Friday, November 03, 2000

Local Digest

Electrical cause cited in Hartwell fire

        A fire two weeks ago in Hartwell that killed an 11-year-old boy was caused by an electrical problem.

        The fire started in the electrical wiring in the living room of the Curazon Drive house, Capt. Dan Rottmueller of the Cincinnati Fire Division's investigative unit said Thursday. It destroyed the house, for a total damage estimate of $94,300.

        The Oct. 19 fire killed Matthew Timothy Rodgers, a sixth-grade student at Hartwell Elementary School. Firefighters were unable to get to him because the house was engulfed in flames. It collapsed within five minutes of their arrival.

        Matthew's grandfather and guardian, Rick Caudill, was seriously burned in the fire. He remains in University Hospital.

Cincinnati-bound plane
makes emergency landing

               INDIANAPOLIS — A Comair plane carrying 42 passengers made an emergency landing Thursday in Indianapolis after a warning light alerted pilots to a problem in the hydraulics system.

        Comair Flight 5748 was traveling from Des Moines, Iowa, to Cincinnati when a warning light came on in the cockpit, according to a report on Indianapolis television station WRTV.

        The plane landed safely at about 2 p.m., WRTV reported. There were no injuries.

        Comair, based in Cincinnati, is a regional jet service owned by Delta Air Lines. A phone message left at Comair was not returned Thursday evening.

        The television station reported that Comair crews were en route to Indianapolis to investigate.

Hamilton swears in
four new officers

               HAMILTON — Four new, sorely needed police officers took their oaths of office Thursday during a ceremony in Hamilton Municipal Court.

        The city's police department has been understaffed by at least six officers, and the city's police union asked City Council to find a way to pay for the new hires, who all live in Hamilton. They are:

        • Matthew R. Blauvelt, 32, a former Butler County Juvenile Court probation officer and deputy bailiff/warrant officer for the city's municipal court.

        • Robert M. Snyder, 30, formerly a physical therapist.

        • Kevin B. Holstein, 25, who used to work as a probation officer in the Intensive Supervised Probation Unit of the Butler County Courts.

        • Thomas A. Lampl, 31, a former employee of Reliance Services.

SWAT team assists as
2 arrested in drug raid

               NORWOOD — Two men were arrested by police here early Thursday and charged with multiple drug violations.

        The Hamilton County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team assisted because of the number of guns police suspected were in the house in the 2400 block of Kenilworth Avenue in east Norwood, police Chief William Schlie said.

        “We called in SWAT to ensure the safety of the operation as we served the warrants,” the chief said. “They were very effective.”

        Keith Wright Sr., 46, and his son, Brian Wright, 18, were arrested at about 2:50 a.m.

        The younger Mr. Wright was charged with felony drug abuse with multiple charges of trafficking in drugs pending. Police said the Wrights have been under investigation for several months.

        The elder Mr. Wright faces two counts of permitting drug abuse — one a felony, the other a misdemeanor. Chief Schlie said Keith Wright permitted parties involving heavy drug use at the house and “several female and male juveniles were in the house at the time” of the police action “and are facing numerous charges involving possession of drugs.” The chief was uncertain of the number of juveniles charged.

        Keith Wright Sr., also was charged with illegal possession of Valium and marijuana. About 12 ounces of marijuana was seized, as well as an undetermined but large amount of cash and “numerous handguns,” Chief Schlie said.

        The Wrights are scheduled for arraignment this morning in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

        The arrests continue a city-wide drug-enforcement effort launched by Chief Schlie earlier this year.

Anti-school levy
ads begin airing

               The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) began airing radio ads Thursday that encourage voters to vote no on Issue 33, the 6-mill tax levy for Cincinnati Public Schools.

        The ads feature a man and a women discussing the levy, and the price of a mill. The couple's conversation hits on broken promises, the Buenger Commission and the district's high drop-out rates and low test scores.

        The spot ends with Jim Ur- ling, COAST chairman, talking about the district's statistics, such as 67 percent of ninth-graders failing the ninth-grade Ohio Proficiency Test.

        Tom Brinkman, COAST founder, said the group bought 111 spots on six radio stations for $12,400.

        Mr. Brinkman said the facts cited in the ad were taken from the Ohio Department of Education Web site.

        The levy the district is asking for would generate $35.8 million a year. If passed, the new tax would mean an additional $175 on a home with a market value of $100,000.

Sheriff to auction
off 27 old vehicles

               Hamilton County Sheriff Simon L. Leis Jr. will conduct a public auction Nov. 19 to dispose of 27 forfeited and surplus vehicles.

        The auction will be conducted at the Hamilton County Sheriff's patrol headquarters, 11021 Hamilton Ave. in northern Hamilton County.

        The vehicles to be auctioned range from 1969 to 1994 models. There are many domestic and foreign manufacturers and body styles of two- and four-door cars, vans and pickups.

        The auction will start at 1 p.m. The vehicles will be available for viewing one hour before.

        To expedite the auction, bidder numbers will be required for all wishing to bid, so attendees should arrive soon enough before the auction starting time.

        Terms of sale: cash at time of sale; all vehicles sold “as is” with no guarantee of condition; must be removed from the premises immediately after the sale. Some vehicles have salvage title.

        For more information, call Deputy Joe Washington at 825-1500.

Senior Health Fair
offers free screenings

               SPRINGFIELD TWP. — A free Senior Health Fair, sponsored by Senior Care Preferred of the Health Alliance, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Grove, 9158 Winton Road.

        Screenings offered include: blood pressure, osteoporosis, feet, colorectal cancer and more.

        Informational booths include Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program; Cincinnati Area Senior Services; Council on Aging; Pro Seniors and the American Cancer Society.

        For information, or to make a reservation, call 585-6462 or go online to .com/seniors.


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