Monday, August 11, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report


Hamilton High coach charged with DUI

Compiled from staff and wire reports

HAMILTON - Hamilton High School's football coach faces three charges, including driving under the influence, after a weekend accident.

Eric Gillespie, 38, of Dayton was driving westbound on Ohio 129 near the Route 4 bypass interchange Saturday morning when he traveled off the right side of the road, hit a concrete barrier and continued driving, police said.

A Butler County sheriff's deputy stopped Gillespie at the Route 4 intersection. He was charged with DUI, failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident. He was released after posting bond.

Gillespie was hired last year, the team's first new coach in 14 seasons. He made headlines last year by becoming the second African-American prep football coach in Butler County history.

St. Ursula dedicates gym, assembly center

St. Ursula Academy in East Walnut Hills dedicated its $4.2 million gymnasium and convocation center Sunday.

Construction began in June 2002 for the 1,000-seat, 30,000-square-foot facility. It includes volleyball and basketball courts, a running track, three locker rooms, a fitness center, offices, concession areas and restrooms.

Former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott donated $500,000 to the project.

UC ex-editor charged with taking $5,728

A former editor of the University of Cincinnati News Record student newspaper has been charged with theft after investigators discovered $5,728 missing from a newspaper account.

Police say Dale F. Smith, 26, of Clifton, made several electronic transactions between March 25 and June 3 to his personal bank account by using the News Record's Visa machine. UC campus police arrested him Friday.

A university spokesman was not sure Sunday if Smith was still a student. He is no longer on the editorial staff, according to the newspaper's Web site.

Counselor faces sexual allegations

BATAVIA - A 57-year-old Pleasant Ridge man faces two counts of sexual battery in Clermont County in connection with an allegation that he had inappropriate contact with a patient four years ago while working as a counselor.

After being indicted by a Clermont County grand jury, Phillip J. Leugers was arrested Friday and released the same day after posting a $20,000 bond.

Leugers is accused of inappropriate contact in 1999 with a patient served by the Clermont Counseling Center in Amelia, officials said. If convicted, Leugers could face five years in prison.

As part of the conditions on the bond, Leugers was ordered to stay away from the victim. An arraignment hearing was scheduled for Aug. 21 before Clermont County Common Pleas Judge William Walker.

Deer Park officer puts out Molotov cocktail

A Deer Park police officer found a lighted Molotov cocktail under a park bench early Sunday morning, then used a fire extinguisher to put it out, police said.

Around 4:39 a.m., officer Robert Miller observed a small flame in a remote area of Chamberlain Park that wasn't near any homes. Under a park bench was the Molotov cocktail with the wick burning.

After Miller put out the fire, another officer moved the device to the Deer Park police department, where the Cincinnati Fire Department Bomb Squad determined it safe to handle.

Four charged in stolen festival food, alcohol

Four men were arrested Sunday after food and alcohol that was stolen overnight from Great Inland Seafood Festival concession booths was found in the men's camp under Mehring Way downtown, Cincinnati police said.

The four were charged with receiving stolen property.

Police said all four admitted they knew the items were stolen and that they had consumed the alcohol. Two of the men denied eating the food, which included shrimp and crayfish to be served at the festival.

When the men were arrested just before 1 p.m. Sunday, empty liquor bottles were visible on the ground, police said.

Park offers tickets to spur blood donations

MASON - To encourage summer blood donations and help prevent further blood shortages, Paramount's Kings Island has donated 1,000 general admission tickets for the park to Hoxworth Blood Center, which will give the tickets to donors.

During the week of August 10-16, every donor at any of Hoxworth's eight neighborhood donor centers will be entered into a raffle to win one free ticket to the Mason amusement park.

Hoxworth's blood inventory has been critically low this summer, according to Michael Anderson, a spokesman for the only community blood center for Greater Cincinnati, located at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Appointments to donate blood can be scheduled by calling 451-0910.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds.




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