Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Local Digest

$2.7 million awarded in airport land case

        BURLINGTON — A jury has awarded the estate of a Boone County man, the late William Edgar Woodward of Burlington just over $2.7 million in an eminent-domain case against the Kenton County Airport board. The ruling involves some 113 acres on Limaburg Creek Road, land that was owned by Mr. Woodward, who died in 1998.

        The Woodwards, whose family had owned the land at least 55 years, claimed the land was worth $2.8 million — about $25,000 an acre in the state's fastest-growing county. But the airport had offered just $450,000 — about $4,000 an acre.

        Woodward family member Donna Wilson said the airport is already using the property. She said there are three retention ponds the airport uses to contain de-icing chemicals, and there is a wall at the end of Limaburg Creek Road to prevent any access.

        Dale Huber, airport deputy director of aviation, could not be reached for comment Monday.

Police say tips led to murder suspect

               Cincinnati homicide investigators are thanking English Woods residents for leading them to a 16-year-old who is accused of killing an ice-cream truck driver Friday night.

        The teen-ager remained in juvenile detention Monday, charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

        Floyd Kilpatrick was shot and killed as he drove around the neighborhood in his Captain Tom's ice-cream truck.

        Officers went door-to-door in the apartment complex Saturday getting tips from residents.

        “Basically, the community should get a lot of credit for this,” Sgt. John Newsom said. “They're the ones who put us on the right track.”

        The 16-year-old lived in Price Hill but was well-known in the neighborhood where Mr. Kilpatrick died.

        “We feel the shooter is in jail,” the sergeant said. “But we feel people who had other involvement in this case are still out there.”

        Anyone with information is asked to call the Cincinnati homicide unit at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous and can be paid for good information.

Williamsburg man jailed after crash

               A Willamsburg man remained in Clermont County Jail on Monday after police say he led them on a weekend car chase that ended in a crash.

        Ohio State Highway Patrol officers tried to stop Jeffrey A. Botts, 26, for an illegal exhaust system about 8:15 p.m. Saturday on Ohio 125 at Hopper Hill Road.

        Mr. Botts fled south on Hopper Hill for a little over a mile when he lost control of his vehi cle, slid off the left side of the road and hit a barn, troopers said. He was treated at Anderson Mercy Hospital for minor injuries.

        Mr. Botts is charged with felony fleeing and eluding, DUI, driving under suspension, no seat belt and defective exhaust.

Plea deal reached in meth lab case

               LEBANON — A Harlan Township couple accused last June of running Warren County's first methamphetamine lab faces up to five years in prison each when they are sentenced in May.

        Phillip and Lori McMullen were set to go on trial Monday but instead pleaded guilty to a single felony charge each of aggravated possession of drugs.

        As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangering.

        A third defendant in the case — Joseph Lester Wiggins, 35 — was sent to prison last month for about six years after a jury convicted him of a variety of charges.

        A judge, however, tossed out a charge that Mr. Wiggins was involved in manufacturing the illicit drug at the farmhouse the McMullens rented in the 9700 block of Ohio 28.

        Authorities who raided the property said they found 57 loaded guns, a pound of marijuana, $4,000 in cash and 33 grams of methamphetamine.

        Hundreds of empty bottles of an over-the-counter sinus medication, beakers, hot plates and other cooking equipment commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine also were confiscated.

Cincinnati schools approve calendars

               Students in Cincinnati Public Schools will begin classes Aug. 27 next year.

        The Board of Education approved Monday school calendars for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 school years.

        For 2001-02, classes start Aug. 27. The last day of school is May 31. Winter recess is Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Spring recess is April 1-5.

        The calendars attempt to keep a consistent start date, so that students know when to return to classes, Superintendent Steven Adamowski said.

        The schedule of classes attempts to include as many days of instruction as possible before students take the Ohio Proficiency Tests. The calendar also tries to avoid school days in June because retiring teachers have a financial incentive to leave their jobs by the end of May.

Screenings offered for alcohol abuse

               People as young as 16 who may be wondering whether they have a drinking problem can take a free, anonymous screening test April 5 as part of National Alcohol Screening Day.

        “One of Hamilton County's most profound and persistent health problems is alcohol abuse, leading to millions of dollars in health, social and legal costs each year,” said Sherry Knapp, chief executive for the Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board.

        The free screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mount Auburn Health Center, 2415 Auburn Ave., and at the Visiting Nurses Association in the United Way and Community Chest Building at 2400 Reading Road.

        For more information, call Mike Tibbetts at the Alcoholism Council of Greater Cincinnati: 281-7880.

Musician cancels "jazz lane' lecture

               Because to illness, Grammy-award winning musician Frank Benjamin Foster has canceled his lecture, “My Life in the Jazz Lane,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Walnut Hills High School. Call 569-5582 for information.


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