Tuesday, January 25, 2000


Gunman robs bank in Colerain Twp.

        Authorities are searching for man who flashed a gun and ordered a teller to fill a Manila envelope with money at a Colerain Township bank about 9:30 a.m. on Monday.

        Hamilton County deputies responded within two minutes to the hold-up alarm at the First Savings Bank, 11951 Hamilton Ave., but the man fled west toward the back of the bank with an unknown amount of money.

        The sheriff's office described the aggravated robbery suspect as an unshaven white male in his 40s with a thin build. He is more than 6 feet tall, 170 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a red baseball cap, a red windbreaker, blue jeans and yellow-tinted sunglasses.

Cincinnati police announce promotions
        The Cincinnati Police Division recently granted several promotions.

        Promoted to sergeant: Joe A. Richardson, District 3; Daniel L. Proffitt, District 2; Barbara M. Young, District 5; R. Anese Curd, District 3; Deborah A. Bauer, District 1; David Simpson, District 2; Stephen Saunders, District 1; D. Brian Ibold, District 1.

        Promoted to police specialist: Rodney T. Pompey, District 2 bike patrol; Michael Drexelius, District 2; Denica R. LeeSummers, District 2; John D. Rose, District 1; Darryl Morton, District 5; Donna Baker, District 2 investigative unit.

        Promoted to assistant operator/dispatcher in the police communications section: Rebecca Baker; Andrea Hon, Dennis Zucker.

        Cheryl Lambing of the police personnel office was promoted to a level three clerk.

Dance premiere tour has stop in Oxford
        OXFORD — It's a journey to the heart of African-American creative expression.

        Soul Deep, a work for a dozen dancers and eight musicians, fuses dance, music and the spoken word to explore African-American traditions. The work is a collaboration between the New York-based Urban Bush Women dance troupe and jazz composer/performer David Murray and his Octet.

        The Urban Bush Women and the David Murray Octet will perform Soul Deep tonight in Millett Hall on the campus of Miami University. The event, which begins at 8 p.m., is part of a world premiere tour of the work.

        “Both of these ensembles are incredible artists and their work is powerful and moving,” said Patti Hannan Swofford , director of Miami University's Performing Arts Series, which is hosting the performance.

        Ms. Swofford said Soul Deep incorporates field hollers, spirituals, gospel music and blues.

        Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $9 for Miami students and young people 18 and under. They can be reserved by calling the Shriver Center box office at 529-3200, which is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today.

MU dorm evacuated after fire Saturday
        OXFORD — A small fire forced the evacuation Saturday morning of a Miami University dormitory.

        An unattended candle in a second-floor room in Bishop Hall is believed to be the cause, according to the Oxford Fire Department, which responded along with the College Corner Fire Department. However, the state fire marshal's office is investigating.

        About 80 students were in the hall when the fire broke out, according to a Miami University spokesman. No one was injured.

        Damage was estimated at $10,000, the fire department said.

Man gets 41 months in prison for fraud
        Former Price Hill entrepreneur Richard Elliot Siegel, who defrauded out-of-state wholesalers by failing to pay for goods he resold, went to prison Friday.

        U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel sentenced him to 41 months and ordered him to repay $1,752,991 to 45 suppliers and two banks.

        Mr. Siegel, 41, of Cappel Drive, had pleaded guilty to two counts of interstate transportation of goods taken by fraud.

        Products included cigarettes, tape and gloves.

        The government said Mr. Siegel owned and/or operated Tri-State Distributing, Tri-Star Distributing, Siegel's Grocery, D&D Sales and/or G&H Distributing.

        The fraud continued from April 1993 through January 1999.

        U.S. Attorney Sharon J. Zealey and Sheri A. Farrar, special agent in charge of the FBI in Cincinnati, said the scam included credit applications and/or false and fraudulent references.

        At times, Mr. Siegel paid for small, initial purchases and used them to lure suppliers into send larger orders on credit, they said.

        Mr. Siegel has been in custody since March and will receive credit for almost 11 months toward his 41-month sentence.

Auto dealer sues over Web site name
        COLUMBUS — One of the nation's largest auto dealerships has filed a federal lawsuit that accuses a graduate student of illegally using its name on Web sites that carried customer complaints.

        Fred Ricart's dealership claimed in the lawsuit that Robert F. Dalton created two Internet sites that illegally use Ricart Automotive's trademarked name in their addresses — ricartauto.com and ricartautoripoffs.com.

        According to the lawsuit, Mr. Dalton's Web sites were full of disparaging remarks that defamed the Ricart dealership. It claimed that after attorneys for the dealership complained to Mr. Dalton, he attempted to extort $175,000 from the company for removing the sites.

        Ricart sought damages of $100,000 and asked for a restraining order to keep Mr. Dalton, an Ohio State University graduate student, from using the Ricart name. Mr. Dalton agreed last week to remove the Ricart name from his Web addresses until the dispute is resolved in court.

        Mr. Dalton's attorney, Eric E. Willison, denied that his client attempted to extort money.

        Mr. Dalton leased a Ford from Ricart and got into a dispute over the terms of the warranty, Mr. Willison said. After filing a consumer complaint with Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery, Mr. Dalton created his Web sites, Mr. Willison said.

        The sites list details of consumer complaints that have been filed against the Ricart dealership with the attorney general's office, Mr. Willison said.

Short triggered fire at Heidelberg College
        TIFFIN, Ohio — An electrical short in a dormitory attic started a fire that forced about 60 Heidelberg College students to flee their rooms, investigators said Monday.

        The fire cut through the attic and damaged several third-floor rooms of the 93-year-old Williard Hall early Saturday.

        Tiffin Fire Chief William Ennis said the fire destroyed too much of the attic to determine exactly what happened, but he said the type of damage found pointed directly at an electrical short in the wiring.

Sidney quint finally breathing on his own DAYTON, Ohio — The last of the quintuplets born last week is now breathing on his own.
        The three boys and two girls were born Tuesday at Miami Valley Hospital to Michael and Michelle DiLullo, both 33, of Sidney.

        The babies were born two months early and were placed on respirators, which is common in premature births.

        They remained listed in critical condition, which also is normal in such cases, hospital spokeswoman Julie McEwan said Monday.


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