Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Thousands lose power after morning storm

Compiled from staff and wire reports

A short but severe storm swept through Greater Cincinnati on Monday morning and caused power failures for about 5,900 Cinergy customers.

Cinergy restored power to all but about 1,300 of those customers by mid-morning, said Steve Brash, Cinergy spokesman, and to all but about 370 by Monday evening.

Most of the power outages occurred along the Interstate 75 corridor in Hamilton County and in a small part of western Clermont County, he said.

Sheriff's office seeks third man in robbery

GREEN TWP. - Two men are facing charges and officers are looking for a third man in connection with the robbery of the Cincinnati Central Credit Union at 3636 Werk Road Monday.

There were no reported injuries.

Two men wearing turbans entered the credit union about 9:30 a.m., and one handed a teller a note demanding money, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said. The second man stood near the front door and acted as lookout. No weapon was shown.

After obtaining cash, the men fled. A Cheviot police officer spotted the two suspected robbers and a driver in a car several minutes later and began a pursuit.

The trio led officers down Queen City Avenue, jumped from the car and ran into woods near La Feuille Avenue. One of the suspected robbers and the driver were caught by officers, but the second suspected robber got away. An undisclosed amount of money was recovered.

The driver, Dante L. Taylor, 23, of the West End, is charged with one count of robbery. Eddie B. Allen Sr., no known address, is also charged with one count of robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040 or the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 825-1500.

21-year-old faces 7 felony counts of arson

LEBANON - A 21-year-old Deerfield Township man now faces seven felony counts of arson for allegedly setting four trash fires, including one that burned down the Morand Building on Columbia Road.

Bruce McGary, Warren County assistant prosecutor, said Monday that a grand jury added three charges against Derric Urton because three businesses were destroyed in the building fire.

Urton, of Steeplechase Lane, remains jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Sheriff's detectives said Urton was unaware that one of the trash fires, allegedly set as he walked home June 25 from a Landen bar, had ignited the small strip center.

The other trash fires were set behind a convenience store, an apartment complex and a bar on U.S. 22/Ohio 3, where investigators said Urton had been involved in an altercation early that morning.

Teams sought for September triathlon

Organizers of the second annual Freedom Challenge Urban Eco Competition are looking for teams of six men and six women to participate in their triathlon Sept. 21.

The competition consists of a raft race across the Ohio River, a run/walk course through Mount Adams and an obstacle course in Sawyer Point.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has joined the competition for the first time. The entry fee is $3,000 and is tax deductible. The funds benefit both The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Boy Scouts of America.

For information, call the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 361-2100, or visit these Web sites: www.littlemiamitriathlon.com or www.teamintraining.org.

Kucinich plans bid for Congress, presidency

COLUMBUS - Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Monday he'll likely run for Congress again even as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.

"At present, that's my plan," Kucinich said when asked if he would file for re-election by Jan. 4, the mandatory deadline.

State law allows candidates to run for Congress and president simultaneously.

Asked whether he would run for Congress if he received the nomination, Kucinich said he could only hope to face such a choice.

Permit violations keep pipeline job on hold

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Construction of a petroleum pipeline through southern Ohio will remain on hold until permit violations are corrected and a plan addressing future compliance is approved, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday.

The corps halted construction on the Marathon Ashland Petroleum pipeline project Wednesday after inspections revealed violations at a section running through the Richland Furnace State Forest in northern Jackson County, Ohio.

Inspectors said workers dumped fill into waterways, failed to control erosion and sediment and worked outside the approved right of way.

Over the weekend, the corps and Ohio River Pipeline LLC agreed on an interim plan to correct the violations, the agency said.

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