Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Local Digest

Complaint filed in race for Congress

        John Cranley, the Democrat challenging Rep. Steve Chabot in the 1st District congressional race, has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission.

        He charges Mr. Chabot received an illegal, in-kind contribution by knowingly buying reduced-priced signs made by Silk Screen Products in 1996. He said Mr. Chabot illegally mixed corporate money with a congressional election.

        The signs were initially made for Citizens for a Major League Future, a group that worked to pass the tax levy to build the Bengals' new football stadium. The owner offered the Chabot campaign a discount for 50-75 of the 1,100 purchased if they would use the back of the signs for their printed materials.

        Funding for the stadium political action committee came from corporations. Under Ohio law, ballot issue PACs may accept funds from corporations but may not make contributions to candidates, Mr. Cranley said in his letter to the commission.

        “They knowingly accepted a rebate and that rebate amounts to an in-kind contribution,” Mr. Cranley said.

        Said Brian Griffith, Mr. Chabot's campaign manager: “It sounds pretty desperate to me.”

Kroger stores join
Xenia relief efforts

               Kroger stores in Greater Cincinnati and the Miami Valley are accepting cash donations for Xenia, Ohio, disaster relief following last week's tornado.

        All proceeds will benefit the Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Donations will be accepted until the Red Cross no longer requires assistance for this effort.

        To make a donation, tell the cashier you would like to donate money to “Disaster Relief — Code 911.” Cash and personal checks are accepted.

CVS drug store
robbed in Clermont

               BATAVIA TOWNSHIP — A man with a gun robbed a CVS pharmacy Monday afternoon.

        The robber entered the pharmacy in the 1300 block of Ohio 125 about 3:30 p.m., showed a handgun and fled with a quantity of prescription drugs, the Clermont County Sheriff's Office said.

        The robber fled in gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the sheriff said.

Mother, daughter
killed in crash

               WEST UNION, Ohio — A mother and daughter were killed Monday on Ohio 41 when their car left the road, flipped and landed in a creek.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred about 3:30 p.m., about 8 miles south of West Union. An initial investigation indicates the two drowned, the patrol said. It was raining at the time.

        The victims were identified as Lisa K. Williams, 35, of Water Street in Aberdeen, and Heather R. Williams, 13.

Northside library
has a new name

               The newly renamed Northside Branch Library, 4219 Hamilton Ave., celebrated its grand reopening last weekend.

        The branch opened originally on April 27, 1908, built with money from Andrew Carnegie. During the past year, the library underwent extensive renovation including installation of an elevator and creation of new lower-level program space.

        The branch, formerly the Cumminsville Branch Library, offers four free Internet-access computers.

Quebec Heights
students reassigned

               Crowding at Quebec Heights School means some students will be reassigned. The school is over its projected enrollment by 150 students.

        Parents were contacted by school officials and have the option of sending their children to Whittier, Gamble or Roberts. Parents expressing objections to the reassignment will be allowed to remain at Quebec Heights.

        If the redistricting effort does not reduce enrollment at the school, modular classrooms will be provided.

Monfort Heights
celebrates community

               GREEN TOWNSHIP — Monfort Heights will hold a Community Night 5-7:30 p.m. today at Monfort Heights Elementary School, 3711 West Fork Road, to salute those who make the community special.

        The evening will feature a car show, radio-controlled aircraft flight demonstrations, an outdoor band concert with the Colerain Cardinal Band, giveaways of food, products, services and ice cream.

        Bring a blanket or folding chair. Information: Call 389-1570.

U.S. Bancorp can't
give out information

               COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery announced an agreement forcing U.S. Bancorp to stop selling account holders' personal information.

        The agreement, a combined effort with 37 other states plus the District of Columbia, will disallow the giving away of names, telephone numbers, account numbers and other sensitive financial data to marketers.

        Customers were sent various items through the mail or were phoned. The agreement was filed in federal district court in Minnesota, the bank's home state.

Son turns himself in
to face murder charges

               UNION, Ohio — A son of an elderly couple found slain in their apartment has turned himself into police to face murder charges.

        Scott A. Mink, 36, of Union was held Monday in the Montgomery County Jail after surrendering to police Sunday night in Tipp City, Ohio, sheriff's Sgt. Charles Turner said.

        Mr. Mink was charged Friday with two counts of murder in his parents' deaths, Sgt. Turner said.

        “He cooperated fully with detectives,” he said.

        William Mink, 79, and his wife, Sheila, 72, were found dead in their apartment Thursday by a relative.

        Montgomery County Sheriff David Vore said the victims appeared to have been severely beaten. The coroner's office said the couple died of multiple trauma.

        Union is about 10 miles northwest of Dayton.


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Prosecutor wants tough penalties for brawlers
Deadly culvert meets standards
PULFER: Grieving mother grateful for Chance
Community ready to help out boys' families
Services, donations for the victims
Luken scolds Bedinghaus about Banks
Rowdiness may end Beechwood-CovCath game
Campaigns try to get youth involved
City loses out on big convention
Editorial: City deserves better from Bengals
Tarbell, intruder scuffle
Antique zoo carousel gets a Seattle home
Pig Parade: Hog Wired
Kids lit: Olympics-related titles
What Tristaters are reading
Boone jail might ease crowding in Kenton
Bus links Hamilton to Oxford
Child service progress seen
Clinic opens in Avondale school
Delhi history comes to life in video
Edgewood pact has raise for teachers
Gibson space touted
Interns' raise doesn't make grade
Judge allows use of boy's confession
Judges' right hand retires
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