Sunday, September 23, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Driver, 16, killed in Clermont County

        A 16-year-old Williamsburg, Ohio, boy was killed Saturday afternoon when he lost control of the car he was driving and slammed into a tree.

        Nathaniel J. Kasten was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said his 1989 Honda Civic was traveling at an unsafe speed when it slid off Twin Bridges Road near Williamsburg, struck a culvert and slammed into a tree. Passenger Richie West, 16, was treated for minor injuries and released Saturday from Clermont Mercy Hospital.

27-foot motorboat sinks in Ohio River

        COVINGTON — A 27-foot motorboat sank on the Ohio River Saturday afternoon, but none of the passengers was injured, authorities said.

        One man wound up in the river, but was rescued by a Covington Fire Department boat, said Fire Capt. Bill Shelton. The man said he wasn't hurt.

        The accident, which occurred around 3 p.m. near 101 River Road, is still being investigated.

Waynesville man dies in single-car crash

        WAYNE TOWNSHIP — A Waynesville man was killed early Saturday when his car swerved off New Burlington Road, rolled over and landed in a ravine.

        Paul Todd Jr., 41, was driving west on New Burlington Road, north of Corwin, at 1 a.m. when his car went off the right side of the road, said Trooper Rob Waulk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol post in Lebanon.

        The cause of the accident hasn't been determined.

Longaberger plans to scale back layoffs

        NEWARK, Ohio — The Longaberger Co. will lay off fewer than the 800 employees it said it would two months ago.

        “It is going to be less than that number, but any firm number is mere speculation at this point,” said Julie Moorehead, a spokeswoman for the basket maker, which has seen better-than-expected sales.

        About 100 were laid off Friday, and an undetermined number is to be let go on each of the next two Fridays, she said.

Suspect in bomb scares denied bail

        COLUMBUS — A man accused of dropping off packages designed to look like bombs at a school and a children's hospital, causing evacuations at both sites, has been ordered held without bail.

        The order from Franklin County Municipal Judge Mark Froehlich came Friday in the case of Qasim Raqib, 19, of Detroit, charged with felony counts of burglary, fleeing, inducing panic and receiving stolen property.

        “In light of the events that occurred in New York and Washington just nine days prior, I would indicate that even if it was not a real bomb, he does pose a substantial risk to the community,” Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Duvall told Judge Froehlich.

        Mr. Raqib told authorities that a man named “Boog” paid him to leave the packages.

        Mr. Raqib said he was paid $300 to $400 to leave packages with Arabic writing Thursday morning at Children's Hospital and in a hallway at Cassingham Elementary School.

        The packages contained wires and duct tape, but no explosives.

        Police said he was arrested when he crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving into a tree soon after leaving the package at the school.

Emery to pay fine of $1M, resume flying

        DAYTON, Ohio — As part of a settlement that could allow it to resume flying within six months, cargo carrier Emery Worldwide Airlines has agreed to pay a $1 million fine.

        The settlement agreement includes a long list of steps the airline must take to satisfy Federal Aviation Administration safety demands before it resumes commercial operations.

        The FAA pressured Emery to ground its cargo fleet after a series of special inspections resulted in findings of more than 100 federal violations. Emery grounded its fleet Aug. 13.

        The agreement says Emery does not admit any violations and without the FAA claiming any violations that might have happened prior to the agreement.

        Emery serves the freight-sorting hub of Emery Worldwide at Dayton International Airport.

        Emery Worldwide has been using contract air carriers to move its freight.

Louisville arena could lure NBA team

        LOUISVILLE — If the city agrees to build a downtown arena, the owners of the Charlotte Hornets would consider moving their franchise to Louisville and contributing millions of dollars to help build the Muhammad Ali Center.

        The funds from the team owners would complete most of the $60 million in fund raising the Ali Center needs to “move the project from the drawing board to construction,” Louisville attorney Ed Glasscock told the Courier-Journal on Friday.

Statue honors cyclist who died in crash

        LOVELAND — The family of Richard Paul Michaelson, who died after he was involved in a crash on the Little Miami Bike Trail on Labor Day 1999, has donated a bronze-and-limestone bike sculpture to the city in his memory.

        The sculpture dedication was Saturdayin Nisbet Park, along the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail.

        Mr. Michaelson, 44, a lawyer, was not wearing a helmet when he collided with an oncoming cyclist.

        The sculpture is meant to raise awareness about helmet safety.


Engine failure forces jet to return to CVG
Few security lapses locally
Delta tops in FAA fines
Air Guard unit mobilized
Marines enlist local teen
U.S. pride is high at Oktoberfest
Churches full in time of grieving
FBI sorting data from N. Ky. raid on immigrants
Fear boosts sales
Group fears loss of liberty
Individuals raise a lot of money
More than skin deep
Moving past our fear and anxiety
Neighbors mourn N.Y. death
Attack Notebook
Relief funds divide lawmakers
BRONSON: Bush's moment
PULFER: Pointing fingers
Oath turns immigrants to citizens
3rd mediation session promising, goals set
- Tristate A.M. Report