Saturday, June 16, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Teen freed pending trial in trucker beating

        A 14-year-old black youth jailed on charges of involvement in an assault on a white truck driver during the April riots was released Friday to await trial.

        His trial had been set for Friday, but Juvenile Court Magistrate Dennis Holtmeier delayed the proceedings until June 22. The youth's attorney had requested more preparation time.

        The teen, who must wear an electronic monitoring device, was released from a juvenile facility.

        He and a 15-year-old black youth are co-defendants in the April 10 beating of Robert Stearns, a Louisville truck driver who was dragged from his vehicle and beaten by at least 20 youths.

[photo] INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION COMING: A piano concert for visitors to the Westin atrium downtown Friday was a prelude to the World Piano Competition, being held at the Aronoff Center July 4-10. James Pogue, 14, of Mount Washington, will be a competitor.
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        The 15-year-old also faces a charge of ethnic intimidation. A juvenile court magistrate is to decide whether the teen should be tried as an adult.

Public asked to help update transport plan

        The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments will begin a series of meetings on its long-range transportation plan Monday.

        Four meetings will follow throughout Greater Cincinnati. OKI is updating its 30-year plan as required by federal law.

        Officials are seeking input and to inform residents about plans.

        The first meeting is 1-3 p.m. on the third floor of Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St.

Computers, software to aid seriously ill kids

        Children's Hospital Medical Center has received a $55,000 donation from Kohl's Department Stores to buy 18 computers and software for patients' use in the hospital.

        The software includes chat rooms, bulletin boards and other activities for seriously ill children. The new computers will be in the hospital's bone marrow and dialysis centers once a new hospital tower opens in summer 2002.

Fifth Third helps with XU renovation

        Fifth Third Bank has fulfilled its pledge to Xavier University's Century Campaign, giving the school $513,589.

[photo] SWEET SUCCESS: Members of the 90th Cincinnati Police Recruit Class throw their hats at the end of the graduation ceremony held at the Masonic Temple downtown Friday. The 32 graduates had to earn their badges during some of the most violent and turbulent times the city has seen. The recruits were in training for 23 weeks.
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        The money was used to renovate older academic buildings and to secure a $600,000 Kresge Foundation grant for further renovation.

        The capital campaign ended May 31, and XU will announce the total raised after Labor Day. Campaign money also went for scholarships and endowment.

Hamilton man faces prison over OxyContin

        HAMILTON — A Butler County jury has convicted a Hamilton man of trafficking in OxyContin, a powerful prescription painkiller that has gained notice in recent months over its abuse.

        Steven Ellis, 37, faces a possible 18 months in prison, said Assistant Prosecutor Barbara Schneider Carter.

        A jury deliberated about two hours before returning a guilty verdict Thursday night on a fourth-degree felony charge of trafficking in drugs.

        The jury found that Mr. Ellis sold four tablets of the drug to an undercover Butler County sheriff's deputy. He is to be sentenced July 23 by Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney.

Inquiry continues in Fairfield house fire

        FAIRFIELD — Firefighters continue to investigate the cause of a fire Thursday that severely burned a homeowner.

        The fire, which is not considered suspicious, started in the living room of a home in the 500 block of St. Thomas Court. The blaze started in a chair, Fire Chief Donald Bennett said.

        Harry Jentzen, 51, remained in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital on Friday. He was flown from his home after suffering second-degree burns over about 40 percent of his body while apparently trying to battle the blaze before firefighters arrived.

Same man suspected of robbing thrift twice

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A man who robbed the New Foundation Loan and Building Co. on May 5 may have hit the same Groesbeck thrift Friday.

        Hamilton County sheriff's officials said the description and actions of a man who made off with an undisclosed amount of money from New Foundation at 12:45 p.m. resembled an earlier robbery.

        Both robbers were black, about 6 feet tall with a medium build, and wore similar disguises.

        In Friday's heist, the man wore a tan fishing hat, sunglasses and yellow T-shirt, and had a maroon towel over his face. The earlier robber wore a black knit cap and yellow-framed glasses, and had a black scarf over his face.

        In each, the robber walked into the thrift with a black or gray bag, demanded that a teller fill it with money and fled on foot. No weapons were used.

        Friday's heist was the 36th this year in Hamilton County, according to the FBI. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office, 825-1500, or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Safety-for-seniors event moved to July

        A scheduling conflict has moved the date for the Seniors Against Fraud Expo from this month to July.

        Cincinnati Police Sgt. Sylvia Ranaghan said Friday that the original date of June 27 for the free expo at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center at 525 Elm St. has been changed to July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        Sponsored by Cincinnati police and the Ohio Attorney General's office, the expo is for senior citizens, social service agencies and those who provide care for adult dependents.

        Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. Presentations will include self-defense for seniors, citizens' rights concerning telemarketers and safety products and services. For information, call 352-1463.

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- Tristate A.M. Report