Sunday, March 2, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Suspect caught soon after bank robbery

ERLANGER - Police nabbed a suspected bank robber Friday before he got out of the parking lot.

Timothy Wilson, 55, of Cincinnati is charged with robbery. He was being held Saturday afternoon in the Kenton County jail.

Police arrested Wilson at 5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Kroger at 3158 Dixie Highway. Fifth Third Bank has a branch inside the grocery store.

Police said the lone robber entered the bank and demanded money. No weapon was shown and no one was injured. A bank employee set off a silent alarm and police arrested the suspect in a car outside the store.

The stolen money was recovered.

Mason opens school community center

MASON - Hundreds of people turned out Saturday afternoon for the dedication of the Mason High School and Community Center.

The building, located at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road, was open for tours of the school and recreational facility, including the leisure pool, six basketball courts, exercise equipment, and competition pool with a moveable floor that adjusts for depth.

"It's a family-oriented facility where everyone regardless of age or interest will find something to do," said Scot Lahrmer, city manager.

The $71.9 million project was a joint venture between the school and city. The high school opened in September and the community center is open today.

"This is a one-of-a-kind facility and a one-of-a-kind partnership," said schools Superintendent Kevin Bright.

Board considers plans for displaced students

OXFORD - Two options of where to send children displaced by the upcoming closing of Stewart Elementary School will be discussed in a special Talawanda Board of Education meeting set for 1 p.m. today at Maud Marshall Elementary School.

The two options are:

• Move all fourth-grade classes to Kramer and put fifth-graders at the middle school, which would then house all the district's students in grades 5-8.

• Move all fourth-graders to Kramer and move half the fifth grade to Maud Marshall Elementary School and half to the middle school.

Indiana prepares to fight West Nile

Public health officials across Indiana are making plans to control mosquitoes in hopes of reducing the number of West Nile virus cases this year.

Some counties are buying new equipment and training workers. Others have begun campaigns to clean up discarded tires and other sources of stagnant water that are potential mosquito-breeding areas.

The St. Joseph County Health Department set aside $30,000 to buy two pickup trucks, $7,000 for a sprayer and $6,000 a bio-safety cabinet that will be used to test captured mosquitoes.

Eight deaths in Indiana last year were linked by state health officials to the virus. Nearly 300 suspected human cases were reported in the state, and the virus was detected in all 92 counties.

`Hey, y'all. Watch this!'Fire eater Travis Fessler puts on a little street show during the MainStrasse Village Association Mardi Gras events Saturday in Covington. The two-day festival of parades and music ended Saturday night.ERNEST COLEMAN




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