Saturday, July 29, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

From Enquirer news sources

Driver crashes into Thriftway storefront
        SYMMES TOWNSHIP - A 79-year-old woman lost control of her car Friday and crashed into the front of the Thriftway store at 11390 Montgomery Road.

        Virginia T. Riley was treated for injuries at Bethesda North Hospital. The Symmes Township woman was in stable condition.

        Ms. Riley was in the store's parking lot about noon when her Oldsmobile Delta struck a curb and hit the front of the Thriftway. There was minor damage to the store.

        The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has determined that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Maker recalls giveaway gunlocks
        Gunlocks given away to citizens by the Cincinnati Police Division are among those being recalled.

        The Master Lock Co. has announced a recall because some of the locks may not be effective in keeping the weapons unusable. Master locks have been handed out to residents at several giveaways during the past year.

        The company is offering free replacements at (800) 944-1380.

Congregation begins synagogue
        The Tristate's only Humanistic Jewish congregation is breaking ground Sunday on a 12,000-square-foot synagogue in Symmes Township on Loveland-Madeira Road.

        The $2.2 million facility is scheduled to open in summer 2001.

        Congregation Beth Adam practices Judaism with a Humanistic perspective. It is a liberal branch of Judaism, similar in philosophy to Reform. Members of Congregation Beth Adam believe the practice of faith should reflect the modern world. For instance, instead of a traditional service, members have written new liturgy.

        The congregation has been using rented space for services and meetings since it began in 1980. It has grown to 270 adult members.

Head Start centers win accreditation
        Three Head Start centers operated by Warren County Services were granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

        The prestigious recognition has been achieved by only 7 percent of early childhood programs nationwide. Head Start is the first early childhood program to be accredited in Warren County. The centers, located in Lebanon, Franklin and South Lebanon, serve 200 3- and 4-year-olds.

        For information on enrolling a child in Head Start, call 695-2215 or 420-4100.

Greenhills official on live cable show
        Time Warner Cable subscribers in Greenhills will have the opportunity to talk with Municipal Manager David Moore in a live Waycross Community Media program. Talking With Greenhills can be found on Waycross Government Channel 18 at 7 p.m. Monday. Council member Fred Murrell will also join the show.

        Residents will be able to call in with questions or concerns using either a phone number or e-mail address given out during the program.

        For information, call 825-2429.

Inmates' families protest phone rates
        COLUMBUS — Families of state prison inmates were asked Friday not to accept collect calls from the prisons during August as part of a nationwide effort to protest high rates charged by telephone companies for calls from corrections facilities.

        “We're asking the families to participate in the boycott, and not the prisoners, so that the prisoners won't get in trouble by the facilities they are in for being involved,” said Jana Schroeder, a spokeswoman for the American Friends Service Committee, a co-sponsor of the national Equitable Telephone Campaign.

        Telephone companies have contracts with corrections facilities. Inmates can only call people collect, and charges typically include a connection fee of about $2.50 plus a rate of 36 cents per minute, Ms. Schroeder said.

Policeman cleared in deadly chase
        AKRON — A police officer was cleared Friday of wrongdoing in a car chase that resulted in the deaths of two boys.

        County Prosecutor Michael Callahan said city policeman James Pasheilich acted properly when he chased after a stolen pickup truck and shot at the suspect, who died in cross fire.

        The chase started when Officer Pasheilich was flagged down July 7 by a woman who said her pickup was just stolen. Officer Pasheilich spotted the vehicle and started chasing after it while he radioed for help from the Summit County sheriff. He let a marked deputy's car take the lead in chasing the stolen pickup being driven by William Caton, 42, of Akron.

        When Mr. Caton went through a stop sign, he hit a minivan, killing 5-year-old Nicholas Ellesin and his 3-year-old brother, Alexander, of Marlboro Township in Stark County.

Father sentenced for molestation
        KOKOMO, Ind. — A Kokomo man implicated with his wife in one of the worst child abuse cases in Howard County history was sentenced to 20 years in prison for molesting his 15-year-old daughter.

        The 43-year-old man pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual misconduct with a minor for having sex with the girl on two occasions.

        Howard Superior Court Judge Stephen Jessup sentenced the man on Thursday after determining he was not mentally ill.

        “I'm glad to see this case is over,” said Howard County Prosecutor Jim Fleming, who called it one of the worst abuse and neglect cases he has seen.

        Authorities removed three children between 5 and 15 years old from the residence in February 1999 after police found them malnourished. The children had been locked in their bedrooms and not allowed to have food and water as punishment.

        The man and his wife admitted to police that the refrigerator in the home was chained shut during the night to prevent the children from eating.

        Prosecutors also said the mother had held her 12-year-old son's hand over an open flame as punishment about five years ago and never had the injury treated by a physician, causing permanent disfigurement.

        She pleaded guilty to neglect and battery charges last year and is serving a 10-year prison term.

Head-on crash kills 3 in Camden
        CAMDEN, Ohio — A head-on crash early Friday left three people dead and one hospitalized, according to the Preble County Sheriff's Office.

        The crash occurred at 12:20 a.m. on Ohio 725 just east of this western Ohio town.

        According to the sheriff's office, a pickup truck traveling west collided head-on with an eastbound van.

        The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers were taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where one later died, according to the sheriff's office.

        The driver of the truck was identified as Donald Clark, 30, of Camden. The driver of the van was identified as Patricia Price, 46, of Centerville, Ohio. The names of the other victims were being withheld.

        Camden is about 25 miles southwest of Dayton.


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