Saturday, January 12, 2002

Local Digest

Crazy Ladies will be resource center

        Crazy Ladies Bookstore in Northside, which has a feminist focus, will close Feb. 9 and reopen about six weeks later as a resource center for women.

        The store at Blue Rock and Hamilton will become a non-profit entity known as the Greater Cincinnati Women's Resource Center.

        The store, founded in 1979, became known for its meetings and feminist postings. It's closing as a business because it can no longer compete with national chains, Ginger Gandy, a resource center spokeswoman, said.

        Crazy Ladies Bookstore hopes to sell its existing inventory to help meet financial obligations. Also, the Greater Cincinnati Women's Resource Center hopes to raise about $75,000 as part of an overall $500,000 budget to operate.

Dems consider Black for court endorsement

               Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Tim Black will be among five candidates interviewing today for the Democratic endorsement for the Ohio Supreme Court.

        Judge Black wants to win the seat being vacated by Justice Andrew Douglas, who cannot run again because of age restrictions. Republicans have endorsed Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor.

        Judge Black was narrowly defeated in 2000 for the Supreme Court by Justice Deborah Cook.

        The Democratic party may also endorse a candidate today to oppose incumbent Republican Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton.

Murder charge made in 1998 shooting

               A 62-year-old man was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury Friday for murder, more than three years after he shot his girlfriend in the head during an argument.

        In October 1998, Kenneth Wambganz, formerly of Lockland, shot his then-50-year-old girlfriend Cynthia Jasper inside their apartment in the 8300 block of Wissell Avenue, in Hartwell.

        An argument took a violent turn and Ms. Jasper called 911. While she was on the phone, Mr. Wambganz shot her.

        Two months after the incident, he was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempted murder. He is in the Lebanon Correctional Institution.

        Ms. Jasper survived, suffering partial paralysis and seizures, but died on Jan. 20, 2001. An autopsy determined that her death was the result of the bullet that was still lodged in her head. Her death was ruled a homicide.

        If convicted of murder, Mr. Wambganz could be sentenced to 15 years to life.

Parks district plans its future

               SPRINGFIELD TWP. — The public is invited to a meeting Wednesday, when the staff of the Hamilton County Park District will recommend a general plan for its future.

        The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Winton Centre in Winton Woods.

        The meeting follows years of input, surveys and public forums for county residents concerning what they would like to see in the county park system.

        Those wanting to attend should call Donna Weber at 728-3551, extension 250.

Crowley: Restore school nurse fund

               Cincinnati City Council members didn't understand what they were doing when they uninten tionally cut $159,570 from the school nurse program, according to Councilman David Crowley.

        In December, Mr. Crowley had proposed an amendment to the 2002 budget to “fully fund” the school nurse program. But his motion contained funding for only two of the four nurses that were to be cut.

        On Wednesday, he proposed an additional $159,570 to restore the other two positions. His latest motion, supported by four other council members, will go to the Finance Committee next week.

        But Mayor Charlie Luken suggested he may veto any additional spending.

        “I knew exactly what we did,” he said. “I do think that $160,000 is a lot of money, and if we're going to add this to the budget, I would suggest to council that we look at some cuts to be made.”

CPS refines building plans

               Cincinnati Public Schools officials restated the facts and figures of the planned $1 billion, 10-year school construction project.

        The new figures indicate the school system anticipates fewer new buildings than the district originally said Wednesday.

        There will be 34 buildings recommended for new construction. The district would have 66buildings by 2012, for a total of 14 fewer buildings than in 2001.

        Ten new schools will be built on new sites. The district is still determining how many existing schools it will close for good.

        The district's plan is not final. It requires a multi-million-dollar bond issue. If the board of education approves the plan by June, the district already has enough money to begin the project, officials said.

Firm that operated in city to pay fine

               A manufacturer of home fixtures agreed to pay a $67,107 fine to resolve violations of air pollution regulations at its former West End plant, state regulators said Friday.

        Moellering Industries Inc. admitted in 1998 that it had failed to obtain required state environmental permits or failed to submit toxic-release emission reports at times during the 1980s and 1990s, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said.

        Moellering makes laminated countertops and synthetic marble sinks. The violations occurred while the company operated in Cincinnati. The operation has since relocated.

        Ohio EPA officials said the fine will be used for pollution prevention studies, pollution control projects, urban tree planting, environmental education and administration of air pollution control programs.

Southern District has new prosecutor

               DAYTON, Ohio — A Vietnam veteran who helped run George McGovern's anti-war campaign in the 1970s was sworn in Friday as the new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

        Gregory Lockhart took the oath of office from U.S. District Court Judge Herman Weber at the University of Dayton's School of Law.

        “I feel honored to serve in this administration,” Mr. Lockhart said. “We have only one job to do, and that is to do justice.”

        Mr. Lockhart, 55, who strongly supports President Bush and the war on terrorism, chose Friday — the four-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks — to take the oath of office.

        He got a law degree from Ohio State in 1976 and took a job with a Xenia law firm and eventually became a prosecutor in Greene County.

        Mr. Lockhart later became an assistant U.S. attorney. He was nominated in September to become the top federal prosecutor in southern Ohio.


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