Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Woodward open house precedes replacement

Alumni and the community are invited to an open house at Woodward High School on Saturday to tour the building before a portion of the school is demolished and a parking lot is built in front of the school.

The school, at 7001 Reading Road, Bond Hill, is open to visitors 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Architectural drawings of the new Woodward school, scheduled for completion in 2005, will be on display.

Changes to the Woodward campus are necessary to make space for construction beginning this fall on a new Woodward building. The new building eventually will replace all of the existing school, which was built in 1953. Demolition of the main Woodward building will occur in several years.

Plans include demolition of Woodward's north classroom wing, which juts toward Seymour Road, and removal of the flagpole, grass and seven trees inside the horseshoe-shaped area in front of the school..

The area inside the horseshoe will be paved for use as parking for staff and visitors. Construction of the new building will block the existing parking lot at the back of Woodward.

During construction, students will continue to attend classes inside the current building. The new Woodward is part of the district's 10-year facilities master plan.

Former Ky. politician convicted of soliciting

A former Independence city councilman will be sentenced next month after a Hamilton County judge convicted him of solicitation.

Otis Ketron, 48, of Independence, no longer works at Procter & Gamble, where a judge found him guilty of using the Internet on his work computer to solicit sex with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

The teenager was actually Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Sweeney working undercover.

Ketron pleaded no contest on Tuesday to importuning as part of a plea agreement. In return, four other importuning charges were dropped.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge David Davis convicted Ketron after hearing his plea.

Ketron resigned from Independence City Council following his arrest in March.

Ketron, who faces up to one year in prison, will be sentenced Sept. 10.

Child support avoider pays off $10,000 debt

HAMILTON - A child-support violator who was arrested as he prepared to return to Ukraine has made good on his debt, Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Ashby, 37, a Hamilton man who had moved to Ukraine, was arrested last month while in Greater Cincinnati on business. He faced felony nonsupport charges. Authorities say he failed to pay $10,052 to support his three children - an amount that was posted on his account Tuesday.

"I'm glad that he paid this $10,000; I'm sure that his children can use it," Piper said. "Maybe other people will realize their life can turn into a real hassle if they don't pay their child support."

Ashby probably will now face reduced charges and probation is likely, rather than jail time, officials said. His next court hearing is Aug. 20 before Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Sage.

Hospital seeks kids for bone health study

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is seeking African-American and Asian children ages 6-16 to participate in a national study of bone health. Also needed are 6- and 10-year-old Caucasian children.

Cincinnati is one of five locations for the healthy bones study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, which seeks to build a database related to bone mineral density. The information will be used to identify, prevent and treat bone disease in children and adults.

The study involves one visit per year to Cincinnati Children's for four years. Children will get a physical exam, several bone scans and a hand-wrist X-ray. There also will be questionnaires for the parent and child.

Each child who participates will receive $50 in gift certificates for each visit.

For information, call 636-1300.

Body found in river following boat crash

AURORA, Ind. - The body of a 39-year-old Petersburg, Ky., man missing since a Sunday boat crash was recovered Tuesday afternoon from the Ohio River.

A volunteer boater spotted the body of Graham Cottingham about 3:30 p.m. about three-quarters of a mile downstream from where the crash occurred, said Sgt. Bill Baumbauer, an Indiana Conservation officer. The body was about 100 feet from shore, he said.

Cottingham was one of five people on board the boat that capsized near Lesko Park.

The other four, including a 10-year-old boy, were rescued from the water shortly after the crash.

The boat apparently struck a wake, Baumbauer said.




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