Tuesday, April 27, 1999


Teen injured by flying glass, not gunshot

        A 17-year-old boy, thought to have been shot in the head Sundaynight in Avondale, was cut by a piece of flying glass, police said.

        The Mount Auburn teen was in serious condition Monday at Children's Hospital Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

        The incident occurred at 9:50 p.m. on Burnet Avenue near Northern Avenue. The Cincinnati Police Division originally investigated the incident as a shooting.

        Police said the teen was involved in an altercation earlier Sunday with some people from Avondale. When the teen and some friends drove by later, he stuck his head outside a window and yelled to a crowd, said Detective Bernard Boddie. That's when someone threw a bottle, police said, which struck the victim behind his left ear. The glass apparently cut an artery, police said.

        Police are continuing to interview witnesses. No charges have been filed.

Injured officer given Hall of Fame awards
        A Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an attacker last year has been awarded the Silver Star and Legion of Honor citation from the American Police Hall of Fame.

        The award was given to Officer Kathleen “Katy” Conway by the organization in Miami, the home of a national memorial to officers killed in the line of duty.

        “Too often, we take for granted the vigil of our nation's law enforcement officers in what is called routine calls, or even minor traffic offenses,” said Dennis Ray Martin, president of the American Police Hall of Fame awards committee. “However, there is no routine duty that is not cloaked in danger, injury or sudden death.”

        Officer Conway shot and killed Daniel T. Williams on Feb. 2, 1998, after he ambushed her cruiser in Over-the-Rhine. She returned fire after the 41-year-old downtown man shattered her hip and climbed in her cruiser to attack her.

        Officer Conway still is undergoing treatments and rehabilitation and has not returned to duty.

Democratic leaders not backing county tax
        The Hamilton County Democratic Party has decided not to support a special four-year tax that would raise $63.7 million so the county can buy a new emergency communication system.

        The party's executive committee voted Saturday against endorsing Issue 3, which will be on the May 4 primary ballot. The tax would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $31 per year.

        Hamilton County's Republican Party has endorsed the tax, as have about 24 municipalities.

        Tim Burke, Democratic Party co-chairman, said the the party's belief is that the new communication system should instead be paid for out of the county's general revenue fund.

        Buck Niehoff, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, said his organization voted April 14 to endorse the tax because no other financing methods “make sense.”

Researcher urges city to require window guards
        At least 86 children fell from windows in Greater Cincinnati between 1991 and 1997, killing at least four, according to a study released Monday by Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        Study author Dr. Kim Stone re ported that 64 of the children — including all four who died — lived in the city of Cincinnati. About 80 of the children were younger than 4.

        Typically, the children fell after leaning on screens or after climbing on furniture near windows. The city could reduce the deaths by requiring landlords to install window guards on upper floors where young children live, Dr. Stone said.

Robbery suspect on "Wanted' list arrested
        Another “Tristate's Most Wanted” suspect has been arrested, the 750th suspect removed from the list out of 1,175 suspects featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

        Eric Kleinholz, 20, of Green Township was arrested on an aggravated robbery charge. He was being held in the Kenton County Jail on Monday.

        Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Callers to 352-3040 can remain anonymous.

Group faults Deters on election funds reporting
        COLUMBUS — Most state officeholders did a good job in fully reporting the source of campaign contributions last year, but Treasurer Joseph Deters earned an F, a campaign activist group said Monday.

        Ohio Citizen Action, a nonpartisan consumer and campaign advocacy group, did the appraisal.

        Six officeholders and three of the four legislative leaders earned an A for meeting disclosure requirements, Citizen Action said. Senate President Richard Finan, a Cincinnati Republican, got a B.

        Only Mr. Deters received a failing grade, the group said. Citizen Action said he had not being aggressive enough in finding out about his contributors.

        Ohio law requires candidates to list a donor's occupation if the contribution is more than $100. If the donor doesn't provide the information, the candidate must follow up with another attempt to learn the employer. If that yields nothing, a candidate can put down “best effort” on the finance report.

Man who shot pastor given life prison term
        DAYTON, Ohio — A man convicted of killing his pastor after Bible class may have been upset about an attempt to expel him from the church, the defense attorney said Monday.

        Attorney William Ary made the comments after Kenneth Nance was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting Sept. 16 at Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church. Mr. Nance, 59, will be eligible for parole after 20 years.

        Mr. Nance this month pleaded guilty to aggravated murder but has never explained the shooting of the Rev. Andrew Lofton, 65. Mr. Ary and police earlier said religious differences likely led to the shooting.

        Mr. Ary said Monday that the Rev. Mr. Lofton was trying to expel Mr. Nance from the church. Mr. Ary said he did not know why the two did not get along.

        The Rev. Mr. Lofton's family denied there was any confrontation or effort to kick him out of church.

        Jonathan Lofton, one of the pastor's 11 children, said Mr. Nance was not a member of the church in suburban Trotwood, even though he sang in the church choir and attended Bible classes.

        Police said Mr. Nance shot the Rev. Mr. Lofton several times as the pastor spoke with people after a Bible class.


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