Saturday, July 22, 2000

Local Digest


One killed in crash in Colerain Township

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A two-car, head-on crash Friday morning on Springdale Road near Menominee Drive killed a Colerain Township man and sent a second man to a hospital.

        Jack D. McAdoo, 62, of Brampton Drive died after his 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass went left of center and struck an oncoming 1996 Mercury Sable being driven by Ervin Laugel, 76, also of Colerain Township, according to a release by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

        Both drivers were taken to Mercy Franciscan-Mount Airy Hospital, where Mr. McAdoo was pronounced dead. Mr. Laugel was treated and released. Both drivers were alone in their cars.

        Mr. Laugel was wearing a seat belt but Mr. McAdoo was not, the release said. Alcohol was not involved.

        The accident remains under investigation.

NCH man charged in swim club fire
        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old North College Hill man was arrested Friday in connection with a fire that caused about $25,000 damage to the clubhouse of the Brentwood Swim Club on Cottonwood Road.

        Springfield Township Police said Andrew Cunningham, of the 6000 block of Hamilton Avenue, has been charged with breaking and entering and arson.

        Fire investigators said the fire was started about 5:50 a.m. Thursday in two locations. Police said Mr. Cunningham removed property from the clubhouse and then set it on fire.

        He remains in custody at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Teen-ager indicted in couple's beating
        A Millvale teen-ager will face up to 62 years in prison if he is convicted of taking part in the beating of an elderly couple.

        Julian James, 16, was indicted Friday on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery. Prosecutors say he was the gunman in the May 21 robbery of the Beekman Carryout on Beekman Street.

        They say he and two other juveniles robbed the store and attacked the owners, Randy and Mija Kim. Mr. Kim was severely beaten with a baseball bat and Mrs. Kim was shot in the arm.

        The robbery was captured on the store's security cameras.

        The other two defendants, ages 17 and 13, will remain in juvenile court. Mr. James will stand trial in adult court.

Baby sitter faces prison in boy's death
        A Winton Place man was indicted Friday on charges of killing a 16-month-old boy he was babysitting.

        Milo Washington, 22, faces a charge of aggravated murder and a possible life sentence if he is convicted. Prosecutors say he killed Mista Paige while babysitting the boy on July 11.

        Prosecutors say the wounds were so severe they are consistent with injuries a child would suffer in a car crash or a two-story fall.

Neighbor pleads not guilty in fight
        LEBANON — A former minor league baseball pitcher accused of seriously injuring his Mason neighbor in a dispute about parking pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of felonious assault.

        Dennis Rock, 45, of Kenwood Drive remained free on $10,000 bond following his arraignment hearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

        A grand jury indicted him last week in the June 3 beating of Gary Kretzer, a 38-year-old auto worker and father of six.

        Mr. Kretzer, who suffered a fractured skull and a brain injury, was hospitalized in intensive care for one month before being transferred recently to Drake Center for rehabilitation.

Firstar officials threaten a suit
        Officials at the Firstar Center are threatening to sue Hamilton County to delay construction of Great American Ball Park if it hurts access to Firstar or parking for the arena.

        Douglas Kirchhofer, chief executive officer of Firstar, wrote to County Administrator Dave Krings on Tuesday, saying the partial demolition of Cinergy Field's plaza, parking and a bridge connecting the two arenas will threaten the “economic viability” of Firstar.

Pit bull puppies stolen from home
        Seven newborn pit bulls were stolen from a South Fairmount home Thursday and their mother was shot and killed.

        The puppies are valued at $1,750, according to the Cincinnati Police Division.

       



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