Sunday, March 12, 2000

TRISTATE DIGEST


Truck wreck shuts road in Butler County

        WAYNE TOWNSHIP — Motorists were hard-pressed to get through Ohio 73 from Trenton to U.S. 127 after a tractor-trailer overturned early Saturday, pulling down a telephone pole and lines around Wayne Trace Road.

        The driver of the rig, whose name was unavailable, escaped from the wreckage before rescue crews arrived around 7:30 a.m., Butler County sheriff's officials said. He was treated and released at Fort Hamilton Hughes Hospital.

        The road was shut for more than eight hours while crews repaired the lines and uprighted the truck.

        Sheriff's officials said they were unsure of the cause of the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

Seat opening in April on Fairfield park board
        FAIRFIELD — City Council is looking for residents of the Second Ward who are interested in serving on Fairfield's Parks and Recreation Board. On April 1, the seat will be open for a three-year term.

        Applications are available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m in Room 138 of the Fairfield Municipal Building, 5350 Pleasant Ave. The deadline for applying is Friday.

Municipalities have time to seek road funds
        Ohio municipalities that want state money to help pay for road projects slated for 2005 have until May 8 to get applications to the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC), a state panel that oversees funding for major new transportation projects.

        Applications and guidelines are on the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Web site: http://www.dot.state.oh.us.

        TRAC staff will also hold a workshop on the process from 2 to 4 p.m. March 28 at ODOT's Lebanon office, 505 S. Ohio 741.

Teens seriously hurt when car hits pole
        LIBERTY, Ind. — Two teen-aged girls were seriously injured when their car hit a telephone pole on Contreras Pike, southeast of town, at 2:10 a.m. Saturday.

        A 17-year-old was taken by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was listed in serious condition Saturday.

        Another teen remained in stable condition Saturday at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

        The crash remains under investigation, and no other details were available.

Heart program offered for African-Americans
        The Health Alliance and the American Heart Association are holding a free heart health program for African-Americans from 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 in The Christ Hospital Auditorium.

        Doctors and nurses will speak on a variety of heart issues. Refreshments will be provided.

        To register, call (513) 585-CARE.

Theft charge dismissed against former teller
        COLUMBUS — A charge against a former bank teller ac cused of stealing more than $43,000 from an 83-year-old man's safe deposit box was dismissed because the man could not hear or understand questions during a court hearing.

        Lynda Bateman Young, 29, a former head teller at the First National Bank of Nelsonville in southeast Ohio, had been accused by the FBI of befriending Francis Young, who is no relation, and then stealing cash from his safe deposit box between April and October 1998.

        According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent, she used the stolen money to lease a 1997 Ford Mustang convertible for herself and a 1999 GMC pickup for a boyfriend; to pay monthly mortgage payments in cash; to buy clothes and jewelry for another boyfriend; and to pay off $5,085 in credit card debts.

        The charges were dismissed Friday when the man was unable to understand questions from Assistant U.S. Attorney Dale E. Williams Jr. during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Norah McCann King.

        Mr. Williams said the investigation will continue and new charges eventually might be brought against her.

        Ms. Young declined to comment.

Orthopedic surgeon held on drug, gun charges
        PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — An orthopedic surgeon is being held in the Scioto County jail on charges that he illegally wrote prescriptions for painkillers and tried to buy an automatic weapon from an undercover police officer.

        John Lilly, 47, was arrested Thursday night near Wheelersburg, about 90 miles south of Columbus.

        He was being held in lieu of $1.2 million bail on charges of aggravated drug trafficking, possession of dangerous ordnance, carrying a concealed weapon and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

        Police Chief Greg Ratcliff said the arrest followed a six-month investigation by state and federal agencies.

        Authorities seized six automatic weapons and more than $400,000 in cash during searches of Dr. Lilly's property.

        A grand jury will be called into session this week to hear evidence, said Rick Brown, an assistant county prosecutor.

Slaying charges will be combined in single trial
        CANTON, Ohio — A man charged with killing a man during an argument and robbing and killing a man 19 days later will be tried on both crimes at a single trial beginning March 21.

        Michael Dean Scott, 22, of Akron is charged in the fatal shooting of Dallas Green, 19, of Canton, after an argument in a Canton parking lot Aug. 24. He also is charged in the kidnapping, robbing and killing of Ryan Stoffer, 21, of nearby Nimishillen Township, during a test drive Sept. 12 as Mr. Stoffer tried to sell his car.

        Mr. Scott could get the death sentence if convicted of charges in the Stoffer slaying.

        Defense attorney Jeffrey Jakmides argued that the cases are not connected and that a combined trial would prejudice the jury.

        Prosecutors said Mr. Scott confessed to both crimes when he gave a statement to police Sept. 16.

       



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