Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Western Union foils scam attempt

        An elderly Walnut Hills woman nearly lost $8,000 Monday night in a scam Cincinnati police want to warn people about.

        A man and a woman claiming to be credit-card fraud investigators came to the woman's Park Avenue apartment about 8:30 p.m. After getting her credit information allegedly for their investigation, they called Western Union and tried to wire the woman's $8,000 to somebody in Columbus, Ohio.

        A Western Union worker foiled the plan by calling back and asking the woman to confirm the money transfer. She did not.

[photo] TRACTOR-TRAILER UPRIGHT AFTER TIPPING: As crews sweep debris, Sharonville Police Sgt. Paul Healey surveys the scene after a tractor-trailer owned by J&M Transport Inc. was set upright on the ramp from Interstate 275 west to I-75 south. The tractor-trailer, carrying coiled steel, tipped at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, closing the ramp for two hours. The driver was not injured and the accident remains under investigation.
(Dick Swaim photo)
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        Police are looking for two people — a black man in his late 20s or early 30s who was about 5-foot-10 and weighed 200 to 210 pounds, and a black woman in her late 20s who stood about 5-foot-7 and weighed between 140 and 150 pounds.

Police allege man impersonated officer

        Cincinnati police spotted a robbery in progress in Over-the-Rhine and ended up arresting a man who pretended to be one of them.

        Officers Eric Vogelpohl and Timothy Bley were on patrol in the 1400 block of Vine Street about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday when they saw a man get out of a car and order another man up against a wall. The man, with a radio in his hand, then patted the victim down as if he were a police officer. But he took the man's $40, police said.

        The officers broadcast a description of the vehicle the fake cop jumped into, which was quickly spotted by Officers Heather Rowcliffe and Michael Brogan. They arrested Gary Martin on Republic Street after he jumped from the car and ran.

        Mr. Martin, 24, of Harvey Avenue, was charged with robbery and impersonating a police officer. The getaway driver, Adolphus Beavers, 28, of Folchi Drive, was charged with complicity to commit robbery and complicity to impersonate a police officer.

        Officers recovered the money belonging to the victim, a chef at a downtown restaurant.

Police victim's mom to speak at UK

        The mother of the African man shot to death in an infamous New York City police case will speak to the University of Kentucky community April 5.

        Kadiatou Diallo will talk about the loss of her son, Amadou Diallo, and her thoughts on racial profiling at an evening event called “The Legacy of Amadou Diallo.”

        It is hosted by the UK Student Activities Board of Multicultural Affairs committee.

        Ms. Diallo's son was unarmed when New York City police officers shot and killed him in February 1999 in a hail of 41 bullets. The officers mistook the 23-year-old for a rapist they were pursuing.

        The officers claimed they opened fire because they thought Mr. Diallo was reaching for a gun. He turned out to have only a pager and a wallet.

        The 8 p.m. event, which will be in Memorial Hall, is free and open to the public.

Student arrested after gun found at Taft

        A 16-year-old Taft High School student was arrested Tuesday after bringing a gun to school.

        The student showed the 9mm handgun to friends, one of whom reported the weapon to a school official, police said. Officers ultimately found the gun in a garbage can and its clip of ammunition in a locker belonging to a friend of the student.

        The teen-ager, who police say has no prior record, was arrested and charged with having a firearm on school property, carrying a concealed weapon and inducing panic. He was taken to juvenile detention.

        He said he found the gun. Investigators were checking that out later Tuesday.

Private group brings school reform model

        Cincinnati's Board of Education will learn about another education reform model todaywhen officials with the for-profit Edison Schools present their package at 11:30 a.m. at the Education Center, 2651, Burnett Ave., Corryville.

        Edison Schools, a New York-based company, serves 57,000 students in 113 schools, including two in Dayton, Ohio. Started in 1995, the company agreed last year to work with United Teachers of Dade in Miami to operate 10 new charter schools.

Pisgah bakery robbed by man working alone

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — An armed man robbed a Pisgah bakery Tuesday afternoon and escaped in a gray mini-van with an undisclosed amount of money.

        No one was injured in the robbery of the Grote Bakery, at 9217 U.S. 42, at 2:35 p.m., said West Chester Police. Police are asking for help in finding the man, who was described by witnesses as white, 5-foot-8 and weighing about 175 pounds.

        The robber, who showed a small dark handgun, was wearing an aqua colored jacket, blue jeans and wire-rimmed glasses. He escaped in the mini-van, which was driven by a second man, who was described as white, in his 50s, wearing a plaid, two-toned gray jacket or shirt.

        Police ask that anyone with information concerning the crime call the West Chester Police tip line at 759-7272.

Suit filed alleging racial profiling

        LEBANON — Three men who were pulled over for an alleged traffic violation and detained while Waynesville police searched their car for drugs last year have filed a $3 million lawsuit, claiming officers engaged in racial profiling.

        The suit filed by Saul Plaza Jr., a Hispanic soldier from Monroe, and his African-American companions, Dwenton Jackson and DeAngelo Harrington, of Middletown, also names Warren County, and former sheriff's investigator Mark Duvelius, as plaintiffs.

        The three men contend that Mr. Duvelius, who was assigned to conduct an independent internal investigation of the Feb. 26 incident, conspired with Waynesville officials and libeled the men by publishing false information about them in his report to damage their credibility.

        The report cleared the officers of any wrongdoing. The three men were released after the stop without being charged.

        Also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit were Ryan Stanaford and Marc Walters, the officers who stopped the car and drew their guns on the occupants; Waynesville Village Manager Kevin Harper; the village and its police chief, Allen Carter.

Volunteer at zoo attacked by tiger

        CLEVELAND — A volunteer at a petting zoo was attacked by a 500-pound Siberian tiger as he shoveled gravel in the animal's cage.

        Russell Shuey, 39, of North Ridgeville, was in critical condition Tuesday after undergoing surgery at MetroHealth Medical Center for a bite on his neck.

        Mr. Shuey, a volunteer at the Burnette Farm and Education Center in Olmsted Township, was attacked Monday in the tiger's outside pen while he was with the farm's owner, Jim Burnette, and two other workers.

        Mr. Burnette, 66, hit the 3-year-old tiger with a shovel to get him off Mr. Shuey's back. Mr. Burnette, a licensed practical nurse, then helped control bleeding until paramedics arrived.

        The tiger, caged at the zoo for display only and not petting, will be euthanized, police said.

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Northern Kentucky racial breakdown
Burned firefighter dies after two-week struggle
Kroger clerk seriously hurt aiding co-worker
Mercy Hospital closing in Hamilton in June
Mercy closure extends trend to consolidate
Appeal ordered, date set for death
Election board member ousted in fund scandal
SAMPLES: Pure Kentucky
RADEL: Profiling suit
Diners could feel pinch of outbreak in Europe
Schools remove fund issue
America's Choice may be 1st choice for CPS redesign
Change aids opponents of rich
Cincinnatian said to be envoy choice
City may seek legal help in police discipline cases
Crawfish herald Spiral week
Kentucky number rises 10% in census
Kings fund drive progresses
Lawmakers ponder law to address profiling
Lights at Reds' new stadium to cost $1 million less
Metro unveils expansion plan
Outside lawyers in police discipline cases proposed
Postal worker fired in alleged theft case
Program cuts asthma visits
Redistricting may be war
St. Bernard to appeal loss of city status
State gives grants for DARE programs
Students can learn of Africa, museums
- Tristate A.M. Report