Friday, December 15, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Boy on sled hit by motorist, killed

        A 9-year-old Greenburg, Ind,. boy was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle while sledding near his home. Kyle Robertson was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Greensburg Hospital, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said.

        John T. Carroll, 58, of Greensburg, was driving south on the road the boy lived on when the child entered the road on a plastic disk-type sled from a private drive, the sheriff's office said. The driver said he was not able to stop in time to avoid the collision on the icy and snow-covered road.

[photo] Jimilah Hall, 3, from Pleasant Ridge, casts a reflection as she looks through the Plexiglass at the Cinergy train display in downtown Cincinnati.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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Bus system offers rides for donations

        The Butler County Regional Transit Authority is collecting food for the needy. Passengers who bring a nonperishable food or new toy donation may ride any fixed route for free through Sunday.

        Buses will be on display in Hamilton to collect donations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Kroger, 400 N. Erie Blvd., and Kmart, 1780 S. Erie Blvd., and from noon to 7 p.m Sunday at Kroger, 1474 W. Main St., and Wal-Mart, 1505 W. Main St.

        Donations will be distributed to the Open Door Pantry in Hamilton and the Fairfield Food Pantry. Information: 785-5237 or (888) 450-0287.

Conference topic: children in poverty

        Poor children will be the focus of the inaugural conference of the Harris K. Weston Institute for Law and Public Policy on Tuesday.

        The program, “Beyond Welfare: Raising Children Out of Poverty,” will be from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Mayerson Hall of Hebrew Union College, 3101 Clifton Ave., University Heights.

        The HUC-based Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems will be host to the program and the following reception.

        Speakers will address the challenge for working mothers trying to achieve self-sufficiency; child support and whether fathers are responsible for raising children out of poverty; and effective strategies to increase resources for children.

        Reservations are being handled by the sponsor, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, 241-9400 Ext. 243.

City firewood sale will be Saturday

        The Urban Forestry program of the Cincinnati Park Board will sell firewood from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, at the corner of Este and Center Hill avenues in Winton Hills.

        Wood is $50 a cord and $25 a half cord; mulch is $10 a truckload. The unsplit wood and and mulch are “load your own.” No gasoline-powered chain saws or wood splitters will be permitted. Information: 861-9070.

Man pleads guilty to Net prostitution

        A Forest Park man admitted in court Wednesday that he used the Internet to run a prostitution ring from his home.

        Robert T. Jones, 38, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. He faces up to 12 years in prison when he returns to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court for sentencing Dec. 26.

        Assistant prosecutor David Prem said Mr. Jones advertised his business, “Climax Girls,” over the Internet as an escort service. He said Mr. Jones set schedules for his prostitutes and then split the profits with them.

        “His business was very sophisticated,” Mr. Prem said. “He made a significant amount of cash from it.”

        Mr. Jones will be sentenced by Judge John O'Connor.

Man found living in closet of girl, 15

        MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A man lived in a 15-year-old girl's bedroom closet for three weeks before the girl's mother found out and had him arrested, a prosecutor said Thursday.

        Jeffrey Scott Martin, 26, has been held in the Knox County jail on $25,000 bond since his arrest Saturday on charges of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and corruption of a minor because he allegedly had sexual contact with the girl.

        The girl's mother discovered that Mr. Martin had been living in the house when she went to put sweaters in the closet and found blankets, a pillow, a makeshift bed and dishes. She then confronted her daughter, who admitted to the relationship, prosecutor John Baker said.

        Several pictures of the girl, including one in which she was naked, also were found in the closet, he said.

        Mr. Martin has been absent without leave from his Army unit at Fort Knox, Ky., since Oct. 18.

Man freezes to death; relative also dies

        CLEVELAND — A mentally ill man froze to death outside his locked house a few hours after his uncle drove him home but apparently didn't make sure he could get inside.

        The uncle died of an apparent heart attack after returning later to check on his relative. When police had told him what had happened, Thomas Newton collapsed a few feet from the body.

        His nephew, Harold Kelly, 57, had been found coatless and shoeless early Tuesday, when temperatures were in the low 20s and winds gusted to 60 mph.

        A neighbor had heard Mr. Kelly knocking on his own door about 1 a.m. but assumed Mr. Kelly's wife would let him in.

        “He was moaning and saying, "It's me, it's me, let me in,'” Niccoya Telford, 22, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I thought we should do something, but we didn't really know him. Now I feel so bad.”

        Mr. Kelly's wife, Rosa, apparently was home but couldn't answer the door because she is bedridden and suffers from dementia, police said.

Truck driver says assailant stabbed him

        GLENDALE — A truck driver told police he was stabbed in the lower abdomen in the parking lot of St. Gabriel Catholic School early Thursday.

        Glendale Police Chief Matthew Fruchey said officers were called to the school about 8:15 a.m. by Principal Joe Epplen, who told them the truck driver, William Jackson, 38, of Compton, Ill., had come into the school holding his abdomen and asking for help.

        He was taken to University Hospital, where he was treated and released for a stab wound caused by a small knife.

        Mr. Jackson told police he had left the Tropicana warehouse on Ohio 747 in West Chester after making a delivery and was heading to drop off some pallets in Woodlawn. He told police he pulled into the school parking lot at Sharon Road and Ohio 747, left the truck to check a brake problem, and was attacked and stabbed by an unknown assailant.

State regents choose chairwoman

        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Board of Regents elected Jeanette Grasselli Brown of Chagrin Falls as chairwoman during its monthly meeting Thursday.

        The nine-member board also chose Thomas Noe of Maumee to be its vice chairman.

        Ms. Brown, former director of corporate research for BP America, replaces Tahlman Krumm Jr. of Columbus as the head of the board, which oversees curriculum at Ohio colleges and universities.


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- Tristate A.M. Report