Wednesday, March 01, 2000


Two DiLullo quints allowed to go home

        DAYTON, Ohio — Two of the DiLullo quintuplets were released to go home to Sidney, about a month after their birth at Miami Valley Hospital.

        The two girls, Angeline and Lauren, were released Monday to go home with parents Michelle and Michael DiLullo. There is no timetable for releasing the other three babies, Daniel, John and James. They were born Jan. 18.

        “They are just monitoring them and waiting for them to keep growing,” said hospital spokeswoman Katrina Frye. “Everyone's been really excited about it, especially leading up to the birth. Just about every department of the hospital was involved in some way.”

        The babies weigh: Angeline, 4 lbs., 2 ozs.; Lauren, 4 lbs., 6 ozs.; Daniel, 3 lbs., 14 ozs.; John 3 lbs., 11.25 ozs.; James, 3 lbs., 14.5 ozs.

        The babies are the first quintuplets to be born at Miami Valley Hospital, and the first known quints to be born in southwestern Ohio, Ms. Frye said.

Driver charged after hitting patrol cruiser
        LEBANON — A state trooper assisting a tow truck driver on Interstate 75 narrowly escaped serious injury early Tuesday when a driver slammed his car into the vehicles near Middletown.

        James Yates Jr., 49, of Reynoldsburg, was being held at the Warren County Jail after he was charged with drunken driving and several traffic violations.

        Dispatcher Jerri Redfern, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lebanon Post, said Trooper Curtis Bryant was parked on the berm in front of the tow truck at 2:40 a.m. and had one foot out of the cruiser when he heard brakes squeal.

        Trooper Bryant quickly jumped back into the cruiser and slammed the door shut before Mr. Yates' 1990 Honda Accord glanced off the tow truck and smashed into the cruiser, Dispatcher Redfern said.

        “It totaled the cruiser. The whole back of the cruiser is now in the back seat,” she said.

        Trooper Bryant and Mr. Yates were treated at Middletown Regional Hospital and released. The tow truck driver was not injured.

Sex-crimes trial scheduled for April
        BATAVIA — A former foster parent accused of sex crimes involving Butler County boys who stayed with him in Clermont County in the 1980s is set to go to trial next month.

        Stephen Billand, 51, is to be tried April 17-28 on 24 counts of pandering obscenity, four rape charges and four counts of gross sexual imposition.

        Although the offenses are alleged to have occurred from 1985-89, Mr. Billand was indicted in 1998 after incriminating photos surfaced at his home in California. He moved there from Clermont County in 1991.

        Mr. Billand also faces two dozen California sex charges.

Three arrested on pot charges
        Three people were arrested this week in Cincinnati after authorities searched their vehicle and said they found more than 100 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $250,000.

        Arrested were John Lundblad, 24, of Fairmount, Natashia Manley, 20, of Bevis, and Norman Stout, 28, of Price Hill.

        The three suspects were arrested Monday after returning from Los Angeles. A search of their vehicle revealed 101 pounds of marijuana in luggage.

        The investigation, by the Regional Narcotics Unit, documented marijuana distributions in Greater Cincinnati in the range of 500 pounds during the past year.

        Authorities said Ms. Manley and Mr. Stout assisted Mr. Lundblad in transporting the marijuana from Los Angeles for distribution to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Chimney occupant indicted by grand jury
        A suspected burglar who got stuck in the chimney of a bar last week faces up to 10 years in prison.

        Dale Sprecker, 20, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on one count of aggravated burglary. Prosecutors say the Lower Price Hill man got stuck in the chimney of the Sportsman's Bar on West Eighth Street in the early morning hours of Feb. 23.

        They say the 140-pound man apparently tried to break in by crawling through the chimney.

Employee charged in fires at Kmart
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A College Hill woman has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated arson for fires that occurred a week apart at the Kmart store on Colerain Avenue where she is an employee. She will be arraigned today in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

        Debbie Jackson, 28, was charged with the arsons that occurred Feb. 13 and 21 at the store at 8451 Colerain Ave.

        The sheriff's office said that several fires had occurred at the store over the past two years.

        Ms. Jackson was being held Tuesday night at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Transplant recipient found at friend's house
        UNION TOWNSHIP — A liver transplant recipient reported missing to police in this Clermont County township was found at a friend's house near Amelia late Monday, police said.

        Police received a tip through a phone call to the whereabouts of Amber C. Fitzgerald, 17, of the Glen Este area of the township.

        Amber was given life-saving medication to combat the liver rejection she has recently experienced. She appeared in good health after being located and turned over to Clermont County Juvenile Court authorities, who will investigate her motives for leaving home, police said. She left her home in the Willowbrook subdivision at about 3 p.m. Sunday.

        Amber received a liver transplant as an infant. Doctors told police her health was likely to begin deteriorating rapidly if she did not receive medication by Tuesday.

Man robs supermarket on Hamilton Ave.
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A man armed with a handgun escaped with an undetermined amount of money when he robbed a Hamilton Avenue supermarket Monday evening.

        Hamilton County sheriff's office said the man, described as in his late teens, approached the store manager and another employee of Lobill Supermarket as they left the store at 9:45 p.m. with the nightly bank deposit.

        The man demanded the money, and the manager threw the bag with the cash toward him. The man took the bag and fled.

        The man was described as white, medium build, wearing blue jeans, blue jacket and green toboggan hat.


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