Thursday, March 07, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Nastoff drops out of GOP primary race

        HAMILTON — Andy Nastoff withdrew Wednesday from the race for the Republican nomination for the new Butler County judge's seat in the May 7 primary.

        Mr. Nastoff, who had been one of six candidates, said he decided to withdraw to avoid putting his party through a divisive primary.

        “I believe an expensive primary campaign would do more harm to this party than I'm willing to see happen,” he said.

        The other candidates are Timothy Evans, Craig Hedric, Gary Kaup, Charles Pater and Daniel Warncke. Mr. Nastoff received the most votes in a recent GOP endorsement meeting.

        His total, though, was not high enough to earn the endorsement.

School cancels annual trip to Israel

       SYCAMORE TWP. — Yavneh Day School's annual eighth-grade trip to Israel, scheduled for today through March 19, has been canceled because of heightened security risks in that country, said Head of School Mitch Flatow.

        The trip had been designed with security in mind, and had included such activities as participating in an archaeological dig and working on a kibbutz.

        Many families had already made a decision not to go on the trip, Mr. Flatow said.

Meeting to push to keep rail service

        The Kentucky Indiana Rail Advocates, a group promoting passenger rail in the two states, is holding a meeting to gather support for Amtrak's Cardinal line, which runs through Kentucky and Cincinnati.

        The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Covington City Hall, Seventh Street and Madison Avenue.

        Association officials say they are trying to get support from towns and cities along the line to ensure service is continued by the financially troubled passenger rail company.

        For information, call Eustace Durrett at (502) 459-6361.

Ruling upheld on Fairfield officer

        MIDDLETOWN — A two-year battle over a Fairfield Township police captain's alleged improper involvement with a political advertisement has ended.

        In a decision filed Monday, the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals upheld Butler County Judge Matthew J. Crehan's ruling on Capt. Alan Laney.

        Fairfield Township trustees had accused Capt. Laney of allowing a township police cruiser to be filmed for a 1999 TV commercial supporting Gail Livelsburger, an unsuccessful challenger for township trustee.

        The trustees issued a written reprimand, imposed a three-day suspension without pay and ordered Capt. Laney to take training classes.

        Capt. Laney appealed to the Common Pleas Court, and Judge Crehan partly reversed the trustees' actions.

        The judge said Capt. Laney did not know that the person who asked to videotape the cruiser was going to use it in a political ad.

Man fatally stabbed in Lincoln Heights

        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Police are investigating a fatal stabbing on Wabash Avenue early Wednesday.

        Officers were called to the 900 block of Wabash just after midnight and found Larnie Jones, 62, in the living room, police said. He was stabbed in the abdomen, police said.

        Mr. Jones was airlifted to University Hospital, where he died at 10:02 a.m., a hospital spokeswoman said.

        Lincoln Heights police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

        “We feel there's someone who saw what happened,” Lincoln Heights Police Chief Ernie McCowen said. “At this point we don't have a motive.”

        Chief McCowen said Mr. Jones lived alone in the house, but there was a constant stream of people in and out of the residence.

        Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Lincoln Heights Police at 733-5256.

Thousands collected in 2 child support cases

        HAMILTON — Butler County authorities have collected tens of thousands of dollars in two major child support cases.

        On Wednesday, Judge Michael J. Sage agreed to give Christopher Roell, 38, more time to pay $5,000 before sentencing April 10. Mr. Roell has already repaid $8,000 toward the $37,000 he owes, officials said.

        Formerly of Middletown, Mr. Roell pleaded guilty to two counts of nonsupport of dependents.

        In a separate case, Philip Truster, 42, of Somerville pleaded guilty to a criminal nonsupport charge and made full payment of $47,503.02.He was released to await sentencing April 8 before Judge Patricia Oney.

Man convicted in woman's fatal beating

        HAMILTON — A Hamilton man has been found guilty in the baseball-bat beating of his girlfriend.

        Common Pleas Judge H.J. Bressler sentenced Gus Bealer, 47, to 15 years to life, the mandatory sentence, after a jury Wednesday found him guilty of murder and murder by felonious assault in the death of Cheryl Hahn.

        Ms. Hahn, 46, was found slain June 25 in her G Street home, where Mr. Bealer had lived with her during their relationship.

        A jury of 11 men and a woman deliberated about three and a half hours Wednesday before reaching its decision.

        Although tests on a possible murder weapon found no trace of Ms. Hahn's blood, police testified that Mr. Bealer had admitted striking her with a baseball bat.


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