Monday, January 14, 2002

Local Digest

Woman, 38, dead after auto accident

        PIERCE TOWNSHIP — A 38-year-old Cincinnati woman was pronounced dead Sunday morning after an apparent one-car crash on U.S. 52 in Clermont County.

        The victim, Sandra K. Willenborg, had been reported missing Jan. 7, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        A preliminary investigation found that Ms. Willenborg was driving a 1993 Acura Integra east on Old US 52, west of Ohio 749, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, the highway patrol said.

        The car slid off the right side of the road, sideswiped a telephone pole, became airborne, struck two trees and overturned, coming to rest on its top down an embankment.

Cheviot street board to study higher costs

               CHEVIOT — Today, officials will hold their first 2002 streets committee meeting to discuss the city's streets budget and future projects.

        “With the way costs continue to rise, we just need to be fiscally responsible and this meeting will kick that off,” said Councilman Mike Mestemaker, who was recently named streets committee chairman. The public meeting is 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3814 Harrison Ave.

Man charged with inducing panic

               A 34-year-old Bond Hill man was arrested early Sunday and charged with inducing panic after he fired shots in the air on Reading Road in Roselawn.

        Ray Dawson II, of the 1300 block of Joseph Court, also was charged with discharging a firearm, tampering with evidence and drug abuse in the incident that occurred at 2:30 a.m. in the 7700 block of Reading Road, police said.

        A police officer working an off-duty detail noticed a man in a vehicle with a handgun and radioed for assistance. The man fired three shots in the air and drove off. He was stopped six minutes later on Seymour Avenue.

Mt. Washington couple hurt in wreck

               new: A 85-year-old Mount Washington woman was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when the car she was riding in struck a utility pole on Beechmont Avenue.

        Jane Schrand of Alcor Terrace was in critical condition late Sunday at University Hospital.

        The crash occurred at 2:47 p.m. in the 6500 block of Beechmont Avenue, Mount Washington, when the woman's husband, Edward A. Schrand, lost control of the car, which went off the right side of the road.

        Mr. Schrand was in stable condition at University Hospital.

NKU invites look at teaching degree

               HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Aspiring teachers who are interested in learning about Northern Kentucky University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program can attend an information session Jan. 29.

        The one-hour meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Room 133 of the Business-Education-Psychology building on the NKU campus, Highland Heights.

        The five-semester program is open to college graduates who are interested in teaching in middle and secondary schools. Participants must have undergraduate degrees in math, English, social studies, science, art, music, physical education, foreign language, business or marketing.

        Students attend school nights and Saturdays. When course work is completed, students earn their Kentucky teaching certificate and a master's degree.

        To register for the information session, call Joyce Fortney at (859) 572-6330.

Springfield Twp. adds 6 firefighters

               SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Six new full-time firefighter/medics are on board at the township fire department.

        The hiring is part of a five-year plan outlined under a 4.5-mill replacement fire tax levy, which passed in November.

        The plan calls for 18 additional full-time firefighter/medics.

        Each position pays about $38,000 annually, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rick Browe. This first personnel increase, he said, brings the number of round-the-clock firefighters from 11 per shift to 12.

Truck driver found, admitted to hospital

               The Loveland truck driver who had been classified as a critical missing person was found safe Sunday and was taken to the psychiatric ward at University Hospital.

        Daniel Schmitt, 50, was last seen Tuesday leaving his home in the 1200 block of Rich Road. Family members who reported him missing said he has suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome since a serious traffic accident in 1997.

        On Sunday, he phoned his wife, Debbie, met her in the parking lot of a Thornton's Gas Station on Loveland-Madeira Road, then went to the hospital.

Police, citizens to seek solutions

               The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission will host round two of the Greater Cincinnati Study Circles program Feb. 16-March 31.

        Those interested can attend one of the two public orientations scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hirsch Recreation Center in Avondale or 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Gamble-Nippert YMCA in Westwood.

        The program is designed so that residents can discuss police-community relations.

        For information, call the human relations commission at 352-3237.


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