Monday, April 29, 2002

Tristate A.M Report

Gunman robs Westwood gas station

Enquirer staff and news services

        A masked gunman robbed the BP Oil Co. gas station in Westwood just after midnight Sunday, Cincinnati police said.

        A man wearing a blue mask entered the station at 2110 Montana Ave. and demanded cash, police said. He took an undisclosed amount of money.

        He is described by police as black, 5-feet-10 inches and about 190 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Property tax return deadline approaching

        BATAVIA — Tuesday is the last day to file a Clermont County personal property tax return, according to Linda Fraley, county auditor.

        The auditor may grant a 45-day extension, but an application for the extension must be received by the auditor's office by Tuesday.

        Anyone with questions can call the auditor's office at 732-7150, or visit the office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 101 E. Main St.

Man shot in the foot released from hospital

        A Mount Healthy man was released from University Hospital Sunday after treatment for a gunshot wound to his foot, suffered during an early morning drive-by shooting in Bond Hill.

        Henry Crawford, 18, was shot about 12:06 a.m. in the 4800 block of Reading Road, a police report shows.

        Mr. Crawford told police a black male wearing a red bandanna inside a red, two-door Mitsubishi Eclipse drove up, rolled down a window and shot him in the foot for unknown reasons, according to the report.

        The shooting remained under investigation late Sunday.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Activist to speak at UC auditorium

        Author and activist Angela Y. Davis will be a featured lecturer at the University of Cincinnati May 10.

        Ms. Davis drew national attention in 1969 when she was removed from her teaching position at UCLA because of her membership in the Communist Party. In 1970, she was charged with murder and kidnapping after guns registered in her name were used in an attack on a California courtroom that left four people dead, including a judge. She was acquitted in 1972.

        She'll speak 7-9 p.m. May 10 at UC's Zimmer Auditorium. A reception will be held from 9-10 p.m. at the Faculty Club.

        The lecture and the reception are free to the public.

Police officer finds cocaine during cleanup

        A Cincinnati police officer made quite a find Saturday in the West End during the Great American Cleanup 2002, police said.

        District One Officer Princess Davis found a packet of 287 grams of cocaine in the 400 block of Whiteman Street about 12:20 p.m., police said.

Agency for families launches Web site
HAMILTON — Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families, Butler County's state-designated community action agency, has launched a Web site to help potential clients and other agencies learn more about its services.

        The Web site ( went live last week.

        The site contains information on services and programs offered by the nonprofit agency, organizational information and links to community partners and investors.

        SELF's quarterly newsletter and eligibility guidelines for many client programs will be added soon.

        Founded in 1996, SELF served 13,176 Butler County individuals in 2001 with employment, education, and related emergency services.

        SELF also supports the development of grass-roots community councils in the county's lower-income areas.

Kenyan activist speaks on oral traditions

        A Kenyan environmentalist and political activist will speak at Christ Church Cathedral Tuesdayabout the legacy of oral faith traditions.

        Dr. Wangari Maathai will explore how oral communication shaped African culture and how these traditions offer insight today.

        Dr. Maathai was named Kenya's Woman of the Year in 1983 for her efforts to curtail deforestation and establish “greenbelts” of trees and grass to stop soil erosion.

        The program she founded, the Greenbelt Movement, has spread to more than 30 African countries, the United States and Haiti.

        The free lecture is 7 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., downtown. Information: 513-621-1817.

GOP candidate forum at UC-Clermont

        BATAVIA — The Clermont Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidate forum Thursday at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College featuring two candidates seeking the GOP nod for Clermont County commissioner in November.

        David Caudill, county clerk of courts, and R. Scott Croswell III, a defense attorney, are seeking the GOP nomination in the primary election on May 7.

        They are seeking the seat being vacated by Commissioner Martha Dorsey, who is not seeking re-election.

        The winner of the May 7 primary will face Democrat Gregg Conrad in November.

        The forum will begin at 7 p.m.

Symmes trustees OK administrator's raise
SYMMES TWP. — Township Administrator Gerald L. Beckman, 54, has been assured a 7 percent raise, boosting his annual salary to $78,500.

        Trustees unanimously approved the $5,000 raise last week.

        Mr. Beckman's contract also was extended for another year. He took the township's top administrative position last year after serving 14 years as Madeira police chief.

        He has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Teen injured in fall from dorm window

        GRANVILLE — The sister of a Denison University student has been hospitalized after falling from a fourth-story dormitory window early Saturday morning, police said.

        Anne Thomson, 17, of Lake Forest, Ill., was in serious condition Saturday at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, a nursing supervisor said.

        She accidentally fell from a window in Shaw Hall, where her sister Morley Thomson lives, at about 3:30 Saturday morning, police said.

        “Our thoughts and prayers continue for family members and friends at this time,” a statement from the university said.

        Granville is about 25 miles east of Columbus.


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