Saturday, July 06, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Pedestrian hit, killed near home

        HAMILTON TWP. — An 86-year-old man was struck by a car and killed Friday while retrieving his mail on a rural stretch of Fosters-Maineville Road.

        Police Chief Gene Duvelius said George Evans was apparently returning across the road to his home near Faller Road shortly after noon when he was hit by an SUV driven by Tina Sweeney, 46, of Maineville.

        Mr. Evans was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were trying to determine Friday if he was in the roadway when he was struck.

        “The witness said she doesn't recall seeing him in the road, but the Sweeney woman didn't swerve or anything. We have to presume he was at least stepping into the roadway,” Chief Duvelius said.

        The incident occurred in an area of dappled shade. “She didn't see him until it was too late,” he said.

        No charges were filed as officers continue their investigation. They plan to meet with Warren County prosecutors on the case next week.

        He said there was no indication that alcohol was involved.

Victims' advocate to receive award

        The Sunshine Lady Foundation Inc. will present an award to Lora Fyfe of Cincinnati, a domestic violence victims advocate working for Women Helping Women. The award recognizes her work in the domestic violence field.

        Ms. Fyfe and 23 other honorees will receive the Sunshine Peace Award 2002, $10,000 and a piece of Swarovski or Baccarat crystal, at a dinner Aug. 10 in Wilmington, N.C.

        More than 150 people from across the country were nominated for the biennial award.

        Ms. Fyfe works with the Cincinnati Police Department to assist victims of domestic violence through the court process.

        Women Helping Women provides services to women in Southwest Ohio facing domestic violence, sexual abuse and stalking issues.

        The Sunshine Lady Foundation is a North Carolina-based private foundation that advances education and economic opportunity for the working poor and families in crisis, mainly through funding summer camp and college scholarships.

        The Sunshine Peace Award is given to those engaged in domestic violence prevention.

Four killed in highway accident

        DOVER, Ohio — A speeding car passed a minivan on a state highway and slammed into a car traveling in the other direction near this eastern Ohio town, killing four people, the State Highway Patrol said on Friday.

        Three men in the passing car were killed as was a woman in the car that was hit in the accident Wednesday night on Ohio 39, patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis said.

        The driver of the passing car, Christopher L. Baker, 19, of Urhichsville, was killed along with passengers Jonathan M. Gray, 19, of Tippecanoe, and Mike D. Stein, 21, of Freeport, Lt. Lewis said. None of them wore seat belts.

        The driver of car that was hit, Georgann Hines, 43, of New Philadelphia, also was killed. She was wearing a seat belt, Lt. Lewis said.

        The driver of the minivan Mr. Baker's car passed, Heather Foster, 35, of Sugarcreek, was not injured.

        Patrol investigators estimated Mr. Baker's car was going 85 mph when it hit Ms. Hines' car, Lt. Lewis said.

"Tuskegee Airman' admits he wasn't one

        LOUISVILLE — A man honored as a Tuskegee Airman who flew missions during World War II admitted that he fabricated his story.

        “I don't know why I did it,” John Carter Sr. told the Courier-Journal after being questioned about the claims he made during a Memorial Day ceremony. “Just strike everything I said.”

        Mr. Carter, 78, was one of several black veterans honored by the Louisville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other groups.

[photo] THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Dr. Catherine Roma (center), founder and artistic director of MUSE Cincinnati Women's Choir, leads a mass chorus from 33 choral groups Friday afternoon at Fountain Square. About 1,200 delegates are in town for Sing!Cinnati, the GALA Eastern Regional Choral Festival, which runs through Sunday.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        In a speech during the May 25 ceremony, Mr. Carter said he was among the 1,000 blacks trained separately from white pilots during World War II at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama.

        He said the airmen sometimes felt they were fighting two enemies — the Germans and white Americans “who didn't do anything to support us.” Mr. Carter also said he flew 46 missions over France, Italy and Belgium.

        Questions about his story surfaced when Tuskegee Airman Bill Holloman of Seattle read a version of the May 26 Courier-Journal story that was distributed by the Associated Press.

        Mr. Holloman told the newspaper he did not recall Mr. Carter having been part of the Army experiment to train black pilots. William Holton, the national historian for Tuskegee Airmen Inc., confirmed Mr. Holloman's recollection.

        During the Memorial Day event, Mr. Carter said he earned his wings at age 16 in 1940 — one year before the Tuskegee experiment was launched.

        Mr. Carter also said he was shot by German anti-aircraft fire over Belgium in February 1945. Mr. Holton, who has records of every Tuskegee mission, said no Tuskegee Airmen flew over Belgium.

        Mr. Holton said that as the story of the Tuskegee Airmen has been publicized in recent years, many have falsely claimed to be part of the group.

        “We felt we had no reason to question his credentials,” George Lee, chairman of the local NAACP's armed services committee, said.

Alzheimer's patient found dead in river

        JACKSON, Ky. — An 84-year-old man missing since Wednesday was found dead in the North Fork of the Kentucky River, authorities said.

        Elmer Campbell, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was found face down in the river on Thursday, about a quarter-mile from his home, said Jackson fire chief Roger Friley.

        The cause of death was drowning, said Eugene Turner, a Breathitt County deputy coroner.

Reported mountain lion may be coyote

        SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Some people are worried that a mountain lion might be prowling the wooded hills southwest of the city.

        Dorothy Gillen said she was driving home about 6:30 p.m. last weekend when she spotted what she thought was one of the predators running across a road. She believed the animal was a mountain lion.

        But a state conservation officer said the animal was more likely a coyote.

        Mr. Gillen described the animal as a large rusty-orange colored cat with a small, squarish head, long tail and large paws.

        Mark Richter, a state conservation officer for the South Bend region, said the area was not a suitable habitat for mountain lions, also known as pumas or cougars, since the animals travel large expanses and avoid inhabited areas.

        On the other hand, Mr. Richter said the state's coyote population has grown in recent years and many have been seen in northern Indiana.


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