Friday, August 04, 2000

Local Digest


Toy favorites cast in butter at fair

        COLUMBUS — Dairy farmers teamed with Hasbro this year to put a playful spin on their annual butter sculpture.

        A buttery depiction of Mr. Monopoly, Furby and a Tonka truck will be on display at this year's Ohio State Fair opening today along with the traditional butter cow and calf.

        After 36 years of butter sculpting, former Worthington resident Dan Ross retired last year. But there were many artists willing to take his place.

Three fugitives charged with murder
        Three fugitives were indicted on murder charges Thursday in the shooting death of a student from West Africa.

        All three suspects — Sonya McKibbon, Demetric Reynolds and Merrow Cole — face 45 years to life in prison if they are convicted. They are charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

        Prosecutors say the three took part in a July 9 robbery that ended with the fatal shooting of Bubacarr Kassama, 23.

        They say Mr. Kassama, a University of Cincinnati student, was lured away from an after- hours party by Ms. McKibbon, a 24-year-old Clifton resident. When they reached a secluded area, prosecutors say, Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Cole confronted Mr. Kassama.

        They say Mr. Reynolds, 21, of Detroit shot at Mr. Kassama and another man. The other man got away.

        Mr. Cole, 21, of Walnut Hills and the other two suspects have not been seen since.

Victims memorial to be dedicated today
        A memorial to child victims of violent crime will be dedicated today at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati City Hall.

        The “Memorial to Our Lost Children” depicts a house that has been ripped apart and stocked with items belonging to local kids killed in violent acts.

        A reception will be attended by Yolanda King, the daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

        The display will officially open at City Hall on Monday. It will also be available for community, school and other displays. For more information, call 513-421-7010.

Woman sentenced for role in robbery
        A Hamilton woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on Thursday for her role in an April bank robbery in West Chester Township.

        Judge Sandra S. Beckwith sentenced Tiffany Michelle Billingsley, 21, to four years in federal prison. Ms. Billingsley also was fined $2,000 and was ordered to undergo three years of supervision after her release.

        Ms. Billingsley's alleged accomplice, Phillip Vinson, 18, also of Hamilton, has pleaded guilty to a charge of bank robbery.

        The pair robbed the First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio on Princeton-Glendale Road but were caught later that day.

Cinergy worker gets an electric shock
        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — A Cinergy worker received an electric shock and fell while working on power lines Thursday.

        Matt Tobergte was treated and released at University Hospital.

        The accident happened about 2 p.m. in the 1500 block of Covered Bridge Road. As Mr. Tobergte was moving low-voltage power lines, he received an electric shock.

        He fell 6 to 8 feet from a bucket truck, but a safety harness stopped his descent.

Argument ends with stabbing, police say
        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — A domestic argument early Thursday ended with a 31-year-old woman being stabbed in her Sycamore Terrace apartment off Fields Ertel Road.

        Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said Teresa Grehoski was stabbed multiple times by Brian Plymesser, 24, in the couple's apartment about 2:30 a.m. Ms. Grehoski was in fair condition at Good Samaritan Hospital later in the morning. Mr. Plymesser was charged with felonious assault and was held in the Hamilton County Justice Center awaiting arraignment today in Hamilton County Municipal Court, officials said.

       



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