Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Recruit's parents want $1.5 million

        The parents of an Air Force recruit from St. Bernard who died during training want $1.5 million from the government because of what they see as the military's reluctance to discipline its own.

        Micah Schindler, 18, died Sept. 12, 1999, two days after collapsing at the end of a 5.6-mile march at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The march capped a 36-hour field training exercise known as Warrior Week that exposes fledgling airmen to the field.

        The Ohio Air National Guard recruit died of heat stroke, and water intoxication played a role in the death, according to an Air Force autopsy.

        Two officers and three enlistees were reprimanded in his death.

        Julie and Michael Schindler think someone should have gone to jail. They asked U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, to seek $1.5 million from the government.

        Mr. Chabot told the San Antonio Express-News in Tuesday's editions that he doubts the Air Force has told all it knows about the events leading to Mr. Schindler's collapse.

Events aim to aid injured firefighter

        Area firefighters are organizing a blood drive and a fish fry to help a wounded comrade:

        • The Anderson Professional Firefighters Local 3111 has organized a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave.

        Organizer Bill Storm said that while the blood will not go directly to injured Firefighter William Ellison, the event will show support and appreciation for the Hoxworth Blood Center, which helped in his care.

        The firefighter, who suffered burns over more than 50 percent of his body, has had several surgeries since the accident at a Miami Township fire last week. Mr. Ellison was fighting a house fire on Jordan Road when he fell about 10 feet through the first floor to the basement.

        To donate blood, contact Mr. Storm at (513) 474-9761 or call 474-5562 to set up and appointment.

        • The Newtown Firefighters Association will host the Firefighter Bill Ellison Benefit Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Newtown Fire House, 3537 Church St.

[photo] COURTHOUSE EVACUATED: A Cincinnati firefighter walks through a crowd after the Hamilton County Courthouse was evacuated for a fire Tuesday morning. A hot hydraulic line caught insulation on fire in an elevator shaft. Hearings and trials were delayed.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Proceeds will benefit the Ellison family. Information: 561-2300.

Sound off tonight on racial profiling

        Cincinnatians who want to weigh in on the city's ongoing debate over racial profiling get their chance tonight.

        Starting at 6 p.m., members of City Council's law committee will listen to public comments in a hearing at the Hirsch Recreation Center, 3630 Reading Road, North Avondale.

        Committee Chairman John Cranley also will meet today with John Eck, a University of Cincinnati professor in criminal justice. He has researched police issues and might be hired to help the city figure out what an anti-racial profiling ordinance should say and do.

        Mr. Cranley hopes the committee finalizes something March 26, then sends it to the full council for passage March 28.

Light-rail route near zoo unresolved

        Officials overseeing the alignment for a proposed light-rail system for Greater Cincinnati said Tuesday they won't decide where tracks would go in the Cincinnati Zoo area until later this month.

        The Interstate 71 Light Rail Oversight Committee had been expected to decide Feb. 26 on which of two alignments to use, but decided to delay the decision to allow for more public feedback. The committee is expected to make its decision at its March 28 meeting.

        I-71 light-rail project manager Judi Craig said officials want to consider further comments from Corryville and Avondale residents.

        The city of Cincinnati is holding a meeting on March 20 to provide residents a chance to ask questions about or comment on the proposed light-rail project.

        The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Urban League, 3458 Reading Road.

Loveland schools set early releases

        LOVELAND — The Loveland City School District board of education voted in favor Tuesday of an early dismissal program that will release students from class two hours early on 15 designated days next school year.

[photo] RAINBOW OVER THE RIVER: Amid Tuesday's high winds and rain, a rainbow appeared over downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. This view is from Devou Park at about 3:15 p.m. Clouds will continue today, but with some sunshine. The forecast calls for a high of 54 degrees and a low around 40. (Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Teachers will remain in school during those hours for staff development.

        Schools may change start and/or end times to make up for the lost instructional time, a total of 1,800 minutes a year.

        The early dismissal dates are:

        • Sept. 12 and 26; Oct. 24; Nov. 14 and 28; Dec. 12; Jan. 9 and 23; Feb. 13 and 27; March 13; April 10 and 24; and May 8 and 22.

Lebanon puts off decision on land

        LEBANON — After an executive session, City Council took no action Tuesday night on a proposal to pay $1.5 million for land it plans to use for water wells.

        The offer from two Mason businessmen expired two weeks ago, but Lebanon City Manager James Patrick said he thinks the land is still available.

        The 130-acre site is on Bunnell Road in Turtlecreek Township, atop the Shaker Creek Aquifer.

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