Thursday, November 16, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report




Jury to hear case of Bengals tickets

        A Hamilton County jury will settle the dispute between the Bengals and a season-ticket holder who claims the team committed fraud by giving him worse seats than the ones he ordered.

        A judge ruled Wednesday that Glenn Reedy, of Miami Township, will be allowed to argue his claims in front of a jury.

        The Bengals had asked the judge to throw out the case so the team could handle the complaints of ticket-holders in individual arbitration hearings.

        But Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman said the case should be heard in public. He said the Bengals' original contract with ticket-holders at Paul Brown Stadium makes no mention of arbitration.

        A later agreement, which was sent after ticket-holders made their first payment, does refer to arbitration. But Mr. Reedy's attorney, Janet Abaray, said the Bengals should be bound by the first ticket agreement.

        The judge agreed and scheduled another hearing on the issue for Nov. 30.

        At that hearing, Mr. Reedy is expected to seek compensation for himself and other fans affected by what the suit alleges is the Bengals' “breach of contract” and “negligent misrepresentation and fraud.”
       

Norma Holt Davis to lead NAACP

        Norma Holt Davis, a Cincinnati attorney, was elected president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Tuesday, during daylong balloting at the chapter office.

        She succeeds Dr. Milton Hinton, who has lead the chapter since 1994. Mrs. Davis was elected for a two-year term, beginning Jan.1.

        “It is an honor to be asked to serve,” said Mrs. Davis, who has been on the chapter's political action and executive committees. “I think we have some very solid policies in place now and I don't intend any sweeping changes.”

        Others elected were Eric Kearney, first vice president; Juanita Adams, second vice president; Victoria Wright-Holloway, third vice president; Wilbur D. Jones, treasurer; and Spencer Bouldin, secretary.
       

Car goes off road, killing its driver

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Delhi police are investigating a single-car accident that resulted in the death of the driver, Richard F. Eiler III, 37, who lived in the township.

        Police said the accident occurred about 2 a.m. Wednesday on Morrvue Drive.

        Mr. Eiler's car went off the left side of the road, struck a telephone pole and tree, police said.

        Mr. Eiler was the only occupant of the car.
       

Fire, blast destroy cabinet business

        FRANKLIN — A fast-moving fire early Wednesday destroyed the Wood-N-Works cabinetmaking shop in a converted barn and damaged a house and fence.

        There were no injuries. Damage loss to the wood shop was set at $85,000 and damage to the nearby property was $3,500, Franklin fire officials said.

        Firefighters were called to the shop at 9288 Vaughn Lane shortly before 5 a.m. The blaze could be seen from several miles.

        “It was fully involved on arrival,” Franklin Fire Capt. Stu Dixon said. “It had a fuel oil tank that exploded as we started to attack the fire.”

        The cause was electrical. Firefighters from Franklin, Carlisle and Clearcreek Township were at the scene for about four hours, Capt. Dixon said.

        Robert Minton, the wood shop's owner, said he has operated the business for about eight years, building custom kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The property was insured, and Mr. Minton said he plans to rebuild.
       

Event to honor foundation leaders

        FAIRFIELD — A private reception will be held today to honor citizens who have become founders of the Fairfield Community Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to financially promote charitable, educational and other worthwhile community goals.

        Founders are those who contributed $5,000 or more during a five-year period to provide a strong beginning to the foundation. The campaign to add more founders will continue until Dec. 31. All founders eventually will be named on a plaque that will be placed in a prominent place in the community.

        Information: 829-6355.
       

Boy on bike hurt by pickup truck

        TRENTON — A 10-year-old Trenton boy remained in serious condition Wednesday after being struck by a pickup truck while riding his bike.

        Police said the 17-year-old driver of the truck is not likely to be charged.

        Daniel Rice was riding his bike in the intersection at Arthur and Oak streets about 3:10 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck.

        Police Chief Rodney Hale said speed was not a factor in the accident and skid marks show the driver swerved to avoid hitting the Babeck Elementary School fourth-grader. Daniel was not wearing a helmet.

        Daniel was flown to Dayton's Children's Hospital Medical Center.
       

Man gets 26 years for rape, beating

        A South Cumminsville man was sentenced to 26 years in prison Wednesday for raping and beating a woman in a parked car off Interstate 74.

        Ernest A. Sims, 40, was convicted this month of rape, assault and kidnapping. Prosecutors say he abducted a 34-year-old West End woman on June 21. They say he stopped the car near I-74 at the Colerain Avenue exit and raped her.

        When the woman tried to escape, prosecutors say, Mr. Sims beat her with his fists and a tire iron. Two Enquirer newspaper carriers who happened on the scene called police and helped rescue the woman.

        Mr. Sims was sentenced by Judge Patrick Dinkelacker in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.
       

Homeless man steals for a bed

        PORT CLINTON, Ohio — A homeless man who worked odd jobs around the police department stole weapons from the office so he would get arrested and have a place to stay, the police chief said.

        “When you spend two days out in the damp, 30-degree temperatures, you do stupid things,” Police Chief Walter Bahnsen said.

        Anthony Wyckoff, 36, was arrested less than 48 hours after being released from the Ottawa County Detention Facility where he was serving time for domestic violence. He was found Saturday with a handgun, knife and an empty hand-held can of tear gas taken from police headquarters, Chief Bahnsen said.

        He was charged with theft and criminal trespassing on city property.

        Mr. Wyckoff told officers he was living in a field behind the police department. He said he used the gun to scare people away, but had no intention of using it.

       



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