Thursday, September 28, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Cincinnati State awarded charter

        Ohio's Board of Regents has granted a permanent community college charter to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

        The move recognizes the successful shift from a technical college to a dual-purpose, 2-year school.

[photo] SECOND STREET OPENING DELAYED: Officials say that the downtown artery won't open until the end of October. Workers were on the job Wednesday at Walnut Street.
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        To win the charter, Cincinnati State had to demonstrate its commitment to associate of arts and associate of science degrees.

        It has offered those programs under a provisional charter for the past six years.

        Cincinnati State — then Cincinnati Technical College — received its technical college charter in 1969. It became Cincinnati State in 1994.

Man poses as former cop, swindles $18K

        A man pretending to be a former Cincinnati police chief swindled $18,000 from an elderly man Tuesday.

        A white male in his 50s persuaded a 74-year-old man to withdraw the money from his bank account, police said.

        Police in District 2 were investigating. No further information was available.

Group donates $35K to Bedinghaus run

        The Family First Political Action Committee has donated $35,000 to Hamilton County Commission President Bob Bedinghaus' re-election campaign.

        The contribution represents 67 percent of the PAC's total political contributions — which amount to $52,000 this year. John Dowlin, the other county commissioner up for re-election, received a $1,000 contribution.

        Mr. Bedinghaus is running against Cincinnati Councilman Todd Portune in what figures to be one of the most hotly contested county races in recent memory.

        Joe Brinck, chairman of the Family First board, said questionnaire responses from both Mr. Portune and Mr. Bedinghaus were reviewed before a decision was made on an endorsement and campaign contribution.

        Mr. Portune has supported abortion rights, equality for homosexuals and laws against hate crimes during his tenure on City Council. Mr. Portune says all of those stances are consistent with family values.

        Family First is a group dedicated to supporting pro-life candidates.

Man, 30, killed in motorcycle accident

        EVENDALE — A 30-year-old Springfield Township man died when the motorcycle he was operating went off a curve on Evendale Drive early Wednesday and crashed through a fence, police said.

        Evendale Police Sgt. Niel Korte said the body of Curtis Franklin of Meadowbrook Drive was discovered near his Yamaha motorcycle by Jerry Dwertman of St. Bernard, who was jogging along the road just north of Glendale-Milford Road about 4 a.m.

        Sgt. Korte said the cause of the accident remains under investigation. There were no skid marks or any other indication speed was a factor. The victim suffered head injuries.

        The Hamilton County coroner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death. No foul play is suspected, the officer said.

        Police are asking for anyone who may have seen a motorcycle being driven southbound on Evendale Drive between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday to call 563-2249.

Officials: River's bacteria levels high

        The bacteria in the Ohio River is at “unhealthful” levels, officials announced Wednesday.

        The reading was taken Sept. 26 and measured at 32, said Cincinnati Health Commissioner Malcolm Adcock. Unhealthful levels begin at 31.

        The Ohio River Water Quality Index, tracked by the Cincinnati Health Department, measures fecal coliform bacteria, a contamination linked to raw sewage bypassing treatment plants.

        Users of the Ohio River should be aware that there is increased risk for infection and disease with this ranking.

        The city of Cincinnati's drinking water is not related to this issue, officials said.

        Information: 564-1780.

Jury awards estate to humane society

        SANDUSKY, Ohio — The animals have won.

        Jurors decided Wednesday that a northern Ohio Humane Society shelter and its animals are the proper heirs of a cat lover's fortune.

        Family members contested the will of Ruth Ann Lovett, who left the shelter $325,000 so it could take care of her cat. Family members said the will was altered and that Ms. Lovett was under stress from medication when she signed it.

        But the Erie County jury decided after about two hours that the animals should get the money.

        Ms. Lovett wrote in her will, dated Sept. 6, 1989, that her relatives didn't need her money.

        “All my life I have been an animal lover, and specifically had cats as my friends and companions,” she wrote.

        About three months after she died in 1996, the Humane Society of Erie County put her 18-year-old Siamese cat, named Sinbad, to sleep because of kidney failure. That's when the battle over the will began.

        Gary Yontz, Ms. Lovett's financial adviser, testified Tuesday that Ms. Lovett made it clear that she wanted her entire estate turned over to the humane society.

Court weighs deals for accused lawyers

        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court is considering allowing lawyers accused of misconduct to negotiate a punishment if they admit to wrongdoing.

        “This really would be used for the most minor cases,” Alison Randall, a court spokeswoman, said Wednesday.

        The penalty would be reviewed by the court's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline. The court would retain the right to order a stronger punishment, said Chief Justice Thomas Moyer.

Middletown campus enrollment rises

        Total undergraduate and minority enrollment in the Middletown campus of Miami University rose this year.

        Initial figures show an increase of 116 undergrads to 2,689 and 207 minority students, up from 186 last year.

Judges tighten drug-test rules
Net sex charges follow teacher
Relations with police hashed
Memories gone with the wind
PULFER: Purcell Marian
Officer dragged 20 ft. after reaching into car
$42 million buys West Chester lot of park
Butler to cover official's giveaways
Frank talk advised
A City in the Making
Classical piece incorporates computer
Early word
Theater Review
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Leather still a cut above
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Patton pushes student health
Order gives Patton authority to increase women appointees
City pledges to build character
City to open time capsule
Clermont water, sewer bills cut
End to property transfer tax asked
Events leading to fatal shots detailed in court
Family Doberman attacks toddler
Field closed to ballplayers
Firm seeks to overturn ruling on proposal for limestone mine
Honoring sacrifices
In the schools
Neighbors dread power station plan
No apathy in voter signup
Prosecutors describe slaying scene
Residents to decide peace pole's design
Schools' football contests canceled
Some locals support film regulation
St. X soccer players disciplined for hazing
Suit against Newport, policeman dismissed
Two candidates remain for Fairfield
Get to it
Pig Parade: O Sowlo Meeeeeo
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