Saturday, September 29, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

NAACP to hold press conference

        The Cincinnati branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold a press conference at noon today on the steps of the Hamilton County courthouse to express displeasure with a judge's not guilty verdict Wednesday in the case of Cincinnati Police Officer Stephen Roach.

        Officer Roach fatally shot 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, who was unarmed and fleeing police on misdemeanor charges, in the chest in Over-the-Rhine on April 7.

        Norma Holt Davis, president of the Cincinnati NAACP, this week accused Judge Ralph E. “Ted” Winkler of trying the victim — Mr. Thomas — and not Officer Roach.

        Other topics to be discussed include the NAACP's voter registration drive and support of a charter amendment that would change the way police and fire chiefs are hired in the city.

Free screenings for uninsured women

        The Southwestern Ohio Breast and Cervical Cancer Project is offering free cancer screenings during October to low-income, uninsured women as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

        The project, administered through the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, covers screenings for women in Hamilton, Butler, Clinton, Clermont and Warren counties. In addition, reforms adopted this year assure that women who need treatment as a result of the tests can get coverage through Medicaid.

        The project targets women between ages 40 and 49 for Pap tests and women over the age of 50 for mammograms. Screenings are available at many locations. For more information, call (513) 584-4342 or (513) 584-4359 in Hamilton County, or 1 888-PAP-MAMM (727-6266) if you live in an Ohio county outside of Hamilton County.

VA patients, families stay in guest house

        The Cincinnati VA Medical Center plans to open a 16-room guest house where out-of-town families can stay while relatives receive care.

        The Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher House is scheduled to open Tuesday. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot facility offers 16 rooms plus a kitchen, laundry, library and a living room with a fireplace.

        Veterans can stay there at no charge and families will be asked to make a “nominal” donation. The house was co-sponsored by two non-profit groups: Veterans Guest House of Cincinnati and the New York-based Fisher House Foundation.

250 schools expected at College Fair

        The free National College Fair will be 1-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, Fifth and Race streets, sponsored by the National Cincinnati Association for College Admission Counseling.

        Representatives of about 250 schools are expected.

        Information, Peggy Minich at the College of Mount St. Joseph, (513) 244-4814 or NACAC's web site,

Georgetown residents voice landfill opinions

        GEORGETOWN — Neighbors will have a chance Thursday to make public comments about a proposal to expand the Brown County Landfill.

        Rumpke Waste Inc. sought permission in 1993 to increase waste disposal at the landfill at 9427 Beyers Road. It has received a solid waste permit but the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has not yet issued an air permit for the planned expansion.

        The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at Georgetown City Hall, 301 S. Main St.

Montgomery seeking volunteers for boards

        MONTGOMERY — The City of Montgomery is seeking volunteers to serve on its boards and commissions because terms will soon expire for current members.

        Montgomery's boards and commissions include: the Arts Commission, Beautification and Tree Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Civil Service Commission, Landmarks Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission and the Sister Cities Commission.

        Volunteers should call Volunteer Coordinator Joyce Yock at 792-8329 for information.

        The Community Leadership for Citizen Advisory Groups handbook, which is available at City Hall, also provides detailed information on the city volunteer program.

Cleveland United Way redirects Scout funds

        CLEVELAND — The Cleveland chapter of the United Way has decided to stop funding traditional Boy Scouts programs that discriminate against gays.

        The money will instead go to Boy-Scout-affiliated programs such as Learning for Life, a program that does not prohibit gay men from being leaders.

        Earlier this month, United Way Services of Greater Cleveland shifted $268,000 in Boy Scout donations to the Learning for Life program, said Mike Benz, president of the local United Way organization. The program will be taught in Cleveland, Bedford and Lakewood public schools and teaches children to apply classroom lessons in their everyday life.

        Susan Lewis, spokeswoman for the Greater Cleveland Council for the Boy Scouts of America, said shifting the money to a Boy Scout-affiliated program was a good compromise. She said her chapter will try to shift around other donor money to make up for losing the United Way funding, which accounts for about 14 percent of their budget.

Drunk driver gets 12 years for fatal crash

        LEBANON — A 37-year-old Lebanon man with a record of five drunk driving convictions was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for a crash that killed a Springfield Township woman.

        The sentencing came a month after a jury found Shawn Abbott guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault in the Jan. 6 crash that killed Ruth Corbett, 77, and seriously injured her daughter, Susan Corbett, 50, of West Chester Township.

        Prosecutors said Mr. Abbott was drunk when he drove his pickup truck across the center line, grazed another southbound car and hit the Corbetts' car head-on at U.S. 42 and Keever Road.

Aquatic playground almost completed

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — A small aquatic playground at Delhi Township Park, 5125 Foley Road, is nearing completion.

        "It will be ready to go early next year,” said Parks Superintendent Howard Whitson.

        The playground is a spray-mist area of about 30 feet by 30 feet and cost about $48,000. It was funded by the township's parks levy, the superintendent said.

        When operational, the playground will be on a timer to allow water flow at certain periods during the day. Sensors in the playground floor will activate the water activities. The playground design and size is geared for children around 8 years old and younger.


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