Friday, June 16, 2000

Local Digest

Help sought to find Price Hill vandals


        Police are looking for help to solve a case of vandalism that left a Price Hill business flooded.

        Somebody climbed on the roof of Kitchens By Rutenschroer, 1929 W. Eighth St., and hooked a hose up to the furnace flue, police said. The water caused extensive damage to the building and destroyed thousands of dollars worth of computers and other equipment.

        The damage was discovered early May 1. District 3 investigators have been working the case since, but are now seeking help from anyone who might know what happened.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Consignment store will benefit clinic
        The Central Clinic, a mental health service agency, is hoping bargain hunters will shop at a new consignment store in Clifton.

        The Just a Second Showroom, 344 Ludlow Ave., opened this month to sell lamps, silver and other furnishings with the proceeds to benefit Central Clinic programs. Items can be donated or sold on consignment.

        For information, call 861-8666.

Fernald meeting to discuss report
        HARRISON — A public meeting to discuss an updated public health assessment of the former Fernald uranium processing plant will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at the Plantation, 9660 Dry Fork Road, Harrison.

        The 118-page report was produced by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The report recaps findings from several other studies detailing how neighbors may have been exposed to radon gas, uranium tainted dust or groundwater contaminated by radioactive or hazardous chemicals. It concludes:

        • Past contamination was enough to pose a public health threat to some neighbors, particularly those who drank from tainted off-site wells or were exposed to radon gas leaking from the plant's K-65 silos.

        • Current conditions pose no public health hazards and future exposures pose no apparent threat.

        Written public comments about the report will be accepted through June 30. Comments can be sent to Chief, Program Evaluation, Records and Information Services Branch, ATSDR, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop E-56, Atlanta, GA 30333.

        Copies of the report can be viewed on the Internet at, or visit the Fernald Public Environmental Information Center, 10995 Hamilton-Cleves Highway, Ross, or call ATSDR at (888) 422-8737.

Police release sketch of robber
        COLERAIN TWP. — A witness to the weekend aggravated robbery of a check-cashing store has described the man who fired a shot at her co-worker and robbed them.

        A Hamilton County sheriff's sketch artist has drawn the man, described as a black male in his early 30s with a scraggly mustache and goatee. He's 6 feet 1 inch or 6 feet 2 inches tall, 190 to 210 pounds. He wore a dark blue T-shirt and carried a small black revolver.

        The aggravated robbery took place Saturday about 1:30 p.m. at National Cash Advance on Colerain Avenue in Groesbeck. The teller was shot in the left shoulder, deputies said. She remained in the hospital Wednesday, but is expected to recover, authorities said.

        Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the sheriff's department at (513) 851-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Child safety topic for Target programs
        DEERFIELD TWP. — Armahn's Safety Saturday is a full-scale safety awareness day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Target store on Waterstone Boulevard, just off Fields Ertel Road.

        Armahn Nejat Adams was 4 years old when he slipped into a pool and drowned in Tempe, Ariz. Target Stores, where his mother is a pharmacist, has instituted Safety Saturday in his honor. The first Armahn's Safety Saturday was held in 1998 and more are sponsored nationwide each year.

        Events will include: Fire and Rescue from Deerfield Township with vehicles and safety information; Katy's Kids on the proper use of medication; poison prevention with the Poison Prevention Center; a water safety program; home safety from the American Red Cross; first aid information for summer; a DARE officer with “Danger Stranger” information; and games and fun activities for children.

        For information, call 677-3879.

Diabetes research finds interest in Ohio
        When it comes to news about islet cell transplant research for diabetes, word travels far and fast.

        On Thursday, a few weeks after doctors in Canada reported that islet cell transplants have helped eight patients stay off insulin shots for as long as 14 months, Cincinnati researcher Dr. Horacio Rilo announced plans to raise $1 million to begin similar work here.

        That day, a friend reading The Cincinnati Enquirer in a dentist's office saw the story and sent word to 32-year-old Dayton, Ohio, resident Jill Friermood, who has been living with diabetes for 17 years.

        “I am very, very interested in this,” Ms. Friermood said. “I'd be more than willing to get involved in fund raising. I'd be more than willing to do whatever I'd have to do to get involved in this.”

        For information about Dr. Rilo's plans to launch an islet cell research foundation, call 475-6641.

Drug sweep nets crack, 49 arrests
        A drug sweep by Cincinnati District 1 police officers in the Pendleton neighborhood Tuesday resulted in 49 drug- and alcohol-related arrests and the confiscation of 61.86 grams of marijuana and 3.73 grams of crack cocaine.

        The drug sweep was a response to residents' concerns about drug activity in the area, police said Wednesday. Three of the arrests were drug-related felony arrests and 43 were misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenses. There were also three juvenile arrests.

        Officers also confiscated $405 cash.

Teen pleads guilty to bank robbery
        A Hamilton man pleaded guilty Thursday to helping rob a Union Township, Butler County, bank in April.

        Phillip Vinson, 18, pleaded guilty to bank robbery in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati before Judge Sandra Beckwith.

        Mr. Vinson and Tiffany Michelle Billingsley, 21, also of Hamilton, robbed the First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio at 8211 Princeton-Glendale Road on April 28. They were arrested shortly after when a bystander followed the getaway vehicle and supplied its license plate number to police. All the money was recovered.

        Mr. Vinson and Ms. Billingsley, who had previously pleaded guilty, have been held in custody without bond.


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