Thursday, November 09, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Tanker overturns, closes main rail line

        Cincinnati had its second train derailment in three months when a tank car carrying 28,000 gallons of methanol overturned Wednesday morning along River Road in Addyston.

[photo] TRUCKER KILLED: A Colerain Township firefighter works his way into the cab of a wrecked of a semi Wednesday morning to extricate the body of Lonnie Gipson, 37, of Bond Hill. Mr. Gipson's FedEx tractor-trailer struck a guardrail on Ronald Reagan Highway, rolled into a creek and caught fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said Mr. Gipson was driving east between Pippin Road and Colerain Avenue at 5:17 a.m. when he misjudged a curve and hit the guardrail. The highway was closed for several hours.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Only 20 gallons spilled from the 28,000-gallon car, but the accident caused the main line running along the Ohio River to shut down until late Wednesday.

        The line serves two to four trains daily to and from Indianapolis.

        On Sept. 4, a CSX train collided with another train in Northside near the company's Queensgate rail yard, causing 16 cars to derail and a two-day delay in opening the city's north-south line that handles about 40 trains a day.

        Federal authorities have yet to determine a cause in that accident, which caused no injuries.

        Investigators also have not determined what caused Wednesday's mishap, which also caused no injuries.

        The tanker rolled off an embankment along a switching track near Ashland Oil's Valvoline packaging plant in Addyston and also collided with a caboose. Cabooses now are rarely used on U.S. rail lines.

Four arrested over computer porn

        Four maintenance workers at the Hamilton County Courthouse were arrested Wednesday on charges of using county computers to access pornographic material on the Internet.

        The four employees of American Building Maintenance are accused of using the computers when they were supposed to be working in the evening.

        Courthouse employees called the sheriff's office when they found that their computers were still connected to porn sites in the morning.

        The four maintenance workers — Arthur L. Matlock, 19, Daniel Y. Wells, 19, Roger G. Johnson, 20, and Ellis M. Moore, 21 — were arrested Wednesday by sheriff's deputies.

        According to the sheriff's department, all four lived at Job Corps in the West End.

        The arrests come less than a month after another maintenance employee was arrested on charges of stealing cell phones and cash from a courtroom.

Teen becomes 2nd wreck fatality

        A 14-year-old Cincinnati boy died Tuesday night from injuries received in a crash on Interstate 275.

        Michael D. Elahee was among seven people hurt or killed in a two-car collision Monday on I-275 in Symmes Township. The boy was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital Medical Center late Tuesday.

        The crash occurred after Dorlene E. Lampheare, 27, of Milford, lost control of her Pontiac Grand Prix while heading west near the Montgomery Road overpass, said a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's department.

        Investigators say her car struck a pickup driven by David Toole, 25, of Cincinnati.

        Ms. Lampheare, who was four months pregnant, was pronounced dead at the scene. In addition to Michael, four other children in her car were hurt.

Designing Loveland valentine? Hurry

        The deadline for the 2001 Valentine Card Design Contest sponsored by the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce is Friday.

        Original artwork may be submitted by any resident of the Loveland School District, Loveland Chamber members or those who work in the Loveland community.

        The artwork must reflect the theme “Love Lights the Way” and have space for the phrase, “There is nothing in this world so sweet as love.”

        Entries must be submitted in person at 510 W. Loveland Ave. or mailed to the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 111, Loveland, OH 45140 and postmarked by Friday.

        The winner will receive design credit on the back of the card, local recognition and invitations to the annual Valentine's Day community breakfast and other promotional events.

        For information, call 683-1544.

Wyoming looking for council member

        WYOMING — The Wyoming City Council is taking applications from citizens interested in filling a council seat vacated by outgoing member Garlinn Story.

        Members of council must be qualified voters and must have lived in the community for at least one year.

        Letters expressing interest and/or a resume should be addressed to Mayor David Savage and received at City Hall, 800 Oak Ave., by 5 p.m. Nov. 20.

        Questions about the position or the selection process may be addressed to the mayor or any member of city council at 821-7266.

UC needs students for UC-XU Shout-Out

        The University of Cincinnati is recruiting undergraduates for the fourth annual Crosstown Shout-Out against Xavier University speakers.

        The oratory contest precedes the UC-XU Crosstown Shootout basketball game.

        UC professor Kris Tabor said the topic is “Should Affirmative Action be Abolished?”

        Three students will be chosen to represent UC in the Nov. 30 final. UC finalists each will receive $500.

        Winners will receive $500, $200 or $100 for first, second or third place.

        Information: Tabor, 556-2676 or 620 Teachers College.

Man shot in leg, robbed on street

        Police late Wednesday were searching for at least two people who robbed and shot a man on a street in the Pendleton area in Over-the-Rhine.

        Two or more men armed with handguns and wearing masks approached a group of people on the street near 12th and Spring Streets at about 6:40 p.m., Lt. James Whalen said.

        One of the victims was shot in the leg during the robbery, but his wound was described as not life-threatening.



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