Saturday, April 20, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Groups prepare for annual cleanup

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken will lead the official kickoff of the fourth annual Great American Cleanup at 8:30 a.m. April 27 at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. Volunteers will help feed the hungry after cleaning up the neighborhood.

        Others will plant flowers, trees and bushes beginning at 9 a.m. at Duck Creek at Crane Avenue, on Interstate 75 at Mitchell Avenue and Hopple Street, Reading Road and Elsinore Place, Incline Park on Baum Street in Mount Adams and the Eighth Street ramp to north I-75.

        Communities throughout the area are also organizing neighborhood cleanups.

        On Friday, participating Cincinnati Public Schools will partner older students with elementary students to clean up their school grounds and surrounding areas.

        To volunteer, contact Keep Cincinnati Beautiful at 352-4380. For lists of participating schools and communities, or for more information go to

Papers filed to get Roach back on patrol

        EVENDALE — Officer Stephen Roach's attorney filed a grievance with the village of Evendale Friday in the first move to return him to street patrol.

        The grievance argues that Officer Roach should not have been taken off patrol and put on desk duty March 27 because his job performance had been excellent since he began working in Evendale in January.

        If Officer Roach's job performance is satisfactory during his first year of probation, the village is obligated to keep him, according to the ordinance village council unanimously approved to hire him, said his attorney, Bill Gustavson.

        Police Chief Gary Foust will review the grievance. If he does not side with Officer Roach, the grievance will go to the mayor, then to council and possibly to court.

        Officer Roach was placed on administrative duties after the release of a Cincinnati internal affairs report that says he violated police procedures, then lied in the fatal April 7, 2001 shooting of an unarmed, fleeing black man that sparked rioting.

        If he does not clear his name by a judicial or administrative body that reverses the findings of the Cincinnati report within a year of the day he began on Evendale's payroll in January, he will be fired.

Anderson signs mark greenspace

        ANDERSON TWP. — In an effort to alert residents to greenspace areas, the township will erect signs denoting 25 to 30 of them.

        The signs are made of aluminum and are about 30 inches tall. Thetotal cost will be about $3,100.

        The board of trustees voted to purchase and put up the signs because the greenspace stakes in place now are too narrow — four inches across — and indistinct.

        “The public won't miss these areas with these signs,” said Trustee Russ Jackson.

        Since 1990, the township has acquired more than 500 acres of greenspace for about $3 million.

Miami Twp. considers revitalizing Ohio 28

        MIAMI TWP. — The township's board of trustees will hold a public meeting Tuesday to consider a plan to revitalize the Ohio 28 corridor that runs through the commercial heart of this Clermont County community.

        The special meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the township building, 5900 McPicken Drive.

        The revitalization plan covers Ohio 28 from the Interstate 275 interchange to Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, and incorporates a boulevard feel to the street, using green spaces, a median and mixed uses of retail, commercial and residential.

Taft to speak about Central State's future

        Ohio Gov. Bob Taft will speak Monday at Central State University in Wilberforce about the school's current condition and future role in the state's higher education.

        The governor will speak at 10:15 with Central State administrators, trustees, professors, staff and students.

EPA holds hearing on plans for landfill

        UNIONTOWN, Ohio — About 125 people turned out for a hearing on the future of a closed industrial waste landfill, and many questioned the government's plans for the 30-acre site between Akron and Canton.

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held Thursday night's hearing to get public comments on its proposal to let natural processes break down the waste at the Industrial Excess Landfill in Stark County.

        The $7 million plan calls for planting more trees and other vegetation and upgrading the landfill's groundwater monitoring system.

        The landfill, where industrial wastes were dumped, halted operations in 1980 and was covered with soil. The government declared it a Superfund environmental cleanup site in 1984.

Judge agrees sheriff must pay $220,000

        COLUMBUS — A judge has reaffirmed that a former sheriff convicted of corruption charges must pay the state about $220,000 despite the ex-sheriff's claim that he is broke.

        Visiting Judge Richard Markus on Thursday upheld his previous finding on Jan. 18 that former Fairfield County Sheriff Gary DeMastry must pay $211,000 in prosecution costs and $10,800 in forfeiture.

        Mr. DeMastry, 46, was convicted in December on 32 of 50 corruption charges related to $340,000 of public money that audits found was misspent on entertainment, meals and personal travel. He was sentenced in January to six years in prison.

        Judge Markus said Mr. DeMastry has two retirement funds that total about $200,000.


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