Friday, October 12, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

More details known in shooting incident

        Cincinnati police on Thursday identified the officer who shot at a suspect who ran from police in Corryville on Wednesday night.

        Officer Orlando Smith fired three times at a 17-year-old who was later arrested after officers found him hiding nearby. The bullets did not hit the teen-ager, who also was wanted on two juvenile court warrants.

        Officer Smith, 31, joined the force in June 1994. He was reprimanded in 1997 for shooting Darnell Brown in the jaw that February. He said Mr. Brown tried to ram him with a car. He was reprimanded for shooting after he was out of danger.

        Another suspect in the Wednesday shooting remained at large Thursday. The incident began when Officer Smith and others responded to Glendora Street for a call of shots being fired. They noticed someone standing at Euclid and Daniels street who fit the description of the Glendora shooter.

        A second suspect remained at large Thursday. He was described as black, 16 to 18 years old, 5'11 to 6'1, slender with a dark complexion, black T-shirt and khaki pants.

        Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Substance scare sends team to airport

        HEBRON — An unidentified substance was discovered in the cargo hold of a Delta Air Lines jet at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport late Wednesday, leading authorities to call in a hazardous-materials team from Ohio and to impound the plane.

        The substance was later found to be nonthreatening and the plane was returned to service Thursday, airport spokesman Ted Bushelman said.

        About 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, workers were loading baggage and cargo onto Delta Flight 1963, a Boeing 767 headed to Atlanta, when they discovered the black powder that authorities said resembled graphite.

        No passengers were aboard.

        The substance was collected and sent to a lab in Columbus for analysis. That was the same lab where a white powder discovered Tuesday at the Internal Revenue Service center in Coviington was sent. That material was not hazardous.

Woman arrested in slaying at motel

        Cincinnati homicide investigators arrested a woman Wednesday whom they'd been looking for in the death last month of a man at a motel.

        Dorie D. Terrell, 22, of Boltwood Court in Fairmount, was charged with complicity to aggravated murder and complicity to aggravated robbery in the death Sept. 3 of Ibrahima Sory Diallo. He was shot to death outside the Traveler's Inn in University Heights.

        Police ask anyone with information about the crime or other suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

HMO drop affects Clermont seniors

        About 1,000 Clermont County seniors will need to find a new health plan for next year after several Medicare HMOs announced they would drop nearly 14,000 enrollees statewide.

        United HealthCare of Ohio plans to drop 2,176 enrollees, including 1,003 in Clermont County and 1,173 in Summit County. Four other Medicare HMOs also are dropping customers, but none affects Greater Cincinnati.

        The terminations take effect Jan. 1. Enrollees were supposed to be notified by their HMOs by Oct. 2 and should receive information by mid-October about which Medicare HMOs plan to do business in their counties in 2002.

        For information about Medicare options, call the Ohio Department of Insurance, (800) 686-1578. or (800) MEDICARE.

Plans for trail available for review

        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — Residents can see preliminary plans for a bike and walking trail Tuesday. The Five Mile Shared Use Trail is to run from Mercy Hospital along the Five Mile connector.

        The township secured a federal grant to cover the bulk of the estimated $500,000 project. Construction can start in the spring. The public open house runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wilson Elementary, 2465 Little Dry Run Road. Information: 474-5123.

Butler contributes to tourism guide

        HAMILTON — Butler County commissioners allocated $5,000 on Thursday to help finance the next edition of a biennial tourism guide to the county.

        Three members of the Butler County Tourism Council asked for the money Thursday. The new guide will be issued for 2002 and 2003, the county's bicentennial year.

        The guide will cost $40,000 to publish. The tourism council will be asking individual communities in Butler County for contributions.

        Commissioner Courtney Combs said that because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, more Tristate people will be taking their vacations closer to home.

Delayed Maxwell concert has new date

        The Maxwell concert with Alicia Keyes, postponed Sunday because of illness, has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Music Hall. Tickets already purchased may be used for the rescheduled date. Information: 562-4949 and

One of four death terms set aside

        A federal appeals court has thrown out one of the four death sentences that convicted killer Alton Coleman received for a killing spree in 1984.

        Mr. Coleman, 45, from Waukegan, Ill., was sentenced to death in Ohio for killing a Cincinnati teen-ager and a Norwood woman. He also received death penalties in Indiana and Illinois for murders committed during a seven-week series of killings and beatings.

        The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday upheld Mr. Coleman's aggravated murder conviction for killing Tonnie Storey, 15, of Cincinnati, but set aside the death penalty. The court ruled that Mr. Coleman's attorneys didn't adequately represent him during the sentencing phase of his 1985 trial.

        The ruling requires Ohio to conduct a new sentencing hearing within six months. Mr. Coleman remains on death row in Ohio for fatally beating Marlene Walters, 44, at her home in Norwood.

Military tech show canceled

        DAYTON, Ohio — Organizers have canceled a military technology conference scheduled for next week at the Dayton Convention Center in the wake of U.S. attacks on Afghanistan.

        The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's Dayton-Wright Chapter decided to cancel the Infotech conference, concerned that war duties might force senior military officers who were keynote speakers to cancel.


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