Saturday, May 25, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report




Cheviot man charged with bank robbery

        A Cheviot man is facing a federal criminal charge in connection with the May 4 holdup of the Bank One branch at 1535 W. Galbraith Road in North College Hill.

        Shane E. Bowlin, 27, is charged with federal bank robbery, said Ed Boldt, spokesman for the Cincinnati office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Bowlin was arrested without incident Thursday evening at his place of employment in Florence, Ky.

        Mr. Bowlin on Friday appeared before a U.S. magistrate who ordered him held pending a bond hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

        The arrest culminated a nearly three-week investigation involving the FBI and North College Hill police, Mr. Boldt said.
       

Contracts awarded for new fire station

        BLUE ASH — Four companies were awarded $1.1 million in contracts Thursday for the construction of a $5 million fire station at Kenwood and Creek roads.

        Council members awarded:

        • $25,851 to King Wrecking Co. of Cincinnati for demolition work.

        • $159,000 to CJ & L Construction Inc. in Sharonville to do some construction.

        • $648,891 to Signature Concrete of Vandalia for concrete work.

        • $265,725 to Avenue Fabricating Inc. of Union Township for metals work.

        Thirteen contracts still must be awarded for the overall project. Construction will begin in July and last about a year.

        The new facility will serve the city's north end, which has been the site of most of Blue Ash's growth in the last 10 years.
       

High water forces blessing postponement

        The Blessing of the Fleet, which was scheduled for today, has been postponed until June 22.

        Jack Hern, one of the organizers of the event, said high water was the reason for the postponment.

        The event, where boats assemble and circle past a review stand on Riverboat Row in Newport and are blessed for a safe boating season, is being reinstituted this year after about a five-year absence, Mr. Hern said.
       

Police searching for Provident bank robber

        ANDERSON TWP. - Police are searching for a man who held up the Provident Bank at 7500 Beechmont Ave. Friday morning.

        The man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

        At 11:36 a.m. the man walked into the bank and handed a teller a note announcing a robbery. The man kept his hand in his pocket, indicating he had a weapon, but none was shown or announced, said Steve Barnett of the Hamilton County Sheriff's office. The teller handed him cash and he fled in a vehicle last seen going west on Beechmont Avenue.

        The suspect is black with a thin moustache and glasses. He is 5-feet-10, about 160 pounds, and was wearing a black dress suit and a tan golf hat. His vehicle is a black older model Chevrolet, possibly a Lumina.

        Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 825-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
       

College of Medicine names Drake winners

        A renowned neurosurgeon, a prominent biochemist, and a longtime professor of obstetrics and gynecology have been named winners of the 2002 Daniel Drake Awards, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

        Dr. John Tew, co-founder of UC's Neuroscience Institute, is credited with building a nationally prominent training program for neurosurgeons. Among his many honors, Dr. Tew has served as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Academy of Neurological Surgeons.

        Dr. Jerry Lingrel, chairman of UC's department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, has published more than 200 research papers during a career that delved deeply into how genes regulate the development of the heart, kidney, T-cells and the erythropoietic system.

        Dr. Clarence McLain spent 35 years teaching medical students about obstetrics and gynecology and has been a leader in designing curriculum throughout the medical school.

Finalists announced for superintendent job

        WINTON WOODS — Winton Woods Board of Education has announced the three finalists for the superintendent's job.

        They are:

        • William Capehart, superintendent of Boyd County Public Schools, Ashland, Ky. • Camille Nasbe, executive director of accountability, Columbus Public Schools.

        • Ernest Husarick, former superintendent at Carmel Clay Schools, Carmel, Ind., and Westerville City Schools, Westerville.

        The candidates will each visit the district for a day. Mr. Capehart visited Friday; Ms. Nasbe will visit Wednesdayand Mr. Husarick on Friday.

        The meetings will be held 6:30 p.m. each day at the board office, 1215 West Kemper Road. Questions from the public must be signed and submitted in advance. The board's fax number is 825-5241.

Reading firefighters get raise guarantee

       READING — This city's 14 firefighters have been guaranteed 5 percent salary raises for the next two years.

        At a Tuesday session, council members voted 6-1 to approve a new three-year contract with the firefighters. Former mayor Anthony Gertz was the lone dissenter.

        Both parties will return to the bargaining table to negotiate the third year's wages.
       

Stock sale money welcome in Norwood

        NORWOOD - The city reaped a 25 percent profit when it recently sold $1.6 million in Anthem stock for $2 million.

        The money will go into the city coffers. Norwood is struggling to pay back street-improvement loans and an above-average number of annual retirement packages.

        Anthem disbursed the stock to Norwood earlier this year. The former non-profit insurance company became a for-profit operation in 2001. The change meant that the city's policies were converted to stock.

        State law prevents cities from owning stock, which prompted Norwood to sell the shares.

Historical marker to be dedicated

        SYMMES TOWNSHIP - The Symmes Township Historical Society will dedicate Camp Dennison Cemetery's first historical marker at 2 p.m. Sunday.

        The marker is a cast-aluminum sign that tells the story of Christian Waldschmidt, one of the first settlers in the Little Miami River Valley.

        Mr. Waldschmidt, who built Ohio's first paper mill in Camp Dennison, is buried in the cemetery along with many Civil War soldiers.

       



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