Tuesday, October 26, 1999


Mount Carmel woman sues Cinergy over wreck

        A Mount Carmel woman is suing Cinergy and one of its employees who she claims struck her car on Clough Pike in Anderson Township two years ago.

        The lawsuit was filed by Lea and Gary Cox in Hamilton County Common Pleas. The suit claims that Cinergy employee Thomas L. Whisner's failure to obey the traffic signal while driving in the Cinergy vehicle caused the accident on Nov. 19, 1997.

        The lawsuit further said Cinergy “is responsible for the negligent actions of their employee” because the utility failed to properly train Mr. Whisner.

        The suit seeks at least $100,000 in damages and a jury trial. Cinergy spokeswoman Kathy Meinke said Cinergy hasn't been served with the lawsuit, but it is general practice for the company not to comment on pending litigation.

        Mrs. Cox could not be reached for comment Monday.

Tip leads to arrest for rapes, kidnapping
        A telephone tip to Crime Stoppers led to the arrest Monday of 24-year-old Malcolm Stinson, for whom authorities had issued warrants for two counts of rape and two counts of kidnapping.

        He was arrested at 2:10 a.m. at his mother's house on Dutch Colony Drive in Winton Hills, police said.

        All four of the charges against Mr. Stinson involve offenses that occurred in apartment buildings in the 200 block of Elm Street and the 1200 block of Republic Street in Over-the-Rhine. In one case, the victim reported the suspect used a large folding pocket knife.

Driver who fled from deputies still missing
        The driver who fled Hamilton County sheriff's deputies trying to stop him for speeding Sunday and who later abandoned his car and fled on foot after a 10-mile pursuit remained at large Monday.

        The police pursuit began at 12:15 p.m. Sunday at U.S. 42 and Asbury Road when sheriff's deputies try to stop a 1991 Chevrolet Corsica for a speeding violation, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said. It ended when the driver abandoned the car in woods in the rear of the 1400 block of Ohio 749 in Clermont County after running into a police cruiser.

        Additional charges of fleeing and eluding, reckless operation and assault on a police officer are pending against the driver.

Rape attempt at hotel reported; man held
        Police were interviewing a suspect late Monday in the robbery and attempted rape of woman in a downtown hotel.

        The incident occurred about 9 p.m. in the Regal Hotel on West Fifth Street, police said. The male suspect was apprehended inside the hotel.

        No additional details were available from police late Monday.

Missing woman found in Gainesville, Fla.
        Sascha Hansen, the 22-year-old woman missing since Thursday, was found in Gainesville, Fla.. Miss Hansen was reported missing to Fairfield police Saturday by her parents after she did not return home when expected. She was driving home from Atlanta Thursday and decided to divert to Florida to see a friend.

Oxford program gets $50,000 in grants
        The Oxford Community of Hope Project, a joint venture of Miami University and the city of Oxford battling high risk substance abuse behavior, has been awarded nearly $50,000 in grants by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

        The funds will add a staff member in Miami University's student health services. Money will also go to programs in the community, including youth-led anti-substance abuse projects, community assessments and training, and a proposed social marketing campaign in Talawanda schools.

        The Oxford Community of Hope Project is administered by the Miami/Oxford Substance Abuse Alliance, a group of political and community leaders, business owners and Miami faculty, staff and students.

International computer expert to speak at UC
        A leading international figure in computer research, Israeli mathematician Dr. Amir Pnueli, will speak at 8 p.m. today in Room 112 of Lindner Hall at the University of Cincinnati on Martin Luther King Drive.

        His free talk will address “Computers in Israel: Past and Future.” A reception follows.

        Dr. Pnueli's lecture opens this year's Lichter Series, sponsored by the UC Judaic Studies Department.

        He recently won the Turing Award, named for the British genius whose theories were instrumental in deciphering messages sent by the German military on “Enigma” encryption machines during World War II.

        Judaic Studies professor Steven Bowman said the Turing Award is “recognized as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize” in Dr. Pnueli's fields.

Fort Washington Way display board traveling
        Coming to a lobby near you: A portable display board featuring scenes of the $280 million Fort Washington Way overhaul.

        The board highlights photos from construction on the downtown expressway and has computer-generated images of what Fort Washington Way will look like when it's done in August 2000.

        The board will be in the 312 Plum Street building this week. Individuals or businesses interested in scheduling the display for a week should contact Stacey Hodgett with Dan Pinger Public Relations at 564-0700.

FOP asks to join Columbus probe
        COLUMBUS — The local Fraternal Order of Police on Monday asked a federal judge to allow it to be part of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit alleging police misconduct.

        The FOP wants to intervene to protect its rights, said Bill Capretta, president of the FOP's Capital City Lodge No. 9. “Our contract and our reputation are at stake,” he said.

        Columbus last week became the first city in the nation to challenge a lawsuit over charges of police abuse. The city is fighting to keep control of the department away from an outside monitor approved by the federal government.

Toledo city employee charged with assaults
        TOLEDO, Ohio — A city employee has been charged with assaulting actors at a haunted house.

        Richard Thielen, who is a manager in the city's department of neighborhoods, pleaded innocent Monday to four misdemeanor counts of assault following his arrest Saturday.

        Mr. Thielen, 41, allegedly hurt four volunteers at the Erie Street Haunted House in Toledo on Friday. He denied the allegations.

New Indiana Supreme Court judge named
        INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Frank O'Bannon named Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Robert Rucker Jr. as the 105th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court on Monday, saying he had proven himself as a thorough and independent judge.

        The 52-year old black judge was chosen over two women finalists.


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