Saturday, March 1, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Driver charged after fatal crash on I-275

A New Richmond man is facing a misdemeanor charge in connection with a Feb. 20 two-vehicle crash that left a man dead.

Ronald L. Berry, 52, is charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Hamilton County sheriff's deputies say Berry lost control of his 2000 Ford pickup entering south Interstate 275 from U.S. 52 in Anderson Township.

His truck then struck a 2002 F150 pickup on the interstate, driven by John Hirschauer, 22, of Cincinnati.

Hirschauer's truck was forced into and over a concrete retaining wall, dropping about 17 feet below the Four Mile Road overpass. The truck landed on its top.

Hirschauer was pronounced dead at the scene. Berry was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, deputies said.

Drawing of bank robber released


BLUE ASH - Police have released a composite sketch of the man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank in the Kroger store at 4150 Hunt Road on Feb. 11.

Police have also recovered a sweatshirt that they say was dropped by the robber.

The man is white, in his mid- to late 40s. He is 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with an average build. He did not show a gun, but implied that he had one in a note he handed a teller.

Anyone who recognizes the man or has any information about the sweatshirt is asked to call the Blue Ash Police Department at 745-8555 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Teens invited to look at county government

In honor of Hamilton County Government Day on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Rotary Club is holding a day-long "Reality Seminar" for high school students at the County Administration Building, 138 E. Court St., downtown.

Participation is open to all Hamilton County high school juniors and seniors.

[photo] The Rev. Chris Lack and eighth-graders from Saint Dominic School in Delhi Township pray as fire burns palm fronds from last year's Palm Sunday services to make ashes for next week's Ash Wednesday observances.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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Students must enroll through their high schools. An enrollment form can be found at the Web site (click on "Reality Seminar on Hamilton County").

The seminar will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. Events for the day include presentations by elected officials, a mock budget hearing and an insider's tour of the jail. There will also be a box lunch and evaluation.

Participating county officials include Michael Allen, prosecutor; Phil Heimlich, commissioner; David Krings, administrator; Simon Leis Jr., sheriff; Rebecca Prem Groppe, recorder; and Dr. Carl Parrott Jr., coroner.

Man sent to prison for two burglaries

HAMILTON - A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for two burglaries that occurred the same day.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge H.J. Bressler made that decision Friday in the case of Charles Kelly Lydic, who previously pleaded guilty to two counts each of burglary and theft.

The charges stemmed from Nov. 9 incidents in the 200 block of North Third Street and the 800 block of Ross Avenue, said Joe Statzer, a spokesman for the Butler County Prosecutor's Office. The North Third Street incident included a scuffle with a resident, although no one required medical treatment.

Lydic has one prior conviction, for drug possession, in 2001, Statzer said.

Missing man may be victim of foul play

Cincinnati police are asking for help in locating a University Heights man who tried to assist the victim of an attack Thursday evening.


Police listed Sherrand Dunlap, 41, of the 2800 block of McMicken Avenue, as missing Friday, saying they suspect foul play in his disappearance.

Dunlap attempted to help a victim of a felonious assault at his apartment around 9 p.m. Thursday but has not been seen nor heard from since, said police. They said Dunlap may have been injured in trying to assist the assault victim.

Dunlap is black, 5-foot, 11-inches and weighs 158 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Personal Crimes Unit at 352-6474.

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