Sunday, June 25, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Son of Beast halted with riders aboard
        MASON — Paramount's Kings Island Son of Beast ride shut down abruptly on Saturday with dozens of riders on board when an electronic sensor on the roller coaster spotted a problem that apparently didn't exist.

        Park spokesman Jeff Siebert said none of the passengers on the 218-foot roller coaster was injured when it shut down about 4:30 p.m.

        The train carries 35 passengers and Mr. Siebert said it was “not quite full.” Coaster workers walked up and helped passengers walk down a stairway alongside the track.

        The sensor was replaced, some test runs were made and the ride reopened about 7:30 p.m.

Police investigate death of infant boy
        Cincinnati homicide police are investigating the death of a seven-month-old boy Saturday morning in Over-the-Rhine.

        A fire division rescue squad responded shortly after 9:30 a.m. Saturday when the infant's mother, 26-year-old Tasheena Brown, called 911 to report that she had found the baby not breathing.

        The child was pronounced dead at the scene. The Hamilton County coroner's office is conducting an autopsy.

Van crash victims' conditions upgraded
        Jasmine Williams, 7, and her sister, Erica Williams, 1, were both upgraded from serious to fair condition at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        They were passengers in a van driven by Dennis James, 34, of South Fairmount, who remains in serious condition at University Hospital. Mr. James is the father of the youngest child injured in the accident, 1-year-old Erica.

        Devin Williams, 6, died from his injuries after the van ran through a stop sign and hit a wall in South Fairmount Thursday afternoon.

        Four other Williams children remain hospitalized. No charges have been filed against Mr. James.

Youth orchestra to honor arts donor
        The World Youth Symphony Orchestra will dedicate a concert today in memory of former Hamilton resident Mary Lee Brandenburg, who left her estate to Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Mich. The performance is 8 p.m. at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

        Ms. Brandenburg, who was a longtime supporter of arts education and a frequent visitor to the Michigan campus, died in March.

        The World Youth Symphony Orchestra, a group of high school musicians from around the world, will be joined by internationally acclaimed violinist, Shlomo Mintz.

Benefit scheduled for cancer patient
        SHARONVILLE — Friends and family will hold a “Benefit From The Heart” for Shelly Bartholomew-Cruse from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the Sharonville VFW Hall, 3318 East Sharon Road.

        Mrs. Cruse, 20, just discovered she has brain cancer. She has had surgery but the doctors were not able to remove all the tumor. She will travel to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to discuss further treatments.

        The benefit will feature live bands, door prizes, raffles, food, and more. There is a $5 cover charge. Donations can also be made to the “Benefit for Shelly” account at the Provident Bank Sharonville Branch, 11100 Reading Road., 45241.

Three shot after restaurant robbery
        DAYTON, Ohio — A restaurant owner shot three men, killing one and injuring at least one other, as they fled his business after a robbery Saturday, police said.

        The men entered Falb's restaurant on Dayton's north side shortly before noon and eventually converged on the owner, said Sgt. Donald Britton.

        Armed with handguns, they took him into a back room and emptied a safe, then emptied the cash register in the restaurant, Sgt. Britton said.

        As the suspects walked toward the exit, the owner grabbed his shotgun and fired one shot inside the restaurant, Sgt. Britton said.

        All three suspects fled and the owner followed. Once outside, one of the suspects apparently turned and pointed a gun at the owner, who fired several shots, Sgt. Britton said.

        The suspect who pointed the gun died at Grandview Hospital, Sgt. Britton said. Police caught a second suspect, who was shot in the shoulder. Police were searching for the third suspect.

        The names of the restaurant owner and the suspects were not released.

Improperly disposed medical waste found
        MARION, Ohio — Police and hospital officials are concerned about a stockpile of used syringes found behind staff lockers at Marion General Hospital.

        Workers renovating the men's locker room at the hospital north of Columbus found syringes, needles and empty drug vials. Some of the waste dates from 10 years ago.

        Maj. Randy Caryer of the Marion police criminal investigation unit said the vials and syringes are being tested for traces of drugs.

Indiana schools get new standards
        INDIANAPOLIS — The State Board of Education has unanimously adopted new English and language arts standards for Indiana schools.

        The new standards will become part of school lessons statewide and eventually will be tested on the ISTEP-Plus exam.

        State officials say the standards are more rigorous and provide support and direction for curriculum and instructional choices at the local level.


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