Saturday, March 02, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Potential owners make pitch for cow

        Mademoiselle Charolais, may we have the honor?

        Almost 40 people including former Reds managing general partner Marge Schott and Survivor contestant Rodger Bingham have told Ken Meyer Meats of Camp Washington that they are willing to become the new owners of the cow that avoided capture for 10 days.

        Mr. Meyer will probably make a decision in the next two weeks, said Albert Appleby, plant manager.

        “We've got so many people who have written us and faxed us about their acres and acres of land. We want to find a suitable place for her,” Mr. Appleby said.

        The cow is staying in a barn in Whitewater Township. Extra gates are there to keep the fleet-of-hoof cow from escaping.

        Mademoiselle Charolais is also known as the “cavorting cow of Clifton.” On Feb. 15, she leaped a fence at Meyer Meats' slaughterhouse and sought refuge in Mount Storm Park, 3 miles away.

Channel 48 needs pledge drive helpers

        Channel 48 is looking for volunteers for its membership pledge drive, which runs March 1 to 10 and March 16 to 24.

        Groups of from four to as many as 15 volunteers will answer phones and take pledge information in three- to four-hour shifts. They will receive on-air recognition. Individuals are also welcome. Food and soft drinks will be provided.

        Contact Volunteer Coordinator Beth Perry via e-mail at or call 381-4033, Ext. 410. Or sign up online.

Kings Island opens doors for applicants

        MASON — Paramount's Kings Island will host a job fair today, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Department managers will be on hand to conduct interviews.

        Officials say they are looking to fill some 4,000 positions, including jobs in guest relations, food service, retail, admissions, life guarding, security and maintenance. They also are hiring associates to operate rides and games. PKI opens to the public April 5. The minimum age for employees is 15.

Event promotes prom-night safety

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — A “garage sale” at Kings High School cafeteria today is a fund-raiser with the goal of keeping kids safe on prom night.

        The Kings After Prom Committee asked parents to donate clothes, furniture and other items. Proceeds go toward the estimated $17,000 cost for the May 11 event at Lebanon YMCA that will feature swimming, rock climbing, casino games, prizes and food.

        Last year, more than 320 students attended after prom and each student walked away with a prize, ranging from a bicycle to sticky tack for college dorm walls, according to committee co-chair Linda Williams.

        “It's statistically known that that is the night that kids make some pretty bad decisions,” Ms. Williams said. “This gives them an alternative to that situation.”

        Kings High is at 5500 ColumbiaRoad. The garage sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Murder trials set in Butler Co. court

        HAMILTON — Unless last-minute plea deals are reached, two murder cases are set for trial next week in Butler County Common Pleas Court:

        • Gus Bealer, 47, is accused of murder, felonious assault and domestic violence in the baseball-bat beating death of his longtime girlfriend, Cheryl Hahn, 49.

        Ms. Hahn was found slain last June in the couple's residence in the 200 block of South G Street, Hamilton.

        The case is set for Monday before Judge H.J. Bressler.

        • Ronald A. Spence Jr., 36, is accused of murder and gross abuse of a corpse in the slaying and dismemberment of his wife, Shawny, 26.

        The couple lived part time in the Cincinnati area and part time in Butler County's Lemon Township.

        In April 2001, Mrs. Spence's body had been partially dismembered with a hacksaw, was wrapped in plastic sheeting and had lain in a bedroom closet of their Lemon Township mobile home for about three days, the coroner's office has said.

        Mr. Spence's trial is to begin Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Patricia Oney.

Metro's Fare Deal cards available now

       Members of Metro's Fare Deal program can now get their new cards between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays at the Bus Stop sales office, 120 E. Fourth St., downtown.

        All members must get a new card. The old ones will be invalid in a few months. The cost for obtaining a new card is $1, and the cardholder must be present.

New York firefighter says thanks to city

        A New York City firefighter is spending this weekend in Cincinnati as part of a nationwide thank-you to those who responded to Ground Zero.

        Rich Fellegara and his 11-year-old son, Vincent, were scheduled to arrive Friday night. They're staying, overlooking Fountain Square, in a room donated by the Westin Hotel, eating for free at the Montgomery Inn and touring the Cincinnati Zoo today before a dinner at a downtown fire station.

        Sunday, Firefighter Fellegara will be honored on the court at the University of Cincinnati's final home basketball game.

        Mayor Charlie Luken's office organized the visit as part of a U.S. Conference of Mayors program that's sending FDNY members on trips around the country.


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