Wednesday, November 17, 1999


p8 Madisonville bank robber sought

        The Cincinnati police homicide unit is investigating an aggravated robbery Tuesday at a Key Bank in Madisonville.

        Police said the robber entered the bank at 12:25 p.m., wearing a dark knit hat pulled over his face and carrying a long-barrel semiautomatic handgun. He left the bank, 5727 Madison Road, with an undetermined amount of money.

        The robber was probably burned when a dye packet exploded, police said.

        A surveillance camera captured the suspect, police said, before he fled in a dark green, full-sized Cadillac.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040 or the homicide unit at 352-3542.

Ex-city commissioner's death ruled a suicide
        MIDDLETOWN — Former City Commissioner Geoff Kimball was found dead Monday night in his red convertible inside his garage, police said.

        Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard Burkhardt ruled Mr. Kimball's death a suicide. The cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning.

        Mr. Kimball, 50, served on the city commission from 1991 to 1995 and was its president in 1994. He was defeated for re-election in November 1995.

        Mr. Kimball was a former Navy officer and had been president of the consulting firm Heart Health. In the mid-1980s, he was a national spokesman for Bufferin after suffering a heart attack and undergoing heart surgery.

DUI trial of Aronoff scheduled for Jan. 19
        COLUMBUS — Former Ohio Senate President Stanley Aronoff will appear in a Franklin County court Jan. 19 to contest a charge he was driving while intoxicated in August.

        The Cincinnati Republican, now a lobbyist, was driving 20 mph in a 5 mph zone when his car struck a concrete pillar in the Statehouse's underground garage, according to a police report. Mr. Aronoff has entered a plea of not guilty.

        The trial was to begin last week, but was delayed. Mr. Aronoff has requested a jury trial.

Group to meet on protecting Great Miami
        Friends of the Great Miami River, an environmental advocacy group, will meet at 7 p.m. today in Room 1304 of the Calhoun dormitory, 240 Calhoun St., on the University of Cincinnati campus.

        They will continue to plan ways to educate the public about the waterway that runs from Indian Lake in Logan County to the Ohio River in western Hamilton County. The group is planning a Feb. 12 seminar on riverfront redevelopment and bank stabilization, to be co-sponsored by the city of Hamilton.

        The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Melissa English at 761-4003.

Fired TV producer claims racial motive
        CLEVELAND — An Emmy-award winning TV news producer claimed Tuesday she was unjustly fired after she complained to the NAACP of racial discrimination at a local station.

        But attorneys for the station, owned by Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co., said Cheryl Dickson was such an inept producer that one of her news shows ran three minutes short.

        Ms. Dickson, the station's first black producer, is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for being fired in 1992.

        In opening statements Tuesday in Ms. Dickson's lawsuit against WEWS and its parent company, her attorney, Ellen Simon, said the station had a history of racial discrimination and some black employees were fired for speaking out.

        “She was fired because of something she could not control, and that was the color of her skin,” Ms. Simon told the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury. “Racism ran rampant at Channel 5.”

        Defense attorney Jose Feliciano said Ms. Dickson was fired from WEWS because she couldn't handle the pressures of being a producer in a competitive news market.

Injured boy cited for pedestrian violation
        A 15-year-old who was injured Tuesday when he was struck by a car on Winneste Avenue in Winton Hills was cited by police for a pedestrian violation.

        Robert Johnson of Tower Avenue, St. Bernard, was transported to Children's Hospital Medical Center for treatment and later released. Police cited the teen for crossing a roadway outside a crosswalk.

        The boy got off a Metro bus headed northbound in the 5300 block of Winneste Avenue about 5:50 p.m., Cincinnati Police Officer Jerry Enneking said. The bus was pulled to the side of the road on northbound Winneste Avenue, and he ran in front of the bus to cross the street. The boy ran into a red Dodge Shadow, also northbound on Winneste Avenue, hitting the car's windshield.

        The driver Warrick Fraley, 22, of College Hill, was transported to University Hospital after he complained of neck pain, police said.


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