Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

From Enquirer news sources

Dad gets 12 years in infant son's death
        A Forest Park man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday for shaking to death his 8-week-old son.

        Christopher Heery, 28, had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangering last month in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

        Mr. Heery was accused of shaking and squeezing his son, Ian, last November at his apartment. Prosecutors have said the child's injuries included 14 broken bones.

        At his sentencing, the child's grandmother, Kathy Longshore, said Mr. Heery saw her grandson as an inconvenience.

        “He was your problem,” she said, “and you eliminated him.”

        Judge Thomas Crush imposed the maximum 12-year sentence.

Rape, kidnapping charged in Price Hill
        A Price Hill man was arrested early Tuesday and accused of hitting, choking and raping a 17-year-old girl after padlocking her inside his bedroom.

        James Melvin “Buddy” Allen, 19, of the 800 block of Pedretti Avenue, was charged with rape and kidnapping, according to the arrest report. He is accused of keeping the girl from about 11:15 p.m. Monday to shortly after 2 a.m. She was able to get away and call police.

No income limits on home-loan plan
        A new $5 million program touted by Cincinnati officials and the nation's leading financier of home mortgages as a way to improve downtown home ownership rates doesn't have any maximum income limits, officials said Tuesday.

        The “Downtown Walk to Work” program allows people to qualify for larger home loans if they live within 10 blocks of their downtown home. The theory is people can afford to spend more on a downtown home because they don't have to fritter away money on commuting costs, including gas and parking.

        To qualify for the program, people must buy a home in the downtown area bordered by Interstate 75, Interstate 71, Fort Washington Way and Liberty Street. There is no minimum loan amount; the maximum loan is $252,700.

        Officials launched the program this week as a way to increase Cincinnati's home ownership rate of 38 percent, well below the U.S. average of 67 percent.

        For information, call Fannie Mae at (800) 732-6643.

Man arrested on sex count
        A man was arrested in Mount Airy Forest late Monday and charged with sexual imposition.

        Robert James Martin, 57, of Harmony Lane in Green Township, approached an undercover Cincinnati police officer and made an obscene overture, according to the arrest report.

Women's seminar begins in August
        The Union Institute will offer “Introduction to Women's Studies” seminars starting July 29 at the institute, 440 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.

        Over the next three months, five more seminars will be offered, free and open to the public. All will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

        The series will feature “Global Women's Movement” Aug. 12 and “Introduction to Women's Psychology” Aug. 16.

        The series will touch “Women of Color in Education” Sept. 16, “Feminist Liberation Theologies” Sept. 30, and “Directions — The Future of the Women's Movement” Oct. 21.

        For details, contact Jean McKiernan at or 861-6400.

Development unit gets new director
        Bernice L. Walker, a former recruiting assistant with the U.S. Census Bureau, is the new direc tor of Hamilton County's Small, Minority and Female Business Development.

        Ms. Walker will be responsible for developing and assisting in the implementation of plans to increase the number and amount of county contracts awarded to businesses headed by those groups.

        In addition to her stint with the Census Bureau, Ms. Walker was an associate at the law firm of Manley, Burke & Lipton for about six years and is an adjunct professor at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

Nominations sought for volunteer award
       MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award.

        Nominees should be volunteers between 30 and 50 years of age with a history of community service showing generosity of time and spirit. Volunteers from Middletown, Trenton, Monroe and surrounding unincorporated areas are eligible for the award.

        To nominate an outstanding volunteer serving a nonprofit organization, send a written description of the person's volunteerism to: Kay Wright, executive director, Middletown Community Foundation, 36 Donham Plaza, Suite 110, The Manchester Inn, Middletown, OH 45042.

        Deadline for nominations is Aug. 31.

        For information, call (513) 424-7369.

Finan receives $10,000, award
        COLUMBUS — The National Conference of State Legislatures gave Ohio Senate President Richard Finan an award and $10,000 Tuesday.

        The Evendale Republican was given the William M. Bulger Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award during the organization's 2000 annual convention in Chicago. It is given every two years to state legislative leaders who can be cited for their leadership, courage and ethics.

        The NCSL is a national association that links lawmakers and party leaders and legislative staff personnel in all 50 states. The award is named for William M. Bulger, former Massachusetts Senate president and current president of the University of Massachusetts.

        Sen. Finan said he would donate his cash award to his alma mater, the University of Dayton, where he now serves as president of the Board of Trustees.

Coast Guard rescues 2 men in Lake Erie
        SANDUSKY — Bouncing up and down in Lake Erie's 3-foot waves, Peter Sostaric and Matt Stookey heard the U.S. Coast Guard boats nearby.

        Soaked and exhausted, they didn't have enough energy to try to get the attention of the rescuers.

        The two men who spent a terrifying 14 hours floating in Lake Erie were found Tuesday morning wearing life jackets and suffering from exposure, the Coast Guard said.

        But they were relatively unharmed. They were treated and released at Magruder Hospital.

        Mr. Sostaric, 33, and Mr. Stookey, 31, both of Sandusky, were on a personal watercraft Monday evening when they got lost and ran out of gas, said Joe Yingling, an officer with the Ohio Division of Watercraft.

        The waves began tossing the watercraft and both men decided to jump in the water and swim. They thought they were closer to shore than they were, Mr. Yingling said.

        About four hours after daybreak Tuesday, a Coast Guard boat pulled the men from the water.


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