Thursday, September 13, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

School to dedicate hall named for Schott

        St. Ursula Academy on Sundaywill dedicate Margaret Unnewehr Schott Hall, named for the former Cincinnati Reds owner who donated $1 million to the academy.

        Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk will celebrate the 11 a.m. Mass in St. Ursula Chapel with dedication ceremonies about noon outside the Schott Hall entrance. The all-girls Catholic college preparatory school is at 1339 E. McMillan St., East Walnut Hills.

        Groundbreaking for the $5 million, 20-room academic building took place in March 2000. Some classes began moving into Schott Hall in early April, and the rest were in place last month. Schott Hall provides eight science classrooms/laboratories, 10 general classrooms and two music rooms.

Auditors win ballpark contract

        Hamilton County commissioners Wednesday approved a $550,000 contract that will provide a new set of eyes to look over the construction of Great American Ball Park.

        New York auditors KPMG will look at policies, procedures and financial information related to the project over the next three years. Their first report to commissioners — on how polices and procedures have been followed since the beginning of construction 11 months ago — will be due in 90 days.

Green Township man charged with murder

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — A resident of the Buckeye Motel in Green Township was charged Wednesday with the murder of his neighbor, Robert “Doc” Fowler, 77.

        Arthur Beck, 42, did maintenance work at the motel, 6222 Harrison Ave., and hadn't been seen on the premises since Friday, investigators said. It was the last day that Mr. Fowler was seen by his family, said Steve Barnett, spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

        Mr. Fowler's daughter found his body Wednesday morning in a wooded area behind the motel.

        Deputies took Mr. Beck into custody at another motel in the afternoon. The murder most likely happened inside the Buckeye Motel, Mr. Barnett said.

        An investigation continues. Autopsy results are pending.

Bicyclist recovering from traffic accident

        COVINGTON — A 15-year-old Covington bicyclist is recovering at home and a Taylor Mill woman could face charges after he was struck by a car about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday near Taylor Mill Elementary School.

        Curtis Larkin was riding his bike on the shoulder of the 5000 block of Taylor Mill Road when a car driven by Sarah Eaton, 37, of Taylor Mill struck him, said Lt. Col. Jim Liles of Covington Police. Ms. Eaton and the youth were both northbound when the accident occurred.

        The youth, who had head injuries, initially was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center South, then was transferred to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Lt. Col. Liles said.

        No charges had been filed Wednesday. The investigation is continuing.

Bomb threat closes
Warren County court

        LEBANON — Warren County Common Pleas Court was closed for four hours Wednesday after its child support enforcement office received a bomb threat.

        A caller told a receptionist at 10:02 a.m. that a bomb was in the building, on Justice Drive near Donovan Intermediate School. The courthouse was evacuated.

        “In light of the other circumstances, we have to take this seriously,” said Clerk of Courts James Spaeth, whose office was among those evacuated.

        A bomb-sniffing dog had to be brought in from Columbus because closer canines were already in use at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        The courthouse was declared safe at 1:50 p.m.

        “Everything is very quickly back to normal,” Mr. Spaeth said late Wednesday.

        The suspected caller is white, tall and thin, wearing a white vest or half-shirt, blue jeans and a black ball cap. Those with information are asked to call (513) 695-1243 or (513) 695-1280.

Man dies from assault injuries

        Arthur Scarborough, 45, whose address is not known, died Wednesday from injuries he sustained in a Friday morning assault. No one has been arrested.

        Mr. Scarborough was found unconscious outside 1234 Vine St. just before 6:30 that morning. He was taken to University Hospital, where he died about 9:25 a.m. Wednesday.

        To leave an anonymous tip, call Cincinnati Police at 352-3542.

Slain woman found to have been pregnant

        A Carthage man charged with killing his wife now could face additional charges for killing the fetus.

        Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Carl Parrott confirmed that Shannon Broe, 24, was pregnant. Her body was found along a ramp to Interstate 71 on Monday night. She had been last seen Thursday when she left work at a Kenwood retirement home.

        Her husband, John,was charged with her murder Monday.
        Homicide investigator Darrin Hoderlein said in court paperwork that Mr. Broe killed his wife Friday by hitting her in the head “numerous times” with an aluminum baseball bat.

South Lebanon man dies in crash

        MORROW — Alfred Hardy, 48, of South Lebanon, died Wednesdayafternoon, when he drove his car across the center line on U.S. 22, near Lake Road, and crashed into an Ernst Concrete truck, said troopers at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Post in Lebanon.

        Mr. Hardy was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger — Bob Matthews, 49, of Waynesville — was taken by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He was listed in serious condition Wednesday night. Truck driver Arles Smith, 49, was not injured.

Council urges Shirey to support rezoning

        Cincinnati City Council urged the city manager Wednesday to use his vote on the planning commission in favor of rezoning a 7-acre site in East Price Hill for single-family homes.

        The site at 1040 Considine Ave., known as the Grandview site, was formerly a low-income housing complex that has been vacated.

        Officials with the city's Metropolitan Housing Authority say at least a portion of the property must remain low-income housing. Council would like to see it turned into market-rate housing.

        City Manager John Shirey would not say Wednesday how he will vote. The planning commission has final say on how the property will be zoned.


At a glance
Attacks are topic No. 1 in classrooms
Body recovery part of work of NYC crews
Constituents' emotions unmitigated
Different faiths, all drawn to pray
Family clings to details of missing woman's fate
Jews seek normalcy
Local firefighters on task force joining rescue efforts
Muslims urged to give aid
No date, time for nation's air travel to resume
Outpouring of donations keeps blood supply steady
Relatives wait for word, pray
Stranded travelers find help in Florence
Tightened air security will be norm
Travelers wait, pray in deserted airport
Work resumes, but life is different
Wright-Patterson medical personnel join effort
PULFER: Cell phones
RADEL: Tristate sprouts flying flags
Reports bring sweep of river
Court upholds stay for Byrd
Luken suggests raises for cadets
Luken unused to second place
Primary results
Council halts bid for road-extension vote
Superintendent's contract extended
- Tristate A.M. Report
Woman shot outside school as it lets out