Friday, March 24, 2000

TRISTATE DIGEST


Woman hid robbery suspect, police say

        A Westwood woman who allegedly allowed a robbery suspect to hide out in her apartment has been charged with five counts of child endangering.

        Cincinnati police arrested Bonnafay C. Thomas, 28, Wednesday. She also faces one charge of obstruction of justice. She is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center in lieu of a $7,500 bond.

        Ms. Thomas, police say, endangered the lives of her four children and niece, by allowing Tarrell Gross, 20, of Avondale to stay in her apartment.

        Mr. Gross was arrested without incident Wednesday at Ms. Thomas' home in the 3400 block of McHenry Avenue. He was wanted on robbery charges stemming from a March 14 incident that led to a fatal police shooting of Alfred Lamont Pope, 23, of Bond Hill.

        Police say Messrs. Pope and Gross brutally robbed three people in the hallway of 3362 Reading Road. Mr. Pope was shot and killed by three officers responding to the robbery call, but Mr. Gross remained at-large until his arrest Wednesday.

        Mr. Gross is being held in the justice center in lieu of a $300,000 cash or property bond. Even if his bond were posted, however, the 20-year-old also faces probation violation charges, which prohibit him from leaving jail.

        Mr. Gross and Ms. Thomas will appear in court again March 31.

Meeting to discuss noise-barrier walls
        The Ohio Department of Transportation will host a public meeting Thursday to discuss proposed noise-barrier walls along Interstate 275. The meeting will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the city of Sharonville Council Chambers, 10900 Reading Road.

        The interstate will be eligible for sound barrier walls when a new lane is added between U.S. 42 and Interstate 71. The new lane will serve as an exit-only lane between interchanges, not a through lane for traffic. Construction is slated for 2002.

        Exhibits showing the locations of the proposed noise walls will be available for review, along with photographs of possible noise barrier options. Property owners affected by the proposed noise wall construction will be asked to choose among the following options:

        • Fiberglass noise barriers.

        • Metal noise barriers in blue, green or dark neutral.

        • Concrete barriers with a stone, wood, brick or fluted texture.

        • Vegetative screening. (Will only provide a visual screen.)

        Costs of the noise walls is estimated between $1.7 million and $2 million.

Ohio's bald eaglets beginning to hatch
        OAK HARBOR, Ohio — The state's bald eagle population is growing with the arrival of spring, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

        Wildlife spotters say they've recorded the first hatch of eaglets this nesting season. The eaglets were hatched in a nest in Seneca County during the past week.

        Wildlife officials hope the rest of Ohio's eagle pairs will be raising eaglets by the end of April. Last year, 57 bald eagle pairs nested in Ohio and raised 72 young.

        Division of Wildlife staff and trained volunteers are monitoring the state's nests.

        There are 63 bald eagle nests in 23 counties. So far this year, six new nests have been discovered in Erie, Harrison, Ottawa, Ross, Sandusky, and Wayne counties.

Bus driver accused of abuse appears in court
        ANDERSON, Ind. — A bus driver accused of repeatedly molesting a 9-year-old girl after picking her up for school appeared before a judge Thursday to face seven felony charges.

        Jeffrey Lee Holding, 46, of Muncie is accused of molesting the girl during a seven-week period that began early this year. Police said they have several witnesses who were able to corroborate the girl's version of events.

        A judge entered an innocent plea on Mr. Holding's behalf. He faces seven counts of child molestation, punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines for each count.

        The girl was the first stop on Mr. Holding's morning route, authorities said. After picking her up, he allegedly pulled the bus to the side of a road, walked back to her seat, sat beside her and molested her, according to court documents. Mr. Holding then would drive on to his next stops, picking up the rest of his passengers.

        Mr. Holding has denied molesting the girl, but has admitted lying about stopping his school bus along the side of the road, court documents say.

Earth Coalition seeks applicants for awards
        The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is seeking applicants for its “One Earth One Chance” Earth Day Celebration, April 22, at Sawyer Point. The awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their dedication to caring for the environment.

        The categories of applicants are: Community Organization, Community Leaders, Teacher, Student and Business. If you are interested in applying for or nominating an individual or organization, call 887-3653 for more information and an application. The deadline for applications is Monday.

Butler Co. Cattlemen Association to meet
        HAMILTON — The Butler County Cattlemen Association will meet at 7 p.m. April 3, at the Ohio State University Extension Office, 1810 Princeton Road.

        The meeting will provide information about beef alliances that are forming in Ohio, and how to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by acting bigger, yet maintaining the advantages of individual management.

        For reservations, call 887-3722 by March 31.

Fairfield to begin fire hydrant flushing
        The City of Fairfield's Water Division will be conducting the first phase of its annual fire hydrant flushing program April 1. Main line flushing will be between midnight and 5 a.m. Residents may experience discolored water for a short period of time. Water should be clear after allowing services to flush between five to 10 minutes.

        The affected areas include east of Groh Lane and west of Pleasant Avenue, from the city's north corporation limit, south to Sherry Lane.

       



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