Sunday, December 03, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Police seek suspects who shot man in car

        Cincinnati Police are seeking two men who shot and wounded a man sitting in a car Friday night on Burton Avenue.

        Police say Harry Simonton, 23, of Dana Avenue, was shot while sitting in a car. The suspects were last seen around 8:30 p.m. running through the yards of the Burton Apartments after the shots were fired.

[photo] FIERY SHOW: Hot-air balloon pilot Scott McClinton of Prospect, Ky., fires up his Firstar balloon Saturday in Eden Park even though wind canceled Balluminaria, the annual group lighting.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        Anyone with information about the shooting may call the Cincinnati Police homicide unit at 352-3542 or Crimestoppers at 352-3040.

Amelia man dies in head-on collision

        An Amelia man was killed Saturday morning when the pickup truck he was driving collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle.

        John R. Harris, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 6:20 a.m. on U.S. 68 near Russellville, Ohio.

        Mr. Harris' 1989 Chevrolet truck went left of center and slammed into a sport utility vehicle driven by April Jester, of Williamsburg, Ohio, said a spokesman for the Ohio Highway Patrol.

        Ms. Jester, 22, suffered minor injuries in the collision. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. They said Ms. Jester was wearing a seat belt, but Mr. Harris was not.

Vandals set fire in middle school

        Vandals broke into Schwab Middle School in Northside early Saturday morning and set a fire that caused about $10,000 in damage.

        Cincinnati Police responded to a call about a break-in at the school at 1:50 a.m. and found a fire in an office inside the school cafeteria.

        Although the blaze was put out quickly, smoke filled the school and damaged several rooms. Police say the intruders also vandalized some rooms.

        No one was hurt in the fire. Police are still seeking the intruders.

Three men injured when car flips over

        Three Indiana men were injured Friday night when their car slid off U.S. 50 and flipped over several times.

        Police said the accident, just west of Dillsboro, Ind., injured George D. Johnson, 36, Earl R. Kennedy, 65, and Michael G. Hyatt, 42. Mr. Johnson, of Dillsboro, suffered a neck injury and was airlifted to University Hospital in Cincinnati.

        Mr. Kennedy, of Moores Hill, Ind., injured his right side, and Mr. Hyatt, of Dillsboro, injured a finger.

        The accident occurred at 10:17 p.m. when Mr. Kennedy, the driver, lost control of his 1985 Chevrolet S-10, said an Indiana State Police spokesman.

        Police said the car apparently slid off the road, flipped onto the passenger side, crossed the highway and flipped over two or three times. The accident remains under investigation.

OSU trustees back punishing unrest

        COLUMBUS — Ohio State University trustees have pledged to support any action the school's president takes in punishing students for a disturbance near campus last month.

        “It is a situation we all find intolerable, and we will not let it continue,” said George Skestos, the board of trustee's chairman, after a board meeting Friday.

        Police said 125 arsons were reported, some cars were rocked and tipped over, and other vehicles had their windows damaged in the area just east of campus Nov. 19 after Ohio State's football team lost to Michigan.

        Eleven students were arrested. President William Kirwan has threatened to expel them.

Principal hired ex-con as teacher

        TOLEDO — A charter school's principal was placed on leave after she hired as a teacher a man who has a criminal record.

        The status of Imelda Hunt, principal of the Academy of Business and Technology, will be decided after an investigation, said Cecil Poe, regional director for Charter School Administration Services Inc. of Southfield, Mich.

        “What took place was not necessarily in the best interests of the school,” he said.

        The Blade reported Friday that the school had hired Luther McKinstry III on Nov. 20 as a physical education teacher.

        Ms. Hunt told the newspaper that she knew that Mr. McKinstry had spent about 30 months in Ohio prisons between 1992 and 1998 for drug trafficking, theft and forgery. She said he had assured her his record had been cleared.

        The Academy of Business and Technology is in its second year and has 258 students in kindergarten through seventh grade.

Tour bus crash kills 3, injures 10

        TIPP CITY, Ohio — A tour bus returning from a gambling trip crashed into a pickup truck on an icy section of Interstate 75, killing three people and injuring at least 10.

        Miami County Sheriff Charles Cox said the accident apparently happened when the pickup truck slid into the path of the bus about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

        Three of the five people in the pickup truck were killed. The others were taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

        At least eight passengers from the bus were taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, but none of the injuries appeared life-threatening, authorities said.

        The Econotravel bus was en route to the Detroit area on the way back from a four-night gambling trip at the Lady Luck Casino in Tunica, Miss., authorities said.


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