Monday, May 15, 2000

Tristate Digest

Man, 31, charged with rape, kidnapping

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — A Springfield Township man was arrested Sunday and charged with forcing a woman to have sex with him at gunpoint.

        Police charged Brian Barrow, 31, of the 1000 block of North Bend Road, with rape and kidnapping. According to police, the woman, in her late 20s, said the suspect kept her against her will for three days beginning Friday afternoon. During that period he forced the victim at gunpoint to have sexual intercourse numerous times, police said.

        The attack occurred at the suspect's residence, police said.

Man, 42, accused of raping juvenile
        A Walnut Hills man was charged with rape Saturday night after an investigation into an incident police say occurred a week earlier involving a person younger than 13 years old.

        Jerome Collins, 42, of the 2200 block of Park Avenue, was charged at 9:40 p.m. Saturday at the Cincinnati police criminal investigations unit downtown. He is accused of having sex with the juvenile May 6 at a home in Bond Hill.

        He was being confined at the Hamilton County Justice Center pending an arraignment today.

Police investigating fatal fall at hotel
        COVINGTON — Police are investigating the death of man who fell from the 15th floor of Marriott hotel Saturday night.

        The man, described by police as an employee of the hotel on Rivercenter Boulevard, was killed when he fell about 10:50 p.m., police said. He was scheduled to work Saturday night, police said.

        There were no witnesses to the fall, police said.

Police seek man in rape, kidnapping
        Cincinnati police searched Sunday for a man they say kidnapped a woman from a west-side phone booth, drove away and raped her at gunpoint in a secluded area.

        The woman told police she was in a booth in the 1800 block of Queen City Avenue around midnight Saturday when the man forced her into a maroon van and drove away.

Arrest made in gas station robbery
        BLUE ASH — A Lincoln Heights man was charged with robbery late Saturday night in connection with an incident that night at a Glendale-Milford Road gas station.

        Nyshuma Mitchell, 21, of the 1400 block of Chicago Avenue, is accused of walking into Mo's Marathon Service at 4116 Glendale Milford Road at 6 p.m. Saturday, demanding money and threatening a person who refused to comply.

        Mr. Mitchell was arrested at 9:25 p.m. at 4343 Cooper Road. Robbery is a second-degree felony.

Scouts pull plug on camp's lake
        CAMDEN, Ohio — A lake built 40 years ago and used by hordes of Boy Scouts during summer camp has been reduced to a muddy puddle.

        Mystic Lake at Woodland Trails Boy Scout Camp in this was drained in April to prevent the possible collapse of a concrete dam spillway that could have caused flooding.

        Now Scout leaders must raise $700,000 to $1 million to rebuild the 1950s-era spillway and revive the lake.

        The first warning about the spillway came in 1993. Instead of rebuilding the dam, Scouts chose to lower the water level.

        In March, another inspection showed a single heavy rain could cause the spillway to collapse, so the decision was made to drain the lake.

        The Scouts say they're hoping an individual will donate the money needed to rebuild the lake. In exchange, they're offering to name the lake after the benefactor.

Volunteers too old to run folk festival
        DAYTON, Ohio — Planning the annual Ohio Folk Festival is too much work for a group of volunteers who have hosted the event for 17 years. So they've canceled this year's jamboree.

        The Junior Group, a volunteer fund-raising arm of Goodwill Industries, says the physical labor required to organize the event has gotten more difficult as its members have aged.

Report: Ohio fund lags in payouts
        CLEVELAND — Ohio's cities and schools are losing out on millions of dollars in interest income yearly by over-using STAR Ohio, the state's conservative short-term investment fund, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Sunday. Public agencies are parking millions in the State Treasury Asset Reserve for years, missing out on opportunities with longer-term investments at higher interest rates, the newspaper reported.

Middletown police hold open house
        MIDDLETOWN — City police will conduct an open house 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at the City Building, One City Centre Plaza.

        The department will display equipment including its Special Response Team van, cruisers, boats, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education vehicle, school resource vehicles, motorcycles and bikes.

        Information: Middletown police, 425-7700.

Golf tournament will aid LaSalle
        LaSalle High School will host its third annual Lancer Day for Excellence golf tournament June 12. The event raises funds for the LaSalle Scholarship Fund.

        The cost to play is $750 per team. Hole and putting green sponsorships are available at $50 or three for $100. Lunch is provided. A Montgomery Inn dinner will be at 7 p.m.

        For information, call Dan Flynn, athletic director, 741-2386. Reservations must be made by May 22. Send a check, payable to Lancer Day for Excellence, Greg Bollin, c/o Winton Savings & Loan, 5511 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, 45239.


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Honors sought for Marine
Quarter designs rolling in
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Results of our news poll
Symphony rolls with rock stars' works
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