Thursday, August 24, 2000

Tristate digest

Miami wins twice in recruiting campaign

        Miami University's 1999 minority recruitment campaign succeeded on two levels.

        Applications from students of color rose 28 percent, and the “I Am Miami” media campaign won a national Clarion Award from Women in Communications.

        The campaign included cable television spots on the Black Entertainment Television network, as well as radio spots, newsletter articles, a video sent to inquiring students and billboards.

        “I Am Miami” concentrated on high school seniors in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland and Indianapolis.

        The Clarion Award honored the clear, concise communications in the marketing of an established product or service.

        Miami reported that initial figures show that more than 9 percent of this year's freshmen are minorities, compared with 8 percent last year.

Motorcyclist dies
as Harley skids

               GREEN TOWNSHIP — A 42-year-old Colerain Township man was killed early Wednesday when the motorcycle he was driving skidded off the right side of Cheviot Road near Epley Drive here, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        They said Donald James Buttlewerth of Daleview Road was driving northbound on Cheviot Road at 1:15 a.m. when he lost control of the 1979 Harley Davidson motorcycle and was thrown from it as it skidded.

        Mr. Buttlewerth was not wearing a helmet, and alcohol is suspected in contributing to the accident, which remains under investigation, deputies said.

        Mr. Buttlewerth was taken to Franciscan Mount Airy Hospital, where he died.

Woman attempting
suicide is caught

               HAMILTON — A police officer injured both arms Wednesday when he caught a 23-year-old woman who tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Witt Way overpass on High Street, police said.

        Officers were trying to persuade the Hamilton woman not to jump at about 2:30 a.m. when she dove headfirst off the overpass. Officer Lanny Ash broke the woman's fall. The woman broke her left elbow.

        Officer Ash was treated and released from Mercy Hospital Hamilton. The woman had been reported missing, police said.

        In a separate incident at about midnight Tuesday, John Inman was struck by a southbound Norfolk Southern train half a mile north of the Bobmeyer Road crossing. The Hamilton man, who received injuries to his face and upper torso, was being treated at University Hospital. His condition was not known.

Man indicted in
apartment bombing

               A Cincinnati man was indicted Wednesday on charges of firebombing his wife's Westwood apartment building.

        Ralph Littleton, 29, is charged with attempted murder, domestic violence and aggravated arson. He is accused of lobbing a homemade bomb at an apartment complex at 3838 Washington Ave.

        Prosecutors say the attack occurred Aug. 13 at 1:30 a.m. They say Mr. Littleton's estranged wife and 3-year-old son lived in the building.

        The occupants of the building were evacuated and no one was seriously hurt. Police reported only minor damage to the building.

Voting anniversary
to be celebrated

               The 80th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, will be celebrated by women in 1920 dress Saturday at Union Terminal.

        The Cincinnati chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Cincinnati Museum Center will host an 11 a.m. pro gram featuring music from the women's suffrage movement, games for children, and women portraying leaders of the right-to-vote movement, including Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, local leader Martha Taft and others.

        Other sponsors of the event include Amnesty International, the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus and the Woman's City Club. The event is free. Information: 287-7000.

Cars damaged
in early morning fire
LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Between 60 and 75 automobiles — older and damaged vehicles — were gutted by fire early Wednesday at an auto storage lot off Shepherd Lane owned by Cincinnati Auto Recycling, said Lincoln Heights Fire Lt. Charles Thomas.

               Cause of the 4:30 a.m. fire is under investigation, and no damage estimate was available Wednesday. A trailer office on the property was not damaged, Lt. Thomas said.

        Firefighters from Lockland, Arlington Heights and Wyoming assisted Lincoln Heights in combating the blaze. There were no injuries.

Police offering free
program to public
The Cincinnati Police Division is accepting applications for the next Citizen Police Academy session that begins Oct. 18. The academy is a free instructional program designed to provide citizens with an understanding of the science and governing principles of policing.

               Classes, which begin at 6 p.m. and last about three hours, are held at Longworth Hall, 700 W. Pete Rose Way, weekly for eight weeks.

        To receive an application, call 362-3562.

Federal aid made
available after flood
TOLEDO — Federal disaster workers expect about 1,100 people to apply for federal aid after Toledo's late July flooding.

               Homeowners, renters and business owners can apply for low-interest loans and federal grants. The money can be used for rent, repairs and replacement of personal property.

        More than 500 people already have inquired about getting aid, said Lou Botta, coordinator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's effort in Toledo.

        Local officials have estimated damage to be at least $7.5 million.

        Flooding caused more than $500,000 damage to property owned by Lucas County, with most of it occurring at a juvenile justice center under construction.

        President Clinton signed a disaster declaration last week that authorizes the use of federal funds to help meet recovery needs.

In event of strike,
kids will stay home

               CLEVELAND — If Cleveland teachers go on strike next week, the school district's 77,000 students will be told to stay home.

        “The plan right now is that students will not attend school,” said Lisa Ruda, chief legal counsel for the district. Holding classes during a strike would be “simply not good for the kids.”

        The school buildings would be open, however. Ms. Ruda said nonteaching employees would be expected to report to work because they have contract agreements with the district.

        The teachers' contract expires Aug. 31. Lawyers for the 6,000-member Cleveland Teachers Union have sent the district a 10-day strike notice.

        The district starts classes Thursday and Friday. Teachers reported to work Tuesday.

        The teachers and district last met Aug. 4, and are scheduled to meet Friday. The major issues are pay and an extended elementary school day.


Wife's murder case goes to grand jury
Kentucky courts to decide on Justin
And the sole 'Survivor' is. . .Rich
Snake trounced the rat, and we were mesmerized
Maynard's voice is on zoo's endangered list
Who picks wimp names for storms?
Chabot TV ads to cost $385K
2 dead in 2 days in Goshen
Family adopts disabled orphans
Mother sues in crash
Possible meth lab found
UC researchers likely to seek NIH grants for stem cell study
Campbell GOP hopes to pack more punch
Charges dropped in death of woman
Convention center inks 500th contract
Deputies arrest 7 in marijuana sweep
Device tracks ailing hearts
Fairfield approves creek plan
Fire kills Hamilton woman, 78, in tight-knit neighborhood
For Karen Vaske, angels are on the ascent
Lebanon parking now free Saturday
Mason fills post of park director
Mason teen to know his fate within weeks
Oct. soonest for Wal-Mart decision
Pig Parade: Stage Hams
Sale to help kids' center
Terrorist readiness assessed
Education, health care plans woo mothers' votes
Elementary school, high school have new administrators
Good food, crafts lure in Reading
Schools boost teams, clubs
Validity of charges questioned
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