Sunday, October 22, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Biker charged in 120-mph police chase

        A 27-year-old Milford man led authorities in the Tristate on a high-speed chase late Friday, crossing three states before being caught in Cincinnati.

        Kevin Walker of Meadow Creek Drive traveled 45 miles through Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana on his motorcycle in a 42-minute chase, police say.

        Authorities say Mr. Walker's speed exceeded 120 mph on the interstate and that he collided with a Cincinnati police cruiser during the chase.

        Mr. Walker was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, operating a motor vehicle with expired plates, failure to maintain control, driving under suspension and failure to exchange information, as well as speeding. He was being held without bond at the Hamilton County Justice Center Saturday.

        Several agencies called off pursuit during the chase, but Mr. Walker was trailed by a Hamilton County sheriff's helicopter, allowing officers to resume the chase when Mr. Walker re-entered Ohio, police say.

Would-be thief stabs store worker

        COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP — An employee at Kmart here was stabbed in the arm after attempting to stop a would-be thief Saturday afternoon.

        LeRoy Bates of Cincinnati was released from Jewish Hospital after treatment for a cut in his arm that required several stitches, according to Sherry Brogdon, a manager at the store at 5500 Ridge Road.

        The would-be thief fled and no arrests have been made. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

New MRI scanner at Hamilton hospital

        HAMILTON — Fort Hamilton Hospital has installed a new MRI scanner that should offer improved quality of diagnostic images and more comfort for patients.

        Dubbed a “high-field” MRI, the machine can produce images of the brain, abdomen, spine and joints three times sharper than most “open” MRIs. The device was installed with a crane through an opening in the hospital's roof last week. The new MRI works faster, its tube is about half as long and it features a larger opening than traditional MRIs.

UC allergist urges more biotech studies

        A Tristate allergy specialist has called for closer study of genetically engineered corn in the wake of recent government recalls of modified corn products that were not meant for human consumption.

        In recent years, scientists have developed a line of corn, often called Bt-corn, that produces an insect-killing toxin. The federal government has not approved the crop to be used in food.

        This summer, however, some Bt-corn got mixed in with regular corn, triggering recalls.

        In a letter last week to the U.S. secretary of agriculture, University of Cincinnati allergy specialist Dr. Jonathan Bernstein said his office conducted a study in 1999 that found increased allergic reactions to gene-modified corn in migrant workers.

        While some scientists have said the risk of allergic reaction to Bt-corn appears low, Dr. Bernstein contends that a more comprehensive study is needed.

Deerfield Twp. talk on land use

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — An informational meeting to review Deerfield Township zoning policies and procedures and the master land-use plan will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the MAB meeting hall at Landen Station on Montgomery Road.

        Public Works Director Larry Weis will give a presentation on the township's zoning codes and regulations.

        Bob Craig, Warren County's deputy planner, will provide an overview of the historical evolution of Deerfield's master plan and zoning. The public is invited. Call (513) 683-5805 for more information.

Police shoot, kill man wielding knife

        CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — State troopers Friday fatally shot a man who they say charged at them with a butcher knife during a traffic stop.

        The State Highway Patrol on Saturday identified the man as Theodore Kelper, 24, of Stow.

        Sgt. Gary Lewis, a patrol spokesman, said that about noon, a trooper on Interstate 77 in Tuscarawas County spotted a vehicle reported stolen.

        After a brief chase south into Guernsey County, the vehicle stopped and Mr. Kelper , who was a passenger in the vehicle, got out with a knife in his hand.

        Mr. Kelper ignored troopers' warnings to drop the knife, police said. Troopers using Mace could not subdue him. He lunged at them and was shot, Sgt. Lewis said.

        Mr. Kelper was taken to Southeast Ohio Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Motorcyclist dies after hitting deer
        A 29-year-old Williamsburg man was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle after striking a deer on U.S. 52 just east of Utopia in Brown County.

        Robert E. Minnie, of Hess Road, was traveling west on U.S. 52 at about 7:55 p.m. when a deer ran in front of his motorcycle, said Sgt. Brad Rhodes of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Georgetown post.

        Mr. Minnie could not avoid the animal and the collision threw him from his vehicle, he said.

        Mr. Minnie was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was not wearing a helmet.


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