Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Regional Report

Lotto winner claims prize through lawyer

Compiled from staff and wire reports

WEST CHESTER TWP. - An attorney for the purchaser of a winning $31 million Ohio Lottery ticket claimed the prize on behalf of his client last week, state officials announced Monday. The winning ticket from the July 23 drawing of the Super Lotto Plus was bought at the AmeriStop Food Mart at U.S. 42 and Dimmick Road in Pisgah.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has taken the cash option, $11.8 million after taxes, state lottery officials said Monday.

Store operators already have received their portion - $31,500 - for selling the winning ticket.

Policeman suspended pending investigation

A Cincinnati police supervisor has been suspended after an investigation into his use of force on a suspect.

Lt. Christopher Matzen, 36, has been on the force since October 1989. He was working second shift in District 5.

An internal investigation is pending. Police released no further details about the incident.

Money, drugs found at scene of shooting

Police continue to investigate the home-invasion double shooting Friday in Clifton Heights because officers found three guns, more than $16,000, more than two pounds of pot and some chocolate-covered hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Marc A. Upton, 24, was shot in the chest in the Ravine Street house where he lived, and a 17-year-old from Independence was hit in the leg. None of the injuries was life-threatening.

In the Ravine Street house, police also found 88 assorted pills and some cocaine.

Police said Monday that charges were pending against Upton.

Officer resigns after minor car accident

A Cincinnati police sergeant resigned hours after she had a minor accident in a city-owned car.

Sgt. Kelli Finn submitted a one-sentence resignation letter Aug. 14. The notation in her personnel file says only that she resigned for personal reasons.

The resignation came the day after Finn was in a wreck in Oakley. Neither she nor the other woman driving was hurt. The two cars were stopped next to each other on Minot Avenue, and Finn hit the other car as she pulled away in front of it.

Finn, 37, was promoted to sergeant in February and had been the leader of District 1's Violent Crime Squad for a month when she quit.

W. Loveland Avenue begins 4-month closing

LOVELAND - A portion of West Loveland Avenue will be closed for about four months beginning today, impeding access to Rich Road.

Only residents who live on the stretch from Lebanon Road to Osage Drive will be permitted access while the city widens the road, installs sidewalks and curbs and makes storm sewer improvements.

Rich Road remains shut down at West Loveland while the city completes a similar project there.

Traffic is being diverted from Fields Ertel Road or up Wall Street and Fallis Roads. The intersection of Rich and Fallis roads, shut down for months while it was widened to accommodate high school traffic, reopened late last week.

Kings Island kids' area called best

MASON - Paramount's Kings Island has earned the industry's Golden Ticket award for Best Kids Area for the third year in a row.

The park's Nickelodeon Central and Hanna-Barbera Land, feature four kids' coasters.

Amusement Today, a trade publication, awards the Golden Tickets.

Player-turned-minister Rosey Grier to speak

HAMILTON - Rosey Grier, a former NFL star who became an ordained minister, will be the keynote speaker at Butler County's Forum On Families & Children.

Grier, who has become an advocate for the less fortunate, will be at a Sept. 23 luncheon at the Hamiltonian Hotel and Conference Center.

That luncheon will be the first of the forum's 17 events, spread out over six weeks at different locations.

All events are free to those living or working in Butler County except for the Sept. 23 luncheon, which costs $10 per person. To attend the luncheon call 785-5181.

Trucker injured in crash on Lateral

A tractor-trailer driver was critically injured Monday morning when his rig loaded with table salt went off the westbound Ohio 562 (Norwood Lateral) ramp to Reading Road and overturned in Bond Hill.

The driver, Steve Scheel, 56, of Florence, was in critical condition late Monday at University Hospital.

The crash occurred at 11:55 a.m. when the vehicle struck two utility poles and a guardrail before going off the right side of the ramp, police said. The truck continued down the embankment, overturned and landed on its side.

The driver was ejected.

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