Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Cincinnati called link in drug network

Greater Cincinnati was among several cities involved in a drug bust announced Tuesday.

As part of an 18-month investigation dubbed "Operation North Star," U.S. and Canadian officials said they disrupted a major methamphetamine supply system by making 67 arrests and seizing tons of illegal chemicals.

The investigation centered on the shipment of pseudoephedrine - a common nasal decongestant that in large amounts is a key ingredient in methamphetamine - from three Canadian companies to large illicit labs in the Southwestern United States.

Most of the shipments were made by truck over the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, often hidden within legitimate loads of bottled water, bubble gum and other goods. The main brokers were in Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit and Los Angeles, officials said.

Search warrants executed Tuesday resulted in the seizure of more than 34,000 pounds of pseudoephedrine, $3.6 million in cash and six homes. Three arrests were made in or near Cincinnati, officials said.

Felicity man dies in crash on Ohio 125

MONROE TWP. - A 19-year-old Felicity man was killed Tuesday in a one-car crash along Ohio 125, just east of Amelia.

J.B. Warren was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:50 a.m. crash, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Officials think Warren, who was alone, drifted across the center line as he drove his red 1989 Nissan westbound. The car struck a concrete culvert and came to a stop on the side of the eastbound lane.

Lt. Paul Hermes said speed was not a factor and that Warren was wearing a seat belt.

Family members told investigators Warren had been out late Monday and got up early Tuesday for work.

He is the 10th person to be killed in a car crash in the past five years along this stretch of Ohio 125.

On March 1, troopers stepped up patrols of the seven-mile stretch of 125 between Ohio 132 and Ohio 222.

Loveland High vandals sought

SYMMES TWP. - Hamilton County sheriff's deputies searched Tuesday for vandals who broke into Loveland High School early Monday and caused significant damage.

Intruders entered the school at 11801 Rich Road between midnight and 5 a.m. They spray-painted obscenities on the walls, ransacked offices, damaged property, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and other property, sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said.

School officials were still assessing the damage Tuesday and had not determined a cost. Police have made no arrests.

About 1,100 students attend the school.

Your input asked for AK discharges

MIDDLETOWN - The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. today to gather public comments about a proposal for a wastewater discharge permit for AK Steel.

The meeting at Middletown High School, 601 N. Breiel Blvd., covers one new and seven existing discharge points at AK's main facility, at 1801 Crawford St., involving wastewater discharged into Dick's Creek.

The proposed new discharge is from the company's PCB treatment system.

OEPA officials said the discharges proposed by this application would not exceed the state's water quality standards but would result in a change from the current water quality conditions in the creek and subsequently in the Great Miami River.

The OEPA is required to consider public opinion before deciding on the permit application.

Climb for Crossroad aids health center

Crossroad Health Center's seventh annual fund-raising event, "Climb for Crossroad," will begin at 1:30 p.m. today at the McMicken Firehouse, 8 E. McMicken.

The Cincinnati Fire Department Local 48 is teaming with Crossroad to walk the streets of Over-the-Rhine throughout the afternoon, getting businesses and individuals to commit to the event.

Scheduled for May 10, the fund-raiser involves groups and individuals getting pledges to walk up 200 steps through Liberty Hill, with the proceeds going to Crossroad to offset health care for the uninsured.

About 30 percent of its patients are uninsured.

Immediately after the May 10 Climb is a community festival with games, entertainment and celebrity appearances.

Family, neighbors mourn a soldier
Gold star banners for duo
Counseling, hot lines, Web sites
Keeping in touch
Soldier hit by shrapnel

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Luken may veto spending
Fire that killed 5 was no accident
'Summer' breezes into town
Hey, driving here isn't so bad
French Lick dares to breathe
Views clash in court on gun law
Evendale council rescinds 'blight' label for Reading Road corridor
Council to address use of Cleves fields
Tax Day filers form lively line on deadline
Tristate A.M. Report

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Warren changes overseer
Hamilton Township police vote 7-1 to join Fraternal Order of Police
Liberty cuts list for top job to six
Putter's owner vows to fix parking jam
Obituary: Jack Groh, businessman

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Senator his old self after surgery
Churchill alters policy on wagering
Lucas fund raising lags 3 in GOP
Ex-Dayton cop given home incarceration
Transportation building a waste, Lunsford says
'Palace' to spread peace through meditation
Candidate pitches higher cigarette tax