Sunday, November 12, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

House in Carthage destroyed by fire

        A Carthage house was destroyed by a two-alarm fire early Saturday, but the building's four residents escaped thanks to a smoke alarm, Cincinnati fire officials said.

        The fire at 109 66th Street was reported at 4:09 a.m. and caused $100,000 worth of damage, said Fire Division Chief Paul Webber.

        Chief Webber said an initial investigation showed that a faulty fireplace caused the blaze, which spread through the house up the walls.

        It took 30 minutes to put out the fire, and one firefighter suffered minor burns to his left hand.

Bike rider injured by hit-and-run driver

        A Winton Place man was in good condition Saturday after being struck in a hit-and-run incident while riding his bicycle near his home late Friday.

        Charles Brewster, 37, of the 5600 block of Winton Road, was hit by a gold vehicle about 9 p.m. on the same block near Mr. Brewster's apartment building. He was admitted to University Hospital in critical condition, but was upgraded Saturday.

        Police Officer Steve Edwards said the suspect's vehicle left its passenger side mirror at the scene, and that Mr. Brewster had yet to be interviewed.

        Police had no suspects and no arrests had been made.

Deerfield Township offers leaf pickup

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Leaf pickup is offered through Nov. 30 by the Deerfield Township Road Department. Road crews will try to circulate throughout the township bi-weekly, but weather may affect the schedule.

        The road department requests that residents mulch leaves before bagging them and place them in the grass berm in front of their residences. Do not include grass clippings, twigs or rocks. Bagged leaves may also be taken to the Deerfield Township Road Department, 3378 Townsley Dr.

        Residents may also leave bagged leaves for their regular trash hauler. Contact BFI, 771-4200, or Rumpke, 851-0122, to determine whether there is a limit on the number of bags allowed per pickup.

        For information on the township leaf pickup, call 683-5805.

Program offers college information

        High school students interested in attending college can learn more about the College of Mount St. Joseph during Get Acquainted Day from noon to 3 p.m. today in the Seton Center, 5701 Delhi Rd.

        The free program will offer the opportunity to explore academic programs, financial aid and college life. Information sessions will be available regarding admissions, academic majors, financial aid, career service and cooperative education, athletics, and student life.

        For information, call 244-4531.

Cheviot parade to honor veterans

        Cheviot will hold a Veterans Day observance today.

        A parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Harrison Avenue. Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Cheviot/Western Hills Chapter 3620, will participate for the first time, riding in a fleet of limousines.

Man dies on visit to parents' graves

        ELYRIA, Ohio — After his father's death 15 years ago, a Baltimore man began making frequent trips here to visit his parents' grave sites.

        Last Sunday he was found dead, lying between them.

        Dimitri Demetral had a heart attack at Brookdale Cemetery, about 25 miles southeast of Cleveland, said Lorain County Coroner Paul Matus.

Jail error led to inmate's release

        TOLEDO — A Lucas County jail employee faces a disciplinary hearing for a paperwork error that led to the mistaken release of a prisoner accused of murder.

        The sheriff's office filed an administrative charge against the employee, corrections officer Terry Drown. The charge accused Mr. Drown of inattention.

        Mr. Drown, a 15-year sheriff's office employee, could not be reached to comment. A message was left at his home.

        Mr. Drown has asked that the case be heard by a disciplinary review board next month.

        Authorities still were searching Thursday for Grady Brinkley. He was released Friday afternoon after the prosecutor consolidated charges against him, including aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, Sheriff Ken Perry said.

        The old charges were dropped and Mr. Brinkley was released after a deputy apparently didn't realize that new charges had taken their place, the sheriff said. Mr. Brinkley is accused in the slashing death of his girlfriend Shantae Smith, 18.

Klansman accused in hostage incident

        AUBURN, Ind. — A Ku Klux Klan leader was being held Saturday in the DeKalb County Jail on charges he held a television news crew captive in his home last year.

        Jeff Berry, leader of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was arrested Friday in his Newville home. Bond was set at $100,000.

        Reporter George Sells IV and photojournalist Heidi Thiel of WHAS-TV told the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department that Mr. Berry became angry during an interview at his home Nov. 17, 1999, and refused to let them leave until they surrendered a videotaped interview with him.


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- Tristate A.M. Report