Wednesday, March 10, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


Flynt's recovery should allow for trial

        One week after undergoing surgery in California, Larry Flynt is still on schedule to make it to Cincinnati this spring for his obscenity trial.

        Mr. Flynt's attorneys say he is recovering well and has not experienced any complications from his surgery.

        His lawyers are expected to share that information with a judge today in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

        The Hustler magazine publisher and his brother, Jimmy, are to begin their trial here May 3. Both men are charged with selling obscene videotapes from their Hustler News & Gifts store on Sixth Street downtown.

        The trial has been delayed twice since January because of Larry Flynt's health problems.

        First, he was admitted to a hospital because of a severe case of pneumonia. His doctors then told him he must wait another month before undergoing surgery to correct a urological problem.

        They said it would take at least two months — or until May 3 — to recover from the surgery.

Police release man suspected of scam
        HAMILTON — City police have interviewed and released the man who had been suspected of trying to turn a profit from a Kettering family's tragedy.

        Police said Tuesday the man, who was not named, had sent money he collected from area residents to the Polly Klaas Foundation, a missing children's advocacy group. Police had feared the man was a scam artist after residents complained that the man had told them he was soliciting funds on behalf of Erica Baker, the 9-year-old Kettering girl who disappeared Feb. 7.

        Police asked the man to stop collecting money for the foundation.

Sharonville man killed in crash on I-71
        A Sharonville man was killed Tuesday night after his car was struck by a tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 71 in Montgomery.

        John Patterson, 66, was killed after apparently losing control of his car while merging from Pfeiffer Road onto southbound I-71 about 6:35 p.m., Montgomery police said. The out-of-control car went into the path of a tractor-trailer rig and was struck in the side.

        Mr. Patterson was dead at the scene.

        The driver of the truck, Terry Beckner of Alvaton, Ky., was taken to Bethesda North Hospital with minor injuries, police said.

        I-71 and other roads remained slick Tuesday night from the winter storm that struck the area earlier in the day. The weather may have contributed, but the cause of the accident remains under investigation, police said.

Suspect removed from wanted list
        Another “Tristate's Most Wanted” suspect has been arrested, bringing the total to 710 suspects removed from the list out of the 1,121 suspects featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

        Mark Newman, 32, of Independence was arrested on charges of theft and passing bad checks.

        The Enquirer publishes “Tristate's Most Wanted” each Monday. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Callers to 352-3040 can remain anonymous.

Riverfront planners to hold public forum
        The commission charged with helping transform Cincinnati's cen tral riverfront will host another public forum this month.

        Starting at 6:30 p.m. March 24, the Cincinnati Riverfront Advisory Commission will take comments from the public at a meeting at the Urban League Building, 3458 Reading Road, Avondale.

        The forum's goal is to get ideas from Cincinnati's African-American community. The meeting will brief the public on the role of the advisory group and offer an update on riverfront planning.

Clermont stepping up patrols after fatalities Traffic-law enforcement in Clermont County will be stepped up after a recent string of fatal accidents.
        The focus will be on drivers who speed and those who drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. People arrested for DUI will be jailed, despite a crowded facility, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg Jr.

        Lt. Paul Hermes, Batavia Post commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the patrol will increase its efforts to reduce fatal accidents.

        “It's really a simple proposition: If you drink, don't drive,” said Loveland Police Chief Dennis Rees. “We will be out there to find you. We've seen enough carnage on Clermont County roadways.”

        Four people were killed in Clermont County in two recent accidents in which alcohol was involved, police said.

Storm delays hearing on lake for Scout camp Tuesday's hearing on the dam and 20-acre lake proposed for the Dan Beard Scout Reservation in Clermont County was postponed because of bad weather. No new date was scheduled.
        The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency must hold a public meeting on related water-quality questions before it can consider issuing a construction permit.

        As part of their camp modernization program, Scouts want to dam an unnamed tributary to the Little Miami River to create the lake on the 500-plus acres on Ibold Road in Miami Township.

Ex-mayor, 73, charged with possessing crack MEDINA, Ohio — A 73-year-old former Medina mayor has been charged with possession of crack cocaine after police said they found traces of the drug in his apartment.
        Fred M. Greenwood Jr. is in the county jail awaiting an arraignment Friday, Police Detective James Bigam said Tuesday.

        Mr. Greenwood was arrested Saturday after a grand jury indicted him.

        On Jan. 12, Medina police and officers of the Medina County Drug Task Force went to Mr. Greenwood's apartment because they were looking for another man who was wanted by Akron police.

        Authorities said they saw a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine in the apartment and seized it. Detective Bigam said the pipe had traces of the drug.

        Mr. Greenwood, who was mayor from 1966-73, also served on council from 1960-66 and 1980-83.

Plant will rebuild after fire, add jobs FREDERICKTOWN, Ohio — Dana Corp. said Tuesday that it will not only rebuild a plant destroyed by fire in this town last fall, but it also will add jobs needed for new work the plant will handle.
        The 100,000-square-foot plant will be built on 20 acres in this town about 40 miles northeast of Columbus. It is to open in December.

        The old plant in another part of town was destroyed by fire Oct. 24. The cause remains unknown.

        About 120 people work at the plant, which makes axles for golf carts and riding lawn mowers.

       



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- TRISTATE DIGEST