Saturday, June 02, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

New city parking lot opens at Fifth and Race

        The city of Cincinnati announced Friday the opening of its newest parking lot at Fifth and Race streets. The site was to be for a Nordstrom store, but those building plans were canceled.

        The lot will be open for business starting today.

        Rates are $1.25 for the first two hours, $3.75 for three hours and $1.50 per hour for each additional hour up to a maximum of 12 hours.

        “We have set the parking rates for economical parking in the shopping district and the Fountain Square area,” said Robert Schroer, parking superintendent.

[photo] OVER-THE-RHINE SHOOTING: A Cincinnati Police District 1 investigator prepares to photograph a shell casing on Vine Street, near 14th Street, in Over-the-Rhine after a boy, 16, was shot. Witnesses said two youths exchanged gunfire about 6:30 p.m. Friday. The shooting victim was taken to University Hospital.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        The city is renting the lot to Central Parking on a month-to-month basis. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

        Hours may change depending on downtown events.

Grants expand teens' drug, alcohol treatment

        The Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board has awarded grants exceeding $900,000 to expand treatment services for addicted teens.

        The ADAS board will spend more than $513,000, provided by the state department of alcohol and drug addiction services, to launch a youth version of the Hamilton County Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime program for adults.

        The program, which started earlier this month, provides assessments, treatment referrals and case-management services to juveniles with addiction problems who are about to be released from detention as well as youths facing charges for non-violent offenses. Treatment will be provided by six local agencies.

        The ADAS board also is using a $392,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, to allow three local agencies to hire “treatment-enhancement clinicians,” who will focus on serving the county's most troubled youth, said Sherry Knapp, chief executive of the ADAS board.

Tax bills mailed for Hamilton County

        Second half 2000 tax bills have been mailed to Hamilton County residents. Deadline for payment without a penalty is midnight, June 20.

        About 308,000 bills have been mailed, with about half of those going directly to single-property owners. The rest go to multiple-property owners and financial institutions.

        Anyone with questions should contact the Hamilton County Treasurer's Office at 946-4800, or e-mail county.treasurer@

Man shot in mouth, in critical condition

        A Colerain Township man was shot in the mouth late Thursday and was in critical condition Friday at University Hospital.

        Cincinnati Police said Jason Cornelius, 24, of the 8000 block of Pollux Court, was shot at about 11:38 p.m. on Kings Run Road in the Winton Terrace area.

        Police said they have no suspects but continue to investigate.

Ex-township official appeals dismissal

        LEBANON — Former Deerfield Township projects manager Doug Larrick is looking to a Warren County Common Pleas judge to reverse the May 4 termination of his township employment.

        In documents filed with the court earlier this month, Mr. Larrick is asking the court to order the township to prepare and file a transcript of a May 3 hearing before the township trustees that led to his dismissal. He also has filed an appeal with the court.

        Mr. Larrick had worked for the township for several years before being fired for insubordination and threatening conduct, said Sheila Smith, his attorney.

[photo] ALL SMILES: Brent Elementary School teacher Sylvia Williams (left) smiles with pride as she receives a “potted plant” adorned with pictures of her kindergarten students on Wednesday. Mrs. Williams is retiring after 20 years with the Finneytown school district. Her last day is June 7.
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Man sought in rape attempt, abduction

        Cincinnati Police are searching for a man they said abducted a woman Friday morning, drove her to a Delhi Township house and attempted to rape her.

        Cincinnati Police Lt. Ray Ruberg said that at about 7 a.m. Friday a woman was waiting for a ride at Fairbanks and Warsaw Avenue when a man offered her a ride and attacked her once in the car.

        Police said the woman was taken to a house at an unknown address in Delhi Township where the man tried to rape her.

        She told police that her screaming caused the man to force her back into his car and drive to a United Dairy Farmers at 4420 Glenway Ave. in Price Hill. She told police that she kicked the man in the face and ran into the store, where a clerk called police at 8:55 a.m.

        Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Trial date Aug. 20 in knife attack

        HAMILTON — A New Miami man indicted on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping is set for trial Aug. 20 before Butler County Common Pleas Judge H.J. Bressler.

        Scott Sizemore, 25, is accused in the Jan. 6 knife attack of his girlfriend in the Kroger store parking lot on North Erie Boulevard in Hamilton.

        Two bystanders intervened, and police said they saved the life of Mr. Sizemore's girlfriend, Bethany Rochelle Durbin, 22, of Hamilton.

Warehouse blaze fought for 6 hours

        ALLIANCE — Firefighters battled wind-swept flames for about six hours Friday before containing a fire at a warehouse complex where toys were stored.

        One firefighter suffered four broken ribs and another had a hand injury in a pre-dawn blaze that heavily damaged the Railway Transfer and Storage complex, between Canton and Youngstown.

        About 40 percent of the 250,000-square foot warehouse complex was used to store boxed toys before shipping.


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