Thursday, March 22, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Driver in fatal crash seeks personal license

        A trucker whose tractor-trailer rig crashed into the rear of a church van on Interstate 275, killing four people, in 1999 wants a judge to grant him personal driving privileges.

        Clayton Kuehn, 41, of Cadiz, Ky., was sentenced last May to six months in the Hamilton County Justice Center. He could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison on his conviction for involuntary manslaughter.

        Judge Melba Marsh of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court also ordered Mr. Kuehn to serve five years' probation and not drive during those five years.

        Mr. Kuehn has asked the judge to allow him to drive for personal reasons and not commercially.

        The judge will rule on the request April 2.

        Mr. Kuehn was driving a 75,000-pound tractor-trailer when he crashed into the church van from Knoxville, Tenn., on Aug. 5, 1999.

        The crash killed Kenneth Sanders, 36; his daughter, Whitney, 11; Oshanna Upton, 16; and Bethany Hayes, 11.

        Prosecutors said Mr. Kuehn failed to maintain an assured clear distance.

[photo] DRIVER REMOVED AFTER TRUCK FLIPS: Rescue personnel move the driver of a pickup truck that flipped over Wednesday afternoon after a collision with another vehicle at Fifth and Broadway, downtown. Police said the 18-year-old male driver of the pickup ran two stop lights before broadsiding the other car. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Mr. Kuehn said he did his best to control his truck but was distracted and looked up to see the van's brake lights. He said he tried to stop but his brakes locked up.

Woman sought in bank holdup

        MIDDLETOWN — City police and the FBI on Wednesday were looking for a woman bank robber after a Tuesday afternoon heist.

        Police were called at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday to the First National Bank in the 3600 block of Dixie Highway.

        Witnesses told police that a white woman, armed with a handgun tucked into her waistband, had come into the bank and demanded money.

        The suspect was about 5-feet-4, with long dark hair, wearing a green and white flannel shirt, blue jeans, white shoes and a white ball cap.

        She was seen fleeing on foot toward the Towne Mall. No one was injured.

        Maj. Mike Bruck asked that anyone with information call Detective Dave Swartzel, 425-7742.

Magazine rates area tops for relocating

        Greater Cincinnati has been named the top spot for companies to locate or expand in the coming year by readers of a national business publication.

        In its annual readers survey, Plants Sites and Parks Magazine, says Cincinnati scored No. 1 out of 10 metropolitan areas, including Dallas, Chicago and Greater Los Angeles.

        It attributes the win to economic development in Northern Kentucky, the junction of major highways and the success of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Woman gets 2 years for endangering son

        HAMILTON — A Middletown woman whose teen-age son contracted AIDS from sexual assaults by her brother, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for child endangering.

        The mother, whose name the Enquirer is withholding to protect the boy's identity, was convicted on Feb. 28 by a Butler County Common Pleas jury. The jury deadlocked on an obstruction of justice charge.

        Judge Michael Sage could have sentenced the woman to up to five years in prison.

        The boy's uncle was sentenced last year to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of rape and one count of felonious assault. He was declared a sexual predator.

Man indicted in four car fires

        A Westwood man faces up to 60 years in prison after he was indicted Tuesday on charges of setting four car fires, including one that spread to a house.

        Butch Vaughn, 22, is charged with six counts of aggravated arson, five counts of arson and one count of theft.

        Hamilton County prosecutors say he set the fires March 10 in the Western Hills area. One of the fires spread to a house, causing $25,000 in damage and forcing the occupants to evacuate at 5:40 a.m.

Tiger that mauled is given refuge

        OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — A 500-pound Siberian tiger that attacked a worker at an exotic animal farm in suburban Cleveland found a new home Wednesday at an Indiana animal refuge.

        Jim Burnette, owner of the Burnette Farm and Education Center, said he had accepted an invitation to send Tigger to the 107-acre, nonprofit Exotic Feline Rescue Center near Terra Haute.

        The 3-year-old Tigger will be shipped out today. Police had thought the animal would be euthanized.

        The attack victim, Russell Shuey, 34, of North Ridgeville, was upgraded from critical to stable at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he had surgery for bite wounds to his neck. He was mauled Monday while bringing gravel into Tigger's pen.


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