Saturday, March 23, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Clerk shot during holdup at McDonald's

        A man shot a McDonald's employee Thursday night in Clifton Heights, then apologized.

        The man approached the counter in the Calhoun Street store a little after 8:30 p.m. He told clerk Brian Anderson: “Give me the money,” police said, then fired an automatic handgun. After he fired, he said, “I'm sorry — I didn't mean to shoot you.”

        Mr. Anderson, 22, of St. Bernard, was hit in the right side, but not seriously injured. He was treated and released.

        The shooter ran off down Calhoun Street.

Storytellers help youths explore roots

        Young people from Northside and Price Hill will explore their African-American and Appalachian roots through a storytelling performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northside Community School.

[photo] A JOYOUS FAREWELL: Friends and colleagues on Friday honored Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, shown with his wife, Lillian, at the Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse. The 75-year-old jurist labored there for more than 22 years as a member of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The judge retired officially Jan. 27, but has spent the past two months finishing legal opinions and closing the books on a career that earned him a reputation as a leading judicial advocate of civil rights and civil liberties. Judge Jones was appointed to the bench in October 1979 after serving as general counsel for the NAACP.
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        The teen-agers will be coached on Monday and Tuesday by storytellers Omope Carter-Daboiku, director of Homeside Cultural Programming and a frequent visiting artist in Ohio schools, and Rema Keen, a playwright, storyteller, poet and musician from the southwestern Virginia coalfields.

        The two artists will work with young people in the GED programs at the Northside and Price Hill community schools. Then, on Wednesday, the professionals and students together will present a community performance at the Northside School, 4139 Kirby Ave. The event is sponsored by the Urban Appalachian Council's Cultural Program, with support from the city of Cincinnati, the Fine Arts Fund and the Ohio Arts Council.

        For information, call (513)251-0202.

Parking $1 more during Reds games

        It'll cost an extra dollar to park during Reds games at all county garages and lots on the riverfront this year.

        Hamilton County has raised the parking rate from $5 per game to $6. The increase will raise between $200,000 and $450,000 of additional revenue for the Reds, depending on attendance.

        County officials say the increase is appropriate because the parking rate has remained the same since 1996.

        Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune said he objects to the increase.

        “Everyone else gets sweetheart parking deals, why shouldn't Reds fans?” Mr. Portune said.

        Opening Day is April 1.

Crime scene house going back to owner

        BROOKSVILLE — A Bracken County judge Friday ordered prosecutors to release control of a farmhouse where police believe two 1998 Dixie Heights High School graduates were fatally shot.

        Attorneys for the four defendants in the case — Russell W. Malapelli, Dawn Renee Duffy, Ronald Leslie Kirk and Douglas E. Baker Jr. — will get a chance to view the crime scene before the house is returned. The judge ordered control of the home to be returned to its owner, the family of one of the victims, within two weeks.

        The bodies of Ryan Eric Matchison, 22, of Florence, and Adam C. Harvey, 20, of Elsmere were found Dec. 17 near a boat ramp off Ky. 8 in rural Bracken County. Both had been shot and their bodies were wrapped in sleeping bags and a tarpaulin.

        State Police detectives have testified there is not a clear motive for the killings, which took place at the farmhouse, owned by the Harvey family, about 15 miles from where the bodies were found.

        The next court appearance is April 11 in Brooksville.

Two hospitalized after car accident

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A single-vehicle crash early Friday sent two people to University Hospital.

        Sara M. Zevalking, 19, of Reading was flown to University by helicopter and was in critical condition. Jaleel Tolbert, 22, of Springfield Township, was in fair condition.

        Authorities say the two were in a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina eastbound on Springdale Road about 2:33 a.m. when the car went off the right side of the road, struck a concrete driveway, several trees and a sign while overturning, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt and both were ejected. The crash occurredin the 5700 block of Springdale Road.

        Investigators have not yet identified who was driving, sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said.

        Alcohol was a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Man arrested, drugs seized after phone tip

        HAMILTON — A tip to the police department's drug hot line resulted in officers seizing a kilo of cocaine, valued at $30,000, and arresting a 22-year-old man, police said Friday.

        Hector Alvarez faces charges of driving without a license and a first-degree felony drug possession charge that could get him 10 years in prison if he is convicted.

        Mr. Alvarez was arrested Thursday night as he allegedly tried to sell cocaine to an undercover officer in the 1700 block of Dixie Highway, police said. The cocaine was found in a hidden compartment in the back seat, said Officer Dave Crawford, Hamilton police spokesman.

        Mr. Alvarez is expected to appear Monday in Hamilton Municipal Court.

Proposal would give police recruits a raise

        Police recruits in Cincinnati could see their pay jump from $12.36 an hour to $15 an hour, under a proposal the city manager sent to City Council this week.

        Mayor Charlie Luken asked for an evaluation of police recruit pay in December, saying, “We're just not getting the quality of cadets we've had in the past.”

        During the first six months of training, police recruits are called “cadets” and make about $13,000. After that, the Fraternal Order of Police contract kicks in, and officers begin at $37,000 a year.

        The proposal now goes to the Finance Committee.

Man gets life sentence in '98 murder case

        A three-judge panel has sentenced a 31-year-old Wheelersburg, Ohio man to life in prison without parole for the 1998 murder of a 58-year-old Colerain Township woman.

        Steven A. Smith agreed to plead guilty Thursday to charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated arson for the death of Stella Ann Abbott on Oct. 20, 1998.

        Family members of Mrs. Abbott agreed to let prosecutors offer the former Colerain Township man a deal in exchange for his guilty plea.

        Mr. Smith had been neighbor of Mrs. Abbott.

        Authorities focused on Mr. Smith after he was arrested and charged with the death of Florence Mary Mayne, 89, in 1999 in Corbin, Ky.

        Mr. Smith, who was convicted of the Mayne murder, is serving a life sentence in Kentucky.



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