Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Acts of kindness urged for campuses

        To help students, faculty and staff find extra meaning after the terror of Sept. 11 and before Thanksgiving, the Hillel Jewish Student Center is asking campus communities to join its 4651 Acts of Kindness program.

        The number represents the known dead in the attacks and jetliner crash in Pennsylvania, Rabbi Abie Ingber said.

[photo] A GIFT FOR CHILDREN: With the help of parent Susan Weschler and teacher Susan Winston, fourth-graders at Cincinnati Country Day School, sewed an American flag, 5 feet by 8 feet, to send to the fourth grade at Murray Avenue School in Larchmont, N.Y. Many of that community's children lost parents in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
(Dick Swaim photo)
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        Joining him in announcing the program were the Rev. Leo Klein, head of mission and ministry at Xavier University, and Mitchel Livingston, vice president of the University of Cincinnati.

        They joined him also in asking people to record their acts of kindness on the special Web site, It will be open through the Thanksgiving weekend.

        Father Klein said pastoral experience has shown him “there really aren't words that you can say” that make survivors feel better, but Rabbi Ingber's memorial acts of kindness was an “inspired” idea. “Words just don't cut it,” he added, quoting journalist Studs Terkel.

        Dr. Livingston was delighted that Hillel asked UC to participate, saying Americans may have lost some innocence in the terrorist attacks “but as a family we have not lost our courage or our compassion.”

Minister held under $250K bond

        BATAVIA — The Rev. Alfred Strunk remained jailed Tuesday on a $250,000 bond in the Clermont County Jail.

        The Rev. Mr. Strunk was arrested Sunday, accused of using Federal Express to send money to Florida for purchase of methamphetamine.

        He is a minister at Clermont Missions, which Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg said is located on Bauer Road in Batavia Township.

        Chief Deputy Rick Combs said the sheriff's office is still looking into the case.

        Sheriff Rodenberg said a FedEx package containing the drug was sent to the minister and intercepted by the sheriff's department.

        The charge, conspiracy to commit a felony drug possession offense, is a fourth-degree felony.

Sheriff's deputies investigate robbery

        SYCAMORE TWP. — Hamilton County sheriff's deputies are investigating a robbery Tuesday morning at the Check Into Cash store at 7324 Kenwood Road.

[photo] FOURTH-GRADERS CHECK STOCKS: Myeah Franzoni (left) and Raven Williams, fourth-graders at Washington Park School, review stocks with Stephanie Violett of Grant Thornton LLP, accountants. Some 150 accountants visited Cincinnati Public Schools on Tuesday.
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        Police say two men entered the store about 11 a.m. One of them took money from the cash drawer. They also demanded money from the safe. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, they ordered the manager to go into the restroom and fled the store in an unknown direction.

        The first suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 130 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

        The second suspect is a black man 25-30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was also wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

        Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 825-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Five diamond rings taken from store

        GLENDALE — Police are investigating the theft of five diamond rings Tuesday from J L Jewelers on West Sharon Road.

        A man and a woman, posing as customers, entered the store about 12:18 p.m. and were looking at jewelry. When a clerk's back was turned, they grabbed a flat with the rings and fled, Glendale Police Chief Matt Fruchey said.

        Police would not release the value of the stolen rings.

        The first suspect is a black man in his 30s, 6 feet tall, about 210 pounds. He was wearing light-colored jeans, a matching jacket and a light blue ball cap. He had several days growth of beard.

        The second suspect is a black woman in her 30s, 5 feet 3 inches tall and 175 pounds. She was wearing a dark blue coat and had shoulder-length black hair.

        Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Glendale Police at 771-7645 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Murder-suicide suspected in shootings

        MIAMISBURG, Ohio — A woman and her estranged husband were killed Tuesday in a shooting outside a house near an elementary school. Police called it a possible murder-suicide.

        Miamisburg Police Capt. Aubrey Baker said police received a 911 call from an 11-year-old girl who reported that her grandfather had shot her grandmother in the back yard.

        When police arrived, they found Carl Durbin, 58, of Dayton, Ohio, dead in the yard with a gunshot wound to the head, Capt. Baker said. He said Anna Durbin, 62, also of Dayton, also was shot in the head.

        The house is near Mark Twain Elementary School. Officials kept the students inside while police investigated.

        The shooting happened outside the home of the woman's daughter. A handgun was recovered.

Cleveland State names president

        CLEVELAND — Cleveland State University trustees announced Tuesday that the school's interim president will become its new president.

        Michael Schwartz has been serving as interim president since April. He was president of Kent State University from 1982 until 1990 and was one of the three finalists for the top job at Cleveland State.

        Other candidates were Glenn Corlett, dean of the College of Business at Ohio University in Athens, and James T. Harris, president of Defiance College.


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