Monday, December 17, 2001

Local Digest

End of Ramadan observed at mosque

        WEST CHESTER — Muslims celebrated the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan with communal prayers Sunday morning at The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

        The prayer service marked the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking.”

        Ramadan, which ended Saturday, is marked by fasting from food, drink and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. It's also a time of reflection and forming a closer relationship with God.

        About 10,000 Muslims live in Greater Cincinnati.

Part of building on Neave St. burns

               A fire engulfed the top floor and attic of a three-story building in Lower Price Hill Saturday, but no injuries were reported.

        A passerby noticed flames shooting from a third-floor window of 634 Neave St. shortly before 8:15 p.m. Firefighters discovered the fire had consumed the stairway connecting the third floor and attic.

        The damaged portion of the building was not occupied, said District 2 Fire Chief John Zompero. Residents in other units s were able to remain in their apartments.

        Fire officials estimate total loss at $25,000. The cause remains under investigation.

Chase ends in crash; Mt. Airy man hurt

               A Mount Airy man was in fair condition Sunday at University Hospital with a head injury after leading several police agencies on a chase late Saturday from Delhi Township to Greendale, Ind.

        Police say Eric Miller, 34, of the 5500 block of Goldenrod Drive, drove his blue Chevrolet van west on U.S. 50 to the Indiana line at about 10:51 p.m.

        Mr. Miller was traveling about 40 mph when he hit stop sticks deployed by police. His van then struck a railroad overpass on the right side of the road.

        Mr. Miller was not wearing a seat belt, according to police, and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital.

        The chase and crash involved the Hamilton County and Dearborn County sheriff's offices; police from Delhi Township, Cleves, Addyston and Lawrenceburg, Ind.; and the Greendale Fire and EMS department.

Salvation Army needs toy donations

               The Salvation Army needs more donated toys to keep up with a record number of families applying for gifts this year.

        More than 5,000 families with more than 10,000 children applied for gifts from the Salvation Army's Toy Shops, which plan to distribute gifts Tuesday and Wednesday.

        If enough donated toys can't be collected by Tuesday, the Salvation Army will have to buy the toys, officials said.

        The toys are needed for older boys and girls (school-age children, ages 7-13). New, unwrapped toys can be donated to the Salvation Army at 114 E. Central Parkway from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

        Information: 762-8605.

First Habitat house completed in Harrison

               HARRISON — The city's first Habitat for Humanity home was completed Sunday, and plans call for building at least two more here.

        “When housing becomes popular in a place like Harrison, affordable housing becomes scarce,” said Deb Freitag, spokeswoman for Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity's Harrison Coalition. The coalition, made up of local faith-based organizations and businesses, was formed in August 2000.

        The single story, four-bedroom home at 317 North Elm Street was built for the Jeffrey Ulm family.

        The Elm Street residence, valued at about $58,000, was constructed by 150 volunteers.

Westwood civic club meeting's a party

               The Westwood Civic Association will host a Christmas party at its December meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

        Refreshments will be provided.

        Membership applications will be available at the meeting. Annual membership dues are $10 per household. Those joining the night of the party will receive a free copy of A History of Westwood in Ohio.

        Those planning to attend should call ahead to association president Barry Wood, (513) 662-7227.

Police to vote today on FOP president

               Cincinnati's Fraternal Order of Police Queen City Lodge 69 elects a new president today to replace its high-profile leader Keith Fangman, who is stepping down.

        Three candidates, all police division veterans, are vying for the presidency: Spec. George Pille; Sgt. Harry Roberts, who works in District 4 investigation; and Spec. Roger Webster, who works for the criminal investigations section.

        Voting will take place all day today and the winner should be known by 9:30 p.m.

        Officer Fangman is running unopposed for the post of first vice president.

Police searching for robbers of hotel clerk

               Authorities searched Sunday for three armed men who pistol-whipped a clerk and tied up a guest while robbing the Ramada Inn at 7965 Reading Road in Sycamore Township.

        The robbery occurred about 5:10 a.m. The men, who fled with an undisclosed amount of money, handcuffed the clerk and struck him in the head with a gun. A female guest also was tied up but not hurt.

        The clerk suffered minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Police charge man with dog fighting

               A 28-year-old Avondale man was arrested Sunday and charged with dog fighting after a Cincinnati police officer said he saw pit bulls battling behind a residence.

        Gary Myles of the 700 block of North Crescent Avenue was charged with dog fighting, cruelty to animals and tampering with evidence.

        The officer saw three pit bulls fighting in the back of a home in the 800 block of Blair Avenue, Cincinnati police said.

        Mr. Myles took one injured dog inside the residence and tried to clean him up, police said. The dog had numerous wounds to his head and body, they said.

High water closes I-71/75 for two hours

               High water from rainfall runoff forced the temporary closure of northbound Interstate 71/75 in Boone County on Sunday.

        Rain contributed to numerous accidents across the region, including one that closed the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway temporarily Sunday evening.

        The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for the Tristate Sunday. More rain, sometimes heavy, is forecast for today.

        The high water — partially caused by drainage problems — prompted the Boone County Sheriff's Office to close the northbound lanes of I-75 between the Richwood and Mount Zion Road exits about 8:45 p.m. Two lanes were open by 10:45 p.m.

        A 4:20 p.m. crash on that area of the highway was blamed on high water, authorities said.


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