Xavier University honored retired Cincinnati businessman John J. Schiff and his family Thursday night by giving them the 1998 Xavier Founders' Day Award.
The school also will name its planned conference center -- part of the $44 million Cintas Center now being built -- the Schiff Family Conference Center.
The Xavier Founders' Day Award recognizes caring citizens who support others and Xavier. Mr. Schiff, 82, is the retired chief executive officer of Cincinnati Financial Corp., a holding company for Cincinnati Insurance Cos.
Ministries sponsor Summit on Youth II
The Council of Christian Communions of Greater Cincinnati is sponsoring Summit on Youth II: Connections for Opening Doors to Community Children, on Oct. 3 in Corryville. The summit will allow faith-based organizations to talk with secular agencies that can lend help to their ministries.
The Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, associate general secretary for Christian unity at the National Council of Churches for Christ, USA, will be the featured speaker.
The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Old St. George, 42 Calhoun St. in Corryville. For more information, call the council at 559-3151.
Cause unknown in Sedamsville fire
No cause has been determined for a Sedamsville fire that heavily damaged a two-family home late Wednesday, fire investigators said.
The occupants fled 724 Delhi Ave. about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Cincinnati firefighters said. No occupants and no firefighters were injured.
The fire caused an estimated $30,000 in damage, firefighters said Thursday.
Broadway narrowed to remove structures
Starting today, lanes on Broadway between Fourth Street and Pete Rose Way will be restricted so that demolition crews can take down former Fort Washington Way structures over the roadway.
Broadway will be down to one northbound lane and two southbound lanes from:
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
- 7 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Oct. 2.
Sycamore man accused of growing marijuana
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP -- A township man was arrested and charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana after Hamilton County sheriff's officers searched his residence.
Arrested was Brian Berheit, 26, of Guam Court. He was taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.
The sheriff's office searched the residence with a warrant, following an investigation and allegations that marijuana was being cultivated there, and found marijuana plants in the basement. Officers of the organized crime division also seized cultivation materials, lights and fans, in addition to 14 mature plants and 12 harvested plants.
Police seeking man in sex-assault attempt
SHARONVILLE -- Police are searching for a unidentified man who tried to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl early Thursday in her trailer home on Cambridge Drive.
The suspect entered the trailer in the 400 block of Cambridge about 5:40 a.m., police said. The girl fought off her attacker and he fled. The teen suffered minor injuries in the assault.
Group fights to stop Cleveland deer hunt
CLEVELAND -- An animal rights group plans to continue court proceedings to prevent the Cleveland Metroparks from shooting deer to trim the herds.
The Metroparks, which includes a series of connecting park areas that ring the city, want to kill 300 deer in Bedford and Brecksville. The local group In Defense of Deer went to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to ask Judge Frank D. Celebrezze Jr. to block the latest hunt.
But Judge Celebrezze said it would be premature for the court to act because the Ohio Division of Wildlife had not ruled yet on the hunt application.
Thomas Stanley, chief of natural resources for the Metroparks, said two counts this year showed that the deer population at the Bedford reservation was much higher than had been estimated. Park officials fear growing herds will lead to more damage to plant life and a higher risk of deer starving if they cannot find sufficient food in winter.
In Defense of Deer argued that Metroparks failed to prove deer harmed the parks.
Boy, 15, arrested for threat at school
MEDINA, Ohio -- A 15-year-old has been arrested for threatening to shoot classmates that he quarreled with on a school bus.
The Highland Junior High School student was charged Tuesday with a delinquency count of menacing, Medina County Sheriff's Lt. Thomas Del Regno said Thursday.
The eighth-grader, whose name was not released, was suspended for three days after he used foul language while arguing with other students Tuesday, said Mike Carlson, superintendent of Highland Local School District.
When the boy learned of the suspension, he told Principal Joe Wise, "I guess I'll have to take a gun and shoot those kids if you won't let me take my stress out with words," according to a sheriff's report.
The youth told authorities that he only mentioned the gun to get the principal's attention, the report said.
The boy faces expulsion, Mr. Carlson said. He was expelled last year but Mr. Carlson would not say why.
Sheriff Lt. Thomas Del Regno said that while the boy's mother said he had no access to guns, school and law enforcement officials took the threat seriously.
"We've all become sensitized by incident likes this," Mr. Carlson said. "It's something to take seriously."