Sunday, May 27, 2001

Local Digest


Car chase leads to abduction charge

        James Alexander, 56, of Woodlawn, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with abducting a woman after leading Cincinnati police on a 40-minute car chase.

        Mr. Alexander was driving in the 100 block of West McMicken Avenue when he stopped to ask a woman if she wanted a ride, police said.

        The woman, whose name was not available, agreed. But she soon decided that she wanted out, police said. When she tried to open the door, the man grabbed her arm and would not let her go.

        Police officers became aware of her situation and began pursuing the car. An arrest was made at 8:58 a.m. Police did not have the location of the arrest.
       

2 slaying suspects to be tried together

               COVINGTON — The Edgewood woman accused of killing her husband, a Delta Air Lines pilot, will get a separate trial but the two men also accused will not.

        Kenton County Judge Patricia Summe ruled Friday that Adele Craven's co-defendants — Rusty McIntire and Ronald Pryor — will be tried together because their statements to police about their role in the July killing have been so similar.

        The body of Stephen Craven, 38, was found in the basement of his Edgewood home July 12. He was clubbed in the head four times with a crowbar and shot three times.

        Police allege that Mrs. Craven helped plan the killing with Mr. McIntire and presided over it. Mrs. Craven allegedly ordered Mr. Pryor to shoot her husband when it seemed he survived the other assaults.

        This month, Judge Summe granted Mrs. Craven a separate trial to keep prejudicial testimony from being presented.
       

Driver faces DUI charge in store crash

               SPRINGFIELD TWP. — A 27-year-old Winton Place resident drove his sport-utility vehicle into a Kroger store early Saturday, causing an undetermined amount in damage.

        Carloss Kendall, 27, of the 5700 block of Winton Road, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.178 — above Ohio's legal limit of 0.10 — when he drove through the store's parking lot and crashed into the brick storefront at 8685 Winton Road in Finneytown. Mr. Kendall was charged with driving under the influence. He was not injured.

        His vehicle went about 2 feet into the building.

Volunteers needed for migraine tests

               If you get migraines, an experimental medication being tested at the University of Cincinnati might help.

        The UC Department of Family Medicine is seeking volunteers between ages 18 and 65 for a clinical trial to test a potential migraine headache medication.

        For information, call (513) 558-2417.
       

Trial delayed in teen's spitting case

               COLUMBUS — The filing of a new charge has delayed the trial of a fast-food restaurant worker accused of spitting into a police officer's soft drink.

        Shawn Barker, 15, appeared Friday in Franklin County Juvenile Court for what was supposed to be his trial. Instead, he was arraigned on a felony charge of obstructing justice.

        Police in suburban Reynoldsburg said they filed the new charge because the teen lied about an unrelated robbery they say he witnessed at a Dairy Queen on March 9.

        He pleaded not guilty to the new charge. Trial on that and the earlier charge of food contamination is scheduled for July 2.

        Reynoldsburg police said the teen was working at a McDonald's drive-through window on Feb. 11 when he spit into a Coca-Cola ordered by Officer Tim Kessler.

        The teen admitted to police on March 22 that he spit in the cup.
       

Wright-Patterson AFB looks to fire, hire

               DAYTON, Ohio — Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is recruiting workers in some categories while firing others.

        The base must eliminate 23 jobs, downgrade 57 and reassign 61, effective Oct. 1, the civilian personnel office said Friday.

        At the same time, the base has 15 recruiters touring college campuses and job fairs to counter a projected shortfall of 1,800 highly skilled workers over the next six years as thousands of employees reach retirement age.

        Civilian Personnel director Donna Scarlata said the jobs the base needs to fill aren't the same as the ones it's cutting.

        Jobs being cut involve support work in the Air Force Research Laboratory and base civil engineering, she said.

       



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