Monday, August 20, 2001

Local Digest

Woman, 57, dies in head-on collision

        NEW MARKET — A 57-year-old Sardinia woman was killed Saturday when the compact car she was driving collided head-on with a truck in rural Highland County, the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Wilmington said.

        Julia Barthel was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 12:28 p.m. on U.S. 62, north of Sanders Road, police said. A passenger in her 1997 Ford Escort, Marie Beyer, 78, of Sardinia remained in critical condition Sunday at University Hospital.

        The driver of the 2000 Chevrolet truck, Amanda Kiskadden, 18, of Bainbridge was treated at University Hospital and released.

        The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Cincinnati State, UC offer new program

        The University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College are teaming to offer a new transfer program that will lead to two degrees in urban planning.

        With the new plan, students who earn an associate's degree in pre-urban professions at Cincinnati State will be guaranteed admission to the UC School of Planning's Bachelor of Urban Planning Program.

        At Cincinnati State, students will take a co-op program and take introductory level classes at UC. At UC, they can earn a bachelor's degree and work on real-world projects.

        UC's School of Planning is the only urban planning program in the country that requires a co-op educational experience.

        For details, call Cincinnati State, (513) 569-1616, or UC's School of Planning, (513) 556-4943.

Police seek man who robbed video store

        Cincinnati police are searching for a shotgun-toting man who robbed a Winton Place video store early Saturday morning.

        The man entered the Blockbuster Video store at 4711 Kinard Ave. at 1:46 a.m., and forced employees into a bathroom and the manager to open the store's safe, police said.

        He escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Police charge man with kidnapping

               A Mount Auburn man was charged with kidnapping and carrying a concealed weapon Sunday morning after police said he held a woman hostage in his apartment for seven hours.

        Charles Adams, 20, of the 1600 block of Sycamore Street was arrested at his home at 10:30 a.m. after police responded to a call about a man with a gun, police said.

Teaching program resisted by colleges

        COLUMBUS — Few colleges are accepting students who take education courses while they hold an alternative license that allows them to teach in their fields of expertise.

        The Ohio Department of Education decided last year to allow people who hold bachelor's degrees in fields with teacher shortages to gain full-time, regu lar teaching status while taking a few additional college courses.

        But only eight people in Ohio participate in the program.

        Only a handful of schools, including Wright State University, Otterbein College, Ashland University and Malone College, are accepting such students, said Leonard Crawford, administrator of the Education Department's licensing section.

Confederate leader's portrait back at school
        LEXINGTON — A portrait of Confederate president Jefferson Davis has risen again at Transylvania University.

        Four months after it was taken down, the portrait is hanging in the upper lobby of the school's fine arts building.

        The 9-foot-by-6-foot painting of Davis, a Transylvania graduate, used to hang in the lobby shared by Davis and Clay residence halls.

        Removal of the Davis portrait in April followed a racial incident at the school. But its temporary absence was widely misinterpreted, said Sarah Emmons, director of the school's public information office.

        The school planned to have the portrait cleaned and rehung in the library because the lobby was being remodeled, Ms. Emmons said.

Ride reopened at fair after girl hurt

        INDIANAPOLIS — A midway ride at the Indiana State Fair was reopened by inspectors late Saturday, a day after an 8-year-old girl was slightly injured when she fell from the ride as it came to a stop.

        State Police allowed the Twister ride to reopen, although the car in which the girl was riding remains closed.

        Inspectors found no mechanical problems with the car, but the owner of the ferris wheellike ride, Mike Williams, told an Indianapolis TV station that the girl's slender build may have allowed her to slip out from behind a lockbar.

        The girl, who suffered bruises, was treated and released from Methodist Hospital after Friday night's accident. Her name was not released.

Foster children taken from coaches' homes

        CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County officials have removed five foster children from the homes of two former youth football coaches accused of whipping players.

        The Department of Children and Family Services removed children ages 2 and 7 from the home of Clay and Linda Thompson on Friday. Clay Thompson was head coach of the Glenville A's, a Municipal Football League team for players 8 to 15. All staff were suspended last week.

        Three foster children under age 5 were removed from the home of cheerleading coach Shari Cloud.

        Assistant coach Irvin White is a licensed foster parent but has no children assigned to him.

        Cuyahoga Falls police are investigating complaints that an assistant coach whose car window was broken whipped 8- to 10-year-old players with a belt after they showered Aug. 10. The incident took place at a minicamp in the Akron suburb.


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