Thursday, September 11, 2003

Regional Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Colerain trustee for 'scenic' status

COLERAIN TWP. - Obtaining state scenic river status for the Great Miami River would benefit nearby residents - and it's Colerain Township's responsibility, as the largest township in the state, to lead the movement, a trustee said Wednesday.

"There's a lot more to having the state scenic river status than just having the words 'state scenic river,'" said Trustee Bernie Fiedeldey. "Scenic river status for the Great Miami would bring tax dollars back to Colerain Township from the state and federal level."

Fiedeldey said the Little Miami River has received about $8 million in state and federal grants because of its scenic river status. He wants a study on the Great Miami to see if scenic river status is possible.

Uptown Towers shooter eludes police

Cincinnati police were still looking Wednesday night for a person who apparently fired shots from inside a West End apartment building near City Hall.

Officers responded about 5 a.m. to Uptown Towers on West Ninth Street after calls from people who said they heard shots. The officers then radioed that they heard eight more shots. They called for the SWAT team, which searched the building and found no shooter and no one hurt.

The shooter was not a sniper, District 1 Capt. James Whalen said. Investigators found damage on two buildings to the west of Uptown Towers, he said.

Police said they do have a lead on a suspect.

Streets around the building were shut down for several hours, but were reopened by 8 a.m.

Loveland park press box delayed

LOVELAND - Plans to build a press box at Boike Park for youth football were put on hold Tuesday while city officials decide if they should regulate noise from the public address system.

Council tabled a resolution that would allow Loveland Youth Football Inc. to construct and maintain the press box at a field the association developed in the city park along Tiger Trail.

Assistant City Manager Tom Carroll said city officials expressed concern that announcements from early and late games might bother nearby neighborhoods such as Chatham Woods.

He said it was unclear whether the issue required public input at the city level because the property is in Symmes Township.

Township Administrator Gerald Beckman said conditions could be placed on the public address system as part of the zoning process.

Firefighter accused of shoving fire chief

TRENTON - After a kitchen fire, an argument involving Trenton's volunteer fire department flared into an alleged assault on the fire chief by one of his men, police said.

Jeff Hobbs, a 39-year-old member of the department, was charged with misdemeanor assault after shoving Trenton Fire Chief Thomas Puckett , police said.

Hobbs made "derogatory remarks" at the scene of the residential fire, police said, which led to Puckett later confronting the firefighter at the fire station.

Puckett wasn't hurt in the incident, though his glasses were broken.

Barn burns, but woods are spared

AURORA - The fire department here prevented a barn fire late Tuesday from spreading into woods.

At 11:19 p.m. the Aurora Fire Department responded to a barn fire on Huseman Road in Washington Township, across from the old Rumpke facility.

The 60-by-30-foot barn, owned by Nick Hartman of West Harrison, collapsed moments after firefighters arrived.

Firefighters spent 31/2 hours fighting the blaze and containing it to the barn. No injuries were reported in the fire that caused $15,000 in damage.

Investigators don't know the cause and ask anyone with information to contact Lt. Kevin Turner at the Aurora Fire Department, (812) 926-1225.

Casino patron sent to prison for drugs, guns

LAWRENCEBURG - An Illinois man was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday after his arrest more than a year ago at the Argosy Casino when police found methamphetamine, several handguns and an assault rifle in his vehicle and his hotel room.

Michael David Sheridan, 44, of West Salem, Ill., was given the maximum sentence after his conviction on the class C felony of possession of methamphetamine while armed with a firearm, according to Dearborn and Ohio counties prosecuting attorney Sally Blankenship.

When he was arrested in April 2002, Sheridan had an active Illinois arrest warrant for escape and criminal drug conspiracy for manufacture of methamphetamines.

Cincinnati remembers in solemn prayers, reflective moments
Schedule of local events
Updates on today's memorials across the country
Emotional impact of 9-11 blunts as world changes
PULFER: Still grieving? Blame the media
9-11 aftermath stays with Loveland man
How Greater Cincinnati marked the first anniversary
Profiles of area victims in the 2001 attacks
3-D graphic of plans for the World Trade Center site
Photos of the attacks on the World Trade Center
Photos of the attacks on the Pentagon
Photos of Flight 73
Special multimedia coverage from Gannett News Service

Strong at first, volunteer spirit has waned
Here's how to get involved
Profiles of local volunteers:
16-year-old helps kids get the chance to dance
Dad impresses by going fishing
Arthritis can't keep her from job
Helping others helps heal
Math tutor gets lesson
When disaster hits, he responds
Mentors ease the teen years
Variety is the spice of giving

Two years later, we must not forget
Other voices on the lessons of 9/11

Drug suspect a wholesaler, police say
Morgue photographer's appeal refused
Kroger gets its garage, but not before debate
Developer tells plan for mixed complex
ODOT asks $155M for I-75
City rejects $20M condo project in E. Price Hill
1-dose tumor center opens
Regional Report
West End to get new YMCA

Amos: 2-year steppingstone to college lost in UC shuffle
Howard: Good Things Happening

Kings waits to broach tax hike
Monthly Chamber lunch like honey for candidates
Wastewater requests have some crying foul
Monroe Police Chief Howard sidelined by heart problems
Oxford half-marathon already draws hundreds
Suspect arrested in day-care purse snatching
'New' Harrison celebrates arts
Other riverfest has a lot to offer
Sewer overflows spout in Warren Co.
Officials at odds over cost of renovating court center

Coach helped soccer get a start
Billie Garnett, St. Henry mainstay
Kentucky obituaries

Woman charged in death of alleged abductor
Ohio moments

Independence ex-councilman on probation
Kentucky Briefs
Florence official who stole sued
Boone school board member running for state House seat
Illness strikes N.Ky. schools
Park's reputation undergoing change