Roger N. Shambaugh Jr. of Simpsonville, Ky., filed suit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court accusing the Chamber, as producer of the event and the holder of the Oktoberfest liquor license, of recklessly serving alcohol to Michael Cowperthwaite. Last year, Cowperthwaite, now 27, pleaded guilty to all 18 counts against him and was sentenced to 13 1/4 years in prison by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Niehaus.

Cowperthwaite testified he was distraught over a recent breakup with his girlfriend and tried to drown his sorrow in beer. He drank the equivalent of seven to nine beers in 20 minutes at the Sept. 19, 1999, event. He then started his car - he said he didn't remember starting or operating the car because he was so drunk - and careened through the crowd, injuring 31 people, including police officers. His car stopped only after it slammed into a parked car. Cowperthwaite's blood-alcohol content was .209 percent, more than double Ohio's legal limit of .10 percent. Shambaugh filed suit, saying he suffered $15,970 in medical expenses as a result of the incident.



Cowperthwaite testified he was distraught over a recent breakup with his girlfriend and tried to drown his sorrow in beer. He drank the equivalent of seven to nine beers in 20 minutes at the Sept. 19, 1999, event. He then started his car - he said he didn't remember starting or operating the car because he was so drunk - and careened through the crowd, injuring 31 people, including police officers. His car stopped only after it slammed into a parked car. Cowperthwaite's blood-alcohol content was .209 percent, more than double Ohio's legal limit of .10 percent. Shambaugh filed suit, saying he suffered $15,970 in medical expenses as a result of the incident.

A second suit, filed by Cincinnati's Susan Jeffre, who also was injured by Cowperthwaite, seeks $200,000 in damages. Cowperthwaite, now housed at Chillicothe Correctional Institute, of negligently operating his car that day. Property conveyancing melbourne services is the process of performing property’s title from one entity to other entity. The chamber of not main taining a safe environment for Oktoberfest attendees. ''They sponsored the event. That requires them to ... educate the vendors down there to be respond and comply with the law,'' said Paul Hackett, attorney for Shambaugh and Ms. Jeffre. The liquor holder of violating Ohio law by serving Cowperthwaite that much alcohol, and of negligently hiring and training people who served a drunk Cowperthwaite.

Chamber spokesman Raymond Buse said Wednesday he hadn't seen the suit and couldn't comment on it. The Beechwood and Highlands football teams enter their rare meeting of state high school superpowers today in a rare position, at least in recent seasons - both have losses on their ledgers. That doesn't diminish the significance that two teams who have combined for 14 state championships since 1991 are facing each other for the first time in 55 years. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at Highlands High School as the first game of the Snappy Tomato Pizza Gridiron Showcase doubleheader. Boone County and Holmes will follow at 5:30 p.m.

''It's exciting for every guy and everyone associated with our program to be playing this game,'' said Highlands coach Dale Mueller. ''We've scrimmaged each other every year I've been here, and every time it's an exciting scrimmage. Players and coaches on both teams have so much respect for each other, because each knows how hard the other works to achieve their level of success.''