Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Lights shine bright on Hughes' 150th




By Cincinnati Enquirer

        New exterior lights at Hughes Center lit up the Clifton school's tower Monday night to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

        The new lighting symbolized the light - in the form of knowledge - brought to tens of thousands of students who have attended the school, said Charles Whitehead, president of the Hughes Alumni Foundation and president of Ashland Inc. in Covington. The foundation, founded last year, funded the $15,000 light improvements and a 40-foot banner commemorating the school. It will hang from the Hughes tower.

        Foundation members plan to aid the Cincinnati Public Schools district with more renovations to ensure the 91-year-old building stays “alive and well.”

        They have raised about $200,000 and hope to secure $500,000 total, which will allow them to apply for a bond program to receive a 10-to-1 match for the money raised, Mr. Whitehead said.

        One of the next projects will be to replace the school's windows, he said.

        Tax deductible contributions can be made to Hughes Alumni Foundation, 2515 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

        Two men charged in fatal shooting

        Two men have been charged in the early Monday shooting death of Timothy Powell, age unknown.

        Douglas A. Pittman, 18, of Dayton, Ohio, and Anthony L. Stephens, 18, of Trotwood, Ohio, are at the Hamilton County Justice Center, facing charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

        According to Cincinnati police, they shot Mr. Powell in the 5700 block of Roe Street in Madisonville about 3:05 a.m. and then led officers on a high-speed chase that covered more than 20 miles in two counties.

        Just after 3:20 a.m., a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy on Interstate 71 near I-275 spotted the car described as involved in the Cincinnati shooting and tried to stop it. Mr. Pittman reportedly accelerated north on I-71, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

        The chase lasted well into Warren County, where Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers used tire deflating devices to disable the vehicle just south of the Morrow Bridge north of Lebanon.

        There were no injuries or vehicles damaged in the chase.

        Candidate forum in Roselawn on Thursday

        The Roselawn community is sponsoring a mayoral and City Council election forum Thursday night. Organizers say more than two dozen Cincinnati candidates have confirmed they will participate.

        Organizers said Mayor Charlie Luken had agreed to attend and that mayoral challenger Courtis Fuller was trying to schedule time to take part.

        The forum begins at 6:30 p.m.at the Legacy Banquet & Conference Center, 7617 Reading Road. Call 346-5327 for more information.

        Piano teacher, 69, admits raping girl, 7

        A Blue Ash piano teacher pleaded guilty Monday to raping a 7-year-old girl.

        Charles W. Bingman, 69, made the plea in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court after prosecutors agreed to drop charges of gross sexual imposition.

        He will return to court Oct. 10 for sentencing before Judge Patrick Dinkelacker. He could be sentenced to more than five years in prison.

        Police have said the girl claimed Mr. Bingman showed her nude photos during her piano lesson, and that he later asked her to undress. She accused him of performing oral sex on her.

        She said Mr. Bingman told her “this was a secret,” according to police.

        Man shot after cashing check

        A man, whose name is not being released, was shot in the leg Monday in Over-the-Rhine after he had cashed a check at a business at Vine and Liberty streets.

        He had walked outside when he was shot by two people trying to rob him shortly before 3 p.m., police said. The assailants remain at large.

        The victim was taken to University Hospital. His condition is not considered life threatening.

        Police collar drug suspects in sweep

A nine-month police investigation ended last week with the arrest of 10 drug suspects and charges against seven others.

        Police arrested most of the suspects Friday during a drug sweep of Northside. They continue to look for seven others.

        All 17 suspects face felony charges of cocaine or marijuana trafficking. The arrests were made by the Cincinnati Police Division's Criminal Apprehension Team and the Violent Crimes Task Force.

        Hamilton County prosecutors say police launched the investigation in December after Northside residents complained about heavy drug dealing in their neighborhood.

        The suspects were indicted earlier this month by a grand jury, but the indictments remained sealed until police could locate and arrest most of them.

        P&G to donate $250,000 in products

        Procter & Gamble Co. said it is prepared to donate $250,000 in products to the American Red Cross, a spokeswoman said Monday. That is in addition to a $250,000 cash contribution the Cincinnati-based company made last week in response to the terrorist attacks. P&G also has released products — including Tempo dry wipes, Olay Daily Facials, Pampers Baby Wipes and Iams dog food — to the relief effort through America's Second Harvest.

        Disaster specialist to help in N.Y.

        The eighth disaster specialist from the Cincinnati chapter of the American Red Cross left Monday to help out in the relief efforts.

        She is Doris Lee of Northside, a 13-year volunteer for the Cincinnati Red Cross. Ms. Lee will work as a family services coordinator in New York. She will ensure clients get prompt help and that all Red Cross services are outlined to them, officials said.

        Ms. Lee's job also will involve making funeral arrangements for victims of disaster, vouchers for clothing and relocation.

        She has served on local disaster-relief efforts involving apartment fires, floods and tornadoes.

        Memorial held for terrorism victim

        URBANA, Ohio — A flight attendant killed when her hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center was remembered in a memorial service Monday as a woman who embraced peace and life.

        About 500 people packed the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church at the two-hour-long service for Alicia Nicole Titus, a 1991 graduate of Graham High School in nearby St. Paris.

        The 28-year-old woman was aboard United Flight 175.

        John Titus, the victim's father, read a poem he had written about her, describing her as a “the embodiment of love.” Mr. Titus said he had no doubt “Alicia died while trying to do good in the midst of evil.”

       



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