Monday, May 01, 2000


Man dies when car collides with cruiser


        FOREST PARK — A 37-year-old man was killed Sunday morning when he was riding in a car that collided with a police cruiser on Northland Boulevard, Forest Park police said.

        The man was not immediately identified. The driver was a 16-year-old boy from Springfield Township, also unidentified.

        Forest Park Officer Joel Mast, a 21-year veteran, was traveling west on Northland near Hanover Road at 1:20 a.m. when the teen's car crossed northbound traffic and was struck broadside by the cruiser, police said.

        The teen driver and Officer Mast were treated at University Hospital and released, police said. The identity and condition of a second passenger in the boy's car, a 17-year-old boy, also was not available.

        No charges have been filed. The crash remains under investigation.

Passenger dies in single-car crash
        MANCHESTER, Ohio — A Manchester man was killed Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Ohio 41, Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators in Brown County said.

        Donald D. Nixon, 36, was a passenger in a 1992 Toyota driven by Terry L. Dickens, 35, of Peebles, that was traveling north. Mr. Dickens lost control on a curve, driving off the right side of the road and striking several trees before the car came to rest upside-down in a culvert, police said.

        Mr. Nixon was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Dickens was treated for minor injuries at Brown County Hospital, police said.

Two people rescued from Hartwell fire
        Cincinnati fire officials Sunday investigated a blaze that caused $40,000 damage to an apartment building in Hartwell.

        No one was injured. The one-alarm fire broke out at 8404 Anthony Wayne Ave. at 1:48 p.m. Saturday, and left heavy damage to one basement apartment in the 12-unit structure, acting District 4 Fire Chief Danny Mullins said.

        Firefighters took one woman from a stairwell and used an extension ladder to rescue a man.

Driver reports robbery, kidnapping
        Cincinnati police are investigating a kidnapping and aggravated robbery in which a person reported being robbed and forced to drive to Yellow Springs, Ohio, near Dayton, where the victim was released.

        The victim was in the 700 block of Reading Road in Over-the-Rhine at 2:30 p.m. Friday when three men committed the robbery and forced the person to drive to several locations, eventually to Yellow Springs, according to a report. Police say the three suspects were all 19 to 20 years old and one was armed with a knife. Police did not identify the victim.

Woman, 54, charged in knife attack
        A woman was charged with felonious assault after stabbing a man in the abdomen at an Over-the-Rhine apartment, Cincinnati police said.

        Osie Foulkes, 54, no address available, was standing with the knife in her hand when police arrived and admitted she stabbed the man, according to her arrest report.

        She was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 minutes after the attack at an apartment in the 1900 block of Race Street. The identity and condition of the victim were not available.

Utility bill can be paid online
        Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. and Union Light Heat and Power, its Northern Kentucky subsidiary, today will launch an elec tronic bill payment system.

        Called e-bill by Cinergy, the online program allows customers to pay monthly bills through Cinergy's Web site,

        There are two payment options: Customers can have their bill paid each month on the due date through automatic withdrawal from their checking account, or they can contact the utility via the Internet or by phone each month to authorize bill payment from their checking account. An e-mail reminder will be sent each month to customers.

        For information, visit and click on “bill payer” or call 1-800-386-0400.

Uranium plants erased safety data
        PADUCAH, Ky. — The operators of two uranium processing plants in Kentucky and Ohio erased computer records containing hundreds of safety and environmental problems without proper government approval, a newspaper reported Sunday.

        The U.S. Department of Energy had required plant operators to detail their progress toward correcting the problems, but more than one-fourth of those records were deleted without federal clearance in 1993, according to documents obtained by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

        The Energy Department, after a three-year investigation, reconstructed the erased items from computer archives and paper records and concluded that the deletions were inappropriate. The probe also found that nearly half the safety problems either had not been fixed or should have been referred to other agencies.

        The U.S. Enrichment Corp. operates the plants in Paducah and Piketon, Ohio.

Overruns plague city arena project
        COLUMBUS — Costs for public improvements near the city's new arena are running about $10 million higher than expected, the Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday.

        The city's original projected investment for projects related to the Nationwide Arena District was $20 million. But Wyatt Kingseed, the city's finance director, estimated the city's share in the projects at $29.7 million.

        City officials say sewer relocation and a street widening and extension have increased expenses, as well as a labor shortage and a tight deadline for the arena's opening.

Landlord killed, apartment ransacked
        CLEVELAND — When three people went to visit a 60-year-old landlord, they expected to find him refurbishing one of his apartment units.

        Instead, they found King “Pete” Norfleet dead on his kitchen floor with his throat slashed, police said.

        Homicide detectives said Mr. Norfleet's apartment appeared ransacked Saturday when his two sisters and a friend found his body.

Kent State probe leaves questions
        KENT, Ohio — An FBI investigation following the 1970 shootings that killed four students at Kent State University never determined whether a gunshot caused fearful Ohio National Guardsmen to fire into a crowd.

        The FBI probe, code named Kenfour, examined — but never answered — the central questions of who fired the first shot and who, if anyone, gave the order to shoot, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Sunday after examining 8,445 documents in FBI files.

        Four Kent State students — Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder — were killed and nine were wounded May 4, 1970, during an antiwar protest when guardsmen, on campus to keep the peace, opened fire.


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