Sunday, October 24, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


Suspect in attack arrested downtown

        A 41-year-old man was arrested minutes after he allegedly attacked a woman in a downtown alley Saturday morning.

        Cincinnati Police charged Granger Parson, of the 2200 block of Vine Street, with aggravated robbery. Police say Mr. Parson repeatedly punched the unidentified woman in the face and head at 11:39 a.m. while trying to steal her 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier on Rosconi Street.

        A witness chased Mr. Parson out of the alley and onto West Seventh St., where police arrested him about 11:41 p.m.

Nine residents flee fire in apartment
        A fire in a basement apartment displaced nine residents and caused $75,000 in damage to a three-story, Over-the-Rhine building. The residents were not hurt, but one firefighter was treated at the scene for slight injuries.

        Cincinnati firefighters responded at 6:35 a.m. to the two-alarm blaze at 53 E. Clifton Ave. Fire crews were on the scene for more than two hours. The fire was contained to the rear basement apartment, which had heavy smoke and fire damage. The first and second floors sustained moderate smoke and fire damage.

        The displaced residents received assistance from the American Red Cross. No cause for the fire has been determined, but the incident is under investigation.

Chemical spill follows Winton Place blaze
        An early morning fire Saturday caused a chemical spill and about $15,000 in damage at a Winton Place plating company. No one was injured.

        Cincinnati firefighters responded to Leonhardt Plating Co., 5753 Este Ave., at 5:22 a.m. Dense smoke surrounded several neighboring buildings, making the fire difficult to locate. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes but then discovered a chemical spill.

        Firefighters and a hazardous materials team spent about six hours cleaning up three released chemicals — nickel salts, nickel sulfate and ammonium bifluoride.

        The fire started when fluid levels in a plating vat dropped too low and heating lamps over the vat apparently ignited some part of the container.

Two areas lose power for more than an hour
        A fallen tree limb hit a power line and more than 100 Middletown residents lost power for a short time Saturday afternoon, said Cinergy Corp. officials.

        The outage began about 5 p.m. and power was off for more than an hour as Cinergy repair crews shut down power to repair the line, said officials.

        Another unrelated power outage occurred about 5:30 p.m. in Clifton and left about 60 residents without power for more than an hour.

        The cause of the Clifton outage was unknown, said Cinergy officials.

Teen arrested in theft of golf items
        A 17-year-old was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing $15,000 in golf equipment from a Miami Township country club.

        The teen is charged with breaking and entering and receiving stolen property in the Oct. 17 theft at Deer Run Country Club, 7414 Pickway Drive.

        The Hamilton County Sheriff's office recovered the golf equipment and the teen was cited in Juvenile Court and released to his parent. The Enquirer is not naming the suspect because he is a juvenile.

Water quality report should arrive by mail
        Any day, Tristate residents will receive reports describing the quality of their drinking water.

        The “consumer confidence reports” were mandated nationally by Congress in the Safe Drinking Water Act amendments of 1996. Tuesday was the mailing deadline.

        Each report must include the source of the drinking water, levels and sources of contaminants and their federal limits, and potential health effects of pollutants that exceed those federal standards.

        Reports also are to be available on demand from every community water works.

Two arrests made in cross burning
        GARY, Ind. — Two Indiana men were arrested Friday for allegedly burning a cross on the property of a black family in Gary last year.

        Michael E. Riley, 36, of Gary and Ricky Lee Cumbow, 34, of Hammond were indicted Oct. 20 by a federal grand jury in Hammond for conspiring to violate the civil rights of the victims, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

        The indictment was made public before the arrests Friday. It alleges that early on May 3, 1998, Mr. Riley and Mr. Cumbow built a 7-foot-tall wooden cross and burned it in the backyard of Ulysses Lacy and Carmen Estelle, a black couple.

        The men each face more than 10 years in prison if convicted.

       



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