Saturday, December 08, 2001

Local Digest

Police seek reason van went into pond

        AMELIA — Police are trying to determine what caused the driver of an Adelphia cable company van to drive into a pond here and drown.

        Christopher Albrecht, 30, of Milford was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital Clermont Thursday night. He was in the water for about 90 minutes; rescue crews had difficulty opening the van.

        Several people tried unsuccessfully to rescue Mr. Albrecht.

        Police are trying to figure out why the van went off Eastridge Road and into the pond near Jenny Lind Road just before 7 p.m. Thursday.

        “There is no evidence of any braking before he went into the pond, no evidence of foul play,” Amelia Police Chief Greg Homer said. “I can't figure out how it would happen. He would have had to have made a left turn to go into (the pond).”

        Police hope an autopsy will shed light on what caused Mr. Albrecht to drive into the water.

Cash Advance store robbed; 2 men sought

               SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Hamilton County sheriff's deputies are searching for two men, one armed with a small handgun, who robbed the Cash Advance store in the 7700 block of Montgomery Road on Friday morning.

        There were no injuries.

        The men entered the store about 9:45 a.m. and demanded money from the two employees. They received cash and fled on foot south on Montgomery Road, sheriff's deputies said.

        The first suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, about 6 feet 3 inches, wearing a black bubble coat, black pants and gloves.

        The second suspect is a light-complexioned black or Hispanic man in his mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a white jacket and ball cap. He carried the small handgun.

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

Unitarians giving to Freedom Center

               The first African-American president of the Unitarian Universalist Association — a Cincinnati native — will announce Sunday a donation of $15,000 to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

        The Rev. William G. Sinkford will preach Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service of his home congregation, First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St., Avondale.

        Elected in June to the denomination's top post, the Rev. Mr. Sinkford is spending the weekend talking with members of the five area Unitarian churches.

        First Unitarian Church, the national association and its service committee each donated $5,000 to the Freedom Center, which is to open in 2004 along the riverfront.

        Racial, gender and social justice are top priorities for the Rev. Sinkford, and he has called upon the 220,000 Unitarians nationwide to support the issues.

Experts to discuss Islam, extremists

               A panel of experts will discuss Islam and extremist anger 2-4 p.m. today at the Main Public Library, 800 Vine Street.

        “Viewpoints Toward Understanding” will be moderated by Scott Aiken, anchor of World Front, a half-hour weekly radio newsmagazine on WVXU-FM.

        Speakers are Central Asia expert Teresa Cunningham; Dr. A.F. Alhajii, a Middle East business consultant, and Dr. Irvine H. Anderson, who has taught college courses on Middle East history. Information: 369-6934.

Citizens can sign up for police classes

               MONROE — Sign-ups are being accepted for the sixth annual Citizens Police Academy.

        The classes, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, run Jan. 17 to April 11.

        The class is free and open to the public, said Detective Kim Fogle. It offers “hands-on” training and is “lots of fun,” she said.

        The sessions will cover topics such as domestic violence, narcotics, corrections and gun safety.

        To sign up or ask questions, call dispatch at 539-9234. Letters of confirmation will be sent to those accepted.

Business to help pay for police-dog training

               MONROE — A business has agreed to help the Monroe Police Department defray the cost of training its new dog.

        The Burger King on Ohio 63 will make donations to the department for purchases customers make from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 21, Detective Kimberly Fogle said. Customers should tell the cashier, “This is for Monroe's canine,” Detective Fogle said.

        A German shepherd named Tango and his handler, Officer Dave Chasteen, are now in training and are expected to complete a 13-week program Dec. 14. The training, provided by Bill Hollister, a retired Middletown police officer, costs about $5,000, Detective Fogle said.

        The dog is being trained as a patrol, search and drug-sniffing dog, Chief Ernest Howard said.

Training offered on children's cases
               The Police Training Institute, a division of the Butler County Joint Vocational School District, is offering a one-day workshop for professionals who deal with child abductions, custody disputes and missing-children cases.

        Participants may attend either Dec. 13 or Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school on Ohio 4.

        Cost is $50 and registration is limited. Information: 894-8005.


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