Sunday, August 31, 2003

Regional Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Man dies, another is injured in car crash

HEBRON - A Hebron man was killed Friday night after his car crashed on East Bend Road.

David Spare, 41, was driving his Toyota Corolla north on Ky. 338 about 10:30 p.m. when he lost control at a bend in the road and spun over the center line and into the path of a Ford Mustang. The Mustang hit the Toyota's passenger-side door, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Spare was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mustang, Chipton Sweet of Richmond, Ky., was taken to St. Luke Hospital West for treatment.

Lt. J.D. Dennison said both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, but alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Police investigate Covington shooting

COVINGTON - Detectives were continuing to investigate a shooting that took place here early Saturday.

Police responded to the 1600 block of May Street a few minutes before 2 a.m. after someone called to report a shooting. Officers found one victim with a single gunshot wound. One person was held for questioning.

Officers refused to release the name of the victim or his condition Saturday afternoon.

Drivers stuff money in firefighters' footgear

Drivers passing through Cincinnati intersections donated more than $48,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association by stuffing money into firefighters' boots.

Quarter by quarter and dollar by dollar, firefighters collected the money Thursday and Friday-- the first two days of the Cincinnati firefighters' first-ever fill-the-boot campaign for the MDA. The collection continued at intersections Saturday and outside the Reds game Saturday night, said Doug Stern, spokesman for the firefighters union.

After Thursday, the firefighters from Engine 14, downtown, led the internal competition among the firehouses. They raised $3,200 by expanding from their initial intersection at Fifth Street and Central Avenue to two others, Stern said. The winning house gets a free lunch from the regional MDA office.

The money will be presented to the MDA on Monday when firefighters take phone pledges during the annual telethon, Stern said.

Collision results in death in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN - One person died in an accident Saturday morning on Breiel Boulevard.

Police said they could not release the name Saturday night because family members had not yet been notified.

Police said the victim's van hit a curb as it left a parking lot, went airborne, struck another vehicle and stopped against a Pizza Hut store at 1300 S. Breiel Blvd.

An 8-year-old in the van was not hurt. The family in the other vehicle was not hurt, police said.

Reds coach heads wrong way on Race

Cincinnati Reds' third-base coach Ray Knight was involved in an accident while driving the wrong way Saturday morning on Race Street when his pickup truck struck an SUV at Fourth Street.

Knight, 50, of Albany, Ga., was not injured in the 9:30 a.m. crash.

According to a police report, Knight's truck hit a Land Rover driven by Dustin Buecker, 33, of Fort Thomas. Buecker was not injured, but the front of his vehicle was damaged.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were involved in the accident.

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