Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Downtown workers can donate blood

        Just as the Tristate blood supply starts to dip again, downtown workers will be asked to roll up their sleeves Thursday.

        The Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and WLWT Channel 5 are co-sponsoring a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Hyatt. Donors will be eligible for prizes from several downtown merchants.

        The event comes just as Hoxworth Blood Center reports that it has fallen 370 units low on type O-positive blood and just weeks after the blood bank issued an emergency appeal for donors.

        Walk-up donors are welcome, but appointments are preferred. For information, call 451-0910.

        Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Hoxworth needs to collect 325 units a day to maintain supplies for 24 hospitals in 14 area counties.


Police describe bank holdup suspect

        The man who robbed a Westwood bank Saturday morning wore things police hope are unusual enough to lead to an identification: a bright orange T-shirt and light blue hat with Chinese lettering.

        The man went into the U.S. Bank on Glenway Avenue about 10:15 a.m., showed a black handgun and told the teller to hurry up.

        The T-shirt read BHPC, for Beverly Hills Polo Club. The hat was a University of North Carolina Tar Heels cap, but with Chinese lettering.

        It was the 20th bank robbery in Cincinnati so far this year, but different in that the suspect displayed a gun. In many, the robbers imply they have a weapon, but don't show it.

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


Civil suit filed against neighbor

        LEBANON — A Turtlecreek Township man convicted of aggravated assault for beating up a 71-year-old neighbor in a property line dispute now faces a civil suit over the incident.

        Jerry and Lelia Little filed suit against John L. Webb in Warren County Common Pleas Court late last week, seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

        In the lawsuit, Mr. Little asks a jury to find that Mr. Webb assaulted and battered him, trespassed, inflicted emotional distress and caused a loss of consortium between the Littles.

        A jury in February acquitted Mr. Webb, 56, of felonious assault, but convicted him of a less serious charge of aggravated assault because they thought Mr. Little provoked the fight. Mr. Webb was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

        Mr. Little, who received six stitches and a large contusion to his head, claimed that Mr. Webb called him names, then beat him when he stopped at the foot of his driveway on Utica Road to collect his mail.

        Mr. Webb, who was cutting his 5-acre lot on a riding mower at the time, said he fought back when Mr. Little accused him of blowing lawn clippings on his property, challenged him to a fight, then struck him in the side of the face, breaking his glasses.

Vote tonight on nursing home fees

        The Cincinnati Board of Health is expected tonight to approve more than tripling the licensing fees used to support a city nursing home inspection program.

        The program had been threatened with elimination in city budget talks in recent years. In January, city council approved increasing fees to make the program more self-supporting.

        The new annual fee for a nursing home license will be $37.53 per bed, up from $10 per bed.

        A final vote after three previous readings is scheduled at tonight's Board of Health meeting, at the Cincinnati Health Department headquarters, 3101 Burnet Ave.


New pastor named for Dayton parish

        DAYTON, Ohio — A Roman Catholic parish whose pastor resigned following allegations of sexual abuse will be getting a new pastor.

        The Rev. P. Del Staigers will take over at Queen of Martyrs Church later this summer, Dan Andriacco, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, said Monday. Father Staigers also will retain his duties as pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Dayton.

        Queen of Martyrs' former pastor, the Rev. Thomas Hopp, resigned as pastor in April after being accused of sexually abusing a boy in 1980 in another parish. Archdiocesen officials said Father Hopp, 61, acknowledged the report was substantially true when he was confronted with the accusation.

        Sunday night, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk attended a service at Queen of Martyrs and took questions about Father Hopp from parishioners. About 110 people were at the service.

Easter Seals helping speech therapy effort

        Easter Seals Southwestern Ohio is seeking more funds to continue Summer Speech Therapy, a six-week program designed to provide continuous and progressive speech therapy for more than 150 disadvantaged children in the Cincinnati area.

        The 2002 program has more children needing subsidized fees in the inner city where there is a large need for scholarships and transportation. A little over half of the increased funds have been raised by Easter Seals.

        To donate, call 821-9890 or mail to Easter Seals Southwestern Ohio, 231 Clark Road, Cincinnati 45215.


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