Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report




3 stores report anti-Arab vandalism

        HAMILTON — Three people of Arab descent reported vandalism at their places of business, an apparent example of Middle Easterners being targeted in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America.

        “We're not going to tolerate these types of actions against Arab-Americans or Muslims,” Sgt. Thomas E. Kilgour, Hamilton police spokesman, said Monday. “These cases are being investigated and are considered a Htop priority for the department.”

        As of Monday evening, no arrests had been made in the crimes, which were reported Saturday and Sunday.

        Large ball bearings, thought to have been fired with a slingshot, broke windows at the Quick Stop, 2000 Fairgrove Ave.; the Dunk-O-Donuts, 3185 Dixie Highway; and Gold Star Chili, 1700 Dixie Highway.

        All occurred late Saturday or early Sunday.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Hamilton police at 868-5811.
       

Tobacco company goes on trial in Akron

        AKRON — A jury was picked to start hearing arguments tomorrow today in a lawsuit seeking damages from Philip Morris Cos. and other U.S. cigarette makers for a longtime smoker's death.

        Jurors were selected today Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Akron to hear the claims by relatives of David Tompkin, a lung cancer patient who died in 1996 at 61.

        Mr. Tompkin sued the cigarette makers in 1994, claiming his smoking between 1950 and 1965 caused the lung cancer he was diagnosed with in 1992.

        Mr. Tompkin's family is expected to claim the company made a defective product and failed to warn of the health risks of smoking.

        Philip Morris will claim that the health risks of smoking are well-known.
       

Westwood gateways, litter to be discussed

        The citizens group Westwood Concern will hold its monthly meeting from 7-9 tonight at Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave.

        Topics of discussion will include a Gateway Improvement project, a “Hi Neighbor, Goodbye Litter” campaign, and the upcoming group-sponsored “Hands Across District Three,” a human chain showing support for Cincinnati District Three officers.

        That event takes place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Oct. 7, beginning at Boudinot Avenue in Westwood and extending to Warsaw Avenue in Price Hill.

        For more information, call 481-0761.
       

DUI checkpoint nets 11 arrests in Hamilton

        HAMILTON — Police arrested 11 people in a drunken-driving checkpoint operation over the weekend.

        Officers stopped 1,026 vehicles Friday night and early Saturday in the 2200 block of South Erie Highway. Sixteen people were asked to perform field-sobriety tests; five passed. The 11 who failed were arrested, said Officer Dave Crawford, Hamilton police spokesman.

        The Hamilton Police Department, Butler County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol participated.
       

Man faces sex charges in Butler, Warren

        A 19-year-old Hamilton man pleaded guilty to a sex charge involving a minor in Butler County on Monday, the same day he was indicted on a similar charge in Warren County.

        Harlan “Eddie” Winkle III is to be sentenced Oct. 29 for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. The charge stemmed from a Dec. 16 sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in Monroe, said Rusty Thomas, a Butler County assistant prosecutor.

        In a Warren County indictment issued Monday, Mr. Winkle is charged with gross sexual imposition for fondling the buttocks and breasts of two girls at Paramount's Kings Island amusement park on May 19, Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver said.

        Mr. Winkle was being held in the Butler County Jail.
       

Forums to tackle lead poisoning in kids

        Concerns about childhood lead poisoning in Greater Cincinnati will be discussed at two public forums Wednesday.

        The Cincinnati Area Lead Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday at the first-floor auditorium of Centennial Plaza, 801 Central Ave., downtown.

        The committee includes researchers, pediatricians, property owners, government agencies and others involved in lead exposure issues. According to the committee, the rate of lead poisoning in Cincinnati is three times higher than national averages.
       

Crossing guard sought for busy intersection

        CHEVIOT — Cheviot Elementary School is in need of a crossing guard at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Bridgetown Road.

        “It's a very busy intersection,” said Police Chief David Voss, whose department is accepting applications for the city-funded position.

        The job pays $5.75 an hour and though it requires only about 45 minutes of time before and after school each day, it counts as two hours, the chief said.

        There is a training session, and a background check is required. The position has been vacant since the start of the school year.

        “It's perfect for a parent or a retiree,” said Mayor J. Michael Laumann, adding “I know that they've been looking diligently to try and find somebody, but nobody has stepped up to the plate to take on the responsibility.”

        For more information, contact Chief Voss at 661-2700.
       

CPS superintendent gets $11,000 bonus

        The Board of Education for Cincinnati Public Schools on Monday unanimously supported a merit bonus for Superintendent Steven Adamowski totaling nearly $11,000.

        The merit bonus is in accordance with Dr. Adamowski's contract and is based on a formal evaluation for his performance during the 2000-01 school year.

        The merit bonus is 8 percent of Dr. Adamowski's base salary of $136,200.
       

3-car crash leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

        OHIO TOWNSHIP — One person was killed and two were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Ohio 132 at the intersection of Mount Pisgah Road near New Richmond on Monday afternoon.

        According to troopers at the Batavia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by Christopher Childress, 21, of Moscow, struck an SUV driven by Audrey Elder, 49, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, when Ms. Elder's car attempted a left turn onto Mount Pisgah from Ohio 132.

        Mr. Childress' vehicle then went left of center and struck a car driven by Todd Smith, 23.

        The passenger in Ms. Elder's vehicle, Barbara Smith, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Elder was treated and released at Clermont Mercy Hospital, and Mr. Childress was treated and released at University Hospital.

        Mr. Smith, son of Barbara Smith, was not injured. His car had been stopped behind Ms. Elder's SUV on Ohio 132 as it turned.

       



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