Friday, February 16, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Crash spills diesel fuel in Hamilton

        HAMILTON — A tractor-trailer spilled about 75 gallons of diesel fuel Thursday after being struck by a southbound pickup truck that went left of center on Third Street, police said.

        The collision ruptured a 150-gallon tank on the tractor-trailer. Some of the diesel fuel spilled into the sewer system, and eventually into the Great Miami River.

        The water treatment plant south of Hamilton was put on notice about the spill.

[photo] CITY SPRUCES UP MONUMENT: A fountain will soon grace the entrance to Lebanon Cemetery, part of a project to improve the city-owned grounds. Other work includes landscaping, a service entrance and road repairs. Last year, the city renovated a vault once used in winter to hold coffins until the ground thawed for burials.

(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        Hamilton Officer Don Taylor said preliminary findings indicate the driver of the pickup was at fault in the 2 p.m. accident. The driver was treated at Mercy Hospital Hamilton.

        Most of the fuel was soaked up by the fire department.

18-year-old sent to prison for murder

        A Mount Washington woman was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Thursday for killing a cancer patient who had less than six months to live.

        Stacey Hill, 18, was convicted of murder earlier this month in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. She was sentenced by Judge Patrick Dinkelacker.

        Prosecutors say Ms. Hill fatally stabbed Bruce Reed, 50, on Oct. 2 as he spoke on the phone with one of his daughters.

        While Mr. Reed talked on the phone, prosecutors say, his daughter heard someone shout, “Today's the day you're going to die!” Moments later, the phone went dead.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Reed, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer, was stabbed nine times. He was the boyfriend of Ms. Hill's grandmother.

Man charged with attack on prosecutor

        A Cincinnati man is in jail today after police charged him with assaulting a prosecutor outside a Hamilton County courtroom.

        Ghallab Shahid, 31, is accused of threatening and shoving assistant prosecutor Ryan Nelson after a municipal court hearing Wednesday.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Shahid was upset after the mother of his child was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of menacing and was sentenced to 15 days in jail. Mr. Nelson prosecuted the case.

        After the sentencing, prosecutors say, Mr. Shahid approached Mr. Nelson in the hall, verbally threatened him and shoved him against a wall.

        Mr. Shahid was charged with retaliation and misdemeanor assault. He faces up to five years in jail if he is convicted.

        He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Milford to ask tax hike for schools

        The board of Milford Exempted Village Schools voted Thursday to place a 4.1-mill tax increase on the May 8 ballot. The money would be used to build and renovate schools.

        The estimated yearly property tax increase for a $100,000 home is $125.

        The tax increase would be for a building project estimated at $43.6 million for two new elementary schools to replace South and Miami elementary schools.

Sister "Cookie' will oversee Irish parade

        Sister Jean “Cookie” Crowley will join a special group as honorary grand marshal of the March 17 St. Patrick's Day parade.

        Her predecessors include broadcaster Nick Clooney; Bishop Carl K. Moeddel, Cincinnati's auxiliary bishop; and Bishop William Hughes, retired from the Covington diocese.

        Cookie Vogelpohl, director of Our Daily Bread in Over-the-Rhine, is another former grand marshal.

        “The Cookies continue,” said Sister Cookie with a laugh, promising a good time at this year's parade. “If you can't have a good time at a St. Patrick's Day parade, you can't have a good time.”

NAACP offers eight Hinton scholarships

        Eight NAACP Dr. Milton Hinton Future Leadership Scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, are available again this year. Applicants must adhere to the following criteria:

        • African-American graduating seniors enrolled in a Hamilton County high school.

        • African-American college students who are residents of Hamilton County.

        • African-American college students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in Hamilton County.

        • African-American students who are members of either the Cincinnati Branch NAACP, Cincinnati Branch Youth Council or the Cincinnati Branch NAACP College Chapter.

        Applications can be requested by calling the Cincinnati Branch NAACP office, 281-1900, or at 2500 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati 45206 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday). All applications must be received by March 19.

        Additional information: Moss White, Meredith Peterson or Gloria Turnbow, 281-1900.

Public invited to Life Week events

        Life Week at Xavier University will include events that are open and free to the public.

        Monday, a prayer vigil will begin at 8 p.m. outside Bellarmine Chapel and move to the academic mall where crosses, representing a Cemetery of Innocence, will be blessed.

        Tuesday, a panel of death-penalty defenders and opponents will be at 7 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall.

        Wednesday, a student-sponsored Mass will be at 10 p.m. in Bellarmine Chapel. Thursday, Students for Life will distribute cookies on campus all day to celebrate life.

Newborn found in hospital parking lot

        MARTINS FERRY, Ohio — Authorities found a newborn girl lying in a cardboard box in a hospital parking lot Thursday.

        Officers are looking for the mother, police Chief Paul Canter said. A state law allowing parents to leave unwanted newborns at hospitals or other safe havens, without risk of arrest, does not go into effect for two months.

        Police said a woman notified the department that the 5-pound baby had been left in the lot, which is across the street from East Ohio Regional Hospital. The newborn, who was wrapped in blankets, appears to be healthy but is being observed at the hospital in this city 120 miles east of Columbus, police said.

Presidents Day closings

    Postal service:
No delivery.
    Library: Open
    Banks*: Closed
    Trash collection
    • Cincinnati: One day delay.
    • Rumpke: Regular schedule
    • BFI: Regular schedule
    Metro: Regular schedule
    Parking meters: Coins required (Cincinnati)
    • Federal: Closed
    • City and county: Closed
    • State: Closed
    Stock markets: Closed
    Ohio E-Check
: Closed
    * Fifth Third Bank marts in Kroger stores and at Concourse B at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport are open. Firstar in-store branches are open.

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