Thursday, June 08, 2000

Local Digest

Federated Stores recall children's robes

        Federated Department Stores is recalling 50,000 children's robes, including some sold at Lazarus stores, because the apparel does not meet federal flammability standards when used as sleep wear.

        Though no injuries have been reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the robes present the risk of burns if ignited.

        The cotton terry cloth robes were sold between July 1995 and this January under brands Aagean, Baby Monarch, b kids, Charter Club, Club Room and Jr. By Monarch. They were sold for boys and girls, sizes 12 months to 14 and small to extra large.

        The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the robes be returned immediately to the store where they were purchased for a refund.

Westwood man sent to prison for murder
        Willie Ricardo Pozo told a judge Wednesday he did not shoot a Bridgetown man to death two years ago.

        But Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge John O'Connor sent Mr. Pozo to prison anyway, ordering him to serve 18 years to life.

        Mr. Pozo, 24, of Westwood was convicted last month of murdering Scott Reynolds on June 26, 1998. Mr. Reynolds was a 32-year-old father of two.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Pozo shot him once in the back of the head.

Police officer faces disciplinary action
        A veteran Cincinnati police officer faces discipline for allegedly faking court documents.

        Spc. Doris Robinson wanted to stop the scheduled demolition of rental property she owns in Mount Auburn, according to the police division. She prepared the documents on her own.

        The officer, who investigates cases in District 3, already has faced an internal administrative hearing. The outcome of that hearing had not been decided Wednesday, police said.

        Spc. Robinson has been a police officer since 1980.

Fairfield will break ground for new library
        FAIRFIELD — Residents are invited to join officials from Fairfield and the Lane Public Library for a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturdayfor the library, which is expected to open in summer 2001 in Village Green.

        Festivities will begin with music by the Lowell Woodrey Duo. There will be face painting, clowns, jugglers and a magician. Refreshments will be served. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.

        Steed, Hammond, Paul, the architecture firm that remodeled the Main Library in Hamilton in 1995, won the bid to build the library. Drawings of the proposed new library, 1485 Corydale Drive, can be viewed at the Fairfield library, 701 Wessel Drive.

Two teen-agers killed in Highland Co. crash
        DODSON, Ohio — Two teen-agers, including one from Brown County, were killed early Wednesday when their car crashed into a tree in this rural Highland County community, the sheriff's office said.

        Terry Martin, 16, of Lake Waynoka, Brown County, was a passenger in a 1995 Ford Thunderbird driven by Daniel Allen, 17, of Dodsonville, Highland County.

        The teens were traveling south on Ohio 134, at 1:59 a.m. near Lynchburg at an apparent high rate of speed when Mr. Allen failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Ohio 134 runs north-south about 10 miles from the Brown County border.

        The car left the road on the right side and struck a large tree, said police, who received a call from a passing motorist.

        Both teen-agers were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers and no other cars involved.

        Autopsies are being performed at the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.

Middletown public swimming pools open
        MIDDLETOWN — The two municipal swimming pools, Sunset and Douglass, will open for the season today at 1 p.m. Hours of operation through Aug. 27 are 1-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

        Admission at Sunset is $2, 15 and over; $1.25, over 55 and 2-15; free, 2 and under. Special events are family swim nights, June 30 and Aug. 18; teen swim on July 15; and an invitational swim meet on July 22.

        Admission at Douglass Pool is $1.50, age 15 and over; $1, over 55 and 2-15; free, 2 and under. Special events include family swim nights on June 23, July 14 and Aug. 11.

        Swimming classes will be held at Sunset Pool. Call the YMCA at (513) 422-9622 for registration information.

        For other pool information, call (513) 425-7840.

Man pleads guilty in Lima firebombing
        LIMA, Ohio — One of 10 people charged in the fatal firebombing of a house pleaded guilty to arson and robbery charges Wednesday.

        Eddie Ray White Jr., 21, pleaded guilty in Allen County Common Pleas Court to complicity in aggravated arson and complicity in aggravated robbery in the March 29 fire that killed five people. He was not sentenced, but faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge.

        Assistant Prosecutor Dan Berry would not give any details about possible plea negotiations.

        Nine other men have been charged in the arson. Three face the death penalty.

        Mr. White had denied any involvement in the arson. Other defendants have placed him at the home of defendant Eddie McClellan at the time the defendants allegedly hatched their plan, the Lima News reported.

Ohio man sentenced to life for murders
        BEAVER, Pa. — An Ohio man who pleaded guilty to killing two women with a shotgun was sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive life prison terms without any chance of parole.

        Todd Butler, 20, of Columbiana, was sentenced by Beaver County Common Pleas Judge George James.

        Under Pennsylvania law, a person convicted of first-degree murder can be punished only by the death penalty or life in prison without chance of parole.

        Prosecutors had said they would not ask for the death penalty in exchange for the guilty pleas Mr. Butler entered last week to two counts of first-degree murder.

        Mr. Butler was shooting beer cans when he turned the gun on Clairenda Collins, 21, of Rogers, Ohio, and Loretta Haines, 18, of East Palestine, Ohio.

Mayor avoids jail after arrest for DUI
        TELL CITY, Ind. — A Perry County jailer says Tell City's mayor helped the mayor of Hawesville, Ky., avoid spending time behind bars following his arrest on drunken-driving charges.

        Hawesville Mayor Charles King was pulled over on a city street at 3:39 a.m. May 28 by a Tell City officer who noticed him driving left of center. Mayor King failed a field sobriety test and his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.18 percent, according to a probable cause affidavit.

        Mayor King was arrested and taken to the Perry County jail. Jailer Curt Johnson allowed him to make a telephone call, which he used to contact Tell City Mayor Bill Goffinet, Mr. Johnson said. Tell City and Hawesville are about 5 miles apart.


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