Saturday, August 11, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

CCY president turns in resignation

        The president of the Citizens' Committee on Youth (CCY), Clarence Williams, resigned this week, months after Hamilton County officials pulled its multimillion-dollar contract for youth job training.

        Mr. Williams, a former Cincinnati police lieutenant, headed CCY since 1997. His resignation was accepted “with regret,” according to CCY board chairman Tyrone Yates.

        Officials of the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services pulled $5.4 million in job-training contracts with CCY this year after an audit found it billed the county $156,000 for a program that cost about $16,000 to operate.

        Mr. Williams argued that it was a mistake and the program should simply be allowed to repay the money.

Metro raising prices, cites fuel, labor costs

        Citing rising fuel and labor costs, Metro is raising prices on five long-distance bus routes next month and will increase the zone charge for Clermont County.

        Fares on these routes will increase by 25 cents on Sept. 4, the day after the federally subsidized Clean Air Fare ends: Route 71/72 Paramount's Kings Island; Route 42 West Chester; Route 62 Fairfield; Route 82 Eastgate and Route 52 Harrison.

        The zone charge for Zone 3 (Clermont County) will increase from 30 cents to 60 cents. Zone 3 MetroCards will increase from $56 to $70 per month.

        Also, Route 52 Harrison service will be reduced by two morning and two afternoon trips, effective Aug. 26.

        For details, call MetroCenter, 621-4455, weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rains spur mold in city building walls

        LAWRENCEBURG — Officials have 15 days to develop a plan to remove mold from walls in the city building.

        “We found mold and alerted (officials) about it and gave them a specified time to take action,” said Doug Baer of the Dearborn County Health Department. If a plan can't be developed, he said, the city will have to move its offices until the mold is removed.

        The building, at 349 Walnut St., was open Friday and is expected to remain open.

        “Hard rains in recent weeks were the catalyst for the mold,” said Brenda Johnson, of the city engineer's office. “All this was compounded by finding an unused fuel tank in front of the building, underground. Thirty-five years ago, the building was used by a Packard dealer.”

Most Wanted list available on Web site

       Cincinnati's Most Wanted felons now are posted on the police division's Web site:

        The online list includes the 61 remaining wanted suspects from the 97-person list issued by the Violent Crimes Task Force. It also includes other nonviolent offenders.

        Another wanted person on Friday came off the list: Daniel Ushery, wanted for domestic violence and assault.

        His arrest brought to 36 the number of people removed from the list.

        Many of the arrests have come from tips to Crime Stop pers, 352-3040. A record amount of monthly award money — $8,200 — is scheduled to be given away Tuesday. A tip can net up to $1,000.

Loveland man gives in after standoff

        LOVELAND — Police say a Loveland man is facing charges after holding them at bay in his Debra Lane home for several hours Friday.

        Terry Powers, 56, is charged with inducing panic and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors.

        Police say Loveland officers went to the home to serve a juvenile warrant on Mr. Powers' teen-age granddaughter, but Mr. Powers would not let officers in. He had weapons in the home, and apparently made comments to officers, prompting them to call in a specialized police team, Loveland Police Sgt. Scott Ackman said. The unidentified granddaughter was with Mr. Powers.

        Mr. Powers gave up about 3 p.m., almost six hours after the standoff began. His granddaughter was also taken into custody. There were no injuries.

Teen pranksters finish community service

       PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Five Madison High School seniors who deflated the tires of their school district's entire bus fleet as a part of a senior prank finished paying their debt to society Wednesday by putting on a picnic for first-graders.

        The teens could have received four months in jail — but the judge who heard the case instead made them do 80 hours of community service.

        In addition to putting on the picnic, the youths had to wash and degrease the bottom of the buses, do odd jobs around district offices and pay for entertainer Jungle Terry and his wild animals to come to the picnic. The teens were also forbidden from attending their commencement ceremonies.


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