The Cincinnati Enquirer
Thursday, August 5, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 217
Today's Local News
        A cluster of 20 recent cases of E. coli sickness in Hamilton, Butler and Clermont counties has triggered an investigation by state and federal health officials.
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Local Headlines for  Thursday, August 5, 1999

Laura Pulfer column
Everything just peachy at Graeter's
        The woman's voice was agitated, her distress obvious and genuine. “Something very disturbing is happening,” she said. “I am hoping you will help.” I cradled the telephone receiver closer to my ear. I could hear her take a ragged breath.

Police consider shooting revision
        The Cincinnati Police Division is proposing a change in its “shots fired” policy that would no longer permit officers to shoot at suspects in moving cars.

Adams County puts TB patient under guard
        MANCHESTER, Ohio — The Adams County Health Department has taken the unusual step of quarantining a tuberculosis patient inside his mobile home — and posting a uniformed sheriff's deputy outside — to make sure he doesn't expose outsiders or visitors to the disease.

Bell might contest new area for N. Ky.
        FRANKFORT — Cincinnati Bell officials say they might petition the Kentucky Public Service Commission to reconsider removing Northern Kentucky from the 606 area code.

City Council approves $150K for health activists
        With no detail on how the money will be spent, Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday to give $150,000 to an agency that hopes to improve the health of local African-Americans.

DARE program scrutinized
        In the wake of a study that shows little benefit from the drug education program DARE, Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday questioned funding for the program.

Farmers ask Ohio for help
        CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Jerry Wolford had stunted ears of corn ready for politicians to hold Wednesday while television cameras recorded their concern about one of the worst droughts in state history.

ATP turns Mason into a mecca
        MASON — History records that a century ago, fans were climbing trees at Cincinnati's Avondale Athletic Club to catch a glimpse of action at the Tri-State Tennis Tournament.

Jim Knippenberg column
Where to see a tennis star
        It's happening again: The royalty of the tennis world — 56 of the best, including the world's top 10 ranked players — are hitting town.

Crucial exit stays open for games, Tall Stacks
        Bengals and Reds fans won't have to find a new way to Cinergy Field this fall. And the 750,000 people expected for Tall Stacks '99 will have an easier time getting to steamboats on the river in October.

Lightning struck Kings Island ride
        MASON — Paramount's Kings Island officials say Drop Zone, the park's 315-foot high-rise tower, should be up and dropping again this weekend after getting struck by lightning.

Pharmacy thefts prompt task force
        A string of break-ins at area pharmacies has prompted police to create a task force to catch the thieves.

Princeton levy result hangs on 44 votes
        Forty-four uncounted ballots could yet determine the outcome of Tuesday's Princeton City School District levy vote.

Wyoming man killed mountain climbing
        The body of a Wyoming man was recovered Wednesday after he died while climbing down a mountain in remote northern Washington the day before.

Karen Samples column
Feeding strays shouldn't be a crime
        PARK HILLS — Betty Vest is trying to be tough. She says things like, “The soup kitchen is closed,” in an almost cheerful way, as if it really isn't so heart-breaking.

Patrick Crowley column
Campbell Co. seniors' picnic summer's political hot spot
        MELBOURNE — The Campbell County Senior Citizen Picnic is a feeding frenzy for politicians.

Court told of girl's last night: Sick, beaten as mother partied
        While her mother drank vodka and played cards, prosecutors say, Jasmine Wilkerson bled to death from the beating she had endured hours earlier.

Dressing direct
        A home shopping network is alive and thriving in the Tristate, and you don't have to turn on the television to participate.

        A guide to help make your day.

Kunzel to conduct in hero's hometown
        The marches, polkas and waltzes of Vienna's musical Strauss family are close to the heart of Erich Kunzel.

Area troupe offers leaner Shakespeare
        Hamlet's famous advice for the Players? Forget the advice. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead — almost as soon as they're introduced.

Art teacher settles with NKU for $150,000
        COVINGTON — A 3-year-old court case involving a tenured art professor, Northern Kentucky University and the First Amendment has been settled for $150,000.

Badin AD moves to Lakota West
        UNION TOWNSHIP — Longtime Stephen T. Badin coach Gerry Weisgerber doesn't have any basketball memorabilia in his new office at Lakota West High School, where he has started his new job as assistant principal and athletic director.

Boone planners reject mine
        BURLINGTON — Two controversial development projects made their way to the Boone County Planning Commission on Wednesday night.

City, schools to split cost of crossing guards
        HAMILTON — Children will find the same familiar faces helping them cross busy intersections on their way to school this year.

Clearcreek looks at police cuts
        CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP — Services could be cut and police officers may lose their jobs as officials here grapple with a second defeat of the township's police levy in nine months.

Death sentence overturned
        A federal judge overturned a Mount Auburn resident's death sentence Wednesday, saying the Hamilton County trial judge made a potentially fatal error.

Fairfield restaurant will serve tricks, too
        FAIRFIELD — When Ken Riley found the empty Jake's American Cafe, he waved his magic wand, mumbled something mystical and — poof! — the building turned into a new restaurant called the Abracadabra Cafe.

Hospital sued over narcotics accusation
        In a role reversal, lawyer William V. Gustavson sued Jewish Hospital on behalf of a nurse anesthetist who says he was maliciously and falsely accused of a drug offense.

Jurors watch two explicit videos in obscenity trial
        HAMILTON — Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Gattermeyer on Wednesday urged jurors in an obscenity trial not to turn away when two of the three videotapes in question were shown. And they didn't.

Lebanon council race has 5 seeking 3 seats
        LEBANON — Hollywood still may be figuring out its fall lineup, but Lebanon's election-season drama began Wednesday — with a plot twist or two.

Lebanon seeks to preserve homes
        LEBANON — Marilyn Haley knows what it takes to restore a neglected historic home to its former grandeur. She and her husband, Ken, spent thousands of dollars renovating their 1817 Federal-style home.

Madison film needs local actors only
        Residents of the Madison, Ind., area are invited to audition Saturday for film roles..

Man choked son, police say
        HAMILTON — A 30-year-old Hamilton man faces multiple charges after he allegedly exposed himself to several relatives, choked his 9-year-old son, and broke lawn chairs.

Martin counting on N.Ky.
        BURLINGTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Peppy Martin picked the right place — the midway at the Boone County Fair — to bring her campaign Wednesday night.

Masked man attacks, beats 13-year-old boy for cigarettes
        HAMILTON — Police are looking for a masked cigarette bandit who beat a youth for his Marlboro cigarettes.

Mason plans for another 5,000 pupils in 6 years
        MASON — They know the numbers: an estimated 5,000 new students are expected to enroll in the next six years.

New bathhouse, pool to come
        WOODLAWN — New is the catch-word in Woodlawn these days.

Police chief steps down after deal on settlement
        Lakeside Park and Crestview Hills agreed to a financial settlement with Fred Anderson, chief of the police authority that patrols both cities. The terms were not disclosed.

Ross schools chief: Help us draw up plan
        ROSS TOWNSHIP — Ross Schools Superintendent David McWilliams doesn't want to develop a state-required improvement plan for his district without help from the community.

Rotating shifts leave officers miffed
        MIDDLETOWN — Six months after police officers were ordered to switch from fixed to rotating shifts, most still feel handcuffed by the change.

School may refuse credits for missed classes
        FAIRFIELD — Students who miss too many days of classes at Fairfield Senior High School may wind up missing something else — credit for the course.

Sidney suspect taken to hospital
        SIDNEY, Ohio — A man accused of killing three teen-aged girls and a Bible study teacher was taken from jail to the hospital Wednesday.

Special diploma shows work ethic
        Northern Kentucky high school graduates could earn an edge over their employment competition if they prove they know the meaning of hard work.

Townships: Keep taxes at home
        It's SWOTA vs. SWOTAA. Their acronyms are almost the same, but their positions on taxation are at odds.

        A 4-year-old Kennedy Heights boy is recovering from second-degree burns he suffered from scalding bath water.

Two cities seek help with merger
        CRESCENT SPRINGS — Leaders from Crescent Springs and Villa Hills are asking two outside agencies to help decide whether the two Kenton County towns should merge some services or both cities.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
Thirty years ago after men first walked on the moon, The Enquirer's special coverage includes a profile of Neil Armstrong, a story of the historic moment and a look at what's ahead.

Speeding on the Internet
When Time Warner launches Road Runner next week, the Tristate will have four basic high-speed options. Check 'em out.

Don't let summer scratch and burn
        As fun heats up, take these precautions to stave off the season's perils.

Summer festival guide
Here's a schedule of festivals in and around Cincinnati.

Summer concert guide
Here's a schedule of pop acts in and around Cincinnati.

Manatees star in new Zoo exhibit
Douglas and Stoneman have no way of knowing it, but there's a lot riding on their broadly sloped shoulders. The two manatees are the unlikely stars of the new $4 million Manatee Springs exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
The exhibit: Manatees, crocs and more

Tristate's Goin' Fishin'
        Oceanic Adventure's Newport Aquarium is open. Check out our guide to the Tristate's newest entertainment attraction.

Tornado of '99
        Complete coverage of the April 9 tornado that claimed four lives and left hundreds homeless.

Spring/summer arts preview
Special guide to things to do through August.

Focal Point
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