Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Tristate A.M. report


City has vote on mall's fund request

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Cincinnati City Council could have the last word on the financing plan for a mall 6 miles outside city limits.

Virginia-based Mills Corp. wants to use revenue bonds from the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority to finance the $70 million renovation of the former Forest Fair Mall in Fairfield and Forest Park.

Because part of the project is in Butler County - the mall straddles two cities, two counties and three school districts - the Port Authority needs the approval of its founders before expanding its jurisdiction outside Hamilton County.

"Forest Fair Mall competes with stores in the city," Cincinnati Councilman David Crowley said. "If we approve this, it seems to me that we're helping the mall at our expense."

But Finance Committee Chairman John Cranley said he'd like to see Forest Fair redeveloped, rather than build any of the sprawling malls proposed to the north. City Council is expected to vote on the financing plan next week.

Drug bust made at snack trailer

Kids lined up to buy candy and pop at the snack trailer in Walnut Hills. Police were more interested in dime bags of marijuana.

Residents around Kerper Lane complained repeatedly to District 4 about drugs being sold from the trailer, Sgt. Rick Lehman said. Officers from the Violent Crime Squad made undercover pot buys last week before approaching the trailer Friday night.

Michael Taper, 31, was charged with three counts of drug trafficking. Officers say they found 223 grams of marijuana, divided for sale into small amounts in sandwich bags.

The pot was sold between legitimate sales, Spc. Len LaBrecque said, and handed out the walk-up window in brown paper bags.

Airport board OKs one-terminal plan

HEBRON - The board overseeing the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport approved a terminal area master plan Monday that calls for eventual consolidation of all airline operations in one terminal.

The 30-year plan is expected to cost $1.2 billion in current dollars or $1.7 billion by the time it is finished. The board approved the plan only, and not any construction.

One part of the plan that had raised concerns among several members of the Kenton County Airport Board was a temporary provision that calls for Erlanger-based Comair to use gates in Terminal 1 for overflow during peak hours for several years while a new concourse is built.

That could create a second bus trip for passengers, many board members had complained. But Comair vice president of customer service Tim Zeis told the board Monday that the bus rides would take no longer than three minutes to planes that would be taking off immediately.

He also said that Comair was comfortable with the plan.

Councilman hit in eye trying to end fight

Cincinnati City Councilman Jim Tarbell tried to break up a fight in Corryville on Sunday night, but ended up getting punched in the eye.

The councilman, 60, was driving along Short Vine Street about 8:45 p.m. when he saw a group of people running after two others near Staggerlees store. He got out of his car to try to help, and that's when one of the suspects turned on him. Tarbell called 911 from his cell phone.

Police officers later arrested a 16-year-old after they drove Tarbell around the neighborhood to have him help them look for the suspects. He spotted the 16-year-old, who was arrested.

Tarbell showed up at City Hall on Monday morning with a cut above his left eye.

Police want female suspect in stabbing

SHARONVILLE - A Sharonville man suffered a stab wound to the abdomen at his residence Monday afternoon, and police are looking for a female attacker.

The victim was taken to Bethesda North Hospital. His name and condition were not released.

The 39-year-old man was stabbed with a knife at his home in the 3400 block of Grandview Drive about 2 p.m., Sharonville Police Lt. John Cook said.

Police did not release further details on the attacker or what led to the stabbing.

Evanston man, 19, charged with murder

A 19-year-old Evanston man was indicted Monday in the February robbery and slaying of 16-year-old Bryan Lyons in Evanston, according to court records.

Lyons had stopped at Jack's Carry Out & Drive Thru the evening of Feb. 10 and was headed to his sick grandmother's house nearby when he was shot by Carl Ford, prosecutors say.

Lyons was found lying on the grandmother's lawn. He died just over five hours later at University Hospital.

Prosecutors say Lyons was shot for his gray leather jacket - a jacket he bought from a friend for $20, family members said.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Ford on charges of aggravated murder, two charges of murder, aggravated robbery and robbery. Ford was arrested on June 5 in Lyons' death, court records say.

He is being held in the Hamilton County jail with bond set at $1 million. If convicted, he could faces a life sentence in prison.




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