Sunday, February 25, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

High school teacher accused of indecency

        Cincinnati police arrested a 29-year-old Mason High School teacher Friday on a charge of public indecency.

        Damon T. Smith of Mariemont was in a Ford Explorer at Burnet Woods Park in Clifton when he exposed himself and began masturbating in the presence of a plainclothes officer, according to a police report.

        Mr. Smith was released from the Hamilton County jail Friday night on $70 bond.

[photo] HEY, GIMME THAT! David Ostermeyer of O'Fallon, Mo., plays with his cat during Saturday's session of the Friskies and Cat Fanciers' Association show. The cat show, at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, concludes today. Information: (800) 725-4228.

(Mike Simons photo)
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Activists will tell of rights abuses

        Two human rights activists will address alleged abuses of foreign workers and the environment on Tuesday in Pyle Student Center at Wilmington College.

        The 7:30 p.m. event, sponsored by WC's Global Issues Program, is free.

        For more information, call the Wilmington, Ohio, college at (937) 382-6661, Ext. 344.

Murder-suicide expected to be closed

        RAVENNA, Ohio — Investigators are expected to announce that Michelle Bica acted alone when she kidnapped and killed a pregnant woman for her baby.

        Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci has called a news conference for Monday to discuss the case.

        He has refused to comment about any conclusions, but others connected to the case have said Mr. Vigluicci will announce that no one will be charged in Theresa Andrews' murder.

        Police think Ms. Bica kidnapped and killed Ms. Andrews, 23, on Sept. 27 and stole her baby from her body through a crude Caesarean section. Ms. Bica told others the baby was hers before killing herself on the day police questioned her.

        A search warrant for Ms. Bica's home was unsealed Thursday by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow.

        The items recovered include a .22-caliber pistol, a plastic-handled knife and textbooks such as Managing Your Career in Nursing and Anatomy and Physiology.

Officer, suspect in burglary injured

        DAYTON — A person suspected of being a burglar who drove a truck into a police officer was fatally shot by police.

        The police were investigating a report of a burglary at a construction site Friday night when the shooting occurred. The names of the suspect and officer were not released Saturday morning.

        The officer was taken to Grandview Hospital after being hit by the truck Friday night. Hospital officials would not release information Saturday morning about her condition.

        A second person suspected of burglary was arrested.

Gypsy moth count reported to be down

        AKRON — The state's gypsy moth population appears to be declining.

        Ohio Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Debra Abbott said a naturally occurring fungus and spraying last year helped keep the moth population down in Ohio. Last year, the creatures defoliated about 24,000 acres of trees, or about half the area affected in 1999.

        The state plans to spray almost 28,000 acres in 18 counties this spring with insecticide to kill leaf-eating gypsy moth caterpillars.

        Spraying this year will take place in Ashland, Ashtabula, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Harrison, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties.

        The state also will spread a hormonal flake to disrupt the mating of gypsy moths in three areas of west-central Ohio.

        The spraying is designed to reduce, rather than eliminate, the caterpillars. It must be done when the caterpillars are at a specific stage of development. In most cases, two doses will be deployed in May from low-flying planes.

Quilt show and sale in Lebanon

[photo] Longtime museum volunteer Gladys Minuette (left) museum curator Pat Van Herlingen and Barbara Weisenfelder prepare a quilt to be hung at the Warren County Historical Society Museum.
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        The 19th annual Great Midwest Quilt Show and Sale kicks off Friday in Lebanon. Vendors from 11 states will be selling antique quilts, quilting supplies, fabric and crafts at the Army National Guard Armory, off East Main Street.

        Simultaneously, the Warren County Historical Society Museum, at 105 S. Broadway, will exhibit Sandra D. McCay's collection of Midwestern quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Hours for both locations: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

        Entrance to the sale is $5, which includes free admission to the museum. Information: 932-1817.


Emissions-testing opponents rally

        Opponents of Ohio's emissions tests held a rally Saturday at the E-check facility on Beekman Street, Camp Washington.

        End the E-Check, a group formed about three weeks ago, passed out postcards to motorists getting emissions tests at the facility and encouraged citizens to oppose the testing policy, president Tom Hagedorn said.

        Mr. Hagedorn said the group thinks Ohio Gov. Bob Taft reneged on campaign promises to end emissions testing. The group plans to lobby Ohio legislators to pass a law ending the tests.

        “We feel because the E-check does not work ... it should be repealed this year,” Mr. Hagedorn said. Ohio state Reps. Tom Brinkman and Wayne Coates and Cincinnati city councilman Phil Heimlich were also present to lend support to the rally, which took place from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m., Mr. Hagedorn said.

Interrogator of Nazis to speak at Miami

        John Dolibois, former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, will be the second of a three-part, free lecture series at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Parrish Auditorium on the Miami University Hamilton campus.

        Mr. Dolibois was an interrogator from the Nuremburg trials of the 1940s. He will deliver firsthand accounts of his conversations with Nazi criminals of the Holocaust.

        “I Remember: World War II at Home and Abroad” is sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project of Miami University Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation.

        The series will end April 9 with Miami University President Emeritus Phillip Shriver.

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