Saturday, August 28, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


Van driver killed when hit by dump truck

        REILY TOWNSHIP — A man was killed when a dump truck slammed into his van Friday morning at Ohio 129 and Ohio 732.

        The accident occurred about 7:45 a.m. when a 1987 Chevrolet Astro van, southbound on Ohio 129, went through the stop sign at Ohio 732, said the Butler County Sheriff's Department.

        A dump truck driven by a 39-year-old man from Metamora, Ind., struck the van. Both vehicles wound up in a corn field, the department said.

        The driver of the van, whose name the sheriff's department was not releasing, was pronounced dead at the scene.

        The accident remains under investigation.

2 armed men take cash from Cheviot IGA store
        CHEVIOT — Two armed men escaped with an undetermined amount of cash Friday morning from the Cheviot IGA as employees were preparing to open the grocery store.

        Cheviot police said the two men, both with semi-automatic handguns, entered the IGA at 3970 North Bend Road at 7 a.m. and a brief scuffle took place between the men and two employees.

        One employee was struck in the mouth and the other was sprayed with an irritant. The two employees were ordered to lie on the floor as the armed men took the money and fled.

        The two men, described as in their late teens and wearing ski masks, fled on foot toward the intersection of North Bend and Westwood-Northern Boulevard.

Milford man, 45, critical after thrown from 'cycle
        MIAMI TOWNSHIP — A 45-year-old Milford man was in critical condition at University Hospital late Friday with head injuries after being thrown from his motorcycle when it struck a car on Ohio 131 at Naomi Drive here, said a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol post at Batavia.

        Troopers said Charles D. Baker, 45, was eastbound on his 1982 Honda motorcycle about 6:30 a.m. when a 1972 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Jason H. Price, 23, of Mount Washington, came onto the road from a side street into the path of Mr. Baker. Mr. Baker's motorcycle hit the car and he was thrown from it, troopers said. Mr. Baker was not wearing a helmet. Mr. Price was not injured.

        Mr. Baker was taken to the hospital by helicopter. The accident remains under investigation.

Panel to determine if board breached contract
        Lawyers on both sides of the issue have decided to allow a board composed of teachers and school administrators to decide whether the Cincinnati Board of Education breached its contract with the teachers' union by hiring new teachers before it placed all 28 unassigned elementary teachers in jobs.

        The matter was set for hearing Friday before Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Niehaus. But after two closed-door meetings in the judge's chambers, lawyers for the school board and for the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers (CFT) announced they will go with an internal grievance process to resolve the matter.

        John Concannon, general counsel for the Cincinnati Public Schools, said it would probably take weeks before the issue is settled.

        The district has hired 53 new elementary teachers this year, according to the CFT.

Czech ordered deported for hiring aliens
        Jiri Kraus was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court to time served and ordered deported for knowingly hiring aliens who were not authorized to work.

        Mr. Kraus, 27, a Czech, owned Midwestern Contracting and Kraus Consulting and operated in Cincinnati and Columbus and in South Carolina.

        U.S. Attorney Sharon J. Zealey said Mr. Kraus hired up to 24 fellow Czechs in this country on non-immigrant visas. Some worked as housekeepers in Cincinnati and Columbus motels.

        Mr. Kraus pleaded guilty and said he would not contest deportation.

Police seek driver in morning I-75 crash
        Cincinnati police are looking for a driver who ran away after causing a wreck that shut down southbound Interstate 75 near Paddock Road early Friday.

        A bread truck driven by Larry Beavers, 42, of Mason, was hit from behind about 3 a.m., causing Mr. Beavers to hit a guard rail and flip his truck on its top. He was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital.

        Police say an unidentified driver of a blue Mazda 626 ran off and left the car there. The southbound interstate was closed for more than two hours.

        Anyone with information about the Mazda driver is asked to call the traffic unit at 352-2514 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Lawmaker's questions put purchases on hold
        COLUMBUS — Plans to equip a maximum security facility for juveniles in Marion are temporarily on hold after a state lawmaker questioned several expenditures, including a $4,500 color printer and 137 new computers.

        In response, the state Youth Services Department said Friday it will reduce the number of computers, including 10 laptops at $3,000 apiece.

        But most of the new computers are still needed for security and administrative reasons, said spokeswoman Betsy Johnson.

        On Monday, the state Controlling Board delayed voting on the request for $2.1 million to equip the new Marion Juvenile Correctional Center project in Marion.

        The $35 million six-building, maximum security institution will open next year and house about 300 youths. It will have 300 employees.

Accused killer's trial scheduled for April 4
        SIDNEY, Ohio — A man accused of killing three teen-age girls and a Bible-studies teacher appeared in court Friday and was told he will go to trial in April.

        During a 15-minute hearing in Shelby County Common Pleas Court, Judge John Schmitt set Lawrence Michael Hensley's trial for April 4 and set deadlines for filing motions in the case.

        It was Mr. Hensley's first appearance at the courthouse since he was arrested last month.

        Relatives of both Mr. Hensley and the victims packed the courtroom under tight security. The handcuffed Mr. Hensley sat quietly, often looking down and closing his eyes.

        Mr. Hensley, 30, of Sidney, has pleaded innocent to four counts of aggravated murder, three counts of attempted aggravated murder and three counts of kidnapping.

        “We have taken some initial steps to look into the sanity issue,” defense attorney Kort Gatterdam told Judge Schmitt.

Cleveland NAACP chief reprimanded for letter
        CLEVELAND — The president of the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP was reprimanded by the group's top national leader for a profane letter he sent to the mayor.

        George Forbes sent a critical letter to Mayor Michael R. White because he was upset with the city's security plans for an Aug. 21 Ku Klux Klan rally.

        Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, criticized Mr. Forbes because he said the letter contained inappropriate language for an NAACP leader.

        In the letter, Mr. Forbes made an obscene suggestion to Mr. White, who released the letter publicly.

        “You embarrassed the NAACP and posed potential harm to the reputation of our association,” Mr. Mfume wrote in an Aug. 4 letter of reprimand to Mr. Forbes.

       



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