Sunday, July 08, 2001

Local Digest

Woman may have had seizure before crash

        SHARONVILLE - A 20-year-old Clermont County woman might have suffered a seizure before she died Saturday in a two-car crash on Interstate 275 near the U.S. 42 interchange.

        Anti-seizure medication was found in the purse of Keri Berndt of Goshen Township, said Police Sgt. Paul Healey.

        An autopsy is planned to help determine whether Ms. Berndt had a seizure before she lost control of her Jeep Cherokeeshortly before 8 a.m. Ms. Berndt had been going at least 10 miles over the 60-mph speed limit, Sgt. Healey said.

        Her vehicle crashed into an oncoming vehicle driven by Steven Rooney, 46, of Dayton, Ky.

        Mr. Rooney was treated at Bethesda North Hospital for a minor facial injury.

Man dies when pickup smacks dump truck

               LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — A 38-year-old Hamilton man died Saturday afternoon when the full-size pickup he was driving crashed into the back of a dump truck stopped at a red light.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Hamilton post identified the man as Marvin J. Parker.

        His wife, Karla, a passenger in the pickup, was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was treated and released.

        The crash occurred at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Routes 4 and 747 in Butler County.

Witnesses claim to ID getaway car

               SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — A Milford man was arrested and charged with robbery after employees of the gas station that police said he robbed provided a description of the getaway car, including the license plate.

        Police said Dwane L. Sears, 22, of the 5800 block of Highview Drive walked into a Shell station at 11:15 p.m. Friday and demanded money from the cash register. The robber said he had a gun, but no one was injured.

        When the robber left the station at 8051 Montgomery Road, employees ran into the parking lot in time to see the robber drive off.

        Authorities said Mr. Sears was spotted driving the car on Main Street. Mr. Sears was arrested and the money was recovered. He is charged with aggravated robbery.

Riot ensues at Caddy's after rap star cancels
FOREST PARK — Chairs, tables and windows were broken, and bottles and rocks were thrown late Friday after rap artist Uncle Luke (also known as Luther Campbell) failed to perform at Caddy's Entertainment Complex, 11460 Sebring Drive.

               Uncle Luke canceled shortly before midnight and shoving broke out among some of the 3,000 concertgoers.

        Caddy's managers' decision to close made the crowd angry at security officers and police.

        Officer Huber said damagewas probably less than $5,000. Michael E. Reese II, 20, of Bevis, and Eric Long, 20, of Northbrook were arrested on disorderly conduct charges in the clash.

        An unidentified officer was treated and released at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield after he was struck in the chest with a bottle. Caddy's managers and owners could not be reached on Saturday.

3 named finalists in world piano contest

               World Piano Competition judges announced finalists in the 54th annual contest Saturday.

        Serhii Morozov, 27, of the Ukraine, Ioannis Potamousis, 28, of Greece and Cuong Van, 28, of Vietnam each will perform a concerto movement with the World Festival Orchestra in the final competition.

        The performances will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater.

        The winner will receive a gold medal and a recital at New York's Lincoln Center.

Man found dead on West End sidewalk

               A man in his early 40s was found dead on a sidewalk along Charlotte Avenue early Saturday in the West End.

        Police found the body after receiving a 911 call at 1:15 a.m. Police have not released the man's name.

        They say the cause of death is unknown, and an autopsy has been ordered.


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