Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Dry Ridge man holes up in trailer

        DRY RIDGE, Ky. — A man home alone kept police at bay outside his trailer for hours Tuesday.

        The incident started at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, when Kentucky State Police troopers and Grant County sheriff's deputies responded to the 100 block of Aaron's Way. The call came in as a domestic situation.

        Officers heard several gunshots, but quickly learned the man was alone in the home, state police said. They communicated with him several times, but he cut off negotiations in the early morning Tuesday.

        Police blocked part of U.S. 25 near the area, a dispatcher said, because the trailer sits close to the highway.

        Officials did not release the man's identity.

Roselawn man keeps police at bay 11 hours

        Cincinnati police spent 11 hours outside a Roselawn apartment Tuesday before arresting a 24-year-old man who had barricaded himself inside and threatened to detonate a bomb unless he got $5 million.

        Stephen W. Lott of the 7200 block of Brookcrest Drive was arrested about 5:45 p.m. and charged with inducing panic, disrupting public services and aggravated menacing. The Cincinnati Fire Division's bomb unit searched the home and found no explosives.

        A square block area around the home was evacuated during the standoff.

        Officers responded just before 6:30 a.m. after Elizabeth Lott called to report her son was threatening to shoot himself, dispatch reports said. She said he did not have a gun, but she was worried because he had been using drugs and had locked himself in the basement where fireworks were stored.

Library closed Monday; no computer access

        The Main Library and 41 branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will be closed Monday for Labor Day.

        There will be no computer access through the library's CINCH catalog and Web page from 6 p.m. Sunday through 9 a.m. Tuesday to upgrade components of the system. This will include Internet access at the Main Library and branches, and Internet access from homes or businesses.

DeWine accompanies Clinton to Colombia

        WASHINGTON — Sen. Mike DeWine plans to join President Clinton today for a one-day trip to Colombia.

        The Ohio Republican will be part of a delegation that accompanies Mr. Clinton during a meeting with Colombian President Andres Pastrana, Mr. DeWine's office said.

        A $1.3 billion U.S. anti-drug package is expected to be discussed at the meeting.

        Latin America and drug-fighting efforts have been some of Mr. DeWine's major areas of interest, and he has made sever al solo trips to the region.

        The delegation plans to return tonight.

Undercover operation brings drug arrests

        KENT, Ohio — Seven people were arrested and two others were sought Tuesday in a six-month undercover investigation of alleged marijuana, LSD and heroin sales.

        Charges against the initial seven suspects, all residents of two apartment complexes about half a mile from Kent State University, include drug trafficking and permitting drug abuse.

        Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said the alleged drug dealing didn't involve the university community.

        He said the suspects, who are accused of selling marijuana, LSD and heroin to undercover officers, did not operate as a group.

Columbus teachers OK 3-year contract

        COLUMBUS — Teachers have overwhelmingly approved a three-year contract with the city school district.

        Columbus Education Association members approved the deal 2,597 to 69 Monday night.

        Contract highlights include a 4 percent raise each year of the three-year contract and a bonus of $2,000 annually for each of two years based on student achievement and progress.

        Terms were reached after 16 hours of talks over the weekend between the school board and teachers union.

        The tentative agreement recognizes teachers' knowledge and experience while including performance-based incentives, the district said.

        The school board got its first look Monday at the tentative agreement but did not vote on the proposal. A date was not set for a vote.

Fisherman gets more than a nibble

        VALPARAISO, Ind. — Some residents along Flint Lake are worried the phrase “the fish are biting” could take on a whole new meaning after one fisherman caught a piranha over the weekend.

        “I certainly didn't want to go back out swimming after my husband caught it,” Nancy Smiejek said.

        Dave Smiejek caught the 1-pound, 11-inch meat-eater Sunday. He was fishing off a pier near Edgewater Beach when he caught the tropical predator.

        Mr. Smiejek's friend, lakeside resident Patrick Gibbs, thinks he saw a school of eight piranhas just before Mr. Smiejek made his catch.

        “The scary thing is, it was caught right off the pier,” said Mr. Gibbs' wife, Cathy.

        She said one neighbor vowed “he's not skinny-dipping anymore.”

        An Indiana Department of Natural Resources biologist said reports of unusual creatures being found in Indiana lakes are “all too common.” John Kubisiak speculated the piranha probably was raised as an aquarium pet and the owner got tired of it and dumped it into the lake.


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- Tristate A.M. Report