Friday, January 11, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report




Children's adds city to its name

        They've put Cincinnati into the name at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        Already known as one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals, the institution's new name is Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The change, announced Thursday, was intended to make the hospital's location more clear as its researchers present findings at national conferences and as families worldwide search for specialty care, officials said.

        The change also updates the hospital logo with fresher, more diverse images of children.
       

Planning session still has room

        More than 850 Hamilton County residents have signed up so far for Saturday's countywide planning meeting at Music Hall ballroom.

        Organizers of Community Compass say it's not too late to sign up. To participate, register at www.communitycompass.org or call 946-4505.

        The county aims to draft a comprehensive plan based on ideas gathered during the forum, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        Topics include investing in the economy, encouraging local governments to work together, embracing diversity and balancing development and the environment.

[photo] WORLD WIDE WEDDING: Elise Shastri and Jasvir Singh were married Monday morning by Kenton County Magistrate Stephen L.J. Hoffman at his office in Covington. Mr. Singh's relatives in Punjab, India, viewed the couple over the World Wide Web. Mr. Hoffman has had weddings viewed from Russia, Cuba, Japan and Bosnia. Relatives who can't watch live can download e-mail greetings from the couple.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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Blackwell announces he'll seek re-election

        COLUMBUS — Republican Kenneth Blackwell, whose campaign for state treasurer was sidelined last month in a scramble among other GOP statewide candidates, said Thursday he intends to seek re-election as secretary of state.

        Mr. Blackwell's decision apparently means the Ohio Republican Party has cleared the last hurdle to avoiding primaries for any of its statewide executive office races on May 7. Republicans currently hold all the offices: governor, attorney general, auditor, treasurer and secretary of state.

        Treasurer Joseph Deters announced Dec. 21 that he would seek re-election rather than campaign against Auditor Jim Petro for the GOP nomination for attorney general.

Lawyer on the lam indicted in thefts

        A 71-year-old lawyer who practiced in Greater Cincinnati for more than 20 years, has been indicted on six felony counts of theft.

        Allen Schwartz, of Clifton, is accused of taking at least $300,000 from estates he managed in Hamilton County.

        Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said Mr. Schwartz wrote checks to himself out of estate funds for one year, then fled.

        The checks ended in July, about the same time that he left the county, officials said, adding that Mr. Schwartz left a note admitting the thefts.
       

Judge denies bond for murder suspect

        COVINGTON — A Westwood man charged with murder in Northern Kentucky's last homicide of 2001 was denied bond at a hearing Thursday.

        Kenton District Judge Douglas Grothaus denied Dante Koreco English's request and sent the 21-year-old back to the county jail on no bond.

        Mr. English, of the 3100 block of Goebel Avenue, has been in custody since Nov. 12, when he was arrested while trying to flee police by swimming the Licking River after a car chase.

        He pleaded not guilty in November to murder. He is accused of fatally shooting Julian Hicks, 25, of Newport outside Covington's Jacob Price housing project.

        The case now moves to a grand jury, which could indict Mr. English on murder or a lesser charge. Prosecutors told Judge Grothaus on Thursday that the murder charge against Mr. English could be reduced because of “aggravating circumstances.”

        Mr. English's attorney, J. Pierre Tismo of Covington, couldn't be reached for comment.
       

Justin custody case goes to supreme court

        FRANKFORT
— The Kentucky Supreme Court is to hear arguments Feb. 15 in the continuing custody battle over Justin, who will soon turn 5 and has spent most of his life with a northeastern Ohio couple that wants to adopt him.

        Months are expected to pass before the court announces a ruling, but the justices' decision could be the deciding factor in the case.

        Ohio's 11th District Court of Appeals has said Kentucky should have jurisdiction and the Ohio Supreme Court has refused to intervene.

        The Kentucky Court of Appeals has said the biological parents, Regina Moore and Jerry Dorning of Boone County, read and understood the consent-to- adopt forms that they signed before letting the child go live with Richard and Cheryl Asente of Girard, Ohio.

        Ms. Moore and Mr. Dorning have said they were not fully aware of the legal consequences.
       

Ohio plans to audit Cincinnati 2012 funds

        COLUMBUS — The state plans to send auditors to Cincinnati to review how officials trying to bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to the city spent a $250,000 state tourism grant.

        The Department of Development plans to audit how the grant money was spent — including bills for work that took place in the fiscal year before Gov. Bob Taft committed the money, The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday.

        Nick Vehr, the president of Cincinnati 2012, paid himself $60,000 for 21 weeks of work, the newspaper reported, citing records it obtained. Mr. Vehr was slated to get $50,000 in state money over a year.

        In all, Mr. Vehr's group, Cincinnati 2012, spent about $188,000 of a grant that was supposed to last until June 30 of this year.

Byrd again tries to block execution

        COLUMBUS — Lawyers for condemned inmate John W. Byrd Jr. on Thursday asked the Ohio Supreme Court to deny the state's request for a new execution date and impose a life sentence instead.

        Attorney General Betty Montgomery on Tuesday asked the court to set an execution date for Mr. Byrd, 38, who was convicted in the stabbing death of Monte Tewksbury, 40, during a robbery in Groesbeck in 1983.

        Ms. Montgomery's request came a day after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Mr. Byrd's claim of “actual innocence.”

       
       

       



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