Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Tristate A.M. report

Hamilton County issues smog alert

Compiled from staff and wire reports

The forecast for today and Wednesday: smog and more smog.

The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services issued a smog alert Monday for "sensitive populations," meaning that people with respiratory problems, heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

In addition, businesses and individuals are asked to avoid driving, refueling vehicles, lawn mowing and other activities that contribute to the formation of ozone, which is a prime ingredient of smog.

Smog, a lung irritant, is created on hot, still days when the sun cooks ozone.

Tristate treated for gypsy moth infestation

The Ohio Department of Agriculture treated nearly 2,000 acres in the Tristate Monday to prevent the spread of the gypsy moth.

The European species of moth was accidentally released near Boston in the 1860s and has been feasting on hardwood forests ever since.

The moth has primarily been a problem in the north and eastern regions of Ohio, although small populations have been found in Hyde Park, , where about 1,000 acres were treated Monday, and just north of Hamilton in Butler County, where 825 acres were treated.

Officials used a crop duster to spread "pheromone flakes," which are two pieces of plastic with a chemical that recreates the scent of female gypsy moths.

The idea is that when males emerge from their cocoons, they will not be able to find females to mate with because they will smell flakes everywhere.

Man gets life term in repeated rapes of girl

A North Bend man will spend the rest of his life in prison for using a little girl as what prosecutors called his "sex slave."

Charles Hess, 42, pleaded guilty Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to four charges of forcible rape of a child under the age of 13 and a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, all relating to one victim.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Fred Nelson sentenced Hess.

Hess repeatedly raped the victim, according to prosecutors.

"Simply and tragically put, she was horribly abused as a sex slave," Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said in March when Hess was indicted.

Council to vote on regional fire school

Cincinnati City Council is considering a plan to build a $5 million regional fire training center that could boast of being one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the nation.

City Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance to buy eight acres on Mill Creek Road in South Cumminsville for the training campus that would include offices, classrooms and a high-bay building for year-round training on hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction.

The plan also calls for a new "burn building," a structure intentionally set on fire to train firefighters, replacing a brick building built in 1959.

Mother accused of leaving 3 kids alone

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of child endangering for allegedly leaving three young children alone.

Tracy Kinman of West Price Hill is accused of leaving her three young children alone for about two hours, a police report says.

She was arrested around 1 a.m. Monday after she returned to her apartment on Hermosa Avenue.

Officers had been dispatched there after a citizen reported "there was a child yelling 'mommy' from the apartment window" for about an hour, a police report said. Police got no answer at the door, so they entered through the unsecured window and found three children - ages 2, 1 and 6 months - had been left unattended.

About 40 minutes after police arrived, Kinman returned, saying she had been gone looking for the children's father, the report says.

Carlisle man indicted in rape of 4-year-old

LEBANON - A 31-year-old Carlisle man was indicted Monday in the rape of a 4-year-old girl.

Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said Edward V. Reyes, of West Dubois Court, is accused of molesting the girl last March at her parent's home in Franklin.

Reyes was a friend of the girl's parents and was babysitting at the time of the incident.

A younger child was in the home but showed no signs of sexual abuse, Hutzel said.

Police began investigating the case in March when the 4-year-old girl reported the abuse to her mother.

Center to test blood for West Nile virus

Beginning June 30, every unit of blood donated to Hoxworth Blood Center will be tested for the West Nile virus.

"The safety of our communities' blood supply is our number one concern," said Michael Anderson, spokesperson for Hoxworth.

"Having the West Nile test ready for the summer mosquito season just reinforces our commitment to the safety of our donors and recipients."

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