Thursday, December 07, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

2 adults, 2 kids in hospital after crash

        Passers-by may have saved the lives of a woman and two children early Wednesday morning after two cars collided in a fiery crash in College Hill.

        Cincinnati Police Division's traffic unit is investigating the 8 a.m. accident that happened in the 5100 block of Glenview Avenue and left four people injured.

        Police say Sherry Hall, 28, of Lapland Street in Groesbeck was northbound on Glenview when her car went left of center, hit a southbound Jeep head on and caught fire.

[photo] Cincinnati police Spc. Greg Toyeas (left) and Officer James Van Steelandt investigate a fiery crash at Glenview Avenue and Kirby Road in College Hill Wednesday that injured both drivers and two children.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Witnesses say some passers-by helped the woman and two children out of the car.

        Ms. Hall, who was taken to University Hospital, was listed late Wednesday in fair condition. Two children in the car, Sara Hall, 9, and Jonathan Long, 7, were taken to Children's Hospital. Sara was listed in good condition and Jonathan in serious.

        The man driving the Jeep, David Breda, 33, of Waymont Lane in Mount Airy, was also listed in serious condition.

Lease developing for charter school

               Cincinnati Public Schools will start developing a lease agreement with the Dohn Community School for use of the McMillan Center building.

        The Board of Education facilities committee Wednesday recommended leasing the former school, which is now vacant, to the charter school, which hopes to open in September.

        Kate Bower, superintendent of the Dohn School, said the school wants to purchase the building but can't afford the $300,000 price tag, plus the $265,000 in renovation costs.

        She proposed a lease agreement with the option to buy.

        “We just can't buy it right now,” Ms. Bower said. “If we can lease it and open and we can generate operating income, then we can afford to purchase.”

        The school will serve high school students with drug and alcohol problems.

Mallory to become Democratic leader

               COLUMBUS — State Sen. Mark Mallory, D-Cincinnati, will help lead Democrats' efforts in the Ohio Senate next year.

        Mr. Mallory's fellow Democratic senators elected him assistant minority whip Monday evening, one of four party leadership positions available. As whip, his duties include communicating the minority leader's agenda and direction to members.

        As they have the previous two years, Senate Republicans will outnumber Democrats 21-12 in 2001. Faced with such a wide majority, Senate Democrats have mostly been unable to pass legislation or otherwise affect the GOP's agenda.

Ex-Bengal has child-support woes

               Former Bengals linebacker James Francis was charged in Hamilton County Wednesday with failing to pay child support money to his 6-year-old son.

        Mr. Francis, 32, is accused of failing to pay $94,825 to support his son, Tyrin Warner. Prosecutors say Mr. Francis last paid child support in February, when he sent a check for $110.

        Mr. Francis was the Bengals' first-round draft choice in 1990 and played with the team until he was cut last year.

        The former Bengal also is involved in another child support dispute involving a 3-year-old child living in New Jersey. In that case, prosecutors say, Mr. Francis owes more than $685,000.

        That amount is in dispute, however, because Mr. Francis is arguing that the monthly payment of $21,000 is too high.

Doctor, wife face Rx drug charges

               A Bridgetown doctor and his wife were indicted Wednesday on charges of illegally obtaining prescription drugs.

        Dr. Ernesto Tan also faces a charge of sexual battery, accusing him of giving a female patient prescriptions in exchange for sex. If convicted, the doctor faces up to 11 years in prison. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

        Hamilton County Prosecutors say Dr. Tan, 57, arranged on several occasions to illegally obtain prescriptions for his 43-year-old wife, Jane. The drugs included Histussin D, Protussin and Vicoprofen.

        Cincinnati Police began investigating after a pharmacist became suspicious and called police. Dr. Tan faces five counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs, one count of trafficking in drugs and one count of sexual battery.

        Mrs. Tan faces three counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs. She could be sentenced to three years in prison if she is convicted.

Girl's 911 call helps capture alleged robbers

               BATAVIA TOWNSHIP — A 15-year-old who called police while hiding in the closet of her Cordial Place home helped thwart a home invasion robbery Wednesday morning.

        The girl's quick thinking helped authorities capture three people — two of whom had allegedly bound and gagged her mother, Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said.

        County 911 operators received a call from the teen about 10 a.m. saying two male intruders were in the house, Mr. Rodenberg said. A sheriff's deputy and Batavia police officer responded and caught three people in a car nearby.

        Christopher Hatfield, 23, of the 6300 block of Corbly Road in Anderson Township, was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and kidnapping.

        A 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl who was driving the car were arrested. Their cases will be handled in juvenile court.


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- Tristate A.M. Report