Monday, July 24, 2000

Tristate digest

First woman elected AME bishop to speak

        Vashti Murphy McKenzie, newly elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the keynote speaker at Congress 2000 Tuesday — Friday at Wilberforce University.

        The three-day annual retreat, also known as the Tawawa School of Religion, is sponsored by the AME's Dayton district, which includes all of southern Ohio.

        The first woman to be elected AME bishop, the Rev. Ms. McKenzie is a Wilberforce trustee.

        She will speak at the opening session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Alumni Multiplex on the campus about 20 miles east of Dayton.

        For information, call (937) 708-5329.

Police arrest man after bank robbery
        Cincinnati police arrested a man in connection with the armed robbery of the Franklin Savings & Loan Co. in Roselawn Saturday morning, and are searching for three other suspects.

        Police said the S&L, at 7615 Reading Road, was held up by two men and two women at about 10:25 a.m.

        The robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of money in a vehicle on Northwood Avenue. Police said officers stopped the robbers a short time later. Johnny Lee Washington Jr., 29, of the 2500 block of Arroka Drive, Colerain Township, was arrested.

        Police ask anyone with information to call 352-3040.

3 hurt when car, motorcycles collide
        GREEN TOWNSHIP — A crash early Sunday morning involving a car and two motorcycles left three motorcycle riders injured, the Hamilton County Sheriff's department said.

        The crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. when a Ford Probe driven by Adam Wellen, 21, of White Oak collided with the motorcycles as he attempted to turn onto Race Road from Bridgetown Road, police said. Mr. Wellen was not injured.

        None of the motorcyclists, headed westbound on Bridgetown Road, was wearing a helmet, the sheriff's department said.

        Scott Klinelhoffer, 31, of Delhi Township, who was riding a 2000 Indian Chief motorcycle, was released from Franciscan Hospital — Western Hills.

        Anthony Wenger, 30, of Bridgetown, who was riding a 1995 Harley-Davidson, was released from Good Samaritan Hospital, a hospital nursing supervisor said.

        His passenger, Renee Gellenbeck, 31, of South Fairmount, was listed in stable condition at University Hospital.

        The crash remains under investigation.

3 finalists for job of superintendent
        SPRINGBORO — Springboro Community Schools has selected three finalists for its superintendent position.

        They are:


  • Karen Mantia, assistant superintendent of Northmont School District near Dayton, Ohio.

            • Steve Oborn, superintendent of Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Schools in Ripley, Ohio.

            • David Baker, assistant superintendent of Princeton City Schools.

            A reception will be held for Ms. Mantia at 8 p.m. Tuesday night in the Commons at Springboro High School, and at 8 p.m. on Wednesday for Mr. Oborn in the same location.

            A reception is planned for early next week for Mr. Baker, said Springboro Board of Education President Cindy Garland.

            The receptions are open to the public and give the community a chance to ask questions of the candidates, Ms. Garland said. Forms will be available to comment on the candidates.

            The new superintendent will replace Gary Meier, who resigned in March. The district also has lost several other administrators, among them treasurer, director of personnel, director of educational services and high school principal.

            Ms. Garland said the board may decide on its superintendent by the end of next week.

    Rally to celebrate Disabilities Act
            People with disabilities and several advocacy groups plan to rally on Fountain Square on Wednesday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

            Speakers include Enquirer columnist Deborah Kendrick and Cincinnati Councilwoman Alicia Reece.

            The event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., also will include musical entertainment.

    Man missing after fall in Lake Erie
            MARBLEHEAD, Ohio — The Coast Guard searched Lake Erie Sunday for one of its officers, who fell from a boat while fishing but was not wearing a life jacket, officials said.

            Lee Riser Sr., 33, of Lancaster, an 8-year Coast Guard veteran, fell overboard just after 10 a.m. Sunday, said Paul Roszkowski, a Coast Guard spokesman.


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