Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Acting police chief named to position

        MADEIRA — A 23-year Madeira police veteran recently was selected as the city's new police chief.

        Frank A. Maupin, 48, was appointed chief last week. He had been acting chief since December, when longtime Chief Gerald Beckman retired to become Symmes Township administrator. Mr. Maupin was chosen from 23 people who applied for the position.

[photo] NO BONES ABOUT IT: Bruce Markewicz, a sixth-grade science teacher looks for fossils in a rock he found along state Route 17 in Kentucky. The outing was part of a week-long geology seminar designed to help science instructors teach geology, a part of the new Ohio 10th grade proficiency test.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Chief Maupin joined the Madeira force as a patrolman in 1978 and was appointed lieutenant in 1989. He was a Silverton police officer for one year before joining Madeira.

        A resident of Deer Park, the chief also is president of the Deer Park/Silverton Joint Fire District Board.

Driver charged with vehicular homicide

        HAMILTON — A Hamilton man faces a vehicular homicide charge following the death of a motorcyclist he hit with his car.

        Jose Perez, 23, is accused of pulling his vehicle into the path of Melvin McLean, 54, on South Erie Highway on Sunday. Mr. McLean, a Hamilton resident, died Monday at University Hospital, Cincinnati.

        Mr. Perez turned himself in at police headquarters Tuesday. He was released after posting $1,541 cash bond and is scheduled to appear June 27 in the city's Municipal Court on the first-degree misdemeanor.

        If convicted, Mr. Perez could face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and driver's license suspension.

City wants residents' development ideas

        LEBANON — The city is inviting residents' opinions on where growth should happen in the next two decades.

        Public meetings will be for these four areas of the city:

        • West side (Broadway to Cincinnati Avenue), 7 p.m. June 27 at Lebanon High School cafeteria, 160 Miller Road.

        • East side (Broadway to East Main Street), 7 p.m. June 27 at Holbrook School cafeteria, 700 Holbrook Ave.

        • South side (East Main Street to Cincinnati Avenue), 7 p.m. June 28 at Donovan School cafeteria, 401 Justice Drive.

        • Downtown, 7 p.m. June 28, Berry School cafeteria, 23 Oakwood Ave.

        Input is sought as part of the city's effort to build a new comprehensive plan. For more information, call Planning Director Marty Kohler at 932-3060.

Safety Town teaches safety fundamentals

        Tristate children, ages 4 1/4 to 5 1/4 are invited to attend Safety Town this summer at Tri-County Mall, Springdale.

        Sponsored by the mall, Safety Town is a miniature safety village that teaches children the basic fundamentals of safety, including pedestrian and fire safety. Children have fun as the “drivers” of pedal cars while they learn to meet common traffic problems. Great River Girl Scouts and volunteers from the Springdale Police and Fire Departments are instructors.

        Each of the following sessions is a five-day course from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday: June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3. In addition, there are two evening sessions from 6:30-8 p.m. July 9-13 and July 30-Aug. 2.

        Children will be registered on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a nonrefundable fee of $10 per child, payable upon registration.

        Safety Town will take place outdoors at Tri-County's north parking lot, located on the lower level of the Lazarus parking garage. To register or for more information, call Tri-County Mall at 346-4482.

UC chief of surgery accepts Boston post

        Dr. Josef Fischer, longtime chief of surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, has accepted a post as chairman of the department of surgery for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

        Dr. Fischer had been chairman of surgery at UC for more than 20 years and has been repeatedly ranked among the best surgeons in America. In 1999, he was one of 24 surgeons recognized by the Archives of Surgery for having made “significant contributions to surgery in the areas of research, clinical care and surgical education.”

        Effective July 1, Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, chief of general and gastrointestinal surgery at Beth Isreal, will become UC's chief of surgery.


Train derailment closes U.S. 68, lake

        WILMINGTON — A stretch of U.S. 68 and Cowan Lake remained closed Tuesday as crews continued to clean up a Sunday train derailment that sent three railroad cars and thousands of gallons of sodium hydroxide into Cowan Creek.

        U.S. 68, which has been closed between Ohio 350 and Ohio 134, could reopen today, Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said.

        But the lake at Cowan Lake State Park will remain closed until Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and fire officials are sure there is no danger to people using it. Cowan Creek feeds into Cowan Lake.

        CSX officials said the tracks might be reopened Thursday night or Friday.

Democrats select judge endorsements

        The Hamilton County Democratic Party has endorsed five people in this year's municipal court judgeship races.

        Judge Nadine Allen in the Second District and Judge James Kenney in the Seventh District are incumbents seeking re-election.

        In the Third District, the party endorsed Ed Felson, a trial attorney. Deborah Rambo, a candidate for county treasurer in 1996, was endorsed in the Fourth District. Darlene Kamine, a former juvenile court magistrate, was endorsed in the Fifth District.


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