Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Kings Island to add metal detectors

MASON - Paramount's Kings Island is adding walk-through metal detectors to screen guests entering the amusement park this year.

Guests at the park, which opens April 12, may be asked to open purses, backpacks and bags for inspection. They also are encouraged to pack light, and leave non-essential items at home or in the car, according to the park.

"If a guest has anything that is inappropriate for a day of fun, we would give them a chance to put it back in their car," said park spokesman Jeffrey Siebert. He did not have a list of specific items that would be banned.

Officials do not anticipate the detectors will hold up visitors entering the park.

Superintendent leaving Wyoming

Ted W. Knapke, superintendent of Wyoming City Schools, has announced his resignation to become superintendent of the Shelby School District outside Charlotte, N.C.

For the past seven years, Knapke has led Wyoming Schools, consistently rated Excellent on the state's Local Report Card. Knapke retired in January 2001 and was then rehired by the Board of Education.

During his tenure, a $24 million bond issue was passed in 1998, which allowed for the renovation of all five buildings in the district. In 2002, the district also passed a 9.5-mill operating levy.

Shelby is a city of approximately 25,000 residents with a school system of 3,200 students.

Knapke will leave at the end of the school year.

Driver killed on I-75 in rollover of vehicle

TURTLECREEK TWP. - A 41-year-old New Eagle, Pa., man was killed Monday - and four others were injured - in a one-vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 75, south of Ohio 122 in Warren County.

The driver of the 1986 Ford Bronco, Harry N. Griest, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County coroner, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The crash occurred about 5:40 p.m. when the vehicle's right rear tire blew, causing the driver to lose control, travel into the median,. and roll over several times, the highway patrol said. The victim was killed as a result of the vehicle rolling over him after he was ejected.

The four passengers, ages, 30, 20, 12, and 6, were injured and were either in serious or fair condition late Monday at area hospitals.

None of the occupants of the vehicle was wearing safety belts, and four of the five were ejected, the highway patrol said.

The vehicle was traveling approximately 68 mph when the crash occurred.

Driver accused of vehicular homicide

CLEARCREEK TWP. - A Gahanna, Ohio, man is due in Warren County Court Thursday to answer a felony charge in a fatal weekend crash.

State patrol officials allege John C. Allen , 22, was intoxicated and driving too fast when he lost control of his 2003 Subaru WRX Saturday on Ohio 48. His passenger, Christopher S. Matthew, 27, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Allen, who is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, was northbound on Ohio 48 about 4:53 p.m. when the vehicle went off the road and struck several traffic signs, troopers said. The car then went airborne, landed and struck a concrete wall.

Allen was treated at Sycamore Medical Center and released Saturday. Authorities said both men were wearing seat belts.

Man accused in firing of AK-47 near homes

WEST CHESTER TWP. - A man was arrested over the weekend after police say he fired five rounds from an AK-47 rifle into a neighbor's yard while intoxicated.

No one was reported hurt in the 7:45 a.m. incident Saturday at 7578 Third St., in Maud.

David Dinn, 19, of West Chester Township was held at the Butler County Jail on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, using weapons while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and discharge of a firearm near homes without permission.

Anti-war teach-in at St. Timothy Church

ANDERSON TWP. - An Anti-War on Iraq Teach-In scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ursuline Academy has been moved to St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave. Hundreds of fliers with the incorrect location have been circulated.

The event, organized by Moms and Dads For Peace, in conjunction with the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, will feature speaker Mary Schoen presenting workshops on Nonviolent Alternatives; Military Spending vs. Social Needs; Islam 101; and Fear: Psychology of War.

Cost is $7. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m.

Lorain prosecutor to be U.S. attorney

WASHINGTON - A longtime Lorain County prosecutor who chaired a state task force on preventing crimes against mentally retarded and disabled people won Senate approval Monday for a federal prosecutor post.

Gregory A. White will be U.S. Attorney in Cleveland, the top federal prosecutor for northern Ohio. The Senate approved his nomination with an unanimous voice vote.

White, of Elyria, had been Lorain County prosecutor since 1981.

Gov. Bob Taft created the task force that White chaired after reports in The Cincinnati Enquirer and Dayton Daily News on problems with Ohio's $1.85 billion system to protect the mentally retarded.

The northern district includes Cleveland, Akron, Toledo and Youngstown.

The rest of the state is part of the southern district, which is handled by U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Lockhart in Dayton.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports




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