Sunday, March 9, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Probe widens after fatal one-car wreck

SPRINGDALE - Adam Olvera, 20, of Butler County, was killed in a one-car crash about 2 a.m. Saturday along Northland Boulevard east of State Route 4.

Olvera was a passenger. The car struck a tree and he was partly ejected through the back window, Springdale Police Lt. Thomas Wells said.

He was taken by helicopter to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver, whose name was not released, was taken to Bethesda North Hospital. His condition is not known.

Police have contacted federal immigration authorities and are searching for several Hispanic males who sped from the crash scene in another vehicle.

They had tried to pull the victims from the car. They had another injured passenger in their car.

Police believe the occupants in both cars knew one another.

Springdale police are asking anyone with information to call 346-5760.

Farmhouse from 1874 damaged in fire

WAYNE TOWNSHIP - Faulty wiring is suspected in the Saturday morning blaze that ruined one of Butler County's oldest farmhouses, Township Fire Chief Gary Gault said.

The two-story farmhouse built in 1874 is no longer livable, he said.

The chief estimated that owner Dave Proschell would need more than $100,000 to repair the brick home.

Mr. Proschell, a developer who had been renting the property to tenants, could not be reached. American Red Cross is assisting the tenants.

In-store bank robber gets away with cash

WEST CHESTER - Police continued to search Saturday for a man who stole an undisclosed amount of money Friday evening from U.S. Bank inside the Meijer store on Tylersville Road.

The man presented a note to the teller, was handed the money and then walked from the store at about 7:45 p.m.

He was described as Caucasian, perhaps Latino, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 to 170 pounds, with dark hair and eyes, and with facial hair that appeared to be light.

He wore a light-colored fisherman hat and dark coat.

Anyone with information can call Detective Matt Tombragel, 759-7267, or Sgt. Mike Quinn, 759-7262. Callers can remain anonymous.

Right to Life founder Willke to be honored

National Right to Life founder Dr. John C. Willke of Finneytown will receive the 2003 Exemplar Award from the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati at the club's annual communion breakfast March 16.

The breakfast is open to the public and will begin with Mass at 10 a.m. at Ursuline Academy, 5535 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash. Tickets are $12, $7 students and children 6 years and older, and must be purchased in advance.

Dr. Willke retired from his family medicine practice in 1988 to focus full-time on the Right to Life organization and serve as president of the Life Issues Institute.

Information and tickets: Keven Kelleher, 295-6948.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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