Monday, May 26, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Police drug team makes two arrests

Complaints about drug-dealing along part of Lucerne Avenue in Madisonville led to two arrests this weekend and the confiscation of nineguns.

An undercover Cincinnati Police team, working Friday in response to complaints about drug activity, arrested Jackie Ballew, 19, after an officer said he bought crack from Ballew in the 4500 block of Lucerne. Ballew was charged with drug possession, drug trafficking and illegally having a handgun. Ballew already was wanted on charges of kidnapping and robbery from a Feb. 1 incident in which he is accused of holding a sawed-off shotgun to the heads of two men and refusing to let them leave a Whetsel Avenue apartment in Madisonville.

After Ballew's arrest Friday, officers searched a nearby house and found another handgun and seven shotguns inside, said Sgt. Brian Ibold.The owner of the house, John Chapman, 52, was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and with permitting drug abuse.

Indiana candidates may change road plan

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The two Democrats running for governor say they may try to change Indiana's plans to extend Interstate 69 to Evansville- although their official stances remain hazy.

State Sen. Vi Simpson of Ellettsville and former state and national party chairman Joe Andrew have said they would not block the route Gov. Frank O'Bannon chose in January. But both said they may push to change it.

Brian Vargus, a political analyst at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, said I-69 is a more volatile issue for Democrats than Republicans.

Many business interests who back the highway already lean toward voting Republican, he said. But Democrats may be pulled between factions of organized labor, who want to see the jobs , and environmentalists who oppose it.

Simpson has said she has always favored a route that uses existing roads by traveling north on Indiana 57 to Washington, east on U.S. 50 to Bedford and then north on Indiana 37 to Indianapolis.

Andrew, who grew up near Fort Wayne, said during campaign stops last week that the issue needed more study.

Habitat for Humanity adds two families

Two families this Memorial Day weekend moved into new houses built by Habitat for Humanity in Over-the-Rhine.

Habitat for Humanity built two adjacent townhouses on Mohawk Street for Tonya Garnett and her family, and Gerald and Deshone Ware and their family.

The houses are the third and fourth built by Habitat for Humanity on the street, said Timothy Sheehan, a representative of the organization.

Dilley sextuplets reach 10th birthdays

BERNE, Ind. - The sextuplets born to Keith and Becki Dilley have reached another milestone - their 10th birthdays.

The four boys - Adrian, Ian, Julian, Quinn - and sisters Brenna and Claire turned 10 on Sunday. The family planned a quiet celebration with a dinner and a movie.

That stands in contrast to the intense media attention that followed their May 25, 1993, births at Women's Hospital in Indianapolis.

The Dilleys are healthy despite having been born nine weeks early. Their only issue is mild to moderate vision problems, but that's unrelated to their unique birth.

Ky. inmate passes 50 years in prison

LAGRANGE, Ky. - An inmate in a Kentucky prison has been jailed for 50 years, longer than all but five other inmates in the nation.

But some experts say Dave Embry, 69, who is mentally retarded and mentally ill, should never have been prosecuted.

Brought to trial 23 days after the Oct. 7, 1952, murders of farmer Martin Wilson and his wife Birdena in Butler County, Embry was allowed to plead guilty, despite evidence that legal authorities now say shows he was probably insane and should have been ruled incompetent to stand trial, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Sunday.

A jury sentenced him to life without parole. The state's own expert witness testified in 1952 that Embry was incapable of comprehending the seriousness of the crime.

Embry is living at the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange, in a wing for prisoners with psychiatric problems. He earns 80 cents a day picking up trash and rarely interacts with anyone.

Memorial Day Closings

Postal Service: No delivery
Library: Closed
Banks*: Closed
Trash collection
One-day delay
Rumpke: Regular schedule
CSI: Regular schedule
Metro: Holiday fares and schedule
Parking meters: No coins required (Cincinnati)
Courts: Closed

Government offices
City and county: Closed
State: Closed
Stock markets: Closed
Ohio E-Check: Closed
* In-store branches of U.S. Bank will be open.
- Compiled from staff and wire reports

Memorial Day EventsClosings
Tristate remembers fallen heroes
Photo gallery
Weekend personal for family of slain soldier
Injured pilot humbled by support
Survivor of Iraqi bomb tells church of his faith
Stories of heat, and of helping, fill letters home
VA reaches out to homeless
N.Ky. attracts military reunions
Iraq War casualties

Two schools on top 100 list
Drones may ease traffic
Party ends in fatal knifing
Ohio 48 work threatens Hidden Valley Farm
Ex-Woodward player killed in CSU fight
Presbyterians elect pro-gay officer
Car dealer ready to get started

Tristate A.M. Report
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Hometown Heroes: She smoothes career paths
Obituary: Dr. Milton Rosenbaum a trailblazer
Good News: Pen pals share more than words

Radel: Chasing the last remnants of winter
Bronson: Drug thugs

Ohio Moments: Teacher union started
Bicentennial Notebook
Deal will save old-growth forest

Family trying to recover from devastating fire
Longest-serving inmate in state mentally ill, experts say
UK to look at Robinson Forest

Volunteers make up cutbacks at parks
Dem candidates split on I-69

Springer tests populist appeal
Veterans' care squeezed by VA
Fallen Ky. officer remembered
City revels in holiday fun
Police build case against twins

History preserved - by the people who made it
Library joins project to share interviews with war veterans
Alumni are solidly behind Elder
1,000 vehicles likely at funeral
Bellevue creates 'adult' zone