Sunday, July 16, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

From Enquirer news sources

Drive-by shooting leaves three injured
        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — An early morning drive-by shooting in Lincoln Heights left three men wounded Saturday and police asking for help.

        Lincoln Heights police said the three men were shot at a house in the 400 block of Matthews Drive at 2:45 a.m. as a vehicle drove past.

        Chad Byrd was wounded in the left leg and Antonio Walker in the right arm. Both victims, whom police declined to identify further, were taken to University Hospital, where they were treated and released.

        A third man, Michael Morris, was struck in the lower back and taken to University Hospital.

        Anyone with information is asked to contact Lincoln Heights Police Sgt. Sandra Stevenson or Sgt. Conroy Chance at 733-5255 or 825-2280.

Man accused of raping girl, 12
        An Over-the-Rhine man was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of raping a 12-year-old girl in his apartment.

        Adebo T. Crawford, 29, of Green Street was arrested 4:30 a.m. at a Broadway Street address by Cincinnati police. Police said the rape occurred at 12:15 a.m. in Mr. Crawford's apartment.

        Mr. Crawford remained in custody on $100,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

Mariemont man killed in wreck
        A 62-year-old Mariemont man died Friday after his car went off a Columbia Township road and hit a utility pole.

        Gary R. Clark of the 3700 block of Carlton Avenue was traveling southbound on Stewart Road at 1:15 p.m. when his car went left of center at Woodsway Drive. The car hit a pole and flipped on its roof, said Hamilton County Sheriff deputies. Mr. Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

        The crash remains under investigation but deputies said neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor.

Aldrin inducted into hall of fame
        DAYTON, Ohio — Astronauts and moonwalkers Buzz Aldrin and Eugene Cernan were inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame Saturday in a ceremony marked by the surprise appearance of baseball hall-of-famer Ted Williams, who piloted fighter jets during the Korean War.

        “I can't remember when I've ever been so moved as I have been today,” said Mr. Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.

        “I have finally reached that unreachable star,” added Mr. Cernan. The two men embraced after being enshrined, drawing applause from the more than 400 people who attended the ceremony at the Dayton Convention Center.

        Also inducted into the hall were ace World War II combat pilot Thomas McGuire and military pilot Laurence Craigie.

Cancer group gets missing $7M back
        COLUMBUS — The $7 million taken from the American Cancer Society's Ohio Division last month has been returned to the organization's account at an Ohio bank, federal officials said.

        FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Charles Goodwin said Friday the money that had been frozen in an account at the Hypo Tirol Bank in Austria was released by an Austrian magistrate and returned to Fifth Third Bank.

        A federal grand jury indicted Daniel Wiant, a former American Cancer Society executive, on bank fraud charges on June 29. Mr. Wiant is accused of diverting the money from Cancer Society accounts and wiring it to the Austrian bank.

        If convicted, Mr. Wiant faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Tiberi pulls ahead in campaign funding
        COLUMBUS — Republican Pat Tiberi has passed Democratic opponent Maryellen O'Shaughnessy in the amount of cash on hand in a pivotal congressional race, according to quarterly finance totals the campaigns released.

        The Tiberi campaign reported $678,361 in available cash, while Ms. O'Shaughnessy, a Columbus City Councilwoman, reported $608,895 in the race to replace U.S. Rep. John Kasich in central Ohio.

        As of their last quarterly reports on March 31, Mr. Tiberi, a state representative, had $252,311 on hand, compared with Ms. O'Shaughnessy's $395,911.

Ex-university aide charged with theft
        XENIA — A former secretary in the Alumni Affairs Department at Wilberforce University entered a plea of innocent Friday to a 19-count indictment alleging that she defrauded the university of about $15,000 from contributors.

        A grand jury indicted Sheila Austin, 46, of Columbus on June 15, charging her with nine counts of theft, nine counts of forgery and one count of receiving stolen property, all felonies.

        Judge M. David Reid ordered Ms. Austin to remain in custody in the Greene County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 28 in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

        Ms. Austin worked at Wilberforce about three years. The thefts occurred between December 1998 and August 1999, said Jeff Hunter, Greene County assistant prosecutor.

Abu Dhabi ruler at clinic for checkup
        CLEVELAND — Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi, has checked into the Cleveland Clinic for an annual physical exam. A news release from the official UAE news agency called the visit an “annual routine medical checkup.”


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