Saturday, May 10, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Moeller High has new principal

MONTGOMERY - A new principal has been appointed at Moeller High School. Blane M. Collison, principal of St. Vincent Ferrer School in Kenwood, will begin the job July 1.

Collison, 41, has been principal of St. Vincent Ferrer since 1995.

Before that, he was principal of the Northwest Local School District High School summer school program and assistant principal of Colerain Middle School. Collison was also a teacher and coach at Colerain and Northwest high schools and Pleasant Run Junior High. He holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Dayton and a master's in educational administration from Xavier University.

He succeeds Dan Ledford, who retired after 11 years.

Prowler entering homes in Mason

MASON - Police are investigating a series of home intrusions near Heritage Oak Park in this Warren County city.

A person has been entering homes in the area of Cox Street, Dawson Street, Cowan Drive and Kings Mills Road between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Three incidents happened April 27, and a fourth around the same date.

Each time, the residents woke up when they heard someone in the house. Nothing was reported stolen or damaged.

Police encourage residents in the area to secure their homes by locking the doors and windows.

Anyone with information should call Detective Scott Doughman at the Mason Police Department at 229-8560.

Tour historic police station today

GLENDALE - The Glendale Police Department will hold its annual spring open house from noon to 4 p.m. today. The station is at 301 E. Sharon Road.

There will be displays from the Norfolk Southern railroad, the Hamilton County Communications Center and the Hamilton County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

Glendale police officers will teach a pulmonary resuscitation class beginning at 1:30 p.m. There will also be 20-minute bicycle safety courses. All participants will receive a free bicycle helmet. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles for a safety inspection.

For information, call 771-7645.

Former Miami U prof to be sentenced

HAMILTON - A June 24 sentencing date has been set for a former professor at Miami University-Middletown who pleaded guilty to three criminal charges.

Mostafa Mehdizadeh, 54, of Montgomery, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, possession of criminal tools and importuning.

The charges relate to Mehdizadeh's Internet communications with Hamilton police officers posing as teens between the ages of 12 and 16, police said.

Each charge is a fifth-degree felony punishable by a 12-month prison term and a fine of $2,500.

The university suspended Mehdizadeh in March, shortly after Hamilton police arrested him, said university spokeswoman Janis Toennisson.

Mehdizadeh, an economics professor at the university since 1982, resigned April 29, Toennisson said. She said the university complied with investigators' request to examine his office computer, and the computer has been returned.

Food donations can be left at mailbox

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold the largest one-day food drive in the nation to "Stamp Out Hunger" today. The food drive is sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, the AFL-CIO, the United Way and Campbell Soups.

Leave nonperishable items by your mailbox today and your letter carrier will pick up the food and distribute it to a local food bank.

Building begins on police station

SPRINGFIELD TWP. - Township officials will break ground at 8 a.m. today for the expansion of the police station at 1130 Compton Road.

Police have outgrown the old station, built in 1978, and the 10,000-square-foot addition and other renovations will allow more space for training, technology upgrades and other functions, officials said.

The $2.1 million addition is the first part of a $12.5 million project that will include a fire headquarters, administration building and service department complex.

Long service to GOP is noted

COLUMBUS - Martha Moore, the longest-serving state central committee member in Republican Party history, stepped down Friday as the Ohio GOP's vice chairwoman but will remain on the committee to which she first was elected in 1950.

Moore, 84, joined the committee when Harry Truman was president and Frank Lausche was governor. Both were Democrats.

She became vice chairwoman and joined the Republican National Committee in 1968, and also is its longest-serving member.

The committee unanimously elected Moore vice chairwoman emeritus.

Jammin' is laid-back street fest
Dancin' crowd helps festival pick up the pace
Pathologist's conviction reversed
College grads find dream jobs elusive
Hamilton soldier shot dead in Iraq

Event honors traditions
Robbers hit bar; patron shoots
Obituary: Jean Angela Noppenberger, Sister of Charity
Tristate A.M. Report
Number of audits likely to grow
Fire captain accused in abduction
Hey west side, you're next

McNUTT: Author to lead writers' session
Faith Matters: Moms honored at area services

Gas leak closes road by Lebanon
Suspect returns for trial in 1974 killing
Cleanup spoils summer
A snip for charity
Fugitive who owes victim imprisoned

Victim receives $550,000
Pickerington parents propose pay-to-play to salvage activities
President picked for Cleveland Foundation
Ohio contests unemployment fine
Historic highway helped America grow westward
Boarder pleads guilty to murder of Mount Victory councilwoman
More animal farms avoid regulation
Bathroom passes ease wait for new coaster
Ohio Moments

Land wanted by airport to cost $9.5M
Tired of your old tires? Now's your chance
Western regents OK joint engineering degree programs with UK and U of L
Murder suspect had violent history
Three charged for meth lab
'Probable' case of SARS being treated in N.Ky.
N.Ky. Rep. Lucas one of only four Democrats who voted for tax cut
Escapee gives up after tear gas lands
Court upholds dismissal of case against Mexican
WKU dorm fire, death prompts review of safety
Kentucky obituaries
Court rules in favor of W.Ky. industrial park bond issue
Child-support lawsuit targets candidate
Candidates spent $12.5M
Cleanup proceeding at Paducah plant