Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report




Findlay Market manager resigns

        The manager of Findlay Market has resigned just as the city embarks on a $3 million renovation of the historic outdoor market.

        Tom Jackson will stay at his position until the city's economic development department names a replacement, said Ron Regula, the department's office/retail manager.

        Mr. Jackson, who did not return phone calls Tuesday, has managed Findlay Market for eight years.

        With Mr. Jackson's departure, the department is considering a change in how it manages the outdoor market's renovation, including the possibility of reassigning construction-management duties to the city's engineering department. The city is also considering whether merchants should make rent payments to economic development staff or elsewhere.

        The city's purchasing department has solicited construction bids from four contractors to start the renovation, expected to take 18 months.
       

Murder suspect ruled incompetent for trial

        A Northside teen-ager was declared incompetent Tuesday to stand trial in the slaying of 13-year-old Mary Hall.


[photo] SCHOOL TRIP: Vine Street Elementary's 10th annual trip to The Beach Waterpark Tuesday put more than 400 students in the water. Barbara Crawford, 15, (top) held preschooler Shitori Washington on their trip down Splash Mountain.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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        Dwayne Henry, 16, is charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping in Mary's death. He is accused of punching, kicking and hitting her in the head with a board on Jan. 27.

        Although police have said he gave a taped statement about the incident, Mr. Henry has not spoken about the crime since then.

        Psychiatrists told the judge Tuesday it has been difficult to evaluate Mr. Henry because of his silence.

        Common Pleas Judge John West declared Mr. Henry incompetent but said he would review the case again in three months, at which time he could reconsider his decision.
       

Bank, S&L hit in afternoon holdups

        Robbers hit two Cincinnati financial institutions Tuesday.

        A man robbed a Provident Bank branch in Corryville Tuesday afternoon, Cincinnati police said.

        The robber, described as a 40-to-45-year-old black man entered the bank at 2522 Vine Street at 1 p.m., demanded money and told the teller that he had a gun, police said. He fled on foot, running north across William Howard Taft Road.

        The man is 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, 165 to 180 pounds, with a light, unkempt moustache and goatee.

        Shortly after 4 p.m., a woman walked into the Franklin Savings & Loan, 2000 Madison Road, O'Bryonville, displayed a firearm and demanded money from a teller, police said. She fled west on Madison Road. No one was injured.

        The robber is described as a black female in her early 30s with a dark complexion. A dye pack was included with the stolen money, so the woman, the money and her purse may be stained with red-orange dye.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040 or the criminal investigation unit at 352-3542.
       

Sex shop owner charged in incident

        Elyse Metcalf, who last week was acquitted of obscenity charges stemming from her Pendleton store's sale of sexually explicit material, was charged Monday morning with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.

        Ms. Metcalf, 41, of the 100 block of West Seymour Avenue, Carthage, was arrested by Cincinnati District 4 police at 1:27 a.m. at a United Dairy Farmers convenience store in Carthage.

        Ms. Metcalf, owner of Elyse's Passion, is accused of trying to take a bottle of alcohol from the store, then entering a restricted employees-only area and fighting with the clerk, according to the report.
       

Classes canceled to cheer Big Blue teams

        HAMILTON — There won't be any students at Hamilton High School Thursday.

        School officials have canceled classes so students can attend either the girls' softball or boys' baseball state playoff games.

        The boys face Dublin Coffman at 10 a.m. at Cooper Stadium on Columbus' south side. The girls play at 10 a.m. against White House Anthony Wayne at Brookside Park in Ashland.

        Senior graduation practice originally scheduled for Thursday has been postponed until Friday.

Charges possible in false report

        MIDDLETOWN — Police on Tuesday said they were conferring with prosecutors about charging a 15-year-old girl for falsely reporting that someone tried to abduct her from Middletown Christian School parking lot on May 15.

        Lt. Don Owens said it was unclear what charges the girl might face as a result of the incident, which touched off a manhunt that included police tracking dogs, helicopters and officers on foot.

        Maj. Mike Bruck said the girl admitted to officers last week that she had made up the story “to call attention to herself.”
       

Man killed in crash into utility pole

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A 36-year-old Colerain Township man was killed Tuesday when his 1989 Chevrolet Camaro went off Pippin Road and struck a utility pole.

        Keith B. Webb, of the 9000 block of Coogan Drive, who was partially ejected through the vehicle's sun roof, died of injuries sustained in the crash, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said.

        The crash occurred at 3:43 p.m. at 8306 Pippin Road when the victim lost control of the northbound vehicle.

        The car went off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and flipped onto the roof, the sheriff's office said. Mr. Webb was not wearing a seat belt.
       

Ohio newspaper likely to be sold

        MARIETTA, Ohio The Marietta Times has been donated to the Gannett Foundation and will likely be sold, the paper said Tuesday.

        The newspaper said it will eventually be sold to a third party and proceeds will fund the works of the Gannett Foundation, a private charitable organization affiliated with Gannett Co. Inc., which owns The Cincinnati Enquirer.

        The Times joined Gannett in 1974 when it was purchased from the McKinney family. The newspaper employs 93 people and has a daily circulation of 12,205. The Times is published Monday through Saturday.
       

Ceremony includes
chief justice, one pupil

        NORTH BASS ISLAND, Ohio — Ohio Chief Justice Thomas Moyer delivered a commencement address to a graduating class of one.

        Ashley Yelensky was the North Bass Local School District's only eighth-grade graduate on Saturday.

        Justice Moyer spoke to Ashley and about 50 relatives and friends in Ohio's only operational one-room school house on this Lake Erie island.

        “The choices that you make today will bear on you well beyond your future education in high school. Take risks and be responsible,” Justice Moyer told Ashley.

        Justice Moyer, a 1957 graduate of nearby Sandusky High School, said this was his first trip to the island that locals call the Isle of St. George.

Russell takes post
        John Morris Russell, associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, has been named music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Susan Haig. Mr. Russell will remain associate conductor of the CSO while he also assumes the post in Windsor in August. He has been with the CSO since 1995.

        Mr. Russell has served as associate conductor of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, director of the orchestral program and professor of conducting at Vanderbilt University, music director for the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Mass., and conducting assistant of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

        The Windsor Star reported that Mr. Russell's concerts in April with the orchestra “were certainly the highlights of the season.”

       



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