Thursday, September 07, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Probe of train wreck takes time

        Investigators may need a week or more to determine the cause of a CSX freight train crash in Northside.

        The wreck occurred Monday morning when a locomotive pulling 64 cars struck the rear of another train on a set of three tracks near Spring Grove Avenue. All three tracks were reopened by Tuesday.

        A spokesman for CSX said Wednesday that investigators from the company and the National Transportation Safety Board will need at least several days to figure out what happened and why.

        The spokesman, Gary Wollenhaupt, said the investigation could take as long as a week.

        The empty tanker car that triggered the crash will be cleaned and cut into scrap metal.

Child left in car; father put in jail

        A Price Hill man was charged with child endangering Wednesday after leaving his 7-month-old daughter inside a car at Northgate Mall.

        Hamilton County sheriff's deputies charged Marlin Wallace, 26, after receiving a report about 1:55 p.m. that an infant had been left inside a car for more than an hour.

        By the time deputies arrived, mall security had removed the child. Mr. Wallace was arrested when he went to his car.

        The infant was turned over to Children's Protective Services. Mr. Wallace was at the Hamilton County Justice Center Wednesday night.

        Police said the girl did not appear to suffer any ill effects.

Salem Twp. deaths ruled murder-suicide

        SALEM TOWNSHIP — An autopsy has confirmed that a Ludlum Road man fatally shot his common-law wife of 22 years, then turned the gun on himself, Warren County Sheriff Tom Ariss said Wednesday.

        Investigators still were trying to determine what led to the murder-suicide, but Detective Kenneth McCloud said it appeared that Gary Michael West, 56, and Rose Marie Moore, 42, of Lebanon, were estranged.

        The couple's 17-year-old daughter found their bodies in the kitchen of Mr. West's residence about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Detective McCloud said Ms. Moore was shot once in the chest with a semi-automatic pistol, and Mr. West had a single gunshot wound to the head.

        The couple did not have a history of domestic violence, sheriff's officials said. However, Mr. West, who was placed on five years' probation in 1992 for an attempted robbery, was arrested in March on charges of aggravated menacing and having a weapon under disability. Sheriff's officials said Mr. West was accused of shooting at a man who was repossessing his car.

Schoolboy accused of attacks on adults

        A 12-year-old boy will face charges in court today of biting a teacher and trying to stab an assistant principal at Crest Hills Middle School.

        Police say the boy, a special-education student, became upset in class Tuesday and had to be restrained. In the struggle, police say, the boy bit a teacher on her right wrist and attempted to stab the assistant principal with scissors.

        Prosecutors say the boy, not named because he is a juvenile, will be arraigned today on two charges of assaulting a teacher. If convicted, he could face up to one year in juvenile detention.

HMO reminder: Teens need boosters

        One of the Tristate's largest HMOs wants local teens to get their booster shots.

        United Healthcare's offices in Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia are reminding parents that some childhood vaccinations can wear off over the years. Before age 17, the health plan says, children should get four booster vaccines: for chicken pox; hepatitis B; tetanus and diphtheria; and measles, mumps and rubella.

        The insurer covers the immunizations.

Schools issue bond for energy updates

        Cincinnati schools will issue a $27.8 million, one-year bond to pay the costs of energy conservation measures.

        This bond combines two existing bonds and reduces costs. At the same time, the district is paying down $2.5 million in principal.

        The money was used to remodel and install energy-saving measures in school buildings, such as new lighting and heating and air-conditioning systems.

        The bond will be issued next September and will be paid off in 10 years.

Autopsy shows girl died of gunshot

        AVA, Ohio — A 12-year-old girl whose body was found along with those of six family members in their burned trailer died of a single gunshot wound, preliminary autopsy results released Wednesday showed.

        Noble County Sheriff Landon T. Smith said Kayla Pangle died the same way as her 5-year-old twin sisters, Trina and Trinda; brother, Derek, 7; and mother, Sheryl, 29.

        Preliminary autopsy results were pending on the children's father, Richard Pangle, 37, and another child, Brett, 10.

        The seven, whose bodies were found Monday, were victims of an apparent murder-suicide, authorities have said.

Accused doctor released on bail

        DAYTON, Ohio — A doctor accused of giving his ex-girlfriend prescription drugs to try to cause a miscarriage was released from jail Wednesday on a reduced bond.

        Dr. Maynard Muntzing was surrounded by reporters when he walked out of the Montgomery County Jail alone.

        “The truth will come out soon,” said Dr. Muntzing. He declined to comment further.

        Dr. Muntzing, 34, of Lima, is accused of putting Cytotec, a drug that could cause a miscarriage, in his ex-girlfriend's drink. Michelle Baker, 33, of Huber Heights, said she became pregnant in May.

        A grand jury indicted Dr. Muntzing on 16 felony counts, including four counts of attempted aggravated murder. If convicted of all counts, he could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.

Maureen Reagan to speak here

        Maureen Reagan, daughter of former President Reagan and national spokeswoman for the American Alzheimer's Association, will speak Sept. 22 at a trade show in Cincinnati.

        Ms. Reagan's address is part of an annual conference for the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes, Housing & Services for the Aging, scheduled for Sept. 20-22 at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.

Cancer charity recruiting runners

        After raising more than $1.7 million for leukemia research last year, the Southern Ohio chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has begun recruiting runners for Cincinnati's next Flying Pig Marathon plus four events in other states.

        The society's Team in Training program organizes coaches and travel arrangements for groups of marathoners. The Southern Ohio chapter has scheduled 12 sign-up meetings between Sept. 20 and Nov. 14 at various locations. For information, call 361-2100.


Hundreds pay respects to slain officer
Visitation held for 12-year-old
Funeral details
Grieving for a policeman
Girl has no right to sue
Two school districts awarded Gates grants
City filling deadly pool
Girl's lawyer blasts police
PULFER: A disabled child
New Fenwick High planners get go-ahead to raise money
Report critical of port authority
KNIP'S VIEW: National spotlight focuses on Cincinnati
Daughter stands in for Gore
Economists deride Gore's plan for 'rainy day' fund
Ag society fair game in lawsuit over prize pig
Boone backs off ban on underground mining
Burglary suspect caught within hours
Cost grows for flood plan along Duck Creek
County group has new leader
Couple faces gun charges
Dad's statement in baby's death allowed
Engineer staff complains to county
Father loses bid to squelch statement
Halls overflow with potential pets
Hamilton County GOP endorses city school levy
High court asked for new Justin ruling
Ind. town awash in arts, crafts, fun events
'Inherit the Wind' debate fresh again
Key Foundation celebration to be benefit, too, as usual
Lunken charter jet firm backs off threat to leave
Mules and Model A cars join Harvest Home Fair
N. Ky. boosters raise money
New Middletown sirens wail on cue
Runway study won't be ready this year
Second Street delayed again
Taft challenges community to help students learn to read
Turfway effort boosts betting
Vandals get probation, must pay $80K for damage
Village contracts garbage pickups
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