Sunday, May 4, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Man killed in one-car accident

ANDERSON TWP. - A Cincinnati man died early Saturday after his truck struck a tree in Anderson Township.

David Seibert, 21, was pronounced dead about 3 a.m. at the scene of the accident in the 8100 block of Forest Road, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities said Seibert was driving a 1989 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck west on Forest Road when he lost control of the truck. The truck ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree. Seibert was wearing a seat belt. Sheriff's officials said speed apparently was a factor in the crash.

Truck, car collide; Verona woman dies

HEBRON - A 19-year-old Verona woman died Saturday when her car was hit by a tractor-trailer.

About 10:15 a.m. Heather Hawthorne was driving east on Barbara Drive when she pulled into the intersection with Ky. 237, Boone County Sheriff's Department said.

Hawthorne's car was hit on the driver's side by a tractor-trailer traveling south on Ky. 237. Sheriff's officials said the tractor-trailer had the right-of-way because a traffic light was flashing yellow for Ky. 237.

The light was flashing red for Barbara Drive.

Hawthorne died at the scene before she could be flown to University Hospital, officials said. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Steven Hausfeld of Cincinnati, was not injured in the accident. No charges are pending, authorities said.

The sheriff's department is investigating the accident.

Mom arrested after 3 boys found outside

AKRON, Ohio - Three boys, malnourished and barefoot, were found wandering around the city early Monday. When police went to their home, they found a house neat and clean - except for the closet where the boys said they had been locked in for weeks at a time.

Now, their mother and her lover have been arrested and charged with abusing the boys, ages 8, 10 and 14.

Mary Rowles, 30, the boys' mother, has been charged with five felony counts of child endangering. Her lover, Alice Jenkins, 27, was charged with five felony counts of child endangering and two counts of felonious assault that accuse her of hitting a child with a hammer and kicking the children.

Award renamed for slain prison guard

ORIENT, Ohio - The top award given to Ohio corrections officers for bravery and courage has been renamed in honor of a prison guard killed after being taken hostage during the 1993 riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville.

Robert Vallandingham's widow, Peggy, accepted the Vallandingham Gold Star Award for Valor during a ceremony on Friday at the Corrections Training Academy in the Orient prison complex.

Lt. Darrold Clark Jr., the only former hostage still working at the Lucasville prison, also received the award.

Paper may get records on Knight

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Star might be entitled to some of the information contained within Indiana University records related to Bob Knight's firing, the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday. But the court said IU did not have to disclose records of a campus police investigation into a student's run-in with Knight that contributed to the basketball coach's dismissal in September 2000.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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