Thursday, December 02, 1999


Man faces charges in two crash deaths

        BATAVIA — A Felicity man faces trial on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, a month after a car crash in which his two passengers were killed.

        John McLoughlin Jr., 18, also was indicted by the Clermont County grand jury on one count of driving under the influence. His blood-alcohol level, according to court documents, exceeded 0.20, more than twice the legal limit.

        Mr. McLoughlin was critically injured in the crash Oct. 30 in Jackson Township. He has been released from University Hospital.

        Both passengers, Amy M. Stanley, 18, of Felicity, and Melissa A. Gilbert, 20, of New Richmond, were killed in the one-car accident.

        Mr. McLoughlin is accused of driving through a stop sign on Jackson Pike at Ohio 133. About 400 feet east of the intersection, Mr. McLoughlin lost control of his Ford Mustang, police said.

Extended Stay motel robbed at gunpoint
        SPRINGDALE — Springdale police are investigating a robbery that took place Tuesday night at the Extended Stay America motel at 320 Glensprings.

        Two clerks were counting the evening's receipts around 10:20 p.m. when two men entered the building by a rear office door, Springdale Sgt. Andy Davis said. Both men were wearing ski masks, and a small black handgun was displayed. The clerks were thrown to the floor and sprayed with a chemical resembling pepper spray or Mace.

        The suspects left with an estimated $500, Sgt. Davis said. Both clerks were treated at the scene and were not seriously injured.

Lewis center needs holiday gifts, helpers
        BOND HILL — The Pauline Warfield Lewis Center is looking for volunteers and donations to help the center's patients have a happy holiday season.

        “We depend on community volunteers to bring extras which mean so much at holiday time,” said Lisa Crawford, the psychiatric hospital's volunteer coordinator.

        In addition to the need for volunteers to sponsor parties, provide party refreshments, tray favors and entertainment, gift and cash donations are needed, Ms. Crawford said.

        Popular gifts include hand lotions, shampoo, sweaters, caps, gloves, scarves, hosiery and socks for both men and women, flannel shirts and sweat shirts, costume jewelry, wallets, purses, hair care items, cosmetics and radio are much needed.

        Those wishing to donate or volunteer should contact Ms. Crawford at 948-3777. For monetary donations, make checks payable to P.W. Lewis Center — Christmas Fund, and mail to P.W. Lewis Center, Volunteer Services, 1101 Summit Road, Cincinnati 45237.

Cleveland pushes homeless off streets
        CLEVELAND — Police patrols are increasing their efforts to get panhandlers and the homeless off city streets. Mayor Michael White said the patrols aim at keeping streets safe.

        But Brian Davis, director of the nonprofit Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, said the city is improperly lumping the homeless and criminals together.

        Staci Santa, the homeless organization's associate director, said Wednesday that a meeting with an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer is planned for Friday.

        She said there are about 3,000 homeless people each night in Cleveland, and there are about 750 available shelter beds.

Man, 25, pleads guilty to corrupting girl, 14
        CANTON, Ohio — A 25-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen-age girl from Massillon he met over the Internet pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption of a minor.

        Leonard Roth, of Lebanon, Pa., entered his plea in Stark County Common Pleas Court. He faces up to nine years in prison when sentenced Dec. 29.

        Assistant Prosecutor Earle Wise said Mr. Roth met the girl in an Internet chat room last year, when she was 14. He says the two met numerous times to have sex.

        Police have alleged that Mr. Roth planned to kill a co-worker in Pennsylvania so the teen-ager could assume that person's identity.

Dayton's kitten boom packs animal shelters
        DAYTON, Ohio — A long Indian summer that extended the mating season has produced a bumper crop of cats, packing animal shelters and populating parks and neighborhoods with roving bands of felines.

        “I have literally watched groups of five to seven cats go from house to house, under porches,” Stephanie Smith, director of the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, said Wednesday. “And the parks are flooded with cats.”

        Mr. Smith said cats are able to have up to three litters of kittens a year.

        Kevin Usilton, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, said he has 145 cats available for adoption. He normally has about 40 this time of year.

        Marvin Olinsky, executive director of Five Rivers Metroparks, said he has gotten a couple of complaints about stray cats in the suburban Englewood park. He said people have evidently released kittens in the park, and they have flourished because parkgoers feed them.

Indiana can keep child-support system
        INDIANAPOLIS — The federal government has exempted Indiana from a rule that would have required the state to revamp its child-support delivery system, Gov. Frank O'Bannon announced Wednesday.

        “I'm really pleased to have won this battle to keep our child-support delivery system at the local level,” Mr. O'Bannon said in a statement. “If we had lost this fight, we would have had to completely rework our system.”

        As a result of the exemption, noncustodial parents in Indiana may continue to pay child support at their county clerk's office, and may do so in cash if they choose.

        Without the exemption, the federal rule would have made noncustodial parents send a check or money order to a single state collection point.

        States are allowed an exemption if they can show that an alternative, locally based system would be more efficient and less costly.


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