fort Hamilton hospice unit will be managed by VITAS Healthcare Corp. The $375,000 project, which started construction in February, will become the only hospital-based hospice in Butler County.

New president named at area college

               CEDARVILLE, Ohio — William Brown, president of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., will become the ninth president of Cedarville University.

        Mr. Brown, 48, has been president at Bryan College in eastern Tennessee since 1992. His appointment as the next president of Cedarville was announced Friday. He will take over the Cedarville presidency next May when Paul Dixon, 62, retires.

        Cedarville is a private, Baptist liberal arts school about 25 miles east of Dayton in southwest Ohio. It has an enrollment of about 3,000 students.


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