Thursday, December 28, 2000

Local Digest

Party too hearty? Free ride offered

        Mothers Against Drunk Driving and AAA Cincinnati are sponsoring Care Cab — a free ride to those who cannot drive after celebrating the new year.

        The rides, provided by Yellow Cab Co. in Cincinnati and Community Cab in Northern Kentucky, are available from 6 p.m. Saturday until midnight Monday.

        Call 768-FREE (3733) to receive transportation to a residence. The pick-up and drop-off spots must be within the Interstate 275 loop.

Taft appoints UC trustee, judge

               COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft on Wednesday announced appointments to the University of Cincinnati board of trustees and a Southwest Ohio municipal court.

        Jeffrey Wyler of Cincinnati will serve a nine-year term on the UC board beginning Jan. 1. He replaces William J. Keating, a former congressman and former publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer, whose term expired. Mr. Wyler, an auto dealer, is a UC graduate.

        Mr. Taft also appointed Chad Carey of Wilmington as a judge of the Clinton County Municipal Court, replacing Judge John Rudduck, who resigned. Mr. Carey must face election in November. Mr. Carey, a partner in the Peele and Carey law offices, also is an assistant county prosecutor and magistrate for the village of Sabina.

        Mr. Carey previously was a night court hearing officer for the Columbus City Attorney's Office.

Man indicted in acid spray case

               A Delhi Township man was indicted Wednesday on a charges of spraying acid on people during a fight this month.

        Jeremy Pelphrey, 21, faces five counts of felonious assault in the incident early Dec. 17. Police said Mr. Pelphrey fought with several people that morning in the 400 block of Samoht Ridge Road and sprayed them with some type of acid he had in a plastic bottle.

        The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment of second- and third-degree burns.

Warren Co. crash kills 2-year-old boy

               UNION TOWNSHIP — A 2-year-old Martinsville, Ohio, boy was killed Wednesday in a head-on collision on Stubbs Mills Road in Warren County.

        Dwayne Scareberry was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati shortly after arrival, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        The boy was a passenger in a vehicle traveling north on Stubbs Mills near Shawhan Road, when it was struck by a southbound vehicle that had gone left of center, Trooper Charles Obryon said. The boy was in a child seat.

        The driver of the vehicle that went left of center, Charles Groves, 18, of Goshen, and the driver of the other vehicle, Rebecca Campbell, 37, of Martinsville, were taken to hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

        Charges are pending in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Man, 43, killed in Price Hill shooting

               Cincinnati police were investigating a shooting death Wednesday night in Price Hill of a 43-year-old man.

        The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. on the street on Crestline Avenue. The victim was taken to University Hospital, where he died in the emergency room, a nursing supervisor said. The identity of the victim and details of the shooting were not immediately available from police late Wednesday.

Fox highway wins half-dozen awards

               LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — In a little more than a year since the Michael A. Fox Highway opened, the road has won nearly a half-dozen awards for its construction and quality.

        Officials from the Butler County Transportation Improvement District announced Tuesday that the highway was awarded the ""Excellence in Concrete Paving Award” from the American Concrete Pavement Association and Concrete Construction magazine.

        The highway, which opened in December 1999, connects Hamilton to Interstate 75.

        TID officials have also won national awards from the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Road and Transportation builders Association, the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association and the Flexible Pavements Asphalt award.

Cincinnati-bound flight is rerouted

               INDIANAPOLIS — A Comair flight from Kansas City to Cincinnati was rerouted to Indianapolis on Wednesday night after pilots reported a crack in the plane's windshield.

        Flight 5778 landed at Indianapolis International Airport at about 10 p.m. EST, according to Indianapolis television station WTHR.

        There were no injuries, and passengers told WTHR that they didn't realize there was a problem until shortly before the plane landed in Indianapolis.

        Comair said it would reroute the passengers on other flights to Cincinnati.

Gas station owners share $12.1M award

               NORWALK, Ohio — About 1,300 former service-station operators who said Standard Oil of Ohio overcharged them for products will share a $12.1 million settlement.

        A suit filed by Kenneth Shaver of Bellevue alleged that Sohio overcharged its service station operators for tires, batteries and accessories from 1970 through 1986, violating antitrust laws.

        He filed the suit in 1981. Since then, about 1,300 station owners, all in Ohio, joined.

        Sohio became a wholly owned subsidiary of British Petroleum, now known as BP Amoco.

        The Standard Oil Co., a part of BP Amoco and Sohio's former parent company, denied allegations in the lawsuit, but agreed to the settlement instead of risking a jury trial and subsequent appeals, according to the settlement.


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