LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2003
Fifth accused priest identified
A Catholic priest in Troy, Ohio, resigned from his church Wednesday because of allegations he abused teenage girls more than 20 years ago at Mount Notre Dame High School in Reading.

Forged money traced to MU
Like most college students, Tori Traficante wanted to make a little money - and she did, police say, with a computer and printer.

Man found dead in SUV in pond
Police were trying to figure out Wednesday what caused a Mason man to drive an SUV off Tylers Place Boulevard and into a retention pond at a gated condominium complex next to Interstate 75.

St. X scores with 28 merit semifinalists
For the third straight year, St. Xavier High School is No. 1 in the state when it comes to producing National Merit semifinalists.

Great Neighborhoods: Milford
Milford and Miami Township are wrapped around each other so tightly that sometimes it's difficult to distinguish between them. See what makes them a great place to live.


IN THE TRISTATE
Police find pot stash after watching sales on street
MOUNT AUBURN - Cincinnati police officers thought the man was selling drugs out of his backpack Tuesday night as they watched him in a high-complaint area of this neighborhood. They ultimately found almost two pounds of marijuana.
Candidate forum focuses on safety, neighborhoods
COLLEGE HILL - Issues of safety and neighborhood development dominated the first neighborhood candidates forum of the 2003 Cincinnati City Council campaign Tuesday night in College Hill.
His task: Help city develop
Chad Munitz, the state development official who helped put together the $192 million deal to keep Convergys Corp.'s Cincinnati headquarters downtown, will become Cincinnati's new economic development director, City Manager Valerie Lemmie said Wednesday.
Ethics training part of new plan
PRICE HILL - Joe Maas, vice president of operations at JTM Provisions in Harrison, has a message for Elder High School students: Do the right thing.
Calling all teachers
On Sept. 7, the Enquirer published an impassioned letter from Taryn Grinker about her experiences teaching at Cincinnati Public Schools' Vine Elementary in Mount Auburn (May 1988-June 1999). The low-achieving school is in the first year of a program designed to raise academic performance.
Ohio's Innocence Project takes first cases
A broken windshield, a tuft of hair and a patch of blood could help a group of Cincinnati law students set a convicted killer free.
Open season in Delhi Township trustee race
DELHI TWP. - Political power in this southwest Hamilton County community is up in the air after Trustee Ann Langdon, a staunch conservative, announced she would resign mid-term when she moves to Colerain Township.
Teen's conviction in death reversed
The conviction of a 15-year-old boy in the beating death of his 8-year-old cousin was reversed and Hamilton County authorities were working to determine Wednesday if the teen will be retried.
W. Nile sickens local woman
An 87-year-old Hamilton County woman has tested positive for infection with the West Nile virus - the county's first case of the year, according to the Hamilton County General Health District.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: Top ratings for a different kind of radio program
A woman who is blind works in our building. She walks briskly, shoulders back, holding onto her guide dog's harness. Purposeful. She's always beautifully dressed and coiffed. I wonder how she does it. Then again, she looks as if she can do anything.
Howard: Good Things Happening
Drum beats mixed with the sounds of trumpets, saxophones, trombones, clarinets, flutes and an occasional cymbal spread across high school campuses almost every day.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Jury trial will delay custody decision
HAMILTON - It will take a lot longer than expected to resolve the custody case involving three children of a Hamilton woman who says Butler County officials violated Cherokee tribal law by removing the children from her home in July.
I-75 talk all about high cost
WEST CHESTER - For Dave Balsmeyer, the dilemma over what to do about traffic on Interstate 75 has a simple, if unappealing, solution.
Lebanon levy renewal for buildings
LEBANON - Technology would be upgraded in the Lebanon Schools over five years with proceeds from a permanent improvement levy that voters will be asked to renew Nov. 4.
Family Violence Unit formed
LEBANON - Three homicides and an attempted murder have struck Warren County since December, all but one of those crimes rooted in domestic violence, authorities say. And, Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel says, that's one reason she formed the new Family Violence Unit.
Miami U. students start taxi service
OXFORD - Uptown Oxford will no longer be such a steep climb for Miami University students who would rather not hoof it all the way to High Street on a Saturday night.
Kids rise early to pray
They came to their schools to pray Wednesday.
OBITUARIES
Music legend 'Dumpy' Rice, 64
Musician and Hamilton native Denzil "Dumpy" Rice wrote a hit song for Elvis Presley and performed across the world, yet he was always modest and approachable.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Potential nerve-gas handler pays EPA fine
DAYTON, Ohio - A company planning to dispose of a byproduct created by the destruction of a deadly nerve agent has agreed to pay $28,600 to settle violations of hazardous-waste management law, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.
Deal near on Ohio drug discount plan
COLUMBUS - Legislative leaders on Wednesday promised quick action if a tentative agreement between drug makers and a consumers coalition is approved by their respective governing boards.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Florence step closer to its own ballpark
FLORENCE - Today is a milestone in the more than two-year journey to bring minor league baseball to town.
Kenton County to roll out hot line
COVINGTON - Kenton County taxpayers will soon be able to call a central number to resolve county-related questions or concerns within 24 hours.
Politicians woo seniors at annual picnic
MELBOURNE - In an age of political campaigns driven by TV ads, focus groups, polling and hired handlers, a handshake still matters.
Rural counties tout growth
FORT MITCHELL - As Northern Kentucky grows larger, its communities grow closer.
2 mothers fined for truancy
COVINGTON - One little girl had head lice. Another was depressed and sickly after the murder of her big sister. And a little boy had no one to walk him to school, because his mom was too busy with a premature infant and a 1-year-old.
Kentucky News Briefs
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Truth set him free; freedom broke his heart
In prison 10 years for a crime he didn't commit, Johnny Reeves dreamed of reuniting his brothers and sisters. But they had other ideas.

Cardiac programs multiply
At least three more open-heart surgery centers are being considered for Greater Cincinnati, even as debate continues over a heart hospital in Norwood.

From first to latest, planes awe crowd
Cincinnati businessman Roger Ach surrendered to Texas authorities on a felony bad check charge, spent a little more than an hour in a crowded jail cell and, on Friday, was back home on a $7,500 cash bond.
SPECIAL
Great Neighborhoods
Welcome to Loveland and neighboring Symmes Township, one of the Tristate's Great Neighborhoods. In the 13th installment of our series, we showcase the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make these communities special.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorenceHamilton
LebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.NewportNorwood
West ChesterWest Side


Priests and Sexual Misconduct
Four priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of sexual misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country. Click here for an archive of Enquirer reports.

Erpenbeck Investigation
Bill Erpenbeck was one of the Tristate's biggest home builders before his company crumbled in a bank fraud scandal that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.