Sunday, May 18, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Teen killed when car runs into utility pole

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - A teenager was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his car on Ohio 32 and struck a utility pole.

Hamilton County sheriff's deputies reported that a car driven by Ryan S. Haber, 17, of Columbia Township was westbound on Ohio 32 at Moran Drive at 12:35 a.m. when his car went off the right side of the road. Police said Haber was pronounced dead at the scene.

Haber was wearing a seat belt, and alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, police said. The accident was under investigation.

16 drivers arrested at sobriety checkpoint

FRANKLIN - A six-hour sobriety check along a Warren County road resulted in 16 drunken-driving arrests, officials from the Lebanon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Saturday.

The checkpoint, set on Ohio 73 east of Interstate 75 in Franklin from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday, also involved officers from Franklin and the Warren County Sheriff's Department. At the checkpoint, 1,087 drivers were stopped. Of these, 95 were found to have been consuming some type of alcoholic beverage. Of the 95 drivers tested for impairment, 16 were arrested for driving under the influence.

In addition, 79 drivers were cited for failure to wear seat belts and one parent was cited for a child restraint violation.

Three men charged in check-cashing robbery

Cincinnati police said a man shot outside a check-cashing business Friday afternoon in College Hill was carrying $5,000 when he was robbed by three men.

Police said Njaga Faal, of the Bronx, N.Y., was shot once in the chest and robbed about 4 p.m. as he left the business at 1207 W. Galbraith Road. P

Police arrested three men minutes later on Virginia Avenue in Northside. Police recovered cash and weapons from the men and the car they were stopped in.

Police charged Sanford Roberts, 23, of Cincinnati and charged him with felonious assault, aggravated robbery and improper possession of a weapon. Also arrested were Martinez Terry, 25, of Cincinnati, charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault, and Antonio Stonestreet, 23, of Cincinnati , charged with aggravated robbery.

All remained in custody at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Information on Mr. Faal's condition was not released.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Historic church hosts combined celebration

Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Ave., Avondale, is hosting its first Friends and Family Day at 10:45 a.m. today, with a reception following. The public is invited.

The speaker will be Beverly Scott of New Jersey, a former associate dean at Rutgers University.

This is the first year for this celebration, replacing the separate Women's and Men's Days. Zion is 160 years old and one of the city's oldest African-American churches.

Chairs for the event are Allene Reed and trustee president emeritus Herbert Mitchell. the Rev. James H. Cantrell is pastor.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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