Thursday, September 14, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Nursing home rapist left ball cap behind

        MASON — Police hope a red-and-gray ball cap, left behind at a rape at Brookside Extended Care, might lead them to a suspect.

        They are asking the public to help them find the person who owned the hat, which is embellished with the “screaming skull” insignia for bike racer Scott Russell.

        Police said a 29-year-old severely disabled woman was raped about 4:30 a.m. July 2 in her room.

        The victim, a resident at Brookside for 14 years, does not speak and is profoundly retarded and severely physically disabled. Two other women who have similar medical conditions were in the room at the time of the attack, Brookside officials said.

        The center at 780 Snider Road cares for 104 residents, age 7 to 56, who are moderately or profoundly retarded.

        Anyone with information about the hat or the incident is urged to call Detective Don Cope at 398-5050.

17-year-old guilty of robbery and rape

        A Withrow High School freshman was sentenced to 28 years in prison Wednesday for raping a sales clerk at a GNC Nutrition Store in Westwood.

        Sean Gordon, 17, of Woodburn Avenue in Evanston pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to aggravated robbery, kidnapping and three counts of rape.

        Judge John O'Connor will hear arguments Friday on whether Mr. Gordon should be classified as a “sexual predator.”

        Prosecutors say the teen-ager raped his 16-year-old victim after robbing the store Jan. 18. They say Mr. Gordon, 16 at the time, ran off with the store's video surveillance equipment in an effort to conceal his identity.

        But he left fingerprints all over the store, prosecutors said. The victim later identified him.

Metro wants input from disabled riders

        Representatives of Metro will attend Friday's meeting of the Coalition of Cincinnatians with Disabilities to discuss public transportation issues.

        Metro is seeking feedback on ways to improve its service in an initiative dubbed “Metro Moves.”

        The meeting, open to the public, is 6-8:30 p.m. in Room 110-112 at Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St.

        Information: Call Christopher Sabine, chair of the Coalition of Cincinnatians with Disabilities, 475-5500, extension 503, (days) or 522-4846 (evenings); e-mail suggestions to

        For information about Metro Moves, call 632-7521 or see

Record donations for Habitat homes

        The year isn't over, but already the gift campaign for Tristate Habitat for Humanity has exceeded last year's total contributions by one-third.

        The group, which builds homes and provides services for poor and homeless people, has raised a record $374,541 in donations — including corporate cash, services and materials. That's 36 percent more than last year.

        Organizers say corporations used creative ways to give their time, services and materials this year.

        AK Steel gave All-Steel roofs for Habitat homes locally. Time Warner Cable provided 200 TV and cable spots.

        American Savings Bank provided billboard space. Cincinnati Bell Wireless donated cell phones and call time to construction crews. The Ohio Casualty Group donated to Habitat every time a Cincinnati Red hit an extra-base hit.

        Other corporate donors include Cincinnati Bell Foundation, CHACO Credit Union, Pomeroy Computer Resources, Caldwell Banker/West Shell, Fifth Third Bank and the University of Cin cinnati's athletic department.

        This year, the Tristate group will complete 28 homes for needy families, up from last year's 21 homes.

December trial in child-endangering case

        HAMILTON — A paramedic/firefighter accused of damaging his infant son's brain by shaking him violently will stand trial in December in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

        Jon Cook, 27, of Hamilton is charged with two felony counts of child endangering.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Cook shook Jon Aaron Cook, born Jan. 16. Brain damage was discovered when the baby was brought to a hospital for a broken finger, prosecutors said.

        On Wednesday, Judge Michael Sage set the four-day trial to begin Dec. 11.

        Mr. Cook is free on bond. He still is a firefighter, but his hours and duties have been changed because of the charges.

Epilepsy Council wins recognition

        The Epilepsy Council of Greater Cincinnati recently won top honors from its national foundation as the Affiliate of the Year.

        Margie Frommeyer, executive director of the local council, said innovative work, education and family programs helped earn the Affiliate of the Year award.

        “We're really proud of it,” Ms. Frommeyer said.

        The annual award is voted on by all affiliates of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, and those casting their vote nationwide praised the Cincinnati council for its “diverse range of adult and children programs in the nation.”

        The Cincinnati council has been in operation 57 years and offers programs and assistance to the estimated 2 percent of the Tristate population that suffers or has a family member who suffers from the disease.

        Information: Call 721-2905.

Free trees for joining foundation

        Ten free trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during September. The trees are a part of the nonprofit foundation's Trees for America campaign.

        Tree species include the American redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin oak, red maple, birch, silver maple, red oak and Colorado blue spruce.

        The trees will be shipped postpaid in time for planting between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10 with planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or will be replaced free.

        To receive the trees, send a $10 membership contribution by Sept. 30 to Ten Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Gun found on 17-year-old at school

        DAYTON, Ohio — A high school student was held in juvenile detention Wednesday after being accused of bringing a loaded gun to school.

        Authorities said a .38-caliber derringer was discovered in the pocket of a 17-year-old boy when he arrived Tuesday morning at Patterson Career Center, a downtown high school.

        Jill Moberley, spokeswoman for Dayton public schools, said the weapon was found by a security guard using a metal detector.

        Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor Jim Cole said the student mentioned something about needing the gun for protection, but was not more specific.

        Mr. Cole said the student was charged in Juvenile Court with delinquency counts of illegal conveyance of a firearm into a school building and carrying a concealed weapon.

        If found responsible for those charges, the student could be held in detention until he turns 21.


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Dulli finds some peace
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Seniors strike personal poses
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WorldJam trades asphalt for Sawyer Point
Attorneys argue obligation of insurer in sex-abuse case
Auditor wants full authority
Boy, 6, sent to school as girl
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County agrees to ante up
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Father's statements recounted to court
Feds: Restaurants broke child labor laws
Indiana gas tax suspended again
Industrial park might get rail access
Ken Blackwell recovering from prostate cancer surgery
Kicks offers kids, families an evening on the riverfront
Kiwanis to hold safety fair
Lawyers for suspect, 52, argue he's still a juvenile in 1963 slaying
Money offered in pool death
Nine teachers now semifinalists
Nuns offer tours of Motherhouse in Delhi Twp. on Sunday
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Pete Rose bats for Deters
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- Tristate A.M. Report