Saturday, June 30, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Man charged with luring teen for sex

        HAMILTON — A 29-year-old Hamilton man faces charges that he used the Internet to send graphic photos to a teen girl and tried to persuade her to have sex with him.

        George Edward Gann is scheduled for a July 13 preliminary hearing in Hamilton Municipal Court on a count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and a count of attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

        Mr. Gann, who is free on his promise to appear in court, was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly sent two photos to a 15-year-old Hamilton girl.

[photo] STREETCORNER PROTEST: At the corner of Central Parkway and Sycamore, groups have been protesting alleged injustice in the city. On Friday, Amanda Mayes of Clifton (from left), Devonna Kirkland of Avondale and Vanity Stone of Avondale were out.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        He and the girl met in an Internet chat room about a month ago and began using more private instant messages to communicate, said Hamilton Police Sgt. Jim Malone. “Recently, Mr. Gann began inquiring about sex, and she's repeatedly told him that she is only 15 and she's not ready for that,” Sgt. Malone said.

        After the girl received the graphic photos on Wednesday, she contacted her parents, who called police.

        Police confiscated other possible evidence from Mr. Gann's home in the 5500 block of Reigert Road and from a relative's home in Fairfield Township, Sgt. Malone said.

Mom indicted in effort to kill children

        A Madisonville mother faces up to 39 years in prison if she is convicted of trying to kill her three daughters.

        Thurmell Maley, 32, was indicted Friday on charges of attempted murder and child endangering. She is accused of turning on the gas stove in her Tompkins Avenue apartment while her three daughters — ages 6, 7 and 14 — took a nap on June 6.

        Prosecutors say a friend stopped by the apartment and knocked on the door, waking the children before they fell victim to the gas.

        “Her intention was to kill herself and all three children,” Prosecutor Mike Allen said in a statement.

        He said Ms. Maley was taken to University Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. The children are staying with relatives.

Miami profs edit cultural reference

        Two Miami University professors have brought out their second major work on American life.

        Mary Kupiec Cayton and Peter W. Williams are editors of Scribner's new 3-volume Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History. The set is $350.

        They previously edited Scribner's Encyclopedia of American Social History.

Walk As One event planned to raise funds

        Cincinnati's third Walk As One for interracial cooperation will be Oct. 20, benefiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).

        This year, NCCJ is adding a training program for walkers, led by marathoner Julie Isphording. That program starts July 14 and is designed to prepare walkers for the 6-mile route.

        Last year's walk drew more than 3,000 participants and raised more than $136,000. That was the most successful walk among the 22 sponsored by the NCCJ nationally.

        On-line registration is

South Pole doctor has his surgery

        ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Ohio doctor whose gall bladder problems forced the first winter evacuation from the South Pole had surgery Friday.

        Ronald Shemenski's gall bladder was removed without complication and Dr. Shemenski was resting comfortably, said Ramonna Tooley, a spokeswoman for Swedish Medical Center.

        When doctors first prepared to remove the gall bladder in May they discovered he had suffered a mild heart attack.

        Dr. Shemenski went home to Oak Harbor, Ohio and returned for Friday's surgery.

Donor gives OSU $30M for law school

        COLUMBUS — A retired lawyer has given a record-breaking $30 million to the Ohio State University law school.

        The donation from Michael E. Moritz is Ohio State's largest single gift, surpassing the $25 million given by Leslie Wexner, founder of The Limited store chain.

        The law school will be renamed for Mr. Moritz, who graduated from the university in 1958 and its College of Law in 1961.

        “I wanted it to be a significant gift that would help the law school achieve its objectives,” said Mr. Moritz, 68, of Dublin. “Said another way, I wanted to help make a very good law school into a great law school.”

        Ohio State's law school is rated 17th among public law schools and 40th overall by U.S. News & World Report.

        Much of the money will be used to establish scholarships and professorships. The scholarship fund has been started.

        Mr. Moritz, who said he made some of his money through investments, founded the law firm of Moritz & McClure in 1972 and joined the Columbus firm of Baker & Hostetler as a partner after the two firms merged in 1980. He retired in 1995.

What's the holdup? Well, it's a holdup

        EUCLID, Ohio — A drive-through customer impatient after being left waiting saw a bank robbery in progress and called police.

        Police said the 44-year-old Euclid woman called them Thursday after looking through tinted glass at the Metropolitan Bank & Trust branch and seeing people with their hands up.

        Patrolmen Josh MacDonald and Mike Janson were on the scene before the alarm rang and ducked several shots fired by a fleeing gunman. Police withheld return fire because there were bystanders.

        Police found the gunman hiding in the basement of an apartment building four blocks away. No immediate charges were filed against the man, according to police, who were trying to confirm his identity.

        A second man was being sought. Police recovered the money bag.

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- Tristate A.M. Report