Monday, September 03, 2001

Local Digest

House fire causes $10,000 damage

        An apparent electrical fire caused $10,000 in damage early Sunday morning to a building on Foraker Avenue in Walnut Hills, the Cincinnati Fire Division said.

        The two-story home was unoccupied when firefighters arrived, responding to a neighbor's call at 2:30 a.m. Officials said the fire appeared to have started on the first floor, near a light fixture.

Bond Hill man charged in robbery

               A Bond Hill man surrendered to Cincinnati police Saturday and was charged in connection with the Friday robbery of a CinFed Credit Union branch in Roselawn in which another man was killed.

        Raymond Pope, 21, of the 1800 block of Andina Avenue turned himself in at 10:40 a.m. He faces charges of aggravated robbery and possession of drugs.

        Off-duty Cincinnati Police Officer Eddie Hawkins fatally shot Brandon Lowe, 18, after Mr. Lowe pulled the trigger on his gun and attempted to shoot again in the robbery at 7364 Reading Road, police said.

Police investigate shooting in Roselawn

               Cincinnati police are investigating a shooting in Roselawn Sunday afternoon in which a man was shot in the abdomen.

        Lamale Winford, 21, whose address was not available, was in fair condition at University Hospital late Sunday.

        The shooting occurred about 1:05 p.m in the 5900 block of Rhode Island Avenue, police said. No arrest had been made Sunday night, but police were searching for a 21-year-old man in connection with the assault.

Amelia man dead in ATV accident

               SOMERSET, Ky. — An Amelia, Ohio, man died Friday night after running his ATV into a tree.

        Everett D. Carmack, 59, was riding a 1999 Honda four-wheeler about 18 miles west of Somerset when he lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road and striking a tree, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.

        Mr. Carmack was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 11 p.m., police said.

2 businesses fined for underage sales

               The Ohio Liquor Control Commission has issued $500 fines to two Hamilton County businesses for selling alcohol to those under age.

        They are:

        • Mount Adams Restaurant Group, which does business as Longworth's Restaurant at 1102-12 St. Gregory St., for selling beer to a 19-year-old on June 28 last year.

        • Mink Enterprises, which does business as Stop N Go at 141 N. McMillan St., for selling beer to a 19-year-old on Aug. 28, 2000.

Police: Man set fire, killed self, hurt family

               DAYTON, Ohio — A man holding his wife and son hostage apparently set fire to his house, killing himself and injuring his wife and child, authorities said Sunday.

        Lt. Mike Stewart of the Dayton fire department said the fire occurred about 3:30 p.m. after police and fire crews responded to a 911 assault call at the house.

        District Fire Chief Tom Fleming said that the emergency crew was turned away by the male suspect, and police attempted to enter the house by force after neighbors said the man had guns in the house.

        The fire broke out soon afterward and was extinguished in about 20 minutes.

        The man was found dead in the first floor bathroom with a lighter in his hand, Chief Fleming said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Chief Fleming said he believes the man set it using kerosene.

        The names of the victims were not immediately released.

        The 3-year-old boy was taken to Children's Medical Center and was in critical condition Sunday night, said hospital spokesman Terry Fink. He was suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

        The woman was in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital Sunday night with severe burns and smoke inhalation, a nursing supervisor said.

Three take to trees in logging protest

               ZALESKI, Ohio — Three protesters have taken up perches in trees in the Zaleski State Forest and say they won't come down until the Ohio Division of Forestry stops logging there.

        Division officials said they are unsure what will happen when loggers return to the work site Tuesday and find their access road blocked.

        “The main thing we want to do is make sure no one is hurt,” said John Dorka, a deputy chief for the division.

        “We are here for as long as it takes,” said Susan Heitker, a spokeswoman for the Buckeye Forest Council, who strung her hammock-style nest between a white oak and a tulip poplar.


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