Monday, October 28, 2002

Local Digest

Search goes on for Pepper's abductors



Cincinnati police investigators Sunday released a composite of a second suspect in City Councilman David Pepper's Oct. 17 abduction and robbery.

Investigators now say the suspects were seen about two hours before Mr. Pepper was accosted at 7:30 p.m. outside his Mount Adams home. None of the leads in the case have panned out.

Police have described the men as black and armed with a gun.

Mr. Pepper, 31, told police he was kidnapped at gunpoint, driven around the city in his Ford Explorer for about 90 minutes, and forced to take cash from his bank account through automated teller machines. The robbers stole his driver's license and cell phone, police said.

The freshman council member, who campaigned to make neighborhoods safer, was released without injury.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Driver hurt after highway ramp crash

SYCAMORE TWP. - Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash Sunday that critically injured a Hyde Park woman at a Ronald Reagan Highway entrance ramp to Interstate 71.

Yuliya Wagner, 26, lost control of her 2002 Mazda ProtÈgÈ, ran off the left side of the road and slammed into a guardrail at 2:51 a.m., according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

She was trapped inside her car. The Sycamore Township Fire Department extricated her and she was rushed to University Hospital with injuries to her chest and lower body, deputies said.

The investigation is not complete. Ms. Wagner was wearing her seatbelt, deputies said.

Ky. woman injured in crash on I-75

WALTON, Ky. - A 37-year-old Verona woman remained in critical condition Sunday at University Hospital after she lost control of her car and struck a barrier Friday evening on northbound Interstate 75.

Lisa Roberts was not wearing her seat belt in the 5:25 p.m. crash that left her with severe head injuries, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Ms. Roberts was driving her 1994 Nissan northbound on I-75 in the left lane Friday evening when she swerved to the left and slammed into the concrete barrier, sheriff's deputies said. Her Nissan crossed five lanes of traffic and stopped on the right shoulder of the highway.

Two witnesses stopped and performed CPR, police said.

Small plane crashes onto football field

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - A pilot was seriously injured when his single-engine plane crashed on a high school football field Sunday.

William Bohrer, 55, told the Ohio State Highway Patrol he was on a pleasure flight when he had engine trouble shortly after 10 a.m. near Springfield.

Mr. Bohrer, of the Dayton suburb of Fairborn, tried to make it to Springfield Airport but had to try an emergency landing and aimed for the Evans Stadium field at Springfield South, said Trooper Newt Oliver of the Springfield post.

The Cessna 152 crashed nose first and lay crumpled on the turf, Trooper Oliver said. No one on the ground was injured.

Mr. Bohrer was in guarded condition Sunday afternoon in the intensive care unit of Springfield Community Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

"He didn't have enough room and he had to come in at too steep an angle because he had to clear a building and some trees," Trooper Oliver said. "He set it down near houses and buildings, and he did well to keep any houses from being hit."

Reward increased to help solve slaying

HAMILTON - Relatives of a 33-year-old man found stabbed to death in March increased a $1,000 reward to $10,000 over the weekend for information about his slaying.

Children found Paul W. Brown dead March 27 alongside Two Mile Creek in Hamilton. He had been stabbed multiple times and bled to death, according to his death certificate.

Police say the trail has gone cold.

The 1991 Miami University graduate was last seen March 23, when his younger brother dropped him off at the BW-3 restaurant in the 700 block of Northwest Washington Boulevard near Hobby Lobby. From there, he apparently walked to the nearby Meijer store; a surveillance camera shows him there about 10 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hamilton Police at 868-5811 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Man shot after fight; assailant sought

A 30-year-old man shot in the chest outside a West End bar late Saturday was in critical condition Sunday at University Hospital.

Tyrone Turnage was shot about 10:30 p.m. after fighting with another man inside the Queen Anne Bar, 2141 Central Ave., witnesses told Cincinnati police.

The two men argued inside the bar and Mr. Turnage left. But the other man followed, pulled out a small handgun outside and shot Mr. Turnage in the right side of his chest, fired several more shots, and then walked away, a police incident report shows.

A description of the gunman was not released Sunday.

Top honors awarded to marching bands

INDIANAPOLIS - High school marching bands from Carmel, Avon, Paoli and Norwell took top honors Saturday during the state's annual marching band competitions at the RCA Dome.

More than 30,000 fans from throughout the state turned out to watch the Indiana State School Music Association's state marching band finals.

Trombones, tubas and trumpets blared as 40 of the state's most talented high school marching bands competed in four classes of competition based on school size.

The Class A competition for the largest schools was won by Carmel High School, while Avon High School took first in Class B.

University renames dorm for ex-leader

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Western Kentucky University's Board of Regents has renamed Central Hall to honor former President John Minton's service to the university.

Central Hall, a 10-story dorm, became Minton Hall in a ceremony Friday afternoon in the Downing University Center, overlooking the hall.

"It will bear the name of a great man and a great friend of Western," said current president Gary Ransdell.

Mr. Minton became Mr. Ransdell's mentor when Mr. Ransdall was a student at Western. In 1997, Mr. Minton called Mr. Ransdell and told him the presidency job would be open. Mr. Ransdell took over as president Nov. 1 of that year.

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