Thursday, August 12, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


p9 Rally to protest school-closing plan

        Over-the-Rhine residents and community activists plan to rally tonight to raise awareness about a Cincinnati Public Schools plan to close three elementaries there.

        The Save Our Schools community party will be 5-8 p.m. in Ziegler Park, 13th and Sycamore streets. If it rains, the party will move to the Peaslee Community Center. Food and music will be provided.

        A district-commissioned study of school facilities released last fall recommended that CPS officials close Rothenberg, Washington Park and Vine elementaries. They would be replaced by two schools on either side of Liberty Street.

        Board members haven't formally endorsed the $700 million plan nor secured its funding.

        Critics say the “mega” schools would be too large and impersonal for neighborhood children.

Double-slaying suspect appears in court
        UNION TOWNSHIP — An attorney will be appointed for a man accused of killing a Butler County couple.

        Anthony Larry Rudolph will have a preliminary hearing Monday in Butler County Area III Court to determine whether his case is sent to a grand jury for possible indictment.

        He was brought to court Monday, but Mr. Rudolph, in handcuffs and leg shackles, told Judge Robert Hendrickson that he could not afford an attorney.

        The judge set his bond at $1 million and said Butler County Common Pleas Court will appoint an attorney for him.

        Mr. Rudolph, 42, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and a count of aggravated robbery. He is accused of killing Jimalee Minix, 52, and her longtime companion, Abram W. Smith III, 55. Their bodies were found last Thursday afternoon in their home in Union Township.

        The aggravated robbery charge is connected with the theft of Ms. Minix's Lexus.

Officers file suit against ex-UC player
        Two Forest Park police officers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against former University of Cincinnati basketball star Dontonio Wingfield.

        The officers, Rick Jones and Robert Huber, claim Mr. Winfield injured them during a domestic dispute last year. They are seeking damages of more than $25,000 each.

        Mr. Wingfield pleaded guilty in June to assaulting the officers and will face up to 21/2 years in prison when he returns to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court for sentencing on Sept. 2.

        His attorney, Hal Arenstein, has said the once-promising basketball player is out of work and struggling to recover from injuries he suffered in a car accident several months ago.

Wires in road lead to fatal accident
        CROSBY TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old Hamilton man was killed Wednesday when he lost control of his motorcycle when it hit electrical wires lying on Atherton Road.

        The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said Richard L. Bowman of Bell Road received extensive head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

        Mr. Bowman, driving a 1995 Honda motorcycle, was westbound on Atherton Road at 11:34 a.m. when he struck the electrical wires, the sheriff's office said. He was not wearing a helmet.

       



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