Monday, July 03, 2000

Local Digest

Curator named distinguished alumna


        Columbus' Ohio Dominican College has named Cincinnatian Anita Ellis among its Distinguished Alumnae for Year 2000. She is chief curator and curator of decorative arts for the Cincinnati Art Museum. Last year, she was the museum's acting director.

        The Mariemont woman joined the museum in 1974. In 1992, she won the Florence Roberts Head Book of the Year award for her catalog, Rookwood Pottery: The Glorious Gamble. She is a member of the college alumni art show committee.

        Sharing the annual award were Gilda Jackson, commander of the Naval Air Depot at Cherry Point, N.C., and the Marine Corps' first black female colonel; and Fen Yu Lewis, an honored chemistry teacher in Strongsville, Ohio, city schools.

Man sought in girlfriend's death
        Cincinnati police issued a murder warrant for a 49-year-old man whose girlfriend was found dead in her Evanston home early Sunday.

        The body of Marilyn Kendricks, 45, was found by relatives at 2:15 a.m. at her home in the 3500 block of Evanston Avenue.

        Mr. Waller is described as African-American, 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds. He wears glasses and drives a 1988 gray Cadillac with Ohio license plate AXK5878.

        Investigators did not return phone calls seeking further information.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 352-3040 or the homicide unit at 352-3542. Callers may remain anonymous and may be compensated for information provided.

Car strikes man, 72, crossing Reading Road
        A 72-year-old Avondale man was killed Saturday night when he was struck by a car as he crossed Reading Road in Avondale, Cincinnati police say.

        Ralph Ward, of Hale Avenue, was pronounced dead at University Hospital. He was walking in the westbound lane of Reading Road in the 3300 block when he was struck by a southbound car driven by Eric Brooks, 18, of California Avenue in Bond Hill, police said.

        Mr. Brooks suffered minor injuries. No charges have been filed. Police said Mr. Ward was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.

Man thought to be victim of hit-skip
        The body of a 45-year-old Colerain Township man, who police believed was the victim of a hit-skip pedestrian crash, was found along Interstate 275 in Colerain Township early Sunday.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Stephen A. Ray, of the 5700 block of Blue Rock Hill Road. The highway patrol received a call about 7:45 a.m. about a body lying along the berm of eastbound I-275, near Ronald Reagan Highway.

        Troopers said they think the victim was a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. However, they do not know what time the accident occurred.

        Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call the highway patrol's Hamilton post, (513) 863-4606.

Deerfield man jailed on sex assault charges
        LOVELAND A Deerfield Township man who was stopped by police for hitchhiking on West Loveland Avenue was arrested when a computer check revealed an outstanding warrant for a sexual assault charge in Alexandria, Ky., Loveland police said.

        Daniel Sears, 39, of the 3800 block of Townsley Drive, was apprehended Saturday. The al leged incident occurred June 10 in Campbell County.

        Mr. Sears is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and is being held on $100,000 bond.

Jet carrier basing company in Dayton
        DAYTON, Ohio — David Lightle has struggled for two years to help establish a Dayton-based jet carrier — once even donning a cow costume to grab the attention of potential investors — and that hard work finally seems to be paying off.

        Dayton's investment community already has bet $6 million on HeartLand Airlines' success, and the company now has a headquarters and a management team of experienced airline veterans.

        HeartLand officials are ready to begin their second-round, $50-million fund-raising drive. If the money can be raised by September, HeartLand officials hope to be flying passengers in about a year.

Suspension bridge to be torn down

        PORTSMOUTH — A 73-year-old suspension bridge over the Ohio River will be torn down even though it could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places by next year, a state official said.

        Starting in the spring, the Ohio Department of Transportation plans to replace the 2,205-foot-long bridge that passes through this city about 85 miles south of Columbus and connects Ohio and Kentucky along U.S. 23.

        “Nothing in the regulations says that any bridge has to be preserved,” said Paul Graham, assistant administrator for ODOT's environmental services office.

        Rehabilitation would cost more than the estimated $25 million it will take to replace the bridge, and once completed, it still would be functionally obsolete, Mr. Graham said.

IU shooting hasn't halted students
        BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The racially motivated shooting of a Korean student last year has not halted the flow of international students to Indiana University, a fact some attribute to the community's response to the shooting.

        Hansoo Kim didn't know the depth of support he would find in Bloomington until his friend, Won-Joon Yoon, was gunned down July 4 by racist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith.

        Prior to that tragedy, he said, most of his friends saw Bloomington as just a place they were passing through.

Fireworks dealer appealing court order

        DEERFIELD, Ohio — A fireworks dealer is appealing a federal court order that bars him from selling fireworks found to be a hazard to public safety.

        Consumer safety investigators posing as customers at Midwest Fireworks Co. bought fireworks that contained nearly 10 times the amount of pyrotechnic material allowed for retail sale to consumers.

        U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin ordered owner Larry Lomaz to either destroy or export more than 60 types of fireworks.

        Mr. Lomaz, 50, is appealing the decision before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. He said that the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission had previously approved some of the fireworks it is now attempting to ban.

        Mr. Lomaz's multimillion-dollar company has seven stores in four states and a fireworks factory in China.

        He said his fireworks showroom in Deerfield Township, 45 miles southeast of Cleveland, is the world's largest.

        The safety commission sought a permanent injunction to stop Mr. Lomaz from selling certain fireworks only because of repeated violations, said commission spokesman Russ Rader.


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Illegal fireworks suspected in blaze
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Americana still unopened
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'Big Horse Gig' a hit in Lexington
Dog days acquire a new meaning
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Results of our news poll
Water workouts work
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American Queen makes local detour
Evanston school plans to build path for peace
Golden Lamb a home, living
Ky. juries stingy with awards
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