Sunday, September 19, 1999


West End pedestrian killed; driver arrested

        A West End woman died early Saturday after she was struck by a car while crossing near 1900 Linn St. Lareen Washington, 41, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident about 2:20 a.m.

        Police arrested Otis Hill, 30, of Westwood. Mr. Hill fled after striking Ms. Washington as he drove northbound on Linn, police said.

        Mr. Hill has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, felony leaving the scene, and driving with a suspended license, according to Cincinnati Police Sgt. Mike Zwick.

        A passenger in his vehicle suffered minor injuries but refused to be taken to a hospital, police said.

        Witnesses are asked to contact the police traffic division, 352-2514.

Hay bales catch fire, closing part of I-75
        Traffic along southbound Interstate 75 was detoured for more than two hours Saturday after 52 hay bales in the rear of a pickup truck caught fire.

        No one was hurt in the noontime blaze that started just south of the Mitchell Avenue exit, said Cincinnati Fire Division District 4 Chief Jay Boeing.

        The cause of the fire was not known. The truck was destroyed.

        Traffic was detoured along Ohio 562 and onto Mitchell Avenue before all lanes were cleared about 3:30 p.m.

Ohio, Ky. get grants to combat bioterrorism
        Ohio and Kentucky will share part of a $40 million federal fund for states to improve their ability to respond to bioterrorism. But Indiana won't get any money.

        Concerns that many states and big cities are poorly equipped to cope with chemical or biological attacks have prompted a wave of government spending on preparedness programs.

        The grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are for improving Internet links among public health departments, expanding lab testing capability, hiring lab personnel, and conducting planning exercises.

        Ohio will get $1,116,275. Kentucky will get $140,670. Indiana missed out on this round of funding, but may be eligible for future grants, CDC officials said.

Students' posters will push river sweep
        Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are being invited to enter the poster contest for Ohio River Sweep 2000. First prize will be a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. Deadline for entries is Dec. 6.

        The sweep — set for June 17 — and contest are run by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.

        Entrants must live in or attend school in counties bordering the Ohio River or in a county that participates in the annual cleanup.

Hamilton churches plan gospel music festival
        HAMILTON — The annual Taste of Gospel Music festival will be Sept. 25-26 at Courthouse Square.

        The Church Community Committee of Accent Hamilton began hosting the festival in 1993 to increase interest in religious music.

        This year, 55 individuals and groups will perform. Food and beverages will be available. An arts and crafts show also will be held.

        Festival hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 25, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 26. Information: 868-3868, or 422-7369.

Cows' owner convicted of cruelty to animals
        RAVENNA, Ohio — A man who kept 10 cows and two calves in a muddy, 150-square-foot pen with little food was convicted of cruelty to animals.

        No sentencing date was set for Howard Mangold, 63, who was convicted Friday in Portage County Municipal Court of 14 counts, but cleared on another.

        Videotapes showed cows so thin that their rib and hip bones were visible.

        Judge Laurie Pittman lectured Mr. Mangold and said she might take away his right to own animals.

IRS seizes estates belonging to Frankel
        GREENWICH, Conn. — The Internal Revenue Service has seized an estate owned by Martin Frankel, the former financier from Toledo, Ohio, who is accused of bilking insurance companies out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

        Mr. Frankel, who has been in custody since his Sept. 4 arrest in Germany, owned two estates in Greenwich. The first, a 4-acre property valued at $3 million, was taken by the FBI in May on allegations it served as headquarters for a money laundering and investment fraud enterprise.

        The IRS seized the second estate, valued at $2.5 million, alleging it was bought with money that had been wired from a Swiss bank account into which Mr. Frankel deposited $44 million of stolen insurance funds.

Father gets life term for baby girl's death
        CLEVELAND — A man has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of his 12-day-old daughter.

        John Pudelski, 30, was sentenced Friday. He could be eligible for parole in 15 years.

        He was convicted of murder for the death of his daughter, Elly, last March. The baby died of injuries suffered while she was in her father's care, the prosecutor said.

        A key piece of evidence was a photo of the dead infant with a head injury.

        The defense said that newly discovered photos show the head injury the day after Elly was born.

        Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Patrick Curran turned down a defense request to overrule the conviction. He also denied a motion for a new trial.


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