COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Bengals receiver Chris Henry pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of providing alcohol to three underage females.
Henry, 23, has been arrested four times in the last seven months in three states. He was arraigned on his latest set of charges in northern Kentucky on Thursday morning, then went to Paul Brown Stadium for the team's minicamp.
Henry did not practise with the team because he is still recovering from a knee injury suffered during Cincinnati's playoff loss to Pittsburgh last season. Trainer Paul Sparling said Henry could be cleared to resume practice in a few weeks.
The second-year receiver surrendered to Kenton County authorities Thursday on three misdemeanour counts of unlawful transaction with a minor. If convicted, he could get up to a year in jail and a $500 US fine on each count.
It's his second case in Kenton County, where he was arrested last December on a charge of marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty in March and avoided jail time after completing a drug rehabilitation program.
Henry also faces trial Aug. 21 in Orlando, Fla., on a concealed weapons charge. He is accused of pulling a pistol on a group of revellers in January. Earlier this month, Henry was charged in nearby Clermont County, Ohio, with speeding and drunken driving.
The latest charges grew out of an investigation into an 18-year-old woman's claim that Henry sexually assaulted her at a hotel. She was charged with filing a false police report after police said she changed her story.
Henry is accused of providing alcohol to the woman and two other females 15 and 16 years old. Authorities said more charges could be added.
Henry and the Bengals have declined comment.
Under NFL rules, a player cannot be released by a team while he is hurt. Henry could be subject to suspension without pay under the league's policies on substance abuse.
A Cincinnati attorney has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 26.5 million veterans whose personal information was on a stolen computer disk.
The suit asks the Department of Veterans Affairs to compensate the veterans and pay for credit monitoring.
Paul Hackett filed the suit yesterday in US District Court in nearby Covington, Kentucky.
Hackett is a Marine reservist who served in Iraq and ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year.
The suit asks the VA to pay damages of at least one-thousand dollars per veteran.
VA officials say the disk stolen from a data analyst's home in early May included Social Security numbers and birth dates, and in many cases phone numbers and addresses.
"It's a comedy of errors," Hackett said. "Out of 26 million, some identities have been stolen, and that will end up destroying the financial lives of veterans. It's outrageous."
A group that was pushing a plan to put slot machines around Ohio because a competitor's gambling campaign does not include Cincinnati has withdrawn its proposal.
Queen City Gaming Entertainment Inc. blamed the decision in part on its rival's hiring of the companies that could gather the 323,000 voter signatures needed by Aug. 9 to get the issue on the Nov. 7 ballot.
"It's become more and more clear that you need a professional firm to do this job, and it's not likely that there is one available at this point," Queen City spokesman Brendon Cull said Thursday.
The state attorney general's office had approved the proposal Monday, authorizing the group to begin circulating petitions.
The other group, Ohio Learn & Earn, has been gathering signatures since May 1 for its plan to put 24-hour slot operations at seven Ohio horse racing tracks and two downtown Cleveland locations.
The Queen City group's proposal included those venues and a Cincinnati location.
Leslie Ghiz, a Cincinnati councilwoman, said she would campaign against the Learn & Earn proposal, should it qualify for the ballot.
"I'll do everything I can to make it fail. They went out and literally hired every firm that collects signatures to conflict them out," she said.
Learn & Earn also had filed challenges to Queen City's petition circulators in several counties, alleging the group had not filed proper documentation that the circulators were Ohio residents.
"We did this because whether it's our (proposal) or theirs, it naturally has controversy attached to it," Learn & Earn spokesman David Hopcraft said. "We are making every effort to comply with the highest standards of state law."
Dorothy Rabinowitz, reporter, columnist and member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal will deliver the 4th annual Harriet Beecher Stowe Lecture.
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Three Butler County republican party officials are accused of starting a brawl at a local bar.
According to police reports, Quentin Nichols, Tim Dearwester and Sean Maloney were at Putters on Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Liberty Township when they attacked a bartender.
Allegedly, one of the men made sexual remarks about the bar owner and when the three were asked to leave, they punched the bartender and hit him with a chair.
The incident is under investigation.
So far, no one has been charged.
These charts provide a snapshot of the endorsement positions from area media, political action committees, parties and nonprofit groups -- and in the case of the statewide issues, we collect the endorsements of Ohio's major newspapers.
One of the best things about these charts is seeing which candidates have broad appeal (Laketa Cole and Christopher Smitherman) and which don't, which races are fairly evenly split (statewide issues 1-5) and which aren't and which issues have generated a consensus of opinion and which haven't.
We also get a kick out of seeing who's endorsed by opposing organizations, such as who's backed by both the Fraternal Order of Police and the Sentinels Police Association (Jeff Berding and ex-cops Cecil Thomas and Wendell Young) and who's endorsed by both Equality Cincinnati and Right to Life (no one).
Some of the donors who anonymously contributed money to (unsuccessfully) preserve Cincinnati's anti-gay law and (successfully) pass a statewide ban on gay marriage might finally be dragged into the light.
Be accurate and fair, correct mistakes and move on and remember that, whatever the medium, audiences require reliable, relevant information on which to base their public and private decisions.
A federal grand jury has indicted Tom Noe, the former Maumee coin dealer suspected of laundering money into President Bush’s reelection campaign, Mr. Noe’s attorney told The Blade today.
A number of people have testified before a federal grand jury impaneled in Toledo, including Toledo City Councilman Betty Shultz, Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber, and Donna Owens, a former Toledo mayor. Each made contributions at a Bush fund-raiser in October, 2003, in Columbus.
Local law-enforcement sources said investigators are looking at contributions made by people from the Toledo area to the Bush campaign at the fund-raiser, at which the campaign raised $1.4 million.
Mr. Noe, who was tagged a Bush “Pioneer” for helping to raise at least $100,000 for Bush campaign, sponsored a table at the event, and invited a number of people to attend.
An individual can give only $2,000 to a presidential candidate in the primary and another $2,000 in the general election, according to federal law. Throughout the 2004 campaign — primary and general — Mr. Noe contributed $2,000. His contribution came in August, 2003.
Prosecutors were trying to determine if Mr. Noe gave people money in order for them to give to the Bush campaign, allowing Mr. Noe to exceed federal spending limits.