Sunday, February 06, 2000


Man, 69, struck by car and dragged

        A Bond Hill man was fighting for his life Saturday night after being struck by and dragged under a car that police said was driven by his wife.

        Johnny Weatherspoon, 69, of the 1700 block of Carrahen Avenue, was in critical condition at University Hospital, police said. He had been trapped under the passenger-side rear tire of a backing car.

        According to investigators, Mr. Weatherspoon's wife, Olla Weatherspoon, 68, was backing out of their driveway when she struck her husband about 2 p.m. Mr. Weatherspoon was dragged about 25 feet by the vehicle, police said.

Deputies seek man in stabbing at party
        Hamilton County sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspect believed to be responsible for three assaults at a private party in Anderson Township early Saturday.

        Police say three men were injured. The most seriously injured, Douglas Brown, 19, of Hamilton, suffered stab wounds to his upper chest. He was in fair condition Saturday at University Hospital.

        The other two were not seriously injured, police said.

        The party took place in the 6400 block of Sherman Avenue and the fight broke out at about 2 a.m., police said.

        No arrests were made and the incident is still under investigation.

Springdale cop hurt in fracas at store
        SPRINGDALE — A Springdale police officer was slightly injured late Friday during a scuffle with an intoxicated man, police said.

        Officer Michele Kohorst was treated at Mercy Hospital Fairfield.

        Police said she and Officer Gary Huddleston were attempting to arrest Christopher Lotz, 32, of Forest Park, shortly after 11 p.m. Friday when she suffered a laceration.

        Mr. Lotz was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He entered the United Dairy Farmers store, 11602 Ohio 4 and attempted to buy alcohol.

        According to the police report, Mr. Lotz was intoxicated and as police began to arrest him he became disorderly.

Front desk at police station now closed
        Repair work at Cincinnati's District 1 police station has prompted officials to temporarily close normal front desk operations.

        People will not be able to walk in to file reports or ask questions at the 310 Ezzard Charles Drive police station in the West End during the work, which is expected to take several months.

        Police will direct those wanting to file police reports to the division's four other districts. The Telephone Crime Reporting Unit is also still available at 352-2960.

Lake Erie's level may fall further
        DETROIT — The water in lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie sunk to their lowest levels in decades last year — and even worse may be on tap for this summer.

        Federal forecasts predict the level in the three Great Lakes could drop as much as 10 inches below last year's lows.

        Already, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received 225 dredging requests, well above last year's pace.

Mall plans blood drive on Feb. 14
        The Florence Mall and the Hoxworth Blood Center will hold a Valentine's Day blood drive, offering people a chance to give a gift of the heart.

        The Feb. 14 blood drive will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Florence Mall. Those who attend can register to win a $100 gift certificate and other prizes from mall merchants.

        According to Hoxworth, at least 300 donors are needed each day to adequately supply the 25 Tristate hospitals that the blood center serves.

Plane burns briefly at Columbus airport
        COLUMBUS — An air conditioning unit on a parked plane caught fire at Port Columbus International but was quickly put out, airport police said.

        No one was hurt in the fire which happened Saturday morning and a call to the fire department was canceled, said Mary Jo Holtzapfel, a communications technician with the police.

        The passenger plane was parked at a gate and only the crew was on board at the time, she said. There was no visible damage reported to the plane.

        The cause of the fire was not known. The fire was reported about 8:15 a.m. and was reported out within 10 minutes.

        Police did not know the type of the plane or airline. fire.

Girl, 7, is killed in Youngstown arson
        YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A 7-year-old girl was killed and man burned in a house fire Saturday started by a woman who lit her boyfriend on fire because he apparently beat her, police said.

        The fire destroyed the home and killed the 7-year-old girl, whose name was not released. A baby boy, about 1 year old, was not hurt, police said. The boy's name also was not released by police. Police said Saturday they were not sure if the children were related to the couple.

Councilman killed in robbery at his store
        GIRARD, Ohio — A city councilman was killed after handing over all the money in the cash register during a robbery at his grocery store, police said.

        Charles Lamancusa, 72, told police that a man brandished a gun and told him he wanted money and after he gave him the money he shot him. Mr. Lamancusa's wife, Betty, went into shock and was hospitalized after the shooting on Friday night.


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