Friday, September 24, 1999

Local Digest

County official says most peers do nothing

        DAYTON, Ohio — Montgomery County's recorder is refusing to go to the office because she says few colleagues accomplish anything.

        “I just refuse to play the game anymore that they are playing,” Joy Clark told the Dayton Daily News in a story published Thursday. “Two-thirds of them are empty titles. These are nonjobs these people hold, with nonduties other than to get themselves elected for the next four years.”

        “How dare she!” said Vicki Pegg, who is the Montgomery County Commission president and was county recorder for 15 years. “Everybody in this system works. I know they work. I work with them.”

        Ms. Clark, 59, a Republican appointed to the job in 1995, has not been to her office since July 2. She said the deputy recorder calls her every week and comes to her home once a week to keep her informed.

        She won't quit but said she can retire next year.

        Tom Wamsley, chief deputy in the recorder's office, said Thursday that Ms. Clark stands by her comments and had nothing further to say.

        Jeff Jacobson, the county's GOP chairman, helped get Ms. Clark appointed. He is now exploring options to force her out of office.

        Under state law, an elected official can be removed by a petition drive and subsequent trial. The Republican Central Committee also can replace her, then defend the decision in court.

Man eludes police after car, foot chase
        Cincinnati Police were searching for a man who led officers by car and foot Thursday night through Over-the-Rhine and Mount Auburn.

        During the pursuit a police vehicle struck a car along Mulberry Street near Rice Street. A female in the car refused treatment, according to police broadcasts.

        The chase began shortly after 9:30 p.m. Police were trying to determine whether a car the man was driving had been stolen, according to broadcasts. Late Thursday, police were searching woods near Inwood Park for the man.

Child found in pool dies two days later
        A 2-year-old Clifton boy, hospitalized since Tuesday after being pulled from a neighbor's swimming pool, died Thursday.

        Ryan Carter died at 5:30 p.m. at Children's Hospital Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said. The boy was unconscious when firefighters pulled him from the pool behind a Woolper Avenue home about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

        Police said the 2-year-old and his 3-year-old brother apparently walked from their Green Hill Avenue home through a wooded area to the fenced swimming pool.

Computers-for-school solicitation a scam
        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Finneytown Local School District is not soliciting money from residents to buy computers, officials said.

        Someone claiming to represent the district has approached several people at their homes recently asking for money for computers for a Finneytown elementary school. The person does not represent the school district, district officials said.

        Police described the solicitor as a slim, light-complexioned black man in his late 30s.

        Anyone approached by the solicitor should call Springfield Township Police Detective Robert Browder at 729-1300.

Arrest in theft case pares "Most Wanted'
        Another “Tristate's Most Wanted” suspect has been arrested, bringing the total to 865 suspects removed from among the 1,344 suspects listed in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

        Marvin Napier Jr., 39, of Crescentville was arrested on a theft charge.

        The Enquirer publishes “Tristate's Most Wanted” each Monday. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Callers to 352-3040 can remain anonymous.

Buses from 'burbs added for Cards series
        Baseball fans will be able to hop extra buses to the Reds' series with the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend.

        While the Cardinals are in town Friday through Monday, Metro will run express service from four suburban park-and-ride lots to Cinergy Field's plaza level. The buses leave the plaza level immediately after each game.

        One hour before game time, buses will leave from Western Hills Plaza, near the breezeway; Forest Park park-and-ride at 1160 Kemper Meadow Drive off Winton Road; Anderson Township park-and ride on Beechmont Avenue, behind the municipal building; and the Fields Ertel park-and-ride on the northeast corner of Fields Ertel Road at Mason-Montgomery Road.

        Fare is $1.50 each way. Exact change is required.

Historian Franklin speaks downtown today
        Noted historian John Hope Franklin, author of the newly released book Runaway Slaves, will deliver the Second Annual Theodore M. Berry Lecture at 8 p.m. today at Music Hall downtown.

        The lecture series is sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and endowed by Cincinnati Bell and Convergys Corp.

        The event is free, but tickets are required. A limited number of free tickets are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office or the Music Hall Box Office. For more ticket information, call 721-8222.

Tutu tells Cleveland: "There are no outsiders'
        CLEVELAND — Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered a message of unity Thursday to a city where racial problems have been highlighted by a recent Ku Klux Klan rally and allegations of police racism.

        “We are bound together in a great net,” Archbishop Tutu said. “We belong in this family where there are no outsiders.”

        Archbishop Tutu, who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against apartheid in South Africa, spoke as part of a city-sponsored speakers forum to mark the millennium.

        The archbishop entertained a crowd of about 4,000, alternating between telling jokes and delivering a more serious message.

        Archbishop Tutu urged the crowd to remember the bonds that exist among people.

        “I need other human beings in order for me to be human,” he said. “When you are dehumanized, whether I like it or not, I am also dehumanized.”

        Archbishop Tutu praised local leaders for acknowledging Cleveland's racial tensions.

        He was introduced by Mayor Michael R. White, who has been criticized by police and some community leaders for not trying to block a KKK rally in Cleveland last month.

Owner of escaped lioness sues sheriff
        DAYTON, Ohio — A man has sued the Green County sheriff and two deputies for shooting and killing a lioness after it escaped from his animal farm in Xenia.

        Frank Newsome's lawsuit alleges that deputies did not have to kill the lioness, Nila, because he tranquilized her when she had returned to a fencing area.

        The lawsuit seeks $2 million for denial of due process, and cruel and unusual punishment because of threats Mr. Newsome says Sheriff Jerry Erwin made.

        Sheriff Erwin said the animal had to be killed because it was dangerous and out of control even after it had been tranquilized.


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