Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Two arrested in police sweep at high school

HAMILTON TWP. - Two Little Miami High School seniors were arrested and two other students might also face drug charges after police conducted a routine sweep at the school.

No drugs were found inside the school, said township Sgt. John Reynolds.

However, one senior was suspended for 10 days after police discovered a small amount of marijuana - about enough for two or three marijuana cigarettes, police said - in a car.

He was charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A second student faces drug paraphernalia charges and was suspended from school for one day involving items found in his car.

The students are not being named because they are juveniles.

What appeared to be marijuana seeds and stems were taken from two other cars, and Reynolds said they may charge the students if tests show that the seeds and stems are drugs.

Township police were aided in the two-hour search by seven drug-sniffing dogs from surrounding police departments.

Woman found shot to death in Hamilton

HAMILTON - A woman was shot to death in an apartment on Washington Boulevard Tuesday afternoon, and by Tuesday night, a suspect was being questioned in Covington, police said.

Police said they responded to 911 calls about 4:30 p.m. from neighbors of a unit at the Lexington Apartments.

When police arrived, a woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the head was found dead on the floor of her apartment, authorities said.

Police said they got the name, vehicle description and possible destination of the suspect from people at the scene.

The name of the victim and the suspect were not released Tuesday.

Mason Kiwanis club golf fund-raiser today

MASON - More than 200 golfers are expected at the Kiwanis Club of Mason's 20th annual golf outing today.

The daylong event, which also features a prime rib dinner, is being held at the Golf Center at Kings Island.

It is the club's largest event of the year, raising $30,000 last year, according to Dick Yost, event chairman.

The money funds three $4,000 scholarships for area students, as well as other youth-oriented programs.

The seven finalists for the scholarship have been interviewed, and the winners should be notified within a week, Yost said.

New member picked for disabilities board

LEBANON - Another new board member has been appointed to the Warren County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Warren County Probate Judge Mike Powell on Monday appointed Eugene Rose, 44, of Maineville, to serve the remainder of the term of a board member who recently quit.

Rose will serve until 2007 and was selected because he is the father of a developmentally disabled teen-age son, is an ardent MRDD supporter and has volunteered for the past year on a levy committee for the agency, said Mike Virelli, the MRDD's deputy superintendent.

Rose owns several businesses, including The Rose Group LTD, which provides investment recovery services.

Transportation to be topic of Oxford forum

OXFORD - The Valley Conservation Trust and the League of Women Voters of Oxford will host a Transportation Forum at 7 p.m. today at the Butler County Area Court building, 118 W. High St. Members of the community are invited to join in an exchange of ideas about transportation and land-use issues that may have an impact on the rural landscape of the Oxford area.

Speakers will include Oxford Mayor Kenneth Bogard, Milford Township Trustee Bob Ison, and Steve Bartels, Butler County Extension Agent.

Registration is requested, but not required. For information, call (513) 524-2150.

Truck wreck closes one lane of Ohio 32

BATAVIA - One lane of eastbound Ohio 32 was closed Tuesday after a dump truck struck one of the concrete supporting columns of an overpass.

No injuries were reported.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers at the Batavia post handled the crash.

Officials said the lane would be closed this morning as the overpass over Ohio 222 is checked for structural integrity.

Mason emergency services levy on ballot

MASON - The city is hoping voters will approve a five-year, 5-mill replacement levy for fire and emergency services this August.

If passed, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $33 a year.

It would replace a 5-mill levy passed by voters in 1998.

The estimated $4 million a year it would generate would pay for firefighting, emergency medical services, accident response and other department programs and education.

Filing deadline for the Aug. 5 special election is May 22.




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