Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Grant creates NKU endowed chair

        A grant to Northern Kentucky University's new College of Education today will create NKU's first endowed chair.

        The $750,000 grant from The Bank of Kentucky will be matched by state funds.

        The chair honors Robert W. Zapp, president of the bank and chairman of NKU's board of regents.

        NKU also will announce creation of the college today after its regular trustees' meeting. The college is splitting from the College of Professional Studies where it was housed as the School of Education.

[photo] Great American Ball Park is rising out of the ground. Concrete columns between 25 and 30 feet tall that will support the superstructure started getting planted last month. They will support a concrete deck that will be the ballpark's seating bowl, concourses and parking garage. More columns will go on top of the slab to support the second deck. In July, construction managers will start installation of steel and precast concrete — the most dangerous and complex part of construction.

(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        NKU President James Votruba said a nationally known senior scholar in P-12 education will be recruited for the $1.5 million endowed chair. Typically, the income from an endowment is used to pay the faculty member.

Unclaimed lottery ticket recycled

        DELPHOS, Ohio — Somebody lost $9 million on Monday and probably didn't know it.

        A winning Ohio Lottery ticket sold in November went unclaimed and the money will go to a fund to increase future jackpots, pay for advertising or support education.

        The deadline for claiming the Super Lotto jackpot was 5 p.m. Monday.

        “This happens,” lottery spokeswoman Sandy Lesko Mounts said. “But it doesn't happen that often.”

        The lottery has an unclaimed prize fund of $20 million to $30 million — mostly from smaller instant win tickets, she said.

        Employees at Bellmann's Party Store, where the ticket was sold, fielded about 100 phone calls on Monday from people who wanted to double check the numbers, said Heather Gengler, a store employee.

[photo] MAJOR BEDHEADS: Because children's book author Margie Palatini is visiting Colerain Elementary School Tuesday and today, and because Mrs. Palatini is the author of Bedhead, the story of a boy having a bad hair day in time for class pictures, it was just natural for students to show up with bedheads of their own. Felicia Riley, 10, (left), Angela Field, 11, and Tia Colegate, 10, did their worst.
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Bank robbers drop part of stolen cash

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Two men, one armed, held up a Provident Bank Tuesday morning but did not escape with all the money they took, Hamilton County sheriff's officials said.

        At about 9:50 a.m. the two men, one armed with handgun, entered the bank at 8087 Montgomery Road and ordered all customers to lie on the floor, police said. One of the suspects then went to the rear of the teller windows and ordered a teller to put money from the drawers into a bag.

        The two fled out the rear of the bank and entered a light blue, older model Toyota with damage to the driver's side, police said. Some of the stolen money was dropped by the suspects and recovered.

Officer kills man who aimed gun at him

        DAYTON, Ohio — A police officer shot and killed a man who aimed a gun at him following a shooting at an apartment complex, police said Tuesday.

        The Montgomery County coroner's office identified the victim as Cleophis M. Craver, 20, of Dayton.

        Police Lt. Col. John Compston said a resident of the Summit Square Townhouse Apartments called police Monday night about a disturbance in the parking lot and shots being fired.

        The man, who told police he was concerned for the safety of children who lived there, confronted four to six people who were firing guns and asked them to leave. Mr. Craver, who had a large handgun, then began shooting at the man, who ducked behind a car, Lt. Col. Compston said.

        Officer Mitchell Koogler arrived and saw shots being fired, then members of the group began to run. Officer Koogler confronted Mr. Craver behind one of the apartment buildings, Lt. Col. Compston said.

[photo] FERNALD ANNIVERSARY: Eileen Levy of Finneytown points out a historical photo to her husband, Lou, as they look through scenes of operations at the former Fernald uranium processing plant, where an open house Tuesday commemorated the 50th anniversary of the plant's opening.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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        According to Lt. Col. Compton, witnesses said the officer ordered Mr. Craver to drop his gun several times. Offcier Koogler told investigators that Mr. Craver walked toward him, raised the gun and pointed it at him.

Technical college internalizes job

        Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has moved a job in-house that used to be done by consultants and appointed one of its own to handle the new assignment.

        Dr. Jan Donley is interim director of organizational effectiveness.

        She was assistant dean of the new business technologies division.

Death row inmate tries three suicides

        MANSFIELD, Ohio — An inmate whose request to face execution was rejected has apparently tried to kill himself three times in the past three months, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Tuesday.

        The latest attempt by August Cassano, 48, was Sunday at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, department spokesman Joe Andrews said.

        Andrews said he did not know how Cassano hurt himself, but the News Journal reported that prison officials think Mr. Cassano used razor blades, possibly from a disposable razor, to cut himself.

Toledo-Lucas Co. smoking ban reversed

        TOLEDO, Ohio — The city's law department has reversed an earlier opinion and now says the board of health can ban smoking in public places throughout the county.

        The ban would be the strictest smoking ban in the state.

        The law department said last month that a 1987 ordinance that permitted smoking inside many public places would have to be changed to accommodate the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Health's proposed smoking ban.

        The health board is considering a regulation that would ban smoking at all indoor public places, including bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, bingo halls and hotels, and might vote on the regulation at its May 24 meeting.

        City law director Barb Herring said the board of health gets its authority from state law.

        That means health board regulations “have the force of state law” and would supersede local ordinances, she said.



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