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News Events of 1999

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April 1999

4-6-1999 -- James R. Taylor Sr. was sentenced to death for killing a newlywed couple at a Valentine's Day dance in Fairborn in 1998.
4-6-1999 -- A Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict four Trotwood police officers in the March 10 police action shooting of Timothy Thomas, a suspect in a child sexual assault case.
4-7-1999 -- The Ohio Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Greene County Judge M. David Reid in an ethics investigation involving his real estate investments However, the court discarded one of the charges and chose not to suspend Reid, which would have removed him from the bench. The ethics investigation was sparked by a 1997 DDN investigative report.
4-9-1999 -- Four people were killed as a tornado ripped through Cincinnati's northeastern suburbs, destroying 200 homes and damaging hundreds of other businesses and homes. It was Ohio's deadliest tornado since 1985.
4-12-1999 -- In Atlanta a construction worker was rescued from a 250-foot crane as a fire raged beneath him. The city watched as a firefighter was lowered from a helicopter to lift the man off the crane before the fire reached him.
4-12-1999 -- President Clinton was found in contempt of court for giving "intentionally false" testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. In another Clinton-related legal case, Susan McDougal was acquitted of obstructing justice for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Clinton's Arkansas land investments.
4-13-1999 -- In Michigan, Jack Kevorkian was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison for giving a man a lethal injection. Kevorkian had previously been acquitted in assisted-suicide cases, but this time he provided the injection himself.
4-18-1999 -- "The Dream Catcher," a motion picture by Dayton-area filmmakers Steve Bognar, Julia Reichert and Ed Radtke, opened in Los Angeles. Some scenes of the movie were filmed in Dayton and other Miami Valley locations.
4-20-1999 -- In the latest and most deadly school shooting rampage, two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives. The gunmen were later identified as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Harris formerly lived in Beavercreek.
4-25-1999 -- Dayton recording artist Roger Troutman was shot to death by his older brother Larry, who then killed himself, according to police. The brothers were part of a musical family which formed the 1970s funk band "Zapp."
4-29-1999 -- Judge Michael B. Murphy ordered the four Moreland children returned to their family's custody. The children had been removed after four other young children died in the home between November 1997 and June 1998.
4-29-1999 -- UD officials revealed that the NCAA is investigating two self-reported rules violations regarding a basketball recruit.
4-30-1999 -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson visited the three U.S. servicemen held in Yugoslavia. The soldiers were captured by Serb forces in the Kosovo Conflict.

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