Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report


Firefighters donate 100 fans to needy

        The heat emergency has prompted Cincinnati firefighters to spend more than $1,200 to buy 100 fans for low-income residents.

        Officials from the Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48, in cooperation with Kruse Hardware and Norwood firefighter Ron Wallace Jr., said Tuesday they will donate the 100 fans to St. Vincent DePaul social service agency to distribute.

        The fans are scheduled to arrive at the agency's warehouse in the West End today. Fans will be distributed to city residents, who meet criteria for need, and call St. Vincent DePaul officials beforehand at 421-0602.

Ex-state Rep. Luebbers to run for Delhi trustee

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Former state Rep. Jerome Luebbers wants to go back to a job where his political career began more than 30 years ago — as a Delhi Township trustee.

        Mr. Luebbers could not run for re-election as state representative last year because of Ohio's term-limits law.

        He said he will run for the seat being vacated by Trustee Carol Espelage, who is not running for re-election.

        Mr. Luebbers will run with Delhi Township business owner John Sagel as a team for two open seats on the three-member board.        

U.S. 50 accident kills Milford man


        MIAMI TOWNSHIP — A 78-year-old Milford man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 50 at Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road in Clermont County.

        James A. Campbell was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Cincinnati shortly after arrival following the 12:45 p.m. crash, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        A preliminary investigation revealed that Robert M. Gatch, 62, of Milford, was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck south of Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill when he pulled from the stop sign onto U.S. 50 and struck the left rear of the 1985 Oldsmobile being driven east by Mr. Campbell, the highway patrol said.

        Mr. Campbell's car then slid left of center and was struck by a 1995 Chevrolet driven by John P. Palazzolo, 36, of Milford.

        Mr. Gatch was not injured. Mr. Palazzolo was treated at Bethesda North Hospital for minor injuries.

Deputies injured while pursuing theft suspect

       Two Hamilton County sheriff's deputies were injured Tuesday while arresting a theft suspect on Eastern Avenue in Linwood.

        Shortly before 1 p.m., Cpl. Charles Wilson and Patrol Officer Anthony Glaser were injured in a five-minute struggle during the arrest of Chris Coorey, 28, near his residence in the 4400 block of Eastern Avenue.

        The sheriff's office said Mr. Coorey had attempted to steal a change machine from a wall Tuesday in the Biggs store on Beechmont Avenue in Anderson Township. Police said he had dislodged the machine, but was unable to carry it from the store.

        Cpl. Wilson, who suffered a sprained lower back, bruised left knee and a cheek abrasion, and Officer Glaser, who suffered a knot on his right forearm and knee abrasion, were treated at Mercy Hospital Anderson, and released.

Delhi woman, 86, dies after car crash

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — An 86-year-old Delhi Township woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning at the intersection of Greenwell Avenue and Fehr Road.

        Mildred Lott failed to yield the right of way from a stop sign while turning onto Greenwell from Fehr and her vehicle was struck, police said. Mrs. Lott was taken to University Hospital, where she died.

        The driver of the other vehicle, Karen Ronon, 38, of Delhi Township, was treated at Franciscan Hospital-Mount Airy, and released.

        The crash is under investigation.

Suspect arrested in restaurant robbery

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — A second suspect has been arrested in the May 11 armed robbery of a Waffle House restaurant.

        Anthony Rinaldi, 19, of Fairfield turned himself in to police Monday, said Sgt. Matt Brillhart. Charged with aggravated robbery, Mr. Rinaldi is scheduled for an Aug. 13 hearing in Butler County Area III Court, West Chester.

        Charles Bradley, 21, of Fairfield Township, is alleged to have been Mr. Rinaldi's accomplice. Mr. Bradley was arrested July 25 and is awaiting action by the Butler County grand jury.

        Both men were being held in the county jail Tuesday.

Bombing victim's dad to decry death penalty

        Bud Welch of Oklahoma City, the father of a Murrah Federal Building bombing victim, will visit Cincinnati today and Thursday to speak against the death penalty.

        Mr. Welch has been invited by the Cincinnati Chapter of Ohioans to Stop Execution to help local death-penalty advocacy efforts and to call for clemency for John Byrd, an inmate scheduled to be executed Sept. 12.

        Mr. Welch will be the keynote speaker at a 4:30 p.m. rally Thursday on Fountain Square. Other speakers include Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk and former Congressman Tom Luken.

        Mr. Welch, once a death penalty supporter, is a member of the board of directors of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, a death penalty abolitionist organization made up of family members of victims and death row inmates.

Voting registration deadline is Monday

        Monday is the last day to register to vote in Cincinnati's Sept. 11 mayoral primary.

        The nonpartisan primary will determine the two finalists for the Nov. 6 general election. It will be the only election on the primary ballot.

        The candidates are Democrat Charlie Luken, Charterite Courtis Fuller, and independents Bill Brodberger and Michael Riley.

        New voters can register at the Hamilton County board of elections, 824 Broadway St., or at public libraries, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and many social service agencies.

        Registrations must be received by 9 p.m. Monday.

        For more information, call 632-7000.

1-year-old drowns in Sharon Woods lake

       SHARONVILLE — A 1-year-old St. Bernard girl died Tuesday night after being pulled from a lake in Sharon Woods park.

        The child, Brisia Wright, was pronounced dead at Bethesda North Hospital shortly after arrival, a hospital spokesman said.

        The child was with her parents at family reunion picnic near Lakeside Lodge when relatives noticed she was missing, said Hamilton County Park Ranger Lt. Greg Smith. She had been missing 15 to 20 minutes before she was found in 3 to 4 feet of water in Sharon Woods Lake, he said.

        The child showed no vital signs when pulled form the lake and was pronounced dead at the hospital about 9:45 p.m., Lt. Smith said.

       



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