Friday, July 19, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

82 arrested in riots could be cleared

        About 82 people identified as first-time offenders following their arrests on curfew violations during last year's riots in Cincinnati are believed to be eligible for expungement of their criminal offenses.

        About 800 people were charged with curfew violations in the April 2001 civil unrest and riots.

        Those who prove eligible for expungement under existing law could receive help from a group of volunteer lawyers with the Legal Aid Society and the Black Lawyers Association.

New Butler County bridge honors vets

        MORGAN TOWNSHIP — Butler County's newest bridge was unveiled Thursday during ceremonies that dedicated the structure to U.S. veterans and prisoners of war.

        The new California Road Bridge in Morgan Township, near Ohio 126, stands 60 feet high and spans 500 feet across a ravine. On hand to open the $2 million bridge, which replaces an aged steel truss span built in 1953, were veterans; local officials; Ohio Rep. Shawn Webster, R-Millville; and Butler County Commissioner Courtney Combs.

        Greg Wilkens, Butler County engineer, said the bridge was constructed on a straighter alignment east of the old bridge. It eliminates a dangerous S-curve and steep hillside approach.

Sex offender charged with exposing himself

        HAMILTON — A registered sex offender is accused of “exposing himself to customers, children and employees” at the Meijer store at 1560 Main St.

        Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

        David Madison Sawyers, 28, was being held Thursday

        in the Butler County Jail on charges of public indecency and a parole violation, said Officer Dave Crawford.

        Mr. Sawyers, of the 700 block of Gordon Smith Boulevard, had been detained by Meijer security after engaging in “what appeared to be masturbation,” Officer Crawford said.

        Mr. Sawyers was convicted of gross sexual imposition in 1997 in Butler County. He served a three-year state prison sentence and was paroled in 2000.

Probation check nets $53,000 in marijuana

        HAMILTON TWP. — A routine probation check Thursday in Warren County led to the discovery of a hidden room with 53 marijuana plants and bags of the processed drug with an estimated street value of $53,000, township police said.

        Joseph Lung was arrested at his home in the 800 block of West Foster-Maineville Road after he failed a field drug test that was part of his probation sentence from a previous crime, police said.

        Mr. Lung was charged with violating probation; drug charges are pending, police said. He is being held in the Warren County Jail.

Metro hosts public meetings on bus plan

        Metro is conducting a series of open houses featuring its MetroMover bus to promote the final version of its MetroMoves plan, which calls for revamping Hamilton County bus service as well as

        construction of a region-wide light rail system.

        The meetings will be held at public libraries throughout Hamilton County.

        Events are scheduled for public libraries in the following locations:

        Today, Clifton (9:30-11:30 a.m.), Northside (1-3 p.m.), College Hill (3:30-5:30 p.m.)

        Monday, Groesbeck (10 a.m.-noon), Westwood (1-3 p.m.), Cheviot (3:30-5:30 p.m.)

        Tuesday, Harrison (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Monfort Heights (2-4 p.m.)

        Wednesday, Blue Ash (10 a.m.-noon), Deer Park (1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.), Madeira (4-6 p.m.)

        Thursday, West End (10 a.m.-noon), St. Bernard (1-3 p.m.), Pleasant Ridge (3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

        July 26, Greenhills (9-11 a.m.), Forest Park (12:30-2:30 p.m.), Wyoming (3-5 p.m.)

        July 29, North Central (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Mount Healthy (2-4 p.m.)

        July 30, Anderson (10 a.m.-noon), Mount Washington (1-3 p.m.), Mariemont (3:30-5:30 p.m.)

        The complete schedule of the MetroMover appearances is available at For information, call Sallie Hilvers at 632-7681.

Clermont County adopts new flag

        BATAVIA — Clermont County commissioners officially adopted a new county flag at their Thursday meeting, and the flag will be unveiled at the Clermont County Fair on Wednesday.

        The flag — with a sweeping C, suggesting the county's river heritage and growth — was designed by Melanie Gilliam, of Union Township, a graphic designer. Her winning design was one of 45 entries submitted by county residents.

        A panel of judges, including the three commissioners, chose the winning design last month.

        The flag will be unveiled during a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the multipurpose building on the fairgrounds.

Health network gets mental-health grant

        The Cincinnati Health Network, a group of community health clinics in Hamilton County, has been awarded a $100,000 federal grant to improve mental health and substance abuse services for low-income people.

        The grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is part of a five-year Bush administration plan to create or expand 1,200 health clinics nationwide to double the number of people treated from 11 million to 22 million.

Open house topic: Ohio 132 project

        The Ohio Department of Transportation is holding an open house Tuesday to discuss plans to widen Ohio 132 in Clermont County.

        Two widening options will be discussed. The widening is planned for south of Ohio 125.

        The meeting will be from 4-7 p.m. at Lindale Baptist Church, 3052 Ohio 132, Amelia.

        Comments can be submitted in writing at the meeting or by mail to Hans R. Jindal, District 8 planning and environmental engineer, Ohio Department of Transportation, 505 S. Ohio 741, Lebanon 45036.

Monroe drug probe nets 7 indictments

        MONROE — Seven people have been indicted on felony charges after the city's first major drug-trafficking investigation, Police Chief Ernest Howard said Thursday.

        The indictments resulted from a 10-month multiagency investigation.

        Police said they had arrested Robert M. Fink, 29, of West Chester; James Cobb, 20, of Monroe; Richard M. Green, 21, of Middletown; Matthew Murray, 18, of Hamilton; and a suspect whose name police were withholding because he was a juvenile at the time of the alleged offenses. Two unidentified suspects remained at large Thursday.

        Chief Howard said the suspects were charged with drug trafficking offenses. Marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription painkillers were involved, he said.


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