Thursday, May 8, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Portman says thanks but no to budget job

WASHINGTON - Rep. Rob Portman doesn't want to be President Bush's budget director.

The Terrace Park Republican was mentioned in several news stories Wednesday as a possible replacement for Mitch Daniels, who announced Tuesday that he was leaving as director of the White House's budget office to return to Indiana. "He is not interested in the position," said Portman's spokesman, Jim Morrell. "He's very happy where he is right now. It gives him a unique role in helping the president on Capitol Hill."

Portman, 47, is the chairman of the House Republican leadership and liaison to the White House. As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, he is also helping push through the president's proposed $550 million tax cut.

Fairfield man cleared of kidnapping charge

HAMILTON - A Butler County jury on Wednesday acquitted a Fairfield man of all charges in connection with an alleged domestic violence and kidnapping incident.

The jury deliberated about three hours before finding Randy P. Savage, 29, not guilty. Savage, whose trial began Monday in Common Pleas Court, had been accused of four counts of kidnapping involving his estranged wife and their three children, as well as intimidating a victim or witness, violating a protection order and domestic violence.

The charges stemmed from an Oct. 6 incident in which the woman alleged that Savage had held her and the children against their will for several hours. Fairfield police said the woman told them that Savage released her and two of the children, but was still holding a 4-year-old.

Fairfield police said Savage refused to answer the door or telephone, so they enlisted help from the Hamilton SWAT team to arrest him.

Woman faces three charges in I-75 chase

LEBANON - State troopers filed felony charges Wednesday against a woman who crashed into several cars on Interstate 75 during a police chase.

Valerie Trimble, 35, faces two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and a single charge of fleeing and eluding.

State patrol officials said Trimble was traveling up to 90 mph on Tuesday and was being followed by patrol cruisers after sideswiping a vehicle when she lost control of her car, crossed the median and crashed head-on into opposing traffic in the southbound lanes.

Robert and Maria Ewing of Sterling Heights, Mich., were seriously injured after Trimble's car struck their van. The van was then hit by a tractor-trailer. The Ewings and Trimble remained in Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday.

Mother enters plea to child endangering

LEBANON - A woman who tied up her infant daughter with a phone cord while a man force-fed the child beer and blew crack cocaine smoke into her face pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of child endangering.

Crystal Robinson, 19, of Morrow, faces up to six months in jail when she returns to Warren County Juvenile Court on June 4 for sentencing.

Robinson's 10-month-old daughter remains in foster care.

Robinson was charged in an undercover investigation into an alleged crack house owned by Robinson's mother, Victoria Robinson.

Victoria Robinson is scheduled to be sentenced on drug charges May 21.

A second daughter is scheduled to go on trial in Lebanon Municipal Court today on charges of having her 3-year-old son in the house where crack was being smoked and sold.

County prosecutors said they do not intend to pursue endangering charges against Eric Harley, the man accused of pouring beer down the baby's throat and blowing crack smoke in her face.

He is serving one year in prison after pleading guilty in April to two counts of drug trafficking for selling crack cocaine to undercover agents.

Public input sought on W. Chester parks

WEST CHESTER TWP. - A citizen park committee is holding a public meeting tonight to gauge reaction on a possible future park levy and the township's park plans.

The 6:30 p.m. session will be held at the Lakota West High School Auditorium off Union Centre Boulevard.

With several grant awards and private contributions, the township has been able to acquire property and move ahead on projects such as baseball fields at Beckett Park, Iams Wiggly Field dog park and Daisaku Ikeda Tree Grove at the Voice of America Park.

But last year, trustees appointed the 12-member park committee to discuss whether a park levy should be placed on the ballot to help fund development of parks, a historic schoolhouse, the community center, and a system of greenways and bike trails connecting it all.

After tonight's meeting and telephone surveys that will begin soon, the committee is expected to report its findings to the trustees later this year.

For CPS students, teachers, levy first step to better digs
Black vote called key for issue win
Grocer removes barriers
Clovernook marks 100th year of opportunities for the blind
Fiorini indicted in fraud
Fletcher's campaign given green light by high court

Supreme Court delays Campbell's execution
Condon called fixture at morgue
Council halts student housing project
Four indicted in petition falsification
Norwood cinches up its belt
Man's death sentence overturned
Job applicant papers ruled not public record
Obituary: Rev. John Compton, 77, served Christian Church
Tristate A.M. Report

PULFER: YWCA luncheon
HOWARD: Some Good News

Danger lurks in Dick's Creek
King's rethinks as levy defeated
EPA to detail cleanup of lead in Liberty Township subdivision
Petition legality under question
Complaints delay housing decision
Council OKs outline for economic development
Victim's injuries reminder of crime
City's plan ruffles county's feathers
Police Advisory Committee created

Laci's family backs DeWine bill to protect fetuses
Fire in historic building ruled deliberate
How to decide who lives, dies?
New law lets Amish opt out of paying into workers' comp
Portman declines budget director post
Ohio Moments

Covington says thanks to Bill Cappel with new sports complex
Engineer joins Boone planners
Mother of all YMCAs coming to Boone Co.
Covington nuisance law used for first time
Pendery withdraws from 4th District campaign
WKU student dies of dorm fire injuries
Judge hears evidence in slaying of 13-year-old
Another union urges CBS to can 'Hillbillies'
Five inmates in court in attack on teen
Former NKU foundation head pleads guilty
Kentucky obituaries