Sunday, October 10, 1999


Planning Commission to hear presentations

        The Cincinnati Planning Commission is scheduled to hear presentations Friday morning on several high-profile studies under way to transform the community.

        The group is expected to hear presentations on the study urban planner Michael Gallis did for the Metropolitan Growth Alliance; the recommendations of the Cincinnati Riverfront Advisory Commission for Cincinnati's central riverfront; and the master plan for the park being designed for the waterfront.

        The meeting is scheduled to start 9 a.m. Friday in the J. Martin Griesel Conference Room in the Centennial II office tower at 805 Central Ave., downtown.

Fifth Third donates to Gertrude House
        Fifth Third Bank has given $25,000 from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund to Tom Geiger Guest House in Walnut Hills for its new 12-unit building of transitional housing.

        The building, known as Gertrude House, will be completed early in 2000.

        The check will be presented Monday during a benefit dinner at the Great Hall at Old St. George, Corryville. The Gertrude Bokenkotter Award for outstanding volunteer work will be presented to Lauren Adams Faulkner of Cinergy.

        The original 12 units at Geiger House were created from the former Assumption Elementary in 1990. It has housed more than 100 families of homeless women and children. The 12 new units have two or three bedrooms. Families are eligible for transitional housing services for 18 months.

        Call Patty Donnerberg at 961-4555 for more information.

Former UK player dies after being hit by car
        COLUMBUS — Former University of Kentucky football player Jeremy Streck, a starting senior guard last season, died Saturday of injuries suffered after being hit by a car. He was 23.

        Mr. Streck had been in critical condition since he was struck on Oct. 1.

        Shortly after the accident, police charged a man with driving under the influence. There was no word on whether additional charges would be filed.

        A 6-foot-5, 313-pound lineman from Anderson High School in Anderson Township, Mr. Streck started 18 games and played in 32 during his career at Kentucky. He started all 12 games last season at left guard as the Wildcats went 7-5, making their first appearance in a New Year's Day bowl game since 1952.

Steinem to speak at NOW gathering
        Author and Ms.magazine founder Gloria Steinem will speak Thursday at the 30th anniversary of the Cincinnati chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

        Her talk, “Who's Afraid of the "F' Word? Feminism in the 21st Century,” will be 7 p.m. at Plum Street Temple, West Eighth and Plum streets, in downtown Cincinnati.

        Tickets are $15 if ordered in advance or $25 at the door. Anyone paying $75 will get a seat for the speech, a private reception, and a one-year subscription to Ms. magazine.

        Checks should be mailed to Cincinnati NOW, Box 9422, Cincinnati 45209.

        Spokeswoman Kathy Helmbock said there will be a list of advance purchases at the door in case tickets are delayed in the mail.

Grand jury begins police bribe probe
        INDIANAPOLIS — A Marion County grand jury is investigating whether the head of Indiana's Excise Police took bribes to protect two Indianapolis strip clubs, according to a television report.

        Investigators searched the home and office of Excise Police Superintendent Gene Honeycutt last week, removing two boxes of computers, tapes, discs, phone records and photographs, Indianapolis television station WRTV reported Friday.

        Investigators have also searched the Noblesville home of Bradley Hirst, owner of Brad's Gold Club and the Brass Flamingo.

        The grand jury is investigating whether Superintendent Honeycutt and other officers from the department's Special Investigative Unit obtained free food, drinks and sex at the clubs in exchange for overlooking violations of state alcoholic-beverage laws, according to court documents obtained by WRTV.

        Superintendent Honeycutt did not respond to the station's request for comment Friday.

        His phone number and address are unlisted.

        Alcoholic Beverage Commission Chairman John Hanley refused to comment on an ongoing grand jury investigation other than to say his agency would cooperate fully.

Bus driver won't be charged in child's death

        COLUMBUS — A school bus driver will not be charged for the death of a third-grader who was run over because it was accidental, authorities said.

        Melvin Smith, 35, of Columbus was not at fault in the Sept. 20 accident, Detective Jeff Brandt said.

        The school district had put Mr. Smith on leave pending conclusion of the investigation.

        Nigel Green, 8, was killed when he fell under the bus.

        Wendy Watson, 46, driver of a bus directly behind Mr. Smith's, said she honked her horn when the boy fell under the bus, but Mr. Smith did not hear the horn and drove on.

        Another witness said the boy slipped on grass and fell under the bus.


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