Friday, July 27, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Colerain fight critically hurts man

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A teen-ager was critically injured Wednesday night in a fight involving six teens in a wooded area in the township near Chopin Drive.

        Thomas Tobergta, 19, of the 3500 block of Woodsong Drive, was in critical condition at University Hospital.

        Two others, John F. Marlow, 19, of the 9000 block of Brookside Drive, and Frank Walker, 18, of the 1000 block of Maplehill Drive, were treated at University Hospital and released.

        Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said the three teens were approached about 11 p.m. Wednesday by three others who assaulted them.

        No charges have been filed, but sheriff's detectives are investigating.

Police say man raped girl at piano lesson

        BLUE ASH — A 69-year-old Blue Ash man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl who was at his home for a private piano lesson July 11.

        Charles W. Bingman, of the 9600 block of Blue Ash Court, was charged with rape of a minor, police said. Mr. Bingman conducts private piano lessons in his home, police said.

        Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to call Detective John Ladd at the Blue Ash Police Department at 745-8555.

Harveysburg put on repayment plan

        LEBANON — Warren County commissioners have put the village of Harveysburg on a payment plan for $68,368 that the county should have received when it took over Harveysburg's water department.

        The money was improperly transferred out of village water funds to pay for a village maintenance building shortly before the county's takeover.

        The cash-strapped village of about 500 will turn over the payments it receives from former Administrator Kimble Grant, who is making restitution on $11,000 he admitted stealing from village coffers in an unrelated case.

        The rest of the $68,368 will be repaid in annual installments of $8,000, according to the agreement signed by commissioners Thursday and by Harveysburg in late June.

        “It never was the desire of this board to put them in financial difficulty, but it was a debt they incurred,” Commissioner Pat South said.

P&G division sued in disability case

        ATLANTA — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against Procter & Gamble Paper Products Co., alleging the company illegally fired an employee because he is deaf in one ear.

        The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, claims that P&G Paper Products Co. violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by first transferring and then firing Elwin Neves.

        “We typically don't comment on any pending litigation, but we do feel that it is groundless,” P&G spokeswoman Martha Depenbrock said.

Race for Cure funds go to 11 programs

        In April, about 11,000 Tristate runners in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure raised about $500,000 for breast cancer support, screening and treatment.

        This week, race organizers awarded about $400,000 to support 11 breast cancer projects. They are:

        • Nurse “navigator” programs to assist breast cancer patients at Middletown Regional Hospital and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

        • An outreach program at University Hospital.

        • An in-home counseling program run by Cancer Family Care.

        • A minority and rural breast health program for southeast Indiana directed by the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.

        • A school-based education program for girls who have a family history of breast cancer, offered by Cancer Family Care.

        • A breast health outreach project directed by Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

        • A breast health network and a high school outreach program directed by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati.

        • A mobile mammography program for 12 Northern Kentucky counties offered by St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

        • A breast cancer genetics education program run by Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Trooper says wife shot accidentally

        DAYTON, Ohio — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper said Thursday that his wife was shot when his gun accidentally discharged.

        Tara McCormick, 39, was shot in the face as she slept in her apartment in suburban Miamisburg on Tuesday. She was listed in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

        Her husband, Trooper Luther McCormick, 37, was found at the patrol's Xenia post after the shooting.

        No charges have been filed. Trooper McCormick has been placed on administrative leave.

        Trooper McCormick, a nine-year veteran of the patrol, was assigned to plainclothes duty in the Cincinnati area.

Trucker's rig will serve as his hearse

       COLUMBUS GROVE, Ohio — Truck driver Calvin Closson was always happiest in his big rig.

        That's why friends and relatives will turn his truck into a hearse to drive his casket to the cemetery Saturday.

        Mr. Closson, 62, died Tuesday at his home after suffering a heart attack.


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