Sunday, July 02, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report




Fire at apartments routs 24 from homes
        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Twenty-four people were displaced by a fire early Saturday in a 12-family apartment building on Bridgetown Road, Green Township fire Captain Edward Thomas said.

        The fire apparently started in an attic at Tollbridge Manor Apartments about 1 a.m., causing an estimated $300,000 damage to the building, Capt. Thomas said. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

        No one was injured in the fire and several apartments had no damage, but it was unclear when residents might be able to return, Capt. Thomas said. Red Cross volunteers were at the scene to offer help to displaced families.

Crash pins man between parked trucks
        ELWMOOD PLACE — A 47-year-old Elmwood Place man was seriously injured Friday when a car headed south on Vine Street struck two parked trucks, pinning him between the vehicles.

        Mike West of Walnut Street was taken to University Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition Saturday. Both his legs were injured, police said.

        Police said Mr. West was standing between two pickups parked in front of 6915 Vine St. about 9:15 p.m. when a car driven by Michael Bagby, 23, of Colerain Township hit the back of one truck, knocking it into a second one.

        Mr. Bagby, who was charged with aggravated vehicular assault, had a suspended license at the time of the crash, Sgt. Zwick said. Mr. Bagby's blood alcohol level tested at 0.15, according to police. The legal limit is 0.10.

        Mr. Bagby was treated at University Hospital and released into police custody Friday.

MU trustees vote for tuition break, hike
        First- and second-year students at Miami University's Hamilton and Middletown campuses will pay less for their education beginning in the fall, trustees decided Friday.

        Freshman and sophomores at the branch campuses will pay $3,020.40 annually, down from $3,180 last year. Juniors and seniors at the branch campuses will see their tuition rise 3 percent, to $4,215.60 a year.

        Trustees also voted to increase annual tuition at the main Oxford campus by 5.8 percent. In-state students will pay $6,419 a year. Out-of-state students will pay $13,459.

Woman improving after highway crash
        Bonnie Madill, 48, of Colerain Township was upgraded from critical to stable condition at University Hospital on Saturday.

        Ms. Madill suffered serious injuries Friday morning when a car heading in the other direction on Ronald Reagan Highway drove across the median and collided head-on with her car. The driver of the other car, Debra Abbott, 41, of Carthage, was killed in the crash.

        Springfield Township police said Ms. Abbott was heading west on the highway near Arlington Cemetery when she crossed the median into the eastbound lanes of the highway.

Gas down to $1.61.9 in southeast Indiana
        LAWRENCEBURG — Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon's rollback of the state's gasoline sales tax took effect Saturday, but most southeast Indiana gas stations had already lowered their prices several days ago.

        Steve Eckart owns the Ameristop station at U.S. 50 and Interstate 275. He said he dropped gas prices by 7 cents a gallon — to $1.61.9, $1.71.9 and $1.81.9 for regular, midgrade and premium, respectively — on Wednesday, the day after the governor signed the 60-day tax exemption into law.

        “We have been doing a lot of business from Ohio and Kentucky, because of our location,” Mr. Eckart said Saturday. “We've been hopping here for a while because our prices have been lower than the Cincinnati and (Northern) Kentucky markets for several weeks.”

        Other stations in the Lawrenceburg area also lowered their prices last week, including the Triangle Shell ($1.64.9, $1.74.9, $1.84.9), and the Marathon station on U.S. 50 that matched the Ameristop prices.

Bail set for man accused of sex abuse
        MONROE TOWNSHIP — A Monroe Township man accused of sexually abusing at least five children had his bail set at $50,000 Friday.

        Henry Sanforth, 47, of 3130 Leeds Road, was charged with molesting children age 11 to 14 at East Fork State Park or at his home in Monroe Township, according to the Clermont County Sheriff's Office.

        Mr. Sanforth remains at the Clermont County Jail, where he has been since his arrest June 22. He is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

       



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