Friday, July 14, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Forum to discuss complaints about police


        Citizens wanting to air complaints about the Cincinnati Police Division have another opportunity Monday in Price Hill.

        The Citizen Police Review Panel will meet in St. Michael's Hall, 2104 St. Michael St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Members will hear questions and comments from the public.

        The panel is reviewing many complaint cases, most notably the police shooting of Timothy Blair. He was severely injured by a gunshotin November 1998 in the parking lot of Kroger in Walnut Hills after struggling with an officer who was trying to stop him for shoplifting.

Hospital expands profile as test site
        Children's Hospital Medical Center has created an “Office of Clinical Trials” to expand the pediatric hospital's involvement in government and industry-sponsored medical tests.

        Dr. Philip Walson, formerly of Columbus Children's Hospital, has been named director of the office.

        His duties will include marketing the hospital as a location for studies, recruiting and training more faculty members to participate in studies, and coordinating administrative details.

Design to be aired for West Chester park
        West Chester residents will get their first look at a final design for the new Voice of America Park on Aug. 3 during a special public meeting.

        The preview of the 330-acre park, which will be the largest recreational area in the Butler County township, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 7600 Princeton-Glendale Road. An open house viewing of the new design will begin at 6:30 p.m.

        The park's final design, created by Cincinnati-based Human Nature Inc., incorporates public input from two previous meetings.

        The design places the former Bethany Station broadcast facility — which began sending pro-democracy, shortwave radio transmissions across the globe in 1944 — as the Voice of America Park centerpiece.

Hamilton man dies after being hit by car
        HAMILTON — A 23-year-old man died early Thursday after being struck by a car.

        Danny Smith of the 400 block of North Second Street was pronounced dead at Fort Hamilton Hospital just after 4 a.m.

        Butler County Coroner's Investigator Andy Willis said Mr. Smith was struck while lying in the southbound lane of Eaton Road, 150 feet beyond the crest of a hill near Gordon Smith Boulevard.

        Linda Newcomb, who lives in the 700 block of Gordon Smith, was southbound in a 1984 Buick Regal. She tried to stop, but the undercarriage of her vehicle struck Mr. Smith, police said.

        No ruling in the death has been made, and authorities weren't sure why Mr. Smith had been lying in the roadway.

        Hamilton police and the coroner's office were continuing to investigate.

Suspect arraigned in shooting death
        HAMILTON — A suspect in the city's most recent homicide is being held without bond in the Butler County Jail.

        Lewis Ray Patterson, 25, who listed addresses in Hamilton and Middletown, appeared Thursday in Hamilton Municipal Court on charges of murder and felonious assault. A Special Weapons and Tactics Team raided a Monument Avenue residence and arrested him Wednesday night.

        He is accused in Sunday's shooting death of Donald Downard, 34. Police have said the shooting may have been drug-related.

        Mr. Patterson's preliminary hearing is set for Thursday in municipal court.

Mallory plans school-fund forum
        “Funding Ohio's Public Schools” will be the topic of this month's Constituent Day held by State Senator Mark Mallory (D-Cincinnati) from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Forest Park City Council chambers, 1201 West Kemper Road.

        Sen. Mallory will gather, as well as share information, on the issue of school funding in Ohio. The format is similar to a town meeting.

        . Information: (614) 466-5980 or 1-800-282-0253.

Skating event to help charities
        Cincinnati City Councilwoman Alicia Reece is organizing a “Roller Soul Skatefest” set for July 22 to raise money for the United Negro College Fund and to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

        Ms. Reece's mother, Barbara, was diagnosed with MS about six years ago and now uses a wheelchair. Before the disease struck, Ms. Reece said she and her mother made a hobby of rollerskating together, including trips to rinks in New York, Detroit, and Atlanta.

        “This event is a tribute to my mother. In a lot of areas, people don't think of African-Americans coming down with MS,” Ms. Reece said.

        The event will run midnight-4 a.m. July 22 at Castle Skateland in Loveland. Tickets, $8, can be purchased at Everybody's Records, 6106 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge.

Car wash to benefit scholarship fund
        A car wash to benefit the Stacey L. Martin Scholarship Fund at the University of Dayton will be Saturday at Sam's Club, Ridge Road and Highland Avenue, Pleasant Ridge.

        Washing cars, vans and trucks from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be interns in the Summer Work Experience in Law.

        Ms. Martin, a Walnut Hills High School alumna, SWEL intern and UD student, died three years ago. Interns are asking $5 for a car, $8-$10 for a truck or van.

Driver found dead after truck accident
        WAYNE TOWNSHIP — The driver of dump truck was found dead Thursday afternoon after the vehicle flipped over on Ohio 131 near Hunt Road.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver, who was ejected, was dead at the scene. The crash occurred about 2:45 p.m.

        The name of the victim was not immediately available.

Accident injures school official
        DAYTON, Ohio — The superintendent of the city's public schools was injured in a traffic accident Thursday.

        Jerrie Bascome McGill was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital following the accident.

        Hospital spokeswoman Kristin Copp said Ms. McGill was being treated in the emergency room for minor injuries and would not be admitted.

        Ms. McGill has been superintendent since April, when the Dayton Board of Education hired her to succeed James Williams.

Ex-fireman guilty in rapes, stalking
        CLEVELAND — A former city firefighter who prosecutors say kept notes on 1,661 women was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison on rape, stalking and other charges.

        Thomas McCarthy, 44, of suburban Fairview Park, pleaded guilty to 37 charges that also included kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. The charges involved four women who were raped or stalked.


Truck jumps barrier; wreck blocks I-275
$6.5M trade of buildings sought
Museum Center hoping to expand
Church hopes school helps neighborhood rise
$2.6M raised for new arts campus
Education chief calls Parham model school
Reading as they never did before
Stadium changes set for Aug. 1
Lab report frees murder suspect
Report: Life is good for U.S. kids
Tristate statistics compared to the U.S.
Accused child molester takes his life in Minn.
Armed robbers invade Newport home
Break-ins may be linked to serial rapist
No suspects, no leads in killing
Put games at tracks, Ohio told
Withrow may owe fix-up to alumni
Allowance can pay dividends
KIESEWETTER: 'Freaks' too pricey for cable
Pig Parade: Jiggin' Piggy
Ukrainians find their dream home
Who should be cast away?
Assault suspect out on bond
Butler Co. tent jail unfurled again
Butler seeks plan to lure tech firms
Charge lessened in beating, death
Chief wants to reach out
City unit expects to take hit in golf fees during air show
Court gives kids access to new world
Dayton's oldest hospital closing
Facility for teens won't be at site
Fliers faze few in village
Kentucky museum shows firearms as works of art
Lawyer disputes 'harassing' calls
Lebanon earns praise in survey
Neglected teen sent to prison
Parents of school shooter dismissed as defendants
Park to be named for couple
State holds off on monument
Swimming meet tests new pool
Toyota warehouse could boost economy
- Tristate A.M. Report
Unpopular park road approved