Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Visitation changed for Mason student

        Visitation for Mason High School student Scott Asbrock, who was killed Sunday while walking to a Bengals game, has been changed.

        Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at St. Susanna Church, 305 Fourth Ave., Mason.

        Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. at the church.

Anthrax prankster gets fine, probation

        The Pierce Township man who played a practical joke on his boss by putting white powder in an envelope and leaving it on his desk has been sentenced in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to one year of probation and an $800 fine.

        John R. Silz, 51, pleaded guilty to inducing panic in an early October incident that left Glass Wise Inc. owner Tim Wise wondering if he might have handled anthrax.

        The envelope actually contained ground glass.

        After the incident, Mr. Wise fired Mr. Silz, who had worked for the glass company as office help for nearly four years.
Postal service ....... No delivery
Library ....... Closed
Banks ....... *Closed
Trash collection
• Cincinnati: One-day delay
• Rumpke: Regular collection
• CSI: Regular collection
....... Holiday schedule
Parking meters ....... No coins required (Cincinnati)
....... Closed
• Federal ....... Closed • City and county ....... Closed
• State ....... Closed
Stock markets ....... Closed
*Fifth Third Bank at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is open.

Police identify homicide victim

        Cincinnati police have identified the man whose body was found Monday night in University Heights.

        Demarco Pleasant, 23, of Glencoe Place in Mount Auburn, was found lying in Marshall Avenue a little before 9:30 p.m. Witnesses said they saw someone running away with a gun.

        Mr. Pleasant is the 56th homicide victim in Cincinnati this year. Investigators ask anyone with information about the killing to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Randy Little leaving Channel 9

        Randy Little, a 20-year Tristate TV news veteran, will leave WCPO-TV on Nov. 30 when his contract expires.

        “I'm going to miss the folks at Channel 9,” says Mr. Little, who was moved from the noon anchor desk to a night reporting shift over the summer.

        His contract was not renewed by the station.

        Mr. Little wanted to work days to see his daughter, a junior high school student and champion gymnast. The station wanted him to work nights.

        “He and I could not come to an agreement on a work schedule. It was not an economic decision,” says Bob Morford, Channel 9 news director.

        Mr. Little joined WKRC-TV (Channel 12) as a reporter and weekend anchor in 1981. He was hired by Channel 9 in 1987 to launch a 5 p.m. newscast. He was anchoring at 5 p.m. and noon when Mr. Morford was named news director in April.

Man convicted, sentenced in killing

        HAMILTON — A 44-year-old man has been convicted in the beating death of his girlfriend in the Hamilton homeless camp where they both lived.

        A Butler County jury convicted Michael Young of murdering Pamela Stacey-Gierach, 46. She was found dead Aug. 18.

        Friday, Judge Matthew Crehan sentenced Mr. Young to serve 15 years to life in prison.

More mediation planned in UC dispute

        Renewed University of Cincinnati faculty contract negotiations went so well Monday with a federal mediator that further sessions have been scheduled through year's end.

        It was the third time in the past two decades that mediator Lou Manchise helped UC and the American Association of University Professors break a deadlock.

        Issues include salaries and costs of medical benefits, control over what goes into personnel files, and allegations of bias in paying female faculty.

        UC claims cuts in state funds limits its ability to raise pay and that fairness requires faculty to pay as much as other employees for health plans.

        AAUP says UC has enough money for raises if it will shift its priorities and retirements, and that vacancies more than cover rising health costs under existing plans.

Ex-Bengal arrested on assault charge

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Ex-Bengals player Tremain Mack was arrested on an assault charge, and another man was arrested on a domestic violence charge early Sunday.

        Mr. Mack, who turns 27 today, and Ronald P. Robertson III, 23, were arrested after police responded to a domestic violence call in the 4900 block of Regency Court.

Both men are accused of attacking a 23-year-old man who had been sharing an apartment with Mr. Robertson, police reports said.

        Police said they expect court action on the case next week.

        The arrest is the latest in a series of legal troubles for Mr. Mack, who spent 20 days in a Texas jail this year after a drunken-driving conviction.

        Mr. Mack, listed as “unemployed” on the police report, was cut from the Bengals in September.

Injuries from crash into home kill man

        MIDDLETOWN — Two days after his vehicle crashed into a home, a 31-year-old Middletown man has died.

        Tyrone E. Walton died Monday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

        Police say his death resulted from injuries suffered Saturday. His vehicle went off the road and struck a home in the 300 block of Curtis Street.

Hamilton family sues over police entry

        A Hamilton family filed suit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, claiming two police officers entered their house without permission.

        Mykenya and Joyce Nole, of the 200 block of Washington Street, said Officer Richard A. Heidorn of the Hamilton Police Department stopped their teen-age daughter Nefertiti and asked to enter the house to look for a man who bilked a cabdriver out of a fare.

        Mr. and Mrs. Nole say that though their daughter asked the officer to wait until she could find her mother, he walked into the home anyway. Another officer also entered the home without permission, the suit claims.

        The lawsuit claims that one of the officers told Mrs. Nole that a person had taken a cab, gave the driver her address and didn't pay.

        The Noles asked for unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

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More holiday activities
$6.6M Saks subsidy advances
Scramble is on to aid poor
Area campuses report crime figures
City denies police more time
Food drive grows by tons
Recount could boost Dems
Setback for 'pay to stay' jail policy
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