Wednesday, July 05, 2000

Local Digest

Teens remain in critical condition


        DAYTON, Ohio — Two Tristate 18-year-olds, who were hurt in an Indiana wreck that killed two other teens, remained in critical condition Tuesday at Miami Valley Hospital here.

        Bradley Ranz and David M. Kaiser have been hospitalized since the June 25 wreck that killed LaSalle High School graduates James “Eric” Harris and James F. Schoenlaub, both of White Oak and also 18.

        Mr. Ranz, a Colerain High graduate, was the driver of a car. He and four teen passengers were on their way to a graduation party in Indiana when the car drove into the path of a tractor-trailer on U.S. 52 near Ind. 1.

Assault victim's condition upgraded
        Gary Kretzer, the 38-year-old Mason man who suffered head injuries after a neighborhood dispute, has been upgraded from serious to fair condition, a University Hospital nursing supervisor said Tuesday.

        Mr. Kretzer had been admitted to the hospital in critical condition following the June 3 dispute. A witness told police that Dennis Rock hit Mr. Kretzer multiple times after Mr. Kretzer complained of patrons of Mr. Rock's home business parking in front of his house.

        Mr. Rock, a 45-year-old former minor league pitcher, is charged with felonious assault. He told police he was defending himself.

Slaying suspect held in Florida jail
        The man charged with killing his girlfriend, whose body was found in her Evanston home early Sunday, remained in jail Tuesday in Pinellas County, Fla. Stanley Waller, 49, was arrested after his vehicle was spotted outside a store there, police said. Homicide investigators were en route to Florida on Monday night. The body of Marilyn Kendricks, 45, was found by relatives at 2:15 a.m. inside her home in the 3500 block of Evanston Avenue.

Smoke detectors to be distributed
        Cincinnati firefighters will distribute and install smoke detectors in city neighborhoods this week. The “Safe Summer Nights'' program of the Cincinnati Fire Division will be out tonight, Thursday and Friday between 7 and 9 p.m. in the West End, South and North Fairmount and East Walnut Hills.

        The program designates particular neighborhoods each week for smoke detector distribution and installation.

        Tonight in the West End, residences on Baymiller, Freeman and Colerain Avenue will be visited. In South Fairmount, Liddell, Grove and Linden are on the list. In East Walnut Hills, Hackberry Street will be visited.

        On Thursday in the West End, Dayton, Horace and Whiteman streets will be visited. In North Fairmount, visits to North Fairmount, Casper and St. Leo streets are scheduled. Fairfax Avenue in East Walnut Hills also will be visited.

        On Friday in the West End, stops will be made on Findlay, York and Dayton streets. In North Fairmount, Westwood, Henrianne and Brokaw streets are scheduled. Kinney Avenue in East Walnut Hills also is on the list.

Money, cash register stolen in robbery
        HAMILTON — A man who robbed the Dairy Mart store at 946 High St. on Tuesday didn't settle for just the money. He took the cash register, too, police said.

        Lt. Scott Scrimizzi said Arthur L. Craig, 23, of Hamilton robbed the store at 6:45 a.m. after assaulting the female clerk. The unidentified woman suffered minor injuries.

        Mr. Craig was arrested a short distance from the store. He is jailed on charges of robbery, attempted robbery, felony theft and vandalism. The cash register was recovered, store officials said.

Transportation issues topic of meetings
        Public meetings are being held throughout the Tristate for anyone interested in transportation issues along the Interstate 75 corridor running from Northern Kentucky to Dayton. The meetings of the North-South Transportation Initiative, sponsored by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), include presentations on mobility and accessibility along I-75 and question-and-answer sessions.

        The public meeting dates, times and locations are: Thursday, 5-8 p.m., Lakota West High School in West Chester Township; Monday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cincinnati City Hall; July 12, 5-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Franklin; July 13, 5-8 p.m., Evendale Recreation Center; July 17, 5-8 p.m., Tri-County Assembly Church of God in Fairfield; July 19, 5-8 p.m., Northern Kentucky Community Center in Covington; July 20, 5-8 p.m., Troy High School in Miami County; July 25, 5-8 p.m., Miamisburg High School; and Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

2 men charged in 1997 firebombing
        COLUMBUS — Two men were charged Tuesday in a 1997 firebombing that led to the death of a 5-year-old girl and injured a 3-year-old boy.

        Daryl “Pumpkin” Kelly, 29, was charged with aggravated murder and aggravated arson and Donovan Simpson, 29, has been charged with complicity to aggravated murder and aggravated arson, police said.

        Authorities said Mr. Kelly threw a firebomb through the front window of a home on Oct. 27, 1997, and Mr. Simpson helped Mr. Kelly.

        Everyone in the house escaped except Shenequa Bell and Elijah Bell. Shenequa died Nov. 2, while Elijah recovered from his injuries.

        Police say they are searching for a third person involved in the case.

Meat recalled after E. coli detected
        GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Inc. has recalled ground chuck sold in April at several stores in northwest Ohio and in Michigan after meat purchased at one of the stores tested positive for E. coli.

        Company spokesman Steve Van Wagoner said the Michigan Department of Agriculture notified the company over the weekend about results of tests on Meijer brand ground chuck that had labels saying it had to be sold by April 24.

        He said the company has recalled ground chuck with “sell by” dates of April 18 to 28. Customers are being asked to check the freezers for any meat with such labels and return it for a refund or exchange.

        The recall covers stores in Bowling Green, Sandusky, Toledo and several counties in Michigan, mainly in the Detroit area.

Some walk away from fireworks
        COLUMBUS — It was billed as the city's biggest-ever downtown fireworks display to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the July Fourth event called Red, White and Boom.

        But many of the thousands of spectators Monday night couldn't see the fireworks for the smoke. They left in droves halfway through the 23-minute show.

        The problem was blamed on humid, stagnant air left over from an all-day rain. The mist and smoke obscured the view of many watching.


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