Monday, October 21, 2002

Local Digest

Body found near road in Cold Spring

COLD SPRING - The death of a partially clothed, unidentified woman found near Kentucky 1998 early Sunday is a homicide, the police chief said.

A passerby found the body about 7 a.m. The woman was not shot and was not struck by an automobile, Cold Spring Police Chief Rick Sears said. He declined to elaborate on other signs of trauma to the body or a possible cause of death.

Chief Sears said it is likely the woman was killed overnight at another site and the body dumped. The woman's body was not hidden and was discovered close to the road.

The woman is about 5-foot-5and appears to be about 30 years old. She is white with a slender build and shoulder-length strawberry-blond hair. She did not have any identification, and no missing person reports matching her description have been filed recently, Chief Sears said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cold Spring Police Department at (859) 491-6289 or Campbell County Dispatch at (859) 292-3622.

Boy shot in leg in Northside

A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the leg in Northside Saturday night is expected to recover, Cincinnati police said.

The shooting occurred at 9:15 p.m. at Chase Avenue and Fergus Street, police said.

Police received a call from a home where the boy ran after he was shot. He was transported to University Hospital.

No arrests have been made, police said.

$100K to go toward rare-disease research

The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Trust, managed by Fifth Third Bank, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the LAM Foundation to continue efforts to find a cure for a rare and fatal lung disease that affects only young women.

The LAM Foundation offers support to people suffering from Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a disease that results in an unusual type of muscle cell invading lung tissue and blocking airways. Up to 1,000 women in the United States may have the disease, but the exact number is not known.

The grant will help the foundation pursue a clinical trial of a new treatment based on recent genetic studies of the disease. Scientists have recently found that LAM is closely related to the genetic disease tuberous sclerosis, which affects as many as 200,000 patients worldwide.

The LAM Foundation was formed in 1993 by Sue Byrnes, a former Cincinnati music teacher, after her 22-year old daughter, Andrea, was diagnosed with the disease. Since then, the foundation has raised more than $3.5 million to fund more than 40 research projects.

Mammogram screenings offered

The Queen City Women's Club, the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and the American Cancer Society will be offering mammogram screenings Friday.

Women ages 35 and older can schedule screenings 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a mobile mammography van at Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 9991 Wayne Ave. This is the second year the organizations have provided the mammography service.

This year, roughly 203,500 women and 1,500 men will learn they have breast cancer and an estimated 39,600 people will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

To schedule a screening, call (513) 686-3300.

Original Skyline Chili to be torn down today

The original Skyline Chili restaurant meets the wrecking ball today.

The restaurant at 3822 Glenway Ave. closed last April after 52 years. The Lambrinides family had dished up their version of Cincinnati chili in that building since Oct. 8, 1949.

They opened a new location at 3714 Warsaw Ave. about a week after closing the original site.

Recipients can sue over food-stamp cuts

INDIANAPOLIS - Food-stamp recipients who have had their monthly allocations reduced since 1996 because of a state error can proceed with a class-action lawsuit against the state.

A ruling issued by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses U.S. District Chief Judge Larry J. McKinney's January decision that the state did not violate any law by collecting food-stamp money that had been overpaid.

Since July 2000, Indiana has collected $800,000 in cash and $400,000 in reduced benefits to food-stamp recipients to make up for overpayments that occurred before 1996, said Ed Stattman of the state's Family and Social Services Administration.

The state contends that the collections are permissible under the 1996 federal food-stamp law, which allowed agencies to correct overpayments by reducing monthly food-stamp allowances. In some cases, benefits were reduced by as much as 10 percent.

"This is a big deal to food-stamp recipients," said Jackie Bowie Suess, an attorney for the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in April 2001 on behalf of two food-stamp recipients.

State officials could not say how many people the state is collecting from or how much it hopes to recover.

In August, 427,860 people in 178,072 families were receiving food stamps. The average amount of food stamps going to a family is $199.17 a month.

One of the plaintiffs in the original suit was Indianapolis resident Scott Stone, who was told in 1986 that he owed the state $233 in food-stamp overpayments. He voluntarily repaid $98. According to the lawsuit, in October 2000, Mr. Stone was told the state would collect the remainder by reducing his monthly food stamp amount from $36 to $26.

The suit claimed that the Family and Social Services Administration is violating federal law by collecting overpayments that were the state's mistakes from 1984 and 1985.

Police account of shooting disputed

EATON, Ohio - Family and friends of a man killed by police during a drug raid continue to dispute the police account of the shooting.

Housemates of Clayton Helriggle, who died Sept. 27, said he did not confront police with a gun, and Mr. Helriggle's father said his son did not have money for drugs.

"These kids were dirt poor," said Mr. Helriggle's father, Michael Helriggle. "They lived from week to week. They could barely scrape together the $600 monthly rent, let alone buy drugs."

Authorities have said an unidentified informant's tip about marijuana trafficking led them to obtain a search warrant for the farmhouse, about 20 miles west of Dayton, where Mr. Helriggle lived with friends.

Officers in riot gear entered the house shortly before 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Sgt. Kent Moore of the Lewisburg police department fired the shotgun blast that killed Mr. Helriggle, according to a sheriff's report filed Wednesday.

Mr. Helriggle, 23, came downstairs from the second floor to see what was happening when he was shot, his roommates said. The initial report by sheriff's deputies states that Mr. Helriggle had a gun. His roommates say he held only a blue plastic cup.

Preble County Sheriff Tom Hayes, who was not present during the raid, said Mr. Helriggle's gun was found near his body.

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