Saturday, September 28, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Suspended player loses legal effort

        Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dinkelacker Friday denied a request to postpone a 17-year-old Colerain High School football player's suspension from school.

        “Rules are rules,” the judge told Leroy Brazile Jr. who is charged with misdemeanor menacing for allegedly threatening a pregnant classmate earlier this week.

        The wide receiver was suspended from Colerain on Wednesday for 10 days and prohibited from playing in Friday's homecoming game.

        The boy's father, Leroy Brazile Sr., asked for the emergency hearing.

Stadium installer sues for payment

        A contractor who worked on Paul Brown Stadium sued Hamilton County commissioners Friday, claiming the county owes the company more than $1.2 million for installing audio-visual systems.

        The company, Edward J. Simon & Co. of Sharpsburg, Pa., accuses commissioners of mismanaging the construction of the stadium and causing cost overruns.

        The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, states that the cost of the audio-visual systems rose from $3.5 million to more than $5.1 million. The company says it has been paid $3.8 million.

        The lawsuit accuses the county of breach of contract and unjust enrichment. The company is seeking payment of more than $5 million, plus interest and attorneys' fees.

Commission foes to debate issues

        Hamilton County Commission candidates Jean Siebenaler and Phil Heimlich are scheduled at a handful of debates and candidate nights over the next six weeks. Dr. Siebenaler is a west sider whose victory would give Democrats majority control of the commission for the first time in a generation.

        Republican Heimlich spent four terms on Cincinnati City Council.

        Events include:

        Oct. 8 debate, University Club downtown, 8:15 p.m.

        Oct. 10 debate, Hall of Mirrors, Omni Netherland, noon.

        Oct. 17 debate, Christ Church Cathedral downtown, noon.

        Oct. 21 candidates night, Christ the King Church in Mount Lookout, 7:30 p.m.

        Oct. 23 candidates night, McNicholas High School, 7:30 p.m.

        Nov. 3 debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, 7 p.m.

Accused drug seller from Ga. is jailed

        LEBANON — A Georgia man remained in the Warren County Jail Friday, accused of selling 1,000 tablets of prescription drugs to an undercover drug agent.

        Kelly Garland, 35, of Suwanee in suburban Atlanta, is charged with five felony counts of drug trafficking.

        John Burke, commander of the Warren-Clinton Drug and Strategic Operations Task Force, said an officer paid $13,000 for 562 doses of methadone, and various other drugs such as tranquilizers, muscle relaxants and the anti-depressant Zoloft. The transaction took place in the parking lot of Middletown Kroger, he said.

        Mr. Garland is jailed in lieu of $14,000 bond.

Affrilachian and Appalachian fest

        Musicians, writers and storytellers will come together at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati for a free celebration of Affrilachian and Appalachian cultures.

        The four-hour program, “Voices from the "Hood,” will feature music by the Arts Consortium's Children's Chorale and readings by Affrilachian Poet Frank X Walker and Appalachian poets Pauletta Hansel and Mike Henson. Mr. Walker coined the term “Affrilachian” to describe African-Americans from the Appalachian region.

        Storyteller Omope Carter-Daboiku will spin tales and Bet Stewart of Intuition Theater will collaborate with Ms. Daboiku in story and song. The Rabbit Hash String Band will perform. Line dance artist Kasib Hassan will show how traditions in Affrilachian and Appalachian dance are nurturing both cultures today.

        The event will end with a reception featuring Affrilachian and Appalachian food.

        Information: 381-0645.

FOP endorses Taft, others in election

        Cincinnati's Fraternal Order of Police union announced Friday its endorsements in 31 local and state races. Incumbent Republican Gov. Bob Taft topped the list, with Leigh Herrington for attorney general, Betty Montgomery for state auditor, Bryan Flannery for secretary of state and former Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters for state treasurer:

        The others:

        Congress: Steve Chabot, 1st District, Rob Portman, 2nd District;

        Supreme Court: Maureen O'Connor, Evelyn Stratton;

        Ohio Court of Appeals: Lee Hildebrandt Jr.;

        State Senate: Robert Schuler, 7th District;

        State House: Steve Driehaus, 31st District, Catherine Barrett, 32nd, Sandra Faith Hall, 33rd, Dave Schaff, 34th, Michelle Schneider, 35th;

        County Commission: Phil Heimlich;

        County Auditor: Dusty Rhodes;

        Common Pleas Court: Melba Marsh, Norbert Nadel, David Davis, Mark Schweikert, Fred Nelson, Robert Taylor, Ann Marie Tracey, Charles Kubicki Jr., John Andrew West, Sylvia Hendon, James Cissell, Penelope Cunningham and Kim Wilson Burke.

Another officer asks for paid leave

        Cincinnati's police union will try to help retiring officers get the same 90-day paid leave given to Lt. Col. Ron Twitty as part of his plea deal.

        A second officer, Sgt. Phil Vickers, has asked for the 90 days as part of his retirement package. That follows the same request by Lt. Dick Newsom. Nothing in the Fraternal Order of Police contract says they're owed the perk, but president Roger Webster says giving it to Col. Twitty set a precedent.

        He also said he wouldn't be surprised to see a class-action lawsuit filed by some retiring officers, with it possibly joined by others who already retired.

        Col. Twitty announced earlier this month, after pleading no contest to attempted obstruction of justice, that he would retire within 90 days. The plea ended a criminal investigation into whether he told the truth about how his city-owned Ford Taurus got wrecked July 4. He will continue to be paid until his retirement is effective.

Man sentenced for military base shooting

        DAYTON, Ohio — A Toledo man arrested after a shooting at an officers club at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was sentenced Friday to five months in prison, but given credit for the nearly five months he's been in custody.

        Deymond Underwood, 26, pleaded guilty in June to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He was arrested May 4 after two gunshots were fired at the officers club. No one was injured.

Compiled from staff and wire reports



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