Friday, June 07, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report




Three injured in head-on collision

        WHITEWATER TWP. — Three people were injured, one critically, Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision on Harrison Avenue.

        Dorothy Wenger, 87, of Bridgetown, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier east in the 8300 block about 3 p.m. when she lost control of the car and went left of center, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said.

        The Cavalier collided head-on with a westbound 1993 Chevrolet operated by Frank Schulz, 52, of Hamilton.

        Mrs. Wenger was in critical condition Thursday night at University Hospital. Her husband, Philip Wenger, 92, a passenger, was in serious condition. Mr. Schulz was treated and released.

        The Wengers were not wearing seat belts, the sheriff's office said. Mr. Schulz was.

        The crash is under investigation.
       

Police looking for man who robbed bank

        Cincinnati police are looking for a man who robbed the Bank One branch Thursday on Mount Lookout Square and left a suspicious package inside.

        The robber was a white man in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5-feet-6 with a medium build, bad teeth and light brown hair with a full beard. He wore a ball cap and dark, front-zip windbreaker. Implying he had a weapon but not showing one, he handed the teller a note that demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

        He was last seen running south on Delta Avenue about 10:20 a.m. Several streets around the bank were shut down while police investigated. Officers were told to look in the area around the bank for a possible remote detonator.

        The investigation is being handled by the Cincinnati Police Department's new Financial Crime Unit. Homicides investigators — busy with 32 killings already this year — used to handle bank robberies, too.

        Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
       

Winton Woods names new superintendent

        WINTON WOODS — Winton Woods City School District has hired a Columbus educator as the district's superintendent.

        Camille A. Nasbe is executive director of accountability for the Columbus Public Schools, a district of 64,500 students, 9,000 employees and 144 schools.

        She has worked in that district for nearly 11 years inseveral capacities, including project director of a National Science Foundation grant, special assistant to the superintendent and budget director.

        In addition, Dr. Nasbe served in several senior-level positions in the Volusia County, Orange County and Broward County (Fla.) Schools, beginning her career as a mathematics and Spanish teacher.

        Dr. Nasbe replaces Thomas L. Richey, who is retiring this month after almost 10 years at Winton Woods. She starts work Aug. 1 with an annual salary of $110,000.

        The Winton Woods City School District serves students who reside Forest Park, Greenhills and the northern portion of Springfield Township.
       

Prosecutor seeks Net-scheme profits

        HAMILTON — A Liberty Township man who was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $1,000 for an Internet sales scheme involving fake Viagra could lose $104,000 in ill-gotten gains, officials say.

        Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Craig Hedric said Hassib Selbak, 50, could forfeit that amount, “which he admits he made off the sale of this drug.”

        Officials alleged Mr. Selbak was smuggling Viagra look-alikes in teddy bears that came from China. Bottles, seals and labels came separately; Mr. Selbak assembled the components, officials said.

        Judge Matthew Crehan sentenced Mr. Selbak this week to the maximum time allowed for Mr. Selbak's misdemeanor conviction for possession of a dangerous drug.

        His brother, Nassim F. Nwaisser, 37, was acquitted during their trial in April.
       

Four extradited on child-support charges

        HAMILTON — The Butler County Prosecutor's Office has extradited four suspects from out-of-state to face child-support charges.

        The office said Thursday the extraditions were part of a continuing “aggressive commitment of bringing child support fugitives to justice.”

        The office said the suspects are:

        • Penny Canida, 36, formerly of Middletown, found in Las Vegas after living in several states included New Jersey and California. She was indicted on 14 felony counts for criminal nonsupport of children. Officials say she owes $32,158.90.

        • Jeffrey Neal, 53, formerly of West Chester Township, picked up in Florida. He was indicted on two fifth-degree felonies for criminal non-support. As of late May, he owed $19,614.09, officials said.

        • Anthony Sweatt, 36, was located in Kentucky on June 4 and brought back to Butler County on charges of failure to pay child support for his Middletown family. Indicted on nine counts of criminal nonsupport; he was said to owe $19,950.63.

        • Michael Denny, 32, formerly of Okeana, was indicted on four counts and extradited from Kentucky. Officials said he owes $5,450.80.
       

Madison picks superintendent

        MADISON TOWNSHIP — A former Madison Schools curriculum supervisor will return to the district as its superintendent.

        Janis Kesselring of Mason has agreed to accept the position and is expected to be formally hired by the Madison Board of Education at Monday's 6 p.m. meeting, in the media center of the junior/senior high school, 5797 W. Alexandria .

        Details of the contract are being worked out, said William Richardson, district treasurer.

        For the past seven years Ms. Kesselring has been a school improvement facilitator for the Ohio Department of Education, assigned to the Hamilton County Educational Service Center. She was assigned to the Madison Schools from 1986 to 1990 by the Butler County Board of Education.

        In her 30 years of education, Ms. Kesselring has taught in Little Miami and Edgewood high schools and spent five years in the Hamilton Schools working as a principal, director of secondary education and assistant to the superintendent for instruction.
       

Parks fund honors slain former mayor

        READING — Council members established a special parks fund Tuesday in the name of Frank Carnevale, the former mayor shot to death in April.

        Mr. Carnevale had a special interest in parks and all money will go toward special parks projects, council members said.

        Those interested in donating money are asked to send checks to City Hall, c/o Frank Carnevale Fund, 1000 Market Street, Reading, OH 45215.
       



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