Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Local Digest

Ex-LaSalle High minister denies porn charges

        HAMILTON - A 51-year-old man who formerly worked as a campus minister at an all-boys Catholic school in Hamilton County has pleaded not guilty to Internet child pornography charges against him in Butler County.

        Michael Childs is set for a Sept. 9 pretrial conference and has been released on $30,000 bond, Butler County Common Pleas Court records show.

        From 1994 until allegations against him arose about 18 months ago, Mr. Childs had worked at La Salle High School, first as a teacher, then as a campus minister.

        Authorities have said the charges against him - four counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material - are unrelated to his involvement at the school.

WWII bombers on display at Lunken

        Two of the legendary bombers that nearly 60 years ago flew over the skies of Japan and Germany during World War II are on display at Lunken Field.

        A restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” and a B-24 Liberator are on a nationwide Wings of Freedom tour sponsored by the Collings Foundation, a Massachusetts nonprofit organization that restored and maintains the planes.

        “This is living history in the form of two aircraft that brought victory to the Allies,” said Bob Collings, the foundation's founder.

        The B-17, constructed near the end of World War II, is the only remaining one that is still flying, Mr. Collings said. The B-24, an aircraft instrumental in the Allied bombing campaign over Japan, is one of six still flying, he said.

        The foundation is asking a donation of $7 for adults and $3 for children for a tour of both bombers. A $350 tax -deductible donation to Collings Foundation buys a 30-minute flight on one of the aircrafts. The planes are on display today 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters spot blaze as they drive by

        ANDERSON TWP. - Firefighters were driving past a Beechmont Avenue building Monday morning when they spotted people - and smoke - spilling out. It may have been their fastest response time to a fire.

        The 9:45 a.m. blaze was in a vacant building at 8501 Beechmont that was being prepared for a real estate showing, fire officials said.

        A light fixture overheated and ignited insulation in the ceiling, said Anderson Township Assistant Fire Chief Craig Best. Fire damage was contained to a conference room ceiling and was estimated at $15,000.

        There were no serious injuries, but three firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, the assistant chief said. They returned to duty.

PNC Bank in Price Hill robbed

        A man wearing a fake beard and a bandanna robbed the PNC Bank on Glenway Avenue in Price Hill on Monday afternoon.

        The man entered the bank at 5100 Glenway at 1:17 p.m., demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. He was last seen in a faded-blue midsize Toyota or similarly shaped vehicle on Heuwerth Avenue driving toward Covedale Avenue.

        The robber is described as a white man in his 30s about 5-foot-10 with a slender build.

        Monday's bank robbery was the 22nd of the year. There were 58 bank robberies in Cincinnati during 2001.

Metro transit hub rehab step closer

        The proposed renovation of Metro's Government Square transit hub has cleared another legislative hurdle, with the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee agreeing to include $6.4 million for the project.

        The funds were included in the final 2003 transportation appropriations bill, which is to be considered by the entire Senate this fall.

        The total project will cost an estimated $8 million, with Metro officials hoping Ohio state funds will cover much of the difference. The redesign is being done for safety reasons and to rehabilitate the 25-year-old facility at Fifth and Walnut streets.

UC nursing school gets $600,000 grant

        The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing has received a $600,000 federal grant to encourage more people to consider becoming advanced psychiatric nurses.

        The grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration will help UC develop a psychiatric nurse practitioner program, starting with the 2002-03 school year.

        For more information, call 558-5311.

Children's to test "day wetting' drug

        Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is one of 46 medical centers nationwide testing a medication that may help prevent “day wetting,” a problem that affects up to 3 percent of young, school-aged children.

        The unidentified medication, already approved for use in adults with urinary incontinence, is being tested for safety and effectiveness in children.

        “As most children develop physical maturity, day or nighttime wetting accidents gradually diminish, then disappear. But persistent accidents can ultimately become a cause for concern,” said Nan Tobias, nurse practitioner at the Voiding Dysfunction Clinic at Children's Hospital.

        For more information, call (888) 866-8858 or visit www.daywetting.com.


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