Saturday, July 15, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

From Enquirer news sources

Man splashes bleach on arresting officers
        Four Cincinnati police officers escaped serious injury Thursday when a man they were trying to arrest threw bleach on them.

        The bleach hit the officers in their faces and on their upper bodies, the arrest report said. They arrested Anthony Gray, 39, of Helen Street in Mount Auburn for felonious assault.

        Because Mr. Gray had previously been combative with police, dispatchers sent extra officers, according to the dispatch log.

Murderer sentenced to 18 years to life
        Michael Larkin, convicted last month of murder in the shooting death of a Lincoln Heights man in 1995, was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life in prison.

        Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Richard Niehaus handed down the sentence after denying a motion for acquittal by Mr. Larkin's attorney, John Burlew.

        Mr. Larkin, 26, was convicted in 1995 by a judge (overturned in 1999 by the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals) and by a jury trial on June 16 for shooting Paul Saturday after breaking into Mr. Saturday's home.

        During the trial, Mr. Burlew said his client was eating pizza in a restaurant at the time of the shooting.

        Mr. Larkin has already served five years of the sentence.

DeWine war chest far surpasses foe's
        COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine has 27 times the cash on hand of Democratic challenger Ted Celeste, according to finance totals the campaigns released Friday.

        Quarterly campaign finance reports must be postmarked by Saturday.

        The DeWine campaign reported $3.3 million in cash on hand, while Mr. Celeste reported $120,513.

        Mr. DeWine's campaign said the Republican raised $521,646 since the last filing in April. Mr. Celeste, the younger brother of former Gov. Richard Celeste, raised $189,335 from April 1 through June 30.

        Mr. Celeste's campaign said it paid off $45,000 in debt incurred during the four-way Democratic primary, which Mr. Celeste won with 44 percent of the vote. Mr. DeWine easily defeated two opponents in the March 7 primary to be nominated for a second six-year term.

        Mr. Celeste's campaign manager, Derrick Clay, said he expects a surge in contributions as the Nov. 7 election draws closer.

        “Even DeWine said, from our name recognition alone, we're worth $3 million,” Mr. Clay said “We're making progress toward our goal. We'll raise enough to be competitive.”

Tape reveals siren on during fatal chase
        AKRON — A taped conversation shows a police car was using sirens during a car chase that ended in the deaths of two young brothers, police said.

        Witnesses had said police cars weren't using sirens during the chase, but a taped conversation between a deputy and the Summit County sheriff's office shows otherwise, said David Bailey, the sheriff's chief deputy.

        Mr. Bailey said a siren can be heard just before the deputy, who was chasing a stolen pickup truck, reported the fatal crash July 7.

        The chase started when James Pasheilich, an off-duty city police officer, was flagged down by the owner of a pickup who said it was just stolen.

        Mr. Pasheilich, who was driving an unmarked car, radioed for help from the sheriff and let the marked deputy's car take the lead in chasing the stolen pickup being driven by William Caton, 42, according to Mr. Pasheilich's attorney, James Burdon.

        When Mr. Caton went through a stop sign, he hit a minivan, killing 5-year-old Nicholas Ellesin and his 3-year-old brother, Alexander, of Marlboro Township in Stark County.

        Police said Mr. Caton's girlfriend, Brenda Meehan, was driving nearby in another car and fired on police. Mr. Caton was killed in the cross-fire.

        Slugs from Mr. Caton's head and body wounds were sent to a crime lab to determine whether they were fired by police or Ms. Meehan, 29, also of Akron. Police said Mr. Caton and Ms. Meehan were ex-convicts wanted on stolen-weapons charges.

        A grand jury Friday indicted Ms. Meehan on one count each of burglary and receiving stolen property. Prosecutors said Ms. Meehan and Mr. Caton broke into her former boyfriend's apartment Dec. 3 and stole 14 firearms, ammunition and several other items.

Doodling portraits presented at White House
        WASHINGTON — If not for the Mideast negotiations at Camp David, President Clinton might have been at the White House on Friday when an art student from Ohio arrived with a gift: a portrait of the president and Vice President Al Gore.

        What made the drawing unusual was the canvas he used: an Etch A Sketch.

        George Vlosich III of Lakewood, Ohio, has been turning his agile touch with the twin-knobbed doodling toy into fun and profit.

        He has earned commissions of more than $3,000 for a single drawing, met Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore and even been hired by Yahoo's Internet auction site to do a special picture of baseball great Cal Ripken.

        After completing a drawing, Mr. Vlosich removes the toy's red plastic backing to dislodge the stylus and excess aluminum powder. That makes the image unshakeable.

        Mr. Vlosich already had shown his Clinton/Gore portrait-in-progress to both the president and vice president during separate meetings arranged by U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland. So he didn't mind much when both dispatched staffers to accept copies of the finished product.

        The 21-year-old Cleveland Institute of Art student said getting inside the White House — and a private tour that included the Oval Office — was fun.

        But as his Etch A Sketch reputation has grown, he's become a bit nonchalant about famous faces and places.

        An exception: meeting basketball legend Michael Jordan. “That was the only one I was nervous about.”

City's law director denies driving drunk
        LORAIN — The city's law director is denying charges that he drove home drunk and says he refused to take an alcohol breath test because he didn't know whether the test would be accurate.

        Mark Provenza, 44, was charged June 13 with driving under the influence and weaving. He refused to take an alcohol breath test after he was stopped about 3 a.m. in Parma Heights, according to a police report.

        He was released on a $500 bond and has not entered a plea. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 in Parma Heights Mayor's Court.

        Mr. Provenza said Friday that he didn't want to take the alcohol breath test because he said the machines can sometimes give an invalid reading if they are not calibrated properly.

        He also denied a police report that he appeared to be “highly intoxicated” when stopped by an officer.

        “I had consumed some alcoholic beverages. I don't believe that I was impaired due to my consumption of alcoholic beverages,” he said.

        Mr. Provenza said he had two Jack Daniel's coolers at his father-in-law's home in North Royalton and fell asleep after listening to the Cleveland Indians game on the radio. After he woke up, he started driving to his home in Lorain.

        “I think that a person who is extremely tired can also appear to be highly intoxicated,” he said. “I had just woken up. I was more tired than anything.”


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