Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Woman dies, driver hurt in I-471 crash

SOUTHGATE - A 24-year-old Highland Heights woman was killed early Monday when she was thrown from a car that careened into the woods off Interstate 471.

Tiffany Mohr was pronounced dead at the scene off the southbound lane of I-471 near the Interstate 275 exit ramp.

Police think Ms. Mohr was a passenger in the car driven by Shane M. Roll of Fort Thomas. Mr. Roll was trapped in the driver's seat and airlifted to University Hospital after emergency workers cut away sections of the car, which landed on its roof.

He was in critical condition Monday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

Witnesses told police the car was traveling faster than the 55 mph speed limit when the driver lost control near the 7 mile marker, left the road and went into a wooded area.

It was unclear, officials said, whether Ms. Mohr was wearing a seatbelt.

Southgate Police ask any witnesses to call them at (859) 441-0927.

Husband, wife hurt in gun struggle

HAMILTON - Police say an estranged couple suffered gunshot wounds as they struggled over a weapon late Sunday.

Gregory Allen Minniefield, 48, was treated at Fort Hamilton Hospital for a wound to his hand and shoulder.

Sharon Lynn Minniefield, 47, was flown to University Hospital where she underwent surgery for wounds to her hand and arm.

The incident was reported just before 11 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Village Street, where Ms. Minniefield lives.

No charges had been filed Monday.

Mason to review its local issues

MASON - Growing city services and new construction are among the topics in the State of the City Address Wednesday afternoon.

The event, open to the public, begins at 3:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road. City Manager Scot Lahrmer is to give the address around 4:30 p.m.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

Suspect charged in bank robbery

Cincinnati police arrested a Sayler Park man Monday in the city's only bank robbery so far this year.

Officers charged Andrew Steven Shackelford, 22, for the Jan. 14 robbery at Warsaw Federal on Gracely Drive in Sayler Park. He was charged with aggravated robbery.

Mr. Shackelford had a gun at the time of the robbery and admitted he robbed the bank, according to a court complaint filed by investigator Spc. Donald Brichler.

Mr. Shackelford was sent to prison in 2001, according to court records, for possession of heroin.

No cause determined for derailment

ROCKY RIDGE, Ohio - Railroad workers on Monday examined 29 freight cars that jumped the tracks a day earlier, spilling grain.

The cars on the Norfolk Southern train derailed at 6:45 p.m. Sunday when a car carrying scrap metal lost a wheel, said Bud Chasteen, police chief in this town 20 miles southeast of Toledo.

That car, plus others carrying grain and zinc oxide, derailed, Chief Chasteen said. He said most of the grain spilled and only a small amount of the zinc oxide.

Two people on the train, the engineer and conductor, were not hurt, he said.

The 109-car train was traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh when the accident happened, said Rudy Husband, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern.

He said the cause remains under investigation.

Citizen complaint reviewers to meet

Cincinnati's Citizens Complaint Authority (CCA) will hold its next public business meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The newly formed CCA investigates all serious allegations of police misconduct, including discrimination, excessive force, unlawful search and improper use of firearms. The group welcomes public attendance and comment at its meetings.

The meeting will be in city council chambers at City Hall, 801 Plum St.

Child-support fund more than enough

COLUMBUS - Ohio improperly withheld less child-support money from parents than anticipated, state officials said.

The state set aside $38 million to distribute to parents but reviews show much less was improperly withheld, said Tom Hayes, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

"That amount was set before a single case was reviewed," he said.

The state has reviewed 84 percent of its child-support cases and has returned just $13 million so far. Of the cases resolved so far, 57,305 families have received money and 38,036 have been told they are not entitled to a refund.

At issue are child-support payments withheld by the state from parents who had been receiving welfare. Before federal welfare reform in 1996, states were allowed to recoup their welfare payments by reducing child-support payments and state income-tax refunds.

Mr. Hayes said he anticipates the remaining cases will be done before the March goal.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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