Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Train rides to benefit church

        It's billed as the Russian Benefit Express.

        A Hyde Park church is bringing a privately owned passenger train to downtown Cincinnati on Saturday and offering one-hour rides west from Paul Brown Stadium into the countryside as a fund raiser.

        For $10, you can hop on the train at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the departure point: Longworth Hall, 700 W. Pete Rose Way, just west of the stadium.

        Snacks will be available on board.

        The rides, organized by Hyde Park United Methodist Church, benefit United Methodist efforts to remodel a building in Moscow for a seminary and bishop's office. The church has started 77 congregations in Russia over the past eight years, said Hyde Park member Ted Newton.

        The private train is owned by railroad aficionados Tom and Nancy McOwen of Hyde Park.

Police say speeding caused fatal crash

        STONELICK TOWNSHIP — Speed was a key factor in the crash that killed a 19-year-old Clermont County woman, the Ohio Highway Patrol in Batavia said Tuesday.

        Amanda Loudin, of Goshen Road in Goshen Township, was traveling above the 55 mph speed limit at 6:20 a.m. Monday when she lost control of her car on Jackson Pike in this northern Clermont community.

        Her vehicle struck trees and flipped on its side, Highway Patrol Lt. Paul Hermes said Tuesday. No other vehicles were involved.

        “She was exceeding 55, simply going too fast for that curve,” Lt. Hermes said.

        Ms. Loudin was wearing her seat belt.

        In Clermont County's 16 fatal crashes this year, 17 people have been killed and only seven were wearing a safety restraint, Lt. Hermes said.

Plane collision victim was experienced pilot

        A Maineville man who was killed in the midair collision of two small planes in Florida on Monday afternoon had been a pilot for Airborne Express for almost two years.

        Roger Boromei, 31, of Jewelweed Court, was flying a twin-engine Piper Aztec owned by a family friend, according to Mark Weinberg, a spokesman for the St. Lucie County, Fla., sheriff's department. Mr. Boromei started his trip at an airport in Okeechobee, Fla., where his father lives, Mr. Weinberg said.

        The other man killed in the crash was Ameer Bukhari, a Saudi Arabian national living in nearby Vero Beach, Fla., Mr. Weinberg said. He was flying a single-engine Piper Cherokee owned by FlightSafety International, where he was a student pilot.

        It might have been Mr. Bukhari's first solo flight, the Port St. Lucie News reported.

        Mr. Boromei, on the other hand, was a first officer — or co-pilot — for DC-9s at Airborne Express, Beth Huber, a spokeswoman there, confirmed Tuesday. The Wilmington, Ohio-based company ships cargo nationwide.

        The collision between the planes took place about two miles west of St. Lucie International Airport, Mr. Weinberg said.

Man charged with menacing, indecency

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — A township man was charged by police with menacing by stalking and public indecency in connection with incidents at the township's branch library on Bridgetown Road.

        Scott Gabrielle, 37, of North Bend Road, was arrested about 1:30 p.m. Sunday after being confronted by police at the library.

        Lt. Col. Bart West said the man has been coming into library several times, and one day handed a note to a female employee.

        On the note was written a profanity. He placed it on top of a gun magazine and “laid it on the cart where she was at,” said Lt. Col. West. “She obviously took that as a threat.”

        The man also told police that he had been masturbating in his car outside the library. The man and library employee did not know each other.

        Lt. Col. West said the man had been at the library several times since August.

        “He was coming back and staring at her,” said Lt. Col. West, “basically a repeated pattern.”

        Mr. Gabrielle is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Kings invites runners to 5K, mile runs

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Area walkers and runners are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Kings Homecoming 5K and Mile Fun runs today beginning at 6:45 p.m.

        The race is part of the Kings High School Homecoming festivities. The Knights' varsity football team will play Norwood on Friday.

        The cost for the 5K run (3.1 miles) is $12. The run will begin at 7 p.m. near the Kings Junior High parking lot and return to the football stadium.

        The cost for the 1-Mile Fun Run is $8 with a T-shirt, and $3 without a T-shirt.

        Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in various age groups.

Work closes police station to public

        Starting Thursday, the public will not be able to stop in at the District 2 police station in Hyde Park.

        Construction on the building, at 3295 Erie Ave., will make the front desk entrance area un- usable for about three months. Until the station reopens, citizens can still use the District 2 phone line, 352-3591, and call the police division's crime reporting unit, 352-2960.

        Anyone wanting to make a report in person can use any of the other four district offices: 310 Ezzard Charles Drive, West End; 3201 Warsaw Ave., Price Hill; 4150 Reading Road, Avondale; or 1012 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.

        Emergencies should still be reported to 911.


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