Friday, May 11, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Wrestler to support bid for 2012 Olympics

        Matt Ghaffari, an Olympic wrestler who won a silver medal in the 1996 Games, has joined the board of trustees for Cincinnati 2012, the organization trying to bring the Olympic Games to the Queen City.

        Mr. Ghaffari, born in Iran and one of the most recognizable athletes in the world of Olympic wrestling, also made the U.S. team in 1992, and was an alternate in 1984, 1988 and 2000.

        A news conference is scheduled for today announcing Mr. Ghaffari's endorsement of Cincinnati's bid to become a U.S. candidate city.

Archdiocese to have symposium on sprawl

        The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is host of the first faith-based effort to look at the social, environmental and economic issues surrounding sprawl and quality of life.

        Led by the archdiocese's Catholic Social Action Office, members of area parishes have met for more than two years to discuss urban decay, farmland issues and suburban sprawl.

[photo] I CAN FLY!: Wendy (Dawn Kelly) romps with her new pal Peter Pan (Dimitri Trubchanov). More than 2,000 schoolchildren attended the ballet rehearsal at the Aronoff Center Thursday, including these sixth-graders from Glen Este Middle School. Bigg's sponsored the event.
(Gary Landers photo)
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        The group is holding a symposium May 19 to discuss its findings and determine the next steps the group should take. The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, 5808 Glenview Ave., College Hill.

        The cost is $35, which includes lunch and a copy of the group's report. Information: Catholic Social Action, 421-3131.

Races raise money for Kennedy Heights

        The 13th annual Sap Run to raise money for the beautification of Kennedy Heights is Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m.

        About 125 people are expected to participate in a 3 1/3-mile run, a 4 1/2-mile bike ride or a 1 1/2-mile walk.

        The race begins and ends at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, 6312 Kennedy Ave. Last year's event raised $3,500 for the community. Tickets are $14 for adults; $7 for children. Information: 631-4924.

Climb to benefit health center for poor

        The Crossroad Health Center sponsors its annual “Climb for Crossroad” on Saturday.The climb is an hourlong ascent up the steps of nearby Liberty Hill.

        Activities began at 10 a.m. at Vine and Liberty streets and include a carnival, petting zoo, food and prizes. Crossroad serves more than 2,500 patients a year, 90 percent of whom are low-income. The center, opened in 1992, provides health care to residents of Over-the-Rhine and nearby communities regardless of income or health insurance. Information: 381-2247.

Suburban Dayton students tested for TB

        FAIRBORN, Ohio — Health officials are testing about 250 students at Fairborn High School in this Dayton suburb for tuberculosis after one case of the disease was confirmed.

        Greene County Health Commissioner Mark McDonnell said Wednesday that no one else had experienced symptoms.

        “Those at greatest risk were tested,” Mr. McDonnell said. “Until we have those results, it is impossible to predict exactly how many individuals may have become infected.”

        Tuberculosis is an infection, primarily of the lungs, caused by a bacterium. It is infectious, but requires prolonged contact and can be treated with antibiotics.

        Last year, 340 cases of tuberculosis were reported in Ohio.

Woman accused of faking her death

        BRYAN, Ohio — A woman involved in a custody battle faked her death and her 2-year-old son's death before they were found two days later, police said.

        Michelle Dewey, 32, of Toledo, and her son, Kenneth Newton, were found unharmed Wednesday in a Montpelier apartment, about 50 miles west of Toledo.

        Friends and family members thought she may have been killed or kidnapped after police found her burned-out car Monday in Fulton County. But police said she set the car on fire.

        “It was an act of desperation on her part,” said Toledo police Detective Bill Seymour.

        Ms. Dewey had been scheduled to appear at a custody hearing in Lucas County Juvenile Court on Tuesday.

        No charges have been filed, but the Fulton County Prosecutor's Office is investigating.

        Lucas County Children's Services said the boy will be placed with relatives or in a foster home until a court decides where he should live.

Shooting death is called mystery

        DUPONT, Ohio — Investigators looking into the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy do not have any suspects or a motive, the Putnam County sheriff said Thursday.

        Sheriff James Beutler called the case a mystery but said he is almost certain that Charles Breckler did not shoot himself. The department is investigating it as a homicide.

        The teen was found in his sister's home Wednesday with a gunshot wound in his head. He often stayed at his sister's house, which is a block from where he lived with his mother.

        It did not appear anyone else was home when he was shot, authorities said.

        Charles, an eighth-grade student at Continental Junior High School, was found by a family friend who was going to take him to school.

        Authorities have gathered little information from interviews with friends and family members, the sheriff said.


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