Friday, July 05, 2002

Local Digest


Motorcyclist severs thumb, remains stable

        WAYNE TOWNSHIP — A Sharonville man was in stable condition Thursday at University

        Hospital after losing control of his motorcycle and skidding off a Clermont County road into a ditch and wood fence.

        Matthew Cordray, 19, severed his left thumb and may have suffered internal injuries in the 6 p.m. accident on Newtonsville Road, said Trooper Andrew Bobb of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Batavia Post.

        Mr. Cordray lost control of his motorcycle while speeding northbound on Newtonsville and went off the right side of the road, Trooper Bobb said.

        Mr. Cordray was airlifted to the hospital. He was wearing a helmet, and his injuries are not considered life-threatening, a hospital spokesman said.

Domestic dispute results in arrest

               WEST CHESTER TWP. — A Hamilton man, arrested and charged Thursday with domestic violence, is accused of forcing his estranged girlfriend into his car with their two small children and speeding away Wednesday night.

        Preston Lyle King, 23, of 614 Vine St., is being held at the Butler County Jail. He is expected to appear in court today.

        Police were called to a residence on Richmond Drive in West Chester Township on Wednesday.

        Township Police Sgt. Matt Brillhart said Mr. King had gone to the home to pick up his two children, ages 1 and 3. After he left, he called the mother, 18, and the two argued.

        Shortly after, Mr. King returned to the home and continued arguing with his ex-girlfriend. He grabbed her by her hair, dragged her to the car, forced her inside and sped away, police said.

        Before 3 p.m. Thursday, the woman called police from a friend's home in Hamilton. She maintained she willingly went with Mr. King, Sgt. Brillhart said, so authorities could not charge him with abduction.

TV host to speak at leadership forum

               Ed Gordon, the host of BET Tonight, will speak at the University of Cincinnati's 13th annual African-American Leadership Conference July 12 at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center downtown. Mr. Gordon's keynote address, “The National Political Agenda and Community of Color,” will be at 7 p.m.

        The conference is sponsored by UC's College of Evening and Continuing Education. Topics include characteristics of a successful leader and advice for the new manager. The conference will also delve into leadership challenges in Cincinnati.

Clear Channel to donate museum ads

               Clear Channel Worldwide, which operates CBS affiliate WKRC-TV (Channel 12) and eight local radio stations, has agreed to donate $3 million in advertising time to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

        The donated broadcasts over radio, TV and the Internet will help raise public awareness about the center and its campaign to raise $110 million for exhibits and programs.

        The center is about $32 million shy of the goal.

        “The launch of the public campaign is one of the most important steps on the calendar for building the Freedom Center,” said Edwin J. Rigaud, president and CEO of the center. “Now that we have started construction, this campaign is another indicator that the dream is becoming a reality, that we will open in 2004.”

Two convicted men lose bids for appeals

               COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to review two high-profile Butler County criminal cases.

        In decisions announced Wednesday, the court said it would not consider the appeals of Darrell S. Bell and Martin Delores Rivera-Carrillo.

        In a case that divided the Bell family, Mr. Bell underwent two trials. His daughter, Dawn Renee Bell — a former Middletown High School prom queen, class president and honor student — testified he molested her from age 10 until she turned 18 and went away to college.

        Mr. Bell's first trial ended with a hung jury in 1998; his second trial ended with guilty verdicts on 11 charges in 1999. He was sentenced to 17 to 50 years in prison.

        Mr. Rivera-Carrillo was convicted in 2001 of murdering Tracey Jean Roark, 38. She bled to death in July 2000 from more than 40 stab wounds.

        He was sentenced to 15 years to life.

Explorer adviser wins national award

               Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Rabanus received the National Sheriff's Association Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor Award at the association's national conference in Oklahoma last month.

        Deputy Rabanus has headed the Hamilton County Sheriff's Explorer Post since 1997.

        “I was beside myself,” the deputy said. “Nationally, it's a real big award. I was very, very happy.”

        Candidates are judged on their recruiting efforts, size of post and tenure of Explorers, written program plans, Explorer training and post activities.

Office project gets zoning OK

               SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Township trustees have given Evendale-based Neyer Properties unanimous approval to build a $5 million, two-level office building in the 4600 block of Galbraith Road.

        Trustees rezoned single-family residential property to become a planned office district so that the company can build a 43,000-square-foot facility.

        Construction could begin this month.

Another coaster rider claims injury

               AURORA, Ohio — A 12-year-old girl was struck on the head last weekend while riding the same Six Flags Worlds of Adventure roller coaster on which a woman claims suffering a fractured skull.

        Tiera Sweeney needed stitches to close a cut on her forehead after she was struck by an object on the Villain. Her friend said she saw a rock in the car when they got out.

        Tiera was injured about halfway through the ride, where Terri Wang of Wisconsin said she suffered a fractured skull and broken nose when an object hit her July 2, 2000.

        Ms. Wang filed a lawsuit last week, saying that Six Flags officials had been notified four times before her injury that people were throwing rocks at riders.

       



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