Thursday, August 15, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report




You can play paintball, you just can't get there

        LEBANON — A judge gave the OK for paintball tournaments on a piece of Wayne Township land on Wednesday.

        But in a catch-22 ruling, he made it impossible for players to get to the games.

        Warren County Common Pleas Judge P. Daniel Fedders' ruling came two weeks after he temporarily shut down the games on Dan and Cindy Grissam's Township Line Road property in response to a complaint that the activities violated the township's residential zoning.

        The judge conceded at a hearing Wednesday that nearly 5 acres of the Grissam property were actually zoned for recreation. So the games are allowed there.

        However, Judge Fedders noted that the parcel was landlocked by 17.5 acres of residentially zoned land that he said, for now, can't be used for travel to and from the games to access the activities.

        His ruling remains in effect until the case goes to trial in Warren County Common Pleas Court or is otherwise settled.

        Mr. Grissam called the whole affair “ridiculous.”

        “I have 10 to 12 acres of hay. I have 16 quarter horses, and I live next to a pig farmer,” he said. “What about this is residential?”

Bicentennial Web site gets new look

        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Bicentennial Commission's redesigned Web site was unveiled this week in ceremonies at the Statehouse Atrium.

        Paid for by an $80,000 grant from SBC Foundation, the Web page features a new magazine-style format, colorful graphics and information about the commission's five signature events, bell castings, barn paintings and historical markers.

        The site's events calendar works in partnership with the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism.

        The Web site address is www.Ohio200.com.

Turtlecreek on way to regaining land

        LEBANON — City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to let neighboring Turtlecreek Township reclaim land the city annexed several years ago.

        Councilman Norm Dreyer, who owns land nearby, abstained. The de-annexation request now goes to the Warren County commissioners.

        Turtlecreek plans to use the 25 acres for a new township administration building and fire station.

        “This is huge,” Turtlecreek Trustee Dan George said Wednesday. “We're just maxed out (at the current headquarters on Ohio 63.)”

Child found not breathing is recovering

        MIDDLETOWN — A 2-year-old girl, who was found not breathing after apparently falling from a bunk bed and becoming entangled in a sheet, was listed in fair condition Wednesday at Children's Medical Center in Dayton.

        Police were called to a home on Woodlawn Avenue about 8:35 a.m. The child's mother, Larissa Omosule, said she found her daughter, Anjelei Smith, “hanging between a bunk bed and a wall,” police said. Ms. Omosule told police she performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation to revive her daughter.

        Middletown Police Lt. Don Owens said a preliminary investigation turned up nothing suspicious about the incident, which appeared to have been an accident. However, he said police had notified Butler County Children Services, which may address parenting issues and living conditions in the home.

Fire damages church; cause undetermined

        CROSBY TWP. — Firefighters are searching for the cause of a blaze that heavily damaged the Community Baptist Church of Harrison at 10960 Edgewood Road early Wednesday.

        There were no injuries.

        Firefighters were called to the church about 12:30 a.m. and found heavy smoke in the basement and on the main floor. The fire started in the basement, fire officials said.

        The damage estimate has not been determined, Crosby Township firefighter/EMT Kelly Nusekabel said.

        Firefighters from Harrison, and Whitewater and Miami townships assisted Crosby crews.

Forest Park home won't be demolished

        FOREST PARK — After an hour-long discussion, the city Board of Building Appeals agreed Tuesday not to order the demolition of a Cape Cod home at 707 Evangeline Road.

        An R&P Development representative said the company wants to repair the home, which is vacant, and would be willing to follow the list of demands that accompanied the city's decision not to demolish the home.

        The list requires the company to submit plans for foundation and structural repairs, supply proof that any toxic mold and mildew have been removed, and obtain a certificate of occupancy for the home within a year.

        Forest Park officials ordered the demolition after owner William Shaw moved out of the home and the bank moved to foreclose on the property because of unpaid taxes.

        Building inspectors had visited the home and found a hole in the roof, buckled floors, mildew and mold growing in the walls and a heavily damaged foundation.

Park to be renamed for slain former mayor

        READING — The city of Reading will hold a dedication ceremony Sept. 1 at Hilltop Park, renaming the site “Frank R. Carnevale Park.” Located at the corner of Bolser and Sanborn drives in Reading, the park will honor Mr. Carnevale, a former mayor of the city who was killed April 2.

        The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and will include remarks from Reading Mayor Earl Schmidt and members of the Carnevale family. A new park sign and plaque will be unveiled.

        The park is just blocks from the site where Mr. Carnevale and his ex-wife, Rita Bushman, were homicide victims. Together with the Reading Parks Foundation, the Carnevale family has created a memorial fund with all proceeds going toward park maintenance and improvements.

        For information, visit the Reading Parks Foundation, 1000 Market St., call Rick Konrad at 733-9173, or e-mail ReadingParks@aol.com.

Levy for senior services will be on Nov. ballot

        Hamilton County voters will be asked to approve a 1.16-mill levy for senior services Nov. 5, after county commissioners voted to put it on the ballot Wednesday.

        That's an increase from the 1.02-mill levy voters approved five years ago. It would raise $91.4 million over five years.

        The levy approved by the commission was less than the $93 million the Council on Aging for Southwest Ohio had asked for, but more than the county's Tax Levy Review Committee was willing to sign off on. The levy provides home-delivered meals, nursing and transportation for the elderly.

       



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