Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Trooper hit by car dies; motorist charged

        COLUMBUS — A felony charge was filed Tuesday against a man accused of hitting and killing a State Highway Patrol trooper with his vehicle.

        Trooper Frank Vazquez, 26, of Marysville was walking on the berm of Interstate 270 to give another motorist a ticket when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle, the patrol said. He died early Tuesday of head injuries, said a spokesman at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

        The charge of aggravated vehicular homicide was filed Tuesday against the SUV's driver, David Dye, 33, of Westerville, the State Highway Patrol said. He was released Tuesday from Mount Carmel West Hospital.

        The accident, which happened about 9:20 p.m. Monday, said patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis.

        Patrol Lt. Shawn Lee said Mr. Dye drove off the highway and hit Trooper Vazquez, his cruiser and the car he had pulled over.

        Cindy Marsh, 44, of Columbus, who was driving the vehicle that Trooper Vazquez had pulled over, was taken to Grant Hospital, but was not admitted.

Mediator to assist UC, faculty in talks

        Lou Manchise, who helped University of Cincinnati administrators and faculty negotiate without strikes in 1995 and 1998, will mediate contract talks.

        Mr. Manchise, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Cincinnati, promised UC and the American Association of University Professors three days of mediation, union president and mathematics professor Joe W. Fisher said.

        The association sought mediation after an impasse during bargaining over pay, benefits and the faculty's role in governing the university.

        The professors association overwhelmingly authorized a walkout last month and a strike headquarters has been created at Old St. George on Calhoun Street.

        No date has been set for mediated negotiations.

1 arrested, 2 sought in shooting death

        One of three suspects wanted in last week's killing of a Mount Airy bar bouncer was arrested Tuesday.

        Hosea Rese, 24, of the 1600 block of Race Street was taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center, where he faces a murder charge in last Thursday's shooting of Thurman Maley III, 30, at Club Jello's on Colerain Avenue.

        Mr. Maley was shot several times inside the bar, Cincinnati police said. He was pronounced dead at Franciscan Hospital-Mount Airy.

        After the shooting, three armed men were seen leaving in two vehicles — an early 1990s maroon Pontiac Grand Am or a Grand Prix with tinted windows and a gray or silver 1979 or 1980 Chevrolet Caprice Classic four-door, police said.

        To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Free seminars offer diabetes information

        SHARONVILLE — Educating people on the connections between diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease will be the focus of two events Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center.

        The free events will feature speakers and exhibits and information for people with diabetes and high blood pressure and their family members.

        The events are sponsored by the Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and the Nutrition Council.

        The Nutrition Council will promote its Cincinnati Walks program. “Regular physical activity is an important part of managing diabetes,” said Lauren Niemes, the agency's executive director.

        “Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney failure and accounts for 42 percent of the new cases in the U.S. each year,” said Terry Susskind, communications director for the Kidney Foundation.

        “If we can help prevent diabetes and hypertension, we may be able to prevent many kidney disease cases,” he said.

        According to the Kidney Foundation, more than 200,000 Americans die each year from complications from diabetes, with African-Americans more than three times more likely to develop diabetic kidney disease. Africans-Americans account for more than 20 percent of diabetic deaths, although they make up 12 percent of the U.S. population.

Wal-Mart plans $40M
distribution center

        WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Wal-Mart plans to build a new food distribution center here as part of a $40 million project that will result in 600 jobs over the next three years, the state announced Tuesday.

        The 880,000-square-foot center along state Route 753 will hold grocery items that will be distributed to Wal-Mart stores within a 150-mile radius, the state said.

        It is expected to open next spring in Fayette County, about 40 miles southwest of Columbus.

        “We look forward to working with Wal-Mart on this and the other expansion projects planned for our state,” Gov. Bob Taft said.

        Earlier this year, Wal-Mart announced plans to locate an optical lab in Franklin County, a $9 million expansion project expected to create 600 jobs, and to build a new distribution center near Steubenville, a $40 million project expected to create 600 jobs, the state said.

Man pleads guilty to stealing from school

        EASTLAKE, Ohio — The former president of the Eastlake North High School Booster Club pleaded guilty to stealing $30,000 from the school's bingo proceeds. He told police the cash helped finance his gambling addiction.

        Donald G. Moyer, 61, of Eastlake pleaded guilty Monday to one count of grand theft for stealing bingo cash during a three-year period. As booster club president, Mr. Moyer had access to the safe where bingo proceeds were kept, said assistant Lake County prosecutor Karen Sheppert.

        According to police, Mr. Moyer said he spent thousands every week betting on horse races and as much as $100 a day in lottery tickets. He also said he lost thousands in Las Vegas.

        Mr. Moyer will be sentenced in December.

        School officials say better security and accounting measures have been implemented to prevent future problems.

Inmate accused of car theft kills self

        MEDINA, Ohio — A 20-year-old inmate accused of auto theft hanged himself with a blanket in his cell at the Medina County Jail, a sheriff's officer said.

        Brandon L. Peak, 20, of Evensville, Tenn., had been a prisoner at the jail since Oct. 21, when he was arrested on Interstate 71 by the State Highway Patrol.

        The suicide Saturday night was the first at the jail since it opened in August 1996.

        Mr. Peak left behind a note he had written to a woman, believed to be his wife in Tennessee, said Lt. David Baker.

        Mr. Peak, whose criminal history included aggravated assault, was arrested Oct. 21.

        He had been charged with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, and jailed because he could not post bond, which was set at $50,000.


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