Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Police hunt suspect in parking-lot attack

        A Norwood woman was treated at University Hospital Monday night after being attacked in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Pleasant Ridge by a would-be robber.

        The attacker remained at large Tuesday night, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

[photo] ONE DEAD IN CAR-TRUCK CRASH Crews from Fairfield Township in Butler County work at the scene of a fatal car-truck crash Tuesday on northbound Bypass 4 north of Princeton Road. Police said a northbound car (bottom) went into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer. That truck swerved, but the car struck the rear wheels and hit a following semi (top) head-on. The car's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the car, Jennifer Grampsch, 25, was in serious condition at University Hospital.
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        Brandi Padro, 27, had finished shopping at the store, in the 3400 block of Highland Avenue, about 7:40 p.m. and was putting four young children in their car seats when a man approached her from behind, demanded money and began assaulting her, police said.

        He threw her to the ground and pounded her face into the pavement, according to police reports.

        She started fighting the suspect, and when several employees and customers confronted the man, he fled on foot.

        “She had her purse with her, but he did not get away with it,” said sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett.

        The children were not injured and Ms. Padro was released from University Hospital later Monday.

        The man is described as black, 35-40 years old. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark “bubble” type coat, dark pants and a dark stocking cap. The man may also have minor facial injuries inflicted by Ms. Padro.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Man identified after $75,000 fire in home

        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — A man found dead inside his home here after a fire Monday has been identified as Robert Savas.

        Firefighters found Mr. Savas, 73, in the living room of his home in the 1400 block of Meredith Drive, Fire Chief Robert Leininger said. There were no firefighter injuries.

        The fire started in the living room, but a cause has not been released. Damage to the home is estimated at $75,000.

        The blaze remains under investigation, but Chief Leininger said it is not considered suspicious. Firefighters were called to the home shortly before 6 p.m.

        “The fire was detected by a motorist (who) called it in on his cell phone,” Chief Leininger said. Flames were coming out of the front windows when firefighters arrived.

Missing oil painting recovered in Cleveland

        ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An oil painting by a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists has been recovered in Cleveland, about 11 years after it was taken from the Albuquerque Museum.

        Investigators are still looking into how “Pueblo Indian Woman of Taos” by Oscar Berninghaus got to Ohio, said William J. Edwards, first assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

        Mike Nickol, a gallery owner in Mishawaka, Ind., who was involved in the recovery, said the FBI recovered the painting “from the home of an elderly gentleman who claimed he bought it at a flea market.”

        The painting and another work, “The Pipe Maker” by E. Irving Couse, were stolen after hours on July 4, 1989, from the museum, where they hung side by side. The FBI in El Paso, Texas, recovered the Couse work in 1991 and returned it to the museum.

UD names woman dean of law school

        DAYTON — Lisa Kloppenberg has been named dean of the University of Dayton law school, starting July 1.

        She is associate professor of law at the University of Oregon and director of its Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program.

        Ms. Kloppenberg becomes one of 25 female deans among 183 accredited U.S. law schools and succeeds Francis Conte, who returns to teaching after 14 years as dean.

[photo] PROGRAM BATTLES DRUG ABUSE: Kristy Collins, Hamilton Police Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer, signs the T-shirt of fifth-grader Jennifer Watson at Hayes Elementary School on Tuesday. At right: student Cassy Lenke.
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        Ms. Kloppenberg, 38, also is one of the younger deans among the law schools. Her book Playing it Safe: How the Supreme Court Dodges Hard Issues and Stints the Development of the Law is to be published this year.

        Scouts urged to stop beryllium ring sales

        CLEVELAND — An environmental group on Tuesday urged the Boy Scouts of America to stop selling rings made of beryllium, a metal that can cause serious health problems for workers during production.

        Ohio Citizen Action also asked the Boy Scouts of America to recall the Eagle Scout ring and any other jewelry made with beryllium.

        “Beryllium is a deadly metal. It should not be used to manufacture jewelry,” said Amy Ryder, director of Ohio Citizen Action's Cleveland office. “There's no reason for the Boys Scouts to sell a beryllium ring.”

        Beryllium is a lightweight metal used in the defense, automotive and electronics industries. Ryder said beryllium is not dangerous in a solid form but can cause incurable lung disease for people who work with the metal when it is mined, processed or converted into metal alloys.

        Boy Scouts of America, based in Irving, Texas, was not aware of any health concerns about the rings until Tuesday, spokesman Gregg Shields said.

        He said the supplier of the rings informed the group recently that it was changing the makeup of its Eagle Scout academy-style rings, but he did not know if the rings would still contain the metal. He also did not know the name of the supplier.

        Cleveland-based Brush Wellman Inc. is one of the world's largest producers of beryllium products and manufactures the metal at several of its U.S. plants.


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