Tuesday, February 15, 2000

TRISTATE DIGEST


Warren teens deny drug-selling charges

        LEBANON — Four Little Miami High School students denied selling drugs when they appeared for arraignment Monday in Warren County Juvenile Court.

        The boys, three 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, were ordered to remain in detention while prosecutors decide whether to try them as adults. They face a total of 18 felony charges; most involve trafficking.

        The students were arrested Friday following a three-month undercover investigation by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

        Authorities allege that the boys sold small quantities of marijuana, the prescription painkiller Percoset and the stimulant known as ecstasy to an undercover officer 18 times on or near school grounds.

Armed man robs Monroe business
        MONROE — Police are looking for a masked man who robbed a drive-through over the weekend.

        A man wearing a gray sweat shirt and a black ski mask walked into Denny's Drive-Thru, 19 Main St., about 10 p.m. Saturday. He knocked on the office-door window with a silver handgun and told the clerk to surrender the contents of a cash register, police said.

        The man fired a shot, which entered the cash drawer and lodged in the floor, then fled.

        Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 539-9234.

Middletown man charged with robbery
        MIDDLETOWN — A 40-year-old Middletown man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with the morning robbery of First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio.

        The robber entered the bank on Central Avenue at 9:53 a.m. and told the teller he had a handgun and threatened to kill her if she failed to cooperate, police said.

        About 12:30 p.m. police arrested Steven Paul Grosardt of the 100 block of North Sutphin Street at his apartment and charged him with robbery. Police said officers with a search warrant recovered the money stolen from the bank and other evidence.

Clinic aims to help children with pain
       

        Children's Hospital Medical Center has launched a pain management center to improve care for children who suffer chronic pain.

        The clinic, directed by Dr. Kenneth Goldschneider, brings physicians, psychologists, physical therapists and others together to develop management plans for patients whose pain has not been controlled by previous treatment. The center will focus on children with chronic chest, limb, back, abdominal or nerve pain, including pain from surgery or cancer.

        The new clinic was announced about a week after a Feb. 3 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that many doctors do not adequately treat pain in children during the last month before they died of cancer.

        Of more than 100 parents interviewed after losing a child to cancer, 89 percent said their child suffered “a lot” or “a great deal” from at least one symptom during the last month. Reports of suffering were highest among those whose physician was not actively involved in end-of-life care, the study found.

Trooper hurt as rock smashes windshield
        BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — A 6-inch rock thrown from a highway overpass crashed through the windshield of a state trooper's patrol car Monday, injuring him in the eye.

        Trooper Robert Hilderbrandt pursued and stopped a car he thought was connected to the incident, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. A passenger, Brett Fuller, 20, of Huber Heights, was charged with felonious assault and vandalism, the patrol said.

        Trooper Hilderbrandt was driving on Interstate 675 in this Dayton suburb when he noticed a man leaning over the railing of the U.S. 35 overpass. Seconds later, a rock shattered the trooper's windshield, narrowly missing his head, the patrol said.

        The trooper, 22, suffered a scratched cornea. He was treated at Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia and released.

I-75 crash victim was from Kentucky
        Cincinnati police have identified the 57-year-old man who died after a crash Sunday on Interstate 75.

        Harold Noland of Richmond, Ky., was driving a pickup south on I-75 about 12:52 p.m. when he lost control and hit another southbound vehicle, police said.

        The pickup went off the right side of the road between Paddock Road and the Norwood Lateral and down an embankment, hitting several trees and a chain-link fence.

        The second vehicle was driven by Willard Wombles, 44, of Westwood. He was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital and released.

        Southbound I-75 was closed for about four hours.

        Police said a prior medical condition could have contributed to the crash. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Policewoman guilty of home break-in
        A veteran Cincinnati police officer was convicted Monday on charges of breaking into a fellow officer's home.

        A Hamilton County jury found Dawn Sherman, 35, guilty of two counts of burglary. After the verdict, Common Pleas Judge Mark Schweikert refused to release Ms. Sherman on bond and ordered her held in jail until sentencing Feb. 24.

        Ms. Sherman, who has been suspended without pay for nearly six months, faces up to 61/2 years in prison.

        Prosecutors say Ms. Sherman broke into the Green Township home of Kristie Johnson, also a Cincinnati police officer, Aug. 15.

        Ms. Sherman's attorney, Pete Rosenwald, said the two officers had an “intimate personal relationship.” He suggested during the trial that Ms. Sherman's arrest resulted from a continuing dispute between the two women.

        In her testimony, Ms. Sherman admitted entering Ms. Johnson's home and taking a duffel bag and a suitcase without permission.

Ohio can get $1.2M to buy green areas
        WASHINGTON — Ohio is in line for $1.2 million from a federal program intended to help communities save open spaces and create parks, the White House announced Monday.

        All 50 states are getting land acquisition grants that can be used to buy land for public recreation, wildlife habitat, coastal wetlands, parks or green belts.

        States must match the federal funding, which totals $40 million for the current year, according to the White House.

        Ohio is ready to put its share of the money to use, said Mike Cook, land management administrator in the state Department of Natural Resources' division of real estate and land management.

        NatureWorks, a program that provides state money for similar local projects, already has on file applications for more than $10 million in projects, Mr. Cook said.

Design ideas asked for Union Twp. park
        Union Township residents can add their ideas to the design process of Butler County's newest park during a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Union Township officials and consultants hired to design a recreational area out of the former Voice of America site want to gather public opinion on what the new park should include.

        The 625-acre site off Tylersville Road will include a park, a golf course, an education center and private development. The meeting will be in the community room of the Union Township Administration Building, at 9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

       



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