Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Local Digest


Alzheimer's group host for Reagan

        Maureen Reagan, daughter of former President Reagan, will speak about Alzheimer's disease Thursday in Cincinnati.

        The Greater Cincinnati and Miami Valley chapters of the Alzheimer's Association will host Ms. Reagan at a reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Bankers Club on Walnut Street.

        The best-selling author of First Father, First Daughter, A Memoir, will speak about her experiences with her father and his battle with the disease.

        Ms. Reagan has been a member of the Alzheimer's Association's national board since 1999. She is a national co-chairwoman of the Memory Walk, a yearly event that raises money for the association.

        Ms. Reagan will be in town to give a speech Friday at a conference downtown.

        The reception is open only to special friends of the association. For more information about Alzheimer's disease or to volunteer, call (800) 441-3322 or 721-4284.
       

Motorcyclist dies in Franklin crash

               FRANKLIN — A motorcyclist who died in a crash at 8 a.m. Monday apparently was trying to pass cars stopped at a traffic light on Ohio 73 when he clipped another vehicle and lost control.

        Police had not released the name of the motorcyclist Monday pending notification of relatives.

        Witnesses told police that the cyclist was traveling east on Ohio 73 and drove into the emergency lane at the southbound entrance ramp to Interstate 75, Chief Robert Rockwood said.

        A truck pulling a trailer had cleared the intersection, but the front tire of the motorcycle struck a wheel on the trailer, sending the motorcycle out of control, Chief Rockwood said. The motorcyclist died at the scene.

        He said the crash remains under investigation, and it is unlikely that charges will be filed against the driver of the truck.
       

Township offices in new building

               WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — Township administrative offices opened in a new location Monday: the Centre Pointe Executive Building off Union Centre Boulevard.

        Township officials have leased 15,000 square feet in the new office building, just off Interstate 75. The move alleviates crowding at the former township headquarters at West Chester and Cincinnati-Dayton roads.

        The new offices, at 9100 Centre Pointe Drive, suite 280, will continue the same public hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main township administration office number — 777-5900 — remains the same.

        The former township offices are being converted into a justice center so the community's expanding police force and courts will have more office space.
       

Mount St. Joseph rated "best value'

               Monday's U.S. News & World Report rates the College of Mount St. Joseph as a “best value.”

        The private Catholic college in Delhi Township ranked first in Ohio and sixth in the Midwest.

        The rating compares the magazine's judgment of the quality of education to its cost.

        Previously, the magazine ranked the Mount 20th among Midwest universities for academic quality.
       

Butler farm bureau holds annual dinner

               The Butler County Farm Bureau Federation will hold its 80th annual dinner/business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Miami University's Shriver Center.

        There will be a meet-the-candidates reception. The speaker is Mike Buresh, meteorologist for WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

        Reservations are needed by Wednesday at 844-8371.
       

Car crashes into field; driver dies

               JACKSON TOWNSHIP — A 40-year-old Hillsboro man was killed in a single-car crash on Ohio 73 in Highland County early Monday, said troopers for the Ohio State Highway Patrol post at Wilmington.

        Troopers said Johney D. Baker was driving his 1988 Ford Tempo northbound on Ohio 73 at 6:55 a.m., two miles north of Belfast, when he lost control and drove 1,000 feet into a field. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

        Mr. Baker's vehicle was equipped with an automatic shoulder harness, but Mr. Baker was not wearing his lap belt, police said.
       

Planning session on Fernald area

               ROSS — The third in a series of Future of Fernald workshops will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Crosby Senior Center, 8910 Willey Road.

        The workshops are sponsored by citizens groups working to bring about the safe remediation of the Fernald plant. Participants will review a draft statement.

        For those unable to attend, direct comments to: 648-6478 or 648-5277; (fax) 648-3629 or 648-4011; or (e-mail) vspriggs@theperspectivesgroup.com or tisha.patton@fernald.gov.
       

Two sue city for Oktoberfest arrests

               Two men arrested on Fountain Square during the weekend Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati activities filed a lawsuit Monday against the city of Cincinnati claiming their constitutional rights were violated.

        Plaintiffs Nate Livingston, 31, of Avondale, and James Hardy, 59, of Over-the-Rhine, also named police Capt. Vincent Demasi as a defendant in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

        The pair were arrested Friday afternoon during Oktoberfest opening ceremonies and charged with criminal trespass and disrupting a lawful gathering. The two men got onto the stage during Mayor Charlie Luken's speech and demanded a meeting with the Police Chief Thomas Streicher, police said.

        Additional charges of resisting arrest and prohibited use of Fountain Square were filed against Mr. Livingston, after police said he used a bullhorn to demand a meeting with the police chief and District 1 commander Capt. Vincent Demasi.

        On Saturday, the lawsuit states, Mr. Hardy was arrested again for simply bringing a megaphone into the Oktoberfest area.
       

Pair killed; girl hurt; man arrested

               DAYTON, Ohio — Police arrested a man Monday after finding the badly beaten bodies of a man and woman and a critically wounded 14-year-old girl inside a townhouse on the city's northeast side.

        Acting Dayton Police Chief John Thomas said the 52-year-old suspect was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder. Chief Thomas said he would not identify the man until police can notify relatives of the victims.

        Chief Thomas said he did not know what the relationship was between the suspect and the victims.

        The chief said police arrived at the home about 2 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from a 17-year-old boy.

        Police found the bodies of a 38-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man. The 14-year-old girl was in critical condition at a hospital, Chief Thomas said.

        The chief said the suspect was taken into custody in Vandalia after his car was stopped. He said the suspect had two children with him, a 7-year-old and an 8-year-old.

       



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