Friday, June 15, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Woman driver killed in collision with truck

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A 52-year-old Bridgetown woman was killed Thursday when her car was struck by a dump truck on Blue Rock Road.

        Eugena Hoke, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:24 p.m. crash, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said.

        A passenger in Miss Hoke's car, Mary Taylor, of Westwood, was injured and was transported to University Hospital, where she was in critical condition late Thursday.

        The dump truck, operated by Kenneth L. McPeek, 33, of Milford, was northbound on Blue Rock when his vehicle struck the Toyota, the sheriff's office said. After striking the car, the dump truck went left of center and struck a southbound 1996 Chevrolet Blazer operated by Susan L. Applegate, 41, of White Oak.

        Miss Applegate and Mr. McPeek were not injured. A passenger in Mr. McPeek's vehicle, Joshua Lee Crawford, 22, of New Richmond, was injured but refused treatment at the scene.

Warrant issued as suspect fails to show

        An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a Westwood man who failed to show up for court on charges of ethnic intimidation, criminal damaging and aggravated menacing connected with the Cincinnati riots.

        Craig Carr, 20, was scheduled to appear Thursday before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge David P. Davis.

[photo] MONUMENT TO AN ERA: Workers prepare a paddle wheel from the American Queen to be installed along Mehring Way as part of the National Steamboat Monument, to be completed by late fall. The 60-ton paddle wheel will be the centerpiece of the latest addition to Cincinnati's riverfront.
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        Mr. Carr, who is white, is accused of yelling a racial slur at an African-American motorist and throwing a brick through the window of the motorist's car on Queen City Avenue in South Fairmount April 12. The citywide curfew was announced that day, ending three days of riots ignited by the police shooting of an unarmed suspect.

        Judge Davis Thursday revoked Mr. Carr's bond — he had paid 10 percent of a $25,000 bond — and issued an arrest warrant.

Suspect pleads innocent in slaying

        HAMILTON — James Elmo Craft, 61, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of aggravated murder stemming from a 1974 homicide.

        Mr. Craft is accused of killing Cynthia Delores Beuerlein, a 15-year-old Springdale girl whose battered body was found in a ditch.

        The Butler County Sheriff's Office reopened investigation of the case in January 2000, leading to witnesses and evidence that resulted in Mr. Craft's indictment Tuesday.

        Mr. Craft is already serving a 10-25-year sentence for the 1988 slaying of his ex-wife, Ruth.

        Butler County Common Pleas Judge Matthew Crehan is assigned to the case.

Woman bank robber sought by police

        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Police here are searching for a woman who robbed the Brentwood Key Bank at 8457 Winton Road Thursday afternoon.

        No one was injured in the robbery, which occurred shortly after noon.

        Springfield Township Police said the woman entered the bank, stated she had a weapon and demanded money.

        Police say the suspect is black, about 19 years old, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 120 pounds. She was wearing a blue and white bandanna on her head, a dark blue long-sleeved shirt and tight-fitting red pants.

        Anyone having any information is asked to call Springfield Township Police at 729-1300.

Schutte becomes Hamilton fire chief

        HAMILTON — A new city fire chief was appointed Thursday and six other fire personnel will be promoted today.

        The new chief is Joseph Schutte, a 21-year veteran of the city's fire department who last served as a deputy chief.

        He replaces Lyle Moore, who retired earlier this year.

        Other promotions, to be given at 10 a.m. today at fire headquarters, 77 Pershing Ave., are:

        • Joseph Stamper, from captain to deputy chief.

        • Greg Brown, from lieutenant to captain.

        • Tracey Radford and Mark Mercer, from firefighter/paramedic to lieutenant.

        • Jon Cook and Jerry Cope, from firefighter/paramedic to paramedic.

Homeowner burned while fighting fire

        FAIRFIELD — A 51-year-old man who tried to fight a blaze in his home early Thursday is hospitalized with extensive burns.

        Harry Jentzen of the 500 block of St. Thomas Court was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. No one else was injured.

        Fairfield Fire Chief Donald Bennett said Mr. Jentzen had suffered second-degree burns over about 40 percent of his body while apparently trying to battle a fire that started in his home's living room.

        Firefighters were called to the blaze around 2:20 a.m. Thursday.

        Although firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in about 20 minutes, the blaze caused about $50,000 damage to the house and its contents, the chief said.

Congressman plans two town meetings

        Anderson Township and Clermont County residents will have a chance to share their thoughts with their congressman Saturday at two “town meetings” being held by U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park.

        The first will be 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Community Center, 135 N. Union St., Bethel.

        A second meeting for Anderson Township residents will run 1-2:30 p.m. at Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township.
       Cattle wade in to join Canada geese in a farm pond near Tylersville and Cox roads in West Chester Township. While Thursday's high hovered around 90, the forecast high for today is 86 degrees and afternoon thunderstorms.

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- Tristate A.M. Report