Sunday, January 30, 2000


p8 Man arrested, charged with rape, abduction

        Cincinnati police arrested an Over-the-Rhine man Friday afternoon on charges that he abducted a woman, took her to his apartment and raped her twice.

        Cameron Cook, 18, of the first block of West 13th Street, was charged with two counts of rape and abduction after the incident, which police say occurred Jan. 22-24. No further information was available Saturday.

CEO resigns from embattled egg producer
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — The man who ran one of the nation's largest egg producers, which has been sued by the state for alleged pollution violations, has resigned, a newspaper reported Saturday.

        Elliot Jones, chief operating officer of Buckeye Egg Farm, has confirmed Friday was his last day.

        “It was my choice,” Mr. Jones told the Columbus Dispatch. He declined to comment further, saying the company planned to make an announcement Monday.

        It was not clear if Mr. Jones' departure was related to the company's legal troubles.

        The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency sued Buckeye Egg last month, accusing the company of dumping dead chickens in a field, polluting creeks and causing infestations insects.

        The EPA wants Buckeye Egg, which raises nearly 15 million hens in Licking, Wyandot, Hardin and Marion counties, to clean up polluted sites, stop contamination, limit expansion for five years and pay fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation.

        Mr. Jones, who took over in December 1998, is the fourth top executive to resign or be fired at the company since August 1996.

        He was responsible for overseeing Buckeye Egg's ambitious expansion plan, which to some degree has been put on hold by the lawsuit.

        Chris Davey, a spokesman for Attorney General Betty Montgomery, said Mr. Jones' resignation doesn't affect the lawsuit.

        “He is still named in the lawsuit,” Mr. Davey said.

Woman accused of stabbing in fight
        An Over-the-Rhine woman was charged with felonious assault Saturday morning, accused of stabbing a man with a steak knife during a fight, Cincinnati police said.

        Police say Sylvia Montague, 18, of the 1900 block of Vine Street, stabbed Paul Erwin, age and address unavailable, twice in the back at 9:30 a.m. on the street outside her apartment. Mr. Erwin's condition was not available Saturday.

Husband charged with stabbing wife
        Cincinnati police arrested an Avondale man they say stabbed his wife when she kicked him out of bed early Saturday.

        Willie Lewis Jr., 63, of the 800 block of Glenwood Avenue, was charged with felonious assault in the 3:20 a.m. incident at the couple's apartment.

        Paramedics treated Betty Lewis for injuries to her right leg at the scene, police said. Mr. Lewis told police he used a small pocket knife to stab his wife, according to arrest reports.

Youngstown State appoints new president
        YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — David C. Sweet, chairman of the Ohio Board of Regents urban university program and a dean at Cleveland State University, was unanimously voted Youngstown State's new president Friday night by the school's board of trustees.

        He will succeed president Les Cochran, who will retire June 30.

        Mr. Sweet, dean of the Levin College at Cleveland State, has been credited with the college's expansion as well as improved enrollment.

        Before he became a college administrator, Mr. Sweet worked for the state of Ohio as director of the Department of Economic and Community Development. He also served as chairman of Ohio's First Energy Agency.

UK evicts fraternity for safety violations
        LEXINGTON — A campus fraternity at the University of Kentucky has been evicted after the organization was cited for numerous fire-safety violations.

        School housing officials inspected the Sigma Chi fraternity house on Wednesday and members were told later that day that the house would be shut down.

        “We are closing the house because of the deplorable safety conditions,” said Tony Blanton, the school's assistant dean of students. Most of the violations involved life-safety issues, such as broken fire detectors and blocked exits.


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