Friday, April 30, 1999


p8 Cabdriver accused of forging vouchers

        A 53-year-old cabdriver faces felony theft and forgery charges after allegedly forging 200 cab vouchers worth $2,159.

        Michael Martin of the 100 block of East 31st Street, Covington, worked at Diamond Cab.

        Police say he received cash for the vouchers from Christ Hospital. The vouchers dated to last June.

        Christ Hospital filed a complaint that led to Mr. Martin's arrest.

        He was being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center. A grand jury will decide whether to indict.

Tap water in Madeira now safe to drink
        MADEIRA — An advisory to boil tap water was lifted about 10 a.m. Thursday for Madeira residents affected by a water main break.

        Bacteriological testing confirmed Thursday that the water was safe, said Jim Fox, superintendent of the Indian Hill Water Works, which serves Madeira.

        The advisory was issued Tuesday after a water main along Miami Avenue was damaged during contract work, Mr. Fox said.

Airport Playfield, tennis courts open
        The Cincinnati Recreation Commission's Airport Playfield on Wilmer Avenue in the East End will open for the season Monday , operating part time until June 4.

        The Airport Playfield's hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The tennis courts will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

        On June 5, the playfield will open full time, operating from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The tennis courts will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

        For information, call 352-4020.

City boat ramps open for launching
        The Cincinnati Recreation Commission's two boat ramps will open to the public Saturday, river conditions permitting.

        Schmidt Boat Ramp is at 2944 Humbert St., East End, and Riverside Boat Ramp is at 3540 Southside Ave., Riverside.

        Launching fees at both ramps are $5 a day (launch at 7 a.m. and return before 7 a.m. the next day).

        The Public Landing at the foot of Broadway remains open year-round and launching is free. The Riverfront Marina opens for docking May 29, if river conditions permit. Fees range from $6 to $50, depending on the length of boat and length of stay.

        For information on the city boat ramps, call the recreation commission, 352-4020.

        For information on the Public Landing and Riverfront Marina, call 352-6183.

SPCA has big sale on dogs and cats
        Adoption fees for dogs and cats will be halved Saturday and Sunday for the Hamilton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Adoptathon 99.

        The annual program will take place at the shelter at 3939 Colerain Ave., Northside.

        The shelter will be open from 10 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday. Fees during those hours will be $30 for dogs/puppies and $25 for cats/kittens.

        Leashes and collars also will be discounted 50 percent.

        Licenses — required for dogs — are an additional $9.75.

        The goal is to find homes for at least 150 pets.

Girl, 3, found alive; man is arrested
        LANCASTER, Ohio — Police found a 3-year-old girl missing since Monday alive and arrested a man living in the house where she was found.

        Ashley Taggart was found Thursday afternoon after police executed a search warrant at a house near where the girl disappeared from her back yard.

        Police said a man has been arrested in connection with the girl's disappearance but did not identify him or the charge.


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