Beer truck topples, clogging I-75 - 71

Sunday, May 10, 1998

Boone County police on Saturday again faced a traffic mess on Interstate 75 - 71.

Officers were called about 2:45 p.m. Saturday to an accident with injuries on a ramp where the two highways split near Walton, police said. According to officers, a tractor-trailer truck carrying a load of beer toppled over.

The driver's name and condition were not available Saturday night.

Officers were diverting drivers around the site and expected to resume normal traffic on the highway about midnight.

It was the second day that a traffic mishap has snarled motorists in Northern Kentucky. Another beer truck toppled on southbound I-75 in Fort Mitchell, closing a portion of the highway for about five hours. And about 2:45 p.m. Friday, a tractor-trailer truck overturned at the I-75 - 71 split in Walton. That accident was cleared within an hour.

N. Fairmont man's bond set after standoff

A North Fairmount man accused of holding family members at gunpoint and threatening to kill them was being held Saturday at the Hamilton County Justice Center with bond set at $21,000.

Mark Berry, 33, of the 1600 block of Waverly Avenue, was arraigned Saturday on four counts of aggravated menacing and one count of inducing panic.

He allegedly was highly intoxicated, had a shotgun and was threatening to kill the family. Police called the SWAT team about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. That led to a four-hour standoff but a peaceful resolution.

Bible reading features diverse faiths, voices

Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, Cincinnati Vice Mayor Minette Cooper and Rabbi Abie Ingber will open Monday's Bible reading marathon at the University of Cincinnati campus.

The 80-hour, round-the-clock marathon kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Hillel Jewish Student Center, 2615 Clifton Ave., University Heights. Itwill feature different faiths, languages and translations. Among the 300 expected readers are those who will speak in Hebrew, Persian, German, Arabic, Swedish, French, Yiddish, Spanish, Russian and Italian.

The public is invited to participate. Drop in or call 221-6728 for time reservations.

Westwood man's bond $75,000 in slaying

Maurice Walker, 23, of Westwood was arraigned Saturday at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Mr. Walker's bond was set at $75,000; he was being held at the justice center Saturday.

The charge stems from a shooting early Friday on Derrick Turnbow Avenue. Jervell Ferguson, 17, was dead on arrival at University Hospital with gunshots to his head and chest.

2 firefighters, resident injured in Lebanon

LEBANON -- A blaze sent two firefighters to the hospital and gutted an apartment early Saturday morning at the Woodridge Apartments on Franklin Road in Lebanon. When firefighters arrived, heavy flames were visible from the northwest corner of a single-story, wood-frame building housing Apartment 8, the Lebanon Fire Division said. The fire, knocked down in less than 10 minutes, was under control just after 2:40 a.m.

A resident was treated at Bethesda Warren County for burns and released. Both firefighters were also treated at the hospital and released. One received minor burns, and the other injured an ankle.

Damage is estimated at $35,000. Firefighters say a faulty furnace motor caused the fire.

Task force to study child arson issues

The Cincinnati Fire Division is forming a task force to study the issue of children setting fires. The panel, composed of fire officials and others, will review the problem and recommend preventive steps.

Officer, van driver killed in collision

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- A Scioto County sheriff's cruiser responding to a robbery call collided with a van early Saturday, killing a sheriff's captain and the driver of the van, and injuring a deputy, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened about 2:55 a.m. on Ohio 522 near Wheelersburg. Capt. Charles D. Conley, 42, of Sciotoville was headed westbound, responding to a report of a robbery at a Wheelersburg appliance store, said Dispatcher Brandi Flannery.

An eastbound van driven by James L. Waddell, 30, of Wheelersburg, apparently turned into Capt. Conley's path, the patrol said.

Authorities did not know how fast Capt. Conley was driving. Mr. Waddell was pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol said. Capt. Conley was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, where he was pronounced dead.

A passenger in Capt. Conley's cruiser, Deputy Matthew E. Powell of Portsmouth, was listed in fair condition Saturday at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

Ms. Flannery said the robbery call turned up nothing.

4 more plead guilty in corruption probe

CLEVELAND -- Four more defendants -- including a Cuyahoga County jail guard, a part-time patrolman and an auxiliary officer -- have pleaded guilty in an FBI drug sting that targeted corrupt police officers.

Jail guard John J. Evanish III, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Pleading guilty to conspiracy were: Daniel M. Dehil, 26, a computer specialist; part-time East Cleveland Patrolman Christopher L. McMichael, 27; and East Cleveland auxiliary officer Leonard F. Davis, 28.

The pleas Friday raised to 47 the number of defendants who have pleaded guilty. Six others face trial May 26.

Mr. Dehil was enlisted twice by acquaintances as a backup to help corrupt officers hired to protect cocaine deals. But bothered by what he had done, he reported the drug deals to the FBI.

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