Monday, August 21, 2000

Local Digest

Pair arrested in toy-gun robbery

        Two men used a plastic gun in an Over-the-Rhine street robbery early Sunday, Cincinnati police said.

        Larry White, 29, who did not have a home address, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. Roy Hurst, 31, of the 2100 block of Cathedral Avenue in Norwood, was charged with two counts of complicity to aggravated robbery.

        Both were apprehended 16 minutes after the 2 a.m. incident in the 1200 block of Clay Street, police said.

        Police say the men approached two people and Mr. White pulled out a plastic gun and took $20 from one and $7 from another.

        Mr. Hurst, who was arrested at nearby 1401 Main St., told police where the gun was. It was recovered near 1322 Clay St.

Robbery reported
at zoo, police say

               Cincinnati police Sunday investigated a robbery at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Avondale.

        The robbery occurred at 6:20 p.m. at 3400 Vine Street, police said. Money was taken, but no other information was available.

Rock thrown from
overpass; one hurt

               Police are searching for the man who threw a rock from an overpass in the East End early Sunday, injuring a motorist when the rock crashed through her windshield, Cincinnati District 2 police said.

        The woman, whose name and condition were not available, was struck in the face with the rock. The man, described as between 18 and 20 years old, threw the rock from an overpass on Kellogg Avenue in Columbia-Tusculum, police said.

Pastors lend hand
at Habitat house

               It's pastors' day today at the unfinished Habitat for Humanity house at 861 Jackson St., Lincoln Heights.

        They or their staff will join lay people from their congregations hanging drywall.

        The project includes All Saints Church, Kenwood; Good Shepherd Church, Montgomery; United Methodist Church of the Savior, Montgomery; and Montgomery Community Baptist Church.

        Habitat for Humanity, an international ecumenical Christian ministry, provides building materials and volunteers for affordable housing.

        Recipients work with the volunteers. In Lincoln Heights, Traci Faulk, a single parent with six children, is working with them.

        Ms. Faulk worked on another recipient's home to qualify for a Habitat house.

        Her home is larger than most; five bedrooms despite the small lot.

College Hill fire
damage is $75,000

               Cincinnati fire officials Sunday investigated a fire that caused $75,000 damage to a single-family home in College Hill, District Chief Steve Phillips said. One occupant of 1135 Groesbeck Road suffered minor injuries in the fire at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Volunteer reading
tutors trained

               LEBANON — A four-session Laubach Literacy Workshop will begin Aug. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the renovated Courthouse at 300 E. Silver St. Warren County Adult New Readers (WCANR) will conduct the course, which trains volunteers to tutor nonreading adults.

        Tuition and workshop materials are free. Tutors must attend all four sessions to be certified. Registration is required by Tuesday.

        The second class will be 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29. The remaining two classes are scheduled for Sept. 2 and Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to noon.

        Registration forms are available at the Franklin/Springboro, Lebanon, Mason and Salem Township Public Libraries and the WCANR office at 300 E. Silver St.

        Information: 932-2323 or 800-932-2321.

Adult open house
at Union Institute

               Adults considering college or returning to college are invited to an open house Saturday at the Union Institute, 440 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.

        The program, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will focus on financial aid and admissions for individualized bachelor's and doctoral degrees offered by the institute.

        Details: or 861-6400.

Man's trial begins
in double killing

               STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The trial of one of two men accused in the execution-style shooting death of a college student and his roommate is to begin today.

        A Jefferson County jury will hear opening statements in the aggravated murder trial of Nathan Herring, 19, of Steubenville, accused of kidnapping and killing Brian Muha, 18, of the Columbus suburb of Westerville, and Aaron Land, 20, of Philadelphia, on May 31, 1999.

        Terrell Yarbrough, 19, of Pittsburgh, also has been charged with aggravated murder. His trial is set to begin Sept. 18.

        If convicted, both men could get the death penalty.

        Prosecutors say the students were kidnapped from their house near the Franciscan University campus. They were driven to Pennsylvania near the West Virginia border, taken into the woods and shot.

Dayton girl drowns
at church picnic

               SOUTH VIENNA, Ohio — An 11-year-old girl at a church picnic fell from a boat and drowned in Sylvan Lake on Saturday, officials said.

        Adrina Hunley of Dayton was standing on the rear platform of a ski boat with two other children when they slipped and fell into the water.

        The others, a boy and a girl, were rescued. Adrina's body was recovered about 8:15 p.m., nearly four hours after the accident in this city 33 miles west of Dayton.

        Lt. Scott Williams of the Pleasant Township Fire Department said he did not know if the children were wearing life jackets.

Park for extreme
sports planned

               LOUISVILLE — A year after playing host to a nationally televised extreme sport competition, this city is expected to unveil plans for a $1 million Extreme Sports Park.

        The 2-acre park near the riverfront will have 40,000 square feet of outdoor and indoor features such as bowls, ramps and other facilities for in-line staters, bikers and skateboarders, said Mayor Dave Armstrong.

        “This will be a 24-hour recreational venue and a key part of our effort to improve the ability of people to live, work and play,” Mr. Armstrong said.

        Louisville was host to the ESPN B-3 Games — a series of skateboard, in-line skate and stunt bicycle competitions — in April after having also hosted ESPN's X-Trials last year that attracted 90,000 people.

Helicopter crash
kills Ind. man

               VALPARAISO, Ind. — Authorities said a 44-year-old Valparaiso man was killed Saturday when the helicopter he was piloting crashed into a soybean field.

        Porter County sheriff's Capt. Bud Gootee was off-duty when he witnessed the crash near Indiana 2 and U.S. 30.

        The identity of the pilot was not immediately available.


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