Radio DJ#039;s trial delayed once again

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 17, 2005

The trial of a local radio personality accused of stalking and sexually harassing a Rome Township woman has been delayed again.

James Steven Reinhardt, known on the air as "Rhino," was scheduled to stand trial today in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. But earlier this week, Judge Richard Walton granted a continuance since Reinhardt's attorney, Marty Stillpass has been ill.

A new trial date has not yet been set. It was originally scheduled for January but was moved to April.

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Reinhardt, 50, of 149 Township Road 121, Proctorville, was arrested in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, 2004, outside a Rome Township residence after he allegedly left pornographic materials in the woman's car.

Authorities said Reinhardt had been stalking and harassing the woman for several months and had even broken into her residence.

He is charged with three counts of fourth-degree menacing by stalking and one count of second-degree burglary.

A veteran of several area radio stations, he was the morning drive personality for 101.5 "The River" radio in Gallipolis at the time of his arrest.

Reinhardt has requested his case be heard by a judge, rather than a jury.