Thursday, January 25, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Bell to present diversity awards

        Five community, corporate and organizational leaders will be recognized tonight for their roles in promoting diverse cultures and enhancing life in Greater Cincinnati.

        Jack Cassidy, president of Cincinnati Bell, will present the Sixth Annual Cincinnati Bell Building Bridges Awards at 6 p.m. at WCET (Channel 49), Studio A on Central Parkway.

[photo] FOR SAFETY'S SAKE: A section of retaining wall along Monmouth Street in Newport is being removed so drivers pulling out of 12th and 13th streets will have better visibility. Frank Livengood operates a track hoe Wednesday to remove the soil behind the wall. This view is just north of 12th Street. The wall begins at a railroad underpass.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        This year's recipients were chosen based on their length of time working in the community, the impact and reach of their work and the ability to bridge gaps of diversity between various populations.

        Winners were selected by a panel that included past members and community leaders. Last year, more than 300 people attended the event.

Mother is charged in death of infant

        Cincinnati police homicide detectives have arrested a 19-year-old Westwood woman in the death of her infant son.

        Kinyardi S. Hewell, of the 2000 block of Westwood Northern Boulevard, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of murder, officials said.

        Authorities received a 911 call Monday evening regarding a nonresponsive 7-month-old. The child was taken to Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

        The coroner's office ruled the death a homicide.

Burned woman's death ruled homicide

        The death of a 75-year-old Camp Washington woman found dead Tuesday in a burned-out room of her home was ruled a homicide Wednesday by the Hamilton County Coroner's Office.

        Police discovered the body of Florence Everett in the living room of her home in the 1200 block of Bates Avenue after someone called seeking help in finding the woman. Investigators think a fire in the house apparently extinguished itself.

        The victim's 1988 two-door light blue Oldsmobile Cutless with a dark blue top is missing, police said. The Ohio license number is AVA 9096.

        Anyone with information involving the vehicle or the homicide is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Division's homicide unit at 352-6465 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

        Mrs. Everett's 62-year-old husband, who had driven to Hazelton, Ala., over the weekend, thinks his wife's killer was not a stranger.

        His wife would never let a stranger in the house, he said.

        “She would come to the kitchen door, pull back the curtain and look (before letting anyone in the house),” he said.

        Next-door neighbor Gene McFarland said his wife had last seen Mrs. Everett in her back yard on Sunday morning, “early, before 10 o'clock.”

Meeting topics to include drug costs

        The North College Hill Seniors and Working In Neighborhoods Senior Action Coalition (WINSAC) will sponsor a meeting featuring Ohio state Rep. Patricia Clancy on Monday.

        The agenda of the 2 p.m. meeting at North College Hill Senior Center, 1586 Goodman Ave., will be the cost of prescription drugs and other senior issues.

        For further information, call the North College Hill Senior Center at (513) 521-3462 or WINSAC at (513) 541-4109.

Gunman robs store in Colerain Township

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A man armed with a revolver robbed the Kwik and Kold beverage store in the 2400 block of Compton Road on Tuesday evening and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

        The gunman, who remains at large, entered the store about 8:30 p.m. and brandished a tarnished chrome-plated revolver, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        He demanded the money in the register, then fled on foot, police said. He is described as black, about 25-30 years of age, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, bluejeans and black ski mask.

        The robbery remains under investigation.

Fund offers grants for computer training

        The Community Technology Fund of Ohio will make $750,000 available for projects to help low-income communities in Ohio use computers and the Internet.

        CTF will accept grant applications through Feb. 23. Eligible entities for this funding include not-for-profit organizations designated 501C3 and publicly funded entities such as schools and libraries. Coalitions, associations, and consortiums of such organizations are also eligible.

        The application form is available on the CTF Web site or by calling (614) 501-1697.

Couple, daughter found dead in home

        NEWARK, Ohio — A couple and their adult daughter were found dead in a bedroom of their home Wednesday in what authorities think was a “murder-suicide.”

        Authorities responding to a 911 call about 7:45 a.m. found the bodies of H. Doug Hatfield, his wife, Kathleen, and their daughter, Courtney, police Capt. Steven Cochran said. Their ages were not immediately available.

        The three had been shot, and a handgun was found on the floor of the room.

        A male caller had told dispatchers that it was a slaying and suicide, Capt. Cochran said. He could not immediately confirm where the call came from.

        Police are not looking for any suspects and had found no sign of forced entry at the home, Capt. Cochran said.

Charges dismissed in wildfire case

        NEWPORT, Tenn. — A circuit court judge Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against a Fairfield, Ohio, man over a 1999 wildfire.

        Phillip Lillard was burning brush on land he owns near Cosby in the Smoky Mountains foothills in April 1999. Several hours later, he left for home in Ohio, and within two hours after that, a fire was discovered on a mountainside.

        Mr. Lillard told investigators he thought he had extinguished the fire before he left.

        A grand jury indicted Mr. Lillard on charges of reckless burning and leaving a fire near a woodland unattended, both misdemeanors.

        Judge Rex Henry Ogle heard testimony Tuesday then ruled Mr. Lillard's negligence did not reach the level of criminal recklessness.

Toledo settles harassment suit

        TOLEDO — The city will pay $35,000 to a former employee who accused the mayor of threatening her and making sexist comments.

        City Council approved the settlement Tuesday. Mayor Carty Finkbeiner has denied the allegations and admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.

        Former Erie Street Market manager Carolyn Smithers sued the city and the mayor a year ago, alleging that Mr. Finkbeiner threatened to hit her once and also struck her with a coffee mug.

        Mr. Finkbeiner said the lawsuit was in retaliation for his decision to fire her as the city-owned market's manager. She had been accused of insubordination, neglect of duty and dishonesty.


State of the State
Excerpts of the State of the State address delivered Wednesday by Gov. Bob Taft.
Grants will help with heating bills
Plan skips funding fix for schools, some say
Taft's honeymoon could be over
Taft's initiatives
Baby desperate for heart
Barrett Cancer Center has new director
Cancer center aim: top-flight status
Oil companies' profits huge
Former minister faces new set of securities charges
PULFER: Super Bowl
School copes with two deaths
Five die in four accidents in 24 hours
CROWLEY: Kevin Bacon game loses some sizzle
Young Bunning seen as too green for federal judgeship
Chao sees challenge in evolving new economy
City officials trying to stop low-income housing project
Colerain officer shoots suspect
Columnist to tout choice at Cincinnati school fair
Council plans Westwood help
Downtown topic: east side access
Group urges minor changes to Freedom Center design
Hamilton students welcome $150M school rebuilding plan
Illness may temporarily close Turkeyfoot Jr. High
Inmate may have fled in stolen SUV
Killer refuses to testify about body's location
Lakota teachers get raises
Lebanon seeks opinions on comprehensive plan
Man in car eludes police
Merchants concede magazines obscene
Morgue photos were attempt at artistry, attorney says
NKU student awaiting heart transplant
Ohioans boost fund for inaugural
Shed was meth lab, police say
Students pledge motor safety
Tiny Silver Grove shines
- Tristate A.M. Report