Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

2 banks robbed in Cincinnati area

        The Firstar Bank on Colerain Avenue was robbed Tuesday by a man carrying a dark-colored handgun, police said. He entered the bank just before 1 p.m., then fled on foot south on Colerain Avenue with an undisclosed amount of money, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        Witnesses described the suspect as black and in his mid-30s, 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, and wearing a black cap, tan suede thigh-length coat, black dress pants and tan loafer boots.

        A second bank — this time the Fifth Third Bank inside the Miami Township Kroger — was robbed Tuesday night by a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun. The robbery occurred about 7:35 p.m. at the bank at 1093 Ohio 128, a police communications dispatcher said. No one was injured.

        Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to call the sheriff's office at 825-1500, or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Butler seeks money to expand airport

        HAMILTON — Hoping to get money for expanding the Butler County Regional Airport, Butler officials are scheduled to meet today with Federal Aviation Administration authorities in Detroit.

        County Administrator Derek Conklin said use of the local airport has increased significantly and officials are seeking federal money that would help pay for further improvements as well as an additional 30 acres of adjacent land for expansion.

        Within the past couple of years, the number of planes stationed at the airport has increased from 100 to 125, Mr. Conklin said.

North Warren may land in new district

        COLUMBUS — Northern Warren County would fall into Democratic U.S. Rep. Tony Hall's Dayton-area district under a draft of the congressional map favored by GOP leaders who drew it.

        Mr. Hall's district would become more Republican by pushing toward the southwest to include northern Warren County, and Highland and Clinton counties, all formerly in Democratic Rep. Ted Strickland's district. Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also represents a portion of Warren County.

        Democratic Rep. James Traficant's Youngstown-area district would be split up among Republican Reps. Steven LaTourette and Robert Ney and Democratic Rep. Tom Sawyer.

        Mr. Strickland, whose southern Ohio district would wind along the Ohio River, would also add southern Mahoning County, including Mr. Traficant's hometown of Poland.

        Hearings on the plan were to begin in the House State Government Committee today.

Teen sent to facility in baby kidnapping

        HAMILTON — A 15-year-old Fairfield girl found guilty of four delinquency offenses, including the kidnapping of her cousin's 6-week-old baby, is being sent to a treatment facility and still might face more than two years in a juvenile lockup.

        The girl, whose name is being withheld because of her age, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail by Judge David Niehaus, Rob Clevenger, Butler County Juvenile court spokesman, said Tuesday.

        The judge will review whether to impose that sentence after the girl completes a program at Children's Comprehensive Services of Ohio. Her stay at that Mansfield site is undetermined, Mr. Clevenger said.

        After a large-scale hunt for the teen and the baby, they were found in Woodlawn more than a day later. The infant girl was unhurt.

Man arrested in nude teen photo case

        HAMILTON — A West Chester Township man remained at the Butler County Jail Tuesday on $50,000 cash bond after he was arrested Saturday and charged with taking photographs of two nude teen-age girls.

        Nicholas D. Taylor, 23, of 7273 Kingswood Dr., faces two counts of use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. The offense is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 8 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

        West Chester Township police got a tip that Mr. Taylor gave beer to two girls, ages 16 and 17, when they came to his house for a party with an 18-year-old woman, Sgt. Matt Brillhart said Tuesday.

        Mr. Taylor then persuaded the teens to let him take nude photographs of them individually and together, Sgt. Brillhart said.

Butler to discuss chemical response

        HAMILTON — The Butler County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 2 p.m. today1to discuss the county's chemical-response plans.

        The meeting, which is public, is to be held in the fourth-floor conference room of the Government Services Center, 315 High St.

        The meeting will focus on the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.

        Information: William Ray Turner, director, (513) 785-5810.

Fairfield OKs food wholesale retailer

        Wholesale food retailer Gordon Food Service is coming to Fairfield.

        Fairfield City Council unanimously approved the final plans Monday for construction on the 14,100-square-foot building, which is expected to begin this summer on 2.8 acres along the west side of Ohio 4, in between Mack Road and Seward Road.

        The $1 million store will open by fall and is Gordon's first store in the Tristate. Customers will not be required to pay a membership fee.

        Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., the retailer is expected to bring 25 to 30 jobs to Fairfield.

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