Sunday, August 20, 2000

Local Digest

Traffic stop leads to cocaine charges

        Police said they found more than 40 grams of crack cocaine in a Winton Place man's car during a traffic stop Friday night.

        A Cincinnati officer said he stopped Andre “Sean” Powers, 33, for making an improper lane change on northbound Interstate 75 about 9 p.m. Police said Mr. Powers was charged with giving false information after he identified himself using his brother's name.

        A search of the Dodge Intrepid Mr. Powers was driving uncovered 42.82 grams of crack cocaine and a digital scale, police said.

        Mr. Powers also was charged with felony drug possession, preparation for distribution, possessing criminal tools and traffic-related charges.

        He was arraigned Saturday morning in Hamilton County Municipal Court, where Judge James Patrick Kenney ordered Mr. Powers held in the Justice Center with bond set at $53,500.

Man accused of
raping two girls

               A 31-year-old man has been charged with raping two girls, ages 9 and 13.

        Lonnie Ray Adkins of Riverside was arrested Thursday by Cincinnati police on two counts of felony rape. Mr. Adkins admitted the Aug. 5 crime in a taped statement, according to an arrest report.

        Mr. Adkins was arraigned Friday and was being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center Saturday with bond set at $30,000.

Miami U. offering
online courses

               Miami University is offering computer-related courses online to continuing-education students. Courses start Sept. 13 and run six weeks; registration ends Sept. 8. Each course costs $59. Internet access, an e-mail address and a Web browser are required. Details available at or by calling (513) 529-1508.

Cincinnati State
gets $125K in grants

               Ohio is giving $25,000 annual grants to enhance training in American Sign Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Grants worth $125,000 over five years will be used to develop classes, offer workshops and recruit students and teachers.

        Cincinnati State is one of four Ohio colleges offering two-year degrees in sign-language interpreting.

        The school also offers a certificate in deaf studies.

Police say driver
backed into officers

               MIDDLETOWN — Police say a 25-year-old man, after fleeing the scene of an accident, drove his vehicle in reverse, striking a Middletown police cruiser and slightly injuring three officers.

        Officers said they stopped Bryon D. Blackburn's vehicle on Charles Street after a brief pursuit about 8 p.m. Friday. As police approached his car, he accelerated backward at high speed and struck Officer John Palmer on the forearm, police said. Mr. Blackburn, of Middletown, then rammed another cruiser that had just rounded the corner, police said.

        Officers David Kirsch and Brad Carrozza were in the cruiser that was struck. The two and Officer Palmer were treated at Middletown Regional Hospital.

        Mr. Blackburn was charged with felonious assault, DUI, driving under a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and eluding and improper backing.

        He is to appear Monday in municipal court. .

Salmonella cases
traced to restaurant

               HEATH, Ohio — A restaurant that used raw eggs in its ice cream is the apparent source of an outbreak of salmonella that has infected 30 people in central Ohio.

        Licking County health officials said Friday they wouldn't take action against the Indian Mound Smorgasbord in Heath, 30 miles east of Columbus.

        Twenty-one people infected with the bacteria have told health officials they ate soft-serve ice cream at the restaurant this month.

        Unless customers ask for raw eggs, it is against Ohio food-service rules to serve them, health commissioner Joe Ebel said.

        The restaurant's owner, Dan Johnson, said the ice cream recipe included raw eggs and has been replaced with a commercial brand without raw eggs.

21 people infected
in spread of E. coli

               MEDINA, Ohio — The number of people in northeast Ohio infected by E. coli bacteria has risen to 21.

        Sufferers range from 15 months to 84 years old, Jay Carey, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus, said Friday.

        E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramping and, in the worst cases, kidney failure.

        Authorities said the cause of the contamination, which is still under investigation, could be animals, animal feces or food vendors at the Medina County Fair, 25 miles southwest of Cleveland. The fair ended Aug. 6.

        Medina County has 10 victims; Cuyahoga County, four; Lorain County, three; and Wayne and Lake counties, two each.

Truck plant
lays off 500 workers

               CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Kenworth Truck Co. said it will lay off 500 of its 1,600 employees next month because of declining sales.

        Kenworth is eliminating the second shift at its plant in this city 45 miles south of Columbus on Sept. 18. The plant, which makes heavy-duty trucks, will be idled for two weeks starting Aug. 28 to prepare for the layoffs.


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TriHealth decides to sell Bethesda Oak buildings
Lucky pupils in new digs
Tristate schools set to open
Education in the Tristate by the numbers:
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Black Family Reunion embraces heritage
Boy's family fights parole for his killer
Group comes to aid of poet
Library loses police detail
Police endorsements create a stir
Two more homicides in the city
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CROWLEY: Democrats' gala no picnic
x20 'Survivor' has the power
Reality has taken over network TV
DEMALINE: Arts chief proud to bring 'King'
Get to it
Great music teacher profiled
Jarvi's season provides hint of possibilities
KENDRICK: Phone service big step forward
KNIPPENBERG: Therapist treats Olympians
Pig Parade: Swine Lake
Theater Classics' season opens with 'Horrors'
DAUGHERTY: Convention gives new meaning to 'talk TV'
Bike trail in the works
Chairman defends actions
Council struggles to get along
Former astronaut to speak at CBS Technologies launch
Fort Mitchell Garage a tradition for family
Homeless find work cleaning ballpark in Cleveland
- Local Digest
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