Sunday, September 03, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Covedale School is civic award winner

        Covedale School, a Cincinnati Public School, won first place in the Civic Garden Center's Civic Beautification Awards in August.

        A highlight of Covedale campus' landscaping is a new Japanese-style garden. The garden was paid for by an $800 grant for a school garden project.

[photo] RIGHT SIDE UP AGAIN: Police shut down the westbound lanes of Fort Washington Way for more than nine hours Saturday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying steel wire hit a retaining wall about 1:30 a.m. near Lytle Tunnel and overturned. The driver was cited for speeding.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        The award will be presented at a ceremony Sept. 28 at the Ault Park Pavilion to members of Covedale's Beautification team: Carol Zimmer, a Covedale teacher, and Lori Brucato, a parent, both of whom are co-leaders for the school's student Garden Club; Mary Schlueter, lead teacher at Covedale; Principal Michele Wenger, and Assistant Principal John Hader.

Teachers invited to tour bear exhibit

               The Cincinnati Zoo's Education Department invites teachers on a free tour of the new Lords of the Arctic polar bear exhibit from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

        Each teacher may bring one guest on the VIP Educator's Tour. Refreshments will be served. The zoo is located at 3400 Vine St.

        Reservations are required by Tuesday. Information: 475-6137.

Dancers arrested during golf outing

               ORRVILLE, Ohio — Seven nightclub dancers were arrested Friday for stripping during a private golf outing.

        Dancers from Gatsby's Pub in Canton allegedly took off their bikinis for male golfers at Pines Golf Course in Orrville, located about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland.

        The annual outing is for customers of the pub, and the dancers serve beer during the event, said attorney Steve Lo Dico.

        The women were charged with misdemeanor public indecency.

        Deputies said undercover officers videotaped the striptease acts. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office notified a Cleveland television station, which filmed the arrest from a helicopter hovering above the course.

        A woman who answered the phone at Gatsby's on Saturday said the owner was not available. She declined comment.

        The women are scheduled to be arraigned in Wooster Municipal Court on Sept. 12. They were released from jail after posting bond.

4 dead, 1 injured in Wayne Co. crash

               WOOSTER, Ohio — A small plane on its way to the Cleveland Air Show crashed Saturday in Wayne County, killing the pilot and three passengers and seriously injuring one person.

        The 24-year-old Piper Cherokee Six 300 airplane went down in a wooded area shortly before 6 a.m. in Apple Creek, about 50 miles south of Cleveland. The plane had taken off from Preferred Airport, about a mile south of the crash site, said Lt. Joel Smith of the State Highway Patrol.

        The area around the airport was foggy Saturday morning, but it is unclear whether weather played a role in the crash.

        The plane was on its way to Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland when it crashed, Lt. Smith said.

        Its owner and pilot, Bryan E. Collins Jr., 55, of Chesapeake, Va., died. Also killed were Daryl L. Keegle, 40; his son, Jonathan; and Andrew Geiser, all of Apple Creek. Lt. Smith said he thought the boys were about 13.

        Mr. Geiser's father, Roland Geiser, 44, was in serious condition at Akron General Medical Center.

New paint supply sought for contract

               NEWARK, Ohio — A painting contract that led to the suspension of a city official has been awarded to a local business.

        Mayor Frank Stare said the city awarded the $19,000 contract to provide paint for 42 downtown buildings to a Sherwin-Williams store.

        The contract originally was awarded without competitive bidding to Porter Paints of Gahanna, a business managed by the husband of Valerie Hans, the city's economic development chief.

        City Law Director James Hostetter canceled the contract after he determined that Ms. Hans had a conflict of interest. She serves on the Newark Alliance, a public-private board overseeing the painting project.

        Mr. Stare suspended Ms. Hans without pay for seven days after Mr. Hostetter issued his ruling. He also ordered that the city ask 10 paint suppliers to bid on the contract.

        Mr. Hostetter said Ms. Hans should have told city Development Director Bill Slocum not to award the contract to Porter Paints.

        Mr. Slocum said he went ahead with the purchase after Ms. Hans assured him her husband had nothing to do with the contract.

        Stephen Fowler, executive director of the Newark Alliance, said five buildings were painted with Porter paint before the city auditor canceled the contract.


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- Tristate A.M. Report