Friday, April 27, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Teen fined over fatal car crash

        LEBANON — A Goshen Township man convicted in a Dec. 27 crash that killed a 2-year-old boy lost his driver's license for three years and was ordered to complete 1,500 hours of community service.

        Clarence Groves III also was ordered on Thursday by a judge in Warren County Court to pay a $250 fine and serve three years of probation.

        Mr. Groves, 18, pleaded no contest earlier this month to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide.

        State troopers said Mr. Groves' Dodge Spirit crossed the center line on Stubbs Mill near Shawhan Road and struck a Toyota Corolla carrying a Clinton County toddler, Dwayne Scareberry.

Black chamber taps executive director

        De Asa Nichols, director of minority business development at the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed executive director of the Cincinnati Black Chamber of Commerce.

[photo] TEA FOR TOTS: Hannah Schott, 6, gets some lemonade Thursday from Janet Baltzersen, a professional presenter of Victorian tea parties. Kindergartners at J.F. Dulles Elementary School learned about manners during the party at the school in Mack.
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        Ms. Nichols will oversee the day-to-day activities of the organization. which represents more than 200 member businesses in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

        She is a native of Cincinnati and received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Xavier University. She also worked as the executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce's Minority Business Mentoring Program.

        Ms. Nichols has been featured on the cover of Minority Business News USA andnamed the 2000 Public Policy Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Toddler dies from injuries in house fire

        A toddler rescued by firefighters from his burning house Wednesday died early Thursday from his injuries.

        Davontrell Hill, 22 months, died at 1:15 a.m. at Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he had been taken 16 hours before.

        His house on Beekman Street in North Fairmount caught fire about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday because children were playing with a lighter.

        Baby sitter Kim Morgan, 24, was watching Davontrell and his siblings — 3-year-old Quez Hill and 6-month-old Zarian Biggers — because their mother, Kalisha Hill, was in Christ Hospital recovering from surgery.

        Ms. Morgan's 3-year-old, Charles Lattimore, and 17-year-old Andre Lloyd also were in the house when the fire broke out.

        Ms. Morgan cut her arms while trying to get out of the house. Besides Davontrell, the other children escaped without injury.

Woman found dead at horse facility

        UNION TOWNSHIP — The body of a woman who worked at a Clermont County horse farm was found Thursday afternoon in a horse trailer on the property, Union Township police said.

        The woman, who was Hispanic and spoke no English, carried no identification and police were not sure of her name. She had visible injuries, according to police Lt. Mark Griffith.

        “She was beaten with a baseball bat, we assume,” said Dr. Nico Capurro, Clermont County coroner. A bat was found in the trailer, he said. He said the woman had been dead about 12 hours when she was found at 1 p.m.

        She was last seen alive Wednesday evening at Bay Ridge Farm on Heitman Lane, a boarding facility for horses. Police did not know how long she had worked there.

        The woman's age was not known, but she appeared to be about 30, Lt. Griffith said.

[photo] CUTE AS THE LION KING, TIMES FOUR: Three-week-old lions are tame enough for a visit Thursday with Justin, 4, (center left) and Zach Nason, 3, of Hebron. Legendary performers Siegfried (left) and Roy have three white lions on loan to the Cincinnati Zoo. One of them, Prosperity, birthed the cubs on April 1. The litter is known as the Pride of the Millennium, the first white lions born in the United States.
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        Her husband also works at Bay Ridge, but police have been unable to locate him. The couple did odd jobs, police said.

        “We absolutely want to talk to him,” Lt. Griffith said.

Bank robber strikes in N. College Hill

        NORTH COLLEGE HILL — A robber held up the PNC Bank at 1598 W. Galbraith Road on Thursday. There were no injuries, but the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, North College Hill police Officer Keith Gardner said.

        There were four employees and one customer in the bank when the robber walked in the bank at 1:11 p.m. and grabbed money from the counter and a teller's drawer. The man fled on foot down Hamilton Avenue.

        The robber was described as African-American, about 20-30 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing 190 pounds. He was wearing baggy blue jeans, a blue hooded sweat shirt, a knit skullcap, white gloves and sunglasses.

        Police do not know whether Thursday's holdup is linked to two robberies last week.

Ohio Lottery comes up just a bit short

        CLEVELAND — Thousands of people wanting to play the Ohio Lottery's $1 million second-chance mail-in game missed their chance by an eighth of an inch.

        Envelopes provided by the lottery are one-eighth of an inch short of the post office's 3 1/2-inch minimum height. Some get returned for 11 cents in extra postage and some end up in dead-letter bins.

        The lottery contacted the postal service, which agreed Thursday to deliver the items without extra postage.

        Second Chance Sweepstakes players must send in losing Super Lotto Plus or Super Lotto Plus & Kicker tickets with a minimum wager of $5 on a single ticket purchased after April 16.

Reebok pulls car-stunt ad
No more loose lips on stunt, judge orders
Rivals square off over teens' stunt
Riverfront tax figures doubted
Public relations experts say city image is fixable
RADEL: After the riots
Suburban students visit urban world
Family of children hit by beanbags sues city, cops
Remarks on shooting assailed
Taft asks government for discounted riot loans
Tarbell calls for vote to oust city manager
Higher-ed officials battling state cuts
O Rodger, we lift our proud voices to thee
Small wall holds big reminder
Area doctors facing public report card
Ceremony marks the Holocaust
Court: Mining firm lacked grounds for suit
Deters foe finds support here
Fine Arts Fund meets $9.1M goal
Hamilton's Multicultural Celebration gets bigger
Harlan Co. won't agree on displays
Historic town tavern burns
House GOP proposes tax amnesty
Letters deemed no threat
Off-duty police officers report attack by crowd
Official questions park's safety
Pact might end protests over black man's death
Some oppose move by hospital
Taft shifts, backs aid for cancer treatment
Teen fined over fatal car crash
West Clermont aims to get small
- Tristate A.M. Report