Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Tristate digest

Pizza worker robbed at gunpoint

        Police are searching for two men who held a pizza delivery man at gunpoint in Corryville, tied him up and robbed him of his jewelry, money and pizza.

        Steve Carlton was working for LaRosa's in Clifton on Sunday when he went to an address in the 2500 block of Eden Avenue to deliver two pizzas and soda, said LaRosa's manager Tony Hericks.

        “When he got there, it was dark inside and the apartment was vacant when they opened the door,” Mr. Hericks said. “That's when he realized he was in deep trouble.”

        The two men bound Mr. Carlton's arms and stole his gold necklace and watch, $120, pizzas and soda. They face abduction and aggravated robbery charges.

Boy, 10, charged in burglary, arson
        A 10-year-old Cincinnati boy has been charged with burglary and aggravated arson after police said he broke into a Madisonville apartment Sunday and set three fires there.

        The boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, allegedly used force to enter the apartment in the 6000 block of Dahlgren Avenue.

        The fires caused $500 in damage, said Capt. Dan Rottmueller of the Cincinnati Fire Division investigation unit.

        The case is under investigation, and information about the fires was not available Monday.

County fair seeks for exhibit entries
        The 2000 Hamilton County Fair is looking for entries to exhibit in this year's event, slated for Aug. 2-6.

        There are more than 25 categories and over 1,000 subcategories open for competition. Children ages 16 and under are included in juvenile and junior divisions.

        Participants need not live in Hamilton County to enter.

        Entries will be dropped off and displayed at the fairgrounds, near the corner of Vine Street and Paddock Road, off Exit 9 on I-75.

        The fair distributes a 20-page illustrated listing of all categories in which ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded. It's available at all Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library branches or by calling the Hamilton County Fair office at (513) 761-4224.

More testing for gifted students
        State-mandated changes to gifted and talented programs will mean more comprehensive testing of Cincinnati students.

        The state is calling for schools to conduct additional testing and paperwork for those students who are identified as being gifted and talented, Associate Superintendent Kathleen Ware said Monday at a meeting of Cincinnati Board of Education's program committee.

        The committee will recommend that the full board adopt the new policies at its July 24 meeting.

        Cincinnati schools will adopt the state policy, which calls for a three-step process of screening, assessment and identification.

        Jack Lewis, the district's director of research and evaluation, said the district would review student test scores and other materials in the screening process.

        Generally, about 20 percent to 25 percent of the district's 44,292 students are identified as gifted. Those students will be tested depending on the area of their talents, whether academic, cognitive thinking or artistic.

        The district will receive $133,000 from the state for one year to cover some of the testing costs.

Paideia schools look to improve
        Principals at Cincinnati's five Paideia schools are reviewing ways to improve their programs in the wake of a critical report released last week.

        That report, said the city's elementary Paideia programs had been “steadily decimated” by budget cuts.

        Superintendent Steven Adamowski asked the principals to answer two questions: What changes can they make without any additional money and what changes would they make if extra money became available. Principals will report back in October.

        In the meantime, Paideia parents, teachers and others in the Paideia community will meet with administrators on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. to discuss the report.

        Although there were good things happening at each of the Paideia schools, the report found a lack of resources, training and improper teaching methods.

        Board member John Gilligan said the district will be faced with deciding whether it can afford to continue Paideia schools.

        “It doesn't make a lot of sense to go on running a program with stated goals,” he said, “if we don't have the funding for it.”

Trees to new Arbor group members
        Ten wildbird garden trees will be sent to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during July. The trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign.

        The trees are Red Oak, Sargent Crab, Washington Hawthorn, Red Cedars, Bur Oak, Arrowwood Viburnum, Canadian Hemlocks and Gray Dogwood.

        To receive the trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Wildbird Garden Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE. 68410 by July 31. For information, call (402) 474-5655.

Teen suspect's essay thrown out
        A judge ruled Monday that authorities violated the rights of 15-year-old Julius Evans when they used an essay he wrote to charge him with murder.

        Judge David Davis told prosecutors they could not use the teen's essay at his murder trial later this year, reversing his ruling in January.The youth, of Evanston, was in custody on an unrelated offense when a counselor told him to write an essay about his criminal past. Mr. Cutcher said the request was a police interrogation that violated the teen's rights.

        Prosecutors say the essay implicated him in the Christmas Eve beating death of 48-year-old Robert Hicks in 1998.

        Without the essay, it is unclear whether prosecutors can proceed with the case.

Toddler falls from window, barely hurt
        LORAIN — A 4-year-old girl fell from her brother's second-story bedroom window but escaped the 15-foot drop practically unharmed.

        Latiana Luciano fell Saturday after her 6-year-old brother, Luis, persuaded her to climb down the side of the family's apartment building by holding onto a blanket, according to Latiana's mother, Wanda Luciano.

        The girl landed on her side on top of a bush, brushed herself off and walked back into the house in this city 25 miles west of Cleveland.

        Latiana was taken to Lorain Community Hospital and was released after being treated for minor scratches and bruises on her knees and elbows.

Man charged in OSU syringe attack COLUMBUS — A man has been charged with attacking a woman with a syringe at Ohio State University's main library, campus police said.
        Dwight Pannell, 35, of Columbus, was charged with assault and possession of criminal tools. If convicted, he would face up to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

        The woman, Weidong Zhu, 33, was treated at an area hospital and released.


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