Thursday, February 01, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Public input invited on light rail project

        Officials trying to develop a light rail system for Greater Cincinnati are holding another round of public feedback forums, starting tonight and continuing throughout the month.

        Today's meeting is 6-8 p.m. at the Mount Auburn Community Center, 270 Southern Ave. Each “open house” will give information about light rail and its potential benefits and drawbacks. Members of the Interstate 71 project team from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) will be on hand to answer questions.

        Other scheduled forums:

        • 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15, at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine.

[photo] CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: More than 1,000 representatives from Greater Cincinnati Catholic schools pray Wednesday with Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk. The archbishop presided over a Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral to mark Catholic Schools Week.
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        • 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Northern Kentucky Community Center, 824 Greenup St., Covington.

        Information: 621-6300.

Subway robber gets away with cash

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who robbed the Subway store at 8016 Hosbrook Road on Wednesday evening.

        Police said a man entered the store about 5:25 p.m. and handed a female employee a note demanding money.

        The man did not indicate he had a weapon, and none was shown, said Hamilton County Sheriff's Lt. Nick Coyle. There were no injuries.

        The man was last seen running through a parking lot with an undetermined amount of cash and the hold-up note. He is described as black, about 5-feet 6 inches, and 140 pounds. He was wearing a ball cap and dark clothes.

Speedway station on Colerain Ave. robbed

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A robber escaped with cash and cigarettes Tuesday night after holding up the Speedway gas station in the 6400 block of Colerain Avenue.

        A man entered the station about 10:45 p.m., pulled a ski mask over his face and demanded money, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        No weapon was shown and there were no injuries, sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said.

        The robber took an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes, then fled on foot. A sheriff's canine tracked a suspect north on Colerain Avenue but was not able to locate him.

        The man is described as black, in his mid-30s, 6-feet 1-inch, with a dark complexion and a slender build. He was wearing a brown ski mask, a dark waist-length jacket and beige slacks, the sheriff's office said.

Web site offers info on Eastern Corridor

        The Eastern Corridor Project now has a site on the Internet.

        Officials heading up the proposed project for eastern Hamilton County and western Clermont County have created a Web site ( to list details for the initiative and solicit feedback.

        It will also list dates for upcoming land use meetings or comment on work under way.

        Options include:

        • An Ohio 32 bypass around Newtown.

        • Widening Ohio 32 at Interstate 275.

        • Widening I-275 through Anderson Township.

        • Building other highways in Clermont County.

Jury considers damages for Culbersons

        The family of a woman who disappeared in 1996 is entitled to damages from the village where she lived because the police violated the family's rights by not finding her body, the family's lawyer told a jury Wednesday.

        But the lawyer for the village of Blanchester told jurors they heard no definitive evidence that the body of Clarissa Ann “Carrie” Culberson was in a junkyard pond when police called off a search Sept. 3, 1996.

        Although police dog handlers testified the dogs indicated that they detected scents of Ms. Culberson at the pond in southwest Ohio, there also was testimony that the victim or her remains could have been there and removed days before the police arrived, said Lawrence Barbiere, Blanchester's lawyer.

        Ms. Culberson's body was never found. Her boyfriend, Vincent Doan of Blanchester, is serving a life sentence in state prison for the kidnapping and murder of the 22-year-old woman.

        The eight-member jury deliberated for almost five hours Wednesday in U.S. District Court before Judge S. Arthur Spiegel sent jurors home for the night. They resume deliberations this morning.

        The jury began hearing testimony Jan. 22 in the civil lawsuit filed by Ms. Culberson's family against the village.

Killer has third execution date

        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday set an April 17 execution date for a man convicted of killing a Cleveland delicatessen owner 18 years ago.

        It was the third time an execution date has been set for Jay D. Scott. However, a prosecutor said it is more likely the execution will occur because Mr. Scott has exhausted his appeals.

        The dates set in 1986 and 1995 were postponed pending further appeals.

        “There are less avenues available to him today,” said Christopher Frey, a Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor. “I expect it's a good date absent some last-minute request.”

        The attorney general's office expects Mr. Scott's lawyer to file several last-minute motions, spokesman Joe Case said.

        His lawyer, John Pyle, said Mr. Scott will file an application for clemency with Gov. Bob Taft and will consider an additional federal appeal.

        “There'll be a flurry of activity. You can be sure,” Mr. Pyle said.

        Mr. Scott was considered one of two Ohio death row inmates likely to have execution dates set this year. The other is John Byrd, sentenced to die for the April 1983 stabbing death of convenience-store clerk Monte Tewksbury during a 1983 robbery in Colerain Township.

        The Ohio Public Defender's Office has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to stop Mr. Byrd's execution. The attorneys say an accomplice has admitted the slaying. Attorney General Betty Montgomery has told the court she will fight that request.

        Mr. Scott was convicted of fatally shooting Vinnie Prince, 74, owner of V&E Delicatessen in Cleveland, during an attempted robbery on May 6, 1983.

        Ohio has 201 men on death row at the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

        Ohio last executed a prisoner in February 1999 when Wilford Berry was put to death by lethal injection. Before that, the last prisoner put to death in Ohio was in 1963.

Mayerson Academy hires new president

        The Mayerson Academy for Human Resource Development has a new president.

        Jane Kendrick will start her new job in March. Mayerson is a nationally recognized center for training teachers and teaching professionals that primarily serves Cincinnati Public Schools.

        Ms. Kendrick comes to Cincinnati from Anderson, Ind., where she was superintendent of schools at Anderson Community School Corporation.

        She succeeds Larry Rowedder, who resigned to pursue a private venture.

        Ms. Kendrick is a former school principal and president of the Indiana Urban Schools Association.

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- Tristate A.M. Report