Thursday, March 01, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Water mains break, forcing boil advisory

        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Two water main breaks early Wednesday forced some neighborhoods of southeastern Butler County into a boil advisory that will continue through today.

        Officials from the Butler County Department of Environmental Services said the breaks occurred at 1:30 a.m. and that residents were advised to boil drinking water for at least a minute.

        One break affected homes between 3588 and 3875 Millikin Road and all homes on Mindy, Penelope, Elenor drives and Cassandra Court.

        The other break affected homes between 4659 and 4993 Princeton Road and 6531 and 6571 Willowbrooke Drive.

[photo] LOCKLAND HOUSE FIRE: Arlington Heights firefighters Mike Fetter and Tim Fagin man a hose behind 109 Moock Ave. IN Loveland during a stubborn house fire Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters from Lockland, Lincoln Heights, Reading, Woodlawn, Wyoming, Reading and Evendale also responded.
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        Officials said the boil advisory will continue through this afternoon or early evening. Residents can get updated information on the advisory by calling the environmental services 24-hour hot line at 887-3076.

Inmate escapes from Hamilton County jail

        A West End man and a woman who was visiting him at the Hamilton County Justice Center are being sought by police after he escaped Wednesday.

        Wanted is Charles Williams, 38, whose last known address was on Mclean Avenue. He is also known as Kenneth Green and Robert LeWilliams and was jailed for parole violation and a felonious assault indictment.

        County sheriff's officials said Mr. Williams apparently walked through a mezzanine door in the visiting area about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. His inmate uniform was located nearby shortly after the escape.

        Mr. Williams is black, 5-foot, 6-inches, 150 pounds with dreadlocks and a mustache. His visitor, Nequia P. Barber, 27, is black, 5-foot 4-inches, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She is also know as Nequia Baber.

        Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office at 825-1500.

License suspended in OxyContin case

        HARLAN, Ky. — A Harlan urologist accused of illegally prescribing the drug OxyContin has had his license suspended temporarily.

        The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure said its action against Dr. Ali Sawaf was prompted by his arrest Feb. 1 on several charges, including illegally prescribing OxyContin and bribing a public servant.

        Dr. Sawaf pleaded not guilty last week. He remains in the Harlan County Jail.

        His arrest came about a week before a wave of indictments involving more than 200 people across eastern Kentucky, stemming from alleged trafficking in OxyContin. Authorities say the prescription pain reliever is being widely abused in eastern Kentucky and nearby states.

        The suspension is temporary, pending a full medical board hearing.

        The board said Dr. Sawaf had been charged with writing prescriptions of OxyContin and other drugs for undercover officers without conducting examinations or determining whether the drugs really were needed.

Police seek sword used in attack

        COVINGTON — Police are searching for a samurai sword used to nearly slice a man's ear off during a late-night attack on two men in Covington, city police said.

        John Huber, 47, of Covington was in good condition Wednesday at University Hospital. His left ear was almost severed, and his left leg, left arm and face were cut, said Lt. Col. Jim Liles, spokesman for Covington police.

        Randall Centers, 39, of Covington was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center North in Covington and released.

        The men were attacked about 11 p.m. Tuesday on Jackson Street by a man who threatened to kill them, Lt. Col. Liles said. He did not know what instigated the attack.

        Danny Steinfort, 32, of Covington was charged with assault in connection with the attack. He was being held Wednesday on $10,000 bond at the Kenton County jail.

Debate will parody scholastic disputes

        The Hillel Jewish Student Center, 2615 Clifton Ave., Clifton, holds its 21st annual Latke-Hamantash Debate at 12:30 p.m. today.

        The debate is part of a celebration of Purim, the Jewish holiday commemorating the escape of Jews from persecution. The debate parodies the typical reverence toward scholastic and religious institutions with two community leaders arguing the virtues of the latke, a Hanukkah potato, versus the hamantash, a Purim pastry.

        Guest debaters are Fred Krome, manager editor of the American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union College, and Michael Porte, a University of Cincinnati communication professor. A $5 deli lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

        Information: 221-6728.

XU cancels seminar on globalization

        Xavier University has canceled the March 4-6 seminar on “The Challenge of Globalization for Education, Religion and Business.”

        One of the seminar leaders, Leonard Swidler, of Temple University, was forced by family illness to drop out. The program has not been rescheduled.

Man gets life sentence in firebombing case

        LIMA, Ohio — A man was sentenced Wednesday to life without parole for planning a firebombing to try to get back stolen drugs. A woman and four children died in the fast-moving house fire.

        Samuel Williams could have been sentenced to death. Judge Richard Warren of Allen County Common Pleas Court accepted the penalty recommended by a jury. Jurors deliberated for about six hours over two days.

[photo] MARK OF FAITH: Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk places ashes on a worshipper's forehead Wednesday at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. The mark for Ash Wednesday is a tradition that goes back about 900 years.
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        “I was kind of disappointed,” said Diane Jones, a sister of one of the victims. “I wanted him to get the death penalty.”

        Mr. Williams, 24, of Lima, was found guilty Feb. 13 of complicity to commit aggravated murder.

        Prosecutors said he planned the fire to retrieve cocaine he thought had been stolen by one of the occupants of the house, Rodney Bunley.

        The idea was to force Mr. Bunley outside with the drugs, where Mr. Williams and others could rob him at gunpoint, prosecutors said.

        Instead, the fire March 29 spread too quickly, and the five victims were trapped inside their house.

        Mr. Bunley escaped by leaping from a second-story window.

Proposal would allow compensation option

        COLUMBUS — Private employers could provide days off instead of overtime pay to employees who work more than 40 hours in a week, under legislation introduced Wednesday and expected to draw opposition from labor groups.

        Similar legislation died last year in the Ohio House.

        Identical bills introduced in the House and Senate by Republican lawmakers would allow employers to provide compensatory time instead of overtime pay if employers and employees agree to the plan ahead of time and the plan is voluntary.

        Employees would have to receive time off equivalent to one-and-a-half hours for each hour worked. Employers who force employees to take compensatory time instead of overtime pay would be guilty of a misdemeanor.


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