Thursday, June 22, 2000

Local Digest

Cincinnati State commencement Friday


        Cincinnati State Technical and Community College's spring commencement is set for 7 p.m. Friday in the campus gymnasium. More than 600 students will receive degrees.

        Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Roderick G.W. Chu will be the featured speaker and will receive an honorary doctor of arts degree.

        Mark D. Walton, a member of the Cincinnati State board and vice president of Provident Bank, will also receive an honorary degree and the Cincinnati State Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Man arrested in clerk's beating
        HAMILTON — A Hamilton man was charged with beating a gas station clerk, after tipsters saw his face in news reports about the attack, police said.

        Brandon Newberry, 21, faces charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Police say he's the man pictured on store surveillance footage repeatedly striking the clerk with a crowbar early Sunday at a Shell station on Compton Road in Colerain Township.

        The clerk, who , walks with difficulty and uses a cane, hit back at the robber with his cane as the robber fled the store. He is recovering at home from the beating.

        Mr. Newberry, of Brown Farm Drive, was arrested by Hamilton County sheriff's deputies about 3 a.m. at an apartment on Mason Road in Hamilton.

Safety event offers IDs for children
        The Keebler Co. will sponsor the second annual Ernie's Safety Safari, a national photo ID and fingerprinting event to promote child safety, at Cincinnati-area Wal-Marts today.

        The goal is to produce child safety IDs for as many children as possible, and to raise awareness of child safety.

        Parents will receive a free SentryKIDS Bio-doc of their child with computerized photographs and fingerprints, available at these Wal-Mart locations: 2322 Ferguson Road in Westwood, from 9 a.m. to noon; and 10240 Colerain Ave. in Bevis, from 3 to 6 p.m.

        For information, call 940-566-4818.

Sales clerk indicted in theft from store
        A former RadioShack sales clerk was indicted on one count of felony theft Wednesday, charged with stealing more than $7,000 in cash from the Tri-County Mall store.

        Carlos Piphus, 26, could faceup to 11/2 years in prison.

        The Radcliff, Ky. man stole more than $1,000 a month during the seven months he worked at the store, the prosecutor's office said.

        Mr. Piphus created fraudulent refunds, voided cash transactions and pocketed money from the cash register on at least 12 occasions, the prosecutor's office said.

        Police said RadioShack security caught Mr. Piphus and the case was refered to the Springdale Police.

Middletown man indicted in fatal wreck
        HAMILTON — Lawrence C. Kindred Jr.was indicted Wednesday by a Butler County grand jury on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol and having a traffic control device.

        The fatal traffic accident occurred at Garfield Street and First Avenue in Middletown on April 10. The car driven by Mr. Kindred, 27, of Middletown, collided with a minivan driven by Christopher Turner, 29, of Madison Township, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Benefit to help offset boy's surgery costs
        NORWOOD — A benefit dance for Barry Edgington Jr. is set for 8 p.m. until midnight Friday at Holy Trinity Hall, 2300 Drex Ave.

        Barry, 3 years old, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has developed pulmonary vein stenosis. He has undergone three open-heart surgeries, three stomach surgeries, and a cleft palate surgery. Doctors say he now needs a heart-lung transplant.

        Family and friends are holding the dance to raise funds for the operation. The cost of the evening is $10 per person, which will include beer, soft drinks, and entertainment. Donations can be made to: Barry Jr. Fundraiser, Provident Bank, Norwood Branch, 4650 Smith Road, Norwood, 45212.

Court reinstates bias complaint
        A federal appeals court in Cincinnati reinstated a lawsuit by a former employee of the attorney general's office alleging Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery violated his rights when she fired him after taking office.

        Louis T. Bauer, a registered Democrat, says Ms. Montgomery, a Republican, fired him because of his party affiliation.

        The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered a Toledo federal judge to reconsider Mr. Bauer's complaint. The appeals panel, by a 2-1 margin, reversed U.S. District Judge David Katz's July 1998 dismissal of the lawsuit.

        Mr. Bauer said his firing violated his federal and Ohio constitutional rights of free speech and association. Mr. Bauer served in the attorney general's office for 10 years as a crime victims claim investigator until June 1995, when Ms. Montgomery replaced him with former Haskins village police chief Jerry Eversman.

Poolside dinner to benefit youth
        WOODLAWN — The Woodlawn Athletic Booster Club will sponsor its annual Poolside Dinner Party from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Woodlawn Community Pool, 10120 Woodlawn Blvd. Proceeds will benefit Woodlawn-area youth.

        Dinner will be served at 9 p.m. and the evening will feature music and a Bid Whist Tournament. The cost is $15 per person, or two for $25. Reserved tables available for groups of 10. For tickets or reservations, call 771-5745.


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