Sunday, August 24, 2003

Regional Report

Conspiracy suspects get no jail time

Compiled from staff and wire reports

MIDDLETOWN - A judge has dismissed felony charges against 14-year-old twin boys who were accused of plotting to kill their brothers.

Donald and Steven Rice of Madison Township had been charged with two counts each of juvenile delinquency by way of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.

Judge David Niehaus of Butler County Juvenile Court ruled last week that the boys were incompetent to stand trial on the charges, which he dismissed Friday.

Dayton psychologist Susan Dyer testified last week that the twins had mild retardation, attention deficit disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder from a chaotic upbringing. She recommended that they be placed in a residential treatment program where they can receive intensive psychological care.

The boys were arrested in May after their mother, Geraldine Rice, 32, went to police with a secretly recorded conversation in which the teens are accused of plotting to kill their brothers, ages 10 and 15.

Motorcyclist dies in crash with truck

WHITEWATER TWP. - A 35-year-old Indiana man died Saturday morning when his motorcycle hit a pickup truck at 5900 Kilby Road.

A University Hospital doctor pronounced Brian K. Lane, of Moores Hill, Ind., dead after the 11:42 a.m. accident.

Police said his 2001 Harley-Davidson left the northbound lane and hit a 2003 Ford F150, driven by Jerry L. Tyler, 47, of Cleves.

Lane was not wearing a helmet. Police were investigating.

Two shot in robbery at Fairview home

Two people were shot during a home invasion robbery late Friday in Fairview.

The robbery and shooting occurred at 11:20 p.m. in a residence in the 2200 block of Ravine Street, police said. One victim was shot in the chest, and the other was shot in the ankle.

Information on the victims' condition was not available Saturday, and no arrests had been made.

Veterans' monument damaged in accident

INDEPENDENCE - Veterans of American Legion Post 275 are scrambling to find money to fix a monument that was damaged in a hit-and-run accident last week.

The monument at the entrance of Independence Cemetery on Madison Pike, was built this summer and dedicated July 27.

The left side of the wall that surrounds the stone monument was hit and a square piece broken off sometime Thursday.

Veteran John Bach Sr., who helped raised the $8,000 to build the monument for veterans of all wars, said it will probably cost about $7,500 to fix it.

Congressman weds campaign worker

One of Ohio's newest congressmen tied the knot Friday.

Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat elected last year in northeast Ohio's 17th District, married Julie Stitzel, who worked last year as the congressman's deputy campaign manager.

Ryan, 30, met Stitzel, 25, two years ago when he was a state senator and she was working for state Democratic state Sen. Gregory DiDonato, a spokesman said.

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