Monday, May 14, 2001

Local Digest

Kennedy Heights man accused of rape

        A 21-year-old Kennedy Heights man was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with rape.

        Armando Vidal Merito, of the 6400 block of Montgomery Road, is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        Cincinnati Police said Mr. Merito forced a woman to have sexual intercourse about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in his apartment.

Gas station robbed in Green Township

               GREEN TOWNSHIP — Authorities are searching for a man who robbed the Marathon gas station, 5380 North Bend Road, on Sunday.

        The robbery occurred shortly before 9 a.m. when a man entered the store and went to the counter to buy an item, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Green Township Police. After the cashier opened the cash drawer to give change, he reached into the drawer and began taking money.

        When the cashier tried to stop him, he told her he had a gun and would shoot her. He did not show a weapon. The man took an undetermined amount of cash and fled on foot.

        He was described as black, age 25-30, 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds. He wore blue Starter pants and a gray sweat shirt.

Boy on bike hurt in road accident

               WINCHESTER — An 11-year-old boy suffered two broken legs Sunday afternoon when his bicycle collided with a car on Bethlehem Road, about six miles southwest of this Adams County town.

        Korey Alexander of Winchester was riding his bicycle when he crossed in front of a southbound car, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        The boy was in serious but stable condition Sunday night at Children's Hospital Medical Center. He was being treated for a head injury, a broken arm and two broken legs.

        The driver of the car, Nanette Sparks, 22, of Winchester, was treated at Adams County Hospital and released.

        The accident remains under investigation.

Workers in Dayton to be tested for TB

               DAYTON, Ohio — A worker at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. tested positive for tuberculosis, health officials said.

        About 300 other employees at the company's distribution center in suburban Moraine will be tested for the disease.

        Health officials announced Friday that eight Fairborn High School students and three teachers in nearby Greene County tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis. One student had previously tested positive.

Ohio judge picked for TV courtroom

               CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — A municipal judge here will be laying down the law in Los Angeles as the new judge on a television court show Power of Attorney.

        Judge Lynn C. Toler, 41, will appear on the Fox TV show possibly as early as August, she said. She accepted the offer Thursday.

        Judge Toler said was not aware why the network chose her: “They just told me they'd gone on a search for a judge,” she said.

        As a municipal judge in this Cleveland suburb, she earned $96,000.

        While she did not reveal her new salary, she said she'll make an “astronomical” amount.

        Judge Toler will spend three days a month in Los Angeles and tape five to seven half-hour shows each day.

        She said she doesn't expect the show to improve her credibility in a real court because the Ohio Supreme Court “thinks these shows lack the dignity they would like to see in a judge.”

Learn of summer activities for kids

               An information fair on summer programs available to Cincinnati children and young adults will be held Saturday at the Urban Appalachian Council/Appalachian Identity Center in Over-the-Rhine.

        The second annual fair is from noon to 3 p.m. at the center, 1415 Walnut St. It aims to get children involved in programs and off the streets during the summer.

        For information, call Melissa Williams at (513) 621-5991.

Coin's astronaut meant to be generic

               TOLEDO — The first man on the moon and the first American to orbit Earth are both from Ohio, but the astronaut depicted on Gov. Bob Taft's choice for the state's commemorative quarter isn't from the state.

        He's Col. Edwin Aldrin Jr., a New Jersey native, who followed Ohioan Neil Armstrong to the lunar surface in 1969. Mr. Armstrong took the photograph on which the depiction proposed for the coin is based.

        The U.S. Mint plans to issue the state's commemorative quarter next April. Mr. Taft last week officially submitted Ohio's “Birthplace of Aviation” design as his choice for the coin to Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, who will make the final decision.

        The design superimposes an astronaut and a Wright Flyer, the first plane designed by Dayton's Wright brothers, over an outline of the state.

        U.S. Mint spokesman Matt Kilbourne told the Blade, in a story published Sunday, that the mint's design for the coin was based on the Armstrong photograph of Mr. Aldrin, taken near the Apollo 11 lunar module on July 20, 1969.

        The mint has a rule that no living person can appear on its coins, but Mr. Kilbourne said use of the Aldrin image was acceptable because “it's a generic rendering of an astronaut. It's an image of a spacesuit, not an image of a human being.”

        Tom Noe, chairman of the committee in charge of choosing the design, said it had no problem with the mint's depiction of the astronaut. “We meant it to be a generic astronaut,” he said. “We wanted it to be as generic as possible.”

        Ohio is sometimes referred to as “the cradle of astronauts” because it is home to 24 astronauts, more than any other state.

"Unsung hero' fest features Jewell

               CARMEL, Ind. — Richard Jewell, the man wrongly suspected in the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, will be grand marshal for this city's annual July Fourth festival.

        Mr. Jewell's experience makes him an ideal person to represent this year's Carmelfest theme of “Unsung Heroes”, said Jeff Worrell, of the festival's organizing committee.

        Mr. Jewell was hailed as a hero for helping clear people away from a bomb before it exploded in the Centennial Olympic Park in 1996, killing one person and injuring more than 100. Three days later, Mr. Jewell became the focus of an FBI investigation. In October 1996, the Justice Department cleared Mr. Jewell in the bombing.


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