Wednesday, June 16, 1999


Gunman holds up Provident branch

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Police continued to search for a gunman who robbed a Provident Bank branch Tuesday morning.

        The man, described as white and 45 to 50 years old, entered the bank at 9850 Colerain Ave. at 9:30 a.m. and fled through a rear door. The amount of money taken was not released by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.

        The suspect is about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, with a stocky build, and was wearing a long-sleeved, striped rugby-style shirt and a dark ballcap.

Boy, 14, charged with raping cousin, 8
        Cincinnati police arrested a 14-year-old Millvale boy Monday on a a juvenile charge of raping an 8-year-old cousin.

        The girl's father reported the offense, and the boy was arrested later the same day. His case will go before Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

9 Democratic chairmen endorse Gore in 2000
        COLUMBUS — The Democratic chairmen of nine Ohio counties have endorsed Vice President Al Gore for the party's nomination for president next year.

        Chairman Steve Chaffin of Marion County and Chairwoman Barbara Tuckerman of Sandusky announced the endorsement Tuesday. The chairmen of Erie, Columbiana, Hamilton, Morgan, Athens, Montgomery and Ashland counties also joined in the endorsement.

        “With the strong showing of support from many chairs around the state, we want to make a public statement to generate momentum,” Mr. Chaffin and Ms. Tuckerman said in a news release.

        Mr. Gore is opposed for the nomination by former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey.

        Mike Brown, spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, said the state party does not make endorsements in presidential primaries.

Boy found in pool; condition critical
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A 23-month-old boy was in critical condition Tuesday night after being found face down in his family's above-ground swimming pool.

        Justin Kircher was being treated at Children's Hospital Medical Center late Tuesday. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said the boy's mother discovered him about 6:30 p.m. in the pool at the family's Sheed Road home.

        The mother removed the boy from the pool, administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation and 911 was called, the sheriff's department said.

Fortune cookie penalty overturned by school
        HUDSON, Ohio — The suspension of a 9-year-old boy for writing a fortune-cookie message that was considered threatening was overturned on a technicality, school district officials said.

        The reversal came Monday just before the parents of the boy and the American Civil Liberties Union were to appeal the suspension with the Hudson Board of Education. The boy served the two-day sus pension last month, but now it will be removed from his record.

        During a class assignment to write a fortune-cookie message that was positive and fun, the boy wrote: “You will die with honor.”

        Officials in the northeast Ohio district said the suspension was overturned because the boy didn't receive written notification of their intention to suspend him as required by Ohio law.

Pa. coroner to assist double-murder case
        STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A case against two men suspected of killing two college students has been held up because Pennsylvania authorities have not turned over crucial evidence, but they may do so this week, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

        Jefferson County Prosecutor Stephen Stern said he is awaiting physical evidence and the cause-of-death report from autopsies on Brian Muha, 18, of Westerville, and Aaron Land, 20, of Philadelphia. The Franciscan University students were abducted from their home May 31 and found shot to death in Pennsylvania four days later.

        Mr. Stern threatened Monday to subpoena Washington County, Pa., Coroner S. Timothy Warco.

West End planning health awareness event
        A plan to offer free HIV testing as part of a national HIV awareness day has evolved into a health fair for West End residents.

        Residents can get blood pressure and cholesterol checks, mammograms, hearing and vision tests, and information about prostate cancer in addition to confidential testing and counseling for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

        The West End Health Awareness Day, sponsored by Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 at the Findlay Street Neighborhood House, 901 Findlay St.

16 in biker gang accused of racketeering

        CLEVELAND — Sixteen members of a motorcycle gang were arrested Tuesday on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and stealing cars and motorcycles, the FBI said.

        The arrests came after a 21/2-year undercover investigation by a Lake County sheriff's deputy who infiltrated the Elyria chapter of the Avengers Motorcycle Club, a national group.

        Members of the motorcycle gang conducted illegal activities in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois, according to a 42-page indictment.

Appeals court denies claim by base workers

        A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by military base employees who were affected by base closings and challenged the government's decision to transfer work from the closed bases to private contractors.

        The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati ruled the plaintiffs — civilians including current and former base employees — failed to prove they had legal standing to pursue the lawsuit.


100 today, and still going strong
Love to face death penalty
CAC named for Rosenthals
City manager's job future hinges on evaluation
Suburban struggle: Where to find child care
Child-care ideas span the state
Air Care choppers won't fly in thick fog
Teen shot in argument over $2
Airport growth on hold
Budget gains a new chunk
Computer files bring indictment
Drug chief spared DUI conviction
Fairfield teen will meet with president in July
Luken's learning curve leads back to politics
Reforestation planned for preserves hit by tornado
Translator bridges gap to refugees' new world
Don't let summer scratch and burn
Survey: Men more reluctant to see doctor
Vibrations can be good for healing
Workshop helps Flying Cloud dancers top off their vintage attire
Area governors urged to cooperate
Boone fights ozone testing
Camp lays new career paths
Councilman charges police harassment
Donors honored for remembering charities
Effort to help families gets $529,000
Housing project problems heard
Jacksonburg revels in its size
Job draws lawyers from area, abroad
kids taken from dead boy's home
Lakota forms maintenance plan
Mason will pay township $71,000 tab
Perfect attendance reflects student's will
Proposed housing, runway raise concerns
Shores' litter targeted in 11th River Sweep
Wayne schools selecting chief