Friday, January 12, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Man struck, killed walking onto I-275

        MILFORD — State troopers are investigating why a Milford man walked into the path of a dump truck on Interstate 275 in Clermont County during the morning rush hour Thursday.

        The victim, who has not been identified pending notification of family, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 42, said Sgt. Doug McKinney of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

        “We're not ruling out anything,” Sgt. McKinney said. “His car was there, it was running. There didn't seem to be any mechanical problems with it. He was away from the car.”

        Troopers said the man entered the right lane of southbound I-275 from the berm and was struck by a 2000 Volvo dump truck driven by Jeffrey S. Knight, 26, of Cincinnati. The accident happened north of U.S. 50 at 7:13 a.m.

        The victim came to rest partly in the center lane of I-275, troopers said.

        Mr. Knight was not injured. The Forest Green Metals Recycling truck sustained minor damage. Mr. Knight has not been charged and the accident remains under investigation, the patrol said.

        The accident snarled morning traffic for about 90 minutes.

Dinnertime topic: World affairs

        The Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati will host its second annual dinner from 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 19 at Buca di Beppo restaurant in Rookwood Commons, Norwood.

        Participants can sample regional Italian cuisine while meeting internationally minded people.

        The dinner is $25 per person or $45 per couple. Reservations deadline is today. For information or reservations, call (513) 621-2320.

Governor's reprieve helps immigrant

        KENT — Gov. Bob Taft pardoned a man facing deportation to his native Yemen on a domestic violence conviction.

        Ashraf Al-Jailani's pardon was unanimously recommended by the state's eight-member parole board.

        Mr. Al-Jailani's attorney expects the pardon will help his client's case when he files an appeal next week with the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Va., to overturn the deportation order.

        “Last minute, last moment in the country, I try to fight my case,” an elated Mr. Al-Jailani, 36, said Wednesday night from his home in Kent. “And yesterday, we had some good news ... there is a God.”

        The father of three young children, Mr. Al-Jailani pleaded no contest to domestic violence after he was arrested in 1998. Both he and his wife, Michele, said the incident was an accident.

        While shopping at a mall, the couple fought over the purchase of a treadmill, and the argument continued in the car. Mr. Al-Jailani said he was reaching into the back seat to quiet the crying children when he knocked off his wife's glasses.

Site found for excavated shale

        CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — A regional agency has found a new location for dumping 250,000 cubic yards of shale from a 2 1/2-mile sewer tunnel to be dug near Cleveland.

        The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has agreed to ask its contractor to haul the shale to a construction site in nearby Independence, rather than dump it in a landfill in Cuyahoga Heights.

        Trucking the shale may end up costing the sewer district an extra $900,000, said Robert J. Kassouf, project manager.

        Some village leaders and residents asked the district to avoid dumping the shale in Cuyahoga Heights and sought the support of Gov. Bob Taft and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

        “This is an example of where the system works,” said Bobbi Reichtell, development officer for the Slavic Village Development, which serves the neighboring Broadway Community of Cleveland.

        The shale will be hauled to a site where a contractor is filling lowland for development.

Shot while hunting, teen dies at hospital

        ATHENS — A 16-year-old shot by another teen-ager while both were hunting has died. Brandon Lowry of New Marshfield died Wednesday night at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. He had a gunshot wound to the right side of his head.

        The shooting occurred in Waterloo Township, west of Athens on Wednesday.

        Athens County Sheriff Vern Castle said the 15-year-old who shot Mr. Lowry is with his mother. The sheriff's office will not release the boy's name.

        A shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle have been confiscated. Investigators would not provide details about what happened.


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