Monday, October 16, 2000

Local Digest

Ohio officials honor local police standouts

        Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission honored seven officers and two departments, including local law enforcement officials, at an awards luncheon Thursday.

        Detective Tim Amburgey and Officer James Brown of the Loveland Police Department received the distinguished law enforcement valor award.

        Officer Michael L. Robinson of the Dayton Police Department received the distinguished law enforcement commendation for valor.

        Deputy Chief John M. DiPietro of the Miami Township Police Department received the award for distinguished law enforcement service.

Ceremony activates
Army Reserve unit

               A recently organized Army Reserve unit that will be based in Sharonville officially came into existence Sunday during a field activation ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio.

        The commander of the 633rd Quartermaster Battalion accepted the newly unfurled colors of the unit, which will be commanded by Lt. Col. Don S. Cornett.

        The 633rd is a headquarters unit that supervises the establishment and operation of temporary petroleum storage facilities in an Army operation. The unit also is responsible for the command and control of company size units that lay, operate and retrieve hose lines, and that maintain the bulk petroleum stocks.

        During peacetime the unit will oversee the training and operations of several types of company-size units already established in the area.

Trade coalition
sponsors meetings

               The Coalition for a Humane Economy, a Cincinnati-area organization that promotes awareness of global economic trade, is sponsoring a series of town meetings.

        The meetings will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday starting this week and lasting through Nov. 15. Each will cover a specific topic, with discussion coordinated by specialists in that area.

        Highlights include:

        • Sunday: Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader will speak at the University of Cincinnati.

        • Nov. 1: Topic will be sweatshop labor and organizing the student movement, Xavier University.

        • Nov. 17: Interfaith Prayer and Vigil, 6 p.m., Union Terminal.

        For more information, call Sister Alice Gerdeman at 579-8547.

League to open
voter campaign

               To start this year's voter education campaign, the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area will celebrate League Day on the Square Thursday.

        Members will demonstrate the league's Web site and answer questions about voting, absentee ballots and election issues from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fountain Square.

        Free copies of “Who and What of Elections,” a nonpartisan election guide, will be available.

        The online guide is available at

Park selected
as "bird area'

               Burnet Woods has been chosen one of 71 sites by Audubon Ohio as an “Important Bird Area.”

        Burnet Woods is a 90-acre habitat with a concentration of migratory land birds, and with a history of bird research, according to Audubon Ohio.

        The selection was out of 140 nominations made by Audubon members, chapters and the citizens of Ohio.

        A dedication ceremony, at which all 71 important bird areas will be announced, is 11 a.m. Wednesday t the Trailside Museum at the north end of Burnet Woods off Clifton Avenue between St. Clair and Ludlow.

Fires displace
five residents

               Two Greater Cincinnati fires over the weekend caused no injuries, but did leave several residents displaced.

        When firefighters responded to a one-alarm West End fire in the 1900 block of Baymiller Street early Saturday night, the second floor was engulfed in flames. Two apartments in the three-family building were vacant.

        Investigators say a mother and two daughters were displaced. They estimate damage at $10,000.

        A second fire in a three-story, five-unit apartment in the 800 block of Lexington in Avondale left two men displaced and $10,000 in damage. No one was injured.

        Both fires are under investigation.

Driver dies after
car strikes pole

               Hamilton police are investigating a car crash early Sunday morning that left the driver dead.

        A car traveling north on Erie Boulevard near Sipple Avenue went off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole at 2:25 a.m., police said.

        The driver was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he died.

        Police are not releasing the name of the driver until relatives can be notified. There were no passengers.

Student charged
with son's death

               BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An Indiana University graduate student faces murder charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of her son three years ago.

        Julie Rea, 31, of Bloomington, was arrested Thursday after a grand jury in Lawrence County, Ill., indicted her on two counts of murder.

        The first count alleges she intentionally stabbed her son Joel Kirkpatrick, 10, and the second alleges she stabbed him with intent to kill.

        On Oct. 13, 1997, police found the boy's body in Ms. Rea's residence near Lawrenceville, Ill. Ms. Rea had called police from her neighbor's home, saying an attacker entered her house and she thought her son had been kidnapped.

        Ms. Rea gave police a description of the attacker, but a suspect was not found.

        Ms. Rea could face the death penalty if convicted. Her attorneys intend to fight her extradition to Illinois.

        Ms. Rea is a doctoral student in educational psychology at IU.

Charity bingo
raises millions

               INDIANAPOLIS — Nonprofit organizations in Indiana generated more money than ever from bingo this past fiscal year, even though the number of organizations with bingo licenses dropped, according to a recent report by the Indiana Department of Revenue.

        Statewide, nonprofit groups collected $509 million from bingo, contributed about $8.4 million to other organizations and retained $36 million for their own use.

        Groups generated an additional $76 million in revenue from licensed raffles and other games of chance.

        “This shows again that clearly charity gaming in Indiana is big business,” said Larry McKee, deputy commissioner of the Department of Revenue.

        But it's a business that pours hundreds of thousands of dollars into charitable work, organization leaders said.

        For example, 11 nonprofit organizations in southern Indiana ran licensed bingo operations, and each exceeded $1 million in revenue. Those groups gave an average of $48,000 to other charities.


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