Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Skull found likely part of a medical display

PIERCE TWP. - The remains of a human skull, found last month inside a cistern at a home along Nine Mile Road in this west-central Clermont County area, are not suspicious, officials said.

On Monday, the Clermont County coroner's office said the skull was part of a medical display that could have belonged to one of the home's previous owners.

On April 22, Nick Bruno and a friend, Scott Brady, discovered the remains while cleaning out the cistern.

A forensic anthropologist determined that holes drilled into the skull were consistent with a medical display, officials said.

They added that one of the home's previous owners worked as a professor of mortuary science and the skull could have been part of a display belonging to him.

Teen charged as an adult in rape, robbery

LEBANON - A Warren County grand jury has indicted a Louisville teen on adult charges in the Nov. 7 rape and robbery of a Hamilton Township mother of three.

Edward Lee Kessinger, 17, faces four counts of rape, two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of kidnapping and a count of aggravated robbery. His court appearance is set for May 21, said Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel.

All the charges stem from the same incident, Hutzel said. A woman in her mid-40s reported two men ambushed her in her garage as she was preparing to go out, then dragged her inside her home; she said her attackers used a gun and a knife.

An alleged accomplice of Kessinger is still being held in Kentucky, awaiting court proceedings required before he can be brought to Ohio. His mental competency has been an issue, Hutzel said.

The pair were charged in a series of home-invasion robberies and assaults in Jefferson County, Ky., and Clark County, Ind.

UC to get $1.6M for better database links

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center will receive more than $1.6 million over four years to build "knowledge management systems" that will improve connections between databases used by researchers, educators, students and practitioners.

The grant comes from the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.

As part of the grant, UC is expected to serve as a model for similar projects.

Emergency agency plans new quarters

Hamilton County's Emergency Management Agency hopes to begin operating out of a new, state-of-the-art home by March.

Now in rented trailers on Civic Center Drive, straddling Colerain and Springfield townships, the EMA plans to begin construction on a 9,200-square-foot building by August, Director Don Maccarone said. It'll be attached to Hamilton County's Communications Center, also on Civic Center Drive.

The project will cost $2.5 million.

Consultants to detail study of Green Twp.

GREEN TWP. - The Monfort Heights/White Oak Community Association will host a public planning forum for the Green Township Coordinated Plan at 7:30 p.m. today at Monfort Heights United Methodist Church, 3682 West Fork Road.

Representatives of the consulting firm of McBride Dale Clarion will present results of a study of trends and issues in the township that include transportation, land use and zoning, parks and open space, aging commercial corridors, and housing.

The PowerPoint presentation will also detail actions that will be recommended to the Green Township trustees.

The meeting is open to the public. Another forum will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 21 at the Nathanael Greene Lodge, 5394 Wesselman Road.

Investigators checking if wind downed plane

WAUSEON, Ohio - Investigators were looking into whether high winds played a role in a single-engine plane crash that killed three people returning home from a wedding.

The Beech B-24-R crashed while trying to land at Fulton County Airport on Sunday near the end of the runway near a tree line, the State Highway Patrol said. Wind gusts reached 40 mph Sunday afternoon across northwest Ohio.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board began their investigation Monday.

The pilot, James Wittman, 59, of Medicine Lake, Minn., and his wife, Susan Peterson-Wittman, 55, were killed. Also killed was passenger Kaili Wittman-LaVelle, 28, of Spring Park, Minn.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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