Monday, February 18, 2002

Tristate A.M. report

Blue Ash officer rises to top position

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        BLUE ASH — Chris D. Wallace, a city police officer for 24 years, has been promoted to police chief.

        As chief, he will make $79,393. He will oversee 47 officers.

        He replaces former Chief Michael W. Allen, who retired after a decade in the department's top position.

40 recruits for police largest class in years

               The Cincinnati Police Department starts its 92nd recruit class this morning with 40 would-be officers, the largest class in several years.

        The recruits include a woman who worked at McDonald's in Price Hill until late last week, a man who was in the New York Police Department's academy on Sept. 11 and at least three recruits who have relatives already on the force.

        Thirty-five of the recruits are new, three are re-entering the academy after military duty called them away during the last class. One is a Cincinnati firefighter, and another will be an officer in Norwood.

Showcase of students at Northgate Mall

               COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Northwest school district presents “Snapshots 2002,” a showcase of its students and best practices in schools, from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Northgate Mall, 9501 Colerain Ave.

        Activities and exhibits will feature how technology is used in the classroom; actual classroom practices with hands-on activities, such as candle dipping; student vocal, instrumental and drama performances; learning opportunities through businesses and community organizations; and student clubs and activities.

        Northwest has about 11,000 students enrolled in two high schools, three middle schools and nine elementaries.

Law-related groups can apply for grants

               Nonprofit organizations with programs that promote understanding of the law can apply for grants from the Cincinnati Bar Foundation.

        The foundation is seeking proposals for its spring 2002 grant session. All applications must be received by March 29.

        Preference is given to programs in need of seed money, rather than requests for ongoing operating funds. Grants will be awarded at the CBF's April 1 Board of Trustees meeting.

        To request an application or for more information, contact Allison Lett Rasmussen, director of development and community service, (513) 784-9595.

Winton Woods sets out to find superintendent

               FOREST PARK — The Winton Woods school board has hired the Ohio School Boards Association to help search for a superintendent to succeed Dr. Thomas Richey, who is retiring in June.

        The school board and association will develop a profile or set of qualifications for the next superintendent.

        A community focus group will be 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Winton Woods High School library, 1231 W. Kemper Road in Forest Park. Focus groups for staff members will be conducted earlier that day.

        Anyone who wishes to submit written input is invited to mail their comments to: Dr. Rachelle Bristol, Winton Woods Board of Education, 1215 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240.

        Once the leadership profile is complete, the OSBA will conduct a nationwide search. Applications will be accepted until April 26.

40-year firefighter honored by K of C

               DELHI TOWNSHIP — A township firefighter on the job for 40 years will be honored Tuesday.

        Al Weaver joined the department in 1962. He is a firefighter and emergency medical technician who now works in purchasing of fire engines and equipment.

        He will be honored by the Knights of Columbus at 8 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 4109 W. Eighth St.

Congressman to get videotape testimony

               CLEVELAND — U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., on trial on bribery charges, and assistant federal prosecutors plan to go to Florida next week to obtain videotaped testimony from a former Ohio Department of Transportation employee.

        Thomas Williams, who physically is unable to travel from his home in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to Cleveland because he has cancer, is expected to testify that the congressman threatened to have him fired if he did not stop posing problems for a Mahoning County paving company, according to court record.

Presidents' Day closings

Postal service -No delivery
Library -Open
Banks -*Closed
Trash collection
• Cincinnati: One-day delay
• Rumpke: Regular schedule
• CFI: Regular schedule
Metro -Regular schedule
Parking meters -Coins required (Cincinnati)
• Federal - Closed • City and county - Closed
• State - Closed
Stock markets -Closed

  *Fifth Third and Firstar in-store branches will be open. The Fifth Third Banking Center at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will be open.


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Court will settle voucher debate
Pisgah leaders hope for new lease on retail life
Byrd case shows flaws in death penalty system
Chemical castration becomes issue
Professors go back to high school
Two local teens in elite company
200,000 Ohioans living near nuclear plants to receive pills
A picture-perfect reunion
Do-not-call list appears to be working
Funds sought for fire victim
Students show off their city in contest
$15,300 more OK'd for Mason court
Communities turning to downtown programs
Intern gets view from the top
Jurors judge sanity in drowned children case
Model citizen, business sought
Monroe schools see improvement in student proficiency-test scores
Ohio teen dies in suspicious fire
Primary: Deadline near for May 7 slate
Proposals thus far dance around larger constitutional issues
Siren song: Tests to get last blast
Wright-Pat officials hone plane
- Tristate A.M. report
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