Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Local Digest

Revamped agency wins accreditation

        The state has given a vote of confidence to the once-troubled Warren County agency for the mentally disabled.

        The county Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities received three-year accreditation Friday from its state counterpart.

        The state issued 77 pages of citations in a review of the county agency in April 2000, after questions about MRDD's finances led to the resignation of its superintendent and entire board. A review in February found all but a half-dozen problems fixed — a surprisingly quick turnaround, state officials said.

Lawyer for Scott critical of court

               COLUMBUS — Lawyers for a schizophrenic who twice came within minutes of being executed say three federal appeals judges erred when they refused to delay his sentence.

        The panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not consider the merit of Jay D. Scott's illness under the Eighth Amendment, which bars cruel and unusual punishment, said attorney Timothy Sweeney.

The 6th Circuit postponed the execution last week 10 minutes before Mr. Scott, 48, was to be put to death for killing a Cleveland delicatessen owner in 1983. The court is considering whether to accept Mr. Scott's appeal of a district court ruling that found he was competent to be executed. Mr. Scott's attorneys on Monday formally asked the full court to consider the constitutionality of executing a mentally ill person.

        The 6th Circuit has not indicated when it will rule.

        Attorney General Betty Montgomery disagrees with Mr. Sweeney's argument.

Levy still wins after new count


        HAMILTON — Walk-in voters who cast ballots in the May 8 election did not affect the outcome of Edgewood Schools' 6.9-mill operating levy.

        After adding 76 walk-in votes, the final tally was 2,499 to 2,427 in favor of the levy, or 51 percent to 49 percent. Instead of winning by 58 votes election night, the final count raised that to 72 votes. The district picked up 45 yes votes and 31 no votes.

        An investigation into four verbal complaints from people who voted at the Wayne Township maintenance center showed only two residents who were eligible to vote on the Edgewood levy were not allowed to do so because of a mix-up, according to Robert Mosketti, director for the elections board.

Schmidlapp grant made to help women

               Fifth Third Bank has provided a $250,000 grant to the Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

        The grant is provided through the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, administered by Fifth Third.

        "This gift puts the Women's Fund very close to its goal of $1 million, which will enable us to begin making grants that will make a real difference in the lives of women and girls in Cincinnati,” said Linda Heines, advancement officer for the fund.

Price Hill thanks police sergeant

               A Price Hill group named a District 3 sergeant its cop of the year.

        Sgt. Joe Richardson “is really a team player. And a real believer in helping the community take responsibility for itself,” said William Bailey, the civilian coordinator of Price Hill Citizens on Patrol. The group surprised the sergeant with the honor recently.

        Sgt. Richardson, a 12-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Division, took over as COP liaison in December 1999, bringing a more open philosophy on how residents and officers can work together, Mr. Bailey said.

Priest is speaker at HUC ceremony

               The Rev. John Pawlikowski, a leader in Catholic-Jewish relations, will give the commencement address at Hebrew Union College on May 30.

        Father Pawlikowski will speak at the 3:30 p.m. graduation at Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road, Amberley Village, and receive an honorary degree.

        He is director of Catholic-Jewish studies at the Cardinal Bernardin Center at Chicago's Catholic Theological Union.

        Twelve degrees will be conferred on rabbinical students and eight on graduate students.

Forum to explore riot recovery

               Cincinnati Councilman Paul Booth will host a town meeting tonight in Bond Hill about how the city can recover from last month's race riots.

        The meeting is the second of six throughout the city to give residents a chance to talk about the riots and offer solutions.

        Tonight's meeting starts at 6:30 at the Bond Hill Recreation Center, 1501 Elizabeth Place.

        A third town meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hirsch Recreation Center in Avondale.

Arrest warrant out for ex-player Little

               An assault arrest warrant has been issued for former University of Cincinnati basketball player Donald Little.

        Mr. Little, who was dismissed from the team Saturday by head coach Bob Huggins, is charged in connection with a May 3 incident at In the Woods Tavern in Clifton Heights.

        In an affidavit, bar employee Jennifer L. Hemmelgarn said Mr. Little kicked her in the ribs after she confronted him for not wearing a wristband while drinking a beer.

        Mr. Huggins dismissed the 6-foot-11 sophomore for conduct detrimental to the basketball program.

        The dismissal came hours after Mr. Little was arrested by the Boone County Sheriff's Department on Interstate 75 and charged with speeding in a work zone, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving under a suspended license and possession of marijuana.

        According to Ms. Hemmelgarn's affidavit, the 22-year-old Mr. Little gave her his ID, but when she asked him to get a wristband he knocked a bottle out of her hand. Mr. Little kicked her in the ribs and tried to drag her onto the floor as she tried to crawl under the bar, she said.

        Police had not arrested Mr. Little as of late Monday.

Ky.-Portsmouth bridge soon to be closed

               SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — Motorists who travel the U.S. Grant Bridge between South Shore and Portsmouth, Ohio, will have to use another bridge beginning the second week of June.

        The bridge will be demolished to make way for a new one.

Trucker is charged in wreck that killed 3

               TOLEDO — A tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a van, killing three people and injuring two others who were returning to Illinois from a fishing trip on Lake Erie.

        The truck's driver was charged with three counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

        Calvin Prescott, 76, of Ridgeville, Ind., told police Sunday he glanced down and when he looked up he saw the van had slowed down for a construction zone on Interstate 75.

        The truck pushed the van about 500 feet before it stopped.


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