Sunday, April 29, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Open house for potential health workers

        In response to a shortage of health and emergency service workers, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will have an open house noon to 8 p.m. May 10 in the campus gymnasium at the college, 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton. Refreshments, gifts and prizes will be offered to those attending the free public program. For additional information, call the college at (513) 569-1670.

Runner rescued from beam under bridge

        Cincinnati firefighters rescued a runner in Saturday's Race for the Cure who left the official path and ended up stranded beneath the Taylor-Southgate Bridge.

        District 1 Chief Denny Clark said Stephen McDonald of Fairfield leapt from the crowded bridge to a walkway but missed.

        Mr. McDonald, 24, apparently did not know there was a 4-foot gap between the bridge and pedestrian path.

        Chief Clark said Mr. McDonald fell about 5 feet. But for the 18-inch-wide I-beam on which he landed, he would have fallen 60 feet to the Public Landing.

        Firefighters used an aerial ladder to rescue Mr. McDonald.

        He was taken to University Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his right knee and abrasions to right leg and released, the chief said.

        “He was pretty shook up,” Chief Clark added, as were relatives with whom he was running. “They were all pretty happy to see he didn't fall all the way down.”

Car hits drugstore, injuring woman inside

        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — A Mount Carmel woman was treated and released from Anderson Mercy Hospital on Saturday after a car crashed through the wall of a pharmacy and struck her.

        Hamilton County sheriff's office said Tonya Byington, 22, was struck after a car driven by Denes Hunkar, 64, of Anderson Township crashed through the north wall of Kunkel Pharmacy on Beechmont Avenue at 10:31 a.m.

        The pharmacy was shut down for a couple of hours, said David Berberich, operations director for Kunkel.

        Ms. Byington is a pharmacy student who was at the pharmacy on an internship, Mr. Berberich said. The car crashed into a training room and not the pharmacy itself. It hasn't been determined how much damage was done.

        “The big blessing in the whole thing is that Tonya is OK and there were no serious injuries,” Mr. Berberich said. “I told her it was like she had an angel watching over her today.”

        The sheriff's office said Mr. Hunkar was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control of the vehicle.

Powerline falls; injury, fire reported

        Traffic on Interstate 471 was blocked for 34 minutes during lunchtime Saturday after a Cinergy powerline fell across the road.

        Before traffic could be stopped, a motorcyclist hit the line and went down with what appeared to be minor injuries, Newport Fire Capt. William Ravenscraft said.

        Firefighters took the unidentified rider to University Hospital.

        The powerline also ignited a patch of grass on the east side of the freeway near the Sixth Street overpass, Capt. Ravenscraft said. That small fire was extinguished by Newport firefighters.

        He said a Cinergy crew removed the power line and traffic was moving by 1:03 p.m.

        Capt. Ravenscraft did not know why the wire fell.

Provident Bank robbed in Newport

        NEWPORT — Police officers Saturday afternoon searched for the owner of a sweatsuit thought to belong to the Tristate's latest bank robber.

        The Provident Bank at 20 W. Sixth St. was robbed at 10 a.m. Saturday. There were no injuries.

        The lone robber, who gave a teller a handwritten note asking for money and indicating he had a weapon, got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He never pulled a gun, and there were no injuries.

        He was described as a white man, late 40s or early 50s, about 6 feet tall, and wearing a sweatsuit.

        He fled on foot and was last seen on Orchard Street. Newport police said they didn't have a suspect, but they did find a sweatsuit nearby.

Police investigate trailer shooting

        GREENWOOD, Ky. — State police continued Saturday to investigate a shooting that killed a Cincinnati man and sent a Newport resident to the hospital with two gunshot wounds to the head.

        The dead man was identified as Robert E. Gibson Jr., 23. Police had no address for him.

        The man with gunshot wounds is Pat O'Brien, 47, of Newport. He was in stable condition Saturday at University Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

        For the second day, investigators were in rural Pendleton County at the scene of the shooting — a trailer on Portland-Greenwood Road, about 6 miles from Butler.

        Justin Davis, 24, called police early Friday to report he had shot at four men trying to break in. State police haven't released any other details, and no one has been charged.

Son killed, father injured in shooting

        MARION, Ohio — Police have arrested a man for allegedly killing a 19-year-old man and wounding the victim's father.

        Jeffrey Lee Cochran, 36, of Marion, was being held Saturday at the Multi-County Correctional Center in Marion. The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will file charges Monday, police said.

        Police say Mr. Cochran shot Daniel T. Willmeth, 19, several times at Mr. Willmeth's father's house Friday night.

        Daniel T. Willmeth was pronounced dead at Marion General Hospital. Dan L. Willmeth, 45, was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. His condition wasn't released.


Taft High: Harsh life, hard lessons
Mentoring programs
How I found friends, hope in the halls
Options bleak for Comair
Shirey one vote from ouster
Bipartisanship takes back seat to Bush agenda
BRONSON: Wise guy
Bystander killed in shooting
Crowds begin coming back to the nightlife
Festival celebrates cultural variety
Fire panel looking into departures
Girls softball team plays in Cuba
Group seeks action on health care
Hospitals shift toward suburbs
ID picture worth 1,000 words
Innovative workers get another shot at reward
Ky. Derby tickets hard to come by
N.Ky. mom beats cancer, inspires show of support
Park brings green to lot
Police search for father, two children
WILKINSON: Off the bus
- Tristate A.M. Report