Saturday, May 31, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Motorcyclist dies in collision with truck

LEBANON - A motorcycle driver was killed Friday when his bike crossed the center line on Bypass Ohio 48 north of Monroe Road and hit a cement truck, which was traveling in the southbound lane about 1:05 p.m.

The motorcycle driver, who is not being identified by police until relatives are told, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County coroner. The truck driver was not injured.

Lebanon police are investigating.

County to auction surplus on Web site

Hamilton County's surplus desks, file cabinets and other castoffs will be put up for bid on an online auction starting Monday.

The eBay-like auction will help the county sell surplus more quickly and make it more easily available to the general public, county officials say.

Surplus items will be added to the auction once a week and be posted for 15 days.

The winning bidder has five days to pay for the item and 10 days to pick it up.

For more information, visit and click "online auction," or call 946-2255.

Man denies 338 charges in shootings

CLEVELAND - A man pleaded not guilty Friday to 338 charges from a deadly university shooting spree. The indictment includes what prosecutors think is the first use of Ohio's year-old terrorism law.

Biswanath Halder, 62, of Cleveland, was arraigned during a video conference from the Cuyahoga County jail. Common Pleas Judge Christopher Boyko ordered him to remain in custody without bond.

The indictment accuses Halder of terrorism "with purpose to intimidate or coerce a civilian population."

One person was killed and two injured in the shootings May 9 at Case Western Reserve University. Faculty members and others hid inside offices, classrooms and closets until SWAT team members and FBI agents got them out after about seven hours.

Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Rick Bell said the gunman inside the Weatherhead School of Management was "shooting at many different people and chasing people down the hallways."

Gov. Bob Taft signed a bill May 15, 2002, to strengthen Ohio's ability to prevent and respond to acts of terrorism.

Zoo to present need for levy renewal

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will present its case for a levy renewal to the Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee on Monday.

The levy review committee will also get a report from consultant A.T. Hudson & Co. on the zoo's finances, and the public will be invited to comment on the proposed levy.

The committee is charged with recommending to the county commissioners whether to place proposed countywide levies on the ballot.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. Monday at 138 E. Court St., downtown, in Room 603.

Aquarium seeking $4.5M expansion
Domestic killing charge upgraded
Brace for temps in 40s

Whittier Elementary's principal says farewell
Colerain looks at kids' curfew
Pandering conviction voided
Frampton to play game
Blue Ash deputy manager resigns
Obituary: Jeffrey L. Wise, 18, criminology major in college
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Springer stars in Butler Co.
Crash kills 2 in West Chester; driver charged
GOP calls off seat-switch
Fairfield trio take separate paths
Possible bomb in Union park

Buckeye Egg cited by FDA for ignoring rules
Boy's family drops alternative method to treat leukemia
24-hour cameras watch Cleveland street for crime
Tank's success in Iraq reflects well on Lima factory
Ohio Moments

Day camp meets the needs of kids who cope with cancer
Pendleton Co. investigates inmate abuse at Grant jail
Patton signs discrimination ban
Anti-smoking group brings fight close to home
Court strikes part of school nepotism law
Ky. Wesleyan president to step down
Students charged in huffing
Mine may account for bad water
Kentucky obituaries
More doctors face discipline
Critics upset by mining study
Fla. man files suit for abuse by Ky. priest
One person killed when blaze destroys mobile home
Justice joins Paducah environmental lawsuit