Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Anti-death penalty vigil planned at prison

        Tristate residents against the death penalty will travel to Ohio's second execution since the penalty was reinstated.

        Sister Alice Gerdeman, with the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, is organizing a prayer vigil Thursday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville to protest the death penalty and the scheduled execution of Jay D. Scott, convicted of murdering a deli owner in Cleveland.

        Mr. Scott's execution has been stayed twice in the past, the most recently May 15. Mr. Scott's attorneys say his life should be spared because he is schizophrenic.

[photo] I-275 WRECK INJURES MAN: Angela Wallace, 24, of Independence talks at left with Highland Heights Police Sgt. Tom Stubbeman. Ms. Wallace was driving eastbound on Interstate 275 near the AA Highway in Northern Kentucky when she collided with a truck driven by Greg Lehn, 40, of Williamsburg, Ohio, causing the truck to flip over. Mr. Lehn was taken to St. Luke Hospital East; Ms. Wallace was not hurt. In center is Wilder Police Lt. Col. Steve Seiter.
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        Those interested in joining the group going to the Lucasville vigil can call the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center at 579-8547.

Volunteers sought for river sweep

        Thousands of volunteers are needed to help in the 13th annual Ohio River Sweep scheduled for Saturday along the shores of the Ohio River and several major tributaries.

        Last year, nearly 20,000 people in more than 100 counties and six states helped pick up river bank litter in the program sponsored by the Ohio Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), state environmental agencies and businesses.

        Each county participating has a coordinator who will organize the event on the local level. Those wishing to volunteer may call (800) 359-3977 for the name of their local coordinator.

Blood center makes emergency appeal

        Hoxworth Blood Center on Tuesday issued an emergency call for blood donors, especially people with type O blood.

        An expected seasonal dip in blood donations has clashed with a tropical storm in Houston that has diverted nearly all extra blood from other cities. That means Hoxworth cannot buy blood from other blood banks to cover its shortage, said Dr. Ronald Sacher, Hoxworth's director.

        The blood bank needs all types of blood but the need for type-O blood is the most severe.

        Hoxworth supplies blood to 24 hospitals in a 14-county area in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. It will be running extended hours at its neighborhood donor centers through Saturday.

        For information about blood donation, call 451-0910.

Woman charged over dog-in-labor 911 call

        AKRON, Ohio — A woman says she panicked when her dog went into distress while delivering puppies, so she called 911.

        Now she's in the doghouse.

        The dispatcher told Misty McCail that neither paramedics nor police handle calls involving animals.

        But Ms. McCail wouldn't take no for an answer, police said.

        She called again. And again. Her son called. So did her sister.

        At one point, police say, Ms. McCail claimed her son was having seizures, so they sent para medics and police to her home.

        When police arrived, there were no people with medical problems — just a dog in labor.

        Nature eventually took its course and the dog, Foxy, had 13 healthy puppies — without the help of paramedics or police.

        Officers issued Ms. McCail a summons to appear Friday in Akron Municipal Court on a charge of making a false alarm. The first-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

        Ms. McCail, 34, said she didn't see any problem with calling 911, saying she was aware of times when police or firefighters pulled animals out of water or rescued them from trees.

Man admits posing as trooper for meals

        MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A Mount Vernon man pleaded guilty Tuesday to impersonating a state trooper to get free meals.

[photo] WATER SURPRISE: Workers installing a water main along Herald Avenue on the Xavier University campus hit an uncharted service line Tuesday, spraying water into the air for several minutes until crews could cap the broken line.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        Jeremy Henthorn, 20, ate free at least 20 times at different restaurants until someone called his bluff last week, Lt. Gary Lewis said.

        Lt. Lewis said troopers are not allowed to accept free meals.

        Mr. Henthorn pleaded guilty in Mount Vernon Municipal Court to a charge of impersonating an officer, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. He could be sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Congressman's office claims oversight

        YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — U.S. Rep. James Traficant failed to properly disclose two trips he took to Albania that were paid for by the Albanian American Civic League, his office said Tuesday.

        The Democrat's spokesman, Charles Straub, said the congressman's office is working with the House Committee on Standards to make sure the proper paperwork is filed.

        “This was an oversight made at the staff level,” Mr. Straub said.

Limo passenger held in inducing-panic case

        YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A man riding in a limousine was accused of inducing panic after the driver said he overheard his passenger's cell phone conversation that included references to Waco and a bomb, state troopers said.

        Troopers arrested Donald Snyder, 46, of Canal Fulton, after the limo driver pulled off the Ohio Turnpike at about 6 p.m. Monday and called 911, Sgt. Paul Newburn of the patrol's Hiram post said Tuesday.

        Mahoning County social workers took a boy who was with the man into custody, and he was released to his mother Tuesday, Sgt. Newburn said.

        No bombs or weapons were found, Sgt. Newburn said.

        Mr. Snyder was charged with inducing panic. He also was charged with criminal damaging after troopers said he kicked out a window in a patrol car when he was handcuffed and put in the back seat. He was jailed overnight and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Struthers Municipal Court, Sgt. Newburn said. Both charges are misdemeanors.


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