Thursday, March 15, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Is your mom a hero? Tell the public library

        The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County wants to give you a chance to recognize your mother as a hero. Send your most memorable story about your mother and her heroic involvement in your life (or that of others) to: Mothers & Other Heroes Contest, Public Relations, Public Library, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati 45202.

        Five winners will be announced at a book signing by Enquirer columnist Laura Pulfer, author of Mothers & Other Heroes, and Carol Williams, of WCPO-TV (Channel 9), at the library at noon April 6. Winners will receive an autographed copy of Ms. Pulfer's book.

[photo] TRUCK CRASHES: A semitractor-trailer went out of control about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday on northbound Interstate 75 in St. Bernard, leaving just one lane open through the rush hour. The driver was treated for minor injuries. Here, municipal worker Don Middendorf (far left) begins cleanup at Ross Park. The retaining wall was built in recent years because of concerns about vehicles hitting the park fence at high speed.

(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Entries, postmarked by March 21, must be typewritten in 300 words or less and will become the property of the library. Include name, address, ZIP code and phone number. Information: 369-4571.

Next light-rail meeting stop: Silverton

        Officials touting a new light-rail system for Greater Cincinnati along Interstate 71 are holding another in a series of public information sessions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. todayat the Silverton Municipal Building, 6860 Plainfield Road, Silverton.

        Silverton is one of 20 or 21 proposed stops along the 19-mile line that would stretch from Blue Ash through downtown Cincinnati and end in Covington.

        For information, go online at, or call 621-6300.

Sheriff: Man ran construction scam

        MILFORD — A 46-year-old Milford man was arrested Wednesday and charged with bilking three customers out of $40,000 by failing to provide agreed-upon construction and remodeling services. The Clermont County Sheriff's Office charged Bruce Wayne Davis, of the 4800 block of Teal Lane, with two counts of fourth-degree theft by deception and one count of third-degree theft by deception.

        Mr. Davis received advance payments for construction and remodeling work and failed to return to complete the work, said the sheriff's office.

        At least once, Mr. David allegedly accompanied one of the homeowners to the bank to get the money.

        The sheriff's office said there may be more fraud victims. People who feels they may have been a victim of fraud involving Mr. Davis are asked to call the sheriff's office investigative unit at 732-7545.

Baptist school closed today after threat

        FINNEYTOWN — Central Baptist School, 7645 Winton Road, will be closed today because of a bomb threat Wednesday.

        School administrators called Springfield Township Police after the threat was discovered at about 1 p.m. Wednesday on the wall in a boys restroom.

        “The police searched the buildings but did not find any thing,” said Rick Voiles, school administrator. “We decided to go ahead and close school Thursday anyway as a precaution.”

        There are no classes Friday for a teacher in-service day. Police will search the school again Friday. There are no suspects.

        Also Wednesday, two Anderson High school students were charged in connection with an e-mail bomb threat sent to Turpin High School.

        Brandon Symmes, 18, was charged with two counts of inducing panic. A 15-year-old was charged with two counts of complicity.

Ft. Washington Way forum is tonight

        The city of Cincinnati will sponsor a public forum tonight on the operation of Fort Washington Way and downtown streets.

        The forum will be held 5 to 7 p.m. in council chambers, on the third floor of City Hall, 901 Plum St.

Deer Park names new police chief

        DEER PARK — A 23-year police veteran of this Hamilton County suburb was announced Tuesday as its next police chief.

[photo] ROBBERY SUSPECTS CRASH AFTER POLICE CHASE: Fort Wright Police officer Marc Schworer examines the wreckage of a Volvo that went out of control after ramming a police cruiser (right) on northbound Interstate 75 at the ramp from Kyles Lane. Police from several agencies were looking for the car after two men robbed a boutique Wednesday in Crescent Springs. Arrested were Britton Lamar Russia, 20, and the Volvo's driver, James Marcelle White, 30, both of Cincinnati. The two men received minor injuries in the crash and refused transportation to the hospital, police said. Mr. Russia and Mr. White were being held in the Kenton County Jail Wednesday night. Bail had not yet been set.

(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Al Gille, 46, was the top scorer on a civil service test for the chief's job and is expected to be sworn in this week. He will replace Michael Berens, who left in February to become administrator in neighboring Sycamore Township.

        Mr. Gille joined the Deer Park department in 1976 as a patrol officer and served as a specialist and a sergeant. Most recently he was the department's community resource officer. He lives in Sycamore Township.

        “I'm really excited about having this opportunity, but at the same time it's a lot of responsibility,” he said. “You become more administrative than anything. I'm looking forward to the challenge.”

Couple accused of ripping off band group

        IRONTON, Ohio — A former band-boosters treasurer and her husband have been charged with stealing more than $80,000 from the group's bank accounts.

        Elizabeth Keating, 43, was indicted Tuesday on five counts of grand theft and four counts of theft. Her husband, William J. Keating, 43, was charged with two counts of theft.

        Mrs. Keating is in the Lawrence County jail awaiting trial on an attempted-murder charge. She is accused of firing a gun Jan. 2 at her business partner at a real estate office.

        Mrs. Keating's attorney, Mark McCown, said he had not had a chance to talk with her about the theft charges.

        “We're obviously extremely surprised by the indictment against Mr. Keating. I was told by the prosecutor that Mr. Keating was not a target in any investigations,” Mr. McCown said Wednesday.

        Mr. Keating's attorney, J. Roger Smith of Huntington, W.Va., said his client will plead not guilty.

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- Tristate A.M. Report